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Always blame someone or something else when you’re chasing slow payers.

Would you put yourself out to help someone you don’t particularly like? Someone you had no time for? Of course not. But you probably would for a friend or for someone who had shown some kindness towards you.

By blaming someone (or something) else chasing a late payment, you’re almost seen as an ally, a friend (a Good Guy), instead of the enemy (a Bad Guy). So, try to blame someone, something or anything else when chasing slow payers.

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Try these on for size …

Bank Manager
He said that my overdraft’s is too high
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Head Office
They’ve told me to get all accounts up to date by or they’ll take over from there and take action themselves. They’re not so easy to deal with!


Wife/Husband
What can I tell her?


Computer (Even if you generate the emails manually!)
Damn thing. Spits out these reminders automatically to all overdue accounts. Is yours late?


Secretary
Did she send you a reminder? I thought I’d held yours back. Tell me – have you paid already or is it on the way?


Board Meeting
I have to do a report next week for the Board meeting. They want details of all accounts over (select) days overdue and yours is in that lot. What would you like me to put in there about yours?


Director
Could you tell me if payment’s been sent yet? It’s quite a bit overdue and I‘ve got refer it to the Director later on today.


Solicitors
The Solicitors want our permission to start legal proceedings. I need to know if you’ll be paying this account in the next few days.

By | 2020-02-25T06:27:15+00:00 January 17th, 2009|techniques|0 Comments

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Have you ever wondered why a client does business with you and then ignores your invoice like they had no intention of paying it in the first place or they treat you like their own personal line of credit, leaving YOU dangling, waiting months for their payment? Unfortunately this situation is all too common and can even be puzzling for the most experienced business owner. If you’ve ever had to handle outstanding accounts or you are just so over non-payers, then we can help. Real-world skills, solutions, tips & strategies to get more accounts paid on time, and, most importantly, how to maintain customer goodwill while keeping YOUR cash flow in the positive. You will find the blog posts helpful but to get real results, contact us by using any of the forms on this site, by email or by phone. I’ve been involved in the management of accounts for over 30 years, heard every excuse in the book, can spot a non-payer at 20 paces. Finance Companies in the 70s (systematic, tough), professional firms in the 80s (no systems, too gentle) and, since then, just about every other sort of business you can think of. I’ve written books on the topic, spoken all over the place about it and the blog in this website is my way of “giving back”. I hope you find it helpful.

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