In the market for a mobile processing app and card reader? See how Square POS and SumUp compare in terms of pricing, features, customer support, and more.
Why PayPal’s Credit Card Processing Isn’t A Merchant Account (And Why Not Understanding The Difference Puts Your Business At Risk)
PayPal offers merchant services, but not merchant accounts. That might seem like a technicality, but the difference between them is important and the impact on your business can be significant. Learn how PayPal compares to a merchant account.
Accepting payment via American Express has long been a challenge for merchants; it used to require working with Amex directly, and the card fees were greater than what you’d pay for Visa or Mastercard. However, thanks to the OptBlue program, since 2014 American Express has offered a viable way for small businesses to accept Amex […]
If you have never encountered a credit or debit card with a chip embedded in it, you’ve probably been living under a rock for the past 3-4 years. In which case, you’ve got an awful lot to catch up on and we’ll come back to chip cards after you’ve covered the important stuff. However, if […]
The Swift B250 card reader, available with the SwipeSimple mobile app, is an all-in-one reader (meaning it accepts swipe, chip, and contactless/NFC transactions) available for a very reasonable price. The mobile app is solid, providing all of the features you need to take payments on the go, plus a little bit of extra value.
Pros Financing available Supports contactless (NFC) and chip card transactions All-day battery life Works with mobile devices and Square Stand Cons No integrated magstripe reader Overview A lot of hardware is available for Square merchants. Between the full-fledged countertop POS system known as Square Register and the more compact Square Terminal, there are some great options […]
Pros Higher starting limit than Square Cash Free to use Live phone support available Instant transfers available Cons Social element may not appeal to everyone Only available in the US Overview My mobile wallet of choice is PayPal, and has been for years. To be honest, Venmo has only appeared on my radar in the […]
Square Terminal combines Square’s mobile POS app with an integrated card reader, all in a compact handheld device. Check out our in-depth review to see if it’s really worth the investment.
Credit card processing apps can be powerful tools for merchants. Instead of investing in an expensive POS system, a credit card processing app works on a smartphone or tablet, allowing merchants to use low-cost hardware with an affordable (or even nonexistent) software fee. The terminology can be a bit inconsistent — you might have heard […]
Pros First card reader is free Includes a dock Cons No NFC support Overview I have a drawer full of mobile credit card readers, and I’ve tested quite a few others that aren’t currently in my possession. So when I start this review by saying that I think the Shopify Chip & Swipe Reader is […]