Your small business accounts receivable and debt collection solutions...
Small business often faces big problems when it comes to accounts receivable and debt collections issues. Most of my articles are directed toward educating you on how to do things yourselves, and a little bit about how we can help you beyond that. Excuse me if this article is a bit self promoting, but what we offer to small businesses, professional service firms and freelancers is so unique and hard to find that if I don't toot our horn once in a while too many hard working businesses will lose money to difficult clients.Here are some of the common problems you're facing, followed by the solutions (that's where we come in). If you're having one of these problems, match it up to its solution in the list below:
1.) Accounting functions aren't your specialty. Especially when it comes to asking for money.
2.) You cannot afford experienced staff to do the tasks. You don't have the square footage, payroll space, and don't want the cost and risk involved with bad hires.
3.) Debt Collection agencies won't help you because you don't have hundreds of accounts to place, or your balances aren't sufficient.
4.) You don't want to deal with the extra time and hassle of dealing with a debt collector company where you have to talk to a salesperson and don't know who is actually collecting your accounts and dealing with your customers.
5.) You think that having a "collection agency" call your customers will hurt your relationships or reputation.
6.) You're writing off costly losses at the end of each year and losing hard earned profit that you could be using to grow or simply sustain your business.
7.) Your dealing with anger and stress over large balances that a client or clients owe you but you just don't know where to turn.
8.) You think that getting a lawyer to litigate, or going to small claims court, will help your chances of recovery.The solutions and how we can help you in an easy and cost effective way;
1.) We know the best practices for accounting and back office procedures. Having been in between hundreds of companies in dozens of industries, we've seen it all and know what works best for your specific type and size of business. We are also well versed in accounts receivable and collections. We know how to speed up receivables and get you a cash infusion from your more delinquent and difficult customers. We'll maximize every available dollar that's humanly possible to get into your bank account as soon as possible!
2.) When Cambridge Receivable Solutions is your trusted accounts receivable and collection department, we represent you with expert level experience. The person representing your business is professional, intelligent, and works with only your overall best interests in mind. Our debt collection services are No Recovery = No Fee. That means FREE if you don't get paid. No more money out of your pocket. We'll get ourselves paid out of the recoveries at a rate that makes sense to your bottom line. Our other services such as collection letter services and consulting offer easy to notice return on investment. Either way the knowledge we pass along while working your accounts will pay dividends for as long as you do business.
3.) We accept single placement accounts because we care about small business. While we specialize in large balance claims we do accepts some minimum balances of $800.00 and there are some cases we won't accept, but we'll do everything possible to make sure you get the best information and solutions. We want to help as many good businesses as possible get paid! We take that seriously.
4.) When you deal with us you are dealing with a small professional service provider. That's right we are a small business too. We aren't a giant call center. We are customized to help your business. You'll deal directly with your personal cash flow consultant who will advise you on all aspects of your business AND be the one who deals with your customers! This is the only way for small and professional businesses to go when it comes to debt collections.
5.) The term debt collector or collection agencies comes with negative connotations thanks to the scores of low experience collection personnel employed by large corporations and predatory lenders. Don't let that cost you money. I have created a professional option for small businesses to maximize their profits, keep their reputations and relationships in tact; all while making sure you're not going to go out of business due to losing hard earned money that you should have already. You can trust us to represent you strictly professionally and within the law. We don't add to your headaches, we remove them!
6.) The money that you "don't have time to deal with" or write off every year because you "don't think they'll ever pay" is the same type of truckloads of cash that we recover for your competitors. This is such a misunderstood area of business. It's no wonder that it puts so many new or small businesses OUT of business. Let us put the money you deserve right where it should be, in your account. All while you continue doing what YOU specialize in and getting more paying customers.
7.) Too many small businesses have accounts receivable and debt collection issue skeletons in their closet. Many times the business owner feels they did something wrong. The past due client has a way of manipulating and stalling businesses into just never following up. We know the way they operate. We know how to get you what you rightfully earned, and show you how to strengthen your processes so you minimize coming across these difficult types as much as possible. The stress, anger and confusion can be bad for your health and your business. Offload this small percentage to us. Dealing with them is our specialty. That's how we add real value to your business. It's not glamorous but someone has to do it. We take pride in getting the good guys paid, the right way!
8.) We are successful in recovering past due debts more often than winning a judgment in court is. Not to mention it's costly, time consuming, very risky, and also is not even a viable option 98% of the time. Let us orchestrate a pre-legal attempt. If that doesn't work, and we think there is money to be had. We'll let you know your next best option. That shows good faith on your part!So long story short, get to know our services. No one has ever had less for having us as their secret cash flow weapon.I'd love to have a no pressure, casual conversation about recovering your past due balances, strengthening your contracts, and making sure you have the fastest possible access to your earned income in the future.
Author's contact information:
President & Principal Consultant
Cambridge Receivable Solutions, LLC
Toll Free: 1-888-908-3905 x 101
Those accounts receivable and debt collection issues are not going to resolve themselves when ignored. Instead they will continue to grow, compound, and decrease in value resulting in unnecessary losses of what should have been your hard earned profit. I've handled cash flow process improvement and accounts receivable collections for dozens of industries and enjoy sharing my experience with quality business and creative people. In my 17 years I have recovered tens of millions of dollars for my clients with NO ill effects whatsoever.
I offer a free confidential online consultation form to allow me to reach those who can benefit from my expertise. There is no sales funnel or obligation. Once I receive your completed form I will assess the situation and offer my best advice whether it involves my services or not. I offer this as a way to build new relationships, show transparency and build trust so that I can attract clients who will need and benefit from what I offer.I add value to your company and work efficiently so that there is no risk whatsoever in having me involved with your business. You do however run the risk of having quite a bit more time and money on your hands and experiencing less headaches.I look forward to hearing how I can help your small business.
A perfect collection agency for small business? Yes please!
When it comes to accounts receivable problems and collection issues no one feels the pain like small businesses do. While SBA.gov defines small businesses as those having less than $21.5 million dollars in annual receipts many of the small businesses that contact us for collection services are single person businesses that are simply striving to provide a single family's income. In fact approximately 70% of small businesses are owned and operated by a single person. These operations count on positive cash flow simply to survive. They aren't backed by millions of dollars. Only a third of them even use (or have access to) business credit. Every dollar counts and you don't have the time, expertise, or resources to handle time consuming collections yourself. Don't get mad, frustrated, or let your business fall apart while you chase after non-payers. You can win at this game.
"Only 50% of businesses survive the first 5 years and in 2009 a small business went bankrupt every 8 minutes."
If your a small business and you want to stay in business or you are a freelancer and you don't want to prep your resume and return to a 9-5 you had better pay close attention to protecting yourself from losses.
Too often small businesses...
1.) don't do enough before the sale/engagement to qualify customers.
2.) don't have a contract stating the terms, or use a poorly worded agreement that lacks crucial clauses to protect themselves effectively.
3.) don't invoice properly and don't follow up quickly or often enough when invoices go cold.
4.) lack quality contact information and are unable to locate the debtor.
5.) write off losses simply because someone doesn't pay as they are supposed to.
6.) waste time or company resources by chasing payments ineffectively.
7.) feel as though somehow they themselves have done something wrong.
8.) accept excuse after excuse until the owing party finally ceases communication.
9.) waste time and money in small claims court only to realize they still won't get paid.
10.) fail to get help from a professional early on in order to maximize debt recovery and focus their time on new/paying customers!
When your small business lacks the time and expertise to stay on top of your account receivable management and collections you need help. Cambridge Receivable Solutions specializes in helping businesses like yours be able to minimize your losses in a cost effective way. We share our extensive experience, tools, professionalism, and persistence with your business so you can maximize your profit risk free.Here is a DETAILED MENU of the services we provide for all small business, professional services, and creative freelancer clients. Don't hesitate to e-mail or give me a good old fashioned phone call to discuss your past due invoices. I have an open door policy and love talking to people about my area of expertise which is getting the good guys paid!! I'll do what I can for you regardless of it you need us this time or not.Have a look at our services page for more info.Contact the Author:
President & Principal Consultant
Cambridge Receivable Solutions, LLC
New Clients: 636-487-0986
Toll Free: 1-888-908-3905
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Cambridge Receivable Solutions Pre-Collect Letter Service
Cambridge Receivable Solutions knows how to help organizations increase cash flow by leaps and bounds in a wide variety of industries. Today I want to talk about our Pre-Collection letter service which is available for purchase HERE.
I designed the pre-collect letter based on seeing the need for such a function within our diverse client base. Rather than stick to a particular menu of services, we are always looking to identify common business cash flow problems and create cost effective solutions to fix them.
Our pre-collect letter is just another tool in a wide array of cash flow maximization solutions that we offer. On accounts that have become past due approaching 90 days, you obviously begin to wonder if you will ever get paid. This is a point where you may have heard every possible excuse for non payment, and had several broken promises to pay. Even if you have had no contact since invoicing, this is when you should take some proactive steps. Be honest with yourself, did you want to wait 90+ days to get paid? Do you want non payment to your business to be someone elses cash advance?
What you need to know is IF this account needs to go to collections. Normally you can't do that without actually "placing it for collections" and paying a percentage of the recovery to an agency. This means you don't get the third party involvement effect without paying contingency on all collections. While that's a no-brainer for "most accounts" over 90-120 days there are some exceptions; such as smaller balances, single accounts, or if it's a rare occasion that you get a past due invoice at all.
Here is how our pre-collect letter works. It's fast, it's simple, and it's cost effective.
1.) You have an account (or accounts) that are approximately 60-90 + days past due. You aren't sure that you want to place it in collections, but you also don't want to wait too long. Your in house efforts are not getting results.
***This is when you need a CRS pre-collect letter***
2.) We have a quick conversation with you to gather the necessary information about the past due invoice/s in question.
3.) We mail them a letter on our letterhead explaining that the account has reached X days past due. As a courtesy we are giving them X (you decide) days to pay the balance, OR we (CRS) will be activating it for collections. We instruct them to pay by your desired method, or payment address.
The one time cost of this letter is $50.00 Purchase and submit HERE
If the "third party involvement effect" works you will receive your money by the deadline. This will surely get the attention of anyone with the means and intentions of paying you for your goods and services. Our letters cost 65% or more less than an attorney would charge to write a letter, we take less of your time, it's far less intrusive, and it's more effective because we specialize in getting these accounts paid. We can also be there to further assist you if it doesn't pay since you won't be going to court on these size invoices.
If the payment does not come in in time, you choose what to do with it from there. Smart money would tell you that they ignored you, they ignored the courtesy of a pre-collect notice, and you are now on "their time". At this time we would recommend that you activate the account for our collection service. This is done on a no fee if no recovery basis. We then attempt to expedite your getting paid. Once we have earned $100 or more in fee, we will credit you back the cost of the pre-collect letter.
If you have listened carefully to our previous blogs, you will also have a signed "Terms of Service" allowing the addition of interest, collection costs and legal fees which we will calculate and pursue.
This letter is offered on balances of $3,000.00 and under. If your balance is higher please contact us immediately to discuss the proper steps to recover larger amounts. Now dust off those old invoices and let's turn them back into cash!!! Purchase and submit your letter/s HERE today.
Call our Client Services Department: 636-487-0986
Toll Free 1-888-908-3905 Ext. 102
Thanks for your time!Jason Lindsey
President & Principal ConsultantCambridge Receivable Solutions, LLC
Toll Free: 1-888-908-3905 Ext.firstname.lastname@example.org
Any business or Professional Service Firm that is owed money stands to gain by trusting CRS with their accounts. You have extended products or services, and in many cases built a relationship in the process. Now that the money isn't coming in you aren't sure what your options are or what you should do. Let our professionalism and experience go to work for you.
Accounts placed with us are only worked by a veteran in the field of credit and collections with top level negotiation skills in the industries in which we specialize. Our business is built on results for our select client base, we give your organization a more professional and thorough option than traditional collection agencies. Our process, resources, and approach (before, during, and after) are what sets us apart.
You can trust your personal CRS consultant to guide you through your best options and put numbers back on the books where they belong. It's no secret that, in this economy, this is a service businesses are in dire need of. On cases like these we earn no fee unless there is payment. You have nothing to lose, and good funds to gain!
Reach our Client Services Department at 636-487-0986 for a confidential consultation, or e-mail us through the CONTACT page for more information and to request a rate sheet.
**We also offer a Pre-Collect Letter Service
for a small one time fee.