We bet if you turn your mattress over, clean out your car and check the laundry, you’ll be sure to find at least a few dollars. That’s a good start. And guess what, there are even more places that you can find lost and unclaimed money for both personal and business. And it might be more than just spare change.
Each year, there is an estimated $58 billion in unclaimed money in the United States. And there’s got to be a few bucks for you lying around somewhere.
For both individuals and families, there are countless sources of unclaimed money out there just waiting to be spoken for and if you do a little bit of homework and research, you may just find a piece of that pie.
Here we list the more common places to look as well as why a small business should also keep their eyes open for unclaimed money. Continue reading “Where Can I Find Unclaimed Money?”
For a business that has worked very hard to acquire a new customer and put additional resources into keeping that customer, the thought of having to send that customer to collections, often causes them to take a pause. For many in business, it’s a big step to have to take when it comes to having to use the services of a collection agency. The biggest fear? That business will lose that customer forever and they will tell others that you sent them to a debt collector. And, they still won’t get paid.
For many small businesses, it takes tremendous effort to acquire new customers and you do not want to have to get to the point where there is any bad vibes between the two of you. They asked you to perform a service and you have earned their trust. That’s a big step. And now they are a loyal customer. And of course, you enjoy the revenue. Continue reading “What happens when I turn over my customers to collections?”
By Mike Hiller:
I’m a foodie so when I hear ‘Eat something that frightens you,’ the words get committed to my long-term memory bank. Must have happened across this advice from the radio or I read it in a paperback book maybe. Can’t say that public speaking, or confined spaces, heights, or things that go bump in the night, or even spiders scare me all that much. Killed plenty of creepy crawlies in the name of machismo; let a few go in the name of feminism too. You’ve seen tarantulas for sale at exotic stores as pets. Many of their various species are in fact quite docile. Continue reading “Eat something that frightens you”
You may be one of them but we find that there are many small businesses out there that do not even have a budget. And as a collection agency that works with small business, we find that kind of troubling. A budget can mean the difference between being profitable and, well, not making a profit. And we all know what happens when our business cannot turn a profit.
Having even a simple budget can make all the difference in the world. Your budget is essentially your roadmap for the year or a given period of time, as we are sure you are aware of. And while you might be aware of what a budget is, you still might not have one. Continue reading “Budget Basics for Small Business”
A common misconception of debt collectors is that they are all mean, tough, and demand money immediately. While that could be true for some places, most often the goal of a debt collector is to help consumers find a way out of their debt, while also helping businesses to stay afloat, and stay out of debt. I believe what sets American Profit Recovery apart from other collection agencies, is the customer service that we present to all parties involved in the collections process, and the care given to each consumer we are working with. Continue reading “A Common Misconception”
I do love this time of year, as it seems everyone has a little more pep in their step and a smile on their face coming into the Holidays. It is a time of giving and a time to be thankful for our families and friends. Many people get to see loved ones that they may not have seen in a long time.
It is also a time to reflect on the, soon to be, year gone by. It is a great time to see what you accomplished this year and to also plan for a great year to come! As I reflect on the year gone by here at APR, I can’t help but smile and be grateful. Continue reading “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”
Often times when you think of collections and what debt collectors might be like I’m sure there’s a negative image in your mind right from the beginning. I am happy to say the reality is much different, especially those of us who work for American Profit Recovery. This agency has built an amazing foundation displaying what it means to work with “family” all while staying professional. What I mean by that is, from the moment you call our office you’re likely to hear “It’s a beautiful day at American Profit Recovery” or to see a smile as you walk into the office. Everyone knows you on a personal level and the culture couldn’t be more inviting. Everything from football talk, casual days, to cracking jokes during company calls, makes all the difference when you sit back and look at the big picture. Continue reading “What Is It Like Working for American Profit Recovery?”
Growing up, my birthday was one of the most exciting days of the year. It was one of those days my parents didn’t have to get me out of bed for. I was totally aware that it was MY day and very excited for the celebration/presents/cake/birthday wishes … it was awesome!
My birthday has changed a little bit over time. It’s now just a regular day. Void of the excitement of childhood, I awake to the obligations and routine of everyday life. The dog needs to go out, my son needs to be changed, fed, dressed, and brought to daycare … just a regular day. Continue reading “Reflections on another birthday”
It is hard to believe that I recently celebrated my 11 year anniversary at American Profit Recovery. A lot has changed in my personal life since that time in 2007 and I still remember the excitement and nervousness I felt during that first interview.
Since then, I have gotten married, had a daughter and moved twice. Likewise, there have been numerous changes at American Profit Recovery since that time. For myself, I have grown from a brand-new, very green collector, to managing a team of collectors, training and developing those collectors and seeing them grow into management roles themselves.
On a company level, I have seen American Profit Recovery grow from a small collection agency to a medium-sized (and proud of it!) agency. I have seen us grow each of our departments, I have seen office expansions, changes in procedure and continued advancements in our industry over the years that I never would have imagined.
While some may think that after a long career here at American Profit Recovery that I would no longer feel the same excitement I did during my first interview, the opposite is actually the case. I cannot wait to see what the next 11 years brings!
My experience has put me in a better place to anticipate some of those changes; however, they will be no less exciting to see. What I know for sure, is that whatever the future brings, I’m looking forward to continuing to grow with American Profit Recovery, and seeing the company continue to grow as well.
Want to see what Brit and others see in a career at American Profit Recovery. Check out the career page here.
We just got back from a great week in Louisville at the Landscapes 2018 and GIE+Expo. We work with many different types of industries and some of those industries just happen to have a special place in my heart. The Lawn Care and Landscape industry is simply one of my favorites.
These people are some of the most down to earth and easy going people you would ever want to meet. The industry provides such a valuable service and I love how much they truly care about their customers. I have to say that it was fantastic to see so many clients, some of which we have truly become good friends with. It is somewhat like a family reunion!
We received so much positive feedback and to hear how well we have done for them definitely makes me feel great. We have some of our highest recovery rates of any industry we work with. We are nearing 1100 clients in the industry and have some fantastic partners such as NALP and Real Green Systems.
We are very grateful to be able to help these great companies and hope to continue to grow the number of companies we help in the industry. Obviously, as we approach the winter months, their cash flow becomes even more important and we are proud to be a tool for these contractors to help them increase their cash flow and reduce some of their internal costs, time and strife.
Thank you to NALP for putting on this great event and thank you to all of our clients and partners, it was fantastic to see so many of you last week.
Want to learn more about how we can help your lawncare or landscaping company? Check out that page here.