If you run a business that accepts mobile payments, you know how important it is to make the payment process simple – for both you and the customer. But what if you need to send invoices for your products and services? For Stripe users, there’s a super-easy way to send a Stripe invoice or payment request via text or email and collect payments, without having to add a complicated payment portal to your website.
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With the ChargeStripe app, you can send invoices and payment requests from your phone in just a few taps. The app is perfect for merchants or individuals that don’t need real-time payments, such as contractors and freelancers. You can even scan credit cards with your phone camera. With this quick walkthrough, we’ll show you how to create and send a Stripe invoice with ChargeStripe for iOS and Android.
What is a payment request?
A payment request is simply a Stripe invoice that you can send to your clients and customers through a mobile device. Once you create the payment request through the ChargeStripe app, you can send the invoice URL via SMS, email, WhatsApp, or any other method that allows your end customer to access an internet browser and make the payment.
How to send a Stripe Invoice/Payment Request with the ChargeStripe app
The ChargeStripe payment requests feature allows the user to generate a unique URL that they can send to their end customer. The end customer can then make the payment from the URL, and the user will receive a notification once the payment is made. The funds will settle on the user’s Stripe account. Payment requests are available for no additional charge, for the same fees as ChargeStripe’s standard rates.
So, how do you use the ChargeStripe payment request feature to send a Stripe invoice on your phone? If you are already a Stripe user, simply download the ChargeStripe app and sign in with your Stripe account information.
Then, the process is super simple. Create and send a Stripe invoice in three steps:
- Create the link.
- Share it with your client or customer.
- Collect your payment.
On the ChargeStripe app, you will find a payment request feature that you can use to generate a unique URL. You can send the URL through e-mail, SMS, or any messaging app on your phone.
- Business email address (for login)
- Physical business address (or home address, if you don’t have a physical business)
- Business phone number (this will also become your customer support. Plan it correctly, so you don’t need to use your personal number.)
- Social Security Number or Employer Identification Number
- Website or social media profile (Just for verification. If you don’t have one website, just step up a Facebook business profile.)
- Home address
- Last four digits of your Social Security Number
- Banking information (where Stripe will deposit your payments).
To ensure your account is accepted and does not get disabled later on, check out our blog on How to Not Get Your Stripe Account Rejected.
Why use ChargeStripe’s payment request feature?
If you are looking for a way to send invoices to your clients and customers through your phone, ChargeStripe is the simplest solution for merchants who:
- Sell products/services where you don’t collect payments in real-time (contractors, therapists, trainers, etc.)
- Don’t have a website or online payment portal to pay through
- Collect payment for products, services, subscriptions, donations, etc.
- Are looking for a no-code solution
What happens when the payment request is paid?
When your client or customer fulfills the payment request, you will receive a notification and can follow your payment status through your regular Stripe account. If this is your first transaction, it can take up to 10 days for the payment to show up in your account. However, if you’ve already processed payments with your Stripe account, your money will be deposited in 2 or 3 business days.
Are you ready to use ChargeStripe to invoice your clients and customers by just using your phone? Download the app for free on iPhone or Android:
Need more help or have suggestions?
If you’re already a ChargeStripe user, we want to hear from you! Tell us about your experience using the payment request feature on the app, which features you liked the most, and which ones you’d like to see us add. Leave us a comment below, or send us a message by clicking the blue chat icon in the bottom right corner of your screen.