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Rambling



Joined: 14 Apr 2018
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Location: Anglesey. North Wales

PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:38 am    Post subject: Taking Payments Reply with quote

Hi

Just starting out and virtually ready to go live.

My intention was to go via an agent however when the came to view they asked why did I need an agent as I had started a Social Media presence and also have an SEO friendly domain.
Needless to say I was a bit perplexed by their question.

Anyway it got me thinking. If I went with an alternative agency (no contract tie etc) and pushed my own website, what method do people prefer for taking payments? I wouldn't want a fully automated booking software, just a method of taking the payment once I confirmed all. Does anyone use a simple BACS method?

Thanks
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Joanna



Joined: 23 Aug 2007
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Location: Chester, North West England & Sidmouth, East Devon

PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try searching the forum for payment methods - you'll find people use a mix of bank transfer/BACS, PayPal, credit cards and cheques (yes still).

Card payments can be taken using Stripe in combination with Wave (which generates email invoices) or embedded in your own site. We use PIMS to manage our bookings and that has the ability to embed Stripe card payments in our booking forms.
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Location: Chester, North West England & Sidmouth, East Devon

PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Find out more about PIMS here:
https://www.holidayrentalmanagement.com

It's a great sytem for managing bookings and sharing your calendar across your own site and listing sites. It also helps make sure that you can't accidentally double book. It's run by a member of this forum.

Edited to add - you mentioned not wanting a fully automated system and you can use PIMS just to organise your bookings behind the scenes.

BTW if you decide to use PIMS and quote my referral code (1379595) you get an extra 3 months on your subscription.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, will take a look.
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