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What are the benefits of integrating a Merchant of Record?

Delve into the benefits of integrating an MoR to support your business and creative professionals.

Kyla Chan
March 2024

The use of creative services has been growing exponentially, more companies are collaborating with influencers, affiliates, animators, designers, etc. Companies that work closely with them often seek efficient, compliant, and scalable payment solutions. A Merchant of Record (MoR) answers these needs, acting as the linchpin for financial transactions, regulatory compliance, and global expansion. Delve into why integrating an MoR is increasingly becoming a strategic move for growing businesses utilizing creative services.

Understanding the Role of a Merchant of Record

Before we dive into the benefits, it's crucial to understand what an MoR is.

For a quick recap, this is what a Merchant of Record in the digital economy covers:

  • Payment processing
  • Financial and data compliance
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Sales tax management
  • Fraud management
  • Reporting and reconciliation

Without an MoR, all of the above would incur additional costs for your company or require additional headcount (plus time and costs to set up and maintain). Although using an MoR might seem more expensive at first, it incorporates everything that you would otherwise be paying for individually and the costs only increase as your business grows.

Financial Efficiency and Transparency

An MoR consolidates various operational costs into a single service, eliminating the need for multiple vendors and systems. This integration not only reduces overhead costs but also enhances financial transparency, providing businesses with a clearer understanding of their financial health.

By managing payouts, MoRs enable businesses to automate and streamline the compensation process for creatives, ensuring timely and accurate payments. It's a cost-effective solution that scales with your business but also allows businesses to focus on nurturing long-term partnerships.

Simplified Global Expansion

One of the most significant benefits of partnering with an MoR is the ease of entering and operating in foreign markets. Expanding to new markets is simpler because of the flexibility of switching payment methods or currencies, without worrying about global sales tax and payment regulations draining your resources. An MoR allows you to support your creatives worldwide, providing a seamless payment experience regardless of geographical boundaries.

Risk Mitigation and Compliance Assurance

Navigating compliance is a complex and time-consuming process, but you can rely on the MoR’s expertise to navigate payment regulations to ensure compliance (reducing the risk of non-compliance). By leveraging an MoR's knowledge and infrastructure, businesses can confidently expand into new markets, knowing that their payouts comply with the latest regulatory standards.

Enhanced Security and Fraud Prevention

Security is a critical concern in the digital economy, where transactions must protect the interest of both business and creative professionals. As an MoR regularly manages sensitive data such as personal information and payout information, they have established security measures in place to ensure that the data of your business and your creatives are kept confidential in compliance with data privacy laws.

To prevent fraud, MoRs, conduct Know Your Customer/Business (KYC/KYB) checks on vendors to verify their identity. Additionally, the MoR can block or suspend users if notified of fraudulent activities. All of this is done to shield both your business and creatives from potential legal issues.

Streamlined Operations

Integrating an MoR simplifies the process from onboarding users to processing payments and ensuring regulatory compliance. By partnering with an MoR, you can effortlessly expand into new markets without the need to invest time in researching local regulations and market conditions. You can operate with confidence that your payouts are carried out compliant with local regulations.

This consolidation eliminates the need to engage multiple vendors for various aspects of payouts, as the MoR acts as a single vendor handling all these needs. Consequently, your team can reallocate resources previously spent on administrative tasks towards strategic growth initiatives and building long-term relationships.

MoRs not only ensure that creative professionals are paid efficiently and compliantly but also enable businesses to expand their reach and operate globally without the added complexity of managing financial transactions and regulatory compliance. As collaborating with creative professionals gets increasingly popular, partnerships between MoRs and businesses will grow as well.

Does an MoR sound like something you might need? Read our guide to choosing the right MoR.

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