Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Janesville WI

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.”

Brian J. Donnelly, CFP®
(608) 752-9406
1 N Main St
Janesville, WI
Firm
Robert W. Baird & Co.
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Divorce Issues, Estate Planning, Investment Management, Retirement Income Management, Retirement Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

Average Income: $100,001 - $250,000

Profession: Self-Employed Business Owners

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Mr. Robert M. Seaton, CFP®
(608) 755-1530
2328 Ruger Ave
Janesville, WI
Firm
FSC Securities Corporation

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Mr. Paul D. Benish, CFP®
(608) 755-4211
100 N Main St
Janesville, WI
Firm
BMO Harris Financial Advisors
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Banking, Budget Development, Business Succession Planning, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Divorce Issues

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Mr. Mark J. Siekierski, CFP®
(608) 365-6400
3167 S Flack Rd
Beloit, WI
Firm
Blue Chip Financial Planning,
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning

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Mr. Vince Cimino, CFP®
(608) 676-2236
308A Ogden Ave
Clinton, WI
Firm
Cimino & Associates, Inc.
Areas of Specialization
Retirement Income Management, Retirement Planning

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Mr. David C. Miser, CFP®
(608) 754-1701
20 S Main St Ste 25
Janesville, WI
Firm
WRP Investments, Inc.
Areas of Specialization
Retirement Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

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Mr. John C. Wong, CFP®
(608) 755-4218
100 N Main St
Janesville, WI
Firm
BMO Harris Financial Advisors, Inc.

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Mr. Chris E. Clark, CFP®
(608) 754-0222
400 Midland Ct. Ste. 103
Janesville, WI
Firm
Wells Fargo Advisors
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Estate Planning, Investment Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $100,001 - $250,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

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Mr. Donald R. Brown, CFP®
(608) 884-9393
240 Craig Rd
Edgerton, WI
Firm
Albion Wealth Management, Inc.
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Banking
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

Average Income: $100,001 - $250,000

Profession: Not Applicable

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Mr. David R. Blend, CFP®
(262) 473-3151
885 S JANESVILLE ST
WHITEWATER, WI
Firm
EDWARD JONES
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Investment Management, Investment Planning, LGBT Individuals and Couples, Retirement Income Management, Retirement Planning, Risk Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

Average Income: $100,001 - $250,000

Profession: 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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