Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Van Buren 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.”

Mr. James E. Harris, CFP®
(479) 494-3880
6501 Phoenix Ave.
Fort Smith, AR
Firm
Raymond James & Associates, In

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Mr. John R. Taylor, CFP®
(479) 782-2527
820 S 21st St
Fort Smith, AR
Firm
Sterne Agee & Leach Inc
Areas of Specialization
Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Elder Care, Estate Planning, Investment Management, Retirement Income Management, Tax Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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

Profession: Not Applicable

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Mr. Donny R. Rogers, CFP®
(479) 573-1650
818 Garrison Ave
Fort Smith, AR
Firm
Arvest Asset Management

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US Bank - Cloverleaf Office
(479) 474-7292
2901 Alma Hwy
Van Buren, AR
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

US Bank - Alma Office
(479) 632-4007
115 Hwy 64 W
Alma, AR
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 05:30 pm
Sat 09:00 am to 12:00 pm

Mr. Pettus A. Kincannon Jr., CFP®
(479) 494-3880
6501 Phoenix Ave
Fort Smith, AR
Firm
Raymond James & associates

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Mr. Brian G. De Lung, CFP®
(479) 573-1290
5000 Rogers Ave
Fort Smith, AR
Firm
Arvest Asset Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000

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

Profession: Business Executives

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US Bank - Van Buren 6th & Webster Office
(479) 474-6801
510 Webster St
Van Buren, AR
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

US Bank - Pointer Trail Office
(479) 471-1836
102 Pointer Trl W
Van Buren, AR
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 05:30 pm
Sat 09:00 am to 12:00 pm

Raymond James Financial Services
(479) 782-7782
2219 Dodson Ave
Fort Smith, AR
 
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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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