You don’t have to be an enterprise-level client or go through a bank to access the convenience and time-saving benefits of FINSYNC’s Lockbox service. By FINSYNC Wasted time and money from paper files always seem to find a way back to your business. Regardless of how hard you work to eliminate them. One struggle for many businesses is working with clients that still use paper checks. One of the most common ways large businesses handle this problem is through a lockbox- A PO box that is traditionally only available through a bank. Available for firms doing a very high volume of inbound check processing. With FINSYNC, small and mid-size businesses can benefit from a lockbox. They are able to receive checks and have them automatically deposited and applied to the correct invoice. FINSYNC’s Lockbox service provides huge time savings. Users can work abroad and still get paid. It also allows companies to be completely digital even if their customers are old school.
B2B Paper Checks are Still CommonWhile Europe and Latin America have various standards that make B2B paper checks less common, they are still common in the United States. This means that many businesses are forced to wait on “snail mail” to receive and process multiple checks. Even if they operate under a paperless business model. You could utilize a lockbox through your bank, but those types of services are typically only offered at offsite processing centers and available to enterprise-level clients.
FINSYNC’s Lockbox is Available to Clients of All Shapes and SizesFINSYNC’s lockbox is available to any size client and allows digital firms to work with traditional businesses. With lockbox, digital firms can easily have checks collected from traditional businesses and match deposits to invoicing. Simply request a payment using FINSYNC to give your customers a simpler, more secure way to pay you via bank draft (ACH), debit or credit card, or paper check sent to your FINSYNC PO Box (lockbox). Your customers will have their own free, secure payments inbox to review and accept your invoices, attachments and pay online.
Forward Thinking Companies Use FINSYNC“Going green” is all the rage these days. As more and more companies turn to third-party payment processing and paperless offices, many businesses still need a way to collect and process paper checks from traditional clients.
Lockbox by FINSYNC enables businesses to:
- Easily send invoices and attachments
- Know when and how much you'll get paid
- Accept every customer payment format
- View real-time status of invoices and payments
- Incentivize early payments with discounts and rebates
- Streamline by allowing customers to store banking info online
- Receive paid invoice funds directly in your synced bank account
Benefits of LockboxWith FINSYNC your business can save thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours in admin time each year. Lockbox is designed to help you streamline your financial operations and run a paperless office. With Lockbox enabled, any customer that desires to pay by mail will see your Lockbox address on your invoices in their inbox as your remittance address. When a check arrives in your Lockbox, it is deposits into your default income account. With Lockbox it doesn’t matter if you work in the gig economy, you’re a digital nomad or work with corporate clients in the U.S.. You can receive checks from businesses in the U.S. no matter where you are in the world. FINSYNC Lockbox and accounts receivable helps you get in sync with your customers and get paid more quickly and efficiently. Lockbox is a win-win for both you and your clients. The software makes it simple to pay and get paid. In addition, it eliminates the need to pay someone to go to the mailbox and keep track of physical invoices. Lockbox allows invoices to send immediately and get paid as soon as you receive your check. Allowing you to manage your small business finances in a single platform. It enables you to sync up your small business finances and harness the power of your financial data to give you a complete picture of your business. If you’re a digital firm looking for ways to receive paper bills and convert them into e-bills, FINSYNC’s Lockbox service is an easy-to-use solution.
When you need working capital without delay, borrowing against your unpaid invoices is a short-term cash flow solution worth considering. By FINSYNC Waiting 30, 60 or even 90 days to collect on goods and services rendered is challenging enough for small businesses, without the added stress of late payments. Unfortunately, delayed payments are all too common, with one in every 10 invoices paid late. While there are several steps you can take to get paid faster, sometimes your business needs the funds you’re owed right away. So what can you do when you need working capital for immediate expenses, and can’t wait to collect on unpaid invoices? Enter invoice financing, also known as accounts receivable financing. This type of loan allows you to borrow money against the amount your customers owe you. In other words, you can finance your unpaid invoices to get the cash you’re due now — without having to wait for your customer to make the payment.
How It WorksWhen you finance an unpaid invoice, you’re essentially getting a cash advance on the invoice, which serves as collateral. So what does this convenience cost you? You’ll pay the lender a percentage of the invoice in return for the loan. Lenders generally advance around 85 percent of your invoice right away, and you’re paid the remaining 15 percent once your customer pays their invoice. There’s often a processing fee, plus a percentage that’s generally calculated on a weekly basis (somewhere around 1 percent per month). The longer it takes your customers to pay their invoice, the more interest you’ll pay.
When to Consider Invoice FinancingInvoice financing offers a short-term solution to cash flow issues. It’s an option to consider when you need cash immediately, and can’t afford to wait for your customers to pay their invoices. This type of financing often makes sense for companies that face long payment cycles, or for seasonal business swings. Whether you need funds to cover operating costs, pay your employees or support a growth opportunity, invoice financing is a fast, convenient way to access cash. How fast? Many accounts receivable loans are processed in as little as a day, and with FINSYNC you can turn your invoices into cash in just one click. Beyond the speed and simplicity with which you can access funds, invoice financing is worth considering for startups and businesses that may have a difficult time securing other types of loans. With invoice financing, your customer’s credit score is given more weight than your own. In stark contrast to the approval process for traditional small business loans, accounts receivable lenders are looking mainly for unencumbered accounts receivable from clients with good credit. Your own credit history, cash flow and business outlook are secondary.
Advantages of Invoice FinancingInvoice financing offers many advantages, several of which we’ve already mentioned. They can be easier to qualify for than other types of loans. You get funds fast and approval is generally based on your customer’s credit rather than your own. Startups with a limited history often have an easier time qualifying for invoice financing, as there’s less emphasis on cash flow and revenue. Generally, three to six months of business history is sufficient, and the only collateral you’ll need is the invoice itself. The other obvious advantage is the time you’ll save waiting for payments. Getting the money you’re owed immediately can help you avoid cash flow issues. It may even help you take advantage of timely growth opportunities.
Other Factors to ConsiderWhen you factor an invoice, your client is usually notified — which can be uncomfortable for both you and your client. With FINSYNC’s invoice financing, your customer will never be informed about the transaction, as we are also a payment processor. Invoice financing can be more expensive than other types of loans. The rates and fees tend to be higher in return for fast, easy access to cash. They can also be somewhat unpredictable. Since the fees are based on the time it takes for the invoice to be paid. Repayment terms are often shorter for invoice financing, generally around 12 weeks. And don’t forget that you’re still dependent upon your customer’s payment; if they don’t pay you, it’s still your responsibility to pay back the loan. Keep costs down and minimize your risk by repaying the loan quickly. Only finance invoices from clients with a solid repayment history.
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