Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Grand Island NE

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.”

John W Posey, CFP®
(308) 382-5720
615 W 1st St
Grand Island, NE
Firm
Contryman Wealth Advisors
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning, Estate Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Management, Retirement Planning, Young Professionals

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Mr. Vernon D. Robbins, CFP®
(308) 382-6251
732 N Diers Ave
Grand Island, NE
Firm
Vernon D. Robbins, CPA, PC
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning, Estate Planning, Tax Planning
Key Considerations
Profession: Self-Employed Business Owners

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Wells Fargo - Second Street
(308) 382-3366
920 W 2Nd St
Grand Island, NE
Type
Branch
Office Hours
Mon-Fri 08:00 AM-06:00 PM
Sat 08:00 AM-02:00 PM
Sun Closed

US Bank - 3rd & Main Office
(308) 389-4017
424 W Third St
Grand Island, NE
Languages
Spanish

Wells Fargo - Conestoga Mall
(308) 382-2049
3404 W 13Th St
Grand Island, NE
Type
Branch
Office Hours
Mon-Fri 08:00 AM-06:00 PM
Sat 08:00 AM-04:00 PM
Sun Closed

Mr. Mark J Allen, CFP®
(308) 385-1500
3032 W Stolley Park Rd
Grand Island, NE
Firm
Allen Capital Group, LLC
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Estate Planning, Investment Management, Retirement Planning, Tax Planning

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Mr. Richard G. Van Zyl, CFP®
(308) 384-5350
2015 N Broadwell Ave
Grand Island, NE
Firm
American Portfolios

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US Bank - Grand Island - 314 North Walnut Drive-Up Office
(308) 389-4060
314 N Walnut
Grand Island, NE
Languages
Spanish
Drive Up Hours
Mon 08:00 am to 05:30 pm
Tue 08:00 am to 05:30 pm
Wed 08:00 am to 05:30 pm
Thur 08:00 am to 05:30 pm
Fri 08:00 am to 05:30 pm
Sat 09:00 am to 12:00 pm

Wells Fargo - Grand Island Main
(308) 382-4800
304 W 3Rd St
Grand Island, NE
Type
Branch
Office Hours
Mon-Fri 09:00 AM-05:00 PM
Sat 09:00 AM-12:00 PM
Sun Closed

US Bank - Webb Office
(308) 381-7554
2121 N Webb Rd
Grand Island, NE
Drive Up Hours
Mon 08:00 am to 05:30 pm
Tue 08:00 am to 05:30 pm
Wed 08:00 am to 05:30 pm
Thur 08:00 am to 05:30 pm
Fri 08:00 am to 05:30 pm
Sat 08:00 am to 12:00 pm

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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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