Credit and debit cards are a common payment method favored by many customers. It has become an expectation that your business will accept cards, a standard you are all too familiar with if you must repeatedly explain to customers that your business accepts cash only. Luckily, accepting credit and debit cards is as easy as partnering with a credit card processing company.
This guide will walk you through the ins and outs of the credit card processing industry, and highlight the important factors you need to look for when choosing a card processor. It will also cover the different credit card processing platforms, from point-of-sale systems to mobile devices.
How do you accept credit card payments for your small business?
Accepting credit and debit cards begins with selecting a processor. To choose the one that is best for your business, it’s important to understand the different types of companies that are out there. In addition, you should always look for a credit card processor that offers low rates, few or no fees and month-to-month contracts.
Unfortunately, the credit card processing industry is a crowded field that can often be confusing to navigate. With varying pricing models, complicated fee structures and different types of processors for different platforms, it can be a gargantuan task to find the right partner for your business. Breaking the process down into several steps can help simplify your decision-making:
- Determine the type of processor you need. Choosing the type of credit card processor you want to work with is based on two main factors: whether you want to partner with a service for individuals or businesses, and your average monthly volume of credit and debit card payments.
- If you’re an individual accepting payment from a handful of trusted sources, using a peer-to-peer application like Venmo is