If you are a small business owner or someone who works out of your home, wouldn't it be great if you could accept credit card transactions? Well, now you can! All you need is a merchant services account and a little bit of ingenuity.
Anyone who wants to become eligible for credit card payments must be approved for a merchant account. Fortunately, many banks and lenders are willing to work with you to provide this service when you are able to convince them that your company is stable and that you can pay your bills on time. Finding a merchant account lender is a lot like opening a credit card account. You want the highest credit limit with the lowest interest rate. In the business world, however, it is usually a good idea to go slow and build your investment as profits begin to increase to justify the cost.
You can accept credit card transactions in a variety of ways through your business. The easiest way is to install a basic credit card processor so customers can swipe their favorite plastic card and push "yes" to approve the transaction. You print the receipt (which can be done through the processor terminal's printing function) and the deal is done. Now you can join the big league merchants whose sales are going through the roof with the help of credit card processing equipment. If you are in the delivery business with products like pizza, dry cleaning, or even pet sitting, you can take along a wireless credit processor and have your customers sign at the point of sale. You won't have to wait for the monthly payments or chase bounced checks anymore when you implement credit card processing options. Many customers prefer to pay with plastic at the time of purchase and be done with it instead of waiting for the bill to come in the mail, which then might get lost or misplaced--or never paid!
Another way to accept credit card transactions is by telephone. You can get a system hook-up that will let customers call your company at a toll-free number, order their merchandise by keying product codes or speaking to a company representative, and then keying a credit card number or giving it to the company rep. Even if you opt for an automated system that doesn't require a live human staff member to interact with the client, you may want an employee on stand-by in case of problems or questions.
Perhaps the best way to accept credit card transactions is through a company Website. You can either design your own or pay a Web consultant to create one for you. Then register a domain name, pay a host site, and you're in business. Customers can find you by using search engines with which you register. There are a number of marketing ploys you can use to bring the search engines to your company. When customers find you, make them want to come back by offering helpful advice, free tips, or product details. Any way you do it, customers will love you when you accept credit card transactions.