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The credit card business is a lucrative venture and has grown to such heights because it has been carefully and thoughtfully planned for. If you are an entrepreneur looking to start a business in this industry, the first thing to do is to fully understand what credit card processing means, as well as the mechanics and requirements and equipment opening a merchant account entails. More importantly, you should be able to comprehend how the process works. You may gain extensive information on this on the internet or personally inquire from banks or credit agencies. You could also communicate with your local Small Business Bureau for information regarding the credit card processing subject.

Then, you should register your business to your local Small Business Bureau as an official, legal business. By doing this you can rest assured that you (on a personal level) are shielded from inconveniences and anomalies.

The next step is to find a bank, advisably within your geographical location. This could be a tricky step due to the fact that many banks have discontinued in the business of credit card processing. Some of the banks still in the business are a bit wary of granting service to businesses of small nature especially those with rather short operating histories, at which case the next step would be to contact an Independent Service Organization (ISO) which will assess the risk in granting processing merchant accounts to companies.

An important action to do while searching and choosing which bank you would work with is to provide your bank prospects with your complete business plans. Be completely honest with your strengths, opportunities and risks. Any indication of incomplete or even slightly altered facts could get you sued for criminal fraud.

When you finally do find a bank, inquire of a "reseller" program. A reseller program permits companies to be Ў°authorized agentsЎ± of the bank processing services. This means that your business will be able to present and adapt the banks' processing assistance as their own while still paying to the bank the corresponding payments.

The next step is to communicate with a terminal processing company for terminals you can buy and stock at your area. You may or may not sell the devices, or lease them. Should you choose the latter, you should check on the leasing terms of the devices you acquire. More often than not, leasing is more advantageous than selling them.