Not so long ago it was complicated and expensive to have credit card payment facilities online – a disincentive for small and home-based businesses. That has all changed, with services like PayPal and ClickBank.
At Virtual Assistant – THE Blog, Kathie has a helpful explanatory post about PayPal and how easy and useful a service that is. I’ve commented there on a particular benefit I’ve experienced, which is that when I can get clients in the US to pay me or my company through PayPal rather than by cheque (check), I do not have to pay the outrageous fees our Australian banks charge to process international cheques.
There is also a good and economical service we subscribed to long ago for transactions within Australia – StrataPay (there
is a one-off payment, currently AU$119, and transaction fees are $2.50
per transaction and an additional 1.65% for Credit Cards or 2.65% for
AMEX and Diners).