Start Doing Internet Credit Card Processing

In order for you to initiate an internet credit card processing, you need to have an internet merchant account. This is the first requirement if you wish to process credit card payments. In fact, when you have an internet merchant account, you are able to initiate international credit card processing and increase your profits.

Your merchant account receives all internet payments made for you products. In order to qualify for this account, you need to meet basic requirements particularly if your business has relatively low monthly sales like $5,000.00. Your merchant account provider shall guide you through the process.

The basic requirement are that you need to be a U.S. citizen, have a U.S. checking account, and have a U.S. postal mailing address for the business. You should also not have an active bankruptcy, not have credit card fraud or financial fraud conviction, and not be on the list of Terminated Merchant File or MATCH file.

The MATCH file is similar to a credit-reporting agency. It is a file compiled by the credit card associations, and it contains information on businesses that have failed to handle their responsibilities on merchant processing. Before you can start the internet credit card processing, you need to remove your name from this list, if at all.

At times, some merchant providers request additional information like tax returns, proof of corporation, partnership, limited liability or non-profit status. You will also be asked to present previous processing statements, checking account statements and trade references.

When you have chosen your merchant account provider, you need to understand beforehand the expenses that you should expect. Payments, such as transaction fee, internet discount rate, statement fees and monthly minimums, chargeback fee, and reserve, shall be made.

The transaction fee is the amount charged by your merchant account provider for each credit card authorization that is made through your merchant account. It includes the internet credit card processing and international credit card processing transactions. The internet discount rate is the percentage—ranging from two to three percent—that is taken from every online transaction. It is higher than a retail card-swipe rate due to the higher risks associated with internet transactions.

The statement fees are charges made by your merchant account provider for your merchant account. At times, some account providers charge you a monthly statement minimum. A chargeback fee is given when consumer claims that their credit card has been charged and the merchant has not delivered the good or performed the service. The merchant bank will send you a notification if there is anyone who disputed one of your charges. You will also have the chance to dispute the chargeback by providing proof—such as invoice—that the product was delivered.

The reserve fee is only applicable if your business is considered risky or your credit—including the sales from internet credit card processing—is less than the average. It is an amount of money, usually 5% of your sales volume that is held in an escrow account for 180 days, after which, the amount is released to you.

Through an internet credit card processing system, your business profits are enhanced. Customers from across the world are able to shop online at your store. This is one of the best ways to control your payments and to be protected against payment fraud.