Category Archives: collection agencies

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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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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Top 5 Tips for Starting a Collection Agency

One of the newer members of my Credit & Collections Association asked the group for tips or help with starting a new collection agency.  John Fahrlender from Greenberg,Grant & Richards and a member of my association had some great tips … Continue reading

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How to Choose a Collection Agency Part 1

How do you know what to look for when you decide to place accounts with a collection agency? It is important to do your homework and learn how to choose an honest and ethical agency. You want to be sure … Continue reading

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Changing the negative bill collector image

SLOWLY. Slower than slow. When I started my Credit & Collections Association in 10 years ago, one of my goals was to help to change the negative reputation bill collectors have.  With more and more news stories focusing on the … Continue reading

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The Importance of Verifying your Debtor

Verizon recently sent an account to collections and it turns out the debtor was a dog named Andy. This seems so unusual not because of what happened but maybe because Verizon is supposed to be a huge company, with values … Continue reading

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A Credit Policy Checklist

Who will be your credit manager, collector or in charge of the credit department?    Pick one person to be in charge of all credit applications and reports. Write that name down so you can talk to that person about this … Continue reading

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“Bad Paper” by Jake Halpern

Thank you to Jake Halpern for sending me a copy of his newest book, “Bad Paper” to read and review.  Having worked in the credit and debt collection industry for over 27 years, I looked forward to reading a book … Continue reading

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What is considered FDCPA Harassment?

As you make collection calls to debtors, how do you determine how often to call so that it is not considered harassment under the FDCPA? When a debtor hangs up on you do you call right back or how long … Continue reading

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Skip Tracing resources

Anyone who owns a collection agency knows you use many resources to skip trace debtors.  I wanted to share a list of some skip tracing websites recommended by the Skip Tracing Advisor, Ron Brown. AnyWho AT&T Directory Assistance SuperPages Switchboard … Continue reading

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