September 26, 2016
Written by
James Davis
Written by James Davis
Senior Technical Writer at United Thinkers

Author of the Paylosophy blog, a veteran writer, and a stock analyst with extensive knowledge and experience in the financial services industry that allows me to cover the latest payment industry news, developments, and insights. Read more

Reviewed by
Kathrine Pensatori
Product Specialist at United Thinkers

Product specialist with more than 10 years of experience in the Payment Processing Industry. I help payment facilitators and PSPs solve their various payment processing issues. Read more

Creating Your Own Payment Gateway: 3 Complexities You Must Overcome

Most companies rely on third-party vendors to provide their payment gateway software. But isn’t it possible for a company to have its own payment gateway? Setting up your own payment gateway is a bit like reinventing the wheel since robust and full-featured solutions are available. However, it’s possible to build your own platform if you have time and resources. If you have a team of programmers at your disposal anyway, you may think it’s worth giving it a try. After all, building software is what these people do all day long, right? But there are some complexities when setting up your own payment gateway that goes beyond programming.

Three Issues You Can’t Control

Here are three specific areas where your payment gateway project might get hung up because of circumstances beyond your control:

1. Building banking relationships. Relationships between key players in the banking industry and your company aren’t something that happens simply because you request integration. Banks can be very slow to deal with new integrations, perhaps because they realize how many existing gateways are in the marketplace. You could wait for years just to get some banks to turn their attention to your needs.

2. Dealing with government regulations. Meeting government requirements in the financial industry is a real hassle for any business. First, you’ll face the hassles of compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. PCI compliance is a complicated audit of any company to make sure fraud-prevention efforts are in place. Even when you’re doing most things right, meeting PCI compliance requirements can be difficult.

3. Working globally. If you plan to accept payments from outside the United States, you’ll face more challenges. There are additional banks to deal with, often in foreign languages. And there are additional governmental regulations you must understand and work within. Again, even if you follow the rules, you can get in bureaucratic processes and slow-response situations that can derail or delay your project indefinitely.

Nevertheless, some companies have succeeded in setting up their own payment gateways, and you may be able to succeed as well. But this is the expensive process and your company may not want to devote its time and resources. Or could you better serve your clients and your stakeholders by sticking to your primary business? It’s a decision you will have to make before setting up a payment gateway.

Finding A Way To Have Your Own Payment Gateway

One alternative is to rely on a versatile commercial open-source payment gateway solution that can meet your needs right out of the box. The UniPay gateway from United Thinkers is a great choice. And since its open-source, your programmers can examine the code, alter and enhance it. Or you can let United Thinkers adjust the product to meet your specific needs.

If banking and governmental feet-dragging threaten your own payment gateway plans, remember that UniPay from United Thinkers offers you an alternative. Why not contact us now to learn more about it?

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