Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Sioux Falls SD

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.”

Daniel Lynn Freese, CFP®
(605) 339-8729
141 N Main Ave Ste 601
Sioux Falls, SD
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USBancorp
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Asset Allocation, Budget Development, Business Succession Planning, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Debt Management, Divorce Issues

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Mr. David D. Brandt, CFP®
(605) 336-0935
622 S Minnesota Ave
Sioux Falls, SD
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Brandt Solomon & Anderson LLP
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Accounting, Asset Allocation, Business Succession Planning, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Divorce Issues, Education Planning, Estate Planning

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Mr. Thomas E. Pruner Jr., CFP®
(605) 339-1999
200 E 10th Street
Sioux Falls, SD
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Eide Bailly, LLP

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Chance C. Stoeser, CFP®
(605) 366-0789
3301 E 26th St Ste 111
Sioux Falls, SD
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Edward Jones
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Asset Allocation, Banking, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Debt Management, Estate Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Management
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Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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

Profession: Medical/Dental Professionals

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Ms. Barb J. Vavruska, CFP®
(605) 274-9156
3901 E 10th St
Sioux Falls, SD
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Securities America, Inc.

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(605) 977-2709
200 E 10th St Ste 500
Sioux Falls, SD
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Eide Bailly LLP

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(605) 977-2801
200 E 10th Street, Ste 500
Sioux Falls, SD
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Eide Bailly Financial Services

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(605) 335-1693
1509 S Minnesota Ave Ste 203
Sioux Falls, SD
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Ameriprise Financial Services,

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(605) 338-6500
300 Cherapa Place
Sioux Falls, SD
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Morgan Stanley
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Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

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



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(605) 335-1693
1509 S Minnesota Ave Ste 6
Sioux Falls, SD
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Ameriprise Financial

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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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