If you’re a freelancer or small business owner, chances are you’ve had to figure out how to accept payments for clients. Whether customers are paying for web design services or buying new toys from a toy store, there are many ways to accept payment from your clients. Here’s what you need to know about each option:
You can get paid using a variety of payment processing options.
You can get paid using a variety of payment processing options. If a client pays you by credit card, debit card or ACH (Automated Clearing House), you’ll be able to accept their payment and then deposit it into your bank account. In addition to these traditional methods of payment processing, you may also have the option of accepting PayPal payments from clients who have accounts with that service. And if someone wants to pay in cash–which isn’t uncommon at all–you can do that too!
Use a third-party service that handles the payment processing for you.
If you’re looking for a way to streamline your client payment process, using a third-party service that handles the payment processing for you is a great option. These services can handle all of the billing, payment processing and refunds without any effort from you. However, there are some downsides to using them:
- They may be more expensive than setting up your own merchant account (though this depends on what type of business model you have)
- You don’t have control over how much they charge clients or what rates they offer
Use a payment processor that’s integrated with your website.
If you’re going to use a payment processor on your site, it’s best to find one that is integrated with your website. This means that the customer can purchase from you using their credit card or other payment method without having to leave the page they’re currently viewing.
The main benefit of this type of integration is that it keeps customers engaged in what they came for–buying products and services from you! People hate leaving sites because they always have so much else they want to do while there (like checking email or reading news). If they have easy access through one single button on their browser bar, then there’s no reason not too use it!
Pay for your own merchant account.
You can also set up your own merchant account, but you will need to have a business license and a business bank account. You’ll also need to get a business tax number, which is usually done through the IRS. Once you have all of these things in place, it’s time to apply for your own merchant account.
Accept payments by phone or mail, in person.
Accepting payments over the phone or mail, in person is a good option for small businesses. If you’re a one-person operation and don’t have time to handle payments yourself, this can be done by a staff member or contractor.
You’ll need to develop a payment processing system that will work for your business. You’ll also need enough people on hand to handle incoming calls/emails from customers who want to pay their bills via phone or mail.
There are many ways to accept payments for clients
There are many ways to accept payments for clients, and it’s important to make sure that your business can accept the payment methods that your clients use.
- Credit cards: Most people have a credit card or two in their wallets and purses, so it makes sense that these would be one of the most popular ways to pay for something. Credit cards are also convenient because they allow you to keep track of what people buy, which is essential if you want to improve your sales over time (and make more money).
- Debit cards: Another common form of payment is debit cards–they’re just like credit cards but they come with lower interest rates and fees attached! If someone has a debit card readily available, this might be the best option if they’re buying something big at a low price point ($100-200). For example: let’s say I’m buying furniture from an online store called “FurnitureCo”; there’s no way I’m going through all those steps just so I can pay them with my Visa Black Card…it’ll probably take me longer than just swiping my WalMart MoneyPak!
Payment processing can seem like a complex topic, but it doesn’t have to be. Once you understand the basics and decide on your preferred method of processing payments, it’s easy to get started. You just need a few things: