Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Whiteville NC

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.”

David Blain
D.L. Blain & Co., LLC
(252) 633-0107
2131 S. Glenburnie Road, Suite 8
New Bern, NC
Expertises
Planning Issues for Business Owners, Ongoing Investment Management, Tax Planning, High Net Worth Client Needs, Real Estate Investments, Financial Issues Between Generations
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA

Kenneth Frenke
Kenneth Frenke & Co.
(828) 654-9343
15 Loop Road, Suite 105
Arden, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Financial Issues Between Generations, High Net Worth Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, MS

Joel Kelley
Woodstone Financial, LLC
(828) 225-1730
30 Town Square Blvd
Asheville, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, College/Education Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, M.Ed.

Michael Palmer
Trust Company of the South
(919) 781-8287
3600 Glenwood Ave. Suite 210
Raleigh, NC
Expertises
Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Financial Issues Between Generations, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

John Gugle
Alpha Financial Advisors, LLC
(704) 716-1100
13925 Ballantyne Corporate Place, Suite 280
Charlotte, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Advising Medical Professionals, College/Education Planning, High Net Worth Client Needs, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CRPC

Robert Blanke
Braeside Financial Planning, LLC
(828) 398-2816
37 Haywood Street, Suite 200
Asheville, NC
Expertises
Cash Flow/Budgets/Credit Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, Middle Income Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA

Thomas Tillery
Paraklete Financial, Inc.
(919) 872-0192
3120 Highwoods Blvd., Suite 207
Raleigh, NC
Expertises
Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Charitable Giving - Trusts & Foundations, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Insurance Related Issues, including Annuities, High Net Worth Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, ChFc, CLU, CRPC, MSFS, EdM

Dennis Stearns
Stearns Financial Services Group, Inc.
(800) 881-7374
324 W. Wendover Avenue, Suite 204
Greensboro, NC
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Ongoing Investment Management, High Net Worth Client Needs, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, College/Education Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, ChFc, MSFS

Bart Boyer
Parsec Financial Management, Inc.
(828) 255-0271 Ext: *812
PO Box 2324
Asheville, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®

Brian Fenn
Carolina Capital Consulting, Inc.
(704) 541-3199
3111 Springbank Lane, Suite B
Charlotte, NC
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Advising Medical Professionals, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, ChFc, CLU

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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