Because of the complexity of credit card processing, it’s hard to know when or if to switch merchant services providers. With the added confusion of automatically renewed contracts, equipment leases, and hidden fees, a business may feel it needs to outsource the research on their already outsourced credit card processor. Here are five things to consider when switching merchant services providers:
Before making the switch to a new credit card processor, check with your current provider on the status of your contract. You may have transitioned to a month-to-month contract, in which case it’s easy to switch. If you’re still under contract, or worse, your merchant account provider automatically renewed your contract, it still may be worth the potentially hefty cost to break the contract and switch in the long run, depending on the fees you’re currently paying.
Leasing equipment is one of the least cost-effective aspects of merchant services. If you’re currently leasing equipment, it would be in your business’s best interest to find a new credit card processor that will either sell the equipment to you at cost or – in an ideal world – give you equipment for signing on to their services.
3. Rates & Fees
Interchange fees are confusing, and because of their complexity, many merchant service providers can sneak extra charges into your monthly bill. If your business is using any payment model besides the interchange plus payment model, it is almost guaranteed you are paying more than you need to. The best merchant services at least offer the interchange plus model for pricing. This alone is a reason to make the switch.
4. Payment Methods & Security
Your merchant service provider should be able to provide the latest security and technology enhancements available. To protect your business from the liability of a fraudulent charge, your credit card terminal needs to be EMV-compliant at the least. Beyond security, depending on your business and clientele, you may even want to offer NFC-based payments such as Apple and Android Pay.
5. Customer Service
The person who sold your business your current merchant services contract is not the same person answering the customer service line. If your merchant services provider is not supporting you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, you may need to look elsewhere. Your business can’t afford to wait on a callback. You need assistance when you need assistance. Not to mention, the customer service representatives should actually be helpful when you call. Try a test run with your current merchant service provider to see how their customer service will help you when you really need it.
Host Merchant Services
Delivering personalized service and clarity, Host Merchant Services takes the time to explain your payment processing. We want you to understand your monthly statement, and we will ensure that your statement matches our promises during our sales presentation. If you do have questions, you can reach a live representative any time, any day. HMS offers wonderful customer service, as well as great rates.