Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Sandpoint ID

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. Kevin D Kluender, CFP®
(208) 263-1040
101 N 1st Ave Ste B
Sandpoint, ID
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Kevin Kluender CPA CFP
Areas of Specialization
Accounting, Asset Allocation, Banking, Business Succession Planning, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Divorce Issues
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Average Net Worth: Not Applicable

Average Income: Not Applicable

Profession: Self-Employed Business Owners

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Nancy A. Hadley, CFP®
(208) 263-2010
805 Pine Street
Sandpoint, ID
Firm
D. A. Davidson & Co.
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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



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US Bank - Sandpoint Office
(208) 263-6891
201 Main St
Sandpoint, ID
Drive Up Hours
Mon 09:00 am to 05:30 pm
Tue 09:00 am to 05:30 pm
Wed 09:00 am to 05:30 pm
Thur 09:00 am to 05:30 pm
Fri 09:00 am to 06:00 pm
Sat 09:00 am to 01:00 pm

Wells Fargo - Sandpoint
(208) 255-3880
320 N 4Th Ave
Sandpoint, ID
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Branch
Office Hours
Mon-Thu 08:30 AM-05:30 PM
Fri 08:30 AM-06:00 PM
Sat 09:00 AM-03:00 PM
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Wells Fargo - Priest River
(208) 448-2462
1130 W Albeni Hwy
Priest River, ID
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Branch
Office Hours
Mon-Thu 08:30 AM-05:00 PM
Fri 08:30 AM-06:00 PM
Sat-Sun Closed

Mark A. Schiller, CFP®
(208) 265-5959
708 Superior St
Sandpoint, ID
Firm
Williams & Parsons Financial S
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Accounting, Asset Allocation, Budget Development, Business Succession Planning, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Debt Management, Divorce Issues
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Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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



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Mark Bret Umek, CFP®
(208) 255-2766
123 S 3rd Ave
Sandpoint, ID
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Steckler & Wynns Financial Group
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Comprehensive Financial Planning, Investment Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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

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Bank of America - Sandpoint
(208) 263-7591
405 N 2nd Ave
Sandpoint, ID
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Banking Center
Services
Banking Center Services: Change Order, Commercial Deposits, Night Deposits, Drive Up
Outdoor ATM Services: Open 24 Hours, Braille, Accepts Deposits, Drive Up
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English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, French, Russian, Portuguese
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Monday 9-5
Tuesday 9-5
Wednesday 9-5
Thursday 9-5
Friday 9-6
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
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Monday 9-5
Tuesday 9-5
Wednesday 9-5
Thursday 9-5
Friday 9-6
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

US Bank - Priest River Office
(208) 448-1131
102 Treat St
Priest River, ID
Drive Up Hours
Mon 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
Tue 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
Wed 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
Thur 09:00 am to 05:00 pm
Fri 09:00 am to 06:00 pm

Edward Jones
(888) 891-1440
1305 Highway 2
Sandpoint, ID

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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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