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Business check printing 101

Check printing may seem intimidating, but it’s straightforward and easy to do. From everything you need to buy all the way to check printing troubleshooting, this is the ultimate guide to business check printing.

First, a business check printing shopping list

To make check printing possible, you need 5 things:
  • Accounting software
At Checksforless.com®, we guarantee that your laser checks will be 100% compatible with your current accounting systems, including QuickBooks® and Peachtree/Sage® accounting systems.

Checksforless.com® also guarantees that your laser checks will match your existing system or software title and version. For custom systems, send us a voided check and we’ll match it exactly at no additional charge.
  • Business laser checks
Laser checks are essential for businesses that want to maximize existing investments into their accounting software programs. These business laser checks automatically track spending, maintain vendor details, and create easy-access records.

Laser business checks help ensure financial accuracy and they save businesses critical time and money. They are also customizable to your company and brand. Checksforless.com® has laser voucher checks, laser wallet checks, and 3 per page laser checks in thousands of styles and titles to meet your business needs.

For more details on our laser business check options, please visit our Business Check Formats guide.
  • Check writing add-on software
Most accounting systems will require check writing add-on software (or a cloud-based option) to write checks easily across multiple accounts.
  • MICR ink
“MICR” stands for “Magnetic Ink Character Recognition” and it refers to the special numbers at the bottom of checks that include the account number, the bank’s routing number, check number, and other details. The Federal Reserve and all banks require that checks are printed with MICR ink or toner for ease of processing.
While most financial institutions read checks optically and magnetically, some lack the optical abilities. This means that if your check doesn’t have the magnetic ink, it won’t be read. That can result in processing delays, fees, as well as possible financial risk.

You will need MICR ink for check printing on Inkjet printers, and you will need MICR toner for check printing on laser printers.

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Note on preprinted checks: If this MICR line (bank account number, routing information, etc.) has been preprinted by a check printer and you are only printing payee information and the amount, you don’t need magnetic ink. For our preprinted checks, Checksforless.com® offers a 100% financial institution compatibility guarantee. Our state-of-the-art MICR matching system ensures readability by all financial institutions.

If you’d like to learn more about MICR ink/toner, visit our guide.
  • Check printers
The right printer for business check printing depends on you.
  • If you print a small check volume (and you’re satisfied with slower printing speeds and less accessories): Look at Inkjet MICR printers
  • If you print a large check volume/have many employees involved (and you’re looking for faster printing speeds, more accessories, and more security features): Look at Workgroup laser MICR printers
Need more help? Visit our resource guide.

Print checks in 2 steps:

Order your business checks today

Checksforless.com® is the ultimate destination for your custom business checks and all your banking supplies.

If you’re ready to order your customized laser checks, visit us at Checksforless.com or call us toll-free at 800-245-5775 to get started.

If you’re looking for more guidance on business checks, please visit our Business Check Ordering Guide for everything you need. You can also call us toll-free at 800-245-5775 and our teams of experts are always happy to help you with more specific questions. We look forward to helping you with all your business checking needs!

If you’re ready to order yourcustom business laser checks that will save you time and money, contact us today!

This page is made possible by Checksforless.com®. For more than 35 years, Checksforless.com® has provided over 500,000 businesses with high quality business checks, deposit slips, and other banking supplies with easy ordering and fast production times; all at the guaranteed lowest price in the nation. Our discount business checks are easily customizable and compatible with over 4,500 software programs including QuickBooks and Peachtree/Sage 50 (formerly Peachtree). Email or call us toll-free at 800-245-5775 or visit us online at Checksforless.com®.

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