Affiliated Acceptance Corporation
We do strictly auto pay. Folks can have their dues taken out of a checking account or put on a credit card. As far as I am concerned, it is the only way to go.
I was pretty much the first one in my own organization to use a service for dues collection. Many have followed me. I have never had a person tell me it wasn't an improvement. The most common response is "I should have done it years ago!"
Those very rare individuals who refuse to do auto pay may pay quarterly, in advance. They may not do monthly. The AAC drops my money directly into my bank account, has all the reports I need on-line. I can download these reports into Excel. Since I can download all my transactions directly off the Bank of America website into Quicken, I do not handle checks or need to do manual deposits. I get e-mails if anyone is delinquent.
All of our seminars are handled by Eventsbot.com
. Payment for all seminars is done via PayPal and I can download my PayPal transactions into Quicken as well. I am doing more and more events in which registration is limited and folks must do so in advance. I can e-mail everyone registered by pushing a button. I can download all reports into Excel. It's extremely easy to work out the profit / loss of any event we run.
Between these two programs I save an immense amount of time over the old days. And I know how much money I can expect each month... not as it was back when folks paid by check when and if they got around to it. If someone doesn't pay, the AAC contacts them. If they want to quit, they have to talk to me, which means I can find out why they are leaving. And people don't just drift away, they have to make the decision to actually quit. So we collect far more dues from folks who are in the marginal category than we would have in the old system.