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Negotiated Settlements — Is This the Way out of Debt?

One of the worst things about being in debt is that it can seem there’s no way out. You might certainly think negotiating with your creditors is a non-starter. After all, they hold all the cards, don’t they? It’s not as bleak as you might think, though. In some cases, a negotiated settlement could be your way out of debt. How Does a Negotiated Settlement Work? What you have going for you in negotiations is that your
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Are You Keeping Track of Your Cashflow?

It’s simple enough — if your business doesn’t have enough money coming in, it isn’t viable. And that’s cash in your bank account, not invoices you’re trusting will be paid promptly, or work you haven’t done yet. It’s staggering, though, how many business owners have no idea of their cashflow. Whether you manage your own finances or employ someone to do it for you, if it’s your business, you need to know all about you
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Personal Debt — the New Normal?

The country has been so busy lately arguing over the future of the UK economy that some disturbing signs at ground level have been largely ignored. Personal insolvencies are at their highest level since the worst of the economic crisis, while figures suggest that a staggering proportion of households are operating on a financial knife-edge. So what’s gone wrong? The Income Crisis According to figures from R3, the ins
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Can’t Pay or Won’t Pay — Know Your Debtor

If someone owes you money that’s well overdue, you’ll want to take action to try and recover it. That’s quite right — but it’s important to go about it in the right way. In particular, it’s crucial to understand why the debtor isn’t paying. Two Types of Debtor Broadly speaking, people (whether individuals or business owners) fail to pay their bills for one of two reasons. Either they choose not to pay, or they simply
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Know Your Debtors

If a company or individual owes you money and the usual channels for requesting payment aren’t working, what should your next step be? To some extent, that will depend on the debtor. The aim, of course, is always to recover your money, but the best approach is going to vary. Because not all debtors are alike. Two Kinds of Debtors There are broadly two kinds of debtors — those who can’t pay and those who won’t pay. Re
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Dealing with Bailiffs

Bailiffs have traditionally struck fear into people. In the popular imagination, they’re irresistible forces that have the power to strip you of all your possessions. In reality, though, your attitude to bailiffs will depend largely on whether you’re a debtor or a creditor. Using a Bailiff If you’re owed money by a customer or tenant, there are many possible actions for recovering the debt. Most of these involve comm
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Terms & Conditions — You Have Them But Do You Apply Them?

Let’s face it, none of us read the terms and conditions for the goods and services we buy. In fact, the Telegraph suggests that it would take most of us fifty years to read them all. So, does that mean you don’t have to read the Ts & Cs in the contracts you issue, either? Absolutely not. And, more to the point, it’s essential to apply them. What Are Your Terms & Conditions For? Your Ts & Cs don’t have to
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More Problems with Litigation!

This is the month most of us go on holiday, especially if you need to coordinate with school breaks. If you’re about to go on a well-earned break, have a great time, and if you’ve come back, I hope it lived up to your expectations. Of course, your business has to carry on while you’re away. I highlighted one of the ways criminals could take advantage of your absence, and I’ve also posted that
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Protect Your Company Against Bad Debt

You can hardly have missed the major companies failing left, right and centre in recent months. Carillion, Palmer and Harvey, Maplin, Toys R Us — the list goes on. House of Fraser is in serious trouble, and that may well have gone further by the time you’re reading this. The problem goes all the way through business, from giants to SMEs. Corporate failures rose by 2.5% last year, and with two or three years of
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What Do You Need in an Application for Credit?

If you’re applying for credit, it’s important to make it easy for the person looking at your application. They’re only human, and if you catch them on a hard day with an application that’s difficult to follow, they may simply decide to reject it, rather than try to make sense of what you’ve sent. All About Your Business Whether your business is a company or a sole trader, remember to giv
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