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Amidship joins forces with Stripe to bring e-commerce to service-based professionals

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Amidship joins forces with Stripe to bring e-commerce to service-based professionals

Canada NewsWire

A new partnership to help service-based professionals accept online payments and reduce friction at checkout to all their customers.

TORONTO, July 31, 2018 /CNW/ - Amidship, a Toronto-based turnkey platform that allows service-based professionals to schedule their time, manage their online presence, and accept digital payments all in one place, today announced that it has joined the new Stripe Partner Program as a Verified Partner. With only 3% of GDP online, the goal of the program is to increase internet commerce by helping companies start, run, and scale their businesses.

Amidship partners with Stripe (CNW Group/Amidship)

Amidship is an online tool developed specifically for service-based professionals such as makeup artists, cleaners and tutors. It provides the customer with a website, time-management software, and the ability to accept digital payments, so that running a service business online is as easy as ABC...

Attract clients using the website. Use it to promote services, business hours, contact information, photo galleries and more.

Book client appointments instantly using the scheduling tool, or allow them the flexibility to book it themselves.

Charge for services, and manage finances without any fuss.

Founder and CEO, Rida Al Barazi, had the idea to build a web-based service that that helped automate, manage and administer a business in a simple and organized way. The idea evolved when he noticed that small business owners and freelancers were underserved in this area. He decided to refocus his efforts, and create a simple and affordable tool that solved this very real problem. The result was Amidship.

Stripe is a technology company that builds economic infrastructure for the internet. Millions of businesses of every size use Stripe today to accept online payments and run complex global operations. More than half of Stripe users double their monthly payments volume after two years.

"Partners have integrated with Stripe for years—more than half of our fastest-growing users take advantage of one or more Stripe extensions," said Claire Hughes Johnson, Stripe COO. "But as Stripe is increasingly getting pulled up-market, our users have asked for an easier way to discover new partners and new applications. That's why we're excited Amidship is joining forces with us today to provide a better overall experience for the millions of businesses scaling on Stripe."

With almost two-thirds (62%) of Amidship's entrepreneurs accepting online payments for their businesses, seamless interactions, flexibility and security are key success factors. "We're thrilled to be one of the first to join Stripe's Partner Program," said Al Barazi.. "Our mutual customers benefit from the combination of Amidship's e-commerce platform for service businesses, with Stripe's seamless payments platform. We're excited to support the program's long-term mission of bringing more commerce online and growing the GDP of the internet. Together we can streamline the essential components of running a small business, helping it be more successful."

Thanks to Rida's regular check-ins with customers, he has learned that this success is evident. A Saint Lucia based make-up artist says: "Amidship allows me to take care of everything in one site, from basic website information, to keeping track of appointments and sales, as well as submitting invoices to clients...I absolutely love it!"

Looking to the future, Amidship's goal is to facilitate and streamline the small business owner's relationship with their clients from start to finish, becoming the only tool a business owner needs to be successful. Amidship's partnership with Stripe brings them a step closer to achieving this goal.

Amidship with Stripe payments is now available to entrepreneurs selling services in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, France, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. For more information visit: http://bit.ly/ams-sales

About Amidship

Amidship is an online tool developed specifically for service-based professionals, allowing them to connect with customers, sell (and get paid for) services online, and manage time - all in one place.

Amidship is based in Toronto, Canada.

About Stripe

Stripe is a technology company that builds economic infrastructure for the internet. Businesses of every size—from new startups to public companies like Salesforce and Facebook—use the company's software to accept online payments and run technically sophisticated financial operations in more than 100 countries. Stripe helps new companies get started and grow their revenues, and established businesses accelerate into new markets and launch new business models. Over the long term, Stripe aims to increase the GDP of the internet.

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