It’s Here: The FreshBooks Card Reader – The Best Way To Get Paid On The Spot

March 2, 2016


Have you ever been with a client who was ready to pay, but you had no way to accept their payment? You had to wait for them to get home so they could pay you from their computer, which wasn’t convenient for either of you – or even worse, they got home and forgot to pay you right away. Never worry about that again with the FreshBooks Card Reader.

Now you can order your very own FreshBooks Card Reader so you can easily accept credit cards wherever business takes you, quickly and securely right from your iPhone, iPad or Android Phone. No more waiting for your clients, running to the bank to deposit checks or having to carry around wads of cash. Just fire up the FreshBooks app, plug in the reader and take your customer’s payment on the spot. The entire process, from plugged to paid, takes less than a minute.

FreshBooks mobile gives you the freedom to invoice anywhere

Plus you’ll keep your business safe and secure by being able to accept the new standard chip credit cards as well as the older magnetic stripe swipe cards.

Developed and designed by FreshBooks, the Card Reader is powered by FreshBooks Payments and integrates seamlessly with your FreshBooks account. This means:

  • The FreshBooks Card Reader works right out of the box
  • Automatic recording of payments and transaction fees
  • Automatic deposits into your bank account
  • Automatic payment receipts sent to your clients
  • Award winning customer support

Why Should I Care?

Many businesses are becoming more and more mobile – working from home or a coworking space, meeting clients at coffee shops and making phone calls in the car. Your accounting already keeps up with your mobile workflow with the FreshBooks app and now your payments will too.

No one wants to meet with a client who is ready to pay, send them an invoice and then have to wait for the client to get to home to their computer before they can pay you. With the FreshBooks Card Reader you’ll be able to accept payment from your client right on the spot and have everything automatically recorded in FreshBooks – with no set-up required on your end.

Why it’s important to accept chip cards

EMV Chip Card

The FreshBooks Card Reader is one of the few mobile card readers that’s prepared to accept both the new EMV chip cards and the older magnetic stripe cards. EMV cards are more commonly referred to as chip cards – they’re the ones with the fancy metal chip on the left-side. As of October 2015, businesses have been required to accept more secure chip-enabled credit cards.

Why this matters for you: credit card companies have shifted liability onto businesses themselves. If you swipe a chip card instead of ‘dipping the chip’, you and your business are on the hook for any fraudulent transactions, not the card companies. Fret not – the FreshBooks Card Reader is ready for you to dip the chip on your clients’ cards so you can get paid quickly and securely.

How Can I Get it?

You can order your FreshBooks Card Reader directly from your FreshBooks for iPhone, iPad or Android app. Ordering is easy.

  1. Open your FreshBooks app and tap on the Settings Menu (Gear Icon) in the top-right
  2. Tap on “Order Credit Card Reader”
  3. Enter your ordering info and a reader will be on it’s way to you in a jiffy

Order Credit Card Reader

Note: Don’t see the option to order a reader in your app? If you’re using an iPhone or iPad head to the app store and make sure you have the most recent version of the FreshBooks app. You must be running iOS 8 or higher to use the FreshBooks Card Reader. If you’re using an Android phone you must be running Android 4.2 or higher and have the most recent version of the app.

How much does it cost?

The FreshBooks Card Reader itself costs $29 to purchase and comes with a one-year warranty. Visa and MasterCard payments cost 2.7% + $0.30 per transaction and AMEX payments cost 3.4% + $0.30 per transaction.

Order Your FreshBooks Card Reader Today

FreshBooks Card Reader

Fire up your iPhone, iPad or Android app and order a FreshBooks card reader to start accepting payments wherever business may take you.

Questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out to a Support Rockstar at 1-866-303-6061 or you can send us an email.


about the author

FreshBooks is the #1 accounting software in the cloud designed to make billing painless for small businesses and their teams. Today, over 10 million small businesses use FreshBooks to effortlessly send professional looking invoices, organize expenses and track their billable time.