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Don’t let your cash flow take a vacation

Summer is upon us as well as vacation season and long weekends. And for many that can mean a few critical tasks taking a back seat in your business. One regular task in your business that should stay front and center is invoicing and follow ups. Regardless of the time of year.

One of the biggest factors in any business growing is cash flow. Lack of cash flow is responsible for not only stress in a small business but it can cause a business to go under in no time. Imagine, coming back from a nice relaxing vacation only to find you have very little cash in the bank. […]

2020-11-01T12:37:01-05:00June 24th, 2015|Categories: Advice for Businesses|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Employee Week Was Awesome!

 By Sarah:

Never have I ever felt more accepted and appreciated as an employee than I do at APR.  Employee Week is just one of the many ways in which APR gives back to its employees. Personally my favorite part of Employee Week is getting to spend time with my fellow coworkers, especially those who work in MA and NC, at the many after work events. My favorite after work event this year was when we went bowling after work. I felt like this event had not only had the highest attendance and participation but was also the most interactive.

I believe Employee Week is something unique that APR takes part in that other companies should try […]

2020-11-01T12:50:04-05:00June 19th, 2015|Categories: Team APR|Tags: , , , |

Feeling Appreciated- And a Pie Video!

By Matt Helz:

This last week we celebrated employee week at APR.  This is a special event for the employees that the owners have put together to show their appreciation of all the hard work and dedication.

There were many games, events and tons of food to be eaten every day.

This  year, a few events really stood out for me.  1st was the Tiger game-  I was able to take my oldest son who just graduated from High School.  I was a proud father, showing him off to people I work with every day.  What a good time!   2nd  the Owner Breakfast.  The Owners slave over griddles making omelets and pancake’s before the workday starts.  This happened […]

2020-11-01T12:56:08-05:00June 18th, 2015|Categories: Team APR|Tags: , , , , |

Winter Debt Leading to Spring Collection Calls

Recently, I got the opportunity to be a guest on FOX 25 Boston to discuss how winter debt can lead to spring collection calls.  Read about our conversation here and watch the video below to hear the full discussion from the Fox 25 segment.

As spring rolls in, so do the bills from winter.

This year due to the polar vortex and a long winter some people are finding that they didn’t budget enough for the extra oil or high heating bills and now they need to prioritize their bills.

If you have fallen behind this winter, your bills may have gone into collection. Here are answers to some of the common questions asked about collection agencies and […]

More valuable advice on how to handle a call from a collection agency

On Friday, April 4th, The Association of Credit and Collection Professionals “ACA” was the sponsor of a two-minute consumer advice segment that aired on 210 Independent, CW and FOX stations from coast to coast. The segment, called The Daily Buzz, reached an estimated 77 million households in 156 media markets nationwide.

The segment goes over again, what consumers can do if they get a call from a collection agency.

To learn more about the segment click on the link below and watch the ACA sponsored segment of The Daily Buzz. There’s some great advice for consumers.

http://www.acainternational.org/images/14197/BuzzTalkSegment.mp4

2020-07-15T10:17:51-04:00April 10th, 2014|Categories: Advice for Consumers|Tags: , , , , , |

Best Business Advisors

We talk to business owners every day from a variety of fields including contractors, lawn care and medical professionals, who are all busy trying to build their business. We know that running a business can be difficult but if you have the help of these four business advisors you will be ready for anything.

Business Attorney: They will provide vital assistance in every aspect of your business, from basic zoning compliance, copyright and trademark advice to formal business incorporation, lawsuits and liability.

CPA (Certified Public Accountant): Financial professionals who analyze how money is used by businesses, audit financial statements, serve as consultants for tax, accounting, and financial planning. CPA’s are strategic advisors, beneficial […]

2020-09-27T11:55:10-04:00March 18th, 2014|Categories: Advice for Businesses|Tags: , , , , |

The Importance of a Community for Businesses

Nothing builds good will faster than being a well-respected member of your community. Whether you are a small business and your community is a town or region, or you are a large business and your community is anywhere you do business, including the internet.

Businesses that treat their customers well are usually rewarded with good word of mouth marketing, which is something that cannot be bought. Those businesses that don’t have good customer service are also given word of mouth but in a very different way.

So why is a collection agency telling you this?

Actually it’s pretty simple. If you are in business you will at times have customers that pay late or in some […]

2014-02-06T15:42:11-05:00February 6th, 2014|Categories: Advice for Businesses|Tags: , , , , |

Why It’s Important to Use a Collection Agency Sooner

It’s critical for a business to stay on top of their receivables and it’s equally important to partner with a reputable collection agency sooner rather than later. Due to the importance of this subject we have put together some advice for businesses.

One solid fact about getting paid for your services is that the longer you wait to implement a collection procedure, the harder it is to get paid. Early intervention is a major factor in getting paid. The longer your bill stays out of the mind of your late or non-paying customer, your chances of getting paid are greatly reduced.

Sending out invoice after invoice without creating a sense of urgency with the customer proves to […]

2020-07-15T19:36:29-04:00January 24th, 2014|Categories: Advice for Businesses|Tags: , , , , |

Why should my business use a collection agency?

Businesses are sometimes hesitant to use a collection agency because of the less than favorable media attention our industry gets from time to time. However, if you work with a reputable collection agency that focuses on morals and ethics, there are clear benefits to having them by your side when trying to get paid.

Using a collection agency can preserve the relationship between business and customer. Getting help early in the process of collections will lay the groundwork for a faster resolution and will give you an improved chance of keeping your customer for the long term.

A reputable agency will not only take over the collection of accounts you give them but will also give you […]

2013-12-18T14:40:07-05:00December 18th, 2013|Categories: Advice for Businesses, Ask APR|Tags: , , , , , |

New Year Business Goals

Aside from making New Year’s resolutions in your personal life, you should make a New Year’s resolution for your business to keep a better eye on your cash flow. You might think you have a handle on it, but there is always room for improvement.

Cash flow is the key to every successful business. Keeping track of your receivables is something you don’t want to let slip.

Here are some things to consider:

1.  Who owes you money? : Get a firm handle on who owes the business money and create a plan to get your customers current. Always pay close attention to your outstanding receivables.

2.  Review your procedures for getting paid: Take a hard look at what […]