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Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Dublin GA

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. James L. Weight, CFP®
(478) 296-0960
122 Creekview Cir
Dublin, GA
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ICMA-RC

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Mr. C. Michael Cauley, CFP®
(478) 275-1163
1300 Bellevue Ave
Dublin, GA
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Nichols Cauley & Assoc

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(478) 277-3765
2101 Veterans Blvd.
Dublin, GA
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Outdoor ATM Services: Open 24 Hours, Braille, Accepts Deposits, Drive Up
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English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, French, Russian, Portuguese
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Teryl Tornroos
Evergreen Financial Planning, LLC
(912) 373-6698
2 Navigator Lane
Savannah, GA
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Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Tax Planning, College/Education Planning, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
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NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, EA

Scarlott Cagle
Summit Wealth Management, Inc.
(770) 391-5830
115 Perimeter Center Place, N.E., Suite 150
Atlanta, GA
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Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, High Net Worth Client Needs, Ongoing Investment Management, Socially Responsible Investments, Tax Planning, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives
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NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MS, PFP

Mr. T Farrell Nichols, CFP®
(478) 275-1163
1300 Bellevue Ave
Dublin, GA
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Nichols Cauley & Assoc

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Mr. Timothy R. Veal, CFP®
(478) 275-1163
1300 Bellevue Ave
Dublin, GA
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Wells Fargo - Dublin
(478) 275-0380
105 Shamrock Dr
Dublin, GA
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Mon-Thu 09:00 AM-05:00 PM
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Gregory Gilbert
Ronald Blue & Co., LLC
(770) 644-0500
2100 Riveredge Pkwy, Suite 1100
Atlanta, GA
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High Net Worth Client Needs, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Socially Responsible Investments, Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CIMA

Steven Wykoff
Mersereau & Lazenby, L.L.C
(770) 614-6800
3469 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd., Suite B
Suwanee, GA
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Ongoing Investment Management, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Tax Planning
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NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

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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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