My 30th cashless week and, as a consumer, I’ve come to expect every payment I make to be non-cash based.

But is it fair to expect even small shops and businesses to offer cashless payment options to its customers?

Is it too difficult, too expensive, too technical or too time consuming for small shops and businesses to offer contactless payments?

Well, I decided to practise what I preach and set my business up to take contactless payments – how difficult or expensive could it be?

I was surprised at how quick, easy, cheap and efficient it can be for a business to offer contactless payment options to its customers.

Amazingly it took less than an hour to download an app, create a Square account, plug in the hardware, learn how to use the app and make a couple of test transactions.

Of course, Square isn’t the only game in town – there are plenty of other small scale contactless solutions out there.

In reality I’ve no reason to take contactless payments as all our income is received either via Faster Payments or Bacs Direct Credit but if I am going to ‘champion’ a consumer led move to a cashless society I needed to prove that small businesses and shops can easily find a solution.

Contactless payments set up in an hour – it really was that easy!

If you are in the Maldon, Essex area DM me (Twitter: _mike_chambers_ ) if you’d like to know more.

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