Get Your Money!: How to Protect Your Business Without Losing Your Customers

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9780062737168: Get Your Money!: How to Protect Your Business Without Losing Your Customers

For today's business owner, completing the work is often just the beginning. If you feel like you're doing double duty as a bill collector, you need this book, because you can't afford not to get paid. Get Your Money! provides sage advice on how small business owners can safeguard their profits--without having to hire a lawyer.

Part One provides essential and straightforward advice on how to prevent collection problems, including how to write up agreements and payment policies. Part Two covers what to do if original methods fail, including assessing the value of a case, how to turn a judgment into money. Finally, Part Three offers the author's own expert tips and strategies on the most effective ways to Get Your Money!--so you can get back to business.

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Corporate survival is inexorably tied to cash flow, yet few books on operational basics devote more than a chapter to the topic. Not so with Get Your Money, by commercial litigation lawyer and veteran entrepreneur Eliot Wagonheim. Designed to help companies get paid what they are owed without alienating clients, it is completely devoted to steps that make a firm as "deadbeat-proof" as possible--along with those to follow if disputes cannot be equitably resolved. Wagonheim starts by guiding readers on a "tip-to-tail review" of their existing procedures, complete with advice on closing any loopholes discovered in the development and deployment of payment policies, account applications, due diligence, and other fundamentals. Suggestions follow on maximizing cash flow (request payment in advance; accept credit cards and checks safely), spotting potential trouble (how to track and address emerging problems), and handling difficult customers (set a contact schedule; call at acceptable times; never send letters from a phony collection agency). The legal section explores alternative resolutions, and, in case they can't be achieved, also offers complete information on filing suit, evaluating settlement proposals, and "turning your judgment into money." Helpful model documents and other materials are included in each chapter. --Howard Rothman

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Eliot M. Wagonhein is a Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Advanced Distribution Systems, Inc.

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