Lightspeed has partnered with Stripe to offer eligible businesses access to quick financing through Lightspeed Capital. If you're looking for a quick influx of capital to expand or renovate or whatever plans you might have in store for your business, Lightspeed Capital offers you a quick and easy path forward.
If eligible, you will be contacted with a few different offer amounts and can choose the amount that works best for your business. The offer will outline how much you are eligible to receive and what the flat fee is. You'll automatically pay down the amount owed over time through a percentage of the card payments you process on Lightspeed Payments. Once you’ve been approved and you've accepted an offer, you’ll typically see the funds in your bank account within 1-2 business days.
Lightspeed Payments subscribers are automatically reviewed for eligibility on a daily basis, and you will be contacted via email if your business qualifies for an offer. The criteria for eligibility is based on a number of factors including your transaction volume and your history with Lightspeed Payments.
Offers will remain available for up to 30 days, after which the offer will expire and you will be reevaluated for eligibility as before.
You can navigate to Settings > Capital to see if you are currently eligible for financing.
Accepting an offer
If your business is eligible for Lightspeed Capital, you will be contacted via email with your personalized offer. Your offer will outline:
- the financing amount: the dollar amount that will be deposited into your bank account
- the flat fee: the fee you'll pay over time in exchange for the advance -- there are no other fees and there is no interest
- the total amount owed: the sum of the financing amount and the flat fee
- the repayment rate: the percentage of your daily card transactions processed through Lightspeed Payments that will be withheld to pay down your financing.
For example, you may receive an offer that looks something like this:
- financing amount: $17,000
- flat fee: $1000
- total amount owed: $18,000
- repayment rate: 7%
If you accepted the example offer above, you would receive $17,000 in the bank account associated with your Lightspeed Payments account along with your usual payout. Stripe would then withhold 7% of your daily transaction total in addition to the usual processing fees until you've paid down the total amount owed of $18,000 (the $17,000 advanced plus the $1,000 flat fee).
Regardless of how long it takes you to pay down the total amount owed, you will never be charged more than the financing amount and the flat fee. There is no deadline to pay down the advance and there is no accrued interest or late fees. You’ll repay automatically over time through the portion of your transactions that are withheld according to your repayment rate. This repayment process will begin automatically 1-2 business days after the funds have been deposited into your account. The more card sales you process through Lightspeed Payments, the faster you'll pay down your financing.
If you would prefer to pay down even faster, you can arrange to make manual payments in addition to the withheld amounts. To do so, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and request a manual payment. Stripe will make the arrangements with you.
Please note that repaying early does not guarantee subsequent financing offers. Accounts are automatically reviewed for additional offers on a daily basis and we will reach out to you via email if you qualify for any additional offers.
You can see a daily summary of your repayment progress on the Payouts report by navigating to Reports > Payouts within Lightspeed Retail. There you will see how much of your daily transaction total has been withheld for repayment. At any time, you can see how much of the advance is left to be repaid by navigating to Settings > Capital > View Offer.