The sign is up, the inventory is in, your staff is trained. You’ve done it - you’ve opened the doors to your new retail store and are ready to welcome customers. As a new business, in addition to forecasting sales and stocking shelves, you’re probably thinking about what payments to accept. For some business owners, it may seem that the best way to avoid the risk of a bad check is to not accept checks at all. But to do so means fewer sales and fewer customers, not exactly the best way to start off a new business. Maybe you’re considering a verification or guarantee service but aren’t quite ready to make a decision. Even without a check service in place, there are basic steps a store can take to reduce the risk of accepting a potentially bad check.