Tighten-Up on Your Home Business Accounts Wilmington DE

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.”

Kristofor Behn
Fieldstone Financial Management Group, LLC
(800) 888-5164
The Brandywine Building
Wilmington, DE
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Financial Issues Between Generations, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, College/Education Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®

Burwell Hutchinson
Fischer & Hutchinson Wealth Advisors, LLC
(302) 442-4233
5560 Kirkwood Highway
Wilmington, DE
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Real Estate Investments, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA

Joan Sharp
Life Strategies, LLC
(302) 324-5363
42 Read's Way, New Castle Corp. Commons
New Castle, DE
Expertises
Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals, Newlyweds & Novice Investors, Special Needs Planning, Planning Issues for Unmarried & Same-Sex Couples, Women's Financial Planning Issues
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CAP, CFP®, ChFc, MSFS

Paul Baumbach
Mallard Advisors, LLC
(302) 737-4546
750 Barksdale Road, Suite 3
Newark, DE
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Socially Responsible Investments
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFA, CFP®, ChFc, MS

Alan Schapire
Libra Financial Planning
(610) 891-0762
280 N. Providence Road, Suite 100
Media, PA
Expertises
Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Tax Planning, Hourly Financial Planning Services, Middle Income Client Needs, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, CPA/PFS, MBA

Donald Nicholson
Donald W Nicholson & Associates, Ltd.
(302) 529-1500
1403 Silverside Road, Suite B
Wilmington, DE
Expertises
Financial Issues Between Generations, Retirement Plan Investment Advice, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Helping Clients Identify & Achieve Goals
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, AAMS, CFP®

Vincent Schiavi
Schiavi + Dattani
(302) 994-4444
2710 Centerville Road, Suite 201
Wilmington, DE
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Ongoing Investment Management, Planning Concerns for Corporate Executives, Tax Planning
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, CPA/PFS

William Starnes
Mallard Advisors, LLC
(302) 239-1654
1041 Valley Road
Hockessin, DE
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Investment Advice without Ongoing Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Planning Issues for Business Owners
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, ChFc, MST

Thomas Smedile
Swarthmore Financial Advisors, Ltd.
(610) 892-9922
10 Veterans Square, Second Floor
Media, PA
Expertises
Ongoing Investment Management, Estate & Generational Planning Issues, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CPA/PFS, MST

William Heidig
FiscalWise, Inc.
(610) 891-7760
55 State Road, 2nd Floor
Media, PA
Expertises
Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Advising Entrepreneurs, Women's Financial Planning Issues, Advising Medical Professionals, Planning Issues for Business Owners, Ongoing Investment Management
Certifications
NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, BS, CFP®, MBA

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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