Allowing Customers to Use Credit Cards for Transactions

As a small beading business owner, it's important to make the most of your opportunity to expand beyond your target market. While it's crucial to focus on this audience, it's also essential for you to try to expand your client base in order to grow as a company.

Whether you operate your small beading business online or at commercial space, your customers are going to want to be aware of the the payment methods available to them. This means you're going to have to make a few big decisions: what payment methods do you intend to be options for your clients? Are you going to allow credit and debit cards?

There are a number of benefits to giving consumers the option to pay with credit. First of all, it's assumed in this day and age by most people that they will have the option to use their card while shopping. Credit allows consumers to buy things and pay for them later, which can give them more of an incentive to make impulse purchases.

Many customers prefer to pay with credit.

For instance, if a customer walks into your store and wants to buy an item with your card, it may be problematic if the option is unavailable. Some customers may even put the item back and simply leave, causing you to lose out on business.

To make sure you aren't turning away potential clients, you can offer the option to pay with a credit card at your small beading business. However, there are a few steps that you must complete in order to make your goal a reality.

First, you must determine who you want to work with to carry out your services to your customers. Entrepreneurs must settle on a merchant account provider (MAP) to serve as the middle man in between transactions. The MAP will bridge the gap between the business and the clients' credit cards.

There are a number of MAPs to choose from in the industry, and each company has its pros and cons. Specifically, every MAP will be different according to price. The MAP you choose to work with will depend on a few factors.

First, consider the various types of processing methods that MAPs offer. For instance, some companies offer automated processing, which means that a customer's credit card transaction will be carried out while they are in the midst of doing business. Some MAPs have manual processing, which means that the credit card transaction will go through once data is received over the course of a few days. Express services, which allow the customer to be present as the transaction is being processed, typically cost more money.

Once you have decided on a MAP for your small beading business, the next step is to read the fine print before you sign off on the agreement. MAPs have a series of fees that they charge business owners in order to drive an income. For instance, you may have to pay a transaction fee for every customer that makes a purchase with a credit card. Although it might only be a few cents each time, the fees can quickly add up and pile onto your expenses.

You will have to consider the equipment that you intend on using for your credit card transactions as well. The MAP you are working with will need to be compatible with your e-commerce software and vice versa. Also, be aware that the MAP may charge you for using equipment that they provide to you per the agreement.

Remember, everything is negotiable before you sign the contract. Because MAPs are constantly in competition with each other for your business, they will be flexible when it comes to terms and conditions. You may be able to fight for lower fees prior to making the agreement official.

There are a number of benefits that come with allowing consumers to use credit cards, but as an entrepreneur, you must be fully responsible for your actions. The U.S. Small Business Administration reminds company owners that they need to make sure that all credit card transactions are secure.

When personal information falls into the wrong hands, it can quickly result in identity theft for a consumer. For this reason, many small beading business owners choose to make their company "cash only" to provide the maximum amount of safety for clients.

It's important to remember that allowing credit card transactions will also add to your bookkeeping responsibilities. You will need to stay on top of these types of payments, in addition to any other forms of cash you accept, in order to keep your finances in check. However, the pay-off in the end can help your small beading business become a prominent company in the industry.