By On Feb 04, 2019 Invoice Templates
How do you accept payments from your customers? For example, do you only accept cheques sent in the mail, or through PayPal? If you do, it may be time to rethink your policy on payment methods. By setting up more payment options for customers to choose from, you’re making it easier for them to pay you. This way, instead of having to make a special trip to the post office, they’ll be able to pay you in a way they’re comfortable and familiar with.
However, setting Net-30 payment terms doesn’t mean that you’ll definitely get paid on time. Most debtors pay 2 weeks late regardless of whether payment terms are due immediately or due in 30 days. In light of this, if getting paid in 30 days is critical for your business cash flow, decreasing your payment terms could be a great way to ensure you get paid in time. After all, if you’ve tried your best to provide your customers with goods and services according to their deadlines, it’s only fair for them to pay you promptly as well.
If incentivizing early payments is a carrot to encourage prompt payment, charging for late payments would be the stick. By adding late fees to your invoices, you’ll add a sense of urgency to your invoices. However, by doing this, you need to be prepared for vocal feedback from your customers -- especially those with the bad habit of paying late.
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