3 Ways To Improve Your Accounts Receivable Processes

Learn how to improve your accounts receivable process.

Running a successful small business is not an easy task and involves coordinating numerous elements.  An important part of running a small business is having consistent cash flow and improving it over time.  In order to achieve this, you need to have an efficient accounts receivable process, which includes having your customers pay you in a timely manner.  Luckily, there are a few simple ways to improve your small business’s accounts receivable processes.

Electronic Is Best

When it comes to having an efficient accounts receivable processes, you want to create an online portal for customers to pay bills or even easier, enable online payments in Quickbooks and allow your clients to pay their invoice as soon as they receive it without having to even write a check.  Having customers pay their bills electronically ensures that the money reaches you immediately, compared to traditional mail which can take several days for you to receive a payment. You may also want to consider investing in software that automates many of the accounts receivable processes, which eliminates human error.

Multiple Payment Methods

If you want to improve your accounts receivable processes, then you want to offer multiple payment options to your customers.  Even though some might choose to pay with a paper check through the mail, you should offer several ways to pay online. You should allow customers to pay invoices through check, ACH, or credit card.  One thing to keep in mind with credit cards though, is the accompanying credit card fees; talk to your financial guru about the costs vs. benefits.

Review Customer Data

An effective way to improve your accounts receivable process is review and audits your current customer data.  You want to maintain accurate customer data, such as email and home addresses and their credit limits. The last thing you want is to send bills to the wrong address, which results in late payments.  Make sure you are conducting regular audits on your customer’s payment information.

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