Choose the best payment link service for a small business in South Africa

Learn more about how to choose the best payment link service for your small business in South Africa.

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How do you decide on the best payment link service for your small business?

Your small business is about getting paid. So, you want to make customer payments as easy as possible. Does your business not have a website or card machine yet? That's not a problem. You can still accept card payments online using a payment link service.

Do you want to know more about payment links? So, how do you choose the best payment link service provider for your small business in South Africa? We got the low-down on payment links from a small business owner, Jen, owner of Cyrus Farm Health Store.

Read what Jen had to say when asked popular questions about payment links to find out more.

What is a payment link? 

"It’s an online link that takes you to a secure website page to fill in your payment details and pay for something."

When should small businesses in South Africa use payment links?

"There are many opportunities for small businesses to use payment links. They are a very helpful way to safely accept online payments without the need for a website with a payment gateway."

How do I create a secure payment link?

"I would say it depends on your payment link service. It can usually be done with a website or app. For example, with Yoco, you can make a payment link inside the Yoco app, which you can then share with your customer."

Is it safe to pay via link? 

"I have never had a problem. Just make sure that you use a well-known, trusted payment link service."

How do you choose the best payment link service in South Africa?

"There are a few payment link services to choose from in South Africa.

  • "Do your research. Don't make a rushed decision.

  • "Look at each company's customer support and online reviews.

  • What payment link service features do you need? Only sign up for and pay for the services you need.

  • "Weigh up all of your options - compare different companies side-by-side.

  • "Then, make your final choice based on what will be the best choice for your business."

Learn more about choosing the best payment link service for a small business in South Africa

Paying via a link is a fast and wallet-friendly way to process electronic transactions. It just takes a few clicks, and you're done – off goes a payment link. They could be shared with customers as an email, via messaging apps, or any other connectivity you may have with your customers.


It’s simple - a payment link is how you request payment from customers after deciding to purchase from you.

It’s like sending a ‘pay now’ button to your clients, urging them to pay.

The customer receives the request by email or via their messaging app, and clicks on the link, which then takes them to their payment processor to pay you.

Which small businesses should use payment links?

This payment option will suit any business. For example, online merchants can request payment by attaching links to electronic invoices sent via messaging or email. Other companies could share payment links via chat or social media messages.

It's never been more convenient for customers to pay their bills.

Don't have a card machine yet?

If your business is still in the early stage of growth and you have not yet bought card machines, use payment links to receive payments wherever business takes you.

It’s all so easy – create a link and message or email it to your customers.

They’ll immediately receive your invoice and payment link on their cell phone, after which they choose their payment processor, such as a credit card.

How can you benefit from using the payment link option?

The best benefit is that the payment link makes it so simple for customers to pay you, which is what you want.

Give your customers a good choice of well-known payment processors if necessary.

For example, payment link service providers have designed their payment links for use on cell phones, seeing most electronic purchases occur on these devices.

Choose a payment link service that's easy to use

You don’t have to be an IT expert to know how to create and send payment links with a reputable payment link service.

For example, it's easy to do with Yoco Link. How do you use Yoco Link? Follow these simple steps:

  1. Sign up to Yoco. It only takes 5 minutes.

  2. Download the Yoco app for your Android, Apple or Huwaei device.

  3. Create a payment link in the 'Send' section of the Yoco app.

  4. Send the payment link to a customer via an SMS, email, chat, or social media direct message.

  5. Your customer clicks or taps on the payment link, which then directs the customer to a secure page to pay you.

  6. You will be notified once the customer pays you and the money is in your bank account.

It's as easy as that.

Make paying more convenient for your customers

Customers will notice that your business offers a payment link option, which can be a convenient way to pay. This can only enhance your brand loyalty.

Also, this secure payment system removes any doubt a customer may have about paying via a link.

To offer payment links as a payment option is a win-win scenario for your business and customers.

Yoco is here for you

Over the years, Yoco has been involved in helping 250 000 businesses. Contact us, tap into our experience and learn more about managing your growing business.

Source: A Quick Guide to Pay by Link

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