In the past, when I wanted to accept card payments from clients, I had to first apply for this with my bank, then purchase the card reader which was a considerable cost, I also had to pay a monthly charge plus the card companies took anywhere up to 5% of each transaction depending on the card being used.

The process of taking on-site card payments from clients has in the past been complicated and quite costly, that’s thankfully changed now with the likes of izettle, squareup and SumUp.

In the past, when I wanted to accept card payments from clients, I had to first apply for this with my bank, then purchase the card reader which was a considerable cost, I also had to pay a monthly charge plus the card companies took anywhere up to 5% of each transaction depending on the card being used.

At this time mobile card transactions were in my opinion seen as a bit gimmicky and were aimed directly at larger organisations.

I’m pleased to say that over the last few years this situation has changed, we use SumUp and what a fantastically simple solution it is!!

The card reader uses your mobiles data connection to take payments, and the card reader syncs to the app on your phone or tablet. The process was so simple it was fun to set up.

You purchase the card reader for a one-off small fee with £0 monthly costs for using the service, and card transactions are charged at just 1.69%.

They also sell a card reader that uses 3G so you don’t even need to sync it to your phone.

The reader itself is beautifully designed and feels robust to use, the battery once fully charged is good for around 500 transactions.

Currently, the card reader cost just £29 but you can use this link to get a discount on the card reader.

Taking money securely and on-site at clients locations has just become as easy for us as sending an e-mail. It’s fantastic, I hope you feel as liberated as we do.