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Hi there! My name is Pierre, I am new to this forum. I created an account as I am just starting my career as gardener in freelance and I am struggling to get paid in time, as most of the time, my clients say bank transfer is a hurdle. They usually ask me if I could accept cash or take the credit card, but I don't want to pay any extra fees or carry cash with me. Do you know any other free payment solution? I heard of the app called Banked on iPhone. Have you tried it before? Thanks a lot -



  • PerkiPerki Rossendale - LancashirePosts: 2,287
    If you dont want to pay extra fees like probably every electronic does accept cash. can't say of heard of banked on iphone.  
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Scariff, County Clare, IrelandPosts: 7,850
    You can also bank any cash at the post office.
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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,299
    You can also bank any cash at the post office.
    or just hang onto it????? 
    Of course I'd always declare it to HMRC  o:)
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,299
    Of course ;)

    OP did say he didn't want to be carrying cash around tho.
    I invoiced my clients at the end of each month so only had to carry it from them to my home once a week
  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 21,191
    Plenty of places are now using a barter system. My nephew’s wife is part of the Edinburgh LETS scheme and says that it works very well. No cash involved at all.

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  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 SomersetPosts: 10,493
    You could set up a Paypal account and they can pay on their phone I believe but I don't know if it's free for businesses.
  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 6,324
    Lizzie27 said:
    You could set up a Paypal account and they can pay on their phone I believe but I don't know if it's free for businesses.
    It's not. Paypal charge a rather complicated sliding fee - works out about 5% ish. You could increase your fee to cover the charge. 
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  • glasgowdanglasgowdan Posts: 632
    edited January 2020
    The vast majority of my customers pay for the year's lawn treatments via 12x monthly standing orders. Whereabout are you? I've not taken cheques for about 7 of those years, they're a hassle. 

    Best of luck. I've been in business ten years, happy to help anyone trying to set up. Do have a think about specialisms, whether fences, planting, lawn mowing, whatever. This develops you as an expert in something and commands much better rates than someone who tidies and weeds.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 21,137
    Most of our customers are old folks who have no idea of internet banking, so we get cheques, having no bank locally I have to post them.
    I make up the bill, take it with me, do the job and post it. 
    Bigger jobs from the council is all done by internet. 
    As long as we get paid I’m don’t care what method they use😀
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,857
    Maybe I'm a bit cynical, but I have a feeling that the OP was suggesting we try the app he mentions.

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