While looking out for a merchant account provider, one may come across a suitable list which may seem perfect. The merchant account provider usually advertises a minimal set up cost, but will contain many hidden chargers. There are equipment fees, transaction fees, maintenance fees, etc. which will add up to the total cost. Therefore, the best option is to do a thorough research before settling on a particular merchant account provider. Hence, it becomes a necessity to select an account provider who looks after the business requirements. Making an informed choice will only add to the profits in the future.

A merchant account provider can be zeroed upon only after a suitable merchant account is selected. One must understand that a merchant account provider only provides payment processing and does not offer the provision of a merchant account, or vice versa. This means that a merchant account provider could be a bank that gives a merchant account, or an independent sales organisation which processes the payment made by credit cards via the internet.

Hence, a person will eventually come across terms like Merchant Service Provider, Independent Sales Provider, and Merchant Account provider. One must be able to distinguish between these terms in order to run a business successfully. The best known payment processor is the bank. It is the most dependable and safe option to start merchant accounts. The Independent Sales Organisation, also known as the 3rd part Merchant Account Provider, allows businessmen to exercise their accounts with a flexible fee structure. These account providers are preferred by the internet and international merchants. The term “Merchant Service Provider” is used to refer to all kinds of merchant account providers.

The following key points must be kept in mind before a merchant account provider is selected:

-      As a trader, the provider must offer facilities to accept both offline as well as online payments from a global debit or credit card and must not limit to a few payment options such as MasterCard and Visa.

-      A merchant should find details about phone sales, retail and internet transactions and have knowledge about the cost incurred for each of these entities.

-      The rules, regulations and the fees applied on the different kinds of transactions such as mail order, telephonic, in person, and internet must be known by the merchant.

-      Once a merchant account is put in place, the trader needs to find out whether the merchant account provider will offer automatic processing of the merchant accounts or whether there is a separate system for activation.

-      A trader should know if secure internet payment gateways and a SSL security system will be offered by the merchant account provider. One must also know if these facilities are covered in the fees.

-      A merchant should know if the software and hardware requirements will be looked after by the merchant account provider or not.

Hence, these factors will give a clear view to the merchant before he selects a suitable merchant account provider.

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