Receiving payments from customers was once simple. The digital era, however, has made receiving payments more complicated yet also more efficient and effective, especially for holders of high-risk merchant accounts. Consider, for example, the transition from traditional checks — previously mailed to a vendor to complete a purchase — to electronic checks. With electronic checks, payments transfer instantly over the internet and receive verification and processing shortly after receipt.
Electronic check processing, typically called ACH or Automated Clearing House, is one term you might encounter in discussions involving payment processing although you’ll sometimes see the term EFT, for electronic funds transfers, used instead. Businesses in high-risk industries should pay particular attention to the value offered by ACH processing.
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The world of ACH processing also comes with equally many electronic resources. Tools such as automatic invoices, emailed receipts, and similar resources can help decrease your workload and increase the level of communication with the customer. In addition to helping make sure to deliver payments promptly, this automated communication can help build your relationship with your buyers and ensure that they stay loyal to your company.
Electronic checks also process quickly. While the industry standard for high-risk payment processing is four days from the date of the transaction to the time of the deposit, electronic funds transfer processed by High Risk Pay will typically reach your account in 24–48 hours. In addition to providing extra flexibility with the use of your resources, this expedited processing window ensures that any issues — such as insufficient funds on the customer’s end — are recognized early.
When compared with traditional check payments, electronic checks also benefit from increased fraud protections. High Risk Pay implements some preventive measures that detect likely fraud and automatically decline transactions. As a result, you will face fewer hassles and bank fees.
Beyond offering fraud protection, electronic checks also have some security features that traditional checks lack. All the information transmitted goes through secure channels and gets encrypted. In most cases, the complete bank information will never be seen by a representative from the company receiving the payment. Since traditional checks display all the account information on the bottom of each check, and since these checks will pass among several people before arriving at the bank, ACH payments are a more secure option.
Last, some companies that have a checkered history might be rejected for credit card processing but accepted for ACH payment processing. As a result, this method of payment can serve as a go-to resource for companies rebuilding their credit, reputation, and track record.
Setting up an ACH capability is easy once you have a high-risk merchant account. To get one of these accounts set up, you need only a few items: a U.S. business license, current bank statements, any statements from previous merchant accounts associated with your company, a government-issued photo ID, and a business checking account. Approval takes only 24–48 hours to complete, and setup is quick and easy.
If you’re in a high-risk industry and have or are looking into getting a high-risk merchant account, accepting ACH payments can help your company thrive by increasing your security, preventing fraud, bolstering sales, and reducing fees.
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