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Types of Digital Payments You Can Pay Employees With


Studies have found that globla digital payments will top $6.6 trillion in 2021.

Contrary to what you might expect, it’s not western nations leading the way to a completely cashless society, so don’t expect the USA, UK, Western Europe and many other areas to be the first to achieve the milestone. Developing nations have in many ways skipped the reliance on credit cards and gone straight to new payment solutions.

China, India, Eastern Europe, Africa and other developing nations use digital wallets, mobile payments, and other online payments solutions. Paying in cryptocurrency is not the future. It’s the now!

Tech firms are happy to accept cryptocurrency in payment. Plus when a country makes Bitcoin legal tender you know others are sure to follow this lead – if it works!

Even in the USA adoption of newer payment solutions is at a snail’s pace. For example, paper checks still make up nearly 50% of all business payments even though the cost to the business for using a check is at least $4. Federal Reserve Bank of Philadephia has predicted the end of paper checks will happen by 2026!

Also, 25% of the population couldn’t participate in a cashless payment society in the USA. Therefore, while there are some exciting developments in payment solutions, the following different types of digital payments are for USA businesses.

How Different Types of Digital Payments Work

There are many ways to execute a digital payment. It all depends on how often you will be using it, how large the staff is, and what type of platform you’re comfortable with.

For the most part, it requires linking your bank account or a business bank account to a payroll system and using it to pay employees. Employees typically receive notice of their pending payment through their email, or they will receive the payment immediately via direct deposit.

Benefits of Electronic Payment

There are several benefits associated with electronic payment, including how quick and easy it is to use. Employers can pay workers from anywhere in the world.

Today with remote working, this means as a business, you can create an international team or hire freelancers from other countries. Payments can be scheduled ahead of time, and many payment platforms allow you to create and store invoices, making it an excellent choice for your records.


Direct Deposit

Direct deposit is one of the easiest and most common forms of payment in the US. In fact, 82% of U.S workers receive their monthly payments via direct deposit.

Paying via direct deposit does mean gathering and setting the correct information, such as the employee’s name, account number, and routing number. However, once the set-up is complete, the rest is relatively automated and can be done on its own month after month.

When processing direct deposits, you have the option to choose from an ACH transfer or an EFT transfer. Each has its own set of pros and cons so do your research.

Payroll Cards

Payroll cards are a relatively new form of digital payment that has been catching on more and more. Since direct deposit and other forms of digital payments can often take days to be processed, many employees prefer the immediate benefit of having their pay sent directly to a card.

This is also an ideal choice if you find the majority of your employees don’t have bank accounts. Payroll cards work just like debit cards and can be used to purchase or withdraw funds from an ATM.


PayStand is a new generation platform that is quickly growing in popularity in the world of online payments. That’s because, unlike many other payment platforms, PayStand does not charge its users any transaction fees.

Instead, Paystand users pay a monthly fee. Another benefit of Paystand is the number of payment forms they accept, including e-cash, foreign monies, e-checks, and even bitcoins.


Paypal has quickly become a household name as one of the original online payment systems. With the addition of Paypal Business, small businesses can easily manage their PayPal from any computer or mobile device with the internet.

While Paypal has had its fair share of complaints in the past, especially regarding transaction fees, the site has redeemed itself with some features. The Paypal app even features the ability to transfer funds to your card in minutes for just 25 cents. Plus PayPal has cryptocurrency options for payment and sales.


Square has quickly grown to become a fierce competitor with Paypal. At the moment, Square offers one of the lowest rates on transaction fees and even provides a free online store site for retailers.


Square is ideal for a small staff in processing payroll as it allows for invoices to be created and downloaded.


Stripe has made a name for itself as a powerful checkout platform but can also easily be used to pay your staff. Like Square, Stripe works best if you have a small group of employees as there is a 2.9% plus 30 cent charge on each transaction.

Stripe does, however, work seamlessly on all types of devices, making it easy for you to access your payroll from your smartphone or tablet.


Dwolla is an excellent choice for paying employees as it does not require each employee to go and make an account within the platform. All that’s needed is the employee’s email to quickly send payment.

While the app does not allow credit card payments, it does have some of the most competitive fee prices for online payment. Transactions below $10 are free, and everything else has only a 25 cent fee.


Intuit by QuickBooks creates an easy and seamless payment system that communicates with the rest of your QuickBooks software. This is ideal, as you don’t have to process payroll and then transfer information into QuickBooks.

All of your payment processing, invoices, and tax information will be run through one platform, saving you time and money. This also dramatically reduces the number of mishaps come tax season.

While the software itself may be on the pricier side, its compatibility and the multi-tool effect is well worth it.

Getting Your Business on Track

From knowing which types of digital payment are suitable for your business to learning how to create a powerful marketing strategy, the more time you invest in the details of your business the more it will thrive.

Every step you take will bring you closer to taking your career to the next level, so dive in and meet each goal with confidence.


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