Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Princeton WV

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.”

Mr. Michael Shane Patton, CFP®
(304) 325-7334
1707 Jefferson St
Bluefield, WV
Firm
Raymond James Financial
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Business Succession Planning, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Estate Planning, Investment Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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



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James Winter
Mountaineer Financial Planning, LLC
(304) 722-2065
410 6th Avenue
St. Albans, WV
Expertises
Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, College/Education Planning, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS, MBA

Howard J Bertram, CFP®
(304) 243-7518
2207 National Rd
Wheeling, WV
Firm
WesBanco Securities
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Banking, Business Succession Planning, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, Estate Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

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



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Mr. James D. Perry Jr., CFP®
(304) 529-6500
300 Tenth Street
Huntington, WV
Firm
JJB Hilliard WL Lyons Inc

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Mr. P. Sean Mayberry, CFP®
(304) 757-8131
3981 Teays Valley Rd
Hurricane, WV
Firm
Lanham O'Dell & Company Inc

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Archibald Hoxton
Hoxton Financial, Inc.
(304) 876-2619
8530 Shepherdstown Pike
Shepherdstown, WV
Expertises
Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Advising Medical Professionals, High Net Worth Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AAMS, AIF, CFP®

Mr. Michael Shane Patton, CFP®
(304) 325-7334
1707 Jefferson St
Bluefield, WV
Firm
Raymond James Financial
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Business Succession Planning, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Estate Planning, Investment Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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



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Mr. Brian T. Gongaware, CFP®
(724) 263-2292
2100 Market St
Wheeling, WV
Firm
McKinley Carter Wealth Services, Inc.
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Business Succession Planning, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Debt Management, Education Planning, Elder Care
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

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



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Mr. Lester J. Clark, CFP®
(304) 598-0003
3041 University Avenue
Morgantown, WV
Firm
Ameriprie

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Mr. Archibald R. Hoxton Iv, CFP®
(304) 876-2619
PO Box E
Shepherdstown, WV
Firm
Hoxton Financial, Inc. d/b/a HFI Wealth Management
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Estate Planning, Healthcare Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

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

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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