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3 Debt Collection Strategies That Work

19 Oct

Ever wonder why some business have better luck collecting debts than others? Let’s find out. Hint: Luck has nothing to do with it.

When your customers owe money, you send an invoice and expect to receive a check in return. However, history tells us that you won’t hear anything but crickets chirping from some customers. About one in every 20 Americans has defaulted on some type of non-mortgage credit. You don’t have to resign yourself to writing off bad debt, though. You might just need a better strategy.

Shift Your Mindset

Your current strategy doesn’t work, so why keep using it?

Effective debt collection starts with a paradigm shift. Instead of thinking about unpaid accounts in terms of “collections” and “bad debt,” start thinking about your entire accounts receivable cycle. Just as preventive medicine can keep patients from getting sick, a holistic approach to finance can improve cash flow and help you predict future obstacles.

That’s why we use analytics to score our customers’ accounts receivables and to help them avoid unnecessary risks. If you have an effective accounts receivable management strategy in play, you won’t have to face collections as often.

Does this mean that you’ll never have to send an overdue payment notice? Probably not. However, you won’t have to worry about bad debt crippling your business because you’ll make smart, holistic financial decisions for your business.

Change Your Approach

Fear and panic won’t help your customers pay their bills faster.

Research shows that financial troubles can cause depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders in consumers. Some people use unhealthy coping mechanisms to handle stress, often denying that a problem exists. In other words, your overdue payment notice gets shredded with the other collection letters. The customer just can’t face the problem.

A compassionate debt collection strategy might help you collect cash faster. Instead of intimidating, threatening, or berating your customers, show them that you understand their predicaments and that you’re willing to work with them.

We’ve discovered that customers pay faster and more reliably with our empathetic approach to collections. We start with gentle reminders and continue collections even when accounts move from unpaid to dormant.

Work With Accurate Data

A customer moves and doesn’t give a forwarding address. Now what do you do?

When you don’t have accurate information for your customers, you can’t collect their debts. Account scrubbing technology proves invaluable when you need to correct errors in your master files so you don’t waste time and effort on bad information.

We have a database that contains more than 450 million records. We use that database to update your information so that collection practices can continue without obstacles.

If you’re struggling to collect bad debts, you might need a change of strategy — or you might need an experienced partner. We’re experts in the accounts receivable management field, and we help our customers remain financially solvent every day. Learn more about how to optimize your revenue, then get in touch. We’re excited to help you turn ineffective collection strategies into cash.

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4 Benefits of Using Merchant Funding Rather Than a Bank Loan

16 Sep
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While a bank loan might be the first thing you think of when you need cash for your business for capital improvements or to cover a slow season, there are alternative choices to consider that can be just as strategic—maybe even more so. Merchant Funding is one of them.

Utilizing Merchant Funding, a business owner can receive a lump sum of capital in exchange for a certain amount of their business’ future sales. Merchants utilizing this as their best financing option reap plenty of benefits.  

1. The application process is easy.

For starters, applying for merchant funding is quick and easy. More often than not, you can fill out a short, simple application, providing specific information and documentation pertaining to your business, such as your Business ID and recent bank statements. This shouldn’t take long to complete, and most providers will respond within 48 hours. Such a simple process lets you stay focused on your business, rather than being swamped with hour-long applications that don’t lead to any replies, while still having the opportunity to receive funds.

2. It gives you access to capital, quickly.

If your application is approved, you could receive the capital from your provider in less than one week. Obtaining these funds in such a short amount of time enables you to start putting money back into your business and improve cash flow.

For example: Some merchants choose to invest in new advertising campaigns in order to reach more consumers, while others use the cash to purchase updated equipment to improve internal efficiencies or to cover payroll.   Those are just a few possible ways to utilize your newly acquired funds. You could also give your workspace a much-needed facelift. Or maybe paying off outstanding debt is what you’re focused on–and words cannot describe how good it feels to become debt-free.

3. Your credit won’t be affected.

Securing a merchant cash advance won’t negatively affect your business’ credit. This is because you’re not taking out a loan, but instead, simply selling future credit card sales for capital. As a result, you won’t have to worry about making monthly payments. Plus, many providers don’t use your FICO score as qualification, so you won’t need to spend time trying to improve your credit before applying. In fact, the newfound funds from a merchant cash advance can improve your credit if you use it to pay off debt.

4. You won’t be as stressed.

Although owning a business is extremely rewarding, it comes with great responsibilities, too. This can be stressful, especially if you’re tight on cash. Merchant Funding help alleviate some of these pressures, thus lowering your stress levels. Eliminating financial stresses will enable you to endcjoy your job again and remember why you love being a business owner.

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I can help you determine very quickly how much quick cash you could receive. To get pre-approved, or just get more information, contact me directly.

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The Business Benefits of Streamlined Debt Collection

9 Sep

“Streamlined” is an adjective most people wouldn’t normally associate with debt collection. B2C or B2B debt collection can be fraught with challenges, and it isn’t always straightforward. Yet developing a streamlined solution to debt collection is essential for businesses in order to keep cash flow positive and ensure the business always has sufficient working capital.

When you can’t collect on what people owe you, business becomes more complicated. Not only do you have to pursue that debt so you can collect what you’re owed, you may have to deal with complications like bumpier cash flow and lower working capital. In other words, problems from uncollected debt ripple outward, potentially affecting your entire business.

Debt Collection Get Results While Protecting Your Brand

Streamlined debt collection services exist, and the best ones not only collect the money people owe you, but they also do so with utmost attention to protecting your brand, your data, and your customer’s data. Many small and medium enterprises simply don’t have the personnel and time necessary to devote to creation of a streamlined debt collection process.

Brand protection is essential in the internet age, when people regularly do online research before choosing products and services. For B2B business in particular, brand protection is essential during the process of B2B debt collection, because business relationships have enormous influence on reputation and the ability to succeed long term.

Accounts Receivable Management Can Prevent Debt Collection Problems

One way to streamline your debt collection process is to prevent the need for it in the first place. However, managing accounts receivable (AR) is a big job, and many small and medium enterprises don’t have a designated AR officer who can focus on this crucial responsibility.

Fortunately, there are debt collection specialists that offer a range of services, including AR management, and this alone can streamline debt collection for small businesses without a designated AR officer. And when the same debt collection specialist has to deploy more traditional debt collection techniques, they’re prepared to act without delay.

Pre- and Post-Charge Off Services Help Maximize Revenues

Pre-charge off debt collection is an excellent first line of defense in debt collection. Early intervention is essential when pursuing debts, because the likelihood of collecting decreases with every day that passes. When your debt collection service pursues early debt recovery, the result is fewer delinquencies and defaults, and maximum cash directed back into your business.

Post-charge off debt collection is more challenging, but if your debt collection provider has experience in this process, you can minimize losses due to unpaid debts and help ensure healthier cash flow. With technological tools that allow faster skip-tracing, your debt collection specialist can more quickly locate the correct party and accelerate recovery of even the most challenging cases.

It’s not easy for small and medium enterprises to stay on top of AR management and debt collection, yet these processes must be managed well to ensure good cash flow and sufficient working capital.

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For more information on streamlining the debt collection efforts for your business or medical/dental practice, contact me directly.

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6 Warning Signs of Financial Trouble for Your Small Business

28 Aug

Any entrepreneur knows there’s a chance that their business may not take succeed. Risk is inherent in any new business venture, of course. The Small Business Administration says that, while about 80% of small businesses make it through their first year, only 50% of small businesses make it past the five-year mark. Only one in three celebrate their 10th anniversary.

While most small business owners lack the crystal ball clarity of knowing what their future will hold, there are some clear warning signs that the company is faltering and in danger of failing.

Warning Signs of Small Business Trouble

  1. A failing income statement.
    Keeping an eye on the income statement is imperative no matter the age of the company. Red flags include a rising accounts receivables line or outright losses. If outstanding debt is high and you’re failing to collect on it, this could signal real trouble.
  2. Low cash on hand.
    Watching the balance sheet unbalance should make any CFO nervous. If cash on hand is shrinking or if you need to sell assets to make payroll, that’s a bad sign. Are sales down? Are your shelves filled with inventory that isn’t moving? If your business has a credit line, is it maxed out? Watch out for company bills not being paid quickly or increasing debt as a signal of trouble.
  3. External market factors signal increased competition.
    When a company feels competitive pressure, they must have the cash flow to shift tactics. If cash flow is a problem, a competitor could outbid or undercut on price, which could drive you right out of business.
  4. Legal troubles.
    Beware the corporate lawsuit. For companies struggling to stay afloat, a host of legal issues could arise such as vendors suing for nonpayment of bills, lenders pursuing property or equipment repossession, or even, failure to pay quarterly taxes.
  5. Failure to make payroll.
    If payroll checks bounce, there is a huge problem with the health of the company. One missed paycheck could have a long lasting impact on the employment relationship Once trust is lost, employee morale can decline in a self-perpetuating loop that customers will definitely notice.
  6. Bookkeeping holes.
    The health of a business can almost always be determined by the quality of the financial documentation. Clean books impact the company’s decisions about purchasing and growth. Without an accurate record, how can companies create a strategic plan for expansion? The simple answer is – they cannot.

While small companies can go through financial hills and valleys, these signs may signal that the business is in real trouble. If your company is struggling, talk to me about debt collection and other services that can improve the bottom line. There is no charge for this consultation, and it might just save your business.

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Choosing a Firm to Conduct Your Cost Segregation Study

30 Jul

When you’re dealing with taxes, you want to do everything exactly by the book.  So, when you’re implementing accelerated depreciation of your assets, you want to be sure your cost segregation study is done correctly.  We’re here to help you get the tax savings you deserve and keep them by helping you choose a cost segregation firm that’s going to do everything right.

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Accuracy

Before you choose a firm, research cost segregation studies, and be prepared to ask the firm some questions. We’ve mapped out some things you should ask and be aware of before you decide to hire a firm to conduct this analysis. After all, it is your money; you should be able to take what’s yours and not have to return it because the analysis wasn’t conducted correctly.

Compliance

As you know, U.S. tax code dictates the rules you must follow. Because cost segregation is part of the tax code, there are suggested methods you need to follow if you are to conduct this type of analysis. You need to be sure that the cost segregation firm stays in compliance with all rules specified by U.S. tax code. Why should you be penalized for this third-party firm not following all the rules?

Specialization

You wouldn’t go to a doctor that didn’t know everything there is to know about your ailment; you would likely choose a specialist. So why should the cost segregation firm you hire be any different? You want to go to the firm that eats, breathes, and sleeps everything taxes. They need to know tax codes inside and out, and have researched past court cases on these related topics. Do your research and ask the questions so you can pick the firm that is the most knowledgeable about cost segregation analysis.

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Peace of Mind

Finally, when choosing a cost segregation firm, be sure to do your homework.  When it comes to your tax savings, this is especially important. You want to go with a firm that has in-depth tax knowledge and a substantial amount of rave reviews from past clients. You want to choose the firm that will defend their study in the event of an audit.

The best advice we can give you when choosing a cost segregation firm is to ask the questions, get answers and get your money back.

For more information, call me today at 770-224-8504, or email me at David.Wiener@cashflowstrategies.us.

Also, check out my video series, “The Cash Flow Minute.”

6 Little-Known Facts about Debt Collection Compliance

13 May

Debt collection is one of the most heavily regulated activities you will ever undertake.

The debt collection industry is one of the most heavily regulated in the United States. That is precisely why it’s risky to undertake debt collections on your own; there are rules for when and how past due clients can be contacted, what mediums you can use to reach out, what you can say, and how often you can say it.

There are federal rules and industry-specific rules, rules for how data is collected and stored, and even rules for what you should do if a consumer or past due client asks you to stop contacting them. These rules can shift quickly, but failing to stay compliant can promptly get a business into hot water.

We’ve compiled half a dozen rules currently governing the debt collection industry. These rules also apply and those businesses seeking a more DIY approach.

Following the Rules for Debt Collection

First, let’s start with the rules under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the federal law that protects consumers from overzealous debt collection agents.

  1. The FDCPA usually does not cover a business debt. If your business is trying to collect a past due mortgage, credit card, medical bill, or personal or household-type debts, your debt collection practices are covered by FDCPA.
  2. The FDCPA regulates time and place of debt collection. For example, your debt collection efforts cannot occur before 8:00 a.m. or after 9:00 p.m. If you attempt debt collection in the workplace and the consumer or client asks you to stop, you may not continue your efforts.
  3. If you’ve been informed that an attorney is representing the client, debt collection must go through them and not the customer.
  4. If the past due client writes to tell you to stop contacting them, you cannot contact them. The exception is that you may tell them there will be no further contact or inform them that other legal action will be taken. It doesn’t mean you can’t pursue other avenues of debt collection, just that you cannot contact them to collect the debt.
  5. A debt collection agent is required to tell you certain things about the debt, specifically who the money is owed to, how much, and how the client can dispute the debt. If this information isn’t provided on initial contact, you have five days to send these details in writing.
  6. If the past due account holder disputes the past due debt within 30-days of receipt of the initial communication, you must stop all collection activityuntil you have verified the past due debt.

There are also rules under the Fair Credit Reporting Act governing how debt collection and past due balances can be documented in credit reports. There are even state laws governing fair practices by anyone conducting debt collection. Keeping compliant with all of these rules is a full-time job. That’s exactly why businesses turn to TSI. Our track record of compliance with all debt collection laws, along with decades of experience in most industries make us the top company in the nation to partner with companies seeking a better bottom line.

The TSI data-driven approach is designed to boost debt recovery while enhancing the relationship with your valuable customers. Contact me directly at 770-224-8504 for more information.

Best Practices for Collecting Debt from Millennials in 2019

29 Apr

Millennials, those youthful consumers born after 1980, are about to overtake Baby Boomers as the largest living adult population in the U.S., with more than 74 million of them working and accruing debt. Speaking of debt, there is a lot of it; CNBC says the average student loan debt is around $33,000  – and yet that isn’t even the main source of debt for the older millennial.

That’s why the chances are good that your business will often be conducting debt collection from the millennial population. What are some special considerations related to this age group? Are there any communication best practices to follow?

Facts About Millennials and The Debt They Accrue

According to CNBC, Millennials between the ages of 25 and 34 have around $42,000 in debt. The highest level of debt is from credit cards. But CNBC says these young professionals also have other stressors that prior generations didn’t have, such as higher education expenses and student loans as well as the high cost of housing. Almost one-half of Millennials are 90-days past due on at least one bill. In fact, Americans owe more than $1 trillion in debt from student loans. It’s possible that other debts will suffer as these people spend more money on college debt.

While debt is increasing across all age brackets in the United States, these trends are particularly troubling for an age group that is just getting started on a career path. CNBC says that Generation Z, the age bracket that comes behind the Millennials is following in their footsteps with an average debt of $4,343.

Given the high debt ratio for these young people, are there any considerations for handling collecting debt that might be different from older populations?

Best Practices for Collecting Debt from Millennials

Collecting debt from Millennials is actually different from GenX or the Baby Boomers. First, it might be more difficult to reach these young consumers, because most of them have given up a landline for a personal smartphone.

Pursuing debt collection from this youthful population requires a few tricks in order to accommodate their personal preferences and styles:

  • Use technology to reach Millennials. They are one of the first generations to grow up with the immediacy of the internet and a host of software tools. Debt collection must mine this tech-familiarity to reach these consumers.
    Tip: Try setting up a web portal so these customers can explore easy online payment.
  • Make connections with Millennials and use the power of relationships to pursue debt collections.
    Tip: A compassionate and diplomatic approach to debt collection can go a long way when it comes to collecting what’s owed.

Debt collection for the Millennial population requires some flexibility to handle the special needs of this population. Contact me today at 770-224-8504 for more information.

Businesses and Cash Flow

22 Apr

Business and Cash Flow

The first rule of business is to stay in business, and businesses need cash to operate. Every successful business keeps a close eye on cash flow for this reason. There are many tax-saving advantages for those who own or have improved commercial properties through tax law. If you own or lease commercial or income producing property and you are not taking advantage of all that US Tax Code has to offer, you are actually diminishing cash flow.

Let’s look at how your business can easily increase its cash flow by using the cost segregation method of depreciating your building.

Cost segregation is a way for commercial property owners to accelerate their building’s depreciation, saving significantly on income taxes. Within the first five years of building ownership, an owner can save up to $100,000 for every $1 million in building costs. To maximize cash flow, an owner or lessee who has paid for improvements can have a cost segregation study performed.

At CSSI, we perform an engineering-based study to ensure you comply with US Tax Code rules and regulations. Our team of specialists will segregate parts of your building that are deemed non-structural. Non-structural items include carpeting, flooring, cabinets, specialty lighting and electrical, etc. These and other non-structural items are placed in accelerated tax lives. After the analysis, your CPA will adjust your depreciation schedule from the conventional 27.5-/39-year schedule to a 5-, 7-, 15-, and 27.5-/39-year schedule.
A cost segregation study reduces your taxable income and results in lower taxes paid. Using this cash surplus to reinvest in your business or pay down debt is a great way of maximizing the time value of money.

At CSSI, our tax experts will help your business generate more cash flow through an engineering-based study. In some cases, the calculations from our study can be necessary to realize benefits from the 2014 Repair Regulations and the 2017 TCJA. Contact us today, and we can provide you with a no-cost preliminary analysis, and we can facilitate a discussion with you and your CPA or tax professional.

Contact me directly at 770-224-8504, or schedule a conversation with me by clicking here, to see how much you can add to your cash flow this year. There is, as always, no cost or obligation.

It’s Your Money . . . Keep More of It!

3 Debt Collection Agency Myths

8 Oct

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The facts show third-party debt collections provide a needed service for businesses of any size.

How much do you really know about collection agencies and how they work? Unless you’ve partnered with a debt collection agency, there’s a good chance that you’ve been misled about how the debt collection process works and the impact it will have on your business.

Here are some common myths about the debt collection industry:

  1. Debt collection agents are a rough-around-the-edges crew that bullies people. TSI’s interactions with customers are always diplomatic. We work WITH your customers to get them back on track.
  1. Debt collectors will try anything to get money. Debt collection is a strictly regulated industry. Professional debt collection agencies stay current with all applicable laws. TSI’s commitment to compliance means customers are always treated with the utmost respect, while your brand is protected from costly compliance violations.
  1. It’s better to take the tax write-off; hiring a debt collection agency is too expensive, even for large companies. Partnering with a professional debt recovery company is an affordable option. Writing off an unpaid invoice may be helpful, but collecting on the debt is even better. Although collection agencies charge for their services, the amount collected and returned to you will likely be more than the taxes saved if you write-off the debt. TSI offers affordable fixed-fee pricing on early-stage delinquent accounts and contingency-based fees for your more challenging or older accounts.

Debt Collection: Take a Closer Look

If your company has been handling collections in-house, you already know that debt collection is governed by a variety of local, state, and federal rules that prohibit and regulate how customers are approached for past due balances. In fact, debt collection is one of the most regulated industries in the United States. These rules prohibit collectors from behaving aggressively or inappropriately with consumers; they even govern when a debt collection agency can contact the past due client.

According to Inside ARM, the debt collection agency industry is a valuable asset to improve the bottom line for businesses in any industry. Their report shows that the industry regularly returns around $39 billion annually to companies that offer consumer credit.

Debt collections activities help replenish the bottom line of businesses that struggle with a high volume of bad debt. Quite simply, the collections industry reduces the risk for businesses offering consumer credit, something that is imperative for keeping the economy going. Companies that seek a healthier bottom line use debt collection companies to recover some of the most difficult past due balances, which frees up internal teams to focus on the job at hand.

The types of debt collected impacts companies of all sizes in the following industry sectors:

  • Healthcare
  • Financial services
  • Student loans
  • Government
  • Retail
  • Telecom
  • Utility
  • Auto
  • Small- to mid-sized business

When debt is collected businesses can keep a positive cash flow which not only means they can keep prices low, it also helps ensure the overall success of the organization.

How Could a Debt Collection Agency Help your Business?

A reputable debt collection agency like TSI can deliver outstanding results. Our sophisticated collection activities use a data-driven, client-centric approach. Beyond a basic debt collection agency, TSI can also provide end-to-end strategic accounts receivable management.

TSI can maximize recoveries and boost cash flow, streamline your accounts receivable management processes, and reduce internal expenses and administrative responsibilities. And because TSI keeps a focus on the customer experience, our services will not damage your organization’s reputation.

A quality debt collection service like TSI helps improve the bottom line of the businesses we serve. TSI clients recognize this impact, and we’re proud of these partnerships that are a win/win. Contact TSI today to learn more about our services and the value they can offer your business. For more information, contact me today!  Always ready to help!

4 Tax Tips For Commercial Building Owners

13 Sep

Recently, the regulations for commercial property owners were overhauled in one of the most dramatic changes to the tax law in years.  The Tangible Property Regulations in conjunction with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act have major economic benefits for building owners as well as some serious compliance issues.

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Properly applying these new U.S. tax code standards can help you capture economic opportunities to the tune of millions in tax savings that flow from your business to your personal taxes.

I would be happy to work with you and your tax professional to make sure you are taking the greatest advantage of these new tax laws.  CSSI, a company that I represent, can be your calculation experts for the following

  1. COST SEGREGATION – The U.S. tax cost method of identifying and classifying building components that allow you to accelerate depreciation and generate additional cash flow. An engineering-based cost segregation study is the basis for allowing you to capture many of the tax saving opportunities below and it helps you maintain U.S. tax code compliance moving forward with these regulations.
  2. BUILDING SYSTEMS VALUATION – An engineering-based study that will identify building systems and structural components.  Going forward every expenditure cannot be expensed.  The new regulations give very specific instructions on whether expenditures should be capitalized as an “improvement” or expensed as a repair.  We will provide the calculations that your tax professional will need to make these important decisions.
  3. CAPITAL TO EXPENSE “REVERSAL” OPPORTUNITY – Building owners may now expense previously capitalized costs and expense them in the current year by applying the new regulations to prior years.  For example, we helped a client receive $1.1 Million in tax savings on one of his properties through this method.
  4. PARTIAL ASSET DISPOSITION (PAD) – Renovate in the current tax year?  Thinking of an LED lighting upgrade?  A PAD allows you to write down the basis of what you removed and the costs for the removal and disposal of those items.  You can receive a tax deduction in the current year but it is a “use it or lose it” opportunity.  Fail to capture it in the current tax year and you lose the ability to write it down.  Both capital to expense reversals and PADs yield a permanent tax savings at the time of the sale by reducing recapture costs.

Let me provide you and your tax professional a no-cost, no-bligation analysis of the benefits you may receive and the cost for this type of study for your property.

Return the following information, and I will prepare your analysis immediately.

 

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