Can I offer card payments to my customers if I have a mobile business?

In this day and age, more and more customers expect to be able to pay for their goods via a credit or debit card issued by major suppliers (such as Visa, Mastercard and American Express), and that even small businesses are able to accept contactless payments. Following the pandemic, fewer people are carrying cash, which means accepting card payments is vital for your business to grow.

What does this mean if you have a mobile business? Not having a fixed business address can be tricky, so how can you accept card transactions if you’re not connected to a phone line or Wi-Fi?

Find out how you can accept card payments (including contactless and mobile payments such as Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay) whilst on the move by reading below.

Merchant account

To start accepting card payments you will require a merchant account. Without a merchant account, the funds from the customer will not reach your business bank account. The merchant account provides a connection between both parties.

A card payment service provider such as Rapyd can set-up your merchant account for you. Find out more about setting up a merchant account.

Mobile card machines

To take mobile payments on the move you will require a mobile card reader. This compact terminal comes complete with GPRS & GSM connectivity which allows you to accept card payments anywhere within the UK.

Our mobile card machine is secure and very reliable, so you can have peace of mind that you will be able to accept card payments even in remote locations. These devices also accept payments from contactless cards. Your business will also appear up-to-date and contemporary as you will be able to accept a variety of payment methods such as Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay.


There are many benefits for accepting card payments on the move, both for your business and customers. As well as providing a fast, simple, convenient and extremely secure payment method at the point of sale, you’ll also be able to minimize the risk of lost sales if a customer isn’t carrying cash.

If you would like to find out more about Rapyd’s mobile payment options, please feel free to get in touch and a friendly member of our UK team will be more than happy to help.

We offer tailored pricing with no hidden fees, faster settlement times, UK-based customer support and reliable mobile and portable card machines.

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