January 15, 2018 Vicente

We’re always looking for new ways to access your submitted form information. At the end of December, we introduced Zapier support to export your form submitted data to over a thousand applications. Now, we’re improving the access to the submitted form information using Stripe directly. This way, you can view the submitted form information inside the Stripe dashboard so you don’t need any additional application or interface.

So now, subscriptions and one time payments include all the data filled in the form by your users, so you can keep an order of all your subscribers and payers easily.

Also, form information is included when you export your payments or subscriptions to CSV in the Stripe dashboard. Just tap the Export button in the Subscriptions view to download this spreadsheet.

January 8, 2018 Vicente

Patreon is a great way for content creators to get paid for their work. YouTubers, illustrators, comic artists and musicians all around the world use Patreon to let people subscribe to get their exclusive content. But did you know that Patreun can charge up to 9% comission? Unleash from Patreon with PayForm and take back the control from your content. In this tutorial we’re going to show you how to use PayForm as one of the best Patreon alternatives available.

PayForm is one of the best Patreon alternatives available.

In this step by step tutorial, you will learn how to set-up a monthly subscription program for your content, similar to Patreon but where you will retain the complete creative control. It’s easy to get started!

Step 1 – Create a Payment Form

This is the easy step. Just head up to PayForm and create your first payment form in minutes. You will need to connect PayForm to a Stripe account. if you don’t have a Stripe account, create one in seconds in the same step. Stripe is one of the leading credit card processors and you don’t need a dedicated merchant account to use it. Actually, if you have a Patreon account before May 2015, you may already have a Stripe account.

Step 2 – Allow people to patronize you

In PayForm you have two options to customize your payment form. One is to create a preset list of plans or tiers. For example, for $5/mo you will have access to X, for $10/mo you will have access to Y and so on. You can also activate the option of a free donation field, where your donors will be able to select how much they want to give month by month. Your donors’ credit cards are charged automatically, just like in Patreon.

Step 3 – Create a mailing list for your donors

Now it’s time to create a mailing list of your donors. With our Zapier integration, it’s easy to connect PayForm to Mailchimp to create a mailing list exclusive for your donors. Build a list for all your donors, or separate the lists depending on how much each one donates. Each time you create new content, just upload it to the mailing list. This way, your donors will receive your content automatically. Easy right?

January 8, 2018 Vicente

To build a successful monthly giving program normally takes a lot of planning and efforts. But with PayForm is as easy as 1-2-3.  Create a simple donation form for your nonprofit and customize to fit your organization needs. Also, you don’t need any coding or design experience. In this article we’re going to cover the best way to start a monthly giving program using PayForm.

How to start a monthly giving program using PayForm

Step 1 – Create a simple payment form in PayForm

To get started, just head up to PayForm and create your first payment form. Create a basic payment form to create an account. You will be directed to Stripe to create an account. Stripe is one of the leading credit cards processors available, and has an excellent program for 501(c)(3) nonprofits so feel free to check it out. You also don’t need a dedicated merchant account to use Stripe, so it’s an awesome way to get started. Once you are ready, and have both, a Stripe account and a PayForm account, it’s time to get started creating your monthly giving program on PayForm

Step 2 – Customize it start your monthly giving program

One of the bases os a successful monthly giving program, is to let your donors decide how much they want to donate. In PayForm it’s really easy as it just requires sliding a switch.

With the Free Donation option enabled, your donors will be able to choose whichever amount they’d like to donate. They also can have the option to make this donation recurring (of course, this is the base of a successful monthly giving program, so make sure to also check this option.

Step 3 – Promote it to your donors and start receiving donations

Now that your donation form is ready, start promoting it. You can embed it in your website, or direct your donors directly to your form. The choice is yours.

January 8, 2018 Vicente

If you are looking for a PayPal donate button alternative for your nonprofit or personal project look no further. PayForm is a great way to accept donations with several advantages over the basic PayPal donate button, that go beyond simple donations. In this article we’re going to see some awesome PayForm features that will surely convince you.

Advantages of PayForm as a PayPal donate button alternative

Recurring donations

With PayForm you can accept recurring donations. This means, a donor can pledge to donate the same amount month by month. It’s great, because your donors’ credit cards will be charged automatically every month. You can even pre-set the amount of a recommended donation. Recurring donations are powered by Stripe, one of the leading credit card processors online. This ensures your donors’ cards will be charged automatically without any intervention.

Ask for additional information about your donors

The PayPal donate button does not give you any information about your donors. When you need special information about your donors (ex. shirt size, or address), it’s even more complicated. With PayForm you can add fields to your donation form. You can let your users complete information like birthdate or other data you may need. All of this without writing a single line of code. It’s really easy to add custom fields to your donation forms.

Don’t have a website? No problem

PayForm is great if you have a website, but it’s not mandatory to embed the form in a website. You can even claim an address like https://payform.me/mynonprofit and your form will be accessible from there. Share this url on social media, or add it to your printed material. Your donors will be able to access it and donate with their credit cards.

And if you have a website, PayForm also works awesome. Add the embed code to any website, or use our WordPress plugin to manage PayForm from the WordPress dashboard. PayForm works in mobile too, so you can receive donations from every device. Your donors will be able to donate on the go with their credit cards, on their mobile devices.

Keep an order of your donors

One of the things that makes PayForm the best PayPal donate button alternative around, is that you can keep an order of the data received in the form. With our Zapier integration, you can connect PayForm to over a hundred different applications. Even we’ve have even created a tutorial about exporting your donors information to a Google Spreadsheet. All of this, without writing a single line of code.

If you want to do more advanced things, you can try connecting PayForm to tools like Hubspot or Mailchimp, to automate your donation flow. Send thank you emails, or add them to a mailing list automatically.

Free to get started

It’s really easy to get started and totally free. Also, if you are a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit organization, you can take advantage of the discounts Stripe offers to your organization. And also, with our Plus Plan, you get zero comission from our side. How cool is that?

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January 7, 2018 Vicente

Nonprofit organizations often struggle to accept donations online. This is specially complicated with donations using credit cards, as it involves hiring developers and comply with PCI compliance. But obviously, this is a step that every nonprofit organization should do. According to Classy, 72% of all charitable contributions are made by individuals. And as these payments are shifting online, if you don’t step into this bandwagon fast, your nonprofit will start losing money.

We have built a small hands on tutorial on how to accept donations online using PayForm and any website. If you happen to not have a website, you can also send the payment link to the people that wants to donate.

Step #1 – Sign up for a Stripe Account

The first step to accept donations online is to open an account with Stripe. Stripe is one of the leading credit card processors. Also, Stripe has a big advantage as you don’t require to apply for a merchant account. You can also sign-up to a Stripe account through PayForm. This will save you time and you can be up and running in less than a couple of minutes.

Step #2 – Accept donations online using PayForm

PayForm allows you to create simple payment forms in seconds powered by Stripe. You can accept donations online using the “Allow users how much to pay” functionality.

Just create a simple payment form in the PayForm website, and then in the dashboard, check the option to let users donate the amount they want. This will display a simple donation field in the form where users can select the amount they want to donate to your nonprofit easily.

Once the form is ready, you can save it to embed it in your website and share it with your donors.

Step #3 – Lower your costs

Stripe has a special price available for non-profits. If you are based in the US and have the 501c(3) status, you can send a request to lower your fees. This is specially important for non-profits as every dime matters when we’re talking about donations. To get this discount, you should reach Stripe at [email protected] with a small intro about your nonprofit. A Stripe representative will reach you with their special offer for non-profit organizations

January 7, 2018 Vicente

You may think people choose a personal trainer just by proximity reasons, but normally it’s more than that. In the case of personal trainers, mostly about personal relationships. Also, professionalism plays a key part in bringing new users to your service. In this article, we’re going to explore personal trainer marketing ideas you can put in practice today. These tips can help you bring new people and make your personal training business thrive.

Personal trainer marketing ideas for your business

#1 – Start a blog

If you don’t currently have a website online, a great personal trainer marketing tip is to start a blog. This has a double reason. First, you can give free advice that will turn you into an authority on your business. This is great when people search for your name on Google as your blog will show up in the results displaying all the articles you’ve written. You can also use a tool like Mailchimp to add email subscription widgets to your website for weekly fitness tips. What you’re looking for, is that people engage with the content you are writing.

The second reason to start blogging is that you can attract a whole new audience. Write blog posts like “Top 10 gyms in Raleigh, NC” or “The best running routes in Austin, TX”. People that are looking to do fitness activities in your area will quickly discover you and your services.

Tip #2 – Add testimonials and success cases

A great idea is to add a testimonials page to your website. Show the happy people you’ve helped achieve their fitness goals. Try to keep this list as diverse as possible, and include pictures and real quotes from them. If your customers are happy with your service, you won’t have any problem on building a solid amount of real life testimonials on your professionalism and expertise.

Include before and after photos. These type of photos are really powerful when they are real and encourage people to identify with them.

Tip #3 – Accept subscriptions online

Want to supercharge your newly created blog even more? Add a subscription widget for people to subscribe for your services online. Solutions like PayForm allow to create forms that accept recurring monthly payments so you will be able to bill your customers month by month automatically.

The voice starts spreading fast, and more people will be prone to subscribe to your service if an online option is available. Offer different plan tiers for different services. For example, check out this example made in PayForm for a simple personal training service (opens in a new window).

Tip #4 – Use social media to attract new people

One of the best personal trainer marketing ideas you can put in practice one your blog is ready, is to share your newly created articles in social media. Social media is a really powerful tool to bring traffic form your existing users network. People that know you personally will be more prone to share and bring new people form their social sphere. If you have some budget, try the Boost post functionality on Facebook that will bring your articles to the feed of people interested in your business, in your area.

December 29, 2017 Vicente

A new year comes, and with it comes new projects and endeavors. Of course, is specially important for entrepreneurs as the new year is a great moment to start fresh. New year’s resolutions for entrepreneurs have a special meaning. They can help you plan ahead everything you’re going to do next year.

New year’s resolutions for entrepreneurs are somewhat different

You may have some ideas on how a new year’s resolution should be like. Perhaps start going to the gym, or learning to play an instrument. But when it comes to entrepreneurial dreams, it’s easy to get frustrated as they don’t completely depend on you. For this reason a good new year’s resolutions for entrepreneurs is to not feel frustrated when things don’t work as expected. Life starting your own business is hard, so don’t feel frustrated when things don’t work as expected when starting.

Also, timing is important. While we want to do thing right, it’s easy to hold on to this waiting and let the time pass by. A great new year’s resolution for entrepreneurs is to set a deadline to start. Even if you don’t reach given deadline, to do it fast and within a set timeframe, allows you to focus your efforts and be more prone to success.

A new year’s resolution for entrepreneurs: Offer something valuable

When starting-up your business, it’s easy to lose focus in the customer. A good resolution for next year, should include start learning more about your customers, or potential customers. The only way customers will pay for your product or service, is that they like it. Think of your customers as your boss. For this reason, learning what’s valuable to them is crucial for starting the new year on the right foot. Promise to have personal interviews with your current or potential customers and understand their motivations. It’s better to just not start, that offer something that is not valuable to them. Think of all the time and effort you would lose if this was the case.

Be more current and updated with technology

It’s easy to get lost in technology and current times. The problem is, customers and habits also change. What was valuable for your customers two years ago, it may not be this year. One of the best new year’s resolutions for entrepreneurs, is to keep yourself updated with new technologies. Learn about new marketing trends, and which channels is your audience using now. Now everyone is on Instagram and Snapchat, tomorrow it may be totally different. Be current and updated with new tech is not only something you should decide one day of the year. It’s a constant work on understanding where your audience is, and where it will be next year.

Build something fast

Another problem most entrepreneurs face, is to take an excessive amount of time when planning and executing their product or service. And when you start selling online, this turns even worse as several entrepreneurs start getting lost in all the step needed to start. A great new year’s resolutions for entrepreneurs facing this challenge, is to promise themselves to act fast. This may mean, launching with something not completely ready (in start-up language, an MVP or Minimum Viable Product). One great resolution is to say, I’ll launch my first MVP in 2 months from now. Don’t aim for a full features offer, perhaps the project you have on your mind is easier when simplifying it.

December 26, 2017 Vicente

Taking credit cards in your business can be daunting. From opening a merchant account with your bank, to complete PCI compliance and process your customers’ orders by hand. In this article we’re going to talk about how to accept credit card payments online using free tools available online. This is a great way to start accepting online payments easily, without any code knowledge and be ready in less than an hour.

Stripe to accept credit card payments online

Stripe is a solution for small businesses in dozens of countries that makes credit card processing easy. Also, it’s awesome because you don’t need a merchant account to use it, and is totally free to get started. Stripe charges a small commission fee of every purchase, but takes cares of all the complicated PCI compliance rules.

You will open a Stripe account using your business information and bank account. Most businesses are ready to operate in a couple of minutes. The main downside, is that Stripe requires tech knowledge to implement it to accept credit card payments online. Still, their small price and awesome support makes it the obvious first step in our list.

PayForm to create a simple order form

PayForm allows anyone to create Stripe-powered payment forms without any coding involved. You only need to connect your Stripe account to PayForm and you will be accepting real payments in a matter of minutes. There are a lot of resources on how to get started with PayForm, but our getting started guide is the best place to start.

After you create your first form, simply connect your Stripe account to PayForm and embed your payment form in your website or share it using social media. It’s also free to get started, so give it a go.

Zapier to connect it to a CRM or spreadsheet

We love Zapier. It allows to connect apps between each other so you don’t have to do it manually. The PayForm integration with Zapier allows you to send the data of every person who purchases a product or plan in your order form, to the apps you already use. A great use is to send this data to a Google Spreadsheet, or a CRM like Hubspot (that is also free). This way you can track your customers and see the payments you receive in realtime.

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December 26, 2017 Vicente

Recurring payments are the new trend in small businesses. Big companies like Netflix and Spotify have been doing this for years. But it’s only now that they’re reachable for businesses of any size. In this article we’re going to see what are recurring payments and how you can easily implement them in your business.

What are recurring payments?

Recurring payments are simply, payments that repeat automatically every month. Think of your Netflix subscription. You connect your credit card once, and every month your subscription fee is debited automatically from your credit card. You don’t need to do anything on your side as this is automatic.

This type of payments diminish non-payers and improve your overall cash flow. You don’t need to collect every month, because your customers’ credit cards are charged automatically. Customers also love them, as they don’t face awkward collecting calls and service interruptions. It’s a win-win situation for you and your customers.

When implementing this type of payments, you can also have more control on who your customers are. You can track easily who are your best clients and which type of customer you like the most. This is specially important for your customer acquisition strategy, this is, how to get new customers. People are more prone to subscribe to a service if they know they won’t have to pay a bill manually every month. You don’t need to hire expensive collection agencies.

What are my options to implement recurring payments?

There are several options to implement this type of payments in your business. Some options require heavy knowledge of code (like Stripe Subscriptions API), Others require a big volume to be viable for a small business (for example, Zuora). When you choose a solution to implement, always compare the cost, not only of the solution itself but implementation costs.

The most cost-effective and proven solutions is definitely Stripe. It supports advanced settings like trial periods, or to add a set-up fee before the subscriptions. The downside, is that it’s developer-centric. You need a website and advanced code to implement Stripe. While this can be a viable solution for a lot of startups and also big businesses with IT departments, this can not be the reality of most SMEs. Still, their solution is the most robust around, and also the cheapest as you don’t need a merchant account.

Non-code alternatives

If you don’t have the time, or the skills to implement Stripe Subscriptions API, try PayForm. PayForm is a simple way to implement Stripe recurring payments using simple payment forms. You create a form and then send this form to your customers via an unique URL or embedding it in your own website. The platform takes care of the logic beneath so you can configure trial periods, set-up fees and other type of advanced recurring subscriptions options visually.

You can also connect it to hundreds of external apps without using any code. With the Zapier integration included for free in PayForm, you can connect your forms to popular apps like MailChimp (to send beautiful welcome emails to your customers. Other apps that you can connect are QuickBooks (to automate bookkeeping), or Hubspot (to track your customers in their free CRM).

PayForm is also 100% free to get started, including recurring subscriptions and only charges a small commission fee of the transaction.

How to get started with recurring payments?

The best way to get started fast is to implement a non-code recurring payment solution. This will save you months in development, and costs associated with this implementation. This is specially important in businesses that deal with digital or personal services as implementation time tend to be higher.

Try PayForm for free to create recurring Stripe powered payment forms in a couple of minutes. Your customers will love them and you will forget about the pain of collecting from them every month.

December 26, 2017 Vicente

We’re proud to announce our new feature available to all users in all plans, Advanced options. You will now be allowed even more control about how subscriptions work in forms with recurring payments (trial periods and set-up fees), and how the form will behave after the payment is completed or rejected.

Activate Advanced options

To activate Advanced options, just trigger the switch in the PayForm editor in your dashboard. Triggering this switch will display all the new options available for configuration.

Success URL and Fail URL

Every time a customer completes a transaction in the form, they will be redirected to this address. They can be in your website or any other website. If you sell digital goods, like an e-book, you can direct your users to a download page where they can get their purchase. If you sell a service, you can automatically redirect to a page with instructions on how to redeem it.

Success URL triggers in case of the transaction is successful and their credit card is correctly charged (in case your subscription has a trial period, it also means their free trial has started). You can also leave it blank to redirect the users back to the form.

Fail URL triggers in case the transaction is rejected. The user already knows the reason of the rejection so you can tell them to retry the payment, or just leave it blank to redirect the users back to the form.

Product or service Advanced Settings button

The new settings buttons adds more control to configure all the details of your subscriptions. You can now configure a set-up fee, and also, offer a free trial period in case of recurrent transactions. To configure these settings just tap on the Settings button.

Product and service recurrence

Configures the recurrence of your subscription, just like the basic recurrence dropdown. When set in None, that’s the only setting you will be able to configure as the other advanced options are subscription-related.

Set-up fee

This option allows you to configure a set-up fee that will be charged only once at the beginning of the subscription. The set-up fee will be charged together with the first installment of the subscription.

For example, if your subscription is $99/mo and your set-up fee is $200, the first invoice of the subscription will be $299 that will be charged automatically unless you set-up a trial period. If you set-up a trial period, those $299 will be charged after the trial period ends.

Free trial period

This option allows you to configure a free trial period before the subscription starts. This free trial can be any period of days, months of years.