Best Credit Card Processing Rates
Everyone goes into business to make money, so why spend more of your profits on expensive transaction fees, Website maintenance, service agreements and high credit card processing rates? When you take time to shop for the best deals, you can save quite a bit of money that can be used to good purpose in other parts of your business. Start shopping for the best credit card processing rates and open a merchant account.
You will first need to find a reputable bank or credit union that will agree to extend a merchant account to you for this purpose. To get approved, you will need a solid credit history, a reasonable business plan, and documentation to show that you are able to manage the costs associated with credit card processing rates. Typically, these include an installation fee for credit card processing equipment, a monthly gateway fee for your financial host, a transaction fee of a few cents per each or an overall percentage total each month. You also may be offered Website service that will entail a hosting fee, a service contract cost, and a designer’s or updating service fee. Be sure to carefully read the terms of any contract that you receive. Never sign something that you don’t understand or with which you cannot completely agree. Your company may have to pay for a monthly minimum up to a certain number of transactions, after which the balance for that month do not require additional fees.
Credit card processing rates can vary by company or by processor program. Some companies charge no installation fee, while others require a one-time cost of a few hundred dollars, depending on the program’s complexity. You may have to pay between 15 and 25 cents per transaction, or you could opt to pay a monthly percentage for the entire amount of business generated by your credit card processing unit; this amount often falls below 2%.
It is always a good idea to compare rates among competing financial institutions. If you really like the services offered by one merchant account company but prefer the lower rates of a second company, tell the first one about the competitor’s lower rates, and perhaps the first company will meet or beat the lower cost in order to get your business. At first, you may want to keep the customer’s interests in mind when shopping for credit card processing rates. In other words, passing on the savings of a particular program to your customers will keep them coming back to do business with you. If your rates are too high or not competitive enough, they may decide to take their business elsewhere.
As you plan to set up your new credit card processing service rates, it may help to let them know in advance that this program is coming so they can prepare and perhaps even help to get the word out to other potential customers. Then, after installing your new credit card processor, you should not hear complaints that anyone was blindsided or treated unfairly. If someone does complain, politely remind them of the earlier notices.
When you are ready to start processing credit card payments, don’t be tempted to go for the option with the most features or the most sophisticated set-up. Opt for a system that will best suit your company needs and your customers’ interests, as well as offering the best credit card processing rates.
Borrow Against Your Home And Pay Your Credit Card
Say you hire a worker at an expensive price, then a poor immigrant is willing to work for you at a fraction of the cost. What would you do? You fire the expensive citizen worker and hire the immigrants. See?
The same way, if your credit card company charges higher interest rate than your bank, you should hire money from the bank instead. It's the principle of appeasing the lesser evil. The thing is why would any bank want to lend you money at low interest?
Now, we need to resort to psychology here. Say someone comes to you and says, "Lend me money I have a huge business that can have 100% yield". Say another person comes and says, "Lend me money, I got a standard real estate business that yields 20% per year". Which person would you give your money to? The one giving 100% yield?
Obviously it's not obvious. Why? Because you don't give a shit on the sort of yield he'll get.
All you care about is how much from that 100% yield will he share you?
If both say that they will share you 10%, which one will you choose? The safer investments. Usually higher yield investments are riskier. So, when both say the will share you 10%, you will choose the business yielding 20% per year. That's why Banks love lending money to low yield real estate rather than highly profitable silicon valley business start up. There is another even more important reason, which I'll explain later.
You don't care how much yield a businessman will make. You care what your share is. That and the probability that they won't pay your loan.
The same way, Banks lend money to businessmen at pretty much constant interest rate. If the businessmen make a lot of money, the Bank makes 10% interest, if the business makes less money, the bank also makes 10%. So banks don't care how much money businessmen make.
Banks only bite the bullet when businessmen go bankrupt. The same way, when a bank considers a loan to you, they don't care how brilliant you are. They're only interested whether you will pay the loan or not. If they feel secure you'll pay, they lend the money. Simple?
Now, how do we make bank feel safe that you'll pay? Collateral. You see, secured debt are debts where banks can seize something if you don't pay. You'll usually get lower interest rates this way. Collateral makes banks feel safe in lending money for you. This is the second reason why banks love real estate. Real estate loans always come with collateral that will minimize banks' problem when the debtor ditches.
Trivia: Why Credit Card Interest Rate is Higher Than Mortgage?
Answer: When you lend money on interest rate basis, all you seek is security. To make a profit, your interest rate should be higher than the interest rate your lender gives. However, that's not the only factor. You need to compensate for the probability of default. Your interest rate should be high enough so that even if say, 10% of your debtors are defaulting, you still earn a profit.
Different Point Of View: Credit Cards, unlike Mortgages, are unsecured by collateral. So banks are not motivated to lend money through unsecured loan to unsecured debt. So how do we motivate them to lend money? By agreeing to pay higher interest rate.
Morale: As with anything, after a bunch of regulation, the market will sort of take care of it. More pain for a bank usually leads to bigger share for it in another form.
As usual, I put a few simulations for this advance strategy. I also put an in-depth analysis to explain why this advance strategy is possible. You should compare the simulations of this strategy with the simulations of the basic strategy
Is it for you? Well, I won't jump to conclusions. If you're determined to pay, go ahead.
However, if you're not, this can make you loose your house. You see, that's the downside of collateral. It's a secure debt so you cannot hide behind bankruptcy laws to prevent banks from taking it.
I'll explain more about bankruptcy later.
However, if your debt is not neck deep and you obviously can pay, this is obviously the way to go. The worst is you live on welfare, right? Doing this right can help shorten your loan payment period or cheapen your payment.
Loan interests go high because banks are taking risks that some people won't pay their loan. Hence, by paying high interest loan, you are paying the loan of those who don't feel like paying loan.
Maybe you think it's unfair that some people don't pay their loan expecting you to pay for it. However, for all the bank knows, you are potentially one of those people.
Unless you can convince your bank that you're not likely to default on your loan, the bank will think that you're a potential defaulter.
You see, unless you have a credibility or collateral, the bank will automatically think that you are partially a defaulter. If the default rate in your country is 20%, for example, then the bank will look at you as if you've decided to default (on average at least) 20% of your loan already.
Here, the bank will give you an interest rate where on average, the bank still gains its usual low interest rate plus some amount to compensate for the extra risk.
By signaling to the bank that you're not one of them through collateral, you only pay interest for what you owe rather than paying for those who don't pay their loan. Hence, you get cheaper interest rate.