Simplify payments between members and clubs
Bridgetime Pay is a web-based system that facilitates payments between members and clubs for tournament fees, coffee, sandwiches, etc. Bridgetime Pay may be used as a standalone system or integrated with Bridgetime Score.
ADVANTAGES OF BRIDGETIME PAY
Bridgetime Pay saves both time and money
For many bridge clubs, management of tournament fees in cash is a burden in many ways. The tournament director has to collect, sort, count and check the money, and write a report for the treasurer. The treasurer has to check the money, do the bookkeeping, as well as store and transport the money. When banks cease to accept cash, the club will need an expensive cash agent or tournament fee tickets. Many clubs would prefer to have more time and money available for other things.
Bridgetime Pay gives clubs a fast, easy, secure method for managing tournament fees. Bridgetime Pay is much cheaper for the club than a cash agent and tournament fee tickets, and involves much less work.
Bridgetime Pay is easily accessed via a web browser on a computer or tablet. So club members can easily access Bridgetime Pay to see the balance and the transactions in their personal club account wherever they are, for example at home. The balance is also shown on the tablet every time the member plays a tournament.
Bridgetime Pay offers many advantages to both clubs and their members
THIS IS HOW BRIDGETIME PAY WORKS
Cashless digital payments
Every member has a club account in Bridgetime Pay
Bridgetime Pay works in that every member of the bridge club has a personal club account into which they make deposits in advance. When members then need to pay tournament fees to the club, the fee is deducted from their club account. Bridgetime Pay is also used by the club to pay officers and to reimburse members’ outlay for the club.
In practice, it works as follows:
Paying with Bridgetime Pay
On a tablet, a club member registers their name and selects tournament fee (if there are several different tournament fees) and any extras like coffee or other refreshments. The tablet then shows the member the amount to pay and the balance of their club account after payment. If the balance is not enough for the payment, taking into account any credit granted by the club, the member may pay the tournament director in cash. The director keeps the collected cash and makes a personal bank deposit to the club.
Automatic journal vouchers make life easier for the club treasurer
Bridgetime Pay automatically creates journal vouchers for all types of transaction (tournament fees, reimbursements and outlay). A journal voucher consists of a summary for each account, followed by a transaction list for each account. In this way, the treasurer gets ready-to-use journal vouchers directly and saves many hours of work.
Automatic reminder to top up club account
An email is sent automatically to members whose club account has a deficit. The email contains a message written by the club, for example ‘Your club account needs to be topped up’. In this way, members get help to avoid deficits in their accounts.
Entering information to get started
It should be easy to get started with Bridgetime Pay. Therefore, we help clubs by entering club members in the system when the club is about to start using Bridgetime Pay. If the club is already using Bridgetime Score, the members do not need to be entered in Bridgetime Pay as they are already entered in Bridgetime Score.
Do all members have to have a club account?
If a bridge club decides to use Bridgetime Pay, do all members need to get a club account?
No. Every member may decide, if the club so permits, whether they want to have a club account or continue to pay the club in cash. However, in our experience, most members decide to set up a club account when they discover the advantages of the system. A club may decide on a higher tournament fee for members who decide not to have a club account and continue to pay in cash.
How do guest players pay?
How are tournament fees paid by a member who has no club account or by a guest?
Members who have no club account and club guests pay fees to the tournament director in cash. The tournament director keeps the cash and then deposits the amount in the club’s bank account.
GET STARTED WITH BRIDGETIME PAY
This is how easy it is for a club to get started with Bridgetime Pay
- 1The club takes out a subscription to Bridgetime Pay. The subscription has no minimum term. The price is a fee of EUR 0.04 per player per tournament. For a tournament with eight tables, for example, it costs EUR 1.28.
- 2A web browser is needed to use Bridgetime Pay. The browser may be on a computer or a tablet. Several tablets may be used simultaneously for the same tournament.
- 3There must be an internet connection in the premises. This may be via the club’s own broadband service, mobile broadband or a smartphone with a data allowance.
Bridgetime Pay may be supplemented by the Bridgetime Café system, which provides a clear overview of what the cafeteria sells with text, photos and prices, making it easy to order and pay on a tablet. Click the link to read more about Bridgetime Café.
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