Getting Started

Starting a business online can be a daunting task involving the planning and researching of exactly what services your business needs. Then the process of setting up the multiple relationships with the number different the services providers, causing you time, hassle and unnecessary expense. CashFlows removes many of these barriers by providing your business with all the services it needs to begin trading online, saving your business time and money.

Online Business Growth Guide

To help you get started we have also produced a Business Growth Guide providing you with help and advice on everything you need to know when you're looking at starting or growing your business online.

Online Business Growth GuideView the Online Business Growth Guide

Business Growth GuideDownload the Business Growth Guide (PDF 1.27 MB)

Outset Online

Looking for further support to get your business off the ground? As a CashFlows customer you can apply for 12 months free access to Outset Online, a step-by-step online programme offering business support. Filled with over 140 video tutorials and a variety of quizzes, guides and downloadable resources it covers everything from sales and marketing to cash-flow forecasting. There's also an online community of business owners and mentors to connect with. 12 months free access is provided free of charge for a limited time thanks to UK charity The Outset Foundation*.

*Terms and conditions apply. See for more details.

What you need to start an e-Commerce business

Whether you are just starting up your business or wish to add e-Commerce as a payment channel, there are four key elements that your business will need.

Company Website Company Website - this will allow shoppers to browse your business’ product and services and by adding a shopping cart facility you can enable shoppers to make an order and pay online.

Payment Gateway Payment Gateway - this is integrated to your websites shopping cart and securely sends online payments details for authorisation to your merchant account provider.

Merchant Account Merchant Account - is a type of bank account specifically designed to receive the funds from credit and debit cards and is completely separate from your normal business bank account.

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How card payment processing works

The following presentation details the process flow on how card payment processing works:

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