Avoiding Sticker Shock
Despite your knowledge, expertise, and the superior quality of the product or service you offer, some potential customers are just going to focus on asking, “but how much does it cost?!” If you are in a business that offers products/services with a high upfront cost (think of landscaping, or any kind of medical, dental, or veterinary service, among others), you can lose a potential sale due to “sticker shock.” The savvy customer of the digital age is going to look for payment options that allow him or her to spread out the cost of high-priced products and services over a period of time. Which leaves you, the business owner, in a quandary. You many not want to lose a potential sale, but you also may not want to take on the administrative headache of offering payment plans to make your services more affordable to more people. Is there anything you can do?
There are a number of companies that will offer third-party financing plans to your customers. The advantages are obvious: the huge strain placed on your customer’s budget by a high, one-time charge is alleviated by paying in installments over time. However, there are a few drawbacks to third-party financing. First, not all creditworthy customers are approved for these plans. Second, some customers simply balk at the word “financing,” because they will have to pay interest on the purchase price. Finally, third-party financing is not a “free ride” for your business…usually you must pay a fee to offer these plans to your customers. Typically, the fee is a portion of the total charge for your services, so you are not actually getting paid in full.
In-house Payment Plans
Another option is offering an in-house payment plan. No, you would not receive your total charges up front, but you could make the sale instead of losing it. If you are offering services that occur over a period of time, you can set up a payment schedule that concludes at the end of your service term, ensuring payment in full. The advantage to your customer is that this is not financing, and does not involve credit. You are simply making it easier for them to pay you, by breaking up a large payment into smaller, more manageable chunks.
But I Don’t Have Time to Manage a Payment Plan!
Yes you do…that is where EBCS comes in! You enroll your customers in a payment plan, and then EBCS will completely handle the account from there. There is no extra work for you or your staff. If for any reason a customer’s payment is declined or returned, EBCS’s professional customer service team will manage all the follow-up so you don’t have to deal with this potentially time-consuming task, and you can rest assured that your payments will be received.
Managing Payments is EBCS’s Specialty
For over 26 years, EBCS has handled payment processing and recovery (collections) for all types of businesses. This is our core competency, and we excel in it. Let us help you get more business by putting your customers on a reasonable payment plan. For a low per-transaction fee, EBCS will automatically debit your customer’s checking or savings account, or bill their credit card, on a recurring basis (credit card transactions are subject to a discount fee in addition to the per-transaction charge. Contact EBCS for details.) You can choose the billing cycle: monthly, weekly, bi-weekly…whatever works best for you and your customer. Payments collected from your customers will then be automatically deposited into your business’s bank account. There is nothing for you to do…except get paid!
We’ll Do All the Work, And You’ll Always Have Access to Customer Account Information
EBCS is your complete back-office solution for handling payments. But just because we offer a turn-key account management package doesn’t mean that you won’t have access to all the data and information related to your customers’ accounts. Through our EBCS Client Portal, you can log in anytime and view various reports: Remittance Reports, Delinquency Reports, and Daily Sales, among others. You can even create your own customized reports with our Report Wizard. You can also view customer payment history and other pertinent account information.
Your customers, too, can take advantage of our Customer Portal, allowing them to go online to make payments, view their payment history, or update personal or banking information. You won’t have to spend your valuable time doing this for them.
Help Your Customers Say “Yes” to Doing Business With You
Stop worrying about scaring potential customers away from higher-priced products and services. There is an alternative. You don’t have to discount your fees or not get compensated fairly in order to attract new business. It could simply be a matter of offering potential customers a flexible, alternative payment method. EBCS can help create the best automated, recurring payment package for you and your customers, so you can go out and do what you do best — get more business!
Call us today at 1-800-766-1918!