Dear Crabby – Our Customer Paid With Turkeys

Dear Crabby,  I’m the collection manager at an elevator maintenance, repair, and installation company. We’re a small organization but have been around for decades in a major metropolitan area. We’ve developed a reputation for servicing those small businesses that...

When a Family Member Becomes Our Debtor

Dear Crabby, I’m glad there’s someone like you to talk to right now because I have a touchy problem at work and I’m not sure how to manage this delicately. First, a little background. We’re a small business of about thirty employees with a long history in our...

Dear Crabby — I’m Bored!

Dear Crabby, As the credit manager at a small tools manufacturing and distribution company of 50 employees, we’ve been closed since April 1st and it looks like we’re going to be closed for the rest of May. Fortunately, during this time our company has continued to pay...

I’ve Got to Be a Witness at a Collection Trial

Dear Crabby, I can’t believe I’m actually writing to you but glad you’re there to give me some badly needed advice. Our company is on the east coast and about one year ago we sent a claim for $25K to a collection attorney on the west coast, nearby the debtor. From the...

My Credit Self Esteem Is Taking a Hit

Dear Crabby, I’ve been the person in charge of credit at my company (over 200 employees) for the past two years, and I’m the third credit professional in the last eight years to have this position. I found out that the turnover was rather high (they left on their own)...

Sweating the White Lies

Dear Crabby, I work at a mid-size company of about 150 employees and I’m part of a team of four collectors. I’ve been working at my company for over fifteen years and I have the title, Senior Collector. Over the past few months I’ve noticed that I’m getting more...

Between a Rock and a Cash Flow Hard Place 

Dear Crabby, I’m the accounting manager at a small wholesaler and like many small companies, we have just a handful of clients. Although there’s the general formula that 20% of your clients make up 80% of your sales, in our case we have one client that makes up 80% of...