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How can my business accept cryptocurrency?

Learn how to integrate cryptocurrency payments into your business. Explore the benefits, risks, and way to expand your payment options.

How can my business accept cryptocurrency?
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If you’re a business owner looking to tap into the over 575 million people across the globe using cryptocurrencies, you’ve come to the right place. In this piece, we’re covering why that’s a great idea, and how you can incorporate cryptocurrencies as a payment option.

The benefits of crypto payments

Whether you want to accept Bitcoin payments or crypto payments, incorporating digital currencies into your business is a great idea. Below we run through several advantages that crypto payments bring to the table. 

  • Faster Settlements

Did you know that credit card companies can take a few business days to move the funds into your account? With crypto payments, once the transaction has been executed the funds will (almost) immediately appear in your crypto wallet. 

  • Lower Fees

Card processing companies charge anywhere from 1% - 3% plus an additional charge for using that service. Other payment services, like PayPal for example, charge even more. While the transaction fee structure is dependent on the specific network, cryptocurrencies charge a minimal flat rate, with no added hidden costs. When making or accepting crypto payments, you will know the transaction fees upfront.

  • Wider Audience

According to Statista, there are over 575 million people using cryptocurrencies, offering a much wider audience for your business to tap into. Capture new customers by adding crypto payments to your payment options and attract a new demographic.

  • Reduce Fraudulent Charges

Fraudulent card activity costs the global economy over $32 billion each year. These chargebacks can occur for a number of reasons, from technical issues to outright fraud. With cryptocurrencies, transactions are final and cannot be reversed due to the nature of blockchain technology facilitating these crypto payments. 

How crypto payments can take your business to the next level

Accepting cryptocurrency payments allows your business to tap into a new growth potential, opening your business up to over 575 million global crypto users, attracting a forward-thinking new customer base seeking cutting-edge payment options. 

Additionally, you will be able to enjoy the benefits of near-instant settlements directly into your crypto wallet and ultra-low transaction fees that let you save big. Say goodbye to frustrating chargebacks and fraudulent transactions thanks to crypto's secure technology. Let crypto payments propel your enterprise to new heights. 

What does a business accepting cryptocurrencies entail?

First, you will need to have a proper understanding of cryptocurrencies and an idea of which cryptocurrencies you would like to accept. While most businesses new to accepting crypto payments might opt for Bitcoin payments, there are several alternative options with varying features. Bitcoin Cash, for example, provides faster transaction times at a lower cost.

Next, you will need to create an account with a payment gateway, the crypto equivalent of a payment processor. This gateway will allow you to transfer crypto to fiat and vice versa easily. Ensure that the platform you opt to use is reputable, has high levels of security, and is in line with the regulatory requirements. If you decide to accept Bitcoin payments, you need to ensure that everything you are doing is above board.

Once you have chosen your payment gateway and set up the account, the last step is to let your customers know. Whether you do this through a marketing campaign or simply incorporate the crypto QR code on your website or in-store, this is an excellent opportunity to get the word out there and create a buzz around your business now accepting crypto payments.

A crash course in cryptocurrencies

For the sake of getting you fully prepared to accept crypto payments, we've included a short crash course on cryptocurrencies. The first cryptocurrency to come into existence was launched in 2009 as a response to the global financial crisis. The still-anonymous creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, wanted to create a global digital currency that would allow each individual to take control of their own funds, and not have to rely on governments and centralised financial institutions to do so.

A few years after Bitcoin entered the scene, several other cryptocurrencies started emerging, many of which used the same infrastructure. Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin are examples of this, offering the same service with several tweaks, notably faster and cheaper transactions.

While adoption was slow to take off, crypto payments eventually integrated into the mainstream financial sector as several companies started catering to the crypto crowd. While the markets still go through the typical economic cycles, cryptocurrencies and most notably crypto payments are here to stay.

How can I incorporate cryptocurrency payments into my business?

If you’ve decided to accept Bitcoin payments and propel your business into the crypto-sphere, the process is likely to be much more simple than one would initially imagine. Accepting cryptocurrency payments is made even easier through Tap’s corporate crypto accounts, created especially to fulfil your business needs.

The best part about deciding to accept cryptocurrency payments is that you don't need to forgo your traditional payment methods. Cryptocurrency works perfectly alongside your current point-of-sale system and offers an alternative online payment solution. With Tap, you also don't need to worry about crypto price volatility as you can easily make the quick exchange of crypto to fiat directly through the app.

In order to start accepting Bitcoin payments, you will need to fill in a quick form on the Tap website. You do not need to have a Tap account prior to this. One of our Account Managers will make contact with you and assist with the setup process, including creating a crypto wallet for your business. This Account Manager will continue to work closely with you, providing assistance at any time.

Tap is fully regulated by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission and operates with a stringent level of security. Known for its easy-to-use crypto payments app, Tap allows users to buy and sell a range of crypto assets and easily convert them to fiat. Integrating the traditional financial sector with the crypto sector, Tap allows users to make payments directly from the app, selecting which currency, whether fiat or crypto, they would like to use. 

The app also provides users with the opportunity to earn interest on their crypto and fiat currencies by simply depositing them into a specific fiat or crypto wallet. With no lock-in periods and constant access to the funds, users can earn interest which is paid out weekly. Corporate crypto accounts offer the same earning opportunities. 

To find out more about our crypto accounts for businesses and set up your account to accept cryptocurrency payments, take a look here

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can any business accept cryptocurrency?

Yes, any business can accept cryptocurrencies, all you need is a means to receive the crypto. Two popular routes are setting up a dedicated crypto wallet or using a crypto payment gateway. With a crypto wallet, you can accept direct transfers from your customers' wallets. Just keep in mind the funds will remain in cryptocurrency form until you transfer them to an exchange.Or you could use an all-in-one crypto payment gateway like Tap. Our secure platform lets you accept multiple cryptocurrencies while automatically converting them to your preferred fiat currency upon receipt. 

How many businesses accept crypto?

At the time of writing, 15,174 businesses around the world accept Bitcoin, with around 2,300 based in the U.S.

Is crypto good for small businesses?

The decision lies with the business owner, however, yes, small businesses can capitalise on crypto for ultra-efficient, seamless transactions. They'll benefit from rock-bottom fees and zero chargebacks or disputed payments thanks to crypto's decentralised design. Accepting crypto also opens doors to over 575 million new customers globally, providing a serious sales boost. 

What are the risks of accepting cryptocurrency?

While cryptocurrency offers advantages, keep these key points in mind: - No legal protections like with credit/debit cards if issues arise - Crypto payments are irreversible, even for fraud/disputes - Transaction details are publicly visible on the blockchain