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Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Tempe AZ

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.”

Michael Searcy
Ronald Blue & Co., LLC
(480) 820-2660
60 East Rio Salado Parkway, Suite 1012
Tempe, AZ
Expertises
Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, High Net Worth Client Needs, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Financial Issues Between Generations
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, ChFc, CLU

Brian Wruk
Transition Financial Advisors, Inc.
(480) 722-9414
20 West Juniper Avenue, Suite 101
Gilbert, AZ
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Robert Keats
Keats, Connelly and Associates, LLC
(602) 955-5007 Ext: 210
3336 North 32nd Street, Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Financial Issues Between Generations, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, MSFS

Neal Van Zutphen
Delta Ventures Financial Counsel, Inc.
(480) 924-5613
2855 E. Brown Road, Suite 5
Mesa, AZ
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Advising Medical Professionals, Financial Psychology/Coaching, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MS

Michael Larriva
Perspective Financial Services, LLC
(602) 635-1313 or 235-0336
1440 E. Missouri Avenue, Suite 250
Phoenix, AZ
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Advising Medical Professionals, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®

Philip Stoker
Stoker Ostler Wealth Advisors
(480) 890-8088
4900 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 2600
Scottsdale, AZ
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Dale Walters
Keats, Connelly and Associates, LLC
(602) 955-5007 Ext: 210
3336 North 32nd Street, Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, College/Education Planning, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, CPA/PFS

John Stephens
TCI Wealth Advisors, Inc.
(480) 991-0401
7550 E. McDonald Drive, Suite D
Scottsdale, AZ
Expertises
Advising Medical Professionals, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, High Net Worth Client Needs, Ongoing Investment Management, Advising Entrepreneurs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®, MBA, MD

Jon Ford
Commission Free Financial Planning Solutions, Inc.
(480) 641-0044
648 Leisure World
Mesa, AZ
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®, MA

Robert Burger
Perspective Financial Services, LLC
(602) 635-1313 or 235-0336
1440 E. Missouri Avenue, Suite 250
Phoenix, AZ
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Ongoing Investment Management, Middle Income Client Needs, Divorce Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CDFA, CFP®

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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