Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Portland ME

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.”

Jeffrey Bogue
Bogue Asset Management
207-699-1331 Ext. 6331
415 Congress Street
Portland, ME
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Advising Medical Professionals, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®

Karen Elise Kilbride
On Course Financial Group, LLC
(207) 775-1177
14 Pleasant Street
Portland, ME
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS

Susan Veligor
Cornerstone Financial Planning, LLC
(207) 772-8133
70 Center Street, 2nd Level
Portland, ME
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®

Mr. Timothy S. Keene, CFP®
(207) 228-2639
2 Portland Sq Ste 700
Portland, ME
Firm
Ameriprise Financial
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

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Mr. Scott B Dow, CFP®
(207) 253-3403
511 Congress St Ste 601
Portland, ME
Firm
Northwestern Mutual Investment Services

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Michael Donahoe
On Course Financial Group, LLC
(207) 775-1177
14 Pleasant Street
Portland, ME
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Jill Boynton
Cornerstone Financial Planning, LLC
(207) 772-8133
70 Center Street, 2nd Level
Portland, ME
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Divorce Planning, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CDFA, CFP®

Thomas Rogers
Portland Financial Planning Group, LLC
(207) 771-8821
477 Congress Street, Suite 814
Portland, ME
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples, Insurance Related Issues, including Annuities, Socially Responsible Investments
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®

Mr. James L. Jackson, CFP®
(207) 775-2990
2 Portland Square
Portland, ME
Firm
RBC Wealth Management

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Ms. Maryjane Holmes, CFP®
(207) 781-7301
77 Middle St
Portland, ME
Firm
Northeast Financial Services
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, Estate Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Management, Long-Term Care, Retirement Income Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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

Profession: Business Executives

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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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