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Build A Business With SmartTrade App


We supply small businesses all over the UK with the ability to accept customer card payments through our mobile card reader application. However, that’s not all we do! We care about our merchants and interact with them every day to make sure we’ve done all we can in helping them run a successful business.

In light of our recent webinar, SmartTrade’s first ever (!), we’re very pleased to have received great feedback and wish to extend this to entrepreneurial souls everywhere to help grow your business. Whether you’re thinking of starting a business, or have already ...

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15 Secrets to Make Your Business Fly


SmartTrade's First Webinar is Here

We're very pleased and excited to announce that SmartTrade's first official webinar is finally here. Not to mention, at the time of writing, we only have one seat left to fill, which is above and beyond what we expected for our first one.

Because of this we can assure you there will be more webinars to come, so if you missed out on this one, you can simply sign up to the next one, and the one after that!

What this webinar is all about

You learn a lot when starting a ...

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Starting a Small Business and Getting Paid


Start your business and get paid faster

A lot goes into starting your own business. You need to get your equipment set up, your accounts in order, potentially registering with Company House (or the equivalent) – And this is all before you start getting paid!

SmartTrade App takes a little bit of hassle out of starting your business and getting that first of many payments through.

Start getting paid right now by downloading SmartTrade App:

SmartTrade App is your personal invoicing tool

Creating a working invoicing and payment setup is time consuming, but SmartTrade App takes care of that. You can ...

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Going Paperless With a Mobile Card Reader


Why mobile card readers are increasingly important to your business

When mobile card readers first came out, they were slow, cumbersome, and would often have connectivity issues. Some businesses were either put off by these issues, didn’t think a mobile card reader was something their business needed, or simply didn’t want to use the technology itself. But burying your head in the sand isn’t really an option these days.

The technology behind card readers has advanced dramatically in the last decade, meaning they’re reliable, fast, and easy-to-use. Because of this, they’ve become increasingly popular with ...

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Getting Paid in 2017


The staple way to get paid as a small business has been the same for ages – As a trade person, you do the work, write up an invoice, send it and wait for the money to come in. Or if you’re selling a product, the buyer pays you and can then walk away with their purchase. But the modern world has seen a shift from all the paper trails we know, including invoices and cash.The rise of debit and credit card payments

It’s been nearly 70 years since the first credit card came into being. In that ...

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Getting Started With SmartTrade's Card Payment App


If you have recently signed up to SmartTrade App, or did in the past this post contains everything you need to know to get started. It’s divided into sections and topics, so feel free to skip ahead by clicking the topic you want to read about below if you don't want to start from the top.

1) How to get set up to take your first card payment

  • Signing up to SmartTrade App
  • Connecting to a Stripe account
  • Taking a test card payment
  • Important emails and notifications
  • What to do when your trial ends
  • Security and Compliance
  • 2 ...

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    Making small businesses more accessible with mobile card readers


    These days, when you need to pay for something, you’re most likely going to open your wallet, pull out a card and slap it on or in the mobile card reader in front of you. This process has become second-nature to most of us.

    But when it comes to many small businesses – like tradespeople or market stall operators – using a mobile card reader to charge a customer is still a new (and potentially off-putting) concept.

    The convenience of a mobile card reader

    Mobile card readers offer a modern way for businesses to receive payments, and cards are fast becoming ...

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    The Real Cost of Card Payment Machines


    Card payment machines could cost you more than you think. If you’re a small business, you’re either in the market for one, or cursing the little thing for the amount of times it wastes when it doesn’t work. Know what’s even worse about that contemptuous piece of plastic? It’s probably costing you more than you think. So not only is it costing you time and potential lost or delayed business when it drops out, it may also be hitting your pocket!

    Why it pays to compare card readers

    I’m not saying you can ditch ...

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    PCI Compliance and your SmartTrade App

    PCI Compliance is vital to your business’ integrity when dealing with customers and payments. It can set you apart from your competitors and helps build trust with your clients. The more a customer trusts you, the more likely they will not only come to you when they need your products or services, but they’re also more likely to recommend you to their personal networks.

    Wait, what’s PCI Compliance again?

    First released in December of 2004, the Payment Card Industry Security Standards (PCI) were made to create an additional level of protection for card issuers by ensuring that merchants ...

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    How to accept credit/debit card payments with SmartTrade App

    One of the greatest upsides to SmartTrade App are all your choices when it comes to accepting a payment. In short, there are 3 ways you can accept credit card payments via our app:

  • Face to Face
  • Over the Phone
  • Via Paylinks

  • Face to Face

    When we say “Face to Face,” we are talking about those situations where you are with your customer, either in your office or on-site and they present you with their credit or debit card. Instead of having to lead them to, or carry around a chunky card reader, all you have to do is scan ...

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