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The level of control Direct Debit gives merchants makes it perfectly suited to recurring payments and invoicing. Its 3 day payment cycle makes it less suited for payments where instant clearing is required.
Direct Debit is great for…
Account customers who have an ongoing relationship with the merchant. Direct Debit automates the collection process and lets customers simplify the way they pay. Wholesalers are a good example (read Has Bean Coffee's story).
Direct Debit isn’t so good for…
Transactions which need immediate clearing. Direct Debit payments are not instant - see our timings guide for more info. For urgent payments consider Faster Payments or Instant Bank Pay when funds need to arrive on the same day, they are sent.
Liquid assets and high value goods, such as cars or currency. The Direct Debit Guarantee could make these a target for fraudsters.
Direct Debit payments through GoCardless
Our simple online interface makes it cheaper and easier to access and use Direct Debit than ever before:
Online businesses: We are the leader in online Direct Debit, with a simple API that integrates with your website & CRM. This automates the manual processes associated with other providers.
Invoicing: GoCardless has partnerships with Sage, Xero, FreeAgent and KashFlow to reconcile your Direct Debit payments automatically.
Small businesses: Set up online in under 5 minutes with our simple online interface.
Click here to find out more about collecting Direct Debits with GoCardless.