Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Commerce City CO

With the current economic crisis, are your customers stretching out their payments or disappearing without paying off their debt to you? If so, it’s time to review the basics and art of collecting accounts receivable without damaging customer relations. First of all, remember the cardinal rule, “It’s your money and you needn’t be bashful about seeking prompt payment for your goods and services.”

Alexander Feick
Paragon Capital Management, Ltd.
(303) 296-1458
999 18th Street, Suite 1220
Denver, CO
Expertises
Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, Ongoing Investment Management, High Net Worth Client Needs, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, BS, MBA

Matthew Kelley
Gold Medal Waters, Inc.
(720) 887-1299
1624 Market Street
Denver, CO
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Advising Entrepreneurs, Ongoing Investment Management, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Socially Responsible Investments, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AAMS, AIF, CFP®

Robert Zimberg
Financial Mountain Inc.
(303) 442-4390
5335 West 48th Avenue, Suite 100
Denver, CO
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, Alternative or Private Investments, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Special Needs Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CCPS, CFP®

James Williams
J.F. Williams Co., Inc.
(303) 753-4506
950 S. Cherry Street, Suite 414
Denver, CO
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, CPA, MS

Eileen Sharkey
Sharkey, Howes, & Javer, Inc.
(303) 639-5100
720 South Colorado Blvd., South Tower, Suite 600
Denver, CO
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Financial Issues Between Generations, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®

Gary Nearpass
Nearpass Financial Counseling, Inc.
(303) 733-0354
44 Cook St., Suite 100
Denver, CO
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Middle Income Client Needs, Newlyweds & Novice Investors
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, CRPC, MA, MS, PhD

David Gardner
Yellowstone Financial Inc.
(303) 449-5552
1616 17th Street, Suite #600
Denver, CO
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Advising Medical Professionals, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MS

Kimberly Curtis
Wealth Legacy Institute, Inc.
(303) 753-7578
950 South Cherry Street, Suite 505
Denver, CO
Expertises
Women's Financial Planning Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Divorce Planning, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AEP, CAP, CFP®, ChFc, CLU, MSFS

Gary Nearpass
Nearpass Financial Counseling, Inc.
(303) 733-0354
460 S. Marion Parkway #303-C
Denver, CO
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Middle Income Client Needs, Newlyweds & Novice Investors
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, CRPC, MA, MS, PhD

Mark Fuller
Fuller Wealth Management
(303) 327-1575
12303 Airport Way, Suite 200
Broomfield, CO
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CRPC

Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts

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When Times Get Tough, Receivables Get Tougher To Collect
By Richard J. Maturi

With the current economic crisis, are your customers stretching out their payments or disappearing without paying off their debt to you? If so, it’s time to review the basics and art of collecting accounts receivable without damaging customer relations. First of all, remember the cardinal rule, “It’s your money and you needn’t be bashful about seeking prompt payment for your goods and services.”

Timely Invoices and Billing Statements
The cornerstone of your accounts receivable system is providing timely invoices and billing statements. Every day you delay, is another day you don’t get your money. It helps to know your customers’ payment cycle. If they pay once a month on the fifteenth, and you send out your invoices on the 20th, you missed their payment cycle. By timing invoicing by customer, you may receive payment early, improving cash flow dramatically. If your receivables are large enough, a bank lockbox speeds up collections by eliminating the time it takes to process receipts in-house and deliver them to your bank.

Clearly Spelled Out Terms
Make sure your terms are clearly spelled out on invoices and billing statements. The invoice establishes the existence of the debt and should contain several key bits of information to prevent any confusion should conflict arise. First of all, date your invoice. This helps your customer determine when payment should be made based on the terms (net 30, 2% discount if paid with 15 days of invoice, etc.), which should also be prominently placed on the invoice. Know the current Dun & Bradstreet industry norms for payment cycles so you do not make your terms too stringent and thus lose customers to competitors with more lenient payment terms. Make sure you provide an accurate and complete description of the goods and services received by the customer. Inventory code numbers are great for your computer but mean nothing to the customer.

Accounts Receivable Schedule
Keep a pulse on billing activity and accounts receivable. Prepare an accounts receivable schedule by customer and payment due date. When the payment does not arrive on the expected date, make a friendly call to let your customer know you appreciate their business and inquire what has delayed payment. This usually gets the check in the mail. It lets customers know that you expect payment on time and are not the one who will let things slide. It’s also a good tool to help determine if a particular customer is experiencing financial difficulty. If so, you might try to work out a payment schedule that satisfies both of you. Working with your customer through a rough patch, may make them a faithful customer for many years.

Solving Problems
Ask when you can expect payment or if there is anything you can do to help move payment along. If any problems exist, now is the time to get them solved. It may be as simple as faxing a c...

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