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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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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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Enforcing your Credit Policy

So you finally have a credit policy written and ready to go! How can you get everyone at your company to follow the policy? This can be harder than writing the policy!  First of all, have a metting and give … 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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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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Collecting from a Closed Business

Michelle, I am currently attempting to collect a past due debt from a company that has just closed its doors. I have a collection agency working with me but they have states that since the company is out of business … 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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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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