18th January 2010
If your business involves money transactions, it is extremely important to have a right credit card terminal for conducting the operations. In the world of today people often prefer to pay with the help of plastic cards instead of physical money or by check, and to deprive them of a chance to make a purchase means to neglect a possible income of yours.
You may hesitate when it comes to make a decision about purchasing a terminal, but in any case you will lose if you do not have an equipment for credit card processing. Monetary cost of this device can be hardly called a bank breaking, but sometimes any additional expense is not desired, that is understandable. The variety of models, styles and sizes available on the market will make it possible to choose an appropriate for your budget credit card terminal.
There is no need to get a sophisticated device with a number of applications, just consider the needs of your business and figure out the features you really require. For example, if you work in a static place, old fashioned devices would be suitable, and even wires would not pose a problem. However, you should consider whether it is convenient and affordable for you to get a second telephone line specially for being able to process credit card. If it is inconvenient, it would be a nice solution to get a wireless device instead. Also, you will be dependent on the electricity in the place where you conduct the transaction. If it is going to be a problem, it would be nice to have an alternative solution for emergency cases, and a mobile credit card terminal would be definitely in handy.
Perhaps you do not have a personal contact with your clients and run your business over the phone or Internet – in this case you do not need an actual terminal at all. Instead, your can have a virtual one by installing a proper software. In this case you type the credit card information and process the transaction with the help of the computer program.
And of course if you have a business on the go, if it involves travelling salespeople, participation in trade shows, exhibitions and fairs, arranging the sales in distant places, providing services in a client's place, a wireless credit card terminal is a must have thing for you.
Perhaps you are sceptic about this device suspecting that it is impossible to conduct the operations out of the GPRS network. Modern items have a special feature for storing the credit card information at once and processing the transaction later, when you are in the range of the signal. The operation gets confirmed at once, and a client receives a printed our receipt, but actually the transaction itself gets finished afterwards.
Speaking of the receipts, make sure your terminal has a built in printer – clients mostly prefer to get the confirmation of the money manipulation from their accounts. And it is great if your credit card terminal has a swiping option and encryption system, to make the process even more secure for the consumers and protect them against possible frauds. Even if this investment requires some capital, with such set of applications and guaranteed advantages the money will be surely returned pretty soon.