Choosing the right merchant services for your business.

Running a business is hard work.  And the way people pay for goods and services is changing. Use solutions to streamline your payment system and keep up with changing technology and maintain the security your customers deserve. How do you choose the right merchant service provider for your business? Here are some factors to consider when choosing a service provider:

  • How do you want customers to pay?
    Do you want to offer your customers the option to pay by e-check? Are you interested in being at the forefront of technology by taking payments with a card reader or allowing customers to pay with their smartphones? Consider what types of payment system your customers will likely prefer and keep this in mind as you choose your merchant services provider.
  • What type of tech support will your service provider offer?
    The last thing you want is to be unable to reach customer service and tech support if something goes wrong. You want your service provider to have great customer support and technical staff available 24 hours a day. You’ll also want to find out what time zone your customer support will be coming from. These factors will ensure that you can keep your business running smoothly.
  • What type of security does your provider offer?
    Customers expect that when they swipe their card that the transaction will be protected. Make sure that your service provider has solid security in place that meets the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard. Protecting customers against identity theft and fraud should always be a priority when selecting a merchant services provider for your business.
  • Credibility.
    Make sure the service provider you choose has a proven record of credibility. Find reviews from other businesses who use the company’s services. What do other people have to say about them? You want to ensure that the merchant services provider you choose has a positive track record and is viewed favorably among other businesses.   


No matter how you define business success, Northwest can help you achieve it. Northwest’s Merchant Services, powered by First Data, offer complete end-to-end payment processing and information solutions. Whatever your needs, we’ll tailor the right solution to help your business succeed. We offer enhanced security and compliance, 24-hour service and support, competitive pricing and proven dependability. And offer payment options to meet any shopper’s needs and take your business further. To learn more about Northwest’s Merchant Services, powered by First Data, visit our merchant services page for more information.