Business owners can expand their horizons by accepting credit cards. Credit cards may be accepted in a store front or on a website or blog. Many blogs charge companies to place a link (even if it’s within the copy) on the blog, and other blogs simply need to accept payments for services they provide. Here are five cheap payment processors for in-store payment processing and online payment processing curated by some of my favorite folks at CreditCards.co.uk, a UK based website designed to provide help in choosing a card based on your personal circumstances.
FreeAuthNet.com is an affordable payment processor which is commonly used for retail stores, restaurants and of course Internet businesses. The company offers low rates and dependable service. FreeAuthNet.com works with processing banks to negotiate the best possible rates available. There is no risk to sign up for FreeAuthNet.com, and clients can cancel at any time without any penalty.
Rates: The discount rate is 2.04 percent, and the per-transaction fee is $0.24. These fees are some of the lowest in the industry. The set-up fee, license fee and application fee are free. The annual fee and the check-by-phone fee are also free.
2. Flagship Merchant Services
Flagship Merchant Services is affordable and reputable. The company has been recognized by numerous authority publications in the industry. Customers are not required to sign a lengthy contract. Most merchants sign up for a month-to-month service. Clients have nothing to lose by trying the service because there is no termination fee associated with the account.
The account can be canceled if the business suffers financial difficulty or if business owners prefer another credit card processor. This particular payment processor does not have a specific mobile application nor can it accept international credit cards.
Rates: Rates start from 0.38 percent.
iTransact is one of the most affordable credit payment processors. Business owners can use the Perl-based shopping cart called RediCart. RediCart is designed to accept credit cards, EFT payments and checks.
Only three small PERL scripts are required to install this cheap payment processor on the website. The header and footer HTML pages are included for quick set up. Cart contents can be tracked with the customer’s IP address.
Rates: There are not any per-transaction or usage fees associated with this payment processor. All payments can be processed through a SSL server. The application is available free of charge.
4. National Bankcard
National Bankcard is another reputable payment processor in the United States. The tool accepts credit and debit cards from customers. The company has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and is known for providing exceptional service. Currently, the company serves retail stores, ecommerce businesses, restaurants and other industries also.
Rates: Rates range from zero percent to $0.25. The services can be obtained without paying a setup fee.
5. Merchant Express
Merchant Express is accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and is one of the top-rated credit card processing companies. This company offers numerous solutions for its customers. Both wireless and phone processing are available. Point-of-sale terminals are also offered by this company. Clients have nothing to lose by trying Merchant Express. The company offers a 30-day risk free trial.
Rates: Merchant Express rates are significantly below industry average. For instance, the retail account rates are 1.69 percent, and the retail transaction fee is $0.19. There is no annual fee, no application fee, no setup fee, no programming fee, no monthly maintenance fee, no Authorize.net transaction fee, no shopping cart fee or no overlimit fee.
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Author: Amanda DiSilvestro
Amanda DiSilvestro gives small business and entrepreneurs SEO advice ranging from keyword density to recovering from Panda and Penguin updates. She writes for the nationally recognized SEO Company HigherVisibility.com that offers online marketing services to a wide range of companies across the country.