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Accepting Credit Card Orders by Phone: a New-Business Owner's Guide

Dear Your Business Credit,I will be opening a small cafe in my community soon and am shopping around for a merchant processing account. Should I ask for one that lets me accept credit card numbers from customers by phone for orders to pick up? Are there any security issues I need to worry about if I do this? - New OwnerDear New Owner,Congratulations on starting your restaurant. Many people dream of what you're doing and can't summon the courage to try it.My advice is to take your time selecting a merchant processing account. Right now, you have no way to predict what customers' payment habits will be. It might make sense to try one of the available mobile payment solutions for a few months first, to get a sense of how customers like to pay at your restaurant. Then, if you have enough sales volume to justify investing in a merchant account, you'll have a better sense of what features you need the account to have. It could be that most patrons prefer to pay cash upon pickup -- but you wo...

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