When you are building a business, you want a solution for accepting payment online that is reliable and looks professional and trustworthy to clients. We have switched providers as we have grown to accommodate different levels of service and higher numbers of transactions.
For many business owners starting out, they go for the smaller solutions. But the truth is, many of these services just don’t look professional or have limits that get in the way as you grow. That’s why we recommend you start out with a service for accepting payment online that can grow with you and continue to serve your company as your needs change.
In addition to credit card processing, many of the better services offer comprehensive small business packages that include email and database management. Plus, they can help you analyze your business based on data collected about sales and emailing.
This is a short list of companies below and not complete by any means. These are the ones we know about – some we have used and others we have not.
1) 1Shopping Cart. 1Shopping Cart is the service I used for many years very successfully and they have a lot of capabilities. It’s easy enough for you to be able to actually go in there and do things yourself. Although, it’s smarter to have your virtual assistant do it for you. What’s great about 1Shopping Cart is that you can do everything, from email to taking payments, all through a single gateway.
2) Infusionsoft. I moved up to Infusionsoft when I had about 15,000 people on my list and I was already making over seven figures. This is a great program and it helps you slice and dice the information in many ways for amazing business analysis. I do however want to mention that it’s not a simple program.
3) PayPal. In my opinion, PayPal just doesn’t look professional for your website as a way to accept payment online. While they have the capabilities, it sort of makes you look like a start up operation and nobody wants to be a guinea pig. I don’t recommend this option.
4) Practice Pay Solutions. With this service, you are getting your own Merchant Account. You can also do that with your local bank as well, but PracticePaySolutions is a good solution for coaches. I used this service many years ago and it was great. They have a virtual terminal, so you can plug in your client’s credit card number online for them and you can set up recurring monthly payments as well.
Your Client Attraction Assignment
Accepting payment online is something that requires doing research and due diligence. You want to know a company’s capabilities and ease of use, and then weigh that against the fees to make the right choice for your business. Thoroughly check out these options for accepting payment online and managing your database to be sure you get your needs met at a price that’s appropriate for your practice.