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family business, Adams, Evens, & Ross Newsletter #9: HOW DO I KNOW IF MY STAFFING FIRM HAS A CREDIT AND COLLECTION PROBLEM?

Adams, Evens, & Ross Newsletter #9:

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY STAFFING FIRM HAS A CREDIT AND COLLECTION PROBLEM?

Owners of staffing firms repeatedly ask, “How do I know if my staffing firm has a credit and collection problem?” To respond, I asked our credit risk department at Adams, Evens & Ross to create a test to rate a staffing firm’s exposure to credit risk. The department was thorough and produced the following evaluative tool:

Do you have a written credit policy in place?
Yes= 0 No = 3

Do your new customers fill out a credit application?
Yes= 0 No = 2

Do you have safeguards, such as the right to charge interest, late fees, or collection costs, built into your credit application?
Yes= 0 No = 3

Do you check the credit application?
Yes= 0 No = 4

Do you re-review the credit application every 6 to 12 months?
Yes= 0 No = 2

Do you write off more than 1% of your annual sales to bad debt?
Yes= 0 No = 2

Do you have a collection process in place?
Yes= 0 No = 2

Do you set credit limits?
Yes= 0 No = 3

Do you require Personal Guarantees to be used with companies younger than 3 years old?
Yes= 0 No = 3

Do you contact overdue clients before they are 30 days past-due?
Yes= 0 No = 2


Do you file a UCCI to become a secured creditor on your accounts that have credit lines over $20,000?

Yes= 0 No = 5


Do you allow salespeople to set credit limits and/or collect their own accounts?

Yes= 4 No = 0


Do you check public records for lawsuits?

Yes= 0 No = 2


Have you had more than one client file for bankruptcy within the last 18 months?

Yes= 4 No = 0


Do you have a liquidation clause on your time sheet stating that they owe a fee if they hire your temp?

Yes= 0 No = 2

Now, let’s see how your company’s doing. Add up your score. If you tally 8 points or less you’re probably in pretty good shape. If you totaled 9 to 14 points you may want to improve some of your processes. If you scored over 15 points you are at high risk and your accounts receivable is a nightmare poised to happen.

If you would like a free video CD on How to Turn Your Credit Application into a Credit Contract, e-mail your name, address, and phone number to request@staffingdebt.com and a member of my staff will send it out to you free of charge.

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