Signing a contract with a new client, you may feel a combination of nerves and excitement. Obviously, it's fantastic to have a new client but just how well do you know them? Do they have a history of not paying their invoices on time? Are they well established and have a positive credit line?
After sales and the delivery of goods or services, the accounts receivable department ensures that your company is paid. Getting paid on time and regularly affects positive cash flow so that vendors and employees are paid and the business continues growing. An accounts receivable specialist has certain defined responsibilities within the department.
What are the duties of an accounts receivable specialist?
Did you know that the longer you wait to get a debt resolved, the less likely you'll get the total amount owed to you?
It can be worrisome to consider letting another company handle a client relationship or an account that's gone way past due. The truth is, worrying about it is costing you money. You're reading this because you have questions that need answers. First and foremost...
How much does commercial debt collection cost?
It's the season of trickery and nothing can be more frightening than low cash flow. Have you been feeling "tricked" by delinquent clients? While initial meetings and calls may have gone smoothly, the client hasn't followed up on their end of the bargain? As frustrating as that can be, it's time to buck up with a few tricks of your own.
Instead of feeling tricked by delinquent clients, use these tricks to get paid on time.
September and October seem to be a swift slide right into the holiday season. If you're a busy small business owner, you may not have realized that the end of the year is coming up quickly. Instead of spending late December in the rush of the season, start planning ahead to get your financial statements and taxes organized now.
Here are Small Business Best Practices: End-of-Year Financials
Let’s face it: No one likes to call and ask people for money - ESPECIALLY if that person happens to be a client. If sending friendly payment reminders and past-due notices doesn’t work, it probably means it’s time to pick up the phone.
Did your nerves just kick in?
Why is calling clients for money so uncomfortable? Is there a way to avoid it?
Whether you only have an idea or you're ready to take your business to the next level, finding financing or funding can be a stressful endeavor. Starting a business often starts with self-funding or bootstrapping, including borrowing money from family or friends, selling your home or maxing out your credit cards. The risk of strained relationships and finances may add to the burden but a passionate business owner will push through it.
You love what you do, right? Now it's time to sell that idea to an investor. These important steps can help you do that.
If a client has ever asked about your payment options, you have some idea of the multitude and complexity of B2B payments. It's important to be flexible in your payment options, allowing your clients to pay in any way that's easier for them and quicker for you. Slow-paying clients can kill your business, affecting cash flow, working capital and all that you need to keep producing your goods and services.
While B2B payment options can be overwhelming, growing businesses must understand the reasons for flexibility and choosing the options that work best for clients.
Tracking and collecting receivables is vital to your business' cash flow. Without a steady cash flow, your business may not have enough working capital for important expenditures. Set up an organized accounts receivable department with dedicated responsibilities to ensure a positive cash flow and success for your business.
Here are three best practices to set up your accounts receivable department for success.
The dream of starting your own business is intoxicating, especially when you're tired of working for someone else's dream. According to MBO Partners' 2018 State of Independence in America, 4.8 million independent workers are referring to themselves as "digital nomads" and seek the life of working from anywhere. While the dream has become reality for many, still others are hoping to enter the world of entrepreneurship. As with any grass is always greener scenario, there is are ups and downs to owning your own business, not the least of which is a very different sort of stress than you may be used to.
Let's look closer at the causes of stress for entrepreneurs and some tips for handling it.