We’re living in extremely uncertain times, and with restrictions constantly changing it’s essential to be flexible and be able to adapt your business at short notice. That’s why it’s important to think outside the box and come up with new ways to get paid – even when you have to flip that open sign over to closed.
While contactless card readers can take you some way in reducing hand-to-hand contact and avoiding the need to physically handle money, there might be times you have to keep a greater distance or customers can’t be present at all. In these cases, you’ll need a way to accept payments remotely.
There are a number of ways you can offer your customers remote payments in exchange for your products or services. We’ve already seen small businesses coming up with creative ways to take advantage of our new multi product offerings. One of them being SumUp Payment Links.
What are SumUp Payment Links?
SumUp Payment Links allow you to accept secure online card payments without the need for an online store – you don’t even need to own a SumUp Card Reader to take advantage of Payment Links.
All you need to do is sign up for an account using the SumUp app, enter your details and you can start sending personalised payment links to your customers.
Using the Payment Links section of the app, you just enter the amount you’d like to charge your customer, generate the link and then send it through whichever means you’d like – be it via WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, SMS or email. It’s just like sending any other link.
Once your customer taps on the link, they’re taken to a secure payment portal where they can confirm the payment and complete the process. It’s as simple as that.
How can payment links help your small business?
SumUp Payment Links are the perfect solution for remote payments for a range of different businesses.
If you’re a restaurant or cafe owner who has had to close to diners, you could start offering deliveries. You can create a menu and send it out via email or post it on your social media, then customers can submit orders and you can create them a payment link so that they can pay online in advance.
If customers would prefer to pay for the food when it’s being delivered, you can create a QR code which customers can scan and be directed to the same payment portal as they would when being sent a payment link.
Whether you’re selling food or goods for pick up or delivery, or even taking online bookings and requests for services, you can apply these methods in a way which suits your needs. Payment links are a safe flexible form of payment that will keep money coming in – even in our unusual circumstances.
If you’re a small business looking for more tips, tricks, or even an affordable, easy-to-use payment solution, visit https://sumup.co.uk/fsb.