You have a product or service that customers want. And you have a range of options for how they can pay for it.
Forms of payment
There’s a digital transformation happening in payments. More customers are paying online and the options for paying in store continue to grow. You can accept a variety of digital payments, such as credit cards, debit cards, prepaid cards, contactless cards and mobile pay apps.
What’s the right fit for your business? Let’s take a look at the options and a few pros and cons.
Cash and cheques
Cash and cheques used to be the leading way to pay.
Pro: Cash and cheques don’t require additional technology.
Con: Having a lot cash on hand is a security risk and requires time to reconcile and make deposits.
Cashless card payments include: credit cards, debit cards, prepaid cards, gift cards and contactless payments that allow customers to tap and go.
Pro: Less of a security risk and many customers now prefer to pay with cards. More efficient since no need for daily deposits.
Con: Will require training and investment to implement.
Mobile wallet payments
Paying with devices is increasingly common. Popular services include Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Google Pay.
Pro: Mobile payments can speed up customer checkouts and offer more security.
Con: Will require training and investment in technology initially.
Digital payments are big for small businesses
While cash and cheque are a reliable way to accept payments, offering customers the choice of paying with a card or mobile device can actually help the bottom line. Small businesses have found that digital payments save them time.
Small businesses reported a sales boost after accepting digital payments.1
Processing a digital payment is 57% less expensive than processing non-digital payments when you factor in expenses and labor. 2
In a survey, SMBs agreed that customers spend more when they use cards instead of cash.2
¹Based on survey participants who reported either specific increase or no impact in sales volume after accepting digital payments. No participant reported decrease in sales volume.
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World’s largest payment processing network
VisaNet is capable of processing more than 65,000+ transaction messages a second.3
World’s most popular card
There are 3.5bn Visa cards worldwide.4
3 Figures are rounded and are from the latest operational performance data, capacity as of Aug 2018
4 Figures are rounded and are as of March 31, 2020. Figures from the latest operational performance data