15th January 2010
Providing a credit card processing facility to your clients could prove to be a challenging and sometimes confusing process. There are a host of issues that could crop up, and will have to be dealt with. Here in this article we will discuss a number of these issues, and of course, ways and means of dealing with them.
Now, of course, the first thing that you need to have in place is an acceptance of your business by a reliable and reputable card processing company. A lot of these companies can be very selective about the clients or businesses they take on board. This is of course understandable, as most businesses involved in the world of finance are careful this way. If you think that good credit alone will convince a credit card processing company to take your business aboard, think again – despite your enviable credit rating the company could still turn you down if they do not like the sort of business that you run, or, the sort of processing services that you require. However, there is no need to panic even if this happens as there are a lot of companies out there, and it is more or less inevitable that if you look around enough, you will find one happy to handle your business.
And that is not all – there are even companies willing to provide these services to businesses with a poor credit rating. There are also specialised credit card processing companies who handle all sorts of out of the way methods of processing payments, including payments done in person, payments done over the net, on the phone, or even payments sent in by mail. And of course such companies are also willing to handle non standard businesses. Of course, these companies will not touch anything illegal, and honestly speaking, neither should you. But so long as you above board you should not have any problems finding a company to work with you on this.
There are also 'extra' services that some companies provide. For example, there are companies that are able and willing to handle payments through their merchant account, rather than one in your name. So, if for some reason you are unable to acquire a merchant account for yourself, these credit card processing companies will provide the necessary services to allow you to accept payments. Of course it is needless to say that everything comes with a price, and so does this. These services generally cost much more than the price of operating a merchant account of your own.
So why would you use a service of this sort? Well, if your credit rating is poor, you might find your back to the wall when it comes to acquiring a merchant account of your own, and under such conditions a service of this sort might prove to be both indispensable and truly invaluable, and this despite the increased cost. Again, I would advice you to look around and talk to the representatives of several credit card processing companies and try to acquire the best deal possible. It is no use being able to offer such a service to your customers if you find that in the long run that very service depletes your profits. Patience is key, patience, and the determination to keep looking until you find a deal that suits you, rather than one that nearly transfers your profits into the coffers of some processing company.