Starting a business is an exciting adventure. The possibilities are laid out before you, and the future looks bright. Before you get started, however, you want to make sure you have the infrastructure in place to handle one of the most important aspects of business: streamlining your payment systems.
It may seem simple, but with so many ways to give and accept payment, you want to make sure you offer your customers plenty of options while being able to keep up with new technology. The days of cash and checks are over. Now almost everything is done digitally, and with all the options available, you want to make sure life is as easy as possible for you and your customers.
Here are 5 ways to streamline your payment systems
There are now so many ways to process payments, and your customers are going to expect flexibility. This will make them more likely to want to do business with you, and by offering flexibility, you give yourself a better chance of expanding your customer base.
These days the two main methods of payment are credit cards and ACH (automatic clearing house) payments.
Credit cards are widely popular because they work seamlessly with the digital process. ACH payments have also become widely popular for their simplicity. Instead of processing credit, an ACH payment makes a direct transfer from one bank to another. This process is as fast as it is simple.
You should still give your customers the options to pay with cash (if you have a physical location) and check, but digital transactions are here to stay, and there are going to be even more options in the future (think cryptocurrency and the evolution of money).
2. Streamline billing
Processing fees can seem a little scary, but in the end, you pay to have more time. Manually processing payments can take so much time, enough that you might even consider hiring someone for the role.
Using modern payment systems like ACH payments can save you time and money. Yes, there is an upfront fee and a processing fee, but imagine how much money you could save if you didn’t have to pay someone to do it for you. Plus, having a modern payment system that automatically does the processing for you will save you more time than you can imagine.
Not only is the processing quick and easy, but it all ends up in one place. This is to say that you will end up having more time, saving money and being more organized than if you did things by hand.
3. Print options
As the world becomes more digitally focused, customers will demand more accessibility and more convenience. A good way to accommodate this is the option of a quick checkout. Give your customers an option to set up a personal account with your business so they don’t have to struggle with filling in details every time they shop. They will also be able to save items to their cart, which can encourage them to buy even more from your store.
Another way to do this is to support payment options like Apple Pay and Google Pay. It should be available not only online but also in a brick and mortar.
This is the end of things for you. You will be dealing with sellers, and just like your customers, you want your payments to be as easy as possible. By automating your accounts, you will save precious time than if you did it yourself. You’ll also save yourself the headache of human error.
Automation is ideal for not only sending out money when it needs to be sent, but keeping track of data, statistics, due dates, expiration dates and more. When you have a fully automated system, you also have a security system working for you. Any strange activity will be detected, and you will be notified.
You’ll save valuable hours by automating this process, you’ll be more organized and you won’t have to worry about missing payments.
5. Stay informed
Technology moves fast, and you have to move with it. By having the right infrastructure in place, you will be able to update software as newer versions come out. Truly, the best way to stay streamlined is by embracing modern technology.