Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Perth Amboy NJ

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.”

Stanley Ehrlich
S.F. Ehrlich Associates, Inc.
(908) 789-1100
PO Box 2278
Westfield, NJ
Expertises
Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Middle Income Client Needs, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, MA, MPA

Michael Maye
MJM Financial Advisors, LLC
(908) 665-0330
68 Plymouth Drive
Berkeley Heights, NJ
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS, MBA

Clare Wherley
Lassus Wherley
(908) 464-0102
1 Academy Street
New Providence, NJ
Expertises
Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA, MBA

Diahann Lassus
Lassus Wherley
(908) 464-0102
1 Academy Street
New Providence, NJ
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, CPA/PFS, MBA

Thomas Duffy
Jersey Shore Financial Advisors, LLC
(732) 229-7489
331 Newman Springs Road
Red Bank, NJ
Expertises
Financial Issues Between Generations, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Insurance Related Issues, including Annuities
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Anthony DeVito
ADV Investment Management & Financial Planning
(800) 732-5031
151 Overlook Avenue
Staten Island, NY
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Advising Medical Professionals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, Hourly Financial Planning Services
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, PhD

Eve Kaplan
Kaplan Financial Advisors, LLC
(908) 898-0549
52 Plymouth Drive
Berkeley Heights, NJ
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Planning Issues for Business Owners, High Net Worth Client Needs, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MA

James Gallo
KDI Financial Planning LLC
(908) 464-2011
52 Greenwood Road
New Providence, NJ
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, College/Education Planning, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Middle Income Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BSEE, CFP®, MS

Katharina Gschwend
Creative Financial & Divorce Planning, LLC
(908) 665-0022
112 Sherwood Drive
New Providence, NJ
Expertises
Middle Income Client Needs, Divorce Planning, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CDFA, CFP®, PhD

Robert Walsh
Lighthouse Financial Advisors, Inc.
(732) 747-6680
3 Harding Road, Suite B
Red Bank, NJ
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS

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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