Launching an online business? Payments just got easier.

I’ve helped a few people figure out how to sell their products and services online. One friend had a store selling really nice children’s clothes from some really great scandinavian bands. Another was selling music that they made at home. Recently, I was having a conversation with someone that wants to take payments in order for providing listings on their events-based website.

All of them faced a similar challenge. How do I set my website up to take payments? Doing this either requried PayPal, or something far more difficult and convoluted to arrange. So, when I saw ReadWriteWeb’s post about some new sites that make it easier for you to take payments online. I thought it could be interesting to people in my circle.

These are all pretty cool. In essence, they take all of the complicated stuff away and make it easy for online merchants to take people’s money. Here are the four services mentioned in ReadWriteWeb’s post (link is above).

  • PintPay – takes a percent plus a transaction fee (but they don’t charge you anything until you’re making at least $300/month)
  • Chargify – takes no transaction fee, just a monthly subscription based on the number of customers that you have “transacting”
  • Recurly – is a combination of monthly transaction fee plus monthly fee based on the number of transactions
  • Cheddargetter (which is my favorite of all of the brand names) – Is free to start, but then is a Monthly fee plus a transaction fee.

If you’ve got something to sell online and want to get up and running quickly, this could be an interesting option. As you can brand up your “payment page” and get it going.

Anyone tried something like this? It would seem to be a great way to be up and running quickly with an online business.

You might find me selling something soon… watch this space.

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Broadcast your own festival video!

I read on (via a contact of mine in the mobile industry) that Apple have released an App that will let people use their iPhone camera to stream HD video at the iTunes festival (where Paul Simon, Foo Fighters, and Raphael Saadiq are among those performing).

This is pretty cool, as it means that we’ll be able to see this event as it’s happening, but also be able to see it from a number of different perspectives.

I saw DJ Jazzy Jeff at the Jazz Cafe in London a couple of years ago. The gig was epic, my friends and I left sweaty, tired and without a voice… exactly how you want to feel after the gig. I took my camera and shot some videos from our vantage point… but I always wanted to be able to link my video footage with some of the other ones (even Jazzy Jeff’s own video)that I saw of the gig, in order to make my own “multi-camera” video of the gig… to remember my night out, and to be able to share it with friends. (Many people don’t realize just how amazing Jazzy Jeff is on the turntables… so if you’ve never seen him spin, you don’t know what you’re missing).

If Apple are smart (and they usually are), they’ll release something that lets you edit footage from multiple people’s feeds in sync to make your own concert video. This will spark a different type of sharing, and something that should benefit everyone involved… the artist, the venue, the iTunes store, and the fan… that’s a win win situation.

It would be cool if Apple could integrate this with CollabraCam and allow people to link up and actually run a “multi-camera shoot” during the Festival. But either way, having all of this content shot and streamed from all of these cameras should be a really great way to engage with the festival.

Another idea would be to integrate it with something like b@tv … to let people tag and comment on the videos, adding that social layer to the whole thing.

Now that would be really fun… at least for a music loving techno geek like me… and a few others I know, like Kate – who I met at a Snoop Dogg gig and who was shooting some very cool videos, which she has on her YouTube page.

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