According to the 2007 AFP Electronic Payments Survey, underwritten by the Electronic Payments Network (EPN), checks are becoming a decreasingly dominant form of business-to-business payment. In 2004, businesses on average made 81 percent of their B2B payments by check. Whereas now, the average has dropped to 74 percent and businesses are increasingly adopting ACH, wire transfers, and card services.

The purpose of the survey was to identify U.S. business payment trends, the benefits gained from change, and the drivers and barriers to change. Among the barriers named by respondents, the top three were constraints of automatic information remittance , integration limitations, and customer resistance to electronic payments. However, the benefits listed included lower transaction costs, better cash-flow predictability, and increased efficiencies with accounting systems. And with 43 percent of respondents saying that their organizations will likely adopt electronic payments within the next three years, the trend shows that the barriers to electronic payment implementation are being overcome.

Is your business still collecting payments the old-fashioned way? If so, you’re most likely losing money as a result. Accepting electronic payments gets you paid faster and helps boost your bottom line. Take a look at PaySimple’s online payment software. It might just be the best thing you do for your small business this year.

Sarah Jordan

Sarah Jordan

Sarah Jordan is the VP of Marketing for PaySimple, the leading provider of service commerce solutions for SMBs. At PaySimple, Sarah leads the company's brand, acquisition, lifecycle, and product marketing strategies, and has been an integral player in growing the company from a fledgling startup to a leading SaaS platform, serving over 15,000 businesses across the country. She loves live music, being outside, great food, and hanging out with her husband, little boy, and dog.

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