It is not the largest city in the United States, but Houston is still one of the biggest tourist destinations in the country. It is little wonder given all that there is to see and do in H-Town. The Johnson Space Center, Space Center Houston, Six Flags Astroworld, Hanna-Barbera Land, Houston Zoo, and Wet’n’Wild Splashtown are just a just a few of the attractions some 20 million people visit each year along with the city’s 2.5 million residents. There is also The Galleria, a major shopping complex containing hundreds of stores and dining establishments, and flanked by two high-rise hotels and three office towers. With tourist draws such as these, it is no surprise that a lot money floods into the coffers of Houston merchants every year – provided they can accept credit cards, have online capabilities, process payments in a timely manner, and do it all at low cost.
Unfortunately, some are reaching for the stars when it comes to those financial necessities for mercantile success. A lot businesses cannot grasp them because they lack the merchant accounts required to perform online credit card processing. This is due to card processing companies denying their applications for processing services, or not granting them accounts, but making them process all their card purchases through the processor’s own account. If the business has to use the processor’s account, then the processor can charge exorbitant fees and place holds on the business’s funds at any time. If businesses do not invest in payment gateway services because of the aforementioned dilemma, it can cost them customers in the long run. Many people – particularly tourists – do not carry cash or checks on them. They prefer to put everything on their debit/credit cards instead, and only patronize businesses that accept plastic.
While other card processing firms are freezing Houston-area merchants out, Charge.com is ready to show businesses in The Big Heart some love. It costs nothing to file an application for merchant services, and approval can come very quickly. Once given the go-ahead, businesses can start processing payments in as little as 24-48 hours, and Charge.com will set up – for free – all of the necessary technology, software, and technical support they need to accept online payments and process credit card purchases. The greatest benefit to choosing Charge.com for a processing partner is that they give each business its own merchant account, so there are no random holds placed by a third party and the fees stay low – as low as 0.25%. Other advantages include:
- FDIC Insured accounts
- Real-time credit card processing
- Instant check verification and transaction approval
- Availability of high risk merchant accounts
- Only $0.15 per transaction
There is no doubt about it – businesses in Space City are set to see their profits rise over the next decade, as long as they can operate with the latest in online merchant processing. Charge.com has spent the last 20 years helping companies do exactly that. With their assistance, Houston-based businesses can feel free to shoot for the moon.