Square announced the launch of Square Cash for businesses in the U.S. Until now, the product has only been available to individuals.
The company appears to be trying to kill checks, and so far, it’s made a pretty big splash in peer-to-peer payments. Square Cash only launched in late 2013, and it is already processing over a billion dollars a year.
With Square Cash for businesses, Square deposits payments directly into your bank account (rather than a holding account), and offers a professional rate of 1.5%.
To go with Square Cash, Square is giving businesses a new service called $Cashtags, which serve as unique identifiers that let anyone create a personalized name while getting paid privately and securely. Businesses can post these anywhere so people know Square Cash is an acceptable form of payment.
“Businesses aren’t being paid by just their friends and family,” the company says. “They need to market themselves to everyone, without necessarily giving away private information like their e-mail address and phone number.”
It uses $ErinHills and $SunsetPhotography as examples of $Cashtags monikers. Here’s a closer look:
Nonprofits like Wikipedia, (RED), Khan Academy, The USO are also using $Cashtags.
You can claim a $Cashtag in the Square Cash app or by going to cash.me.
The company notes that you can use $Cashtags on social media profiles (including Pinterest) and at the end of YouTube videos.