Did you know that 85% of new small businesses close down in the first year of operation!
According to a report conducted in an issue of USA Today, the statistical failure rate of small businesses in America is staggering.
Don’t Fear the Customer
“Some business owners have had their business for months or even years and when I give talks about credit policies, credit limits, and credit applications, they say, “I never did any of that and I have so many customers that owe me money and are past due.” Many think it is too late to do anything about it, or they are afraid to ask a customer for the money or ask them to fill out a credit application. They think they will make the customer mad and lose the business. If the customer is past due or not paying you, why do you worry about alienating them? This is a customer you do not need. If someone is not paying you, they are not helping you. Wouldn’t you rather have a customer that pays you? Stop working for free.
If you have customers that owe you money right now, today, you can and should do something about it. Add up how much money is past due or is not being paid, the dollar amount will shock you. Now is the time to take action!” (more…)