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Learn Why You Need to Understand Your Financial Supply Chain

Posted July 13, 2016 | Comments Off on Learn Why You Need to Understand Your Financial Supply Chain
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When we think about credit management, it’s easy to get focused on the day-to-day operations of sending invoices and collecting payments. It can be hard to see the forest through the trees, so to speak. But if the recession of 2008 taught credit managers and business owners anything, it’s that they need to be prepared…


Your Procurement Department Needs Credit Data, Too

Posted July 5, 2016 | Comments Off on Your Procurement Department Needs Credit Data, Too
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Where is the risk in your business? Credit managers know that credit reports are one of their most useful tools for managing risk. Ongoing monitoring of customers’ credit reports provides valuable data for deciding which customers are your best bets for prompt payments and ongoing sales. But risk doesn’t come just from the customer side…


How Should You Respond When a Customer Asks for Extended Payment Terms?

Posted June 14, 2016 | Comments Off on How Should You Respond When a Customer Asks for Extended Payment Terms?
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Throughout history, credit terms and the way they’ve been offered have changed depending on the strength of the economy. For example, during the Great Recession, many credit managers found that their commercial customers needed extended time to pay their invoices. Businesses and individuals alike struggled to survive in the difficult reality of the stagnant economy….


To Get More On-Time Payments, Make Collections a Priority

Posted May 24, 2016 | Comments Off on To Get More On-Time Payments, Make Collections a Priority
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Have you ever procrastinated on a work task — even if it was important? We’re guilty, too. Procrastinating is common, especially with tasks we don’t like. All kinds of theories seek to explain why, but chances are it’s not because you’re lazy. Many researchers believe there are underlying psychological reasons1 for avoiding certain tasks: We fear…


4 Invoicing Best Practices Keep Payments Coming In

Posted May 5, 2016 | Comments Off on 4 Invoicing Best Practices Keep Payments Coming In
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Imagine this: You check your books and find that a customer is late with a payment. You contact the accounts payable clerk and realize the company didn’t pay because your invoice was wrong. Now you have to rebill the customer — a rework process that costs you time and money. And to top it all…


What Happens When Your Customer Declares Bankruptcy?

Posted April 26, 2016 | Comments Off on What Happens When Your Customer Declares Bankruptcy?
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This spring, the consulting and research firm Deloitte produced a report that revealed a shocking statistic: As many as one-third of all oil and gas producing companies are at risk for bankruptcy in the coming year.1 Analysts at Reuters explained that although oil producing companies have been able to weather the downturn thus far, most…


Public-Private Partnerships: Can You Unravel the Red Tape and Get Paid?

Posted April 14, 2016 | Comments Off on Public-Private Partnerships: Can You Unravel the Red Tape and Get Paid?
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Construction projects across the nation — and in Colorado — are picking up as leaders of municipalities of every size are looking to upgrade infrastructure and provide enhanced public services. To finance these major projects, many public agency decision-makers partner with private-sector company leaders. These public-private partnership, or P3, projects provide a growing area of…


In the Weeds of Credit Management: Are Joint Check Agreements Good or Bad for Your Business?

Posted April 6, 2016 | Comments Off on In the Weeds of Credit Management: Are Joint Check Agreements Good or Bad for Your Business?
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Experienced credit managers frequently deal with joint check agreements, and you already probably understand that you need to treat such agreements on a case-by-case basis. But it takes time to gain the experience needed to determine whether a particular agreement will be good or bad for your business. For many teams, it’s helpful to have…


Think You Know All About Mechanic’s Liens? Then Pay It Forward!

Posted March 21, 2016 | Comments Off on Think You Know All About Mechanic’s Liens? Then Pay It Forward!
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Every year, you see the invitations in your inbox encouraging you to brush up on your knowledge of rules, regulations, and best practices for credit management. And when you attend, you likely do learn something. But for experienced credit managers, are courses worth the time you spend? If you are truly experienced, the answer is…


Credit or No Credit? It’s Not a Guessing Game Anymore

Posted February 16, 2016 | Comments Off on Credit or No Credit? It’s Not a Guessing Game Anymore
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As an experienced credit manager, you probably know the criteria you use to extend a line of credit like the back of your hand. Your decisions are probably based on deep experience and a highly tuned intuition that you’ve earned over the years. But, despite all your experience, there’s more to it in today’s enterprise….