Credit cards were a catalyst for convenience of payment in the retail setting, revolutionizing the way customers paid at stores and restaurants for many years. After credit cards, it was online shopping, which made in your pajamas a possibility.
As a church leader, you know you’re doing the work you’ve been called to do. Your needs are often met through the offerings of your congregation. Those offerings have traditionally come in the forms of cash and checks, but many houses of worship now accept offerings by credit card, too.
Any business that regularly sends bills or invoices to its clients has learned that paper bills cost far more than the price of a stamp. The hidden costs of paper billing rack up quickly, and after the bill is paid, all that paper often winds up in the trash. By switching to electronic billing, you can make your billing and invoicing process greener — both environmentally and financially.
In the 1950s, retail shopping meant going to specialized stores. You went to the shoe store for shoes, the bakery for bread, the hardware store for nails and tools, and the jewelers for that special holiday gift. By the 1970s, shoppers moved to the malls, where you could find multiple stores under one roof. Later, it was the big box retailers, like Wal-Mart and Target, that attracted family shoppers and offered everything you needed in one store.