We love the internet for multiple ways it saves our time and simplifies our lives. We got used to shop, book premises, make appointments, order services, and solve many other issues on the go or from the comfort of our home or office.
The global Online Payment Market size stood at USD 1.18 trillion in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 8.94 trillion by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 29.0% during the forecast period.
Most if not all entrepreneurs search for available coworking space online. They are ready to pay for the booking if such option is provided by your enterprise. Not yet? Well, it's high time to learn more about automated coworking payment systems along with benefits they can bring to your business.
Here's a definition from Business Dictionary.
Financial system supporting transfer of funds from suppliers (savers) to the users (borrowers), and from payers to the payees, usually through exchange of debits and credits among financial institutions. It consists of a paperless mechanism (such as electronics funds transfer) for handling electronic commerce transactions and is also called payment mechanism.
In plain English, a payment system for coworking space is the possibility of paying for membership, desk or room booking, or any other service such as event with a bank card or any other online payment method.
Speaking about coworking niche, undoubtedly e-payment is the way to go. Here’s how it works.
After finding a suitable desk or meeting room, the user pays for booking it online. This will save you a lot of time and automate the revenue. You don't need to take any extra effort to handle the payment. With coworking payment system money will be immediately transferred to your bank account.
This completely solves the issue when users book their workstation and never show up.
Besides, a coworking payment system will help you earn more. When residents run out of meeting room credits they can choose another payment method (such as monthly invoice to book now and pay later) and pay by card. There is no need to bother a community manager or team leader.
The online payment system can be used for booking a hot desk or fixed desk as well.
However, a payment system is not a universal win-win solution. For instance, it is not a perfect fit for billing when you offer private office space for rent. A private office price is usually high, so people don’t have such credit limits on their bank cards. An office is commonly rented by a company rather than an individual. Companies require invoices for tax accounting purpose, so in this case, it’s better to use the combination of invoice and bank transfer.
There are two types of payment systems you should know about. When choosing the best coworking payment method, you can consider both of them.
These are presented by globally recognized corporations like Stripe, PayPal, and MercadoPago.
Accepting online payments at a coworking space is convenient both for you and your customers. You allow customers to pay for bookings, consumed services, and invoices with credit or debit cards. This is a cut down on the lengthy payment process. You enable instant payments by simplifying booking and reduce the time to get paid to just 1-2 weeks.
Some customers prefer paying later by invoice. The built-in simple invoicing tool will save you time and money by not requiring the purchase of separate invoicing software or processing every room booking separately. Members book rooms/desks or purchase other products and add an expense to outstanding month invoice. At the end of the month, administrator or moderator finalizes invoice, and members can pay with a credit card or indicate to pay by bank transfer.
All-in-all, taking a decision of integration a coworking payment system boils down to pure math. Be rational and refer to opportunity cost. Ask yourself a question how much money can you save if you automate a certain payment routine? Let's say if you automate room booking.
Your manager spends 2 hours a week for managing booking payment requests of total value $250. You pay them $20 per hour, so the total cost is $40 per week.
Now if you integrate a payment system that automates it for 3% of revenue, you’ll pay $7.5 to the payment system instead of $40 to your manager.
Conclusion—you will save money by automating payment in this case. Makes sense? Try to calculate it for your business to see the numbers.
When we are choosing financial software solutions, the price can become a decisive factor. Still, the lowest fee does not always equal the best. You should always think about the total implementation cost. How much will you pay to integrate the system into your workflows?
Always compare the initial price and the total amount. From our experience, if you’re automating meeting room payments (sometimes the same applies to hot desks), a clever choice is to opt for a payment system that is the easiest to integrate and the most developer-friendly.
However, if you’re automating office payments, then it might be best to go with the lowest fee.
I strongly recommend you to sit down and calculate the total opportunity cost.
Well, in this article we set out our view on automating the process of accepting payments for the services you render. We believe that integrating a payment system is exceptionally beneficial for your business and convenient for your customers. They are used to pay online for products and services. So, it's natural for you to provide them the convenience at your coworking space.
On the other hand, offering customers online coworking payment options may increase your revenue. When members run out of credits, they can pay for booking a meeting room with a bank card. Besides, you can sell your desks and rooms to exterior customers. Indirectly you also save money on automating payments and putting your staff to a more useful task.