Tips for Collecting Payments on Time to Minimize Risk

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Tips for Collecting Payments on Time

Below are some tips for collecting payments as late payments can harm your business’s cash flow and increase your credit risk exposure. Don’t let delinquent accounts become the norm! Implement these practical strategies to get paid on time and better manage your receivables.

Don’t let delinquent accounts become the norm!

Clear Expectations: In contracts and invoices, clearly define payment terms, due dates, accepted payment methods, and any late payment penalties.

Convenient Payments: Offer online payments, credit/debit card processing, and even mobile payment options to make it easy for customers.

Invoice Quickly: Send invoices immediately upon job completion or product delivery. Consider automated invoicing software.

Proactive Reminders: Send reminders before the due date and escalate with additional notices if a payment is missed.

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Early Pay Incentives: Offer small discounts for payments received within a specific timeframe (e.g., 10 days).

Open Communication: If a customer foresees issues, encourage them to contact you for potential payment plan solutions.

Escalation Plan: For seriously overdue accounts, have a plan that includes a final notice, potential use of a collection agency, or even legal action if absolutely necessary.

Timely payments are essential for business success.

By proactively managing credit risk, setting expectations, and being flexible, you’ll increase your chances of a healthy cash flow.

Let The Baker Group help you streamline your financial processes!

“Baker recovered over $1,000,000 on 38 accounts within 45 days of placing them for collections! I can’t say enough good things about them.”

G. Anderson, S&P 500 Company CFO (Confidentiality Disclosure)

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