Not all merchant account providers are created equal so it is necessary to identify one that best suits your business needs. As with any business endeavor selecting a good merchant account provider requires in-depth planning for increased success.
There are two options available for establishing your Internet merchant account – through a bank or through an independent sales organization (ISO). An ISO acts as a third party between the merchant and acquiring bank (merchant bank). The option you choose will depend on how risky your business is and the costs you can afford to pay.
Whether you host your own site or house it on the server of a web hosting company, it is important to ensure you have security measures in place to protect sensitive information. The majority of web sites use SSL (secure sockets layer), an encryption program that will encrypt credit card information during the transaction process. As well, you should ensure you have redundancy systems in place and clear service level agreements with your provider, which provide a complete description of the services it is obligated to deliver.