Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Maryland Heights 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.”

Heidi French
Heidi French & Associates, LLC
(314) 432-1725
955 Executive Parkway, Suite 221
Creve Coeur, MO
Expertises
Middle Income Client Needs, High Net Worth Client Needs, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

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

James Reding
Paradigm Wealth 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
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, JD

Michael Tinkler
Cambridge Capital Management, LLC
(314) 454-0438
1200 South Big Bend
St. Louis, MO
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Hourly Financial Planning Services
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA

Mr. Andrew M. Nicholl, CFP®
(314) 994-3212
150 Weldon Pkwy
Maryland Heights, MO

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Elizabeth Cauble
Cauble & Harre Wealth Management
(314) 576-1112
12977 North 40 Drive, Suite 213
St. Louis, MO
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

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

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

Terrance Davis
Terrance P. Davis, CPA/PFS
(314) 963-0569
8460 Watson Road, Suite 225
St. Louis, MO
Expertises
Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CPA/PFS, MS

Mr. John J. Gallia Jr., CFP®
(314) 515-1372
130 Edward Jones Blvd
Maryland Heights, MO
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Edward Jones & Co.

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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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