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YouPay: How to get your boss to pay for your stuff

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Woman online shopping and cash using YouPay
You can now do you online shopping and send your full cart straight to someone else. (Source: Getty)

It’s just become a whole lot easier to hit up your workplace for a standing desk or box of pens while working from home.

A new payment platform called YouPay allows online shoppers to load up a cart then create a shareable link they can send to someone else to buy it for them.

Brisbane-based founder Matt Holme says the payment platform makes a lot of sense in the new era of flexible working.

He says in the past, employees would just help themselves to the stationary cupboard to grab extra highlighters and post-its.

But now, with people working at home or in dispersed office spaces, he says people can no longer raid the shared stationery cupboard and need their own supplies sent to them.

Using the new payment platform, teams can create order links straight from their full online shopping cart for the accounts team to approve and pay.

Holme says there’s a waitlist of more than 200 companies keen to install the payment system, including clothing brands Soda Shades, Apéro Label and LSKD.

There's also Indigenous clothing and homeware brand Yarn, workwear-focused TradeMutt and Melbourne-based not-for-profit HoMie on the list.

Suitable for gifting to fussy recipients

Gifting is the other obvious use case for YouPay. In fact, Holme got the idea for the business 18 months ago when trying to buy a present for his wife.

He wanted his partner to be able to choose her own item but found there was no way of transferring her stored cart information to him from her device.

As they live in the same house, it wasn’t too much trouble for Holme to plug in his card details in her device. But for people living apart, it’s not so simple.

Of course, it’s always been possible to buy a gift or item and send it to someone. But Holme says it’s always been a painful process where you need to get their address and phone number and other information.

He says allowing people to pick out what they want is a realistic way of gifting, and is certainly less wasteful.

The tool is also useful for charitable organisations looking for a safe and secure way to accept donations from people.

Holme also says the payment system has been really popular with content creators who may want to accept gifts from fans without giving out their real names and home addresses.

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