If you have been ignoring to collect money from past-due accounts, it can seriously damage the cash flow needed for a smooth functioning of your business. Here are the vital signs that your accounts receivable are already overdue for some serious collection efforts and possible need to be assigned to a debt collection agency.
- You are losing money due to non-payment from your customers.
- More than one customer has failed to pay you.
- You have regularly started getting excuses from your customer, “I am in a meeting, let me call you back“, but the call never comes back.
- Customer has repeatedly started breaking promises to pay off their current balance on the agreed date.
- Your customers’ checks have bounced repeatedly.
- You and your staff are not familiar with collection laws and regulations, and unknowingly taking the risk of getting sued back.
- It has been 90 days since, and your internal collection efforts have failed. You are actually losing about 10% money each month as the probability of getting paid has started to decrease.
- Your debtor is untraceable. Neither picking calls and paper invoices are being returned back as “un-deliverable” or “incorrect address“.
- You do not have the staff who have enough knowledge to handle collection efforts, they are falling behind, or are not willing to handle customer disputes over payment anymore.
- You are spending too much time chasing non-paying customers, time which could have been better utilized expanding your business.
- You are having trouble paying your own creditors because of non-payment from your customers. Accounts receivable have started to hurt you directly.
- You do not have the cash flow to hire new employees, forced to think about the cost cutting measures or lack of money to purchase a new equipment.
- If you have customers spread all across USA and finding hard to track them.
- You got a favorable judgement from the small claims court, yet you are not getting paid by the debtor.
- A customer has falsely started to pinpoint gaps in your service or how bad your product is, however you know clearly that is not true statement.
- Ignoring accounts receivable has made the situation too complicated and can only be handled by an expert third party like a debt collection agency.
No one wants to be called by a debt collector, even if there is a legitimate reason for the call.
Debt collection agencies have resources, staff and tools to locate people, find their assets, collect money from accounts receivable and even take them to the court of required.
Ignoring accounts receivable is a mistake as it will only hurt your business. It is extremely important to have a company policy on how to handle accounts receivable.