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What to Do When a Large Client Goes Bankrupt

Scoring a large clientele is a cause for celebration. Still, news of the bankruptcy of the client can put a dampener on the spirits of a small business dependent on the revenue. It could be especially devastating if the income forms a big part of the company.

So, what can you do in this precarious situation? Read on to explore your options.

  • Start Communication Early

Roman Samborskyi/Shutterstock: Clear communication is the key

If a corporation is looking at bankruptcy, things get muddled up very fast. As a creditor, make your voice heard to ensure that the client remembers you in the situation of repayment. Be assertive and confident while communicating.

  • Plan

George Rudy/Shutterstock: Have plan ready to deal with the contingency

Be proactive while running a business; it pays in the long run. If you get wind of the client facing any financial troubles, immediately start drafting a plan on how to deal with the contingency.

  • Marketing Your Business

Be on the lookout for more clients that could potentially replace the bankrupt one. Put your business out there and actively market offered services or products, and something is bound to stick.

Remember the valuable advice, “Do not put all your eggs in one basket,” It is helpful for investments and to maintain a set of reliable customers.

  • Keep Sales and Marketing Division Running

A big mistake that many entrepreneurs tend to commit after landing a potentially significant buyer is that their sales and marketing division starts slacking with no effort to run them smoothly. This is particularly devastating when all hopes are pinned on a client’s business, and things go south.

  • Manage Debtors

RomanR/Shutterstock: Keeping a check on the debts

By the time a big organization starts experiencing a liquidity crunch, it is already too late. In this case, start following up with your accounts receivables and sending them weekly reminders and ensure regular invoicing. It doesn’t necessarily have to be fully paid, but realizing part of the money is far better than no payments at all.

  • Accumulate Evidence

This is when the nagging habit of emailing works. Creating a paper trail serves as documentary evidence if any clients refuse to pay or falsely claim something. If the issue reaches the court, there will not be anything to argue about because of strong evidence.

Although, not everything has to be a lost cause, accumulate your major accomplishments from clients, and start building a portfolio to show prospective ones.

  • Be Flexible with Repayment Terms

If previously, the payment terms with clients had been to pay after the service completion, then switch to 50% advance upfront or something else that brings in cash initially and is fine by your debtors to stay in business.

  • Settle Accounts As Soon As Possible

In case of suspicion, due to the client’s actions that they are on the brink of insolvency, take charge immediately. You may get your dues with multiple reminders and debt collection agencies. In contrast, many people will not be able to do so.

  • Having Important Connections Works

While navigating the bankruptcy process is nothing short of a nightmare, the people who usually get paid are either feared or loved. If you have connections in high places, then pull some strings by explaining the risks you are facing to get your rightfully earned money.

  • Credit Checks

You must commission credit checks on suspicious clients to ascertain their cash flows. It also helps to have an ironclad agreement wherein clauses like, over dues beyond 90 days, gives you the right to take them to court.

If you actively follow the points mentioned and keep them in your mind at the right time, it might just save you from a difficult situation and huge economic losses.

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