The actual selection should begin with your financial institution's referral. Remember that the relationship between the financial institution and the credit processor is critical to your receiving prompt and accurate deposits and detailed transaction reporting. Since this operation goes on behind the scenes, it is critical that there is no reason for your customers to feel uncomfortable with using the Internet to transact business. This behind the scenes processing must be seamless and unobtrusive to your customers.
Your selection of a processor should be made with the same criteria you use to establish any professional relationship. It must "feel right," as you will be working closely with the organization in establishing the processing procedures. After the process has been established you will probably not have very much interaction with this organization except for transaction reporting.
You can expect to pay an application fee to process your application. Once it is approved you can anticipate doing business immediately.
Credit card processing fees vary by the volume of business you transact and the dollar amount of these transactions. You will pay a set percentage of each sale in addition to an amount per transaction. You can elect to receive weekly or monthly statements that detail the history of your activity.
Part of the process of "signing up" with a partner processing agency will be to provide them the terminal identifier for your "virtual" terminal that has been assigned by the card processor. It is important to request this identifier when working with the card processor and keep it with your processor account information for reference when contacting partner agencies.