When you choose to expand your e-commerce business, you will surely be investing in online merchant accounts services. The ability to accept credit cards online can greatly affect your business’ profitability and stability. Online merchant accounts can provide these benefits and more. Choosing and applying for the best merchant account, whether it be a domestic service or an offshore merchant account, is as important as the money you will make from this investment.
Initially you must decide whether you will be choosing a domestic merchant account service or an offshore merchant account. While many domestic businesses have a good track record and accountable individuals, it can often be difficult to be accepted. Many require that your business has been operating for over two years, a major pitfall for a company starting out needing to accept credit cards. It can also be difficult to be approved for or even considered for a credit card merchant service in the US because of the initial down payments some require. Some banks ask for as much as a $5,000 just to glance at your application. If these requirements do not seem feasible for your situation, you may choose to look into an offshore merchant account.
In addition to the aforementioned requirements for an online credit card merchant account, you may be asked by your provider to pay a fee of up to $5,000 per month (depending on your credit card sales volume) for their services. You must start your business with and maintain an exceptional credit rating. Many banks and merchant account services hold the ability to cancel your account at any time due to a fluctuation such as a credit rating drop. Furthermore, if you are operating a high risk business online, it may be difficult to find a service that will sponsor your earnings. High risk businesses include timeshare organizations, collection agencies and gambling agencies. If you are running other questionable services such as chat rooms or online video entertainment, it may still be possible to obtain an account, but you will likely have to pay high service charges.
For your e-commerce business, you must have your website run from an IP address within the United States to be eligible for a US Bank merchant account. All transactions must be conducted in US dollars and you must have a US address and bank account already withstanding to even be eligible for your online merchant account. While eligibility depends on various factors, maintaining a good business image, credit rating and relation with your investors and banks will all aid you in receiving merchant account support and services.