Accepting Credit Cards

Accepting credit cards is essential for all consumer and business to business companies.

Accepting Credit Cards

Accepting credit cards is essential for all consumer businesses and most business-to-business companies today.  Merchant credit card processing is the name for the service provided by banks and others to let you accept credit cards at your business. Accepting credit cards is becoming increasingly important for all types of businesses. While it’s true that there is a cost associated with accepting credit cards, those costs have gone down significantly in recent years and pale in comparison to having to deal with a bounced check for a large order. 

When you’re ready to start accepting credit cards, getting started has become very easy.  In addition to almost any bank (ask yours), providers such as PayPal, Amazon Pay, Square and others make it fast and easy.  What used to take weeks only a few years ago, can now be setup in a few hours or less.

Merchant credit card service providers can set your online business up with software tools and shopping cart software to integrate into your website.  For your physical stores or telephone orders, vendors can provide you with point of sale terminals.  They can also provide fraud protection to help ensure that your money is protected.  In almost all cases, funds are deposited directly into your bank account.

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a vendor.  Be sure to take into account the upfront or setup costs, monthly fees, and the per-transaction fee, usually expressed as a percent of the sale.  Be sure to also ask if there any minimum monthly fees and the duration of their agreements. The availability of telephone support and online reports should also be considered.

Accepting credit cards is straight forward and a positive step for your business!

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