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A Better Way for Businesses to Get Paid

Business Insights
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Small businesses are the backbone of every community, providing important services, products, and job opportunities as well as putting money back into the local economy. At Southern First, we are proud to support the small businesses that impact so many lives in the communities we serve.   

As a business owner, it is important to bank with an institution that helps you reach your goals and provides tools that make it easier for you to do what you do best – serve your customers. That’s why we are proud to offer Autobooks in online and mobile business banking.

With Autobooks, you will be able to:

  • Get paid directly into your account — there's no need to transfer funds from external balances.
  • Let people easily pay you online or in-app with a credit card, debit card, or through an electronic bank transfer (ACH).
  • Create and send digital invoices that are customized with your business logo and include our logo for extra credibility.
  • View all your transactions inside one place, online and mobile banking — and always know who’s paid and who’s due.

Check out some of the great things our clients have to say about their experience using Autobooks for their business.

Small businesses across the Upstate of South Carolina have turned to Plus Inc. for over 60 years for their IT equipment and services. Adding Autobooks to their toolset has given them new and easier ways to collect payments from their clients. Plus Inc. shared, “Autobooks is terrific! Our customers love it. They had been asking for a way to pay online. Also, Autobooks has made it easier to collect past-due payments as we are able to get payment and verify payments faster. Our accounts receivable accountant has included the link in her signature and whenever she sends a customer statement or invoice through email, they just have to click on the link. We have also included the link on our paper invoices! In addition to those great benefits, Autobooks saves time by cutting our check processing time in half. Before Autobooks, we did not have a way to do a direct debit from the customer’s checking account. Now we do!”

Amy Carrick provides daily money management services such checkbook balancing, bill pay, spending reports, budgeting, and mail management to seniors, people with disabilities, and their families through her business, Carrick Consulting. Using Autobooks has helped her streamline her client communications and eliminate time spent on administrative payment tasks. She said that Autobooks works well for her business, providing a professional approach by allowing her to share the payment link as part of her client invoicing communications. She explained that the small service fee is more than made up for reducing her administrative time with collecting checks and depositing them. Many of her clients are on a monthly fee basis so being able to set up recurring payments cut her month-end invoicing in half. Plus, nothing like this was offered at her previous bank making the change a win-win!

In Summerville, SC, Mr. Sign has been providing custom signs, banners, vehicle wraps and lettering, and promotional products for clients in the Lowcountry for over 25 years. They have been implementing Autobooks invoices and appreciate how much time it saves. “We love using Autobooks at Mr. Sign. The convenience and security for our customers is our favorite thing about it. We put the link to pay on our invoices and it saves time for the customer and us. It cuts out the customer calling in the number and someone having to enter all the info into a terminal. We look forward to continued use of Autobooks,” shared the Mr. Sign team.

Think your business could benefit from Autobooks? Click here to learn more, or simply log in to business online banking to give Autobooks a try. It just takes a few minutes to enroll, and there’s no commitment or contract to worry about.


*Must have a Southern First business checking account and be enrolled in Business Online Banking to use Autobooks.

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