Author Archives: Michelle Dunn

Which clients are most profitable for collection agencies?

Many of my consulting clients as me which types of debt would be the most profitable for my collection agency.  Based on my experience agencies can be more profitable if they collect on some commercial accounts, or specialize in collecting … Continue reading

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Most Profitable Industries for Collection Agencies

Many of my consulting clients ask me what are the most profitable industries for a collection agency to collect in?  Based on my experience agencies can be more profitable if they collect on some commercial accounts, or specialize in collecting … Continue reading

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How to collect money from difficult people, while keeping your cool

Collecting money is a job most people shy away from, no one likes a confrontation.  For some being asked to pay a bill is insulting and they take offense, resulting in them becoming defensive when you bring up the subject.  … Continue reading

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The most successful collectors help their debtors

With the economy still a mess and many consumers still struggling there are some things bill collectors can do to help debtors pay off any debts without causing to much stress.  I recently heard of a company called A New … Continue reading

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Getting Paid from a company that moved!

Dear Michelle, We have a customer who we shipped (last year in September) a demo evaluation of a video security system.  After a long period (which was supposed to be just 60 days) he has not returned the demo unit. … Continue reading

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Tips from the Trenches: Get Your Clients to Pay Up

Meryl Evans at Web Worker Daily asks, “Do you worry about chasing down payments because you don’t want to get into a touchy situation with your clients? Just because the client hasn’t paid in a timely manner doesn’t mean you … Continue reading

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Finding new Clients for your Collection Agency

Kaulkin Ginsberg & Inside ARM have started a new feature on their website called “Ask the Expert“. Ask the Experts is an interactive section where readers can ask direct questions to the experts at Kaulkin Ginsberg, the leading strategic advisors … Continue reading

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Top 5 Don’ts for Online Debt Collections

Emailing debtors about a debt Instant messaging a debtor about a debt Initiating more payments on a bank account when additional transactions have not been authorized. Sending debt collection emails, faxes or text messages Don’t send a “friend request” to … Continue reading

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Top 9 things you should NEVER do when using social networking sites to help you collect from a past due customer

Never converse with a debtor using social media sites, utilizing the email feature or comment feature. Do not email a debtor about a debt if you think a third party can ever see that email. Do not instant message a … Continue reading

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