Everyone loves free stuff, right? You can use Stripe’s products without ever leaving the comfort of your browser. The beauty of Stripe is that they give you everything you need to get started in one place. Whether you’re looking to build a basic e-commerce store or want to create a membership site, you have everything you need to get up and running in no time.
Stripe’s checkout flow is pretty straightforward. After you provide your card details, they quickly approve your account and route you to a safe and secure payment page. From there, you can continue to the next step of your shopping experience without ever leaving the comfort of your browser.
Adding Stripe to ClickFunnels is Easy
If you have a WordPress site, you can add Stripe to your account through the ClickFunnels dashboard. Just visit the Settings page and scroll down to the bottom of the page. You’ll see a green icon with an Add Stripe button. Just click that, and you’ll be able to generate a unique token to use with Stripe.
If you don’t have a WordPress site or use a different CMS, you can still add Stripe to your ClickFunnels account by downloading the WooCommerce plugin (free). Once that’s installed, navigate to app>wooCommerce in the dashboard. You’ll see an option to generate a Stripe auth token. Just click that, and you’re all set.
Adding Stripe to your API account is also easy. Just head to the clickfunnels.com domain in your web browser and enter your username and password. Once you’re in, visit the Settings page and scroll down to the bottom of the page. You’ll see a green icon with an Add API Token button. Click that, and you’ll be able to generate a unique auth token to use with Stripe.
If you don’t have a WordPress site or use a different CMS, you can still add Stripe to your API account by downloading the WooCommerce plugin (free). Once that’s installed, navigate to app>API in the dashboard. You’ll see an option to generate a Stripe auth token. Just click that, and you’re all set.
Why Should You Use Stripe Payments Instead of Paypal/Google Checkout?
PayPal and Google Checkout are the two most commonly used payment methods on e-commerce sites. Both have plenty of advantages, but they also have some serious disadvantages. While both are secure and reliable, PayPal can be rather expensive and has a high minimum transaction amount (typically around $20). Google Checkout, on the other hand, has a minimum transaction amount of $2 and is free, but you’ll have to set up a merchant account with them which involves an upfront cost of $2K. (You can find more information about Google Checkout here.)
Because of these fees, many online sellers choose to use Stripe instead. With Stripe, there is no monthly fee for either PayPal or Google Checkout and the minimum transaction amount is only $0.75. Plus, you’ll have the flexibility to use your own card or choose from one of Stripe’s available cards. (You can find more information about Stripe here.)
These are just a few of the many perks that make using Stripe worth it. If you’re interested, just visit this link to create a free Stripe account.
What Is A Stripe Account?
A Stripe account is a free account that gives you access to all of Stripe’s features, including all of their cards. You can use your account to either collect payments or to process credit cards. You’ll need to have a business or personal bank account set up to use as a payment source.
A Stripe account also gives you access to an email confirmation link, so you can quickly and easily confirm your account’s authenticity. If you don’t already have a business or personal bank account, you can open one at any bank. Just make sure that the bank you choose offers the best rates and customer service.
If you’re looking to keep track of your sales and invoices in the simplest and most convenient way, you can use Stripe’s simple invoices feature. Once you’ve created an invoice, you can easily send it to a customer, with payment received instantly. No matter what stage you’re in with your business, using Stripe is simple and straightforward.
How Do I Use My Stripe Account?
In the first step of your Shopify store’s checkout process, you’ll be asked to confirm your acceptance of the terms and conditions. Just make sure you read the T&C’s carefully and click the “I accept” button at the end.
Once you’ve done that, you’ll be landed on a thank you page where you can continue to the next step of your purchase. Depending on whether you’re a business or a consumer, you’ll be faced with slightly different screens. (Consumers won’t see these.)
As a business, you’ll see a payment screen with a drop-down menu of your payment options. Just select either Credit Card or PayPal to continue.
If you select PayPal, you’ll be redirected to their secure payment page. Just enter your email address and password to confirm your identity, and you’ll be on your way to making a purchase.
As a consumer, you’ll see a different screen. Instead of a payment option as an option, you’ll see a button that says “Continue to Shop.” When you click that button, you’ll be taken to a thank you screen where you can continue to shop the retailer’s store or websites.
The key difference here is that as a consumer, you won’t be prompted to enter payment information until after you’ve made your purchase. This can be a safety net for consumers who want to purchase something but are concerned about their credit card information being stolen. (In some cases, thieves can access your credit card information whether it’s stolen or not. This is why it’s important to always put a security code on your credit card.)
If you’ve already made a purchase and aren’t concerned about security, you can continue to shop as usual. Just make sure that you remove all personal information from your wallet before you go to the store. You don’t want to leave any clues behind that can help others steal your identity.
Where Do I Go From Here?
Now that you have a Stripe account, you can start adding it to your ClickFunnels account. Just head to the Settings page in the dashboard and click the Add Stripe button. You’ll be able to generate a unique token to use with Stripe.
If you already have a business, you can go back to the Shopify store that you used to create your account and log into your account. If you don’t have a business yet, visit the Start a Business page to learn more about how to make money online as a business owner.