You can use PayPal, Stripe, Square, Braintree, or Authorize.net to accept client payments. Each comes with its own payment flow and fees.
|Payment Processor||Pay directly from scheduling page||Pay after booking & Accept Tips||Subscriptions and Vaulting Credit Card for later|
|PayPal||No (client redirected to PayPal.com to pay)||No||No|
Stripe allows clients to make payment for an appointment right from your Client Scheduling Page. This way clients can book and pay for their appointment without ever leaving Acuity!
Square supports all of the same features in Acuity Scheduling as Stripe. It's a great option if you also take payments in person or already use Square products. Acuity payments will appear in your Square transactions and customers will be added to your Square customer list.
Square allows us to process through their eCommerce portion of the site so the fees that Square charges will be the same as other eCommerce transactions.
Unlike other payment processors, Square is not able to automatically send receipts after a payment is made so only the appointment confirmation email will be sent to clients.
Square charges a rate of 2.9% + $0.30 for all payments processed through them by 3rd parties, such as Acuity, which is different than than their in-person card swiping rate of 2.75%.
Square readers will not work inside Acuity & all credit card info will have to be manually entered.
Like Stripe and Square, clients are able to pay for appointments using Braintree without leaving your Client Scheduling Page. They charge a transaction fee of 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction in the U.S.
For more information on payments with Braintree and rates in your country, check out their Pricing Page.
Authorize.net clients can pay for appointments within your Acuity scheduling page. But unlike their competitors, they do require a merchant account (a bank account that allows the account holder to accept credit card payments). If you don’t have a merchant account already, you can sign up for one as part of their on-boarding process.
Authorize.net has the same transaction fee as the others (2.9% + $0.30), but also charge a monthly fee. You can get more information on their pricing here, and you may also be charged a monthly fee by your merchant account, separate from any charges from Authorize.net.
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