In the spring of 2011, when my wife and I first moved to Tacoma, we found a fantastic little hole-in-the-wall soup shop. We loved the cozy atmosphere, free samples, and exotic soup flavors. The little restaurant quickly became our favorite lunch spot, and we were often recommending the place to friends.
More than once, though, we arrived at the shop and ended up having to dine at the bakery next door instead. Why? Because the little soup shop was a cash-only establishment.
At the time my wife made cash tips at her job, and although it was very inconvenient we were usually willing to make sure we had cash on us to pay. But then my wife got a promotion and stopped making tips... and we haven't been to the soup shop in over a year.
As a customer, there are a lot of reasons why I prefer to use my credit card: my family stays on budget by using online banking, we get airline miles through our rewards card, my wallet doesn't get cluttered, and I don't have to worry about bills being lost or stolen. When I walk into a business and I don't see a Visa or Mastercard logo at their cash register, I sometimes wonder if other customers question the legitimacy of the business.
In my role as a provider of merchant services, I've also heard my clients discuss the advantages of accepting credit cards.
As my wife and I learned from our experience at the soup shop, refusing to accept credit cards can be detrimental to business. Nowadays, accepting credit cards is like keeping the lights on – a necessary cost of doing business. Thankfully, I've mastered such a quick and easy setup that new clients are often able to accept credit cards within 48 hours of their first consultation with me.
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