Why You Should Offer Payment Plans for Clients

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For small firms and agencies alike, cash flow is king. And the easier it is to predict, the better. This goes for your clients as well. Payment plans offer peace of mind with a stable, predictable invoicing schedule. If your client is concerned over payment, or if they’d prefer to use ACH to pay, a payment plan is a simple solution for both problems. In this blog, we’ll dive into the finer details of why you should offer payment plans for clients.

Convenience and Easy Setup

With payment plans, you need to set up an invoicing schedule. A virtual terminal will automatically email the invoice to your client so they can pay. You can even choose whether your client can pay using ACH, a credit card, or both. Clients want flexibility for how they can pay big-ticket services and items.

They can even set up autopay, automating the process and making it worry-free. You won’t even need to watch your mail for checks. Best of all, with Fattmerchant’s auto-updater feature, credit cards are automatically updated before they expire so you never miss a payment.

Predictable Cash Flow

When setting up a payment plan for your clients, be clear what the expectations are on the installments. That way, both you and your clients know exactly what to expect on a month-to-month basis. Or, you and your customer can agree on a payment plan based on milestones.

A home contractor could set up a payment plan of 30% upfront as a deposit, with the remainder invoiced as work is done. Or a small law firm can set up a 6-month invoicing schedule for a client to keep their costs predictable and stable. Payment plans can be the solution for clients who can’t pay high up-front fees for services. You can track these invoices through a virtual terminal, with total visibility into a client’s payment history. This is especially helpful if a client tends to be late on their payments.

Payment plans offer peace of mind for your clients through their predictability. No one likes being surprised with a bill, and as a business owner, an unstable cash flow is just as bad. They also help you with collections and cash flow. Once you’ve agreed on a plan with your client, you’ll know exactly when to anticipate an influx of cash – especially if your client uses autopay. All you need is a virtual terminal.

Check out our blog to learn how to make invoicing and billing even easier at your business!

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