Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Hastings MN

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.”

Charles Buck
Buck Financial Advisors, LLC
(651) 330-3585
9733 Wellington Ridge
Woodbury, MN
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Middle Income Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Lauri Salverda
Clerestory Advisors, Inc.
(651) 209-2610
750 Main Street, Suite 215
Mendota Heights, MN
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Middle Income Client Needs, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CDFA, CFA, CFP®

Stephen Galligan
Galligan Financial Advisors
(651) 456-5385
3460 Washington Drive, Suite 204
Eagan, MN
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Divorce Planning, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS, MBA, MS

Mr. Timothy J. Tousignant, CFP®
(651) 437-7245
1125 S Frontage Rd Ste 5
Hastings, MN
Firm
Retirement Consutants
Areas of Specialization
Investment Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

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Anthony Bolstorff, CFP®
1600 Meadowview Trl
Hastings, MN
Firm
Carlson Capital Management
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Budget Development, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Debt Management, Education Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

Average Income: $250,001 - $500,000



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Thomas Alf
Clerestory Advisors, Inc.
(651) 209-2610
750 Main Street, Suite 215
Mendota Heights, MN
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples, Divorce Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CDFA, CFP®, CPA

Steven Zimmerman
Mindful Asset Planning
(952) 432-4666
14530 Pennock Avenue
Apple Valley, MN
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Financial Psychology/Coaching, Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, ChFc

Nate Wenner
Wipfli Hewins Investment Advisors, LLC
(651) 766-2869
8665 Hudson Blvd N
St. Paul, MN
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Advising Medical Professionals, Women's Financial Planning Issues, High Net Worth Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CIMA, CPA/PFS

Mr. Jeffrey R. Carlson, CFP®
(651) 437-2360
12181 Margo Ave S Ste 250
Hastings, MN
Firm
Carlson Capital Management

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Ms. Arlene A. Myers, CFP®
(651) 458-5392
8750 90th St S Ste 204
Cottage Grove, MN
Firm
Thrivent Financial for Luthera
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, Estate Planning, Healthcare Planning, Insurance Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: Not Applicable

Average Income: Not Applicable



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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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