A PayPal or Stripe account is only required if you want to accept payments online through AthletaDesk. If you don't want to use this feature, you don't need to create an account. You can use all the features of AthletaDesk and still accept cash or checks from your athletes.

The main benefit of using PayPal or Stripe is that it eliminates some data entry and provides your families with a convenient method of payment. (AthletaDesk can automatically capture the transaction details from PayPal or Stripe and add them to your account.) If you take an offline payment (such as cash or check) you manually add this information to your AthletaDesk account.