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Hiring Collecting Agencies For Small Businesses

Aug 17, 2007
Debt collection is the act of obtaining payment from customers for credit-made purchases. It is a thoroughly cumbersome process for most businesses, thus an efficient and effective system of overdue accounts collection must be a major priority - especially by small businesses.

For many small business operators, debt collection is the most unpleasant task of all - keeping tabs on overdue accounts can be very complicated, and pressing people over financial matters is not particularly enjoyable. But more than the large businesses, it is the small ones that must establish appropriate collection systems - else, the company itself is endangered financially.

Simply out of ignorance, small businesses write off great losses because they do not realize that collection agencies can be economical in the long run. Hiring collection agencies - instead of simply relying on the accounts receivable clerk to act as a collector - will not only save time but finances also. Bad debts - money owed that appear impossible to collect - are a collection agencies target.

Small businesses have also this mindset that only large businesses can afford collection agencies. A business must have growth in mind, and taking steps the way your larger competitors do is one of the first steps for that. Plus, most of today's collection agencies are small business friendly. The mere fact that you have employed the services of a collection agency improves your company bottom line significantly.

Search for a collection agency offering various collection amount levels. One reason why small businesses do not employ collection agencies is because of the notion that the debt owed to the business is trivial to large collection agencies. No debt is too trivial, especially when it is a bad debt.
Make sure that a particular collection agency works within the law.

The debtor must not be unduly harassed with late night or early morning phone calls, or your business will be assaulted with lawsuits. Collection agencies must comply with strict laws, and must be one to use brains more than brawn. Four strategies are mostly used in debt collection - letters, direct contact through telephone, notification to credit reporting bureaus, and litigation.

Collection begins with a series of three notification letters sent to the debtor, most often called demand letters. The third letter is a warning to the debtor - if the outstanding debt remains unpaid on a certain day, the debtor's name or company will be reported to one or all of the big credit-reporting bureaus.
This warning often prompts immediate action, as unpaid debts on a credit report are a blemish on one's financial reputation. Reports of unpaid debts may, after all, lead to a denial of credit in the future. When all else has failed, litigation is employed as the last resort.

Small businesses operate on a much tighter budget, and a delinquent account or two can halt the growth of the business. Collection agencies are more needed to ensure the growth of the company. Tracking down debtors is frustrating and tedious - for the collection agencies, it is what they do best.
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Tristan Andrews writes useful articles about debt collection agencies. Find out how using a collection agency can expand your financial horizons at http://www.collectionagencyservices.net
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