In order to accept payments online you will need to have an Internet Merchant Account and an Online Payment Gateway.
A merchant account is a particular bank account for businesses and organisations to accept digital payments. They’re specifically for processing and settling electronic online payments, rather than bank accounts used for general banking transactions, such as deposits and withdrawals.
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Merchant accounts are offered by bank and payment providers, which are usually called merchant acquirers or acquiring banks. You’ll need different merchant accounts for face to face payments, phone payments and online payments.
The main criteria for getting a merchant account is a positive credit rating, which takes into account the age of your business or organisation, your credit history and any previous merchant accounts.
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An Internet Merchant Account (IMA) is a vital component of any e-commerce operation. Businesses wishing to accept payments online must have an IMA if they want to accept card payments via the web.
Although your business bank seems like the most obvious place to obtain your IMA, it is often worthwhile shopping around with online payment services providers. They usually have relationships with a number of acquiring banking partners that they can leverage in your favour to secure more competitive rates.
A Merchant Account differs from your standard business account in that the bank, usually referred to as the acquiring bank, allows card schemes to make payments, chargebacks, refunds and other payment transactions into it.
If you want to process payments online, you will need an Internet Merchant Account (IMA). You can accept online payments into your IMA, process refunds from it to your customers and, by arrangement with your bank, settle funds out of it to your business bank account.