Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Muskogee OK

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.”

Mr. Jay Nathan Dickenson, CFP®
(800) 722-9681
213 N 3rd St
Muskogee, OK
Firm
Stifel Nicolaus
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Business Succession Planning, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Investment Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

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

Profession: Service Professionals

Data Provided by:
Mr. Terry L. Ellis, Jr., CFP®
(918) 682-4808
1411 S York St
Muskogee, OK
Firm
Edward Jones
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Education Planning, Estate Planning, General Financial Planning, Government and Military, Insurance Planning, Investment Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

Profession: Government Employees

Data Provided by:
Bank of America - North 3rd Street
(918) 686-8491
333 N. 3rd
Muskogee, OK
Type
Banking Center
Services
Banking Center Services: Change Order, Drive Up
Outdoor ATM Services: Open 24 Hours, Talking ATM, Braille, Drive Up
Languages
English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, French, Russian, Portuguese
Office Hours
Monday N/A
Tuesday N/A
Wednesday N/A
Thursday N/A
Friday N/A
Saturday N/A
Sunday N/A
Drive Up Hours
Monday 8-6
Tuesday 8-6
Wednesday 8-6
Thursday 8-6
Friday 8-6
Saturday 9-12
Sunday Closed

Pamela L Treadwell Cpa Cfp
(918) 682-5756
233 W Broadway St
Muskogee, OK
 
Credit Counseling Centers Of Oklahoma Inc
(918) 683-2778
323 W Broadway St
Muskogee, OK
 
Mr. Brent N. Thompson, CFP®
(918) 781-6120
401 N Main St
Muskogee, OK
Firm
Citizens Security Bank

Data Provided by:
Bank of America - Muskogee
(918) 681-3395
230 W. Broadway St
Muskogee, OK
Type
Banking Center
Services
Banking Center Services: Change Order, Commercial Deposits, Night Deposits
Outdoor ATM Services: Open 24 Hours, Talking ATM, Braille, Accepts Deposits, Deposit Image
Languages
English, Spanish
Office Hours
Monday 9-4
Tuesday 9-4
Wednesday 9-4
Thursday 9-4
Friday 9-5
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Financial Planning Associates
(918) 781-0000
2019 N Main St
Muskogee, OK
 
First Financial Center
(918) 681-7144
510 N Main St
Muskogee, OK
 
American General Financial Services
(918) 686-7171
3413 Chandler Rd
Muskogee, OK
 
Data Provided by:

Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts

Provided By: 

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...

Click here to read more from Home Business Magazine

© Copyright 2013 Home Business Magazine. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms and Conditions
Infoswell Media