Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Ooltewah TN

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.”

Jim Tarvin
Guardian Wealth Management Inc.
(423) 510-0409
6151 Shallowford Road, Suite 102
Chattanooga, TN
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, Financial Issues Between Generations, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, High Net Worth Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BBA, CFP®

David Hodges
Integra Wealth, LLC
(423) 664-0344
871 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN
Expertises
Planning Issues for Business Owners, Advising Medical Professionals, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples, Tax Planning, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, High Net Worth Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Mr. William D. Stuart, CFP®
(423) 648-4400
1210 Premier Dr
Chattanooga, TN
Firm
Ameriprise Financial

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Mr. Bryan Craig Kelly, CFP®
(423) 386-5751
7047 Lee Hwy Ste 309
Chattanooga, TN
Firm
Ameriprise Financial
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Budget Development, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Divorce Issues, Education Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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

Profession: Business Executives

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James M Scotchie, CFP®
(423) 424-3301
6111 Shallowford Road
Chattanooga, TN
Firm
Ameriprise Financial
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, Estate Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Planning, Long-Term Care, Retirement Income Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

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Don VanLandingham
Guardian Wealth Management Inc.
(423) 510-0409
6151 Shallowford Road, Suite 102
Chattanooga, TN
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CPA/PFS

Mr. Robert D. Pippenger, CFP®
(423) 424-3330
6111 Shallowford Rd Ste 103
Chattanooga, TN
Firm
Wachovia Financial Network
Areas of Specialization
Business Succession Planning, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Estate Planning, Investment Management, Sudden Wealth Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

Average Income: $50,001 - $100,000

Profession: Business Executives

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Mr. I. Alan Johnston, CFP®
(423) 648-4400
1210 Premier Dr
Chattanooga, TN
Firm
Ameriprise Financial

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Dr. Jeffrey P. Davenport, CFP®
7833 Legacy Park Court
Chattanooga, TN
Firm
Davenport PA

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Mr. James C. Tarvin, CFP®
(423) 510-0409
6151 Shallowford Rd. Ste. 102
Chattanooga, TN
Firm
Guardian Wealth Management
Areas of Specialization
Retirement Planning, Tax Planning, Wealth Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

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

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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