Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Scottsbluff NE

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. Chris E. Nelson, CFP®
(308) 632-7587
1701 1st Ave
Scottsbluff, NE
Firm
Valley Financial Planning
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, General Financial Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Management

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Mr. Troy A. Herman, CFP®
(308) 436-2188
1524 10th St
Gering, NE
Firm
Wiedeman Financial Services, LLC
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Banking, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Debt Management, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Investment Management, Retirement Planning

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Mr. Myron R. Gompert, CFP®
(308) 623-0101
1450 Center Avenue
Mitchell, NE
Firm
Gompert Financial
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Banking, Business Succession Planning, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Healthcare Planning, Securities

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US Bank - Gering Office
(308) 436-5066
1650 10th St
Gering, NE
Languages
Spanish
Drive Up Hours
Mon 08:30 am to 05:00 pm
Tue 08:30 am to 05:00 pm
Wed 08:30 am to 05:00 pm
Thur 08:30 am to 05:00 pm
Fri 08:30 am to 05:00 pm

Michael Karstens
Karstens Investment Counsel, Inc.
(402) 492-2727
10250 Regency Circle, Suite 100
Omaha, NE
Expertises
Advising Medical Professionals, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AIFA, BS, CFP®

Mr. Rick A. Morehouse, CFP®
(308) 635-7766
1212 Circle Dr
Scottsbluff, NE
Firm
Platte Valley Investment Center, Inc.
Areas of Specialization
Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Estate Planning, General Financial Planning, Investment Management, Retirement Income Management, Retirement Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

Average Income: $50,000 or less

Profession: Medical/Dental Professionals

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Mr. Dennis W. Wiedeman, CFP®
(308) 436-2188
PO Box 606
Gering, NE
Firm
Wiedeman Financial Services, LLC
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning

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US Bank - Scottsbluff - North Office
(308) 632-9204
702 E 27th St
Scottsbluff, NE
Languages
Spanish
Drive Up Hours
Mon 08:30 am to 05:00 pm
Tue 08:30 am to 05:00 pm
Wed 08:30 am to 05:00 pm
Thur 08:30 am to 05:00 pm
Fri 08:30 am to 05:00 pm
Sat 09:00 am to 12:00 pm

Jason Hiley
Karstens Investment Counsel, Inc.
(402) 492-2727
10250 Regency Circle, Suite 100
Omaha, NE
Expertises
Women's Financial Planning Issues, Advising Medical Professionals, College/Education Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Keith Smith
K.P. Smith Asset Management
(402) 392-0509
9910 N. 48th Street Suite 112
Omaha, NE
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, College/Education Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, PhD

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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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