We are pleased to announce that we are now able to accept card payments. Read on for more information including what prompted this move.
Why Accept Card Payments Now?
Until now most customers made payment by bank transfer. Generally people would know the walks they needed in advance and pay the amount required to my account. A tiny number of payments were via cash, usually last minute pet transport requests.
Covid19 has had a big impact on businesses including mine. We have been unable to offer dog walking but plan to start again very soon, offering solo walks initially for anyone who needs them. Despite the low demand for dog walking I have seen a big increase in the number of pet transport enquiries. These pet transport jobs are often for customers you have never met before. Naturally some will be reluctant to pay in advance of the service. When delivering a puppy or kitten to the new owner, offering a card payment option at the time of delivery often makes the most sense. Due to the high demand for pet transport at the moment I decided to add a card payment option.
The SumUp Card Payment Solution
I’ve opted for a solution called SumUp, largely based on the fact that it has some of the lowest costs. The SumUp card reader can be obtained for as low as £20.00 and it works in conjunction with an app on your smartphone. There are no monthly fees and they charge a 1.69% transaction fee on every transaction. These costs are slightly lower than the competition like iZettle and PayPal.
Naturally the transactions are secure for customers’ peace of mind. The app also has the option to send a receipt by text message or email. The money reaches my account in 2-3 days. The SumUp device supports contactless payments for transactions under £30.00 and has a card slot for higher amounts. A large number of card types are accepted including:
- American Express
- Diners Club
- Apple Pay
- Google Pay
- Union Pay
If you have any requirements for a pet transport company feel free to contact me for more information and a quote.