Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Portland OR

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.”

Derek Lenington
Lenington Financial
(503) 928-5585
107 SE Washington Street, Suite 455
Portland, OR
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Middle Income Client Needs, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Marilyn Bergen
CMC Advisers, LLC
(503) 227-5284
4800 S.W. Macadam Avenue, Suite 305
Portland, OR
Expertises
Advising Medical Professionals, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Ryan McClung
McClung Wealth Management
(503) 639-4070
1500 NE Irving, Suite 430
Portland, OR
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Real Estate Investments, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS

Shawn Koch
Koch Financial Partners, LLC
(503) 505-5868
205 SE Spokane Street, Suite 368
Portland, OR
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Divorce Planning, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples, Middle Income Client Needs, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, JD

Terry Donahe
Cascade Wealth Management, LLC
(503) 675-4381
4248 Galewood Street
Lake Oswego, OR
Expertises
Advising Medical Professionals, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Divorce Planning, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, ChFc, CLU, MSFS

David Morganstern
CMC Advisers, LLC
(503) 227-5284
4800 S.W. Macadam Avenue, Suite 305
Portland, OR
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIF, CFP®, MS

Robert Pool
Arcadia Investment Advisors
(503) 224-4089
825 NE Multnomah Street, Suite 1160
Portland, OR
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CFS, MSFS

James Corbeau
Maas Capital Advisors, LLC
(888) 354-6227
351 NW 12th Avenue
Portland, OR
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Tim Kober
Cedar Financial Advisors, LLC
(503) 512-5890
3853 SW Hall Blvd
Beaverton, OR
Expertises
Hourly Financial Planning Services, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®

Andrew Jamison
Main Avenue Financial Services, LLC
(503) 336-3776
9725 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway
Beaverton, OR
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

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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