By Eric Geier, PCWorld
Accepting credit cards used to be expensive and complicated: You needed to set up a merchant account with a bank, you had to buy or lease a card reader, and you had to pay a setup fee, subscription fees, and fees on every sale you made. Today, a swarm of credit card processing apps for smartphones and tablets has rendered the process easier, cheaper, and highly mobile.
PayAnywhere has developed a strong app for its mobile card reader.Most of these mobile payment processing services offer pay-as-you-go plans, in which you pay only a fixed percentage fee per transaction. Although these fees are typically higher than what you’d pay under a traditional arrangement, these newer services can provide any small business a simple, economical way to accept payments via credit card. And instead of making you invest in an expensive card reader, these services offer free readers that can fit in your pocket or bag. Just plug one into the audio jack on your smartphone or tablet and launch the accompanying app, and you’re ready to accept credit card payments for your goods or services.
Most of these plans add value with features such an inventory system, where you can save prices and descriptions of the products you’re offering for sale. Several provide a full point-of-sale system, which enables you to attach cash drawers and receipt printers.
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