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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Jon Moore
Moore Financial Group
(303) 225-8400
8081 Shaffer Pkwy
Littleton, CO
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

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

Alexander Feick
Paragon Capital Management, Ltd.
(303) 296-1458
999 18th Street, Suite 1220
Denver, CO
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Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, Ongoing Investment Management, High Net Worth Client Needs, Tax Planning
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NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, BS, MBA

Larry Soukup
Cambridge Financial Advisors, LLC
(719) 539-1040
134 F Street, Suite 206
Salida, CO
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Planning Issues for Business Owners, Tax Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, High Net Worth Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
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NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA, JD, MBA

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

Joseph Janiczek
Janiczek & Company, Ltd.
(303) 339-4460
8400 East Crescent Parkway, Suite 160
Greenwood Village, CO
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Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, Professional Athletes or Entertainers, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
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NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CEBS, CFA, ChFc, JD, MBA, MSFS

Deborah Hoskins
Pikes Peak Financial Planning LLC
(719) 578-3309
102 S. Tejon Street Suite 1100
Colorado Springs, CO
Expertises
Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Tax Planning, Special Needs Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, JD, MS

Ross Schmidt
Aspen Wealth Planners LLC
(303) 789-5281
5445 DTC Parkway, Penthouse Four
Greenwood Village, CO
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Ongoing Investment Management, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Real Estate Investments, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS

James Watt
James L. Watt Financial Advisors, Ltd.
(970) 225-1440
6248 Buchanan Street
Fort Collins, CO
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Tax Planning, Hourly Financial Planning Services
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NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CPA/PFS

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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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