Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Elizabeth City NC

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.”

Wells Fargo - Southgate
(252) 331-1402
1401 W Eringhaus St
Elizabeth City, NC
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Branch
Office Hours
Mon-Thu 09:00 AM-05:00 PM
Fri 09:00 AM-06:00 PM
Sat-Sun Closed

Edward Fulbright
Fulbright Financial Consulting, PA
(919) 544-0398
5302 NC Highway 55, Suite 104
Durham, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CPA/PFS

Brian Terry
Cornerstone Financial Planners, LLC
(704) 906-2919
3533 Keithcastle Court
Charlotte, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, Insurance Related Issues, including Annuities, Middle Income Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Erin Campbell
Beacon Financial Strategies
(919) 321-8625
8376 Six Forks Road, Suite 202
Raleigh, NC
Expertises
Tax Planning, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS

Marilyn Spencer
Rinehart Wealth Management
(704) 374-0646
521 E. Morehead Street, Suite 580
Charlotte, NC
Expertises
Tax Planning, College/Education Planning, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Middle Income Client Needs, Socially Responsible Investments, Financial Issues Between Generations
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, EA

Wells Fargo - Elizabeth City Main
(252) 331-6200
400 E Main St
Elizabeth City, NC
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Branch
Office Hours
Mon-Thu 09:00 AM-05:00 PM
Fri 09:00 AM-06:00 PM
Sat-Sun Closed

Holly Nicholson
Financial Planning Services, Inc.
(919) 676-2806
700 Exposition Place, #131
Raleigh, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Divorce Planning, Hourly Financial Planning Services
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, JD

Deborah Frazier
Frazier Financial Consultants
(919) 929-6940
109 Conner Drive, Suite 205
Chapel Hill, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Socially Responsible Investments, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Financial Issues Between Generations, Special Needs Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, MBA

Chip Hymiller
Beacon Financial Strategies
(919) 321-8625
8376 Six Forks Road, Suite 202
Raleigh, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, High Net Worth Client Needs, Financial Issues Between Generations, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Michael Palmer
Trust Company of the South
(919) 781-8287
3600 Glenwood Ave. Suite 210
Raleigh, NC
Expertises
Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Financial Issues Between Generations, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

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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