Many businesses rely on vendors to deliver the goods or offer the services (like outsourcing) they need to keep their business running properly.
However, those vendors need to be paid, and it is in the business owner’s best interest to send the money to them as quickly and seamlessly as possible. Wire transfers have proven to be reliable for this for a very long time.
And that is why businesses all over the world use it to send money to vendors on their payroll.
What Is a Wire Transfer?
Wire transfer is the electronic transfer of money through networks hosted by either banks or transfer service providers worldwide.
For anyone to initiate a wire transfer, they need to supply the name of the receiving institution and some personal or business and account information of the recipient. Such transfers do not involve physical cash, as it is all securely done online.
How Do Wire Transfers Work?
When a business wants to pay a vendor via wire transfer after getting an invoice from them, they approach a financial institution they have money with and share information about the recipient.
The sending institution reaches out to the receiving institution and shares the recipient’s information, account number, and the amount of money to be transferred.
Then, the sender would be charged a transaction fee.
It is important to note that the business and the vendor do not have to be in the same state or country to transfer the money.
Wire transfers can happen across international borders. The information required when wiring funds includes the recipient’s;
- Name, residential address, phone number, zip or postal code,
- Bank branch and account number,
- Bank name, SWIFT code, routing number, address,
- Reason for transfer
As soon as the business owner provides all this information, the sending financial institution will send a message via SWIFT to the receiving institution instructing them to make the transfer.
Upon receipt of this message, the latter institution will deposit money from their reserve into the vendor’s account. On the backend, the two institutions would settle the payment.
Types of Wire Transfer
Wire transfers can be done both domestic and internationally.
Both types can be done either within the same bank or across different banks. Domestic wire transfers are wire payments carried out within the same country. Meanwhile, international wire transfer is done across international borders.
Benefits of Using Wire Transfers
- Speed: Payments are settled quickly, regardless of if they are domestic or international transactions.
- High Transfer Limits: The high transfer limits permit the transfer of huge sums of money so that businesses can order inventory in bulk.
- Secure Transactions: Wire transfers are mostly done via the SWIFT payment system, which is safe and secure.
As a business owner, wire transfers are one of the trusted means to make payments to your vendors.
The speed of the transfers makes financial management easier by ensuring you avoid delays in payments and logistical issues. It is also easy to use and has no complications as long as all the information provided to the sending financial institution is correct and up-to-date.