Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Sherwood AR

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.”

Edward Mahaffy
ClientFirst Wealth Management, LLC
(501) 603-0406
1501 N. University, Suite 615
Little Rock, AR
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, High Net Worth Client Needs, Tax Planning, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, ChFc, MBA

Mary McCraw
The Arkansas Financial Group, Inc.
(501) 376-9051
1001 N. University Avenue, Suite 200
Little Rock, AR
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, College/Education Planning, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Advising Medical Professionals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Alvin Rogers
Financial Legacy Management Inc.
(501) 224-7256
10801 Executive Center Drive, Suite 205
Little Rock, AR
Expertises
Planning Issues for Business Owners, Middle Income Client Needs, Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Medical Professionals, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, College/Education Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Mr. W. Ed Rownd, CFP®
(501) 834-0804
5002 Madison Ave
Jacksonville, AR
Firm
Rownd Asset Management

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Mr. Ryan M. Fuchs, CFP®
(214) 256-3099
17300 Chenal Pkwy Ste 150
Little Rock, AR
Firm
Ifrah Financial Services, Inc.
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning, Debt Management, Education Planning, Employee and Employer Plan Benefits, General Financial Planning, Investment Management, Investment Planning

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Cynthia Conger
Cynthia L. Conger, CPA, PA
(501) 374-1174
2300 Andover Court, Suite 560
Little Rock, AR
Expertises
Women's Financial Planning Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Financial Issues Between Generations, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS

Kristina Bolhouse
The Arkansas Financial Group, Inc.
(501) 376-9051
1001 N. University Avenue, Suite 200
Little Rock, AR
Expertises
Advising Medical Professionals, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS

Mr. Russell K. Kelso, CFP®
(501) 975-2639
10 Parkstone Circle
N. Little Rock, AR
Firm
Ameriprise Financial Services
Areas of Specialization
General Financial Planning, Investment Management, Retirement Income Management, Retirement Planning, Women's Finances
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $100,001 - $250,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

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Mr. G. Stephen White, CFP®
(501) 975-2639
10 Parkstone Circle
North Little Rock, AR
Firm
Ameriprise Financial

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Mr. Larry R. Root, CFP®
(501) 975-7999
22 Rahling Circle
Little Rock, AR
Firm
Ameriprise Financial
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Investment Management, Retirement Income Management, Small Business Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

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



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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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