- Do inspect your bank account frequently for the first months to make sure your money is being deposited correctly.
- Do read through your statements each month to make sure you are being charged what you were expecting. Again, be sure to understand what downgrade fees and surcharges are ahead of time. You can read more about downgrade fees here.
- Do check your customers’ IDs and make sure the card is theirs. You’re liable if you accept a stolen card.
- Do control and monitor returns carefully. And most importantly, do respond to chargebacks, and retrieval requests immediately.
- Do have security measures in place. Since you’re liable for accepting a stolen card, be sure to check customer IDs and have multiple verification options.
- Do contact your processing company if you need to process a transaction that greatly exceeds the average amount. For example, processing $10,000 when your average ticket is $100.
- Don’t refund a credit card payment as cash or check, only to the card that was used in the transaction. Refunding the customer in cash will not avoid them making a chargeback, which will result in a double loss for your business.
- Don’t try processing your personal credit card through your own merchant account.
- Don’t process payments for other businesses or individual person, this may be considered as fraud or money laundering and is specifically prohibited by card companies.
- Don’t set minimum purchase amounts to accept credit card payments.
- Don’t charge service fees for credit card payments, you can only discount for purchasing in cash.
- Don’t let anyone reprogram your terminals unless you know they work for your processor.
Long Term Do’s:
- Do spread the word about your processor if you are satisfied with the service you’ve received. You might receive an incentive for your referrals, and you would be doing your friends a favor.
- Do maintain PCI compliance requirements up to date. It is a card brand requirement and if you suffer a data breach while non-compliant, it can cost you a lot of money.
- Do provide at least a month’s notice if you intend to close your merchant account. This way you can make sure all transactions are cleared.
Long Term Don’ts:
- Don’t wait to contact your processor company if you are encountering problems or are unhappy with the service you’re receiving.
- Don’t leave unpaid your final bill with your processor. Failing to do so causes future problems, which can include being put on banned merchant lists.
- Do use an API integration method and SSL to better accept payments on your website.
- Do check transactions’ AVS and CVV to determine their validity.
- Don’t limit your customers. Offer additional payment methods for them.
- Don’t keep customer credit card information unless it’s encrypted and secure per PCI regulations.
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