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Payment Processing for Accountants

As the old proverb goes, “the cobbler’s children have no shoes.” Applied to finance professionals, the same proverb could be adapted to something like “the accountant’s invoices are unpaid” or “the accountant’s books are in disarray.”

Although accountants and other financial professionals spend their working lives tending to other people’s finances, they often neglect their own, especially when it comes to payment processing options and transaction costs. If you’re in the financial services industry, here are some tips to help get your own house in order.

Time to Check Out New Options

Checks have long been a favorite for the services industry because are easy to accept and well suited to larger sums. But this legacy payment method, while cost-effective and secure, poses several disadvantages:

  1. Processing delays
  2. Cumbersome recordkeeping
  3. Unsuitable for recurring payments

There are more convenient payment processing methods out there, however. Ones that help you get paid faster.

Accepting Credit Cards

Accountants accepting credit cardsCredit cards are a double-edged sword. On the one hand, clients love paying with credit because they can collect points, and they’re super convenient. For businesses, however, said convenience comes at a cost, mainly in the form of high processing fees and chargeback fees.

Credit card fees usually run about 3%—which may seem low but can quickly add up. To recoup these fees, businesses usually add surcharges. As a result, customers typically choose another payment option when they find out a surcharge is involved, thus negating the benefit of accepting credit cards in the first place. And don’t forget there are specific rules around surcharges, so make sure you’re up to date on the latest guidelines in your state.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Payment services providers like Sekure Merchant Solutions have a vast network of partners and can negotiate rock-bottom rates thanks to their sales volume. Armed with low fees, you can confidently advertise credit cards as a payment option without annoying clients by passing on unwanted costs. Another plus: now you can set and forget automatic payments like retainers.

Streamlining Invoicing Processes

Accountants Streamlining Invoicing ProcessesAnother pain point for accountants: invoicing. Digging or searching through heaping piles of past invoices can be time-consuming and leaves room for, gasp, accounting errors. The solution: online, centralized invoicing such as the Payanywhere solution. Here are some of the key features:

  • Email customer invoices through the app or Payments Hub portal
  • Seamless process: Simply enter the amount, add a due date and recurring options, and send
  • Customers can choose to enroll in autopay
  • Custom branding

Online invoicing, coupled with online payments, is an end-to-end business solution that will give your customers a secure, flexible and convenient experience while making your life easier.

The Takeaway

As a finance professional, you can have happy clients and look after your own finances too! By expanding your avenues for accepting payment, you and your clients will benefit. You’ll be looking at improved automation, better cash-flow management, and seamless business processes. At the same time, you’ll enhance the client experience by giving your customers more options. Drop us a line today to find the payment solution that best aligns with your business.

Tom Haney
Tom Haney
Tom Haney is a writer, translator, and editor. In addition to toiling in the communication field, he also works in the forest on his side-hustle, Sweetbark maple syrup. He lives in Centretown with his wife, daughter, and pooch, Louie.

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