Can I send a customer with multiple unpaid invoices one email with a payment link for Quickbooks?

Yes, your customers can pay one invoice sent from an email without logging in to the invoice portal, or they can login and selected multiple invoices to pay. Our integrated payments module reduces customer friction to pay bills for Quickbooks Pro and Enterprise users and supports a variety of payment types and methods.

paying multiple invoices quickbooksNote, you must have your own desktop or hosted version of Quickbooks. Quickbooks online does not support the ability to add 3rd party modules.

Quickbooks Merchant Services Vs CenPOS Payment Gateway & Platform:

  • Quickbooks Intuit Merchant Services nets fees from every transaction; CenPOS fees are charged once per month.
  •  Intuit Merchant Services must use their acquirer. With CenPOS, choose any acquirer.
  • Quickbooks ACH nets their fees from every transaction. CenPOS fees are charged once per month.
  • Quickbooks sends monthly statements; CenPOS sends invoice reminders on your schedule with simple click to pay.
  • CenPOS supports level 3 processing and cardholder authentication to help you manage the cost of accepting credit cards and mitigate risk of chargebacks.

Christine Speedy, CenPOS business development 954-942-0483. CenPOS is a cloud based business solutions provider. Our cross-generational platform enables clients to expand their payment acceptance strategies, improve customer engagement, and increase business productivity.

Small business merchant service rates telemarketing scam

A telemarketer called from “Express Processing Payments”, with the pitch, “Have you heard about new regulated rates that Visa and Mastercard introduced for small businesses only?” And further, “…reduce your rates 20-50%.” Let’s dispel this claim right now. There’s no such thing.

The only ‘recent’ government regulation regarding rates, are those from the Durbin Amendment, part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. In August 2011, I reported on the proliferation of robo calls that followed the federal legislation for debit card transactions:

Under the final rule, the maximum permissible interchange fee that an issuer may receive for an electronic debit transaction will be the sum of 21 cents per transaction and 5 basis points multiplied by the value of the transaction. This provision regarding debit card interchange fees is effective on October 1, 2011.

What does this mean to merchants?

  1. The maximum the issuer (if they meet regulated size) can receive is .05% plus $.21 plus $.01 if qualified.
  2. What merchants pay are determined by the salesperson selling them.
  3. Visa debit interchange rate for CPS Retail was 0.80% + $0.25 per transaction prior to the new legislation. If a small business received a 50% reduction in debit fees, the average small business processor still increases their profits significantly.

Intuit Merchant Services vs Regular Merchant Account With Quickbooks

Intuit merchant services has pros and cons, like all credit card processing solutions. This review will help you make the best choice for a merchant account.

Intuit Merchant Services vs Regular Merchant Account

There are two main differences:

  1. Price structure. Intuit has a flat percentage and per transaction for key entered and one for swiped. For example, the Intuit keyed rate is 3.40% + $.25 + $.10 address verification service or AVS. A regular merchant account includes interchange and a bunch of other fees. Even though those ‘other’ fees could add up to .10% or more, the overall effective rate (fees divided by costs) is normally always lower than the Intuit effective rate for merchants on ‘pass through’ pricing like offered here. As shown in the image below, interchange starts at .05%.

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    Actual interchange rates for a business to business merchant.

  2. Cash flow. Intuit nets fees from every sale. For example, using the keyed rate of 3.40% + $.25 + $.10 avs, for a $100 key entered transaction, the Intuit merchant receives a $96.25 deposit the next day. It’s possible the amount varies due to international fee etc. With a regular merchant account, the merchant receives $100 deposit within 1- 2 business days, and at the end of the month, pays the total months fees via ACH.

Extra Intuit fees are found in INTUIT QUICKBOOKS PAYMENTS PRICING SCHEDULE. The only fee that stands out is AVS, or address verification service, at $.10 each; it’s at least 100% more than regular merchant accounts, and since merchants should supply AVS for all card not present transactions, add it in as a hard cost per transaction when comparing options. The rest of the fees are in line with costs anywhere.

How do the differences impact merchants?

A company with $1,000,000 in credit card sales might have an effective rate between 1.3% and 2.75%, depending on business type etc. A 1% drop in effective rate equals $1000 in savings for this example. More importantly, merchants can preserve cash flow by paying fees after the month is over, and keep reconciliation clean with fees applied to COGS once per month, vs every transaction.

For very small businesses, it almost doesn’t make any difference who the merchant uses for processing. The effective rate is 3.75% in the example above. If you run the numbers with fees from Costco and others, it will end up being relatively the same, and most importantly, a small difference, isn’t really going to make a bid difference in the overall fees paid; a .1% difference on $100,000 is $100 per year. I think a small business should focus more on growing revenues than fretting over fees.

Managing credit card payments within Quickbooks vs regular merchant account

Options:

  1. Intuit merchant services applies payments to invoices and sales receipts. Quickbooks mobile GoPayment. The last user report received was that QB created a new customer for any unrecognized cardholder and this was problematic, because the merchant already has the customer registered under a company name. This problem is common with both Quickbooks and some 3rd party solutions.
  2. Merchants use a regular merchant account and process transactions, such as a virtual terminal, ecommerce store, or mobile device. With 3rd party transaction importer software, the merchant downloads transactions much like downloading bank transactions. This software can be a one time fee, annual fee, or SaaS with recurring billing. Merchants with higher volume, multichannel, or needing special payment solutions can use this. Typically the software provides more control for importing, including matching to existing QB data.
  3. Process transactions within Quickbooks, using a 3rd party application. To reduce PCI Compliance burden, the merchant experience is that they’re in QB, but the payment activity is occurring via a 3rd party secure payment gateway, connected to a regular merchant account. The benefits are more control and flexibility, with the efficiency of working within Quickbooks and automatically marking invoices as paid etc.  There’s nothing that Quickbooks does that cannot continue to be completed within Quickbooks with the integration, or that cannot be enhanced with the 3rd party integration, including electronic bill presentment and payment. Some differentiators for B2B include payment types supported (check, ACH, wire, credit card, Paypal and more); delivery methods- text, email, other, automated reminders- 30 days or on your schedule, cardholder authentication-3-D Secure shifts fraud liability to issuer.  For any sizable business, efficiencies and cost savings will outweigh the costs of the gateway, solution, and merchant account fees.

Need help making the right choice? The best solution is not the same for every business. There are many factors including business type, how and where you accept payments, whether you have aging accounts receivable and more. Check processing was not covered here, but it’s the same concept.

Quick buying guides:

  • If your business processes less than $100,000 annually, stick with whatever you have and focus on growing the business.
  • If you don’t use Intuit merchant services now, and are key entering every record from your 3rd party processor, it’s worth exploring options.
  • If you process $1,000,000 or more annually, the benefits are well worth the time to make a change. Call 954-942-0483 for a FREE consultation for a regular merchant account with Quickbooks integration.  “I’ve used them all, and I’ve been a Quickbooks user for over 15 years,” says Christine Speedy, owner of 3D Merchant Services. “In about 5 minutes, I can ascertain whether it’s worth exploring alternatives, or give merchants peace of mind they have the right solution for their business.”

Banks discouraging pin-based debit hurts merchants

Where does all the money go for your credit card processing costs?

We’ve answered this before. Most of it goes to the banks. In a few moments, you’ll read about their blatant promotions to make more money at your expense.

If you process a transaction at the best interchange qualification, they make a little money. If you process a transaction that downgrades to a higher interchange qualification, they make more money. In fact, the worse you qualify, the more money they make.

This is a key reason why banks may not be the best choice for your credit card processing. With their inherent conflict of interest, will your bank help you hit the best interchange? You can influence your interchange qualification. It’s complicated. It’s more than what customers can do, it’s up to professionals like us to not only spot problem areas, but to take the corrective actions to fix the underlying causes- either behind the scenes, through programming changes or by contacting you and providing tips for staff.

Today I received a direct mail piece from a bank. The promotion rewards me for SIGNATURE BASED gold debit mastercard purchases. Pin based debit transactions are ineligible. That’s right. The bank is strongly encouraging consumers not to enter their pin number. They make more money that way.

How can you combat this kind of promotion and encourage pin based debit?
1. Do you have a pin pad? Consumer oriented businesses processing $1M annually, will almost always benefit. Call us for a free analysis.
2. Are you processing $1,000,000+ per MONTH (all card type transactions), please call me regarding new technology that will dramatically lower your debit processing costs.