All About QR Code Payments

QR code payments boomed during the pandemic as a safe, contactless payment method. (Truly, they may claim the biggest comeback of the decade.) Now, it’s practically second nature to scan for payments, menus, bus stops, business cards, customer surveys, and more. 

Cheddar Up auto generates a QR code for every unique URL so that you, too, can instantly direct people to your online payment page and custom forms. Read on to learn more about QR code payments and how to best utilize them for your group, non-profit, or small business.

What Are QR Code Payments?

With a QR code payment, a customer scans an image — a QR code — with their mobile phone’s camera to open a web page to pay. It’s an alternative to typing a URL in the address bar. 

Benefits of QR Code Payments

There are several benefits of QR codes payments, including: 


1. It’s easy. No URLs to mistype! Everything is already provided for your customer.

2. It’s convenient. You can (almost) count on two purchasing guarantees these days: People hardly carry cash, and they likely have their card information stored in their phone’s wallet. A QR code payment capitalizes on both, and a customer is more likely to purchase (and do so promptly) if it’s convenient.

3. It’s direct. You want to make the purchasing process as quick and simple as possible — or else, sometimes you lose people along the way. With a simple point and click, QR codes open your payment page immediately, and on Cheddar Up, that’s all you need to make a payment, no additional sign-in required. Less steps = better payment odds.

4. It’s fast. This is especially helpful if you’re at a busy event where people may not be able to linger at your booth. Customers can click and pay without any interaction.

Ways to Use a QR Code

You can use your QR code in many ways, including but certainly not limited to:


• Advertising your event and ticket sales on a flyer, poster, or handout

• Ordering food from your concession stand

• Selling items at a store with a scan-to-pay sign

• Collecting donations at a charity event with the QR code on table tents

• Displaying it on a slide during a presentation for more information

In general, think of it this way: Use a QR code for printed materials or instances where people cannot simply “click a link.” In emails and online promotions, a URL will be a more friendly experience because they can simply click and go.

QR Codes at Point of Sale

Cheddar Up makes it easy for merchants and groups to collect payments not simply online, but also at the point of sale with our card readers and mobile apps. In this case, QR codes can be used two ways:


1. For customers to purchase. Display a sign with your collection’s QR code. It will direct customers to your group’s custom payment page, where they can make selections and purchase from their phones.

2. For volunteers to process point of sale transactions. For in-person sales, like a concession stand or ticket booth, you may have several volunteers taking the lead. Cheddar Up’s POS code enables volunteers to run transactions without needing administrator privileges. You simply need to distribute your group’s POS QR code, and when scanned, it will open the Cheddar Up mobile app so they can begin taking POS payments immediately.

How to Generate a QR Code


It’s simple! At the “Share” step on your collection dashboard, simply click the “Create a QR Code” button. A QR code is great to include on printable materials for easy access.

How Much Does It Cost to Make a QR Code?

Nothing! Creating a QR code to accept payments through Cheddar Up is free!

I’m convinced, I want to do it

Collecting payments for groups is a big job made easy with Cheddar Up — and it’s free!  Create an account, add your items and descriptions, and share the link via QR code, email, or social media. You’re done! You’ve got enough on your plate. Let us help you make payments easy with Cheddar Up.

Collect for FREE

Whether you’re collecting dues and fees, fundraising, managing an event, creating a sign up, or selling something online or in-person, you can do it with a Cheddar Up collection.

You’ll want to ask your group’s organizer for a link. For privacy reasons, it’s not possible to search for this on Cheddar Up.

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