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How To Choose A Payment Processor By Ryan J Bell

Choosing a payment processor for your business requires more than a casual glance at features on a brochure. It's a decision that can have a long-lasting effect on your business. Most merchant account providers require you to sign a contract. If you decide to switch providers before the contract expires, you could be subject to a sizable termination fee. That's why it's important that you take the necessary time to uncover the right payment processor for your business. Below, we'll provide you with a blueprint of how to select a merchant account provider. Where To Look For A Merchant Account Merchant accounts are available from a few different sources. Most small business owners first approach their bank. If you have an existing relationship, your bank may be able to offer a package that's designed to grow with your business. If you're unable to secure a merchant account from your bank, you can use an ISO (Independent Sales Organization). An ISO is a broker. They usually represent several different credit card processors. Alternatively, you can often find a trade organization which offers credit card processing services to its members. Shopping The Fees The amount of fees you'll pay for each transaction should be a primary factor in choosing a payment processor. While the fees seem small, there are many of them. They can easily add up to a staggering amount. Try to identify the merchant service providers' fees for each transaction. They're often disguised behind the discount rate. They can play a major role in the profitability of each transaction you process while your contract is in effect. There are many other fees that you should ask about while researching providers. They include authorization fees, statement fees, batch fees, customer support fees, chargeback fees and an early termination fee. You may be surprised by how different they can be amongst several providers. Track Record And Customer Service There are thousands of companies who would like to sell you a merchant account. Some of these
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companies are far better than others. Before you sign a contract, you should find out how a payment processor's track record compares to its competitors. Have they been providing the service for years? Do their customers tend to renew their contracts? Also, note their level of customer support. Try to contact a few of their current customers. In the event that you have an issue with your payment processor, you want to have confidence that the issue can be resolved quickly. Don't Lease The Equipment Often, a merchant service provider (or a salesperson who represents one) will encourage you to lease the credit card processing equipment. They'll make the offer sound attractive, but you should consider buying the equipment. The terminal and software required will likely cost under $300 to own. A leasing contract on the same equipment is often designed so you can't terminate the contract without paying a large cancellation fee. In the end, you may pay nearly $1,000 for the equipment. Getting A Good Deal To find a reputable payment processor, identify and compare individual fees amongst several providers. Look closely at their track record and customer support. Contact a few of their current customers to ask them whether they're satisfied with the service. Finally, avoid leasing any of the equipment you'll need to process credit card transactions. With due diligence and a little effort, you can find a payment processor that will work with your business rather than against it. This article is brought to you by PaySimple, a leading provider of merchant account and ACH processing services. Check us out online at http://www.PaySimple.com

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Three Top Tips For Processing Credit Cards Online By Andrew Jamaz

Signing up with a third party credit card processor is simple. All you need to do is select the right third party processor. The processing company will take care of all the tranactions made at your site and will frequently also manage any instances of credit card fraud. It's important to recognize that not all these credit card processing companies are the same and you should do your homework carefully before you opt for a particular one. Here are some tips to assist you. Tip 1: Consider your needs and those of your clients. Think about your particular needs and those of your market. Does your business have a high level of international customers? If so, be sure a payment processor that will be willing to manage different countries without restrictions. Will you be taking advertising on your website? Some companies like 2Checkout have a large a long list of products you're not permitted to sell through their systems, and a second list of "risky" products that require prior approval. Are you just setting up your business or are you established? Look into start up costs and calculate your operating costs accordingly. You may want to go with a free company like Paypal or a different Internet-based credit card processor. Tip 2: Always have a backup processor. If you choose Paypal you should have a back up service provider: paypal is famous for determining that you are in receipt of a lot of transactions and just freezing your account. If you have a product which could be a smash hit be wary and have a 2nd payment processor ready. This will also add to your integrity in your customer's opinion and you'll increase your sales. Tip 3: Pay attention to fee details. Be sure there aren't any hidden fees. Some creditcard processing companies will make the whole thing look attractive up front, however when you look closer you will see that you have to pay unexpected each month. Worse still you may even have to pay extra fees when you earn less than a certain amount. If you are a brand new business you do not want to get ensnared with this arrangement. Be sure the business is not going to bind you in a yearly commitment. You do not know what your situation will be in one year or how good the new company might be. Try to find a solution that will let you change whenever you want to.

Compare third party merchant account services at the 3rd Party Processors website: http://www.3rdpartyprocessors.com/

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