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How to accept hassle free Direct Debit and card payments

For us, it is really frustrating to see businesses who are still operating but unable to take card payments or direct debit payments for recurring or subscription based products.

We are going to introduce a couple of solutions on this post.

We are not affiliated with either business and only writing this post to help other like minded small businesses and hope you find the information useful.

  1. Go Cardless. If your business offers regular and recurring invoices for services or products that are charged weekly, monthly, or annually then this service will probably be a good fit for you.

We use this service as it’s integrated with our accounting platform Quickfile.  You can set it up easily to receive payments from customers on your invoices. It gives us the opportunity to set up the payment via Direct Debit.

For more information and to see an overview click here



2.  SumUp. If you want to take card payments with no subscription or line rental, wherever you are (great for stationary stores or for mobile sellers, market stalls, pop up shops and more) then this solution is great.

Albeit, the majority of payments we take are still by cheque (or PayPal), we do have and use the app provided by SumUp occasionally. It ties in well with our accounting software, see above, and allows you to take card payments with no hassle whatsoever.

There are some restrictions, such as countries you can use the product, but for the UK, there is no problem at all.

When we first signed up, there was no requirement for the card reader, and I believe we still have the original product, so have to check if that still works… will update the blog when I have checked!

Ultimately, there is no reason at all, why any business has to limit itself by not accepting direct debit or card payments! Both the above provide mobile apps for Apple and Android and therefore catering for just about anyone.

Running Mavericks with Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac

osx_hero_2xI made it my aim this week to set up Mavericks, the new release of OS X, within a Parallels VM.

Firstly, I was trying to get it running without the newly announced client.

I had read the KBs on the Parallels web site which announced that you couldn’t install the new OS from a DMG directly but you had to have a VM with OS X 10.8 to then upgrade before going ahead (you can find that KB here).

Below are the steps I took.

1. Downloaded the NEW Parallels client designed to support Mavericks. This was version

Build 8.0.18494 / (Revision 886912; June 17, 2013).

Download Here.

2. Install OS X Mountain Lion. You can do this quite easily using the Parallels wizard (it uses the installer from the recovery partition). Make sure all updates are installed.

3. Download the Mavericks 10.9 Developer Preview and copy this to the Mountain Lion VM.

4. Very Important -> Move the Mavericks installer app to the ApplicaMavericks in Parallelstions folder on the Mountain Lion VM.

5. Run the Mavericks installer app from Applications in your Mountain Lion VM; run through the installer, selecting Macintosh HD as the disk to install to. It will begin the installation and will restart. This takes some time. It took me about an hour.

6. That should be it, your OS X VM should have now restarted and updated correctly to Mavericks.

Please do leave comments and I will try my best to help where possible.


Apple Software – Tiny Grab

Tiny Grab
Tiny Grab

We landed upon this recently whilst looking for a piece of software that would conveniently allow us to take a screenshot and upload it online and enable us to share that link with others – instantly.

Enter Tiny Grab, developed by Company52, which allows you to do all the above seamlessly and effortlessly. What’s even better is the fact it doesn’t cost a penny which is something we really appreciate.

Some of the features include the following:

  • Automatic Image Uploading
  • Quick Image Sharing
  • Custom Server Uploading

Tiny Grab can be downloaded for Mac from http://tinygrab.com/download.php and for iPhone from the App Store

Free Antivirus For Mac

Avast! for Mac

You would be pretty naive to think that Apple Macs are bullet proof now. With their increasing popularity (which I love) they are becoming a bigger target for people to attack.

Therefore we recommend that you install some software (no need to pay) that will help keep you Mac protected…

With each new install of the Operating System Apple have been locking the system down and improving the security but it’s worthwhile loading some extra software so you don’t get caught out.

Sophos for Mac has been around for a while and generally works very well…. but another one you could try is Avast! Free Antivirus for Mac – see review here: http://www.macworld.co.uk/macsoftware/reviews/?reviewid=3367786

Here’s a link to download from CNet: http://cnet.co/SPsquV

Stay safe and happy computing!

No Drag’n’Drop in Disk Utility when booting from CD

The family Mac Mini has just been upgraded from having a 60GB HDD to a 500GB Drive. I went through the usual spiel of creating a disk image using Carbon Copy Cloner and saving that to an external drive.

We then removed the drive and put the new one in, booted from the original Mac OS X install CD that came with the Mac and attempted to restore the DMG that was on the external drive.

We selected the source (the image we had created) and then did as it said, attempt to drag and drop the destination drive to the field it told us to drag it to. But alas this wouldn’t happen.

After becoming increasingly frustrated I decided to do some power-Googling and it turned out that the 2006 year Mac Mini was supplied with an install DVD that had in fact got a bug – in that there was no way you could drag and drop with the graphical interface.

So this is where the following post came in useful – here!

Luckily you were still able to restore using Temerinal, huzzah! And if that link gets moved here it is for future:

Update: Using the asr function worked perfectly. Remember to first mount your image using Disc Utility on the Install DVD, then quit Disk Utility and go to Terminal (also on the DVD).

Type in “mount” to see the mounted disks and their /dev points.

I had to use the option –erase because without it, it would not copy (not enough disk space), but it may work either way for you. Now knowing that it works 100% perfect (and fairily fast for ~56GB restore image) I would recommend using –erase to erase the target disk before restoring.

asr restore –source [source dev entry] –target [target dev entry] –erase