Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Pleasant Grove UT

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.”

Benjamin Olson
Ronald Olson, Inc.
(801) 785-3254
351 East 140 North
Lindon, UT
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, Middle Income Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA

Robert Christenson
Net Worth Advisory Group
(801) 566-6639
9980 South, 300 West
Sandy, UT
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, Hourly Financial Planning Services
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, MBA

David Swapp
Net Worth Advisory Group
(801) 566-6639
9980 South, 300 West
Sandy, UT
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, MBA

Mr. Joseph Grant Olson, CFP®
(801) 785-3254
351 E. 140 N.
Lindon, UT
Firm
R.O.I. (Ronald Olson, Inc.)
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Comprehensive Financial Planning, General Financial Planning, Investment Management, Investment Planning, Retirement Income Management, Retirement Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: Not Applicable

Average Income: Not Applicable

Profession: Not Applicable

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Mr. Arthur J. Smithee Jr., CFP®
(801) 705-9905
130 W Center St Ste 301
Orem, UT
Firm
Wealth Management Consulting I

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J Grant Olson
Ronald Olson, Inc.
(801) 785-3254
351 East 140 North
Lindon, UT
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, College/Education Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Ray LeVitre
Net Worth Advisory Group
(801) 566-6639
9980 South, 300 West
Sandy, UT
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, Insurance Related Issues, including Annuities, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Mr. James A. Ferrin, CFP®
(801) 224-9867
1955 West Grove Parkway, Ste. 200
Pleasant Grove, UT
Firm
Ferrin Capital Advisors, Inc.
Areas of Specialization
Investment Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

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

Profession: Service Professionals

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Mr. Daniel S. Summerhays, CFP®
(801) 349-0102
724 E 200 N
Alpine, UT

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Mr. Brian B. Hansen, CFP®
(801) 756-2458
994 Moyle Dr.
Alpine, UT
Firm
Hansen Wealth Management

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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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