January 5th, 2014 by michaelwschultz

The Most Valuable Thing I Ever Made, A Button

Allow anyone with a debit card to send money through this elegant “pay me” button.

Square is helping a lot of people become entrepreneurs by allowing anyone to pay for goods without having to carry cash around. But what about when you need to give a friend or family member a couple bucks? Maybe you’re paying them back for some money they lent you, or paying your part of the split check at dinner…there are a million reasons you might want to give someone money. If you don’t have cash, or the correct denomination, what do you do?

How Square Works

Send them money using Square Cash, that’s what you do. Cash is a new completely FREE method of sending cash to ANYONE. Yeah, seriously. This is the future folks.

I’ve been using Square Cash for about 4 months now and let me tell you, it’s far and away the most intuitive, elegant solution to the age old problem of giving someone money when you don’t have cash, a check, heck even your wallet on you.

Here’s the gist

Let’s say I owe you a couple bucks for a lunch we had together where you picked up the check because I left my wallet at the office. All I need to do is send you an email (using any email service) with the subject line of how much I want to send ($5) and carbon copy (CC) cash@square.com. You then receive an email from Square stating the amount of money I sent you and a button that says “Accept”.

On the first go around, Square will ask you to register a debit card where you want the money to be transferred. After that, the money will be deposited directly in your bank account within 1 to 2 days. That’s it.

This is great right? Don’t take my word for it, try it yourself. I use it all the time and let me tell you, it’s like living in the future.

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So there are a ton of donation and backing platforms out there, but why not a simple send me money button that could be used for ANYTHING. Embed it on any website, giving others the ability to send you cash for whatever. Maybe it’s for a good cause,or a way to sell your junk, or maybe you ask all your friends to pool together to help you pay rent. This button has a lot of power and I think it’s something that’s been missing in the Square ecosystem.

Here’s how the button works

The button or link is nothing but a simple mailto: link. Mailto links allow you to create an email template inside of a link. When clicked on, users are taken to their email with a pre filled message ready to send. To show off how this works I’ve created an example below.

Make your own link/button

I found a really simple website to help make mailto: links for you. Visit mailto.co.uk and fill out the form, make sure to include YOUR email address in the to field, the dollar amount in the subject field and most importantly add cash@square.com in the CC field. Hit “Generate MailTo Link” and bam, your very own payme link. To turn this into a button, just wrap it around any button you want. I’ve provided a couple of freebies below. :)

Wanna give it a try?

• No Thanks. — Appreciate you being honest. A recommend would be awesome.

• Sure! — Thanks for being awesome ( ^ unlike these cheapskates). You sound like a smart person who understands the worth of a dollar and how it can do wonderful things when pooled together with other like bills. To test the button functionality click on the link below to send $1.Well worth the knowledge you now have, right? You’re a rockstar. Thanks.

Try the demo:

Buttons can also be text links, imagine this link is a hip, sexy button -
Send Cash $1 (command click to open in new window)

Thanks to all of you who got enough out of this article to send a dollar. This is very much an experiment and I appreciate your willingness to participate. I really hope you gained some value from this and are already thinking of ways you can use this button to make your life easier, better, faster…

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