Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts West Des Moines IA

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.”

Johnne Syverson
Syverson Strege & Company
(515) 225-6000
4400 Westown Parkway, Suite 405
West Des Moines, IA
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AEP, CAP, CFP®, ChFc, CLU, MSFS

Walt Mozdzer
Syverson Strege & Company
(515) 225-6000
4400 Westown Parkway, Suite 405
West Des Moines, IA
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Wayne Van Heuvelen
Horizon Consulting & Investment Services, Inc.
(515) 252-0796
2400 86th Street, Suite 19
Urbandale, IA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, High Net Worth Client Needs, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Tax Planning, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BA, CFP®, JD, MA

Mr. Reed R. Rinderknecht, CFP®
(515) 226-9000
1001 Grand Ave
West Des Moines, IA
Firm
Foster Group
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Investment Management, Retirement Planning, Sudden Wealth Management, Wealth Management
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $5,000,001 or more

Average Income: $500,001 - $1,000,000

Profession: Medical/Dental Professionals

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Mr. Adam Bain Obrecht, CFP®
(515) 224-7849
2001 Westown Pkwy Ste 110
West Des Moines, IA
Firm
AO Wealth Advisory
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Banking, Budget Development, Business Succession Planning, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Debt Management

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David Strege
Syverson Strege & Company
(515) 225-6000
4400 Westown Parkway, Suite 405
West Des Moines, IA
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®

Brian McKibban
Syverson Strege & Company
(515) 225-6000
4400 Westown Parkway, Suite 405
West Des Moines, IA
Expertises
High Net Worth Client Needs, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Mr. Kurtis S. Pearson, CFP®
(515) 327-1020
5015 Grand Ridge Dr
West Des Moines, IA
Firm
Compass Financial

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Ms. Julie A. Fuller, CFP®
(515) 657-3186
4800 Mills Civic Pkwy Ste 205
West Des Moines, IA
Firm
Generations Wealth Management

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Mr. Jason F. Vos, CFP®
(515) 224-0596
936 8th St
West Des Moines, IA
Firm
Chartered Financial Services, Ltd.
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Budget Development, Business Succession Planning, Charitable Giving, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Debt Management, Divorce Issues

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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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