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What percentage of money owed is typically recovered by a collection agency?

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What percentage of money owed is typically recovered by a collection agency? The percentage of debt recovered is determined by how old the debt is, the percentage of commission, and the percentage recovered.

Most debts less than 3 months old recover about three-quarters of the amount owed. As the length of time increases the amount recovered decreases. At six months the average drops to close to half and by 1 year only about one third of the debt will be recovered. These numbers reflect the need to start your collection proceedings as soon as possible after the loan becomes delinquent.

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How to Hire a Debt Recovery Agency

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Unpaid bills and debts can quickly lead to financial struggles for a company. A company depends on its payments from customers and clients for not only its profits, but for day to day operations as well. Not receiving payments on a timely basis can result in the need to take out cash flow loans or, if it happens continually, eventual bankruptcy or closing down of the business. If you have uncollected debts that are more than 30 days past due, you might want to consider hiring a debt recovery agency.

What Is a Debt Recovery Agency?

A debt recovery agency, or collection agency, works by taking the process of collecting debts out of your hands. They work by either calling or sending letters to debtors telling of the need to pay their bills unless they want further action taken. In some cases, collection agencies will not be able to recover a debt and a court case can ensue.

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How much do collection agencies cost?

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How much do collection agencies cost? There are two ways that collection agencies charge for their services. The first is a flat or fixed fee for services. An example would be Agency A will send out 3 letters and make one phone call for $10. This is the usual method for smaller debts. For larger debts the company charges on a contingency basis. This means that they charge a percentage of the money collected. The fees also go up if the agency involves a lawyer in the proceedings. This can raise the percentage from an average of 20-35% to about 50%. A good agency will first exhaust all methods available to them to persuade your debtor to pay without legal involvement.

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How do I choose a good collection agency?

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Top 10 ways to choose a good collection agency

Choosing a collection agency is a very important decision and one that must be made with careful planning. Here are 10 things you should consider when choosing a collection agency

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How to decide whether to send an account to a collection agency?

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Deciding to send an account to collections is a tricky business because the longer you wait the less likely you will get anything and the longer the account has been delinquent decreases the amount you will collect. But you also don't want to have the bad feelings from your customers about sending them to a second party for collection proceedings that can be damaging to your relationship with them. So there is a fine line between jumping to fast to sending them to collections and waiting to long and getting less payment for the debt owed.

Some things to consider when debating whether to send an account to collections is:

  • How long has the account been delinquent?

  • Is the customer likely to return to your business if you send them to collections?

  • Are you getting responses to your collection letters and phone calls?

  • Is the person following through with any payment arrangements?

  • Is the customer denying the account balance or refusing to pay?

  • Has the customers address and phone number changed?

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What are the costs of using a collection agency?

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One of the more perplexing and annoying aspects of owning your own business or managing a business is dealing with the question of collection agencies. Should you use a collection agency? What can a collection agency do for you? What are the costs of using a collection agency?
What is a collection agency?
Collection agencies are, generally speaking, third party agents that are called in by companies for the purpose of collecting debts that are owed to them by customers who will not pay off their account. Some companies actually choose to give their internal accounts department a separate name, address, phone number, and fax number, so that when the accounts department tries to collect on accounts, the customer will be more intimidated and will believe that a third party agent is trying to collect the debt. Other companies will choose to hire a credit manager to be in charge of all of the collecting of debts. However, you might find that it is more profitable to your company to hire out your debt collecting to a third party.
When should I call a collection agency?
When should you call in a collection agency? Studies have shown that you have your best chance of collecting on a debt when it is only 60 days to 90 days past due. If you wait any longer than three months to attempt to collect on a debt, then your chances of actually getting your money back fall dramatically. The longer you wait, and the larger the debt, the harder that it will be to retrieve what is owed to your company. This is why it is important to call a collection agency sooner rather than later.

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Determining when to call in a collection agency


One of the more difficult aspects of owning or managing your own company is being able to determine when you should call in a credit agency to help you collect payments from customers who simply don't want to pay what they owe you.

Here are some guidelines that can help you know when you need to call in a collection agency, what that collection agency can do for you, and what the costs of a collection agency might be.

1. Sooner is better than later.
If you are wondering whether or not you should call in a collection agency to help you with some of those accounts, do it. The longer you wait to collect on accounts, studies have shown the less chance that you will have to actually collect the money that is owed to you.

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Can I negotiate collection agency rates?

Finances can be difficult to manage, and when companies fail, a good percentage of that is due to finances. Poor allocation of resources, or inability to collect from customers all falls under financing. The inability to get customers to pay their debts leads to major problems for the company. Financial problems lead to instability, and the inability to function properly. As a business it is important that you get paid for your products or services, and not all customers are willing or eager to pay. So, to combat that problem and keep finances in track many companies choose to hire a collection agency to ensure payments.

When you hire a collection agency it is important to understand the stipulations and restrictions, and what hiring a collection agency means to you. For example, if you hire a collection agency, you will have to pay for their services, and the rate which you pay needs to be affordable.

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