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E-Commerce & Online Payment Solutions

Find a system that is right for you to allow your business to take credit card payments.

About 15 years ago, options for taking credit card payments were limited. A business would need to apply for a merchant account from a bank, wait for approval, buy Point-of-Sale hardware, setup the system, find a payment gateway for online transactions, and hire a developer to implement the payment gateway into the website. It was a long and expensive process. But now, with all the advancements in technology, e-commerce and online payment solutions have become easier and less risky than ever before.

Not sure where to start? I’ve seen and tried plenty of e-commerce solutions and I know this: there is no one, perfect solution. When planning to sell online, a business needs to make careful considerations as to what they need feature-wise, what their budget is for development, and how much they’re willing to pay for monthly overhead.  I offer 1-hour e-commerce consulting sessions to help determine the best solution for your given situation. Contact me to schedule a session.

 

Online Store

An online store can be developed in many ways. When determining how to choose or develop the online store, several things need to be considered:

  • What features do you want (e.g. gift certificates, sales, inventory tracking, BOGO)?
  • What shipping options do you need (e.g. domestic shipping, international shipping, shipping based on weight, bundle shipping, etc)?
  • Will you store the customer’s credit card information for future purchases?
  • Do you mind if the customer goes to a 3rd party site to process the transaction?
Already have a website but want to sell online? Your website and your online store do not need to be the same thing. We can create an add-on online store that will look just like your website and leave your website intact. Contact me for a quote.

I can make e-commerce extremely simple and very affordable, but if you have many requirements of your store, costs will rise.

Here are some of the e-commerce systems I am familiar with:

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Paypal and Other Merchant Account Alternatives

No longer do you have to send in an application to a bank with a business plan and years worth of financial statements for a merchant account! Transaction processing companies like Paypal and Square have made taking credit card payments easier, faster, and more affordable than ever for small-to-medium businesses.

Have questions? Not sure what a merchant account is? Not sure what the difference between Paypal and a bank is? Want to know the pros and cons of each? I offer 1-on-1 consulting sessions that will help resolve your questions and help you make a more informed decision when it comes to your future business payment solutions. Contact me.

 

Point-of-Sale Solutions

If you find yourself doing a lot of in-person transactions, we can also integrate a Point-of-Sale (POS) system into your business, with relatively low equipment costs, automated email receipts to both you and your customers, and easy, monthly reports. For larger organizations, training can also be provided for everyone who will be administering the POS system.

We can setup a generic point-of-sale or we can go with a niche system. For example, if you own a bar, we would use a bar POS, which would offer specialized features, such as creating bar tabs, alcohol inventory, or split check functions. Or if you own a food truck, we would again use a specialized POS which could include real-time ingredient inventory management and manage employee time cards.

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Transactional Workflows

As your business or organization expands, every new piece of hardware or technology is slowly and painfully adopted, because so many people need to acquaint themselves with the new hardware or technology. As a former accountant, I like to create flowcharts. In accounting, these are often used for purposes of internal control. For organizations in general however, flowcharts are a wonderful tool to help map out the entire transaction process when it comes to your business activity.

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Security and Encryption

“With great power comes great responsibility.”

– Uncle Ben

It is a great luxury to be able to sell online and process credit cards. However, we also need to be mindful of security and encryption of data. This includes understanding and respecting PCI compliance when setting up an online store and providing proper encryption of data through the use of Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Certificates.

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