1. Get set up with the right techQuickBooks Online customers can get set up to take payments from their mobile device.Start by downloading the QuickBooks payments app, GoPayment, from the iTunes or Google Play store. When you sign up we’ll send you a free card reader that you can use to swipe or dip credit or debit cards. Enjoy peace of mind knowing we build our readers with strict compliance and security standards.If you wish to take contactless payments you have the option to upgrade to our all-in-one card reader. This reader allows you to accept Apple Pay, Android Pay, and Samsung Pay. Digital wallets are a convenient option for consumers to store their credit card info on their phone. You’ll need to sign up with individual digital wallet providers to accept payments through them.GoPayment integrates with QuickBooks to reconcile your books, so you’ll always know where you stand. Details from mobile credit card sales appear in QuickBooks in real time—no adjustments required. Always choose a mobile payment service that integrates with your accounting infrastructure.As your business grows you may need to upgrade your point of sale technology. Before you upgrade, you should reach out to your mobile payment provider and credit card processor. They want to increase the number of businesses accepting digital wallet payments so they’ll likely work with you to keep costs down.
2. Security 101Several security measures protect the data in mobile payment apps and digital wallets. Consumers send payment information from their phone to a point of sale terminal using transfer technology. This usually happens through Near-Field Communications (NFC). NFC transfers encrypt payment data to protect it from interception.Depending on the app and hardware used the data may also be tokenized. Tokenization means translating credit card data into a single-use token ID number. Even if a hacker obtains the token, it won’t let them access or use the card for extra transactions. Tokenization protects both consumers and businesses from fraud during digital wallet transactions.Security features built into phones serve as an added layer of protection. Consumers often lock their phones with a password, PIN, or biometric identification such as a fingerprint. Once they unlock their phone the payment app or digital wallet often need authentication before a consumer can use them to pay. As a final measure consumers can remote lock or wipe their phones in the case of theft.Make sure to pay close attention to security when choosing payment processing software. Research which party is liable in the event of a data breach, and only use software providers that protect your business. Using a third-party payment provider is often safer than managing your own tech.
3. Processing mobile paymentsMobile payments are valuable payment processing options for small businesses of all types. Whether you are a photographer, shop owner, or freelancer, the ability to get paid from anywhere is powerful.Use your payment processing capabilities as a relationship-building opportunity for your customers. If you’re visiting a client, offer to accept a credit card payment for your services, on the spot. If you take payments at a storefront terminal, use the opportunity to tell customers about loyalty programs or special offers.If you’re collecting payment at a storefront terminal, use the opportunity to tell customers about any loyalty programs or special offers.
Final thoughtsAs a business owner, your goal is to make the payments process as streamlined as possible. Accepting mobile payments makes it easier for you to get paid faster while protecting yourself from risk and fraud.When you sign up for a mobile payment service, make sure you understand who is responsible in the event of a data breach or fraud. It’s important that your business will not be held responsible for losses.Reputable companies with experience in protecting sensitive data will help protect your business.