The Top 8 Reasons Your Interior Design Business Should Offer Online Payments

August 12, 2022

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How your interior design client's Purchasing Habits Have Changed Over the Years

Purchasing habits of consumers have drastically shifted in the last few years.

The standard practice of exchanging a physical check or cash for a product or service is outdated and arguably nearly extinct. Major e-commerce players such as Amazon, Instacart, and Uber have been influencing our purchasing habits and it’s undeniable that we have been moving steadily toward online payments as a standard.

In the last couple years, COVID-19 and the pandemic have supercharged consumers’ willingness and expectance to pay online by 5 years. So why is it any different in the business of interior design? It’s not.

What does this mean?

It’s quite simple. As the business owner, you need to offer your clients the option of online payments. You need to stop making excuses why you haven’t and adapt to your client’s needs. Not offering online payments due to transactional fees is not a viable excuse. These fees are the cost of doing business and can be absorbed into the total cost of your product or service. By not offering online payments you’re essentially adding friction into the purchasing process.

Are you missing out on additional revenue by not accepting credit cards? Need more convincing?

Not offering online payments due to transactional fees is not a viable excuse. These fees are cost of doing business and can be absorbed into the the total cost of your product or service. By not offering online payments you’re essentially adding friction into the purchasing process.

Pro-Tip

If you want the ability to easily offer your clients online payments, try Mydoma. We make it easy and seamless to accept and process online payments. What's more, you can even create packages for your design services and sell them directly through your website with our embeddable packages! LEARN MORE >

The Top 8 Reasons Why Your Interior Design Business Should Offer Online Payments

1. Increase Sales

When you take your business from a cash-only operation to one that accepts credit, ACH/ e-transfer and checks, your potential customer base broadens significantly. Gen X and Millennials typically expect and prefer to pay with credit cards. The more customers you attract, the more likely you are to make additional sales.

2. Keep up with your competition

Many design firms and boutique shops offer multiple online payment options. By not, you’re essentially taking your business out of the running from lack of convenience.

3. Saving Time

Clients like to have the ability to quickly pay an invoice without having to write a check. Invoices can be paid anywhere at any time. Studies have indicated that clients are likely to spend more when they’re paying with credit cards.

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4. Fees are not a viable excuse

There are fixed costs with running your design business such as office rent, insurance, software licenses. Credit card and ACH fees are fluid business expenses. They are dependent on the design services or products being sold. The processing fee can and should be built into the price of the service or product you are selling. The convenience to both you and your client out way the minimal costs and offering credit cards will likely increase your sales.

5. Digital products can't be purchased with cash

Want to sell a consultation in advance of a client meeting? Have an e-book, “shop the look” or gift certificate to sell? These digital goods require instant payment. You don’t have time to wait for a cash or check. Offering online payment is essential to sell your design services online.

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6. You won't run the risk of accepting a bad check

Have you ever paid a vendor before a client check has cleared? If the check bounces prior to clearing, you are responsible to track down your client for payment while floating the payment to your vendor. Did you know that credit card transactions are screened as they are processed? Mydoma Studio uses Stipe, the leading online payment provider to get you paid quickly and keep your personal and payment information secure.

7. It's far more convenient

Clients want to use the payment method that’s not only convenient but also most beneficial to them. Cash and checks offer not to benefit back to the customer. Credit cards are easy to use and many offer bonus point incentives. ACH / e-transfer are equally quick and convenient without the bonus points.

8. It’s not as hard to set up as you think!

At Mydoma, we take the frustration out of taking online payments whether you’d like to use credit card or ACH. Within a few hours you’ll be set up to offer online payments to your clients. You’ll get paid faster and make your customers happier!

Why not offer online payments?

There really isn’t a good reason not to offer online payments to your clients. Interested in learning more?

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