More and more people use their credit card when they go shopping or eat out. The simple explanation for that is we don’t carry hundred dollar bills in our wallets wherever we go. If you plan to open a business, it is important then to open a merchant account.
Now some people think that this is costly. Is that true? The answer is no. You just have to look for them and compare their rates before selecting which one to use.
You will be surprised to know that it is better to open a merchant account not from a bank but a private enterprise. This is because private enterprises that engage in this kind of business are more high tech than some banks.
Another thing that may shock you is the fact that most banks that encourage clients to open a merchant account outsource the entire operation to a merchant account provider.
If this is case, why go through the bank when you can work directly with them?
To find a merchant account provider, you have to check with the Better Business Bureau so you are only working with one that is legitimate.
Once you have found a few, ask about their fees. Don’t be fooled if the rates are lower than most because there could be hidden fees. You should also find out if the merchant account provider requires you to pay a security deposit. It will be great if they don’t.
If things do not work out, you should know right now if the merchant account provider offers a 100% money back guarantee.
You should also ask about their customer services practices and how efficient is their technical support.
A few examples of merchant account providers which you can transact business with include ClickBank, Digibuy, PayPal, Ebid, and Moneybookers.
The best part is that they all accept credit card payments.
The best merchant account provider to get is the one that guarantees security for you and your customers. So consider that when you are looking for one to accept credit card payments.
If you are still unsure which merchant account provider to get, do some research and read what other people have said about them. You will find a lot of these on the web and if there is nothing negative, use your gut to make that important decision.
Electronic commerce is expected to grow and the sky is the limit. At the end of 2006, online transactions exceeded $1 billion so you can just imagine how it will do in the years to come.
Forecasts estimate that there could be a decline this year due to the economic crisis but believe things will rebound in the long term. The so called “economic crisis” is simply part of the business cycle and things will get better by the first or second quarter of 2009.
A merchant account is needed if you decide to open your own business. This is more of a necessity if you plan to sell items online because your customers will not be able to pay for the goods through cash.
While bank to bank transfers and money transfers around, there have been incidents which have given them a bad name so why go through all the trouble when there is a way to do this efficiently and securely through a merchant account.