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Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Dillon SC

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.”

Mr. Roger M. Sloan, CFP®
(843) 774-8691
108 N Macarthur Ave
Dillon, SC
Firm
Sloan Wealth Management Services, P.C.

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Wells Fargo - Dillon Main
(843) 774-5671
601 Hwy 301 N
Dillon, SC
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Branch
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Mon-Thu 08:30 AM-05:00 PM
Fri 08:30 AM-06:00 PM
Sat-Sun Closed

R. Edward Powell
Powell Financial Advisors
(803) 929-0100
433 Hampton Creek Court
Columbia, SC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Joe Taylor
Oak Street Advisors
(843) 946-9868
1335 44th Avenue N, Suite 203
Myrtle Beach, SC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor

Desmond Quigley
Quigley Financial
(678) 520-2327
254 Oak Forest Rd
Bluffton, SC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Tax Planning, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, EA

Dr. Makram A. Bishara, CFP®
(843) 617-5855
1321 Horseshoe Rd
Mullins, SC
Firm
Makramos International LLC

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Wells Fargo - Marion Main
(843) 423-6722
507 N Main St
Marion, SC
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Branch
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Mon-Thu 08:30 AM-05:00 PM
Fri 08:30 AM-06:00 PM
Sat-Sun Closed

Cheryl Holland
Abacus Planning Group, Inc.
(803) 933-0054
2500 Devine Street
Columbia, SC
Expertises
Planning Issues for Business Owners, Financial Issues Between Generations, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Advising Medical Professionals, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®

Laura Scharr-Bykowsky
Ascend Financial Planning, LLC
(803) 331-3721
556 Regatta Road
Columbia, SC
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, College/Education Planning, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Helen Berenyi
Red Triangle, LLC
(843) 573-7277
210 Coming Street, Suite C
Charleston, SC
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Financial Issues Between Generations, Divorce Planning, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Alternative or Private Investments
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CDFA, CFP®

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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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