How To Obtain A Merchant's Credit Card Account

Written by Dominic Ferrara

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When his own bank refused to even consider him for a merchant account, due torepparttar fact that he was in mail order, and also doing business from his home, he beat path to several other banks.

The first four banks he visited also said "no", (2 were large institutions, 2 mid-size), so he decided to try some smaller banks. Guess what? The very first bank he went to said "Maybe".

They asked him to transfer his account to their bank, so that they could "monitor" it for six months. He toldrepparttar 105184 bank official that he would consider their proposal, andrepparttar 105185 proceeded to another small bank one block uprepparttar 105186 street.

He liked whatrepparttar 105187 second small bank said. They said "Yes!" All he needed to do was establish a checking account with them and maintain a modest $1,000, business checking account balance. This he quickly did!

He is not unique. But he was very persistent and kept asking for what he wanted, and you must also. Probably th two best ways to get a merchant account are: (1) Keep pestering your own bank about granting you charge card privileges, until they agree to do so.

(2) If your bank outright refuses, make a list of all banks in your immediate area, putting some special attention on small banks. Next, get out a pair of your most comfortable shoes and get to it! Ask...Ask...Ask..Ask.. Ask! You have nothing to lose, and much to gain by being persistent, and by constantly asking for what you want (that's good advice in all areas-business and personal) of your life!


If you absolutely have no success in obtaining a merchants account from a local bank, you should considerrepparttar 105188 alternatives. Here are some of them...

***Ted Nicholas, best known asrepparttar 105189 best-selling author of "How To Form Your Own Corporation Without A Lawyer For Under $50.00", has established a small business organization entitles "Entrepreneurs of America." Membership is $50.00 per year. This organization intends to offer reasonable rates on credit card processing to their members. For more information write to: Entrepreneurs of America, 2020 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 224, Washington, DC 20006. Phone: (800) 533-2665.

*** The Late Howard E. Welsh isrepparttar 105190 founder and director ofrepparttar 105191 fast growing National Association of Publishers and Mail Order Dealers. His association has many exciting programs to help small order tabloid publishers and small mail order dealers succeed. Just prior to printing this report, For more information, write: NAPOD, 12 Westerville Square, #355 Westerville, Oh 43081.

***If you sell books, manuals, magazines, or forms of "paper and ink" products, you may wish to joinrepparttar 105192 American Booksellers Association (ABA). This isrepparttar 105193 No. 1 booksellers professional association inrepparttar 105194 United States. In addition to many other benefits (National and regional conventions and trade shows, educational programs, etc.), members also can have their credit card orders processed throughrepparttar 105195 ABA's Merchant Service Discount program. Write to: American Booksellers Association, 122 E. 42nd St., New York, NY 10168.

***Barry Reid, owner ofrepparttar 105196 Eden Press, has advertised that he can help mail order marketers obtain credit card processing. Write: Eden Press, Box 8410, Fountain Valley, CA 92728.

***Mountain West Communications of Colorado offers a business telephone answering service that handles inquires or orders. When you subscribe to their service, they can also process your credit card orders for you. Write: Mountain West Communications, P.O. Box 216, Hotchkiss, CO 81419. Phone: (800) 642-9378.


Although this special report gives you various sources that might be able to help you with your credit card processing,repparttar 105197 main message of this report is "NEVER GIVE UP" Never take "NO" for a final answer. Keep asking for what you want! Those who keep asking and seeking, usually obtain what they want.

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Direct Mail Marketing Now As Easy As Email

Written by By Michael Lemm FreedomFire Communications

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Content Creation - Keep It Simple

The biggest challenge will be in generation of content you believe is worthrepparttar price of postage. The following types of content pieces will get your creative juices flowing…. pretty much write themselves….and are worth reading:

1. Price & Product Postcards - Many of you may dream of being able to instantly contact your customers and tell them whenever you come out with a new product or price point. MOL makes that a snap. Simply write a 5-7 word headline followed by a three- sentence description ending with a phone number or web address for more information.

2. Personal Postcards - Remember your customers birthday, anniversary, graduation or other significant occasion. Be sure and include a brief description of some product you want to highlight…even just a web address.

3. Monthly or Quarterly Newsletter - Most of you would look forward to writing a monthly newsletter withrepparttar 105182 same excitement as having a monthly root canal…..butrepparttar 105183 customer retention benefits and referral business make it a smart business decision. The easy way to do a one or two page newsletter would be to simply include one or more ofrepparttar 105184 following:

- Summarize price and product news…simply repeat what you sent out (or should have sent out) onrepparttar 105185 postcards. - Summarize industry headlines related to your business…give your views, or if you don’t have a view simply reprintrepparttar 105186 views of others (with proper attribution of course). - Case Study…write up three paragraphs on a new or existing customer you helped solve a problem…or their experience with one of your products. - Top 10 List….any of you with any experience at all can write a years worth of top 10 lists in a day. How aboutrepparttar 105187 top 10 benefits of a particular product? How aboutrepparttar 105188 top 10 reasons to (insert topic)? Or how aboutrepparttar 105189 top 10 mistakes made by (insert topic)?

Just Ask For Referrals!

If you do nothing else, just send out a monthly postcard asking for referrals. The commitment to a monthly postcard does two separately important things for you. It keeps your contact information in front of your customer and it reminds them on a monthly basis that they have immediate access to a friend inrepparttar 105190 “ABC” business. And of courserepparttar 105191 number one reason you don’t get referrals is you don’t ask for referrals. Well, if you’re too shy to ask in person or onrepparttar 105192 phone, letrepparttar 105193 postcard dorepparttar 105194 talking!

If you haven’t attempted direct mail marketing before because you thought it too costly, too time consuming, or too much work….think again. Things have changed in your favor. The time is right for you to give it a try.

Michael is the owner of FreedomFire Communications and .......delivering choices to both residential and business consumers for voice and data broadband services. Michael also authors BroadBand Nation where you're always welcome to to drop in and catch up on the latest BroadBand news, tips, and ramblings for the masses.

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