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March 23, 2021

Grow Your Contracting Business by Accepting Credit Cards. Here’s How.

Samantha Hubay

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Samantha Hubay

Grow Your Contracting Business by Accepting Credit Cards. Here’s How.

As a contractor, you operate in a unique and competitive industry. There are countless other experts out there in the field trying to attract the same customer attention.

How can your business stand out in this intensely competitive industry?

Well, you can always highlight the difference you bring to the table in terms of your expertise and specialty projects. However, we believe the key to standing out lies in enhancing the customer experience. In today’s world, that means offering responsive support via phone and email, going above and beyond for each customer, and offering cutting-edge payment options.

That brings us to the topic of this post – payment solutions!

Today’s payments landscape has advanced far beyond traditional cash and check. In fact, most payments are now made using a credit or debit card either online or in-person.

Thanks to evolving payment technology, we can now use our mobile wallet to buy groceries, repay a friend for dinner through an app on our phone, and even set our bills to pay automatically. Credit and debit cards give us more options to pay than ever before, almost completely eliminating the need to go to the bank.

If your contracting business is still relying on cash or check payments only, you’re only limiting yourself.

The truth is, most of your customers simply don’t have cash on hand, especially in the amount needed for your services. Sure, they may be able to write you a check, but this is often done hesitantly because it involves trusting someone with sensitive bank account information.

Electronic Merchant Systems can help you solve all these problems. We offer innovative payment solutions that allow you to accept credit cards simply and securely.

Keep reading to learn about one of our top solutions for contractors like you.


Mobile and Online Payment Processing for Contractors

First, allow us to officially introduce our company.

Electronic Merchant Systems (EMS) is a leading provider of payment processing and merchant services. Since 1988, EMS has been helping business owners like you realize their full potential and grow their financial well-being. We’re headquartered in beautiful Cleveland, Ohio, with offices and agents coast to coast serving tens of thousands of businesses across the country.

We’ve been doing this for a long while, so we know what your customers expect from a payment experience. Many of them rarely have cash on-hand and prefer to pay by card. Therefore, it is imperative that you are equipped to accept credit and debit cards swiftly and securely.

There are endless combinations and options for accepting payments. Choosing the right one for your business can seem overwhelming, but with EMS, it’s a breeze.

Our dedicated professionals will take the time to truly understand your business and offer the solution best suited to your needs. We offer a full suite of solutions to serve any contractor type, from plumbing, to electrical, and general contracting.

One of the most popular options is EMSmobile, a solution that allows you to accept credit cards immediately on-site, or online later via email invoice.

Keep reading to learn more about this solution.


Empower Your Contracting Business with EMSmobile

EMSmobile is a high-quality, secure credit card processing solution that allows you to accept payments anywhere. Whether you’re out on a job or in an office, you will be equipped to accept customer card payments on the spot.

Simply download the software and connect the card reader to your existing mobile phone or tablet and start accepting payments. EMSmobile is compatible with iOS and Android devices and offers card readers that connect to your device via Bluetooth or through the audio jack.

With EMSmobile, you can:

  • Dip, tap, or swipe credit cards
  • Create itemized or simple transactions
  • Accept tips
  • Allow multiple users at the same time
  • And more!

EMSmobile can also help you serve your customers from afar. Our simple, secure solution is powered by an intuitive online back office, or Virtual Terminal, that allows your customers to make payments online. It is equipped with advanced features including:

  • Cloud-based, real-time transaction processing

  • Full PCI-compliance for payment security

  • Unlimited users and permission-based employee access

  • Custom Email Invoicing

    Is your customer away from home when you’re finished with their job? No problem. Send a convenient invoice via email! Email invoicing allows you to increase your business agility by sending personalized invoices for quick and secure online payments. Plus, you can see which invoices have been viewed and paid, or even resend receipts via the Merchant Console.


Merchant Console

Manage the most important aspects of your business online through our intuitive Merchant Console. This cloud-based program serves as the hub for your business and can be accessed on any web-enabled device. Through the Console, you can:

    • Review the status of email invoices
    • View all transactions and manage inventory
    • Access intuitive reports
    • Analyze sales trends
    • Identify your best customers

Secure Card Storage

Securely store customer card information for later use with our Secure Vault. Simply create a profile for your customer and they’re set for future sales or billing. No more requesting credit card information for every sale! Plus, our account updater technology has the power to update customer card information, even without a request.


Recurring Billing

If your customer is making monthly payments on a large job, you can create a recurring billing plan for them that automatically processes their payments. All you need to do is set the schedule and let the technology handle the rest.


Are you ready to learn more about accepting credit cards? Contact us today to start this important conversation with one of our payment professionals. We look forward to serving you!

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