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Product Details

  • Series: Starting a Collection Agency
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Michelle A Dunn (January 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970664508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970664501
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,963,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a big fan of your work and your website...keep on...Thank you. Yossi Schwartz, credit@frontiernet.net -- Yossi Schwartz credit@frontiernet.net

I am interested in your book, I have looked and cannot find any books on starting a collection agency. Trina -- Trina

I wanted to thank you for sharing all the information in your book. Adrine -- Adrine

I would like to take this moment to Thank You so much again for creating this book. -- Vanessa M. Harvin, bought book 1/14/03

This book will help you put together a format of excellence when starting your own collection agency. A must have. -- Aalim & Heather Elitou, Founder Neshee Publication

From the Publisher

Every business owner knows they have customers that pay slowly or don’t pay at all. Now with Dunn’s books anyone who has money owed to them can take steps to recover that money and prevent bad paying customers in the future.

Over 100,000 businesses have slow or non-paying customers. How can you collect that money quickly and without much effort? How can you keep the money coming in? The secrets are found in Michelle Dunn’s books, How to make money collecting money: Starting a Collection Agency, Become the Squeaky Wheel: a Credit & Collection Guide for Everyone, How to get your Customers to Pay: Fast, Easy, Effective Letters, and The first book of Effective Letters & Forms for your Collection Agency. Michelle Dunn, a leader in the debt collection industry, shares her experience and knowledge with you so you can collect more money. Once you have a credit policy in place you will quickly and easily get the results you deserve, no matter what your business, Dunn’s books will give you the tools you need to collect more money and you are going to love the results!

Michelle Dunn opened M.A.D Collection Agency in 1998 and published her first book, How to Make Money Collecting Money - Starting a Collection Agency, in 2003. Michelle has over 17 years experience in credit and collections and over 9 years experience with starting and running her own business.Dunn is the author of How to make money collecting money, Starting a Collection Agency, Become the Squeaky Wheel, A Credit & Collections Guide for Everyone, How to get your customers to pay, Fast, Easy, Effective Letters and The First book of Effective Letters & Forms for your Collection Agency. Michelle has been featured in Ladies Home Journal, PC Magazine, Home Business Magazine, Home Business Journal, on (NPR) National Public Radio and many other publications. Dunn, a leader in the collection industry, now shares what she has learned on how to start your own collection agency, how to prevent bad debt, and how to collect the money that is owed to you now. How to make money collecting money, Starting a Collection Agency, Become the Squeaky Wheel, A Credit & Collections Guide for Everyone, How to get your customers to pay, Fast, Easy, Effective Letters and The First book of Effective Letters & Forms for Your Collection Agency (Never Dunn Publishing LLC, ISBN 0-9706645-0-8, 0-9706645-1-6, 0-9706645-2-4, 0-9706645-4-0) all provide detailed step by step instructions on collecting money and preventing bad debt in the future.

"Whether you own a small or large business, you will always have problem payers." Says Dunn. "My books will help you maintain good paying customers avoiding bad debt before it happens. When you do invariably get some slow paying customers, I provide you with letters, forms and instructions on how to get your money in an easy, professional, legal manner."

Michelle Dunn is an author, consultant, Editorial Advisor and leader in the Debt Collection Industry. She helps people collect money so they can maximize their profits with good paying customers.


More About the Author

In 1998, when Michelle was getting a divorce and had 2 small children, she started a collection agency from home leaving her full time job as a credit manager 6 months later. Her agency did very well and grew over the next 8 years until Michelle sold it to write full time. Michelle knew what business owners needed and had already written a couple of books that were selling well. "But it was still a huge leap", she says, "I was a single mom with two sons." I started putting together my ideas, set up a office in my home, and used the income from book sales to fund publishing more books.

That same year Michelle self published 4 books and e-books before landing her first book contract with Entrepreneur Press to write The Ultimate Credit and Collections Handbook, the check IS in the mail. She then self published a couple more business books before getting a book deal with John Wiley & Sons Publishing, for her first hardcover book, The Guide to Getting Paid, weed out bad paying customers, collect on past due balances, and avoid bad debt.

Today Michelle Dunn continues to write columns and books and presents webinars sharing how business owners can limit credit risk in this economy as well as learn how they can prevent some bad debt, and collect from past due customers. To learn more, visit www.MichelleDunn.com and www.Credit-and-Collections.com

An internationally-known expert on the topic of credit and collections Michelle Dunn is a leading authority on collecting money to businesses everywhere.

Michelle is often quoted in the Wall Street Journal and has been featured in Forbes.com, Smart Money Magazine, on CNN, MSNBC, Home Business Magazine, Entrepreneur magazine, Professional Collector, Credit & Collections Risk, the NH Business Review, and in many books and publications worldwide. Michelle has been a featured guest on (NPR) National Public Radio, the Jim Bohannon show and many other radio programs as well as being a repeat guest on television shows.


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Enthusiastically recommended for anyone seriously interested in starting their own collection agency.
Midwest Book Review
If you are considering opening a collection agency as a home based business, Michelle Dunn will guide you every step of the way.
Donna Vestre
I wasted money on this book If you are going to waste money as well then make sure NOT to order the ebook version.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LAW on August 3, 2005
Format: Paperback
The promise of a comprehensive guide to assist you in starting your own collection agency,is not even remotely delivered. The points in the book are 100% vague. Not enough specifics, not even more information than basic research would provide. [...] I wasted money on this book If you are going to waste money as well then make sure NOT to order the ebook version. At least by ordering the regular book, you can send it back and hope that she deems it in good enough condition to sell. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ANYONE !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By An Ithacan on September 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
I asked Michelle Dunn to take part in a diary book project called "This Day " because I wanted to find out what the life of a collection agent was really like (How do you track down someone who owes you money when they won't answer their phone? How do you tell a burly guy who defaulted on his car loan that you're going to take his car?). Michelle's book, Starting a Collection Agency takes a day in the life a step further by showing you how to actually get started as a collection agent. It's a practical guide full of how tos, resources and advice -- as well as insight into how she created a successful business that lets her balance family and work.

Rebecca Joffrey

Co-editor of the book This Day: Diaries from American Women
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Burns and Carlisle on August 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
Excellent book purchased for it's intended purpose - starting a collection agency. When I purchased this book I was not looking for statistical, financial, scientific, debt purchasing, or any other type of info. Nor did I purchase it for casual reading. I needed a GUIDE to help me actually START my own agency. This book was just that! Without it I am certain I would have been lost. I started my agency and I am extremely successful after only 6 months thanks to this book. And I am not only success in Texas, but Oklahoma and Arkansas as well! It was just what I needed to guide me into and through the initial startup process. In fact, I still reference this book for info I need. GREAT JOB MICHELLE! I can honestly say - I owe my success thus far - to you and this great guide! Norma Burns, President
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Michelle A. Dunn presents her fifteen years of experience running a collections agency in distilled form in Starting a Collection Agency, a no-nonsense, step-by-step guide to getting a collections business off the ground. Starting a Collection Agency does not waste effort on extraneous prose; each chapter is only a few pages long, yet each chapter condenses need-to-know information into key, easily memorized points. From the precise legal requirements, to recommended sample marketing plans, to a layman's language breakdown of exactly what the Fair Credit Reporting Act says, Starting a Collection Agency gives the reader the invaluable basics at a glance, along with lists of resources easily accessible from libraries or online for additional reference. Enthusiastically recommended for anyone seriously interested in starting their own collection agency.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Chester J. Oleary on July 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book has nothing you cannot find on the internet in 5 minutes. Very general and a waste of money.So general it tells you how to get website hosting, and what software to buy like office 2000..Most peolpe that did not know that would not be ordering this book anyway.

Not even the picture on the cover is on book instead she makes a postcard and sticks it in the book., its more like the whole book was copied on a cheap printer and put together...only thing of value was a few links for skip tracing in back, but a search engine revealed that as well...

You have been warned...Try any another book beside this..
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By rebecca game on April 20, 2005
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Fifteen years of collection experience lends to this great little book that presents an offer for a great business opportunity. Dunn shares her expertise in the art of collecting money from those who have fallen behind in payments etc.

Michelle goes through the whole setup process step by step with resources included to show you how to start your own collection agency. It's power packed with tips, suggestions, do's and dont's, and wonderful resources to boot. It's like a "business in an a box".

This is a great addition to the library of those looking to start a business of their own.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Krista Walsh on August 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
In her book "Starting a Collection Agency", Michelle Dunn not only proves that she is a master at debt recovery and bill collecting, but she is also an excellent teacher.

This book is a great resource for anyone starting out in the collection industry. She makes writing a business plan simple, explains terminology, and outlines every other detail in debt recovery.

This book is a mandatory read for anyone starting out in the collection business.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Daley on April 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
Save the $29.99 for a printer ink cartridge to print all the information you need from the Internet.

I read this booklet in 20 minutes and then returned it day I recieved it.

I found way more free information on the Internet about the collection business than this booklet provided.

Go to your local Library and check out Collection Agency Harassment: What the dept collector doesn't want you to know.

by Richard L. DiMaggio

I read this book while waiting for Starting a Collection Business booklet.

This book was written by a lawyer who collected depts.

Read this book to find the proper way to collect dept following the FDCPA and keep yourself from being sued.

It also has collection form letters that follow FDCPA.

Also register with Collection Insustry.com (Free) for the latest Collection Industry news.

Follow these free steps and use Google and Yahoo search engines to find vast amounts of information about the collection business.

Good Luck... Mark D.
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