The Easiest Way for Freelancers to Accept Payments Online

Accepting payments for freelancers

The definition of a dream job is not what it was a few years ago. Gone are the days when a “dream job” was working in a nice office or a well-established company. Today, the so-called dream job is to freelance. It’s to do one’s own thing and work on one’s own terms. 

It’s not surprising then that the Indian workforce is swapping the security of a 9-to-5 job for the flexibility of freelancing. Millennials and Indian workers facing significant lifestyle changes such as motherhood or adapting to newer lifestyle choices like working remotely have started to adopt more flexible and empowering ways to work. 

Here are some statistics that paint a clear picture – 

  • It is predicted that freelancers will contribute to 50% of the nation’s workforce volumes by 2025
  • The Indian freelance market size is estimated to touch USD 25 billion by 2025
  • 60% of Indian freelancers are under the age of 30 years today
  • On average, Indian freelancers work up to almost 40 hours a week; 160 hours a month
  • The average income of freelancers across India is Rs 20 lakh per annum; 23% of them make over Rs 40 lakh per annum

However, despite the fast growth and healthy predictions for the future, the reality is that freelancers and unregistered businesses within this ecosystem are facing numerous challenges. 

Problems freelancers face

While talking to our existing merchants as well as the potential ones, it came as a surprise to see the kind of hassles these users were facing and the need to build a unique solution for them. Here are the top problems that the unregistered businesses face on a day-to-day basis:

Lack of knowledge around GST  

To some, it seems that GST is just for registered businesses but nothing could be farther from the truth. Unregistered businesses and freelancers also come under GST laws. This raises the demand for freelancers to create GST-compliant invoices. 

Freelancers are usually required to raise GST-ready invoices for their customers and their lack of knowledge in creating these invoices becomes a real challenge in the way they accept money.

Irregular & late payments

For freelancers, payment cycles are always irregular and this can create an unpredictable financial crunch. To make things worse, freelancers often have to deal with late payments and in some rare cases, clients renege on payment commitments. In fact, studies show that 58% of freelancers have experienced not getting paid at all for their work. They end up spending inordinate amounts of time following up with clients for unpaid dues. 

Inability to showcase their brand

Branding isn’t just for large organizations or registered businesses. Branding is the secret sauce that aids in the success of a business of any size. And for freelancers, this becomes more important than ever.

While most freelancers have a basic social media presence, they lack the technical know-how to be able to amplify their digital brand presence through websites and customized landing pages. 

This creates a significant difference in the perceived value that a freelancer brings to the table compared to a registered business. 

Absence of seamless digital payment solutions

The most common way for freelancers to accept money today is through cash or bank transfers. In both cases, management and reconciliation becomes a big headache, this problem is especially more pronounced for unregistered businesses that have large customer bases or handle significant volumes. Think of a homepreneur who sells homemade pickles around town – reconciling payments received could take up a significant part of their time, which could be better spent on growing their business.

A holistic solution for freelancers to accept online payments

We are more excited than ever to announce the launch of our much-awaited product – Razorpay for Unregistered Businesses. Whether you are a freelancer, teacher, boutique owner or a professional, now accepting payments is going to be easier than ever. We promise!

Our research of the freelancer universe-spanning our existing customer base, social media and platforms such as Product Hunt has unearthed insights that we have channelled into our new product offering. 

Presented below are the key elements of our new product – 

Payment Links for quicker settlements

  • Say hello to accepting payments via WhatsApp, email, Instagram, Facebook, SMS & more
  • Send quick payment reminders and accept recurring payments

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An instant personalised page for better conversions

  • Create a storefront with zero-coding and start selling, even if you do not have an app or a website
  • Add this Payment Page to your Facebook, Instagram or any other social media page and accept online payments instantly

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One-stop solution for easy GST-ation

  • Just add GST, discounts and shipping details to a single invoice and the calculation will be done automatically for you
  • Send these invoices through any channel and get paid via credit/debit cards, netbanking, UPI & wallets 

GST invoicing

Does this look like a tool designed for you? Sign up today and get started in a matter of minutes.

At Razorpay, all we do leads to a single aim: asking our customers to leave their payment worries to us while they plan and unlock growth for their business. With this launch, we are looking to empower the gig economy to work better, faster and more efficiently. 

Freelancing is no cakewalk and we’re here to help you ride over the bumps with ease.

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Introducing the Payment Links Chrome Extension By Razorpay

Introducing Payment Links Chrome Extension By Razorpay

With all the ease that online payment can bring, there still remains hope and scope of hustling to keep making it better. That said, in the online ecosystem, payments are not just limited to monetary exchange. They contribute to aspects like conversion rates, trust and loyalty as well.

With multiple channels of online payments opening their gates in the market, there is a need for businesses like yours to reduce the number of hops and leave payment worries to solutions providers like us! With this, here comes one of the most simplified payment solutions: Razorpay Payment Links.

What is a payment link?

Razorpay Payment Links is the easiest way to accept payments from your customers 24*7. Simply put, payment links are easy-to-use, versatile and mobile enough to manage all your online payments. 

Creating a payment link is as simple as it could be! Just follow these steps: 

  • Login to the Razorpay dashboard and create a payment link via API or the dashboard
  • Share the payment link via SMS, email, WhatsApp etc
  • Let your customers pay you via their preferred options (credit cards, debit cards, netbanking, UPI, wallets etc.)
  • Get notified once the customer completes the payment

Here are the perks of using Razorpay Payment Links for your business:

  • Works even without a website: Don’t have an app or website ready yet? Collect online payment by these easy-to-use payment links
  • Alternative payment option: These versatile payment links can be a quick replacement for all your cash-on-delivery customers
  • Easy chatbot integration: Integrate payment links with your chatbots so that your customers can enjoy a seamless experience
  • Social media sharing: Make the best of social media platforms by using them to send these payment links and get the amount directly in your bank account

That’s not all. Here are a few things that make Payment Links the best and the easiest way to accept online payments:

  • Customers don’t need an app
  • All payment options available
  • No monthly limits
  • Easy tracking via a powerful dashboard 

Different use cases of Razorpay Payment Links

When a customer is making an online purchase, the step where the payment comes into the picture is one of the most crucial ones. Razorpay Payment Links can help you win over your customers and reduce the number of drop-offs. 

Here are some of the use cases of Razorpay Payment Links:

  • The link can be created and used by any business, no matter the size. Even if you don’t have an app or a website, you can easily create and share payment links and get amount settled directly in your bank account
  • These links reduce the hops and minimizes friction points. Let’s say you are a car rental service provider. A prospective customer calls you to enquire and plan a journey. Fortunately, the customer sounds satisfied and you sense a higher chance of him or her proceeding with you. But chances are that after he or she might get distracted or be unsure. There, you can create and send the payment link via SMS, WhatsApp, email etc. within seconds while they are on call and have a successful conversion right there!
  • Payment links are best when it comes to providing quality service to your customers. Let’s say, unfortunately, a payment method is failing and your customer is unable to complete the transaction. You can easily choose to create and send these payment links to them and they can pay as per their convenience. The best part is, you can track the status of the payment easily.
  • Another use case is for businesses that provide home delivery services. There can be multiple cases when the customer is not at home and want the parcel to be handed over to a neighbour or, he or she does not have enough cash. In such a situation, payment links can be a big help. The deliverer can simply create the link there and the customer can pay via a range of options from anywhere, anytime!

With this, we are excited to roll out one of the finest features of Payment Links.

Razorpay Payment Links Google Chrome extension

Razorpay now powers a Chrome extension to accept payments via links! 

Sounds super-simplified, doesn’t it? Read on to know more.

The Razorpay Payment Links Chrome extension lets you easily create and share a payment link with your customers right from your browser window. The only prerequisite is to have an active Razorpay account. 

Simply follow these steps to get started:

Installing the extension

To install the extension:

1. Visit the Chrome Webstore and add the Razorpay Chrome Extension

Payment Link Chrome Extension

2. In the Add ‘Razorpay Payment Links’? dialogue box, click Add Extension

Side menu options

The following options are available on the side menu:

  • Dropdown
  • View the merchant ID
  • Find the document link 
  • Log out of the extension
  • Filter By (to help you check the statuses of different payment links) 
  • Go To Dashboard (to take you to Razorpay dashboard)

Perform action

Create a payment link:

1. Ensure that you are logged in to Razorpay Dashboard

2. Click on the Razorpay Payment Links extension icon on the browser’s toolbar

Payment Link Chrome Extension

3. In the payment links extension screen, click on ‘New Payment Link’

Payment Link Chrome Extension

4. In the window that opens, enter the following details:

Payment Link Chrome Extension

5. After you enter the information in all the required fields, click on ‘Send Link’. This will generate a new payment link 

Payment Link Chrome Extension

6. Copy the link address and click on ‘Done’. You can now share the link via the option of your choice and accept online payments easily.

Payment Link Chrome Extension

Please note: If you have selected the ‘Notify via SMS’ and ‘Notify via email’ checkboxes, the links are also sent to the specified phone number and email address.

So, are you ready to simplify the way you accept online payments? Sign up on Razorpay if you haven’t and stay a step ahead while you leave all your payment worries to us!

Also read: Build Your Own Online Store with Payment Pages

Build Your Own Online Store with Razorpay Payment Pages

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Today, most Indian consumers rely on online stores to make their purchases. With online commerce penetrating the Indian market by 74%, close to 329.1 million people are projected to buy goods and services via online stores by 2020.

With that being said, we can all agree with the fact that there’s a massive rise in online stores in the e-commerce industry today. But, we simply cannot put aside the problems these stores face. Amongst choosing the right niche and profitability, most small online businesses face trouble with infrastructure. 

From building a solid, functional website, hosting it, all the way to integrating the right payment gateway, online businesses fall back on these basics that can really help them click. 

It’s also difficult to understand complex documentation with off-the-shelf e-commerce plugins or to find alternate solutions as they can be very pricey and time-consuming.

If you run an online business trying to set up your online store, or if you’re a freelancer trying to build your website so you can sell your products and services, then you know what we’re talking about. 

So, how do we make this process effortless? 

Razorpay Payment Pages – collecting online payments just got easier!

No need to build your website and host it. No need for a payment gateway integration.

Payment Pages is specifically designed to accept payments from your customers, even if you don’t have a website. You can easily create a storefront for your online store in less than 5 minutes and start accepting payments from your customers from all over the world, in 100 international currencies. And, this requires absolutely no coding experience or support.

Razorpay Payment Pages build your own online business

In just about six months, Payment Pages took off and skyrocketed, enabling payments for numerous small and medium-sized (SME) businesses. The response we received was truly overwhelming. While being so, our customers also made multiple requests for a small tweak here and there so that Payment Pages would be an absolute match for their business use-case. 

  • In just about two months, more than 5000 businesses started using Payment Pages
  • By the end of 6 months, we saw a 114% uptick, powering over 11,000 online businesses
  • 89% of businesses said it significantly brought down their tech efforts
  • 63% of freelancers said accepting payments became much easier
  • 84% of businesses without a website said Payment Pages helped them retain their brand image
  • 93% of businesses also said their customers had a seamless payment experience 

At Razorpay, we believe we can empower businesses to meet their fullest potential. While Payment Pages was already contributing towards our belief, we knew we could help these online businesses so much more.

Although the use-cases are different from one business to another, we tried accommodating as many requests as we could.  

What’s new with the updated Payment Pages?

With the update, Payment Pages is now much more functional than ever! The new power-packed features enable your online store to collect payments seamlessly, while you focus on providing your customers with brilliant user experience.

Multiple listings

List any number of products/services you wish to sell on your Payment Page, along with images and descriptions for each one of the items you list.

Smarter purchase controls

Have control over the minimum or a maximum number of products your customers can buy, set a minimum amount your customers can donate, and more.

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Reordering input fields

Move the input fields/items on your Payment Page to arrange newer items or frequently purchased items higher by simply dragging them up or down in your list of items.

New input fields

Select from the many input fields supported by Payment Pages to capture customer data. From alphanumeric input fields and email address to PAN number and PIN code, select the right input field to ensure proper validation. 

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Intuitive reporting

Get detailed insights for each item sold, based on real-time transactions from the dashboard to help you make better business decisions.

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Dynamic mobile experience 

Provide your customers with a dynamic, on the go mobile payments experience while giving them the option of choosing from many payment modes.

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Embeddable Payment Request button

If you already have a website but no Payment Gateway integration, simply embed the Payment Pages CTA button where you want to call for action. On click, your customer will be taken to the respective Payment Page.

Redirecting your customer

While you can customize the text on the CTA, you can also redirect your customer to your merchant page. Or, you can simply show a custom message to let them know the payment was successful.

How to build your Payment Page

Step 1: Login to your Razorpay Dashboard and navigate to “Payment Pages”

Step 2: Click on “+ Create Payment Page

Step 3: Choose your template from the ones that are already available, or create your own

Step 4: Fill in the details of your product/service/event and add pictures and videos of the same

Step 5: Click on “Add social media share icons” to enable social sharing

Step 6: In the “Payment Details” section, add the required input fields, product, and images, and customize them. You can also reorder the fields by dragging them wherever you need

Step 7: Click on “Save and publish

Share your online store’s Payment Page on various channels

Payment Pages can be shared with your customers on Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp, Twitter, and more!  Let’s take a look at how most online businesses and freelancers share Payment Pages on various channels.

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How online businesses use Payment Pages – popular use cases

Although the use cases for Payment Pages are many, tickets and events, donations, fee collection, and online product sales have been the predominant ones.

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See it to believe it!

Experience how your Payment Pages powered online store works! Check out the demo.

What our customers have to say

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The upshot

Razorpay Payment Pages has truly stood up to our tagline: #PoweringDisruptors. Forget the hassle of going through with building and maintaining a website when we will do it for you!

Payment Pages boasts of over 11,000 customers as of October 2019, with the likes of Swiggy, Decathlon, BloombergQuint, Goonj, Brigade Homes Group, and Innov8, among others. 

 

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UPI Contributes 50% to Online Payments. Beats Plastic Money to Retain Top Position

Razorpay UPI Report

In September, UPI went past cards and other popular modes to become the most preferred payment mode. We were stoked to see the switch, and curious, too. But the glory wasn’t a stroke of mere luck; it was an inevitable ascension of UPI as the de-facto mode of online payments.

One v/s the rest 

In October, UPI was responsible for 50% of transactions on Razorpay’s platform–surpassing cards by a 15% margin.

In September, cards contributed 42.56% of digital transactions, but in October it fell by 6.89%, which amounts to 35.67%. 

UPI transactions on Razorpay’s platform has maintained a consecutive growth of 11.02%, month-on-month, from September to October.

Let’s check it out!

Everybody wins

Leaving the footprints to be remembered in the digital payment landscape is Google Pay with 61.19% of UPI transactions.  

Whereas, PhonePe is standing as a strong contender with a contribution of 24.95%. As the numbers twirl, other players like Paytm and BHIM contributed 9.5% of UPI transaction. 

Also, big banks like ICICI, SBI, AXIS and HDFC sweeten the kitty with 1.08%, 0.31%, 0.14% and 0.06 respectively.

The banks are back for their bucks

Let’s talk about growth!

Surprisingly, the government-backed BHIM which saw a meteoric growth of 31.17% in September, which declined by 10.06% in October, while the rest of the players enjoyed an upward growth. 

Cutting through the noise is the favourite of the masses, GooglePay has capped a 9.92% growth rate, mostly being the choice of the customers over any other UPI app. Sitting tight in the second spot is PhonePe with 16.61% growth while Paytm chips in 9.58% of the surge. 

But the story doesn’t end here! 

This time there’s been a significant upturn, the bank apps are here to lock horns with the new school players with numbers like 16.61% (Axis), 15.18% (SBI), 14.36% (ICICI) and 7.61% (HDFC). 

That makes it a 53.76% growth for October alone! 

Haryana barges into the UPI club

Now let’s shed some light on the states that have contributed maximum to the cashless economy.

Karnataka has been the top contributor in UPI transactions for consecutive months, the southern state is responsible for 27.72% of total transactions in the country. 

Seizing the second spot is Maharashtra with 14.20% of UPI transactions. Whereas, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh gave away 10.76% collectively. Finally, Haryana entered the UPI club with a gracious 7.91% of UPI transactions. 

Let’s pause and talk about the cities that keep the engine running.  

Bengaluru has carved a niche for itself with 38.1% of UPI transactions, which shows its residents are way ahead of their counterparts in terms of choosing their payment option. 

Well, this doesn’t mean Hyderabad and Pune are going to hang their boots! The ‘City of Nawabs stands tall with 12.5% whereas the ‘Queen of the Deccan’ bats it out with 9.5% of UPI transaction.  

Also, tagging, along with Ahmedabad (4.3%) and Jaipur (4.0%) are Kolkata (3.5%) and Bhubaneswar (3.3%).

Let’s talk about tier wise contribution…

You can see Tier 1 cities like Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai (6.78%), Chennai (5.86%), Kolkata (3.74%), Delhi (6.41%) and New-Delhi (3.81%) drawing a mark in terms of UPI transactions, which totals to 62.87%. 

Tier 2 and 3 cities contributed 30.97% and 6.16% respectively. 

Note: In case you wonder about the numbers: the state and the city split is different

The view is better at the top, but…

Do you remember when it all started? The expectations and jargons and predictions that rocked UPI’s boat. Well, we have reached the shore now, and this time, the sky looks pink. 

As they say, the fable is fanciful and pleasing, but there are miles to go before we sleep. 

Note: All findings are only based on transactions held on Razorpay platform in October 2019

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Data from this story was also published in The Times of India.

UPI Overhauls Cards as the Preferred Payment Mode at 45%

UPI

Surprising how UPI has grown so much to become the preferred payment mode in September. UPI, since its inception, has become quite the champion amongst payment modes. Anybody and everybody who accept payments, are now providing UPI as a default payment mode.

So, if you’re wondering what UPI has to offer in September, you’re in for a treat! Without further ado, let’s discuss UPI, the most preferred payment mode in India!

Before we get into the details, let’s bounce off of the different types of UPI payments and their significance. 

Although the use-cases for UPI payments are bountiful, we primarily use the payment mode for two kinds of payments.

  1. P2P (Person to Person) – UPI was initially a P2P payments enabler in 2017, meant for transactions between two people
  2. P2M (Person to Merchant) – After it took the payments space by a storm, it transitioned into a P2M mode, wherein people could make payments through UPI to merchants, both online and offline

Since Razorpay is a payments platform, it oversees P2M transactions from a multitude of businesses like BookMyShow, IRCTC, Zomato, to name a few. To better represent the efficacy of the transactions, we’re considering P2M transactions of UPI alone carried out on the Razorpay platform.

UPI vs other payment modes 

For the first time ever, UPI went past cards and other popular modes to become the most preferred payment mode in the month of September! 

UPI methodwise contribution preferred payment mode

We’ve been observing UPI transactions since 2017, and we always saw that cards (debit & credit) took the bigger chunk in the method-wise split, while UPI always stood right behind cards. But, the tables turned in September.

UPI contributed to about 45% of the total transactions we observed at Razorpay, while cards pitched in 42.56%, taking the second place.

You may think the difference is minuscule. But, with 350,000+ businesses on the platform, you can only imagine the number of transactions taking place every minute, every day. So, the 2% difference is a big deal. 

As much as people love swiping cards, the ease of simply not carrying cards anymore took precedence.

Netbanking summed up a total of 9.29% as wallets superseded bank transfers by 0.38%.

How UPI became the preferred payment mode

In our August month’s issue, we talked about UPI’s adoption skyrocketing. And, it’s no different this time either! 

The growth of UPI is always an interesting trend to stay updated with. We’ve seen the numbers vary across ranges and extremities. 

The payment mode is truly an innovation in fintech since it has been able to simplify payments like never before. And this very fact makes its elevation an exciting trend to observe. 

UPI transactions preferred payment mode

We looked at all UPI transactions from the month of April to September to analyze how much the payment mode has ascended. Keeping the month of April as the base value (calculated upon values of previous months), we can see that there has been sustained growth in the overall transactional value, as well as volume. 

Although May was an anomaly for various reasons, UPI managed to brush off the dust and swing right in from August, while discovering a new crest in September.

By 37.33%, UPI went through the roof in September, for the first time ever!

Next up, let’s take a look at how some of our favourite UPI apps did in September.

App-wise contribution

Since UPI was the biggest player in terms of payment mode, it’s only right we understand how much of a contribution each one of our popular UPI apps bore.

app wise contribution preferred payment mode

As always, the Google Pay drift continued as the app furnished a hefty 61.33% of the total UPI transactions there were carried out in September. PhonePe too, without changing its spot, followed Google Pay by handing out 24.2%.

Contributions of PayTM (5.94%) and BHIM (4.55%) saw a steady number, around the ballpark of the last few months. 

UPI apps of banks (constituting “others”) like Syndicate Pay, Kotak Mahindra, and more, along with Mobikwik, Airtel Payments Bank, Amazon Pay, accounted for a total of 2.45%.

Like UPI, UPI apps have also seen variations in growth. Some of the apps have seen a consistent rise, while others have fallen back. You can read all about it in our UPI Wars story.

Let’s see what tug-of-war went on in September. 

The evolution of UPI apps

app wise growth

We analyzed a high value and volume of UPI transactions to determine the growth of each UPI app, and the results were quite satisfying.

Google Pay, although the most used, adopted app, still saw a massive growth of 40.77%, while PayTM jumped up the ladder from August to 37.8%. And, PhonePe contended to claim its place at 34.01%.

While this war continued, BHIM silently made its way up by 31.17%.

Bank UPI apps like SBI (20.66%), HDFC (11.1%), and ICICI (10.38%) made the list by showing significant growth. Samsung Pay, ICICI Pockets, Mobikwik, WhatsApp Pay, Andhra Bank, and more (grouped as “others)”, also caught up by a total of 20.15%.

UPI transactions from across the country

Now that we’re fully aware of the growth of UPI and UPI apps, let’s dive into some geographical specifications to understand where these transactions came from.

preferred payment mode - upi transactions from across the country

As we’ve worked on the UPI series for a few months now, we had a few predictions about the states and cities’ contributions.

Karnataka, as always, was the #1 contributor of UPI payments in September, as 28.42% of the total UPI transactions were carried out in the state. While so, Maharashtra retained its place just after Karnataka at 14.51%.

Telangana and Andhra Pradesh collectively saw 10.48% of the total UPI transactions, and the NCR region contributed 8.77%.

Now, let’s jump into the contribution of cities

In our August month’s report, Bangalore gobbled up the first place, and the same went on in September as the city pitched in 39% of UPI transactions. 

Hyderabad also had a significant number of transactions (12.3%) just like Pune (9.4%). Mumbai made its name on the list for the first time at (7.1%) followed by Chennai at (6.1%).

Note: You may wonder how Karnataka’s contribution is 28.42% while Bangalore is 39%. The reason is, the state split is different from the city split. We consider the whole country to provide state-wise contribution, whereas we look into 15 cities and calculate their contribution.

While we’re on city-wise contribution, let’s get to the tier wise split.

Tier wise contribution

63.85% of UPI transactions were carried out in tier 1 cities, while tier 2 and 3 cities came through with 30.19% and 5.97% respectively.

Will UPI continue to be the preferred payment mode?

We’re as curious as you are! 

With UPI disrupting the payments space and climbing to the top as the most preferred payment mode, its impact is only getting bigger and bigger. 

It’s incredible to see newer innovations making their mark. This is proof that convenience always wins over most other parameters. 

Let’s explore more of Indian fintech next month, with another exciting UPI update. 

See you then!

(All findings are only based on transactions held on Razorpay platform in September 2019)

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This story was first published in Inc42.

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How to Make Your Payouts More Efficient

Automated Payout

A payout is the transfer of funds from your business account to a contact’s fund account. You need to have sufficient balance in your business account to process a payout. The various methods available for a payout are IMPS, NEFT, RTGS and UPI

Are those payouts instantaneous?

Although IMPS and UPI payouts are near-instant, the other modes work only during banking hours. But we live in a world of ‘We want it now’, where sometimes the cooker explodes and everybody feels the heat. For instance, let’s say you had a significant business transaction to make, and you realise that the bank working hours are over. What do you do? Apart from the banking hours, there are other limitations like: 

  1. Limitation on bulk transfer (IMPS and UPI)
  2. Cooling period on adding beneficiaries 
  3. One cannot verify bank account before transferring 
  4. Complex infra systems 

There it goes, your ship is under attack. So what do you do?

RazorpayX

Whether you are making a one-off payment or processing a batch of hundred, move money seamlessly with RazorpayX, a platform to accelerate disruptors by making their financial operations intelligent, automated, and business-focused. Regardless of who you are, SME or enterprise, new age or incumbents.  For every payout, you need to specify the amount, the contact and the purpose of the payout. The payout amount and the payout charges are deducted from your business account balance every time a payout is made. These appear as a debit against the business account on the successful creation of a payout. In case a payout fails at any stage of its processing, a reversal is created, which results in a credit to your business account. Payout process

A diagrammatic overview of the payouts process in RazorpayX

By integrating with our flexible APIs and dashboard tools, customers can: 

  1. Accept and manage payouts via NEFT, RTGS, IMPS, UPI and more
  2. Upload contacts in bulk and share payouts in one go
  3. Track, automate and accelerate money movements for informed and impactful business decisions 

For example, Medlife, one of India’s fastest growing healthcare firm, wanted a solution to settle their million+ customers’ payouts from their closed wallets to bank accounts. RazorpayX helped Medlife offer a one-click payout to the customer’s bank account without requiring any human intervention. Results: 

  1. Instant payouts from customer wallets
  2. Increased flexibility on the usage of wallet
  3. A new stream of revenue via wallet linked loyalty offers

Secure, fast and cost-effective payouts are very critical to enhance customer experience, and one of the key element to increase business success.  So, what does efficiency mean for you? 

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What are Automated Payouts and How Are They Helping SMEs?

“We regret the inconvenience. We are trying to clear the process from our end. You can expect the transactions to be cleared by tomorrow.”  “We haven’t received your invoice. Your cheque is in the post. The person who authorises your payment is not in the office today.“

If you are familiar with the above excuses, you should also know that they come with consequences. Unexpected delays in payments can hurt businesses that have little or no cash reserves or credit to rely on. Especially in a traditional small business, every individual wears many hats and deals with myriads of stakeholders. He or she strives to manage relationships while maintaining a high level of efficiency. And, it becomes very difficult if a business sticks to a manual process for paying vendors, customers, suppliers, etc. 

Here’s how the end-to-end payment process for most organizations (SMEs) looks

A user logs in to the respective banking platform and enters transaction details for every payment done. Now, to authenticate each transaction detail and ensure everything is in order, you require another hand to oversee the security process. Piece of cake, isn’t it? 

It’s all pink skies and blue unicorns when you are getting started–manually inputting and routing every single payment sounds feasible. But what will you do when the scale and the sheer volume of transactions grows? Automate your financial ecosystem.

How can SMEs benefit from automated payouts?

For example, a small scale business uses cheques as a form of payment. Here we go again, it’s paper! And the risks of cheques getting lost in the mail is equivalent to an extended waiting period known as “We’ll get back to you soon.” 

It isn’t always the form of payment, blame the process of tracking payments too. Companies can lose money and damage relationships with vendors by missing deadlines, or even issuing a refund to the wrong person. It’s tough to track them if you are on your own and rely on traditional payment systems. 

Traditional banking systems are often difficult to operate, due to clunky, outdated systems and technology. Most banks grapple with legacy infrastructure and are unable to deliver products and services with ease and agility.

Customers using banking solutions are often faced with a range of problems like:

  1. Lengthy approval processes
  2. Heavy UI, complicated user flows
  3. Outdated systems that are not integration-friendly
  4. Poor customer tech support for queries

An automated payout system can help you avoid late payments, issue instant refunds to your customers, and help pay your vendors. Most importantly, the CRM serves as an eagle eye (control and visibility) for your financial operations.

RazorpayX

For businesses small or large, new age or incumbents, we offer you RazorpayX–a platform to accelerate disruptors by making their financial operations intelligent, automated and business focussed. 

By integrating with our flexible APIs and dashboard tools, customers can

  1. Accept and manage payouts via NEFT, RTGS, IMPS, UPI and more
  2. Upload contacts in bulk and share payouts in one go
  3. Track and analyze money movements for informed and impactful business decisions

Traditional Business Banking Vs RazorpayX

                Traditional Business Banking                              RazorpayX
Countless hours of manual effortsBetter customer experience with instant payouts  
Glitchy software and complex infra systemsControl, track and analyze all types of money movements from a single dashboard
Complex and non-flexible money movement viewsManage and track money movements from vendors, customers, and more
No insights on payouts Off-the-shelf analysis of payouts made

Conclusion

Automation is the need of the hour for India’s large SME sector. With the right technology, business owners can focus more on customers, and let the technology take care of processes. It eliminates drudgery, avoids the troublesome situations. The result, efficiency becomes the epitome of your business. 

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Bengaluru Records Highest UPI Transactions – 40% in August

upi transactions data august 2019

The secret sauce behind digitisation is the rapid adoption of technology that becomes a solution only after it solves a specific challenge. UPI has been hailed as the future of digital payments in India, a solution that’s adding newness, stirring an uprising of new world order in payments.

And, supporting this digital hullabaloo are the cities that never sleep.

UPI contribution across regions – The numbers will guide us home

Seems like Karnataka has been pushing the right buttons. 30.10% of India’s digital transaction makes the southern heart the numero-uno in UPI transactions. Namma Bengaluru lived up to its name and gobbled 40.06% of UPI transactions among the top 15 cities of India.

Maharashtra has seen a steady flow of 14.37% of UPI transactions, while Pune contributed 8.7% towards the growth. 

No rest for the growth rate in Andhra Pradesh, as the numbers pile up to a healthy 11.90%, which makes Hyderabad the second most-digitised city after Bengaluru. 

Here’s a Tier wise split infographic. 

There’s no stopping now. Yes, Tier 1 cities like Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Chennai are adding the necessary fire to the digital economy, which is responsible for 66.43% of UPI transactions in the country.  

However, Tier 2 and 3 cities have maintained the order with 27.87% and 5.70% of the digital home run. We also see Pune, Kolkata, Jaipur, Gurgaon and Noida joining the rush. 

UPI transaction In the last six months – Days of future past 

The rush is for real, and things are about to change. Enough said, let’s investigate the figures from March 2019 to August 2019. 

There’s been a dramatic turn of events in terms of growth, and authorised transactions for August, only shows how UPI could soon be a stepping stone of sustainable growth for an interoperable digital payments ecosystem. 

UPI trend In August – Like the Rock of Gibraltar

 

As consistency and chemistry go hand in hand, Google Pay, again, rakes in the highest moolah with 59.75% UPI transactions. Yes, sustaining an audience is hard, and someone knows how to raise the stakes. 

Whereas, facing the behemoth is PhonePe with an accelerating contribution of 24.91% of UPI transactions. As the numbers roll further, significant players like Paytm and BHIM muster 5.93% and 4.73% respectively. 

And, not to forget the banks. To name a few dominant players, ICICI, SBI, Axis and HDFC collectively contribute less than 2% of UPI transactions. 

UPI app wise growth – And justice for all  

Let’s talk about growth. 

The favourite of the masses, Google Pay has capped a 14.60% growth rate in August. This isn’t all, PhonePe is on the rims to call it even with a 12.93% advancement in this number tear-jerker. 

While Paytm has recovered and witnessed a 4.49% improvement in August. In terms of adoption, everyone tasted success except the NPCI powered BHIM app with a negative 0.49% drop compared to July. 

And, the tides have turned for the banks as HDFC ousts ICICI from the top spot with a 10 pointer. Whereas, SBI and Axis maintain the ground with 9.90% and 4.32% growth rate. 

Contribution across payment modes – Meanwhile, on the flipside 

It’s interesting to find that the contribution as well as the growth of the UPI players are on the same rate in August. We can debate all-day-long over plastic money and digital payments, but the preference of the customers do matter. 

Let’s see what the numbers say. 

  • As far as convenience is concerned, plastic money is still favoured amongst the masses, but it has seen a slight dip compared to 47.10% in July. With 44.10% usage rate, it remains undisputed
  • UPI is no more the new kid on the block. A 3% usage increase in August, which takes it to 40.78% – closer to the plastic czar
  • Netbanking saw a nominal dip from 12.66% in July and retained the third spot with an 11.37% share
  • Wallets, bank transfers, eMandate and EMI saw identical numbers like 1.73%, 1.24%, 0.73% and 0.04%

Average ticket value – At sixes and sevens

According to our insights, customers are clinging to old ways of making large value transaction. Because they are used to it, or they are concerned about the security in UPI transactions. 

Let’s face the stats. 

Key pointers:

  • The trust factor has increased in EMIs compared to any other payment option
  • Cardless EMI has marked a separate identity for itself, as people are enjoying the convenience of paying money with or without a debit/credit card
  • Whereas, the frontiers of their territories: bank transfers, netbanking, cards and eMandate keep a steady pace upwards
  • Still unpopular for large value transactions, UPI claims the last spot, which we believe will change shortly

Always forward. Always. 

For now, we can rejoice the ascension of the overall UPI transactions, improvement in ATV values and the increase in authorised transactions because the fable is fanciful and pleasing in itself. But It’ll be interesting to see what comes next. Whether or not UPI remains the de-facto mode of online payment, we will be back, only with the assurance of reality. 

The data presented here is based on transactions carried out on the Razorpay platform.

This story was first published in Inc42.

RBI Opens Up Recurring Payments on Cards – A Step Ahead for Digital Payments

All of us are well aware of the various initiatives that the Reserve Bank of India has been undertaking to make digital payments safe and secure. At various stages over the past few years, the RBI has announced measures to ensure that the Indian consumer doesn’t feel compromised at the time of transacting digitally and is able to make digital payments with ease. 

On Wednesday, RBI came out with a circular to propagate the use of cards in making recurring payments. The circular says that beginning September, consumers will be able to use their cards to make recurring payments to businesses through the process of e-mandate. The e-mandate and additional factor of authentication (AFA) will have to be done only once at the time of the first transaction. All transactions happening later on will be carried out automatically without the requirement of repeated AFA. 

The RBI has set a cap of Rs 2,000 for such transactions and notified that they will be allowed on debit cards, credit cards and prepaid payment instruments (PPI) including wallets.

At present, recurring payments can be made only using credit cards. The same could be done earlier through debit cards, but RBI had put a hold on that facility citing security issues and fraud cases. The fact that now debit cards and other prepaid instruments will come into the recurring payments ambit under stringent rules and regulations spells good news for the Indian consumption story. 

We believe that this move will enable consumers as well as merchants to greatly benefit by doing away with the hassle of authenticating payments time and again. The RBI circular also mentions that consumers will be given the facility set the recurring payment for a predefined fixed value or a variable value. To ensure that the cardholder is safe, he or she will also be able to specify a maximum value of the transaction as well.

Furthermore, to safeguard the interests of the consumers, RBI has said that they will receive a notification via SMS or email a day before the recurring transaction is to be carried out. This notification, which will carry details about the amount, date and reason for the transaction, will allow cardholders to take a call on cancelling the transaction, if they wish to do so. Of course, the cardholder can withdraw the e-mandate at any point as well. 

This facility will go a long way in further promoting digital transactions within the country. More so because consumers will not be levied any extra charges for setting up an e-mandate for recurring payments through their cards. 

For businesses in India, especially the ones where the average ticket size is lower but the transaction volume is higher, the ability of their customers to make recurring payments using cards will open up entirely new streams of user acquisition. Debit cards greatly outnumber credit cards in India today. Wallets are also used extensively. This means that a higher number of consumers will now potentially be able to make recurring payments. 

Players in the food-tech, insurance-tech, SaaS, fitness, cab aggregators, and bike rental services, etc are businesses that will benefit immediately once consumers are able to make recurring payments using debit cards. Providing a seamless payment option is only going to lead to lesser drop offs and higher profitability. 

We see this as the beginning of a shift towards one-click checkout. The average transaction times goes down for customers and the ability to retain users increases for businesses. On the whole, this is a significant step taken by the RBI on the back of what the industry has been asking for a long time. It will clear out safety concerns around recurring payments and enable more businesses to adopt the subscriptions model. 

This story was first published on Inc42.

A Closer Look into UPI Fraud and How it’s Done

Digital transactions are the need of the hour, and with the country rushing towards a cashless economy, it’s important to stay vigilant of all the loopholes in the system. 

UPI, being one of the foundation stones of the digital economy, needs to be airtight when it comes to security. With UPI transactions hitting an all-time high this year, it’s no surprise that UPI is one of the most preferred methods of payment in recent times. 

And why wouldn’t it be?

All you need is a 4-digit PIN to authorize your transaction and the deal is done in seconds. Of course, something so awesome definitely comes with its share of liabilities– and that’s what we’re going to see in this article. 

Amid a massive spike in online banking fraud, HDFC Bank issued a warning to all online banking users. According to the alert, fraudsters are stealing money from users’ bank accounts via UPI. Hackers access users’ mobile phones remotely through a device control app called AnyDesk.

So, how do we deal with UPI fraud? How do hackers take your information? What is the best way to keep yourself safe from so many seemingly intelligent tricksters online?

Let’s begin!

#1 Types of cyber frauds

Before you stay vigilant, you must first be aware of the types of fraudulent cyber activities out there. While there are one too many types of frauds, we’ll be discussing those pertaining to UPI scamming, in this article. Here goes:

  • Phishing

Fraudsters send bogus e-mails to access sensitive information of the potential victim. Once the victim keys in their details (password or PIN) into the fraudulent site, the information is immediately passed on to the hacker for misuse.

  • Malware

Malware is one of the most common forms of cyber fraud and can be mistakenly downloaded from a fake e-mail attachment or an unsecured website. Malware is designed to extract and copy data from the infected device.

  • Money Mule

Money Mule is a more elaborate fraud where once the victim’s data is obtained, fraud rings transfer money to an intermediary account to house the loot. This account acts as one of the money mules to park money collected from different victims.

  • SIM Cloning 

SIM cloning is a recent addition that has mushroomed after the OTP-mandatory rule by banks. If a fraudster clones your SIM, he can even change the UPI PIN. The fraudster gets hold of the victim’s bank account details and ID proof to reset the PIN. 

  • Vishing

Vishing is mostly scamsters posing as bank representatives, asking questions ‘on behalf of the bank’. These individuals weave a web of lies and enquire about the victim’s personal information to extract their PIN or password. 

#2 The Execution

It’s been observed that fraudsters follow a pattern whilst executing these elaborate plans. We’ve managed to weave a step-wise timeline of how these plans are generally executed. Take a look:

Step 1

Fraudsters usually call targets to get their attention, as opposed to texting. They commonly disguise themselves as a bank representative, calling for a seemingly harmless issue.

Step 2

To make the call sound legit, they proceed to ask verification questions like your date of birth, name or mobile number.

Step 3

There is always a problem. Hackers usually use technical difficulties in the app or website to get to talk to the victim. They usually weave a false story that the victim may have to forfeit their personal information to resolve the issue.

Step 4

Once the fraudster has convinced the victim, they proceed to ask the latter to download an application on their phone. Some of the apps are AnyDesk and ScreenShare, which are available on the Google Play Store.

Step 5

While downloading AnyDesk or any similar application, it asks for the user’s privacy permission, like any regular app. But don’t be fooled, these apps can access everything on your phone.

Step 6

The fraudster will then ask the victim for a 9-digit OTP, which is generated on their phone. As soon as the victim reveals the code, the hacker will also ask to grant permission from the phone.

Step 7

When the app acquires all permissions required, the caller starts to take full control of the victim’s phone without their knowledge. After getting full access to your phone, a hacker steals passwords and begins transacting with the victim’s UPI account.

We identified other approaches, too. Fraudsters send an SMS and ask the victim to forward it on another number that they provide. After the message is successfully sent, it permits the fraudster to link the victim’s mobile number or account through UPI to their mobile. 

Fraudsters also send a ‘collect request‘ or a refund request to your Virtual Payment Address (for ex: name@bankname) on apps like Google Pay, PhonePe, etc. 

Most users authorize these requests without paying attention, and this can lead to any amount of money being collected from their account.

#3 Staying Vigilant: A Guide

Scamsters aren’t inevitable; they can, of course, be avoided by taking some essential precautions. These aren’t just to keep you away from fraud; these are also fundamental things to keep in mind to keep all your information safe in the era of the Internet.

  • Beware of engaging with fraudsters

As vague as it sounds, the best way to protect yourself from fraudsters is to stay away from engaging with them. Your bank will never call to discuss your sensitive information; if you receive any call asking you to do the same, that’s a red flag right there.

You can check for the authenticity of unknown numbers with apps like Truecaller, which has a global database of numbers flagged by users.

  • Take extra precaution while requesting/accepting requests

Fraudsters take advantage of the “request money” feature on apps like Google Pay, PhonePe, BHIM, etc.  Imposters express interest in buying a product advertised on various online platforms and engage with the seller on a phone call.

They make the seller of the product to transfer the money using UPI apps’ ‘request money’ option. A small careless click can sometimes cost you thousands. Remember, receiving money requires no PIN.

  • Pay attention to SPAM warnings on your UPI app

UPI apps like Google Pay and PhonePe generally gives users a spam warning if they’re receiving a request from an unknown account. Do keep an eye out for such statements, and if you do spot any such suspicious accounts, make sure to report as spam!

  • Be wary of malicious apps

Frauds have also been found using fake mobile apps to cheat people. They create an app that is similar to the original bank app and submit it on the Google Play Store.

When a customer accidentally downloads and installs the fake app on his/her mobile phone and gives necessary permissions, then the app starts sending out sensitive data to enable fraudsters to withdraw money from the victim’s account.

Several fake apps like Modi Bhim, Bhim Modi App, BHIM Payment-UPI Guide, BHIM Banking Guide, Modi ka Bhim, etc. have been reported to have stolen personal data of customers in the name of providing some valuable banking service.

  • Follow security practices

Make sure that you don’t reveal your PIN to strangers under any circumstances. Also, make sure to protect your UPI apps with biometric recognition software. This way, hackers cannot misuse your account. It’s also recommended that you install anti-virus software to keep an eye out for other malicious software. 

  • Never open e-mails without checking their authenticity

E-mails are one of the easiest ways to trick a user into downloading Malware and subsequently obtaining their information. Make sure to always scan your e-mails for viruses/Malware.

  • Keep a check, every once in a while

Once in a few months, sift through your account activity to check for any suspicious behaviour on your account. We often forget to keep track and may miss a few red flags along the way. It’s always best to do a thorough check once in a few months. If you notice any unusual pattern, make sure to alert the bank right away.

  • Avoid using open Wi-Fi

Using an open Wi-Fi is never a good idea as it may give the hacker a good chance to access everything that’s on your device. Instead, always check if the Wi-Fi is trustworthy before connecting to it.

  • Keep track of all your bank messages

Take a closer look when you receive messages from your bank. Know the difference between a password, PIN and an OTP and carefully examine the message for inconsistencies to stay safe. Keep track of all your bank messages to make sure you’re aware of all the transactions to and from your account.

While no application is entirely fool-proof, the only way to stay safe is to be wary of fraudsters who can go to any level to fool you. In any case, make sure to contact your bank if you think something’s not right. 

We’ll see you next time with more useful tips on keeping your money safe!  

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