What Business Owners Should Know about the Costs of Handling Cash

    Dec 26 2016

    Topics: Cash Handling

    As a business owner, it’s in your job description to be aware of the status of the assets of your business at all times. The flow of cash in and out of a business can be difficult to track and pin down if there isn’t an effective cash management procedure in place. Handling cash has many costs attached to it that you might not include in your budgeting for operating costs.You don’t want to find yourself in a position where you are unsure about the operating costs of your business and end up becoming overextended.

    In order to get the most out of accepting cash, it is important to understand the costs of handling cash. It is only through evaluating and understanding the costs of cash for your business that you can cut costs. Here’s what business owners should know about the costs of handling cash.

    The Cost of Cash Might Surprise You

    In order to figure out how much handling cash is costing your business, you will need to use a cost of cash calculator. Using the cost of cash calculator is the best way to get an accurate picture of where you are spending money throughout the cash management process. It will allow you to break down your cash management process into separate parts; from counting cash to the cost of envelopes, a cost of cash calculator assigns a cost to each aspect of the process. Once you have determined how much it is costing your business to process cash, you can begin to cut those costs!

    While the initial amount may surprise you, you have the ability to better manage your costs associated with counting cash.

    You Can Better Manage Your Costs

    As we have mentioned, there are costs associated with each part of your cash management process. Knowing where these costs occur is the first step to better managing them. Some of the most common costs that you need to be aware of are the following:

    • The cost of mistakes: If you are still operating with a manual cash handling process, you will be well acquainted with the frequency of mistakes that can happen. These mistakes can result in cash losses as well as increased labour costs.
    • The cost of labour: Manual cash handling is extremely labour intensive and you can never be sure of how long it will take.
    • The cost of inefficiency: Mistakes and labour costs add up to an inefficient cash management process that can end up costing your business way more money in the long run.
    • The cost of fraud: If you do not have counterfeit detection technology in your business, it can be difficult to stay protected against counterfeit fraud. Inadvertently accepting counterfeit money can put a dent in the profits of your business!


    All of these costs of handling cash can be managed through making an investment in automated cash management technology.

    There Are Solutions Available

    As with accepting any type of payment, the costs of handling cash will always be around. However, you can drastically reduce these costs by investing in automated cash management technology. By automating the counting, sorting, and calculating tasks that are a necessary part of your cash management, you can cut down on the amount that you spend on accepting cash.

    Your ROI when investing in cash automation solutions is magnified by the reduction in labour costs and loss prevention that go hand in hand with adopting technology into your business. Making the decision to add technology to your company will give you the chance to flourish in today’s market and to reap the rewards of accepting cash payments in your business.

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    Andrea Lombardi

    Andrea Lombardi

    Andrea joined the CashTech team upon its inception in 2003. Learning the business from the ground up, she now utilizes her expertise in account management, planning, and negotiation while managing the daily operations of CashTech’s sales, marketing, and logistics departments. Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Western Ontario. She enjoys travelling and has a passion for personal fitness, including obtaining her kettlebell certification. Andrea lives in Toronto with her husband and two young sons.

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