As you dig into your season, it may be a good time to see how you can automate parts of your business. If you can accept money from your customers without having to wait for a check and go to the bank to deposit it, you can save yourself a ton of time.
Please allow me to explain what that means for your business.
ACH is an acronym that stands for Automated Clearing House. It’s used in many different ways but the most popular are direct deposit, electronic bill payment, and paper checks converted to e-checks. Ultimately, they are cheaper than credit cards and result in less hassle than paper checks. For you as a business owner, that’s more time focused on stuff that doesn’t give you headaches.
ACH payments come in two forms
Direct Payments – These are requests to pull money directly from a bank account. This is what is used to allow you to pay your electric bill automatically from your checking account with “bill pay” features in online banking suites.
Direct Deposits – This is a request to add funds to an account, the same way an employer might pay an employee or the Social Security Administration might add funds to a recipient’s account.
Historically, these payments were done in “batches” and it typically took 1-2 business days to process a payment. However, on September 15, 2017, ACH payments became eligible for same day processing. This means that now there is no major difference between accepting a credit card payment or an ACH payment.
Once the customer’s signed up, you can set their payments to come out monthly and won’t need to touch it again and that creates much less trouble for everyone. By allowing your customers to use ACH, you will never have to wait for a check that’s “in the mail” from these customers. You can even set up a customer portal that will allow them to pay online.
Possibly the best part about ACH is that it’s a much cheaper solution than credit card processing. With rates as low as $0.11 per transaction, it’s highly affordable and worth the hassle it would save your business in managing receivables.
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This is just one of the many ways we’re trying to make CLIPitc better. If you’re curious about what updates we’ve crafted alongside ACH payments, you can visit the “News” page in our Help Center. If you have any questions about ACH and its integration with CLIPitc or CLIPxe, feel free to drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also log into chat and ask us there. Just look for the chat icon at the bottom right of the page, our Customer Support Team is ready to help if you need it.