Accounts Receivable: Best Practices Fundamentals Part 3

In this third article of our four-part series on Best Practices Fundamentals we’ll take a look at a third and final set of best practices tips from the website of Solid Growth Accounting Services.

“10 Accounts Receivable Best Practices”

  1. Email Invoices — This will ensure your customers receive your invoices immediately, avoiding mail delays
  2. Shorten Payment Terms — With the widespread adoption of email communication and electronic payment methods, businesses are now more commonly specifying “Payment due upon receipt”.
  3. Have EFT and Other Payment Options – By offering Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) you will enable your customer to deposit payment directly to your account. Also consider using PayPal and/or credit cards.
  4. Establish Credit Policies — If you were going to extend a customer credit, it would be a good idea to assess their ability to pay.
  5. Review Accounts Receivables Regularly — Monitor the age of your receivables, and systematically follow-up on any accounts that are past due.
  6. Use the Telephone — Follow-up unpaid invoices with a phone call if payment has not been received within a reasonable period.
  7. Maintain A Collections Record — For each over-due account, keep a log of when follow-up calls or emails were sent, along with a record of customer’s responses to follow-up calls.
  8. Offer Discounts For Early Payment — Payments are often made first to companies that offer discounts.
  9. Use A Factoring Service — Using a factor is like selling your receivables to a third party at a discount. The costs involved with this method may be justified by greatly improving your cash flow.

The Jayaram Law routinely and successfully assists its clients in their business-to-business (b2b) collection needs.  We take pride in obtaining payment on accounts receivables without fracturing critical business relationships or engaging in time-consuming and costly litigation efforts.

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