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Tate HackertMay 5, 20224 min read

ZayZoon Launches Visa Card to Give Employees Free Wage Access

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Tate is the brain behind ZayZoon, developing the idea of providing access to funds before payday, in 2013. He feels gratified knowing “we get to improve the financial health of people each and every day.” One of his favourite ZayZoon experiences involves a business trip to Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania where he helped film a Holiday Inn Express testimonial video. Wearing a ZayZoon shirt at the local Walmart, someone saw Tate and exclaimed, “Hey, ZayZoon! I use that!"

We launched a Visa® Prepaid Card and Digital Wallet for employees.

Everything we do at ZayZoon is centered around bringing financial empowerment and flexibility to all employees, as a standard benefit. 


This is probably quite obvious. After all, the product that we pioneered, Earned Wage Access, unlocks trillions in wages that employees would otherwise need to wait 2 weeks to receive. 

Sometimes (many times), people just can’t wait 2 weeks. In fact, we polled more than 10,000 responses from ZayZoon customers and found that people need financial tools more now than ever. 

More than 80% of Wages Accessed through ZayZoon are used for short-term, necessary expenses. Less than 3% reported using their early wage access for discretionary purposes.


Alright, so why does a ZayZoon “card” matter?

Three big reasons.

  1. Free access to Earned Wages for employees 😍
  2. Access for the unbanked 🏦
  3. It’s not just a “card” 💳💫


Starting with number 3 first… this isn’t just a card. It’s a full digital wallet that gives employees the ability to get paid, pay bills, and get access to earned wages, whenever they want. Paying with the ZayZoon Card signifies financial relief and the freedom to spend earned wages when employees need it.


Access for the unbanked

14.1 million American adults are unbanked, according to a recent survey by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

That’s crazy.. Right? No bank accounts.. At all.

And it’s even worse for visible minorities. Black (16.9%) and Hispanic (14%) households, for example, are around 5 times as likely to be unbanked as White households. Income level though is what really affects banking. On average, 19% of households with an income of less than $30,000 are unbanked. Those that make more than $30,000 annually? Only 2.4%.

Wait. Why aren’t people banking? Here are just some of the reasons:

  1. Banking can be expensive. Monthly bank fees and minimum balance requirements can make it difficult for people to bank.
  2. Credit or poor banking history can prevent new accounts from being opened.
  3. Underserved communities that live far from a bank branch

    …With the ZayZoon VISA Prepaid Card Digital Wallet, things are a little easier :)

No monthly fees, no credit check, and in less than 90 seconds employees can get a digital card instantly issued for Apple or Google pay (with a physical card delivered via mail a week later). 


Free access to Earned Wages

We’re all about flexibility in how employees choose to access their Earned Wages On-Demand. With ZayZoon, employees have 3 options to get paid.

Realtime pay to their bank account ✅

Realtime pay in the form of gift cards to major retailers (with a bonus!) ✅

And now…free access to wages with the ZayZoon Visa Prepaid Card ✅


How is it free? Because we make money from Interchange.


When you go to buy something at a store, every time you swipe your card the merchant actually pays a percentage of the purchase price to the banks, Visa, the card issuer...


There’s a really good write-up here by Unit, a company that helps businesses similar to ZayZoon offer card solutions to customers with relative ease. For sake of trying to provide a simplified example though, I’ll use Customer Jane.

Jane recently signed up for ZayZoon and received her Visa card both digitally and also a physical card in the mail. Jane decides to take a $100 payout from ZayZoon so she can start spending from her shiny new ZayZoon Visa Card! She goes to buy $100 of groceries at Kroger and uses the card to do so. When Jane swipes her card and pays $100, Kroger actually only gets $97 of those dollars. The other $3 goes to processing fees. Roughly 3% of a purchase.

$1.50 of that $3 is interchange.


How does the ZayZoon Card work?

Firstly, like all ZayZoon offerings, all ZayZoon customers must be an employee from one of our employer partners. Given we can service more than 50% of businesses in America, chances are you’re in luck.

  1. Find us on a lunchroom poster, email, or directly at
  2. Access ZayZoon on the web, or mobile app.
  3. Employees can create their accounts and have funds available in 90 seconds. 
  4. Seriously.
    iphone_13_ZayZoon Card
    Because a business has already decided to make this incredible benefit available to their staff, everything else is turn-key!
  5. Employees choose the ZayZoon Card as a way to get paid, and get access to their earned wages for free!
  6. A digital card is issued immediately, with a physical card delivered in 5-10 business days.

Hopefully, that is helpful in explaining what this new exciting evolution of ZayZoon is all about.

This is one step further in our mission to improve employee financial health and bring financial empowerment and flexibility to all employees, as a standard benefit.

-Tate Hackert

President + Co-Founder