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Tips for preventing late payment of invoices

November 30, 2016


If you have a small to medium sized business you’ll know the impact that late payment of invoices can have on your cash flow. Not only can late payments limit your ability to grow the business at the rate you want, it may even affect your ability to pay your own invoices or staff wages. There are, however, steps you can take to help ensure your invoices get paid on time.


Make your invoices clear and prompt

Ensure that the invoices you send out include all the information a customer needs to make payment. As well as your bank details, invoice number and job description you should make it clear on the invoice what your payment terms are. Payment terms can vary from by return to 60 days so you need to highlight when your payment is required. You have a statutory right to claim interest on late payment – it’s worth reminding late paying customers of this to help speed payment.


Don’t leave it too late

Even if you have a good relationship with a customer who ordinarily pays on time, make sure you chase up late payments immediately. It could be a simple oversight in which case payment can be arranged promptly, or it could indicate a more serious problem with your customers’ finances, and if so it’s best to address this quickly to find a solution that won’t leave you out of pocket.


Outsource credit control

Effective, efficient credit control is a vital component of a successful business. If you don’t have the experience within your business consider outsourcing your credit control. This will help ensure you invoices get paid promptly and free up time in your business to focus on other areas.