Friday, October 17, 2008

Accepting Credit Cards

So your customers are complaining that you don't accept credit cards. What do you do? Well you can accept cash only, or break down and get a merchant account. A merchant account will allow you to accept all major credit cards MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover.

The first thing the merchant account provider will ask is what kind of business are you doing. They are usually broken down in to three major categories. ecommerce and internet, retail, mail order telephone (moto). Depending on what type of business your doing and how your doing it will affect the prices you receive.

eCommerce and Internet
When doing e-Commerce type transactions you'll need a Virtual Terminal and a Payment Gateway. These should be included in your merchant account. The Virtual Terminal is like a credit card machine but for the web. The payment gateway allows you to perform transactions on your website.

Retail Credit Card Processing
Normally for businesses with a POS terminal. The terminal will allow you to swipe a credit card at your point of sale.

Mail Order and Phone
These types of transactions can be either done on a Virtual Terminal or physical terminal.

Quick Books Transactions
Quick books is a popular accounting software among small businesses. The software covers most types of businesses and allows you to perform transactions from within it.

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