Small Business Card Processing Made Easy

By Elavon Merchant Services

WE Source outlines what you need to know in order to choose the best credit and debit card processing services for your business.

No matter how your business came to be, there is one thing you share with 30.2 million1 other small business owners: you must be able to accept card payments. An innovative payments technology will help support your day-to-day operations, while providing your customers with convenient, efficient card processing. When choosing a card processor for your small business, there are some key factors to consider, including technology, security and branding.

Keep up with technology

Technology is evolving at a pace that we’ve never experienced in the payments space. Whether it’s the newest smartphone technologies or cloud-based systems, it is important for small businesses to stay current. Creating a seamless, consistent experience across channels, such as in-store, mobile, mail/telephone order and online – is essential for acquiring new customers and retaining existing customers.

An mPOS could also potentially increase sales – 28 percent of retail workers say it has increased the number of products a customer buys

Your brick-and-mortar location is still a key place to make sales and build relationships with customers. But events and festivals offer opportunities for expansion, enabling you to promote your products/services while on the go. You may need solutions that let you accept payments while away from your physical location. Consider a mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) solution that is portable and integrated with an existing POS system.

An mPOS could also potentially increase sales. Capterra’s research indicates that 28% of retail workers believe it has increased the number of products a customer buys. 62% of those employees also said mPOS devices make their work easier.2 Enabling employees to sell more is a win-win for any business.

Protect customer data

While the ability to pay the way they want is important to consumers, security is perhaps even more critical. Seventy-five percent of U.S. consumers said they will not buy from a company that they don’t trust to protect their data.3 So, in your search for a trusted small business merchant processing provider, you should consider which solution has the most comprehensive security, with the easiest implementation and maintenance.

If you don’t already have point-to-point encryption, tokens and EMV, your security data is at risk. According to the Ponemon Institute, the odds of being breached are 1:4.4 If your business experiences a breach, the payment card networks will hold you responsible for your fraud losses and incurred costs. It is better to proactively avoid spending time and money to resolve the aftereffects of a breach with multiple layers of security.

Stay true to your brand

“Consistency is the key to successful branding…the brand promise must be clear with every interaction each stakeholder experiences,” according to Forbes.5 Consistent branding across all channels will ensure a homogenous customer experience. When you are choosing a payments solution provider, look for one that offers the option to white label – promoting your brand above its own.

As a small business owner, being able to focus on your business goals and your passions is important to your success. When you partner with an experienced merchant processor, you can be confident that every aspect of your card payment processing – from technology implementation, to data security, to branding - is under control.

About the author

Elavon Merchant Services

For the last 25 years, Elavon has helped more than one million customers around the world grow their business through payments. Their flexible, secure and innovative payment solutions help businesses attract and keep customers, develop partner relationships, process payments and simplify operations. 

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