Many merchant processors only offer funding for completed transactions after a two- or three-day delay. If you’re used to this, you may not realize how much this is affecting your business, but it shouldn’t take much thought before you can think of some problems it has caused. New businesspeople can also easily envision scenarios in which a delay in the funding of a bank account can cause plenty of problems. Here are some scenarios that are caused by funding lag:
1. An inability to meet a bill’s deadline. While some think that this “shouldn’t” be a problem for companies, the fact is that in the real world, it’s often a big issue. When you plan on having $X, XXX in your account by a certain date and it isn’t there because your payment processor hasn’t sent it on through, you can easily be unable to pay a supplier or contractor on time. This causes unnecessary dents in your reputation.
2. You can miss out on discounts. Like retailers, wholesalers sometimes run limited-time offers. If you have to wait to get your money, you could miss out on them.
3. Hesitancy in making decisions. When your merchant account doesn’t pay on a predictable basis, you have to wait and see when the money will come in. This effect is especially bad if the payment processor gives a range, such as 2-3 days, instead of committing to a hard deadline for payment completion.
To get set up with a merchant account that pays on the very next day after your transactions settle, just contact us here at BAMS. We’ll be glad to get you started with our next-day funding!