This simple calculation gives you a powerful tracking tool that helps you adjust your cash in-flow on an as-needed basis:
Step 1: Calculate your average collection period by dividing your total sales for the previous year by 365. This gives you your average daily sales volume. (Total Sales / 365 Days = Average Daily Sales Volume)
Step 2: Then divide your average daily sales volume into your current accounts receivable balance to get the number of days it takes to collect a bill. (Average Accounts Receivable Collection Period = Average Daily Sales Volume / Current Accounts Receivable Balance)
Now that you know your average accounts receivable collection period, you then need to interpret that number as it relates to your commercial business.Is your collection period in line with the company’s credit policy? does your credit terms provide your customers with 30 days to pay their bills as related to your products and services. Are you tracking overdue accounts and taking consistent action to collect past due accounts? Do you have an effective tool in place to track when an account comes due, and knowing who has paid their bills and who has not? When a customer’s invoice goes past its due date, is there a procedure in place to place that account for collection By answering these basic questions, implementing a procedures that Burt and Associates can provide to help you get your money on time every time.