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Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Lebanon MO

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.”

US Bank - Lebanon MO Office
(417) 588-4111
201 N Jefferson
Lebanon, MO
Drive Up Hours
Mon 08:00 am to 06:00 pm
Tue 08:00 am to 06:00 pm
Wed 08:00 am to 06:00 pm
Thur 08:00 am to 06:00 pm
Fri 08:00 am to 06:00 pm
Sat 08:00 am to 12:00 pm

Bank of America - Richland
(573) 765-3221
112 McClurg
Richland, MO
Type
Banking Center
Services
Banking Center Services: Change Order, Commercial Deposits, Night Deposits
Outdoor ATM Services: Open 24 Hours, Talking ATM, Braille
Languages
English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, French, Russian, Portuguese
Office Hours
Monday 9-3:30
Tuesday 9-3:30
Wednesday 9-3:30
Thursday 9-3:30
Friday 9-5:30
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Robert Spindel
Paradigm Financial Advisors, LLC
(314) 966-3400
12231 Manchester Road
Des Peres, MO
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Advising Entrepreneurs, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, ChFc, CLU

John "Jay" Hutchins
The Wealth Conservatory
(417) 832-0990
435 East Walnut Street
Springfield, MO
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Divorce Planning, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Hourly Financial Planning Services, High Net Worth Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIFA, CDFA, CFP®, MS

Steven Bell
The Wealth Conservatory
(417) 832-0990
435 East Walnut Street
Springfield, MO
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, High Net Worth Client Needs, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, College/Education Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Bank of America - Lebanon Main
(417) 532-3184
104 North Jefferson
Lebanon, MO
Type
Banking Center
Services
Banking Center Services: Change Order, Commercial Deposits, Night Deposits, Drive Up
Outdoor ATM Services: Open 24 Hours, Talking ATM, Braille, Accepts Deposits, Drive Up, Deposit Image
Languages
English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, French, Russian, Portuguese
Office Hours
Monday 9-3
Tuesday 9-3
Wednesday 9-3
Thursday 9-3
Friday 9-5
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Drive Up Hours
Monday 8-6
Tuesday 8-6
Wednesday 8-6
Thursday 8-6
Friday 8-6
Saturday 8-12
Sunday Closed

Jack D. White
Fidelis Financial Planning, L.L.C.
(636) 922-9252
42 Portwest Court
St. Charles, MO
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Tax Planning, Ongoing Investment Management, Middle Income Client Needs, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MA

Michael Babcock
The Wealth Conservatory
(417) 832-0990
435 East Walnut Street
Springfield, MO
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, College/Education Planning, Middle Income Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA

Patricia Conway
Conway Financial Group, LLC
(314) 579-9157
390 South Woods Mill Road, Suite 175
Chesterfield, MO
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Kristine McKinley
Beacon Financial Advisors, LLC
(816) 739-4853
200 NE Missouri Rd, Ste 200
Lees Summit, MO
Expertises
Newlyweds & Novice Investors, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA

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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