It’s estimated that somewhere around a third of people in the United States currently use online banking tools. That number is expected to grow, and in many places around the world adoption of online banking systems is actually much more saturated than it is here. One of the reasons that some folks are slow to adopt to this new technology may be that they’re not entirely familiar with its benefits. The fact of the matter is, however, that there are many ways that online banking makes your live more convenient that are worth exploring.
Here are just a few of the things that using an online banking service does for you:
- 24-hour, at-home access to your financial information. There was a time not that long ago when you could only find out what the balance was in your checking account by visiting the bank between 9 AM and 5 PM. ATM cards changed that phenomenon, giving you 24-hour access to your financial information. However, you still had to drive to an ATM to do it. With online banking, the info you need is just a few clicks away.
- Rapid bill payment. Most online banking systems offer some kind of bill payment option. You can pay your bills electronically, which means the payments are applied more quickly. You can also set them up to be automatically debited from your checking account, saving you the time and trouble of remembering to pay the bill.
- Detailed records for tax purposes. If you itemize your taxes or if you have a business, online banking can be tremendously helpful. In some cases, an online banking system can even interface with your accounting or tax software, giving you the full power of your financial records in an integrated way.
- Reliable records access. When you have online banking, you don’t have to worry about digging up your statement from a year ago. You simply log into your account and search or browse for the time period in question.
- Cost savings. Many banks now charge a fee for visiting a teller, and the same holds true for ATMs. With online banking, there are rarely fees involved in accessing your account.