For most online businesses, payment gateways are seen as a necessary tool. Yes, they help you accept payments from your customers wherever they are in the world more conveniently than any bank.
One of the most crucial steps for getting paid online is selecting a payment processor. But comparing solutions for accepting credit cards and other payment options can be daunting. Check out these common mistakes to ensure you make the right choice.
Mistake: Failing to read the fine print regarding rates and fees
When comparison shopping for a credit card processor, keep in mind that a low rate doesn’t always mean a low overall cost. A lot of processors have high processing fees and even variable rates that can make it hard to tell what you’ll really be paying.For example, most credit card processors charge higher rates for what they call “non qualified” cards – such as corporate and rewards cards. These cards earn customers airline miles, loyalty points, or cash-back bonuses. They’re pretty popular, and a lot of your customers probably use them, so finding out that these include a higher rate can be an unpleasant surprise. Look for a processor that charges based on a flat rate to avoid the shock.
Mistake: Choosing based on rates alone
While those low processing rates might seem great, you shouldn’t choose a credit card processor based on rates alone. There are many factors that can dramatically affect how your business runs, including security, technical support, and cost.Additionally, look for a provider that won’t unnecessarily block access to the money you’ve earned. The best providers will work with you to quickly approve valid sales that might trigger fraud alerts.
Mistake: Ignoring security and fraud protection
Data breaches have hit retailers large and small, and customers now demand the best protection possible to lower their risks of card fraud. As you evaluate vendors, look for a payment gateway that’s backed by a secure, reliable payment processor.Also look for vendors that offer services to help you proactively prevent fraud. It can not only help protect both your customers and your business, but also help ensure that you’ll be compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), which sets rules for preventing, detecting, and reacting to security incidents.
Mistake: Limiting customers’ payment options
Today’s customers expect more options than ever, and not just in products and services. They expect to be able to pay online with a range of options, and if your payment processor imposes limits on what you can accept, you might see an increase in abandoned shopping carts on your site. Choose a provider that gives them plenty of choices
Focusing on Visa and Mastercards as the only payment options
Most merchants end up focusing on Visa and mastercard as the only payment options. For the US, UK and most developed countries this may be fine but for businesses that intend to go truly global,this can not be enough. In other parts of the world other payment modes have been adopted and keeping a blind eye to these alternative modes of payment only lags your business behind. In Kenya for example MPESA is the most used payment alternative accounting to over 90% of how the adult population pays both online and offline.
At Checkout, as a global business it is relevant you add both the modes the developed and less developed world are a accustomed to paying with
With these mistakes present and commonly made i advise business owner to look into Dusupay which through its streamline infrastructure that cuts across the whole Africa dealing with as many as possible mobile wallets,hence a business owner avoids all the above mentioned mistakes in choosing a payment gateway in africa