Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Fitchburg MA

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.”

Janice Swenor
Langtree Associates
(978) 874-0885
65 State Road East
Westminster, MA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, College/Education Planning, Middle Income Client Needs, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA, MS

David Linnard
Linnard Financial Management and Planning, Inc.
(978) 263-0025
46 Chester Road
Boxborough, MA
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, MBA

Jennifer Davidson
Milestone Financial Planning, Inc.
(978) 649-8875
733 Main Street
Dunstable, MA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Middle Income Client Needs, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA

David Carpenter
Carpenter Associates
(978) 952-8878
PO Box 791
Littleton, MA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BBA, MPFP, MS, MST

Mr. John C. Llodra, CFP®
(978) 537-7701
54 Main Street
Leominster, MA
Firm
New Harbor Financial Group, LLC
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Business Succession Planning, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Divorce Issues, Education Planning, Elder Care, Estate Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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



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Janice Swenor
Langtree Associates
(978) 874-0885
206 Ayer Road
Harvard, MA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, College/Education Planning, Middle Income Client Needs, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA, MS

Kathleen Dollard
Nashoba Financial Planning
(978) 635-9687
1740 Massachusetts Avenue
Boxborough, MA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, College/Education Planning, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®, EA, MBA

Sherrill St. Germain
New Means Financial Planning
(603) 465-3485
P.O. Box 666
Hollis, NH
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Kathryn Lund
Mosaic Financial Advisors, LLC
(978) 692-4475
6 Crusade Road
Westford, MA
Expertises
Tax Planning, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA, MBA, MSFP, MST

Michael R. Preston, CFP®
(978) 537-7701
54 Main St Ste 102
Leominster, MA
Firm
New Harbor Financial Group

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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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