Category Archives: FAQ’s

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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Most Profitable Industries for Collection Agencies

Many of my consulting clients ask me what are the most profitable industries for a collection agency to collect in?  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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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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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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What to do when a Tenant is Behind on Rent

Today’s guest post if by Bill Gray, an expert on collecting from past due tenants. When a tenant is behind in rent, when should you call it quits? Today I reviewed over eighty tenant debt accounts and noted that the … Continue reading

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Top 5 ways to Succeed as a Collector

It’s the first day for a new collector, you have trained them on the laws but they come to you for advice.  What would you tell them? 1.  LISTEN to the customer, listen more, talk less. You will learn much … 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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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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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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