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Stripe mention · September 25, 2018

7 Tips to Cut Costs for Your eCommerce Store

For consumers and retailers alike, eCommerce used to be the more affordable option compared to brick-and-mortar stores. But between Amazon, competition within eCommerce, and the fight from brick-and-mortar stores—which can match online prices 72 percent of the time—online stores need to find new ways to cut costs to...read more
Stripe mention · August 27, 2018

Payment Processor Showdown: Stripe vs. PayPal

Online business all starts with a simple transaction. Back in the day, in order to complete that transaction, you needed a merchant account—a special bank account that allows you to accept credit card payments—and loads of cumbersome equipment. Today, all you need is a standard checking account and...read more
Stripe mention · July 2, 2018

One Zap Saves a Web Designer 5+ Hours Every Week on Invoices

Our stories explore how Zapier's users build unique solutions to common problems. From marketers to CEOs, educators to real estate agents, millions use Zapier to automate their most tedious tasks. If you haven't yet, try Zapier for free to see what we're all about. "I knew right...read more
Stripe mention · June 18, 2018

How a Solopreneur Automates Her Work to Focus on Her Students

Rulebooks don't exist for solopreneurs. They wear every hat all the time, regardless of their strengths. They play marketer, salesperson, CEO, customer support, and engineer. That's why finding the right tools early on can set up a solopreneur (or any business or person, for that matter) for long-term...read more
Stripe mention · June 6, 2018

A Pest Control Service Created an MVP With No Coding

When lightning strikes and you have an irresistible idea, you don't want to wait to launch it. You want to create a minimum viable product (MVP) and deliver it to your audience now. If you don't have an engineering and development background, though, building your idea on the...read more
Stripe update · May 7, 2018

New for Our Stripe Integration: Kick Off Zaps From New Invoices

Stripe's payment tools make it easy to get paid online, and Zapier can help you keep track of those payments. Now, with the addition of a New Invoice Trigger, you can also start Zap workflows whenever a new invoice is created in Stripe—not just when you get paid...read more
Stripe mention · November 27, 2017

RoverPass Saves 6 Hours Every Week with Automatic Slack Notifications

Keeping your team informed can feel like an uphill battle. Do you email each new opportunity to a sales rep? What happens when a payment fails? Who talks to partners? The amount of items to share doesn't end, either. Creating the perfect workflow to notify your team is a...read more
Stripe mention · August 30, 2017

ScholarMatch Tracks Donations Across Databases & Email Automatically

Applying for college intimidates many a high school junior and senior. Getting an acceptance letter is only part of the complicated, daunting process. There's securing financial aid, getting into a dorm, registering for classes, buying books. But not everyone makes it that far. Maybe college is a financial burden...read more
Matthew Guay
Reviewed by Matthew Guay
Last updated September 7, 2018

The most difficult part of running a business shouldn't be getting paid. At least, that's what Stripe thinks. Stripe is a payment processing service that helps small business owners get paid for their products or services.

With Stripe, you can process payments from a website or app, and even collect money due from invoices. Ordinarily, setting up payment processing on a website involves a lot of coding, compliance, and connecting with payment processors to get your account ready.

Stripe solves this problem by offering a few different ways you can setup the payment processing service. The simplest option is to turn on an integration in a tool that already works with Stripe, such as Squarespace, WooCommerce, Freshbooks, Harvest, and so forth. If you're not already using a supported service, a second option is to try Stripe Checkout, a prebuilt checkout form that you can add to your business without the need for coding anything to install it. Third, you can add Stripe to your website or app directly by using its APIs. The service includes pre-written code samples in a number of languages. You also get testing accounts and credit card numbers for testing payments before opening your site to customers. Stripe works for one-time payments and recurring subscriptions as well.

With Stripe, you can not only accept credit card payments, but also those from ACH bank transfers, popular European payment gateways, and mobile payment solutions including WeChat Pay, Alipay, Apple Pay, and Google Pay on mobile devices. It's a simple way to accept payments from anyone, anywhere in the world, no matter how they want to pay.

Once you've launched your site or app, you can login to Stripe's dashboard to see data about your account and manage your customers, products, subscriptions, and more. A dashboard shows your sales and successful charges, along with an option to switch your account between testing and live so you can try new changes without affecting your site. You can dig through customer data, see details about each payment, and report fraud or refund the payment in full or partially if needed.

For extra features beyond direct payments, you can list your product SKUs inside Stripe, or create subscriptions for your services. If you want to offer deals, you can make coupon codes for one-time offers, time-based coupons (perhaps a promotion of the month), and permanent discount codes to give out to employees, partners, or special customers. You can even limit coupons based on the number of redemptions, such as offering a deal to the next 100 people who purchase your product.

While Stripe accounts are only supported in certain countries, the company offers a service, called Stripe Atlas that helps you establish up a U.S.-based company and bank account, no matter where you're physically located.

Getting paid doesn't have to be difficult. Stripe makes it easy for you while also giving your customers and clients a professional experience.

For more resources on running a small business, see Zapier's The Ultimate Guide to eCommerce Software and Ecommerce Automation Guide.

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