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Small Business Merchant Accounts

by: Shane Penrod
A small business merchant account may be just what your company needs to edge out the competition. If your customer base is growing or they are asking increasingly for credit payment options as well as for information about your products and services, a merchant account can answer their questions and help to grow your business while leaving your competitors in the dust.

It is easy to apply for a small business merchant account. Just find a merchant account provider, which you can do by searching the Internet using relevant key terms. Browse the many sites offering this special type of commercial status before choosing one. Terms and fees vary a great deal, so you want to become knowledgeable about your choices before signing the contract. You may become tempted to take on more than a business the size of yours really needs at this point. Donít be misled by all the bells and whistles that are available. Stick with the basics when you start out, and add other options only when they are truly needed and when you can afford them.

Companies offering a small business merchant account are usually banks and other financial institutions. Typically they look for a companyís good credit history, the ability to make payments on the merchant account, and avoidance of questionable commercial activities like spam or telemarketing. They are willing to extend credit to small business owners who demonstrate good business ethics, who have made good use of resources to date, and who have developed a sensible growth plan for long-term goals. Often, the application can be filled out online and submitted electronically, and you may receive an answer within a matter of hours. Then you can immediately purchase or lease credit processing equipment like a credit card processor, electronic or wireless, as well as check and debit processors, pagers, and other types of technical equipment that will upgrade your business into a higher professional realm by dint of efficiency and speed capabilities.

Your small business merchant account will help you set up an Internet Website to promote your business internationally. Customers from around the world can browse the site any time of the day or night and shop without the hassle of finding the store closed or associates unavailable. With your convenience credit processing option, they can order a product or service and pay by credit card, facilitated by the underwriting bank or financial institution that authorizes MasterCard or Visa coordination and then pays you via an account transfer. All you really have to do after setting up the site and keeping it upgraded via service personnel is to make occasional equipment checks and then withdraw income from your merchant account.

A merchant account gives a small business owner the freedom to conduct business like a professional, using the same equipment and services to attract and serve busy customers. Others in your field who donít have a merchant account may lose clients to your company when you upgrade to the use of time-saving technology. Check out the advantages along with the responsibilities of opening a small business merchant account.

About the author:
Shane Penrod is the founder of Merchant-Acount-Quotes.com Specializing in allowing merchants the ability to shop and compare multiple quotes from national merchant account providers. For free quotes on merchant account rates and fees, please go to http://www.merchant-account-quotes.com


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