recieving payments as an unregistered business

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Im trying to enable shopify payments to make it easier on my customers and it says i need a companies House Registration Number which I absolutely dont have and im not looking to do any of that.  Im not trying to go full time with the business, just sell a few art prints. Is there a way to take card payments without registering the business? Im based in the UK.

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Hi @deadgirldrawing ,
This is Theodore from PageFly - Shopify Page Builder App.

You don't necessarily need a registered business to take card payments in the UK for your art prints, but there are trade-offs:

  • Use Payment Processors: Square, Stripe, PayPal offer options, but with potentially higher fees and limitations.
  • Sell on Marketplaces: Etsy, Amazon Handmade handle payments (with commissions).

Consider the Downsides:

  • Higher fees than traditional merchant accounts.
  • Possible account holds to verify your activity.
  • You're still responsible for taxes on sales.

Registering a business might be better in the long run for:

  • Lower fees.
  • Increased credibility with customers.
  • Protection of your personal assets.

Best regards,
Theodore | PageFly

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