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Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Kilgore TX

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.”

Shane T Sherwood, CFP®
(903) 297-9800
911 NW Loop 281
Longview, TX
Firm
Ameriprise Financial
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning, Investment Management, Retirement Income Management, Retirement Planning, Wealth Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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



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Mr. Dave L Spurrier, CFP®
(903) 295-8646
2820 Bill Owens Parkway
Longview, TX
Firm
Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Banking, Business Succession Planning, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Debt Management, Divorce Issues
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

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Mr. Russell Buckstaff, CFP®
1511 Judson Rd.
Longview, TX
Firm
Allstate

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Capital One
(903) 241-9095
102 E. Quitman
Gladewater, TX
Type
Branch
Services
Open after 5 PM Open on Saturday Branch Drive-Up
Drive Up Hours
Sun , Mon 7:30 AM - 6 PM, Tue 7:30 AM - 6 PM, Wed 7:30 AM - 6 PM, Thu 7:30 AM - 6 PM, Fri 7:30 AM - 6 PM,

Chase Bank
(903) 237-2900
2606 Judson Rd
Longview, TX
Type
Freestanding
Office Hours
Mon:9:00-6:00
Tues:9:00-6:00
Wed:9:00-6:00
Thurs:9:00-6:00
Fri:9:00-6:00
Sat:9:00-3:00
Sun:closed

Mr. Herman C Bell Jr., CFP®
(903) 241-7510
911 W. Loop 281, Suite 310
Longview, TX
Firm
Morgan Stanley

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Mr. Tom E Riley, CFP®
(903) 753-5343
1302 Judson Rd
Longview, TX
Firm
RBC Wealth Management
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Budget Development, Business Succession Planning, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Debt Management, Divorce Issues

Data Provided by:
Mrs. Kellyn R. Drayer, CFP®
(903) 753-1020
2002 Judson Rd Ste 202
Longview, TX
Firm
Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc.

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Chase Bank
(903) 291-1491
1720 W Loop 281
Longview, TX
Type
Freestanding
Office Hours
Mon:9:00-6:00
Tues:9:00-6:00
Wed:9:00-6:00
Thurs:9:00-6:00
Fri:9:00-6:00
Sat:9:00-3:00
Sun:closed

Capital One
(903) 241-9000
1111 Judson Road
Longview, TX
Type
Branch
Services
Drive-Up ATM Self Service Coin Counter Open after 5 PM Open on Saturday Branch Drive-Up Safe Deposit Box
Office Hours
Sun , Mon 9 AM - 5 PM, Tue 9 AM - 5 PM, Wed 9 AM - 5 PM, Thu 9 AM - 5 PM, Fri 9 AM - 5 PM,
Drive Up Hours
Sun , Mon 7:30 AM - 6 PM, Tue 7:30 AM - 6 PM, Wed 7:30 AM - 6 PM, Thu 7:30 AM - 6 PM, Fri 7:30 AM - 6 PM,

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Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts

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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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