Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Fort Morgan CO

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. Timothy R. Guggenmos, CFP®
(970) 867-2441
228 Main St
Fort Morgan, CO
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Steve Martin
Martin Wealth Management, LLC
(970) 443-1873
3400 Rosetone Court
Fort Collins, CO
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, College/Education Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Paul Staib
Staib Financial Planning, LLC
303/346-5336
2 West Dry Creek Circle
Littleton, CO
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, College/Education Planning, Middle Income Client Needs, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, MBA

Linda Leitz
Pinnacle Financial Concepts, Inc.
(719) 260-9800 Ext: 4
7025 Tall Oak Drive, Suite 210
Colorado Springs, CO
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Divorce Planning, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
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NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CDP, CFP®, EA

Myra Salzer
The Wealth Conservancy, Inc.
(303) 444-1919
1525 Spruce Street, Suite 300
Boulder, CO
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Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
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NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®

Wells Fargo - Fort Morgan
(970) 867-5661
123 E Kiowa Ave
Fort Morgan, CO
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Branch
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Mon-Fri 07:30 AM-06:00 PM
Sat 09:00 AM-03:00 PM
Sun Closed

Robert Schumann
Cambridge Financial Advisors, LLC
(719) 539-1040
134 F Street, Suite 206
Salida, CO
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Planning Issues for Business Owners, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
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NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, ChFc, EA, M.Div., MA, MBA

Robert Pyle
Diversified Asset Management, Inc.
(303) 440-2906
1113 Spruce St.
Boulder, CO
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Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, High Net Worth Client Needs, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®

Mary Brooks
Brooks Financial Planning
(719) 492-1833
34 South Sierra Madre Street
Colorado Springs, CO
Expertises
Financial Issues Between Generations, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Ongoing Investment Management, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, M.Ed.

Robert Schumann
Cambridge Financial Advisors, LLC
(719) 966-5221
912 South Main Street
Buena Vista, CO
Expertises
Planning Issues for Business Owners, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, ChFc, EA, M.Div., MA, 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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