Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Dumfries VA

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.”

John Frisch
Alliant Wealth Advisors
(703) 878-9050
4008 Genessee Place, Suite 201
Woodbridge, VA
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS

Martin Hopkins
Hopkins Investment Management, LLC
(703) 222-7570
11350 Random Hills Road, Suite 800
Fairfax, VA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Carroll Hayes
Charles Carroll Financial Partners, LLC
(703) 750-3600
4115 Annandale Road, Suite 205
Annandale, VA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Real Estate Investments, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Mr. William E. O'Hop, CFP®
(703) 690-4847
PO Box 2166
Dale City, VA

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Mr. Edward W. Imperati, CFP®
(703) 492-1530
2080 Old Bridge Rd Ste 103
Woodbridge, VA
Firm
US Department of State
Areas of Specialization
Insurance Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $100,000 or less

Average Income: $50,000 or less



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Stephen Lingle
Lighthouse Financial Planning, LLC
(703) 507-7531
4518 Demby Drive
Fairfax, VA
Expertises
College/Education Planning, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Michael McLenigan
Professional Financial Solutions, LLC
(703) 385-0870
10517A West Drive
Fairfax, VA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, College/Education Planning, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Mr. Bruce K. Sneed, CFP®
(703) 583-4060
15085 Copper Turtle Pl
Woodbridge, VA
Firm
BK Sneed Financial Planning

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Mr. John W. Crane, CFP®
(703) 670-5551
3182 Golansky Blvd
Woodbridge, VA
Firm
First Financial Group

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Janis L Wagner, CFP®
(703) 897-8787
13649 Office Place
Woodbridge, VA
Firm
First Command Financial Planning
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning

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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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