With the end of financial year around the corner, now is the time to replenish your bank account so your business has the cash on hand to meet its tax and superannuation obligations. And with the $20,000 instant asset write-off extended until 30 June 2018, eligible businesses that purchase assets before the end of June can claim a deduction through the 2017/18 tax return.
Your uncollected invoices are an immediate source of cash. While your invoices may have been collecting dust to date, there’s good news: a few simple things, done now, can generate quick cash flow returns.
1. Bulk email your overdue debtors with an effective reminder
Use your CRM software to send a payment reminder to every overdue debtor. Ideally, you will be customising every reminder with the total amount overdue, length overdue and penalties due as per your contracts.
If it’s too time-consuming to manually customise reminders, send a general reminder politely stating that your customer’s invoice/s are overdue and you would appreciate prompt payment soon. You’ll be surprised by the flurry of payments that come in, especially if you haven’t sent payment reminders before. Your customers may be further incentivised by understanding that there are benefits to completing their payment before the end of the financial year. Here’s a generalised template you can customise for your own business:
Dear <<Customer name>>,
As the end of the financial year draws near, <<Your company name>> would like to thank you for your business. We hope it’s been a great year of growth and learning for you.
This time of year necessitates a close look at our books and our review has flagged your outstanding accounts. We appreciate this may be an oversight and hope you will be able to complete payment by 4 pm on <<insert date>>.
As you are probably attending to your tax accounting also, please be reminded that by not completing payment, you might miss out on deductions and input tax credits you could be entitled to claim this financial year.
I hope you appreciate our need to be diligent with payments, particularly at this time of year.
Our bank details are as follows:
Of course, if you are anticipating any problems with paying, <<Name of accounts person in your office>> will be happy to take your call on <<phone number>> today.
Thank you in advance for your prompt attention to this.
<<Your phone number>>
For more payment reminder templates you can customise for your business, download ezyCollect’s templates for email and SMS reminders here.
2. Start accepting credit card payments online
Accepting credit cards online instantly opens up your business to new payments as customers take advantage of clearing their debt to you with the line of credit from their bank. Once you have an online checkout, you can then easily link it to your invoices and reminders with a clickable ‘Pay Now’ button. The click-and-pay functionality makes life easier for your time-poor customers and makes your business a breeze to transact with. (For help with setting up online payments today, contact your Kilimanjaro account manager.
3. Pick up the phone
If your email reminder doesn’t budge your stubborn payers, set aside 30 minutes each day to call your overdue debtors. First, run the data so you target your largest and longest overdue debtors. Recovering the cash from these debtors will make a huge difference to your cash position. While it can be hard to know what to say on a collection call, use your key skills in listening, empathy and negotiation to get a good result for both you and your customers.
For help with collection call conversations, download ezyCollect’s call scripts here.
Wouldn’t it be nice to start the new financial year with a clean slate of debtors?
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