Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Willoughby OH

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.”

Donald Purtill
Purtill Financial LLC
(440) 484-5340
38 Alpha Park
Highland Heights, OH
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, High Net Worth Client Needs, Tax Planning, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, College/Education Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CPA/PFS, MBA

Matthew Olver
Spero-Smith Investment Advisers, Inc.
(216) 464-6266
3601 Green Road, Suite 102
Cleveland, OH
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, College/Education Planning, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, High Net Worth Client Needs
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

Mr. Thomas C. Pitrone, CFP®
(440) 951-8200
34920 Ridge Road, #100
Willoughy, OH
Firm
The Integrity Group
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Business Succession Planning, Charitable Giving, Divorce Issues, Elder Care, Estate Planning, Insurance Planning
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $500,001 - $1,000,000

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

Profession: Self-Employed Business Owners

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Mr. David E. Bucholtz, CFP®
(440) 944-7070
2786 SOM Center
Willoughby Hills, OH
Firm
Bucholtz Consulting, llc.
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, Estate Planning, Investment Management, Life Planning, Planning for Couples
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $1,000,001 - $5,000,000



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Mr. Jeremiah P. Brudno, CFP®
(440) 209-1765
6081 Andrews Rd.
Mentor on the Lake, OH
Firm
Chase Investment Services Corp
Areas of Specialization
Asset Allocation, Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, General Financial Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Management, Retirement Planning

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Mimi Lord
Spero-Smith Investment Advisers, Inc.
(216) 464-6266
3601 Green Road, Suite 102
Cleveland, OH
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, High Net Worth Client Needs, Tax Planning, Advising Employee Benefit Plan Participants
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®, MBA

Constance Stone
Stepping Stone Financial, Inc.
(440) 247-4870
7160 Chagrin Road, Suite 135
Chagrin Falls, OH
Expertises
Women's Financial Planning Issues, Middle Income Client Needs, Tax Planning, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, ATP, CFP®

Ms. Kristine Lausin, CFP®
(440) 953-3630
37121 Euclid Ave
Willoughby, OH
Firm
Lincoln Financial Planning
Areas of Specialization
Comprehensive Financial Planning, Education Planning, General Financial Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Management, LGBT Individuals and Couples, Long-Term Care
Key Considerations
Average Net Worth: $250,001 - $500,000

Average Income: $50,001 - $100,000



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Mr. Matt D'Arcy, CFP®
(440) 944-6288
32341 Vine St
Willowick, OH
Firm
Greybridge Financial Group

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Mr. Michael A. Germo, CFP®
(440) 942-0667
7959 Reynolds Rd
Mentor, OH
Firm
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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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