Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Kaysville UT

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.”

Kent Wilson
Wilson Financial Advisors, Inc.
(801) 355-5210
50 South 600 East, Suite 250
Salt Lake City, UT
Expertises
Planning Issues for Business Owners, Advising Medical Professionals, High Net Worth Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, CPA

Mr. Michael P Weston, CFP®
(801) 808-1324
1188 Sportsplex Dr Ste 104
Kaysville, UT
Firm
Weston Wealth Management Group

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Mr. Ryan G Poll, CFP®
(801) 525-9800
177 E Antelope Dr
Layton, UT
Firm
Raymond James Financial
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Banking, Budget Development, Business Succession Planning, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits

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Mr. Shu Ming Tse, CFP®
(801) 774-8920
890 West Heritage Park Blvd, Suite 201
Layton, UT
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S.M. TSE, CPA, P.C.

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Mr. Blake J. Nelson, CFP®
(801) 786-8458
1268 N Hill Field Rd
Layton, UT
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CUNA Mutual Group
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Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, General Financial Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Management, Investment Planning, Retirement Income Management

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Thomas Fritz
Wilson Financial Advisors, Inc.
(801) 355-5210
50 South 600 East, Suite 250
Salt Lake City, UT
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Ongoing Investment Management, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, College/Education Planning, Socially Responsible Investments
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®

Mr. Kevin L. Flamm, CFP®
(801) 564-1881
PO Box 285
Kaysville, UT
Firm
Suncrest Financial Services, Inc

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Mr. Michael E Pless, CFP®
(801) 678-9330
786 East Clearwater Court
Layton, UT
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Integrity Financial Consulting

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Stephen D Thaeler, CFP®
(801) 774-5601
2307 N. Hill Field Road
Layton, UT
Firm
First Command Financial Planning
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Budget Development, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Debt Management, Education Planning, General Financial Planning, Government and Military
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $100,001 - $250,000

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

Profession: Government Employees

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Mr. James W. Barlow, CFP®
(801) 773-1644
2317 North Hill Field Road
Layton, UT
Firm
Financial Network Investment C
Areas of Specialization
Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, General Financial Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Management, Retirement Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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



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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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