A collection period is the average number of days that pass between delivering an invoice and receiving the money.

The formula is:

=(Accounts_receivable_balance*360)/(Sales_on_credit*12)

Be sure to read up on accounts receivable as well, and check out How to Read Your Business’s Balance Sheet and The Key Elements of the Financial Plan.

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