Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Florence AL

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. Jonathan D Henson, CFP®
(256) 764-2205
1112 Bradshaw Drive
Florence, AL
Firm
Ameriprise Financial
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Investment Management, Tax Planning

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SunTrust Bank
(256) 767-8585
402 Cox Creek Parkway
Florence, AL
Type
ATM, Branch, Investment Center, Drive-Thru
Office Hours
Monday: 9-5
Tuesday: 9-5
Wednesday: 9-5
Thursday: 9-5
Friday: 9-5 Weekend: Sat 8:30-12
Drive Up Hours
Monday: 8:30-5
Tuesday: 8:30-5
Wednesday: 8:30-5
Thursday: 8:30-5
Friday: 8:30-6 Weekend: 8:30-12

Wells Fargo - Florence Square
(256) 767-8220
2716 Florence Blvd
Florence, AL
Type
Branch
Office Hours
Mon-Thu 08:30 AM-05:00 PM
Fri 08:30 AM-06:00 PM
Sat 08:30 AM-12:00 PM
Sun Closed

SunTrust Bank
(256) 389-2700
1411 Woodward Avenue
Muscle Shoals, AL
Type
ATM, Branch, Investment Center, Drive-Thru
Office Hours
Monday: 9-5
Tuesday: 9-5
Wednesday: 9-5
Thursday: 9-5
Friday: 9-5 Weekend:
Drive Up Hours
Monday: 8:30-5
Tuesday: 8:30-5
Wednesday: 8:30-5
Thursday: 8:30-5
Friday: 8:30-6 Weekend: 8:30-12

SunTrust Bank
(256) 767-8591
300 Highway 43
Killen, AL
Type
ATM, Branch, Commercial Center, Investment Center, Drive-Thru
Office Hours
Monday: 9-5
Tuesday: 9-5
Wednesday: 9-5
Thursday: 9-5
Friday: 9-5 Weekend:
Drive Up Hours
Monday: 8:30-5
Tuesday: 8:30-5
Wednesday: 8:30-5
Thursday: 8:30-5
Friday: 8:30-6 Weekend: 8:30 - 12

Mr. Christopher R. Smith, CFP®
(256) 760-5384
105 S. Court Street
Florence, AL
Firm
Morgan Stanley
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Banking, Business Succession Planning, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, Investment Management, Retirement Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

Average Income: $50,001 - $100,000

Profession: Not Applicable

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Wells Fargo - Florence Main
(256) 768-3420
102 E Dr Hicks Blvd
Florence, AL
Type
Branch
Office Hours
Mon-Fri 08:30 AM-05:00 PM
Sat-Sun Closed

SunTrust Bank
(256) 767-8577
3509 Cloverdale Road
Florence, AL
Type
ATM, Branch, Investment Center, Drive-Thru
Office Hours
Monday: 9-5
Tuesday: 9-5
Wednesday: 9-5
Thursday: 9-5
Friday: 9-5 Weekend:
Drive Up Hours
Monday: 8:30-5
Tuesday: 8:30-5
Wednesday: 8:30-5
Thursday: 8:30-5
Friday: 8:30-6 Weekend:

Wells Fargo - Colbert County
(256) 767-8260
2015 E Avalon Ave
Muscle Shoals, AL
Type
Branch
Office Hours
Mon-Thu 08:30 AM-05:00 PM
Fri 08:30 AM-06:00 PM
Sat 08:30 AM-12:00 PM
Sun Closed

Charles Haines
Kinsight, LLC
(205) 871-3334
600 University Park Place, Suite 501
Birmingham, AL
Expertises
Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Alternative or Private Investments, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, High Net Worth Client Needs, Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®, MBA

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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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