Category Archives: Excuses

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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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Crazy Collection Stories

Ah, there are so many!  I once had a debtor that I called about a bill (this was someone I had been calling for months) and her reason for not paying the bill was that she lost her glasses and … 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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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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Unusual Excuses for not paying a bill – think you’ve heard them all?

This is an oldie but a goodie. Professionals in the collection business get used to hearing excuses as to why someone can’t pay an outstanding bill or at least can’t pay according to terms. But, even seasoned and experienced collectors … Continue reading

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How Forecasting can help your bottom line

One thing you can do is make sure that forecasting is something you do for your business or ask your accountant to help you with this.  Look for growth in real wages, which drives consumer spending, and which accounts for … Continue reading

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The Perfect Collection Call

I recently had someone ask me how to make the perfect debt collection call.   That was a new one for me, and made me wonder if there is a perfect collection call. I didn’t have a perfect answer for … Continue reading

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Leaving a debt collection message on voicemail

As the CFPB makes changes to the debt collection laws that collectors must follow, what are your procedures and policies on leaving a message on an answering machine or voice mail about a debt? Do you leave a message?  If … Continue reading

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How to make effective debt collection calls and deal with excuses

Telephone Collection Call Scripts & How to respond to excuses is my newest power point to go along with my best selling book Telephone Collection Call Scripts and How to Respond to Excuses when I give a presentation on this topic. … Continue reading

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