Category Archives: Collection Letters

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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What to do if a payment is late

What should I do if a payment from a customer is late? Immediately stop shipping or providing services until you have a conversation with the customer.  Contgact the customer right away, do not wait. The sooner you contact the customer … 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can to do improve your cash flow and lower your A/R: Offer discounts Get 50% down Check new customers credit Sell old outdated inventory Issue invoices immediately Follow up right away with slow paying customers

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Top 7 Debt Collection Tips

Delinquent accounts have always been a part of every business, and now it is an even bigger part of every business and the older the debt becomes, the harder it is to collect. Begin collection efforts immediately once an account … Continue reading

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Collecting Debts can save your business U.S. News & World Report

On page 113 of the issue on stands now of U.S. News & World Report is an article called “Collecting Debts can Save Your Business”, a follow up article to a couple of weeks ago.  If anyone gets this magazine, … Continue reading

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5 warning signs you need to increase your collection efforts

When you are calling debtors day in and day out, you learn a lot about them.  Many debtors share many personal stories with bill collectors, trying to explain their situation or looking for mercy in the way of payment plans … 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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Collecting money in a bad economy

BusinessWeek knows it is harder now, particularly for small companies with limited resources to collect from their past due customers during this troubled economy. They interviewed me for a story on this topic a while ago and that article was so popular they … Continue reading

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Immediately improve your collections

You can immediately improve your collections if you follow these 4 steps right away with the accounts that have the largest past due balances. You called John Smith this morning for the 18th time and left another message.  You found out … Continue reading

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