If your funeral home has accounts receivable, your payment policy is worthless. The funeral director in charge of arrangements perpetuates the problem and owners are guilty of holding anyone accountable with a lack of leadership. As a funeral business consultant, I can quickly diagnose the situation by studying the A/R and role playing as a family member in an arrangement session. Fortunately, I have the solution to fix the cash flow problem; however the decision lies squarely on the shoulders of funeral home ownership.
Why is the decision so difficult for funeral home owners to make a commitment to improve their cash flow and significantly reduce their accounts receivable? By doing so it’s an admission that their arrangers care less and are unaccountable. Owners would rather scramble to make ends meet (because cash flow is suffering) than actually take charge of their business by changing behavior of funeral directors. Additionally, there is a cost for professionals to conduct adequate training. Professional training solves cash flow and other funeral home operations problems, yet owners rarely seek training as a source. Rather they create knee-jerk processes with no accountability or device to measure success or failure. Ultimately, the inmates are running the asylum.
A working payment policy is predicated on use of the GPL and offering payment options near the beginning of the arrangement session. “Talking about the money” should not be put off until the goods and services statement is provided at the end of the arrangements. Ever wonder why families must take a bathroom or smoke break when the goods and services statement comes out? It’s because the funeral director failed to do his or her job by addressing the second most important issue for a family (right behind the death of a loved one); “How are we going to pay for this?”
If a funeral home has accounts receivable, the payment policy isn’t working and neither are the funeral directors. Don’t like it? Do something about it and make a damn decision, or just continue the failure to collect the funds needed to make payroll. Sooner or later, you’ll need to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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