Accepting Credit Cards for Payment
Is there a cheap alternative to accepting credit cards? I've looked into this before but always ended up in a situation where it was $400 for the machine in the truck, maintenance fees and a percentage for each transaction.
I've tried to get people to pay me through paypal to simplify things and they look at me like I'm trying to scam them. Even if I describe it on the phone.....most of it goes right over their head.
My largest hesitation is the fact that those who pay by credit card can refute/stop payment within 60 days of the transaction period and can possibly stop the wheels from turning so to speak. If for whatever reason the stop payment is legit....by all means use it. I'm talking of those who abuse the system and try to cheat others out of services in such a way.
I lost 2 calls in 4 days due to my inability to not take credit cards. The people calling were in emergency status and it didn't matter what someone charged.....they want it put on the credit card. I somehow need to incorporate the charges for services rendered somehow when someone springs at the last minute a credit card so I don't take the amount already calculated and lose the percentage fees out of it. That'll dip right into the profit margin for sure.
Somebody I'm friends with in FLA told me to wait till next year; there is a device called "Treo" that is coming out that will allow me to process cc# in mobile status....similar to blackberry and other devices.
In total, I've probably lost about 12 service calls for the year (9.3 months total) due to my unableness to take the card. Not exactly a huge loss but friday I could of landed a $500 job for yesterday morning. That hurt like a gunshot victim with no medical care. :eek: :mad:
credit cards are my life blood
Credit cards are what makes the world go around....
You absolutely got to get one,,,,
dont be a tight ass about the fees.....
the fees are no big deal,
and once you get used to paying them
its like the price of doing lots of business.....
and I mean LOTS and LOTS of extra of business.....
Remember that no one has the money these days
....but they got the plastic
and they want it done NOW.....TODAY...ASAP
They do not want to wait till pay day and they will
find the next plumber who will take plastic for maybe
double what you were going to charge them!!!
so what if you got to pay 2.75 on every hundred dollars
if the bill is $1200, and you would not have gotten the job
unless you took plastic...... how much had you screwed yourself out of??
We have done over 18,000 in one month on credit cards and
I dont think it would have been half that if I took cash only.
I average about $7000 per month, and my fees work out to
27 dollars per thousand.....I consider it cost of doing business..
I got a machine in my office only, I rent it from the bank I do
business with for only 10 bucks month......
If you want to get fancy and get one of those cell
phone--swipey kinda of things you can get one of those too....
I have NEVER been screwed badly by a credit card....
maybe on one or two over the years amounting to squat.
I NEVER call in the card to see if it is good or not, I usually
just take down the numbers on my bill and get around to
running the card through that night or over the nxt few days....
Occasionally I have had a declined one... but it always worked out
Now on my wall right now I got two 500 plus bounced checks
that are good for nothing...
I got an old post about credit cards but I dont now how to find it.....
If you got the credit cards in your yellow page add,
you will see a dramatic rise in sales
the only thing I dont take is American Express.
I dont see what the problem is
I am not trying to sound like I got money to burn
but like already mentioned through my bank I am
only paying 10 bucks a month to rent a machine and
my rate is 2.3 to 2.7 % on every hundred dollars....
thats two dollars and thirty cents I pay for every hundred
I take in on plastic.....
so for every three hundred dollars on plastic,
basically I have cheated myself out of one meal
and on the other hand
I dont take in a penny when I sit all day
with my thumb up my ass drinking coffe at
Mcdonalds waiting for cash calls or post dated checks that are good....
just take a "Leap of Faith"
after a month, you wont even feel it.....