Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts New Orleans LA

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.”

Keith Deane
Deane Retirement Strategies, Inc.
(504) 582-2345
1100 Poydras Street, Suite 2065
New Orleans, LA
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, High Net Worth Client Needs, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CRC

Shelley Ferro
Ferro Financial LLC
(504) 831-1813
2121 N. Causeway Blvd Suite 160
Metarie, LA
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, EA

Mr. Paul Christian Morgan, CFP®
(504) 595-3243
909 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA
Firm
Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Banking, Budget Development, Business Succession Planning, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Debt Management

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Mr. Maurice D. Olson, CFP®
(504) 533-7763
201 Saint Charles Ave Fl 23
New Orleans, LA
Firm
Capital One Asset Management

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Mrs. Holly S. Nichols, CFP®
(504) 623-6345
201 St Charles Ave, 28th Floor
New Orleans, LA
Firm
JPMorgan
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Banking, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Debt Management, Education Planning, Estate Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $5,000,001 or more



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Linda Deane
Deane Retirement Strategies, Inc.
(504) 582-2345
1100 Poydras Street, Suite 2065
New Orleans, LA
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, High Net Worth Client Needs, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIF, CEA, CFP®, CRC, RFC

Michael Zabalaoui
Resource Management, Inc.
(504) 833-5378
3300 West Esplanade Avenue, Suite 509
Metairie, LA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS, MS

Mr. Wesley P. Martinez, CFP®
(504) 566-4227
1010 Common St Ste 101A
New Orleans, LA
Firm
Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Banking, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Debt Management, Education Planning, Estate Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

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Mrs. Mary E. Colon, CFP®
(504) 587-9646
1100 Poydras
New Orleans, LA
Firm
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

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Ms. Ann P Colvin, CFP®
(504) 623-1604
201 Saint Charles Ave Fl 28
New Orleans, LA
Firm
J.P. Morgan Asset Management
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Banking, Business Succession Planning, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Cross-Border Planning, Debt Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $5,000,001 or more

Average Income: $250,001 - $500,000

Profession: Not Applicable

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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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