FreshBooks, the #1 cloud accounting software designed exclusively for service-based small business owners, today announced the release of the FreshBooks Card Reader for Android. FreshBooks' first piece of hardware, the Card Reader helps small business owners accept credit card payments from anywhere using their mobile device.
Offering the most up-to-date EMV security technology, the FreshBooks Card Reader provides dual chip-and-swipe capability to protected small business owners from fraudulent transactions. Credit card information is not stored on the device and is encrypted for security. EMV capability is more important than ever before following the recent liability shift from credit card companies to business owners in October 2015.
This release follows the launch of the FreshBooks Card Reader for iOS earlier this year. In February, FreshBooks noted that more than 68% of the Card Reader's earliest users were already using EMV chip technology and similar high adoption rates are expected for Android users.
"Chasing checks is never fun and there's enough to worry about when you're running your own business," said Mike McDerment, co-founder and CEO, FreshBooks. "Whether you're a plumber, lawyer, graphic designer or dog walker – getting paid for your work shouldn't be a hassle, and it shouldn't come with risk to your business. The FreshBooks Card Reader is designed to make it simpler than ever before to quickly and securely accept credit cards from your clients on the go."
Another plus for busy small business owners, the Card Reader is fully integrated into FreshBooks' cloud-based accounting software, so with each transaction, payment information is automatically captured; invoices are instantly marked as paid, clients receive a payment notification, and reports are updated. Additionally, the Card Reader will be supported by FreshBooks' award-winning customer support team, and powered by FreshBooks Payments, so users can accept Visa, MasterCard and Amex cards from their clients.
"Small business owners are some of the busiest people on the planet," said McDerment. "It's important that when they need help with something as critical to their business as getting paid, that they're able to reach help within a couple telephone rings. Quick access to competent and friendly support is the foundation of FreshBooks."
The FreshBooks Card Reader recently received a 4.5 out of 5 star review from PCMag, and is covered by a one-year warranty through FreshBooks. The device is available in the US for $29 USD.