Payment Facilitation (PayFac) is a service provider for merchants that want to accept payments online or physically.
A Payment Facilitator provides merchant accounts in near real-time to businesses that want to process credit card payments. Payment Facilitators are able to quickly onboard new merchants because they are onboarded as sub-merchants of the PayFac, not as merchants of the Payment Processor.
Find a processor that will sponsor you as a PayFac with a member bank and the card associations.
Pass an extensive underwriting process.
In most cases, put up substantial cash reserves and personal guarantees with the bank or processor. Additionally, you must develop credit underwriting guidelines and anti-money laundering policies.
Ensure that you have the internal capabilities and infrastructure required to manage settlement funds to your downstream customers.
Hire staff that are experts in acquiring customers to sell, implement, support, and manage the day-to-day activities of the payments business.
Ensure that payments operations are in (and remain in) full compliance with PCI & other mandates, which can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.
Becoming a PayFac requires building and investing in multiple systems.
PayFacs have ongoing legal requirements to maintain their good standing and credit requirements with acquiring banks and card networks.
The Electronic Transactions Association (a professional advisory group from payment processors, banks and card networks) strongly recommends engaging these industry experts and legal counsel to ensure compliance and adherence to laws and guidelines.
It’s estimated that payment fraud increases at a rate of 41% every two years.
Roughly 40% of consumers who commit fraud will do it again within 60 days.
Payments.com estimates $7.2 billion will be reported in fraud by 2020.
Find an acquiring bank. As a PayFac, you must approach acquiring banks with a business plan to establish a partnership. Next, get sponsored to facilitate payments for your customers.
Integrate your payment platform and gateways to provide functionality for your customers to process online payments.
Obtain Level 1 PCI certification to ensure data security. You are required by the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard to be certified, which may also include Mastercard and Visa (EMV or chip) certification if the PayFac supports in-person transactions.
Create underwriting policies and systems to ensure only legal entities that comply with card network and acquirer rules are onboarded. Your system and employees must:
To mitigate risk, you will need to a build a system with internal policies to conduct due diligence. Your PayFac system and staff will need to:
Submit registrations and apply for any additional required licenses such as:
Build automated customer dashboards, payout systems, and dispute management processes to handle chargebacks.
Update and Monitor Risk Systems: Perform due diligence, monitor customer activity on an ongoing basis and mitigate risk as needed (e.g., apply processing caps, delayed funding, or reserves).
Pay out Funds to Customers: Ensure customers are paid their earnings on time.
Maintain PCI DSS Compliance: Ensure the platform remains compliant even as data flows and the customer experience evolves. Some card networks require PayFacs to submit quarterly or annual reports or complete an annual on-site assessment to validate ongoing compliance. Renew PayFac registration and licenses: Re-register as a PayFac with card networks annually and update or renew MTLs on the required cadence
|DESCRIPTION||TIME REQUIRED||ESTIMATED COST|
|Acquirer Sponsorship: business plan + attorney fees||2 – 6 months||Varies|
|Payment Gateways||1– 6 months||Varies|
|PCI Compliance||2 – 4 months||$40,500 – $600,000|
|Merchant Management Platform||8 months – 1 year||$500,000 +|
|Compliance System||1 – 7 months||$300,000|
|License Fees||6 months – 2 years||$1,000,000|
|Estimated Initial Cost||>$2MM|
|DESCRIPTION||TIME REQUIRED||ESTIMATED COST|
|Merchant Onboarding||ongoing||$5 per merchant|
|Risk Monitoring and Mitigation||ongoing||$250,000 + (1 FTE at $150,000 per year and 1 risk analyst at $100,000 per year)|
|Fraud Prevention||ongoing||$0.04 – $0.10 per transaction|
|Chargeback Management||ongoing||$15 per dispute|
|Funds Routing and Payout||ongoing||$0.25 per transaction|
|Reconciliation/Reporting||ongoing||$5 – $225 per form + $100,000 per year 1 Finance FTE|
|Annual PCI Validation||ongoing||$200,00 per year|
|Renew PayFac Registration||ongoing||$10,000 + per year|
Now that you know the significant amount of time and money needed to become a PayFac, with our partner (PayFac-In-A-Box™), software companies can receive the benefits and functionality of being a PayFac without taking on the responsibilities attached to being a PayFac.
Whether your application demands a hosted pay page or you require the flexibility of taking payments mobile, we have a solution for that! We are innovators of cutting-edge payment applications and technologies. Gain access to SDKs written for each API in the newest and most common coding languages.
Automated enrollment tools eliminate the onerous process required to set up your customers. Access a unique boarding API to help you board one customer at a time or millions. You won’t see this elsewhere!
Like every business out there, software companies are always trying to find ways to earn incremental new streams of recurring revenue.
Even if you currently have a payments solution in place, how many of your customers are actively using it? To put that in perspective, let’s assume that you have 1,000 customers using your software, chances are you are not earning any residual income on even 10% of them. What if there is a simple way to move that 10% to 80%, or more?Would that be of value to you?
Below is a realistic example of how Usio PayFac-In-A-Box™ will dramatically impact your bottom line simply by partnering with us. We do all of the heavy lifting, directly increasing your net income. Take a look for yourself:
Let’s say you have 1,000 customers currently using your software and 80% start processing payments (800 customers.)
Those 800 customers process $20,000 each per month for a total of $16MM in processing volume every month.
That $16MM turns into a net take-home income of $64,000 per month, or
$768,000 per year for you. That is right, we said $786,000 per year in your pocket.