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FAQ Friday –Can you use Direct Debit for variable amounts or one-off payments?

Most people know what Direct Debit, and that it can be used to collect regular, fixed payments like subscriptions or memberships but we often get asked about whether or not Direct Debit can be used for anything else.

In this week’s FAQ Friday, Product Marketing Manager, Paul, discusses whether or not you can use Direct Debit for variable amounts or one-off payments, and how this might help your business.

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FAQ Friday – Can you use GoCardless with your existing finance software?

Did you know that GoCardless integrates with major accounting and billing software in the UK, including Xero, Sage, QuickBooks, KashFlow, Zoho and more?

These integrations allow you to process Direct Debit payments from within your existing accounts on these platforms and bring with it a host of other benefits, which can help your business run more efficiently.

In this week’s FAQ Friday, Partnerships Manager, Myles, talks through 3 ways that integrating GoCardless with your billing software can help your business.

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Connect GoCardless with your existing software
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What Brexit means for GoCardless – and our customers

While the dust is yet to settle on Brexit negotiations, GoCardless is prepared for every outcome.

Whatever happens on 29 March 2019, we'll continue to be able to process payments for businesses based in the EU:

  • If, as recent developments suggest, the UK reaches a fully ratified agreement with the EU that includes a transition period, GoCardless will continue to rely on our FCA licence to process payments across the European Economic Area (EEA), under financial services passporting rules.

  • In the event of a hard Brexit or ‘no deal’, we plan to use our French legal entity to serve customers based in the EEA.

We don’t envisage any negative impact on service and we’re working hard to ensure there’s as little disruption as possible for our customers, their customers, and our partners.

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FAQ Friday – What’s the difference between Direct Debit and recurring card payments?

Direct Debit and recurring card payments both allow you to take regular payments, of both fixed and variable amounts, from your customers.

But what’s the difference?

In this week’s FAQ Friday, we talk through the three key differences between Direct Debit and recurring card payments.

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Xerocon London: a human, connected world

A 'double shot of inspiration' for accountants and a 'big family reunion' – just some of the ways our customers and partners described Xerocon London on Twitter last week.

With over 3,000 attendees and 56 different education sessions across 2 days, the show was a celebration of a new world of truly connected finance and accounting.

We're proud to be part of this family of innovators, customers and partners who are changing the face of accounting and finance; and we were thrilled to be named App Partner of the Year for the second year running at the show – a testament to the growth of GoCardless for Xero and the amazing support of our customers and partners.

If you weren’t lucky enough to attend, let us run you through our highlights.

Human at heart

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New trends in automation that work for SMBs

Though automation is usually associated with large corporations, forward-thinking SMBs are discovering that it doesn’t have to be that way. As automation technology continues to grow, it becomes easier to access for companies of every size.

So what are some new trends in automation that SMBs can get on-board with, that don’t require huge investment or resource?

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How to increase automation and efficiency
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Give S(ME) some certainty – late payments more concerning than Brexit, say 41% of SMB owners

Late payments are an ongoing battle for SMB owners, but they’re not just a business pain. New GoCardless research has revealed the real human impact of cash flow uncertainty on small business bosses.

Our study of 250 small business owners found that:

  • 56% of UK business owners have had to use personal or emergency finance to pay for business expenses due to late payments.
  • 80% of respondents couldn’t be sure they’ll be able to pay their bills on time due to unpaid invoices negatively impacting cash flow.
  • 89% of business owners say uncertainty around when payments will come in makes them more stressed and anxious.
  • 41% of SMB owners are more concerned with late payments having a negative effect on their business than Brexit.

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A practical blueprint for fast payment
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