So you are ready to start accepting credit cards as a form of payment for your business or you are just looking to get a rate evaluation to make sure you are being competitively priced from your current provider. No matter the reason that you are looking for a merchant services provider you will be faced with a number of challenges.

Choosing the right merchant service provider can make all the difference in the world to your business. There are literally hundreds of companies advertising everything from super low rates to "the best" customer service. How do you know which one will be best for you? Here are some important points to consider.

1. Pricing and/or Rates

Pricing makes the top of the list of things to consider when working with a new merchant services provider for obvious reasons. It can be extremely difficult to assess whether or not you are competitively priced because pricing can change dramatically for merchants depending on business type, card present vs card not present, E-Commerce vs Retail, Etc.

2. Service

Another vital issue is customer service and support. If you have a problem running a credit card and a customer is standing right in front of you will you be able to get somebody on the phone in a timely manner to assist? What if you have an issue late at night? Does the provider offer 24/7 support? Is the support outsourced or in house? Customer service in many cases is the number one reason a customer will choose a provider that is even more expensive than their competition. If customer service is very important to you, make sure you get every detail.

3. Reputation

Make sure that whoever you decide to do business with is a reputable company. More importantly make sure that there are no complaints posted all over the internet about the company. You will find that when a customer has a bad experience they will post about it in multiple places so if there is a complaint about the company you should be able to find it rather easily. Keep in mind that the size of a company is not as important as the service it provides and the cost of the service. Sometimes a smaller company is a better option to do business with because they are more eager to have your business and will offer better pricing because of low overhead.

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I'm just your average hygienist with a passion for excellence. I do what I do best, which is to help my patients achieve healthy smiles and provide & educate them with oral health care solutions and lifelong cosmetic procedures. This article written with the help of dedicated server company