Category Archives: Business Credit

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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Paying off a past due balance while ordering more products

Michelle, Since 1995 my husband & I own a small company. Around 2007 we aquired a lot of debt through our vendor who we still currently use. They put us on COD in ’08 while paying what we can (average … Continue reading

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Business to Business Collection Agency

Michelle, We are getting ready to roll out a B2B Collection agency and have some questions: Do we need any licensing if no consumer collections? Yes, if the state you are in or the states you are collecting in require … Continue reading

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Biggest Credit and Collection Mistakes

The biggest mistake business owners make when extending credit is not checking credit or extending credit blindly to anyone who walks in the door. Another big mistake business owners make with credit & collections is not staying up to date … Continue reading

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Top 3 Signs a potential customer is a Credit Risk

How can you tell if a customer might be a credit risk?  There are signs you can look for. If they shy away from filling out any paperwork, be cautious.  If someone has good credit and nothing to hide they … Continue reading

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Setting Credit Limits

You have your signed credit applications, you are having your customers fill them out and checking references. Now your stuck. How do you decide how much credit to extend or if you should extend credit to this person? There are … Continue reading

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Enforcing your Credit Policy

So you finally have a credit policy written and ready to go! How can you get everyone at your company to follow the policy? This can be harder than writing the policy!  First of all, have a metting and give … Continue reading

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Getting a Handle on Credit Management

Who is “In charge” of your business credit? So many people can’t answer this question! Not a good thing! If you can’t answer this question you need to look around and decide who is going to be in charge of … Continue reading

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Improve your A/R with 6 Easy Steps

Some things you can to do improve your cash flow and lower your A/R: Offer discounts Get 50% down Check new customers credit Sell old outdated inventory Issue invoices immediately Follow up right away with slow paying customers

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