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sliver47
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1. Know your customer and make sure they are able to pay their bills by getting a credit check on them. This might seem like looking a gift horse in the mouth but a debtor becoming insolvent owing you two to three months’ work will create a big hole in you finances for something which costs £20 or so.
2. Agree payment terms before you supply. If they intend taking 60 or 90 days to pay you should find out before starting the contract and make a positive decision to take the work or not and figure out how you will manage until the debt is paid.
3. Invoice accurately clearly and promptly. Make sure you know to whom and where to send invoices and what detail they must contain. Raise invoices as soon as the work is completed and don’t wait until the end of the month. This can result in the customer processing somebody else’s invoices in front of yours.
4. Don’t be afraid to ask for payment. Telephone shortly after you send your invoice and progress the invoice through the customer’s invoice payment system noting who you speak to and what is said in conversations. Monitor payment performance closely and complain if promises are not kept.
5. Discounts for prompt payment can be worthwhile depending on your need for the payment. The danger is payments slip and they still take the discount, meaning that it is effectively a price reduction.

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Posted : 20/04/2010 5:35 am
dave23
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Re: Top tips for managing debtors

Check them out. Credit-check all potential customers. Risks must not be underestimated in the enthusiasm of taking on new business. Credit checks can be done quickly and are relatively inexpensive. It is important to establish the correct business title, together with its legal status (i.e., limited company, sole trader etc) before seeking reports from agencies or trade references. Awareness of your customer’s financial health can safeguard against unreliable debtors.

Clearly define credit limits. Always ascertain the expected size and regularity of orders. Use this to address the limits required. Set a specific credit limit for each customer and ensure you stick to it. Never give unlimited credit.

Terms and conditions. Terms need to be set at the beginning of a relationship with a new customer and followed up with written confirmation. Terms of sale should be clearly and boldly stated on all relevant documentation, including on order acceptance and invoices.

Encourage fast payment. Include a provision for adding interest to the outstanding account to encourage on-time payment. Or consider offering early payment discounts if they pay within a certain credit period.

Understand your rights. If you have an outstanding payment, be aware that the law gives you certain rights. Be clear on your company’s legal entitlements concerning the Late Payment of Commercial Debt (Interest) Act.

Review. Remember that circumstances affecting existing customers are constantly changing. Aim to run credit checks on all your existing clients to ensure their financial situation has not altered.

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Recognise problems. Be aware of potential problems and take action immediately. Only use a solicitor as the last resort as the legal bill may end up costing you more than the amount owed.

Check administrative details. Ensure that invoices are correctly addressed, relate to the goods delivered and include order numbers if required. Conduct regular checks to ensure that all details are up-to-date and accurate. Also ensure the invoice is clearly addressed to the right contact person.

Invoice on time. Send out invoices as soon as possible. If you don’t, you can’t expect to be paid on time. Send out statements monthly. Don’t wait until the end of the month if you can send invoices at the same time you send the goods or deliver a service.

Credit control. Follow up overdue accounts by telephone. Keeping on top of regular and up-to-date communication with your clients and suppliers is key to credit control. Check customers have received invoices and that there are no queries. Deal with the same person each time you contact the company and make the largest outstanding debts your priority. Smart Seating’s Kurt Jones explains: “We have one person responsible for collection of debtors and we also make sure we know who is responsible for payment and we deal directly with them.”

Keep accurate records. Keep clear documentation and have a good filing system in place. The sales ledger must record all sales, credit notes issued, and adjustments to accounts. Invoices and payments should be entered as soon as they are issued or received.

Talking stock. Constantly manage your stock levels by ensuring you keep records and plan ahead because holding stock costs you money. One option is to speak to your current suppliers about more frequent deliveries so stock levels can be kept at a minimum.

Supply chain. When it comes to managing your suppliers, negotiate the best deal possible. You could get a better deal if you shop around and negotiate longer credit terms and volume discounts. This will spare cash to reinvest into your business.

Consider your finance options. Look into the expertise and experience of a business finance organisation that has the systems and resources to help improve your cash flow. One option is factoring, which turns up to 80 percent of the value of each sales invoice into cash within 24 hours. The finance organisation then collects the outstanding payments on behalf of their clients through an effective sales ledger management service.

Smart Seating uses debtor finance from Bibby Financial Services as a way to free up its working capital. Kurt Jones explains: “Obviously this significantly reduces the number of days between invoice and receipt of cash. In turn this cash is used to manage our creditors, which is the other half of the equation.”

Charlwood says a growing number of companies are turning to debtor finance for managing outstanding invoices. “Collecting outstanding payments can be time-consuming. Not only does debtor finance increase cash flow overnight, it frees up valuable management time, which can be focused on moving the business forward,” he says.

“These tips may seem obvious on reflection, but many companies get bogged down and forget to apply these simple rules. You may have won the order, but getting paid is just as important.”

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Posted : 20/04/2010 5:53 am
melody34
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Re: Top tips for managing debtors

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As a small business, you can avoid the worst of these precarious conditions by keeping a tight reign over your debtors book to keep the cash flowing. Charlwood says debt collection strategies will help keep you in the black.

Commercial furniture supplier Smart Seating, which services the aged care and healthcare sectors, is reaping the benefits of implementing a system for controlling debtors. As a result, the company’s current average payment term is well below the average at 36 days. Kurt Jones, director, says he has two key systems in place to manage cash flow–the use of debtor finance and strict control of debtors. “One of our key strategies for credit control is to always chase up overdue accounts on the due date and then on a weekly basis,” he says.

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Charlwood shares additional tips for managing debtors in a slowing economy:

Check them out. Credit-check all potential customers. Risks must not be underestimated in the enthusiasm of taking on new business. Credit checks can be done quickly and are relatively inexpensive. It is important to establish the correct business title, together with its legal status (i.e., limited company, sole trader etc) before seeking reports from agencies or trade references. Awareness of your customer’s financial health can safeguard against unreliable debtors.

Clearly define credit limits. Always ascertain the expected size and regularity of orders. Use this to address the limits required. Set a specific credit limit for each customer and ensure you stick to it. Never give unlimited credit.

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Posted : 23/04/2010 1:01 pm
dominickcusack
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Re: Top tips for managing debtors

* Follow up on all slow payers.
* Deal direct with decision-makers at the customer. Monitor collections and follow up immediately if payment schedules are not met.
* Automatically send 30, 60, and 90 day reminder letters. Insist on your trade terms being met.
* Visit them if payments are not made on time and don’t leave the premises without their commitment.
* Don’t rely on one visit. Maintain follow up if necessary, including regular telephone reminders. Don’t finish the call without obtaining a firm commitment to make a payment. Follow up again if it is not paid on the promised date, or better still, arrange to pick up the cheque.
* Review credit ratings regularly for any changes in buying habits and increasing levels of debt. Long-standing customers can be the greatest credit risk, because no-one thinks to check on them.

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Posted : 14/06/2010 7:44 am
gulfcoastbiz
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Re: Top tips for managing debtors

Hi friends,

Here are few more tips..

# If you don’t get invoices out promptly it encourages customers to delay payment. Delivery systems should also be checked.

# Keep an eye on customers expanding quickly. A growing customer may help your sales, but rapid growth also puts pressure on the customer’s management and may increase risk.

# Be careful when handling any requests for extended credit. Check out the customer’s ability to survive and make a commercial decision based on the available information.

Hope you'll like it..!!

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Posted : 15/06/2010 6:40 am
juli
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Re: Top tips for managing debtors

These are good tips. Many people are afraid of calling after a few days from sending the invoice and many a times it gets too late to recover your dues.

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Posted : 23/06/2010 7:20 am
joufulsad
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Re: Top tips for managing debtors

I think maintain constant contact with your customers. I am really very impressed with this tips. Well for batter understanding and great result I think some great tips really works. Very nice to know about this and I am surely this will surely gonna helpful in future.

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Posted : 23/06/2010 7:37 am
rogerrayenz
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Re: Top tips for managing debtors

In the excitement of risk taking on new business should not be underestimated. Credit checks can be quickly and are relatively inexpensive. It is important to establish the right business title, its legal status (ie, limited company, sole trader etc) or business context with agencies before obtaining the report. Your client's financial health awareness protect against unreliable debtors can.

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Posted : 25/06/2010 12:46 pm
elina
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Re: Top tips for managing debtors

* Follow up on all slow payers.
* Deal direct with decision-makers at the customer. Monitor collections and follow up immediately if payment schedules are not met.
* Automatically send 30, 60, and 90 day reminder letters. Insist on your trade terms being met.
* Visit them if payments are not made on time and don’t leave the premises without their commitment.
* Don’t rely on one visit. Maintain follow up if necessary, including regular telephone reminders. Don’t finish the call without obtaining a firm commitment to make a payment. Follow up again if it is not paid on the promised date, or better still, arrange to pick up the cheque.
* Review credit ratings regularly for any changes in buying habits and increasing levels of debt. Long-standing customers can be the greatest credit risk, because no-one thinks to check on them.

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Posted : 16/07/2010 6:27 am
macrylinda
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Re: Top tips for managing debtors

juli;49479 wrote: These are good tips. Many people are afraid of calling after a few days from sending the invoice and many a times it gets too late to recover your dues.

I think maintain constant contact with your customers. I am really very impressed with this tips. Well for batter understanding and great result I think some great tips really works. Very nice to know about this and I am surely this will surely gonna helpful in future.

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Posted : 11/08/2010 1:52 am
lizaa01
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Re: Top tips for managing debtors

You can avoid the worst of these precarious conditions by keeping a tight reign over your debtors book to keep the cash flowing. Charlwood says debt collection strategies will help keep you in the black.

Commercial furniture supplier Smart Seating, which services the aged care and healthcare sectors, is reaping the benefits of implementing a system for controlling debtors. As a result, the company’s current average payment term is well below the average at 36 days. Kurt Jones, director, says he has two key systems in place to manage cash flow–the use of debtor finance and strict control of debtors. “One of our key strategies for credit control is to always chase up overdue accounts on the due date and then on a weekly basis,” he says.

Efficient Systems

Charlwood shares additional tips for managing debtors in a slowing economy:

Check them out. Credit-check all potential customers. Risks must not be underestimated in the enthusiasm of taking on new business. Credit checks can be done quickly and are relatively inexpensive. It is important to establish the correct business title, together with its legal status (i.e., limited company, sole trader etc) before seeking reports from agencies or trade references. Awareness of your customer’s financial health can safeguard against unreliable debtors.

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Posted : 18/08/2010 10:13 am
HaroldTyler123
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Cash is the lifeblood of a business, so smart management of your debtors is crucial to success. Greg Charlwood, Asia Pacific CEO of global business finance provider, Bibby Financial Services, shares his tips on how to avoid a messy debtors book and better manage your cash flow.

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Posted : 31/08/2010 4:20 am
ledhouston
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Re: Top tips for managing debtors

When business is difficult, it is important to reduce unnecessary spending that might have taken in better times. It's a good financial discipline to periodically review your expenses, but it is imperative that you make when revenues are insufficient. It makes sense to concentrate on the most important costs in your business by reducing them will have a major impact on its results. However, do not ignore the lower costs, as many of these can be removed completely.

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Posted : 09/09/2011 3:04 pm
smithpaul
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Re: Top tips for managing debtors

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Posted : 19/10/2011 7:44 am
john321
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Re: Top tips for managing debtors

Know your customer and make sure they are able to pay their bills by getting a credit check on them. This might seem like looking a gift horse

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