Every business in today’s world needs to accept credit cards. If you’re not accepting credit cards, you’re going to find that you’re going to lose out on a ton of business. What you’re going to want to do when you start up your business is find a reliable, and affordable merchant credit card processor.
How can I find one?
There are many ways that you can take in order to find a processor that works for you. What I want to show you today is how you can find the best, and most reliable one for your small business.
Ask other business owners: Hop on a message board online, or go down the street from your business, and chat with other owners. They don’t even need to be your competitor. It’s a great way to network, as well as learn how to save on your systems. Ask them who they use ,and how much they pay. Take notes, and try to ask at least 10 people. The more you ask, and the more information you gather, the better idea you’re going to get.
Research on the web: Most major banks will offer a credit card processing service such as Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and more. If you want, you can check directly with the banks on the Internet, or if you want to, you can check with the individual places as well. What you’re going to find out that the individual processors are generally a little cheaper, but a place such as Bank of America, is going to be more flexible in terms of support, if you do indeed need something ASAP.
When you’re researching these places, you’re going to want to look at the following..
- Fees – What are they charging you?
- Who do they accept in terms of brands? (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, AMEX)
- How are their reviews online?
- What kind of merchants do they work with?
- How long have they been in business?
- What kind of equipment can they give you?
- What makes them unique?
Write down the pros, as well as the cons, and this should give you the best choice online.