It’s not uncommon for both novice and seasoned business owners to get caught up in payment processing rates. Fees associated with payment processing can add up to an undeniably substantial amount.
Maybe you’re a brick and mortar store looking to expand your customer base to people who can’t reach your physical location, or maybe you’re a unique small business that only sells products online. Whatever your situation, having an online business presence is just good sense. Still, whether you’re just getting up and running as a business or are trying to expand your brick-and-mortar sales by offering products online, there are a lot of things to keep track of. There are strategic and operational things to consider when you’re launching a new ecommerce business, and one of the most important considerations is your payments operation.
Consumers can now purchase almost anything as part of a subscription: software, digital marketing tools, streaming content, beauty products, alcohol, and clothing. The sky’s the limit for subscription merchants. Many startups have opted to go the subscription route, aiming for the elusive and much-desired recurring revenue that comes from subscription purchases. Some sources claim that the demand for subscription boxes alone (think Stitch Fix or Trunk Club), has grown by 3,000 percent.
Finding the perfect payment processor shouldn’t be the most challenging part of starting a business. For those in the health supplement industry, however, it can often be an obstacle that they aren’t prepared for. In fact, when it comes to choosing the right nutraceutical merchant account, the expert advice available is limited – or even conflicting.
Running a natural products store online can be highly profitable due to the growing consumer interest in organic food and beverage items, as well as supplements. The U.S. Natural and Organic Product Industry sales surged 6.5% to $207 billion in 2017, while the natural supplement market grew 6.1% to $44 billion in the U.S. over the same span, according to New Hope Network’s Nutrition Business Journal.