The Sneaky Costs of Paper Checks

The Sneaky Costs of Paper Checks

When it comes to business payments, many SMBs automatically reach for the checkbook to settle their bills. After all, companies have used paper checks for centuries. Vendors accept them. It’s how it’s always been done, right?

It’s time to reassess.

Those small slips of paper cost your business big bucks, especially when compared to digital business payments powered by the cloud and mobile apps.

Why are checks so expensive?

Think about what paper checks demand for AP. Buying check stock, postage, and printer ink. Hours wasted tracking down check signers or even delaying payment until they’re in town. Stuffing envelopes. Late fees and bank fees. Reconciliation challenges.

Now, compare paper checks to digital business payments.

Digital business payments complete the work of paper checks in a fraction of the time and with substantially less cost. Once you use digital business payments, you invite new innovations into your back office including:

  • Automation of review and approval workflows
  • Managing AP from mobile devices
  • Depositing payments directly into vendors’ bank accounts  
  • Automatically syncing AP data with accounting systems including QuickBooks Online, NetSuite, Xero, and Sage Intacct.

The result: Your company has more money and more time to invest in more impactful endeavors.

Want to know the exact costs? We’ve broken it down for you in the below infographic: How Much Does It Really Cost to Pay with Paper Checks?

You’ll be surprised just how much paper checks dent your bottom line.

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 If your business relies on paper checks to pay its bills, you’re paying too much. Learn everything you need to know about the true cost of paper check payment versus electronic bill payment.

February 22, 2019
Sara Goulder
Senior Director of Product Marketing
Sara is a seasoned marketing professional with a passion for helping businesses develop and implement product launch and GTM programs where they didn’t previously exist. She has launched over 100 products, platforms and solutions worth billions in revenue for leading start-ups and corporations. Her interests include blockchain, animation, running, travel and cooking. Sara holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Georgetown University.