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Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Shawnee OK

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.”

Kermit M. Milburn, CFP®
(405) 275-2551
1507 N Shawnee
Shawnee, OK
Firm
Kermit M. Milburn PLLC

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Mr. James E. Smith, CFP®
(405) 275-2030
318 W Macarthur St
Shawnee, OK
Firm
Edward D Jones & Company

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Trey Cooper
Adams Hall Asset Management, LLC
(918) 665-2446
4200 E. Skelly Drive, Suite 950
Tulsa, OK
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, High Net Worth Client Needs, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, College/Education Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Scott Logan
Asset Planning Solutions, LLC
(405) 608-3099
1233 E. 33rd
Edmond, OK
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Alternative or Private Investments, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Adam Leavitt
Disciplined Investments, LLC
(918) 388-2690
2200 South Utica Place, Suite 400
Tulsa, OK
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Daniel Porter Mcmains, CFP®
(405) 214-4971
3813 N Harrison Ave
Shawnee, OK
Firm
Edward Jones
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Budget Development, Business Succession Planning, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Debt Management, Education Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

Average Income: $50,001 - $100,000

Profession: Not Applicable

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J. Harvie Roe
AmeriTrust Investment Advisors, Inc.
(918) 610-8080
4111 South Darlington, Suite 450
Tulsa, OK
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, High Net Worth Client Needs, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BBA, CFP®, MBA

Kevin Jacobs
Step By Step Tax and Financial Planning, LLC
(918) 806-6596
2031 West Houston Street
Broken Arrow, OK
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Middle Income Client Needs, Tax Planning, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Jana Shoulders
Adams Hall Asset Management, LLC
(918) 665-2446
4200 E. Skelly Drive, Suite 950
Tulsa, OK
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Ongoing Investment Management, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AEP, AIF, CPA

Mr. Joe B. Kreger, CFP®
(405) 340-0852
6301 Waterford Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK
Firm
Northwestern Mutual Financial
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Business Succession Planning, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, Estate Planning, General Financial Planning, Insurance Planning

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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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