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Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life. It's not as easy as it looks. Running a business is full of drama. Customers, employees, money, family, time. You name it, it's a problem. Share with us your drama and how you handled it.

Does it help to mark overdue bills?


Trials & Tribulations - The drama of running a business and of life.

It's not as easy as it looks. Running a business is full of drama. Customers, employees, money, family, time. You name it, it's a problem. Share with us your drama and how you handled it.
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What's your thought on when you should do this? How late does a bill payment have to be to necessitate this step?
I've not done it yet but losing one invoice is forgivable it just goes on the second. If payment from the second invoice doesn't show up and I have to send a third—it's only happened once—then that is when I think I'd use something like this.
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What's your thought on when you should do this? How late does a bill payment have to be to necessitate this step?
Well I must be honest too, about 1/4 of my clients I have their email for ebilling. So I will send them out an email that same day if I haven't received payment.

In regards to regular paper billing I will give them a two to three day grace period. After that I send them out a past due notice and/or phone them.

The sad thing too is that there are some clients that are regular late payers, no matter what. So you kind of get used to some of them that are constantly late and how to deal with them. I don't feel there is one definite method for dealing with all of them the same way.
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Well I guess, what ever you do, it's still better to be on top of the issue than not. Because if the customers feel that no one is minding the store, they may drag their feet for as long as possible. Even to the point of not paying at all.
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I started printing "PAST DUE" on the envelopes and the invoices about the middle of last year.

I stopped that and just picked up a "PAST DUE" stamp at the store. I think it cost me around $3.50.

I'm not sure if it really helped. It may have, as my customer are mostly caught up now.

What I started doing is having all my new customer sign contracts that state a late fee after the 15th of each month. I have waived the first late fee a couple of times, and just reminded the customer that there is a late fee after that.

The only other time I waived it was when I wasn't even sure if I sent out the invoice, and because the customer was new. When I brought it up, she said she would have the money for me when I came over. She handed me checks for last month and the current month. I noticed that the last months check had the date filled out for the 10th. So I think it may have slipped her mind, or I didn't send the invoice. So far she is a nice customer though.

I'm not sure if the PAST DUE stamps work or not. I guess since I don't have much missing from receivables, it's gotta help. If you think about it, it's just a couple of dollars, and it might help.

I do recommend stamping or printing on the outside as well. Let there neighbors know they wont pay the lawnmower guy.
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