As the title of this post so obviously states, getting paid is how you stay in business!  It sounds like a simple concept right?  You would be very surprised at how complicated the issue really is.  I assist everyone from Freelancers to VP's of Finance, CFO's, and CEO's on A/R and Debt Collection best practices regularly, and have been in the business of getting the good guys paid for over sixteen years. 

So many experienced, as well as newly Self-Employed, Freelancers, Small Business Owners, and Professional Service Firms, struggle with unpaid invoices from clients; you're absolutely not alone. 

My goal is to continue to address the problems for these groups, as well as educate you on what you can do yourself, to help you minimize your losses.



In order to maximize your cash flow, you must first understand and accept the following;


1.)  You are responsible for seeking out, setting up, and adhering to the best possible in house practices with regards to ensuring payment for your business.  It's your first line of defense against inadvertently giving away time or resources that you provided with expectations of payment.  Whether every dollar is detrimental to your bottom line, or you're making money hand over fist, you should always be pushing to ensure that you don't leave hard earned profits uncollected.


2.)  It is imperative that you perform as agreed and only seek out work for which you are qualified to live up to your end of the bargain on, per whatever terms are understood.  If you can't reasonably do that with each client, and prove that you did, it's irrational to expect payment for such products or services.


3.)  Regardless of how perfect you set up these processes, qualify your clients, and deliver these products or services, slow (and no) payers will be a fact of life for most of you.  The statistics are out there, and I quote them often. I am also privy to first hand data, based on those we work for and against, on a daily basis.  As I said before, you are by no means alone in not getting paid perfectly.


4.)  This is an important one, and the one I believe is the biggest factor in causing losses for the groups I am primarily addressing.  You MUST know your wisest, and most cost effective, options for dealing with these non-payment situations.  If you've accepted, and stuck to, 1-3 (above) then most of this is already in place. 


5.)  The final ammunition to combat potential profit loss is to stick to your well thought out plan.  Take proactive steps to minimize the threat of such loss-in a timely fashion.  Once you understand WHY it makes sense to your bottom line, and you've stuck to and accomplished all of the above, it's easy to proceed with confidence and reap the rewards of maximizing your profits! 




In doing all of these things, and making them a priority at the appropriate times, you WILL minimize your stress levels, you'll stop wasting time that you could spend attracting and nurturing new business, and ensure that you are depositing every last possible cent that you are entitled to-with no adverse effects.

There is a general lack of specialized "in the know" information out there for you to tap into on this subject.  There is also quite a bit of misinformation out there that seems to have many of our new clients unaware of their best options, until we begin working with them.  Don't give up on payment! We recover balances from 31 days past due, to over a year old, for all kinds of clients who otherwise would have written off significant losses unnecessarily. 



Thank you very much for your time, and may your cash -FLOW- in the proper direction in 2013! 

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Jason Lindsey
President & Principal Consultant
Cambridge Receivable Solutions, LLC
Direct: 636-238-3843
Toll Free: 1-888-908-3905 Ext.101
jlindsey@c-rsolutions.com

www.c-rsolutions.com 




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             This article relates to freelancers, small to medium size businesses, and professional service firms. 

Today I want to talk about the main myth with regards to debt collection agency contingency (no fee if no recovery) rates, along with what we are doing to ensure value to our clients.
 

    The myth:  "Collection agencies typically charge 30-50% fee on recoveries"
        

                                                 Who perpetuates this myth, and why?

-Collection Attorneys.  Collection attorneys help in spreading this myth in order to warm you up for their costly fee structure.  Legal action will take up more of your time and resources than the more logical third party collection intervention.  A solid pre-legal, collection attempt will, more often than not, increase your return.  If the effort is unsuccessful, you pay nothing, and legal action is always available as a last ditch effort.  In fact, having attempted an amicable pre-legal solution will strengthen your case if it must go there.  Tapping into decades of experience, we'll be the first to point you in that direction if that's what it will take. 

-The uninformed.  This is to include authors and bloggers who are simply regurgitating dated untruths they got from other unreliable sources, in the name of content, which has watered down the little known reality of debt collections.  The spreading of this misinformation is hurting your bottom line.  The crucial and necessary profit maximization, through specialized A/R management and collections, is a highly misunderstood and underutilized business function for businesses of all sizes and industries.

                                                        The Truth

To say this myth is an incorrect, dated, and an overly broad assumption, would be an understatement.  The fact is your cost will largely be a direct reflection of how you have handled the invoices to date.  If your waiting until your invoices are over a year old, then you may be in the neighborhood of 30%, for good reason.  Already have judgements? Then they will be in the 40% range.  Again, for good reason.  80% of judgements go unpaid and can require extensive expenses to attempt to recover.  The majority of placements that need a collection intervention won't fall in those high fee categories.  A proper collection strategy through a firm like ours will never leave you with less than you would have without us. 

The main factors at play with our rates are in your hands.  Most   agencies base their rates on the amount of time and resources they will   require to be cost effective for BOTH parties, obviously.  The amount  of  time it will take us to turn your coal into diamonds is what decides   your rates. Average age, average  balance, and volume of accounts are  the key factors that will decide  your fee structure.  Help us help you by getting us involved early and  often.

                                                                              Facts
-Having a specialist involved to ensure your cash flow management is structured appropriately throughout the entire cycle is a crucial first step. 

-Knowing when, and why, to allow professional help to proactively address problem invoices as they pop up, will always ensure you have more than you would without their assistance.


-DRUM ROLL~~~~~ Rates for top notch collection assistance are primarily BELOW 30%, in many cases as low as 10%.  If your agency can't show you why their rates make sense to your bottom line, call us, we can!  If we can't, then we'll make some suggestions and point you in the right direction.  If our relationship won't MAKE you money, we don't want to waste either of our time.  Taking on clients for whom we won't be an asset would be completely counter productive for us.


                       How do we specifically ensure value for our clients? 

-We are a highly experienced and specialized partner for the industries we serve.

-Our unique set up was built and customized to ensure you more time and money to invest in the business you're in. 

-A full service, consultative approach, ensures that you capitalize on our knowledge and experience at every stage of the process.

-Our more cost effective rate structure, and low overhead, ensures our clients top quality service and results. 

-While there are some bad collection agencies out there,  Cambridge Receivable Solutions is the answer to changing economic times.  We are providing innovation to the typical archaic recovery model.

   
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Get to know us better by having a quick look at our home, about, and services pages.  Please contact us with questions or for a free, confidential consultation on how we can help you.....at rates that you can be excited about.


Contact the Author:

Jason Lindsey
President & Principal Consultant
Cambridge Receivable Solutions, LLC
Direct: 636-238-3843
Toll Free: 1-888-908-3905 Ext.101
jlindsey@c-rsolutions.com

www.c-rsolutions.com 




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Integrity and professionalism are a few of the main reasons we are such a wise choice for your recovery needs.  Not only do we stay up to date on, and strictly in compliance with, all applicable State and Federal laws, we also have a trusted Debt Collection Attorney on retainer.  We are always working to expand our attorney network to help us serve your needs
better.

Legal and ongoing training/Compliance

*Tested on FDCPA every six months for past 10 years.

*We constantly research and update all aspects of Federal and State Compliance in all fields in which we operate. 

*FDCPA  - Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

*FCRA – Fair Credit Reporting Act

*Graham Leach Bliley

*HIPPA 

*Strict compliance with all domestic and international Commercial Collection Laws

 
 
When you trust CRS with your client and customer information, we do not take it lightly.  Everything we do is set up to maintain the highest level of security for personal and non personal information.   We operate beyond the standard when it comes to data-management
considerations are taken from placement to completion to ensure your data remains secure, and gets properly destroyed when it is no longer necessary to be kept on file.  We stay in strict compliance with the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act in regards to personal information storage and destruction.