One of the great things about today’s technology is the ability to sell the products or services you offer from your website or your smartphone. A customer may click the “buy” or “add to cart” buttons on your site, swipe or enter their credit card information using a variety of apps or devices that are either on your phone or that can easily be attached to it.
1 // PayPal is a payment platform that allows you to send and receive money. You can invoice through PayPal, integrate with Shopify or simply add a button to your site by which visitors can make purchases or donate directly to you. Check out PayPal
2 // Stripe is a payment platform that enables you to accept and manage online payments, including online storefronts and subscription services. Stripe integrates with SquareSpace for selling both digital and physical goods. Check out Stripe
3 // Intuit offers a payment platform and device option through Intuit QuickBooks Payments. This platform allows you to accept credit cards, email invoices and take mobile payments with their QuickBooks GoPayment device which attaches to your smartphone or tablet device. Check out Intuit
4 // Square Up offers a payment platform called Square Register which enables you to receive payments, schedule next day deposits and send digital receipts. Square Register is free to download to your smartphone or tablet. Check out Square Up
5 // Apple Pay offers a secure way for customers to check out from their iPhone or iPad by adding credit card information to the Passbook app. In order to accept payments via Apple Pay, you should contact your payment provider to ensure that you’re able to do so. Square, described above, accepts Apple Pay and is currently offering the contactless reader at a discounted price. Apple Pay will be available by the end of 2015. Check out Apple Pay
6 // Shopify POS offers you a way to do business anywhere with their free credit card reader. You can use your iPad or iPhone to select the products your customers want and immediately collect payment. Check out Shopify POS
You’ll never know when you’ll be able to sell a product or service so you want to be prepared. If you meet a potential customer or are a vendor at a conference, you want to know what your payment options are and the many ways you can serve potential buyers. Understand your audience, and your business, and it will guide you towards making the best decisions for your unique offerings.
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