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Small Business Debt Collection and Cash Flow

Efficient small business debt collection is an easy way for a small business to speed up and increase cash flow. Systematic and consistent follow-up in a timely manner is critical for effective credit management and debt collection. Cash flow is the lifeblood of every small business.

It is vital for a small business to establish credit terms in the minds of their customers on credit. Accurate billing and follow-up increase small business accounts receivable turnover ratios. Educating credit customers, especially new ones, that your credit terms must be followed is the first preventative step in small business debt collection.

Every small business should be generating an aged trial balance report on a regular schedule. An aged trial balance, or ATB, lists your credit accounts by balance and age (30/60/90/120 days) showing accounts that are delinquent and require immediate collection. An ATB is critical for effective control of small business debt collection.

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Putting a customer's order on credit hold is an excellent way to grab their attention. Prompt contact with your customer in a tactful manner usually delivers the desired message. Contact should be made immediately and when the customer pays his account, be sure to release any holds so there are no delays with their next order. Credit holds are a great tool in small business debt collection.

Another great small business debt collection tool is credit screening to filter and identify customers who are a high credit risk. Credit can be refused or stiffer credit terms can be used to control the risk. Either way, knowing who your customers are financially is just part of smart small business debt collection.

AAB can improve your Small Business Debt Collection

Besides standard debt collection AAB offers a variety of options for small business. Risk management, outsourcing, credit information and accounts receivable training for small business are just some of the options we offer.

Let an AAB collection professional help you increase your cash flow. Give us a call or schedule a free consultation on small business debt collection.
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