What Is A Merchant Account?

A merchant account is a business bank account
that allows you to process electronic and online
payments from your customers.

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Shopping for a merchant account can be difficult, so we’ve laid the groundwork for you.


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Establishing The Right Merchant Account is Key

  • Establishing your merchant account through PayKings is the most reliable way to find an account that truly fits your business needs.
  • Apply conveniently online to receive quotes from leading banks providing top of the line merchant services.
  • Ready to get started? Fill out the quick application below and establish the right merchant account today.

Why Use a Merchant Account?

  • Opening your business up to online commerce is an essential key to success in an industry but you need the right merchant account to handle your business assets.
  • Accept payments with ease and security by establishing the right merchant account.
  • Ensure your merchant account is built for functionality and high performance to keep up with your sales volume.
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Do I Need a Merchant Account?

A merchant account is the foundation of your online business. Every dollar your business earns flows through your merchant account. There are many merchant accounts out there, although not every merchant account functions the same. When selecting your merchant account service provider, it’s important to understand your business needs and how they correlate with merchant account functions. To get a better understanding of what you may be using your merchant account for, brush up on the basics with our complete guide on selecting a merchant account.

What To Know When Selecting A Payment Processor

In our guide, How to Select a Merchant Account, you’ll find a complete description of a merchant account and its capable functions. Also included in our guide is a simplified breakdown of the transactional process and the role a merchant account plays. For more information, read Merchant Account Basics on page 3 of our guide.

Shopping for a Merchant Account

Shopping around for a merchant account is essentially like shopping around for a bank. It can feel overwhelming, especially if bank accounts aren’t your area of expertise. However, don’t get discouraged. It’s imperative that you do your homework so that you can equip your business with the best merchant account possible. Not all merchant accounts are created equal. In order to decipher the good from the bad, brush up on some basic merchant account terminology.

Knowing Your Merchant Agreement

Be familiar with terms used so that you aren’t getting involved in an account function you may not need. Beware of signing contracts that lock you into certain dollar limits or have overage fees attached. Accounts like these will surely prohibit your business’s growth in the long run. While you shop for a merchant account, be sure to use our Merchant Account Checklist to make sure you’re asking potential merchant service providers all the right questions. Created by industry experts, it includes the highest priority questions to ask your prospective merchant account provider before you commit.

Applying For Your Merchant Account

Once you’ve found the right merchant account provider, the application process begins. This process is a screening of your business as well as you, the owner. Any business partners or investors are also subject to a screening. An application process screening may take a look at your personal as well as business credit history.

Payment Processing Fast Approval

In order to complete the application, certain documents may need to be presented to your merchant account service provider. The necessary documents usually include but are not limited to a business license, Employer Identification Number, and prior financial statements. Copies of such documents are usually needed upfront during the initial application process.

Can I get Instant Approval?

Instant approval for payment processing is possible, but not advised. In order to determine your business’s account requirements, you should be screened by a processing company before opening your account. This helps determine the best-fit merchant account service. Once the application is complete, it is submitted for review by the service provider. Usually, in as little as 48 hours, an applicant will hear back whether they have been approved for a merchant account.
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Trust The Industry Experts

Establishing your merchant account correctly the first time can save you the headache of having to go through the process again. Additionally, establishing the right kind of merchant account from the beginning can protect your hard-earned money. Choosing a merchant account blindly could cost hundreds to thousands in hidden credit card fees as well as running the risk of having your account frozen.
PayKings can help you establish merchant account services tailored for your business and industry needs. Do you see your business growing over the next ten years? Learn how to select a merchant account that will grow with your business in our guide, How to Select a Merchant Account.

Why PayKings?

PayKings understands the unique needs of different (industry) related businesses and has established 24+ acquiring banking relationships to become experts in getting (industry) companies accepting online payments.

What Is A Merchant Account?

Our Services

Merchant Account Experts

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  • Chargeback Prevention
  • ACH
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  • Mobile Payment
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Intuitive Compatibility & Support

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