Merchant accounts are necessary for processing payments whether you have an online store, a storefront, or both. You need to choose a merchant account that will fit all of your needs, be affordable and reliable. You also have to consider the fact that when you apply for a merchant account the company you apply with is going to want you to have decent credit and low risk. If you don’t have decent credit or have a high risk business there are some alternatives such as high risk merchant accounts.
Merchant accounts can be hard to come by if you have had problems with a merchant account in the past or if you run the following kinds of businesses:
- Travel agencies
- Amusement parks
- Bail bonds
- Pawn shops
- Cell phone sales and/or service
- Consultation services
- Dating and escort services
- High ticket items for sale
- Home businesses
- Used cars
- Gyms or other weight loss centers
- Check cashing/Payday loan companies
If you own a business like the above you will need to look into companies that will deal with high risk merchant accounts. Don’t be discouraged, there are those companies willing to take a chance, you just may pay a little more.
To avoid having problems with your merchant account be sure to offer your customers clear guidelines regarding returns and refunds (store credits are best), read the fine print in your merchant account agreement (too many problems are caused by people who didn’t read these terms and conditions), ask your merchant account provider if they have special services for new businesses or small businesses that may help you.
The key is to shop around and find what suits your needs and get it for as little money as possible. Merchant account fees can really add up so be sure to do your homework.