As a sole trader, freelancer, or manager of a small to medium business in Australia, you might be facing some of these key issues when getting paid for services and products:
Note: If you’re ready to start using QR code payments in your business, download Parpera and start taking payments immediately.
Getting started with Parpera QR code payments is a quick and easy process, which we’ll take you through step by step.
Start by downloading and setting up the Parpera qr code payment app. Skip to the section on setting up QR code payments if you’ve already done this.
After you download the App, opening a Parpera account through us is a simple 4-step process:
Now the App is set up, you can create a free QR code payment in just a few steps:
There’s also the option to send the link to your customer via email, SMS or WhatsApp, which you can do by tapping the ‘share payment link’ button. Read more in our article: Payment links: how to get paid instantly with Parpera.
Stripe’s payment processing pays out the funds to your bank account in line with their processing times. Currently, the first payment takes 7-14 days. After that, funds are available in two business days, and it’s possible to request payout of cleared funds daily.
We’ve looked at how to set up Parpera QR code payments, so now let’s look at when it makes sense to use them:
Here’s how this mobile food business used QR codes to double the number of orders she took at her stall:
Melissa runs a food truck that makes tacos and sandwiches. She tried using card machines to take payments, but they would run out of battery quickly and were inconsistent with the signal.
She tried using a QR code payment system to accept payments, and it has completely changed the way she does business.
Now, people can choose to order via a QR code, which she has printed outside her food truck. The result is that when people come to the till, they’ve already paid, and she just needs to complete the order.
Using a QR code has cut prep time in half and reduced the cost of staff, which in turn helped her double the number of customers and revenue.
She also uses payment links. If she’s hired for a big event, she just needs to send them a payment link to complete the order. It’s secure, it’s fast, and she doesn’t have to chase payments.
Here’s why Parpera QR code payments are a great payment solution for Australian freelancers, sole traders, and small and medium business owners alike:
You can set up the Parpera App in a few quick steps, and you’re instantly able to start taking QR code payments.
There’s no need to wait for a card reader to be delivered and then make sure it connects to your phone. It also means you don’t have to carry an extra device with you since everything you need is on your phone.
The QR codes are reusable, which is ideal if you need to charge the same amount to multiple people for the same reason, as with a workshop or class. It’s much quicker for both you and your customer, as there’s no need to set up multiple versions of the QR code for the same purpose. You’ll also be able to print the QR code and put it in front of your shop.
Another option is to share the payment link by SMS, WhatsApp or email if that’s easier than showing the customer the QR code at that time.
QR code payments are quick and easy, both for you to set up and for the customer who’s paying.
For your customers, payment is much faster than if they were to set up a new payee in their online banking and make a bank transfer. It also opens up convenient payment options like debit/credit card, mobile wallets like Google Pay and Apple Pay too.
This type of payment is contactless, which is another big positive and especially relevant with people’s buying habits changing during the pandemic. They’re now much less likely to carry cash on them, and this in turn has meant more and more businesses are turning to quick and easy contactless payment methods like QR codes.
With QR code payments, you can accept card payments in person when you need to, at any time and anywhere.
If you take your products to a market or other in-person event, QR codes allow you to take a big order from a customer who’s making a spontaneous purchase and doesn’t have enough cash on them.
Without QR code payments, you could have lost a sale or at least had to have a follow-up conversation at a later date to try and arrange payment. This way, you can secure digital payment at the time, giving you one less thing to think about.
Since the Parpera App is on your phone, you can take payment with QR codes as long as your mobile device has service or is connected to Wi-Fi. This eliminates the frustration of struggling to take payments with an unreliable point of sale (POS) device or having issues connecting to it when you want to make a sale.
The only charge is a monthly membership fee to access the Parpera App and a payment gateway processing fee of 2.25% + $0.30 for domestic cards and 3.4% + $0.30 for international cards. This means you save money on the monthly card terminal other e-commerce providers charge.
It’s important your customers know their online payments are secure, and the fact that QR codes are established, familiar technology helps them feel their money, and personal data is safe.
QR code generators are also encrypted, and don’t store customer data. This is one less thing for you to worry about and it will also reassure customers.
Hopefully, you now have a better idea of just how quick and easy it is to get started using QR code payments for your business.
Download the Parpera App and start your 30-day trial to test the benefits of using QR code payments for yourself!