How to find the best bank for your needs

OPINION: Choosing the right bank for you is a nightmare everyone goes through.

Then when you think you've found the right one, you discover you are no longer happy with the service and have to go through the whole ordeal of finding a new bank to suit your needs.

There are a plethora of banks all around the Gladstone region, all looking for your business.

When it comes to your money, you're best off shopping around and figuring out which bank offers the best service for you.

This applies to small businesses as well.

Small businesses should be looking at banks that are flexible and able to provide one-on-one service in order to navigate the ever-changing financial climate.

Not only should you look for a bank to support you, but also one that can give you knowledgeable advice.

It is important, now more than ever, for businesses to be with a trustworthy and reliable bank as the ongoing evolution of technology in society reaches financial institutions.

With the majority of banking now done online through myriad 'apps' and websites, it is essential for businesses to be with a bank that is able to guide you through these changes.

For the chamber, the introduction of a mobile EFTPOS system at our monthly networking meetings has made our members' payments more secure and efficient.

In addition to this, before even getting to the meeting, attendees have the option of making payments online.

By coming up with more efficient banking systems, the chamber has created an easier and more manageable payment method for both ourselves and our members.

Here in town, there are a wide range of banks, locally run, that are able to accommodate small to medium local businesses.

With an abundance of knowledge in local financial matters, local business owners have plenty of choice.

Crystal McGregor is Gladstone Chamber of Commerce's strategic co-ordination and project delivery officer.