High Risk Merchants: Where Do You Find Much Needed Information?
HIGH RISK MERCHANTS: WHERE DO YOU FIND MUCH NEEDED INFORMATION?
by Gerri Bryce
Becoming a high risk merchant does not require genius. Some people have started their businesses and transacted high volume payments long before they realized it. Today, the most popular high risk businesses are the adult and gambling industries. Online pharmacies and telemarketing are following the lead. If you have decided to become a merchant yourself, the possibilities are endless. However, there are also limitations as to what type of products or services you may sell and whether you are qualified to process payments with the help of high risk merchant account providers or not.
Where do you get information if you intend to become a merchant? The Internet has gazillions of resources which you can use for your benefit. Joining forums alone will help you find out what concerns other merchants have, what businesses are thriving, and what they're doing to improve their sales. Better yet, if you cater to a particular niche such as adult products, you can check out what advice adult webmasters can give you from the articles injected into the discussions. Most forum members are especially wiling to answer your “newbie” questions as long as you adhere to the forum rules.
I'm putting a little wet blanket on this idea. In reality, even though a lot of high risk merchant forums help you with your inquiries and illuminate your confusions, many forum members who are real merchants are wary of divulging too much information. As a matter of fact, the high risk industry involves, obviously enough, really high form of risky ventures and is very competitive that upstart merchants will initially find it shocking. But in the long run, if you have made friends in the industry and did yourself a favor employing a high risk merchant account provider, then you're ahead of most struggling newbies.
Reading articles can help too. But what I soon found out is that although it eats up some of your time, doing your own research can break new grounds for you. Use certain keywords that will help you navigate through the existing websites providing information for merchants like you. Browsing through every company with an open opportunity for franchising, distributorship, or total ownership of the product and listing the pros and cons of joining can help a lot. For example, not all gift certificate merchant opportunities are profitable, but if you do your share of research, you will find that you can earn in no time at the comfort of your own home being a gift certificate merchant. Is there too much risk involved? Not so, as long as you partner with a good merchant provider with an impressive (and effective) anti-fraud tools. Your goal is to make money and not deal with too much credit card frauds and chargebacks.
The high risk merchant industry has grown in the last decades and there's more to come. The truth is that most of the progress has been brought about by new technology, the Internet being the most influential. The Internet has introduced online shopping, online processing, and online storage of customer data, among just a few. And in the coming years (actually it's here and now, although not very popular yet) more technological breakthroughs such as biometrics and hands-free payments will allow customers to pay in various methods. They will also give merchants more opportunities to earn from faster and more efficient transactions. Are you ready for this future?