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Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Kenosha 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.”

Michael Haubrich
Financial Service Group, Inc.
(262) 554-4500
4812 Northwestern Avenue
Racine, WI
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Financial Issues Between Generations, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Thomas Nowak
Quantum Financial Planning LLC
(847) 767-1682
31470 N. Ranch Road
Grayslake, IL
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, College/Education Planning, Socially Responsible Investments, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Mr. Rick Elsen, CFP®
(262) 652-7535
5707 6th Ave
Kenosha, WI
Firm
Raymond James Financial Services
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Business Succession Planning, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Divorce Issues, Education Planning, Estate Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: Not Applicable

Average Income: Not Applicable

Profession: Not Applicable

Data Provided by:
Mr. Bradly E. Potter, CFP®
(262) 657-7716
6300 76th St
Kenosha, WI
Firm
Andrea & Orendorff LLP
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: Not Applicable

Average Income: Not Applicable

Profession: Not Applicable

Data Provided by:
Mr. Mark W. Oechler, CFP®
(262) 697-7515
7500 Green Bay Rd
Kenosha, WI
Firm
Johnson Investment Services
Areas of Specialization
General Financial Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

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

Profession: Business Executives

Data Provided by:
Mary Erl
Nest Builder Financial Advisors, Ltd.
(847) 245-7483
1800 Nations Drive, Suite 117
Gurnee, IL
Expertises
College/Education Planning, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Mr. Edward F. Fitzpatrick, CFP®
(262) 657-2547
600 52nd Street #100
Kenosha, WI
Firm
Wells Fargo Advisors

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Mr. Franklyn R. Deininger, CFP®
(262) 694-9560
4721 75th St
Kenosha, WI
Firm
Deininger & Co Inc
Areas of Specialization
Accounting, Business Succession Planning, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Estate Planning, Investment Planning, Long-Term Care

Data Provided by:
Mr. Scott A. Larsen, CFP®
(262) 657-1040
6535 Green Bay Rd
Kenosha, WI
Firm
Retirement Planning Center

Data Provided by:
Mr. Michael G. Morrone, CFP®
(262) 656-3006
5027 Green Bay Rd Ste 106
Kenosha, WI
Firm
Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Budget Development, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Estate Planning, General Financial Planning

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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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