Category Archives: Economic Crisis

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can to do improve your cash flow and lower your A/R: Offer discounts Get 50% down Check new customers credit Sell old outdated inventory Issue invoices immediately Follow up right away with slow paying customers

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5 Questions to ask your Customers…Before its too late!

Please fill out and sign the enclosed credit application, we are updating our files and credit limits. Are you (and/or your spouse) working or have an income? Do you own your own home? Can I have a bank reference? Do … Continue reading

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What to look for when extending Credit

When you extend credit, you are opening yourself up for risk.  When you do offer credit, you must make some assumptions: That your customer will pay you and has every intention of paying you even after they leave your store … 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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What to do when your Customer’s Don’t Pay

“Persistence is key,” said Michelle Dunn, an expert on collections and the author of the Ultimate Credit and Collections Handbook. “I would put a deadline on when you want to get paid.” Learn more about the best practices and increase … Continue reading

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