Getting Started with PayFast to Accept Customer Payments

It’s time to go back to basics. If you have just started an online business, let’s face it, you need to get paid. Navigating the world of online payments can be a daunting process. That’s why PayFast aims to make it as easy as possible to get started and start accepting online payments within a day.

So, let’s get to it. The first thing you need to do is register online. You can choose to register as an individual (person or sole proprietor), business (companies registered with CIPC/CIPRO) or registered NPO or Cause. Once you’ve registered, PayFast will need to verify your account. To do this you need to submit FICA like documents online. (Handy Tip: It helps to get these ready before you sign up to make the process even quicker. Check out the list of documents you need to apply.)

Once you’re registered and have been verified by PayFast (which can be done within 24 hours), you’re ready to accept payments online.

The best part about PayFast is the various ways you can get paid. PayFast’s Request Payment feature allows you to get paid without the need for a website. It’s really that simple. Of course, if you do have a website, you can integrate PayFast by choosing one of over 70 shopping cart platforms. Lastly, if you need something a little more flexible, PayFast can also build a custom integration into your website. By using our developers page, any developer can easily integrate into a custom built site. If you’re feeling overwhelmed at this point, don’t worry, you can contact our brilliant support team on support@payfast.co.za or 0861 729 327 to guide you every step of the way.

Lastly, let’s talk about fees. PayFast has no signup or monthly subscription fees, we only charge transaction fees. These are the entry level fees so once you start increasing your transaction volume, fees can be reduced.
With that, there’s nothing more to say other than give it a try and register. You can also browse the PayFast blog to find some interesting articles about the online payments landscape.