Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts El Dorado AR

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.”

Ms. Laney J. Mitcham, CFP®
(870) 862-6641
308 N Jefferson Ave
El Dorado, AR
Firm
Wells Fargo Advisors

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Kristina Bolhouse
The Arkansas Financial Group, Inc.
(501) 376-9051
1001 N. University Avenue, Suite 200
Little Rock, AR
Expertises
Advising Medical Professionals, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS

L. Stephen McNamara
McNamara Financial Planning, LLC
(870) 897-8147
2510 E. Nettleton Avenue, Suite 9
Jonesboro, AR
Expertises
Tax Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, High Net Worth Client Needs, Middle Income Client Needs, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CPA/PFS

Cynthia Conger
Cynthia L. Conger, CPA, PA
(501) 374-1174
2300 Andover Court, Suite 560
Little Rock, AR
Expertises
Women's Financial Planning Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Financial Issues Between Generations, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS

Mr. Bentley Blackmon, CFP®
(501) 377-8122
111 Center St.
Little Rock, AR
Firm
Stephens Inc.

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Mary McCraw
The Arkansas Financial Group, Inc.
(501) 376-9051
1001 N. University Avenue, Suite 200
Little Rock, AR
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, College/Education Planning, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Edward Mahaffy
ClientFirst Wealth Management, LLC
(501) 603-0406
1501 N. University, Suite 615
Little Rock, AR
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, High Net Worth Client Needs, Tax Planning, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, ChFc, MBA

Alvin Rogers
Financial Legacy Management Inc.
(501) 224-7256
10801 Executive Center Drive, Suite 205
Little Rock, AR
Expertises
Planning Issues for Business Owners, Middle Income Client Needs, Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Medical Professionals, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, College/Education Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

James Ashby
Mustard Seed Financial, LLC
(870) 234-1618
202 S. Pine, Suite 102
Magnolia, AR
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA

Ms. Mary E. Mccraw, CFP®
(501) 376-9051
PO Box 7757
Little Rock, AR
Firm
The Arkansas Financial Group, Inc.
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, Investment Management, Retirement Income Management, Retirement Planning, Women's Finances, Young Professionals
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

Average Income: $100,001 - $250,000

Profession: Medical/Dental Professionals

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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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