High-Risk Merchant Account Services
If you’ve had some difficulties securing a traditional merchant account through a bank, it could be that your business is classified as higher risk. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it can definitely make your payment processing a little more complicated. If your business has been deemed high-risk, you’re likely in the market for a high-risk merchant account.
We specialize in high-risk merchant accounts and other services that help businesses grow, despite being considered a high-risk merchant. We have consultants available to talk through the process with you and help you choose the best option for your business.
What is a High Risk Merchant Account
A high-risk merchant account is an account that is offered to businesses who are unable to secure an account with a traditional bank or lender. It allows businesses in this category to process credit and debit cards as payment options for their customers. They often carry higher fees for transactions, but are usually the only option for high risk merchants.
Who Determines If a Merchant Risk Profile is High?
There are a variety of reasons for which a business could be deemed high risk. This classification can involve a variety of different factors and is different for each bank, lender or credit card processor. There are some typical trends in this classification, though. Most of them fall into one or more of the following categories:
- High propensity for chargebacks
- High risk of fraud
- High average transaction amount
- Bad personal debt as a sole proprietor
- Businesses that offer subscriptions or memberships
- Businesses that include multi-level marketing or pyramid schemes
There are also a variety of specific industries that tend to fall into the high-risk category. Here are some of the most common ones:
- Adult entertainment Merchant Account Services
- Beer, wine, and liquor Merchant Account Services
- Cannabis and CBD Merchant Account Services
- Credit repair and debt consolidation Merchant Account Services
- Firearms and ammo Merchant Account Services
- Gambling and gaming Merchant Account Services
- Health & wellness programs Merchant Account Services
- Nutraceuticals Merchant Account Services
- Tobacco and Vape Merchant Account Services
- Tech Support Merchant Account Services
This is not a complete list of all the industries that could be labeled as high risk and every credit card processing company is different. Your business may be considered high risk by one processor, but not by another. However, if you’ve tried multiple vendors and they all classified you as high risk, MMS is here to help.
Are High-Risk Payment Processors Typical Credit Card Processing Fees High?
With a high-risk merchant account comes higher fees than a low-risk account. Although many payment processors are willing to grant a high-risk merchant account, they generally come with fees that are designed to cover the additional risk. However, the parameters around high-risk accounts have come a long way and it’s in your best interest to choose an account provider who is progressive.
When high-risk merchant accounts first came into the marketplace, their per-transaction fees were excessive. They also charged setup fees, monthly fees, annual fees, and even PCI fees. If you’re in the market for a high-risk account in today’s economy, you have options and we are here to guide you in finding the best credit card processing services for your business.
For example, you should thoroughly review your contract before signing on the dotted line with any merchant services provider. You should look for early termination fees, setup fees, and other ways in which a merchant account provider might try to nickel-and-dime you. MMS offers contract terms that are affordable, reasonable, and easy to navigate.
We also offer competitive fee structures and the ability to negotiate your terms. If your business requires a high-risk account because you’re overcoming some bad personal debt, we understand that your circumstances will change as your work to rebuild that credit. If your business is in an industry that is commonly classified as high risk and that’s not going to change anytime soon, we understand that, too.
Merchant Services for Higher Risk Merchant Processing
Merchant Pros and Cons for Using High-Risk Merchant Accounts
The most obvious disadvantage to a high-risk merchant account is the higher fees that you have to pay for their processing services. Others might include more stringent contract guidelines and other potential fees associated with the contract itself. However, there are also several benefits to a high-risk merchant account. These include, but aren’t limited to:
- Global payment processing
- Higher chargeback tolerance
- Subscription services
A high-risk merchant account allows you to accept payments from a larger audience base. You can accept payments in multiple currencies from all over the world. This opens a whole new base of potential customers that you may not have considered before.
High-risk accounts like those offered by MMS offer more flexibility with chargebacks than a low-risk merchant. While banks may require a low-risk merchant to be at a 1% or lower chargeback ratio, our high-risk accounts can go much higher than that. You won’t have to worry about your account being terminated due to high chargebacks.
Subscriptions are becoming more and more prevalent in the marketplace but can present a pretty big risk to the lender who is sponsoring the merchant account. MMS understands this and we are willing to work with merchants who accept this type of revenue. This allows your business to run as planned, rather than changing your business model to fit what the lender will allow.
Payment Gateway for Processing Forex Payments
Finding a payment gateway provider to manage various payment solutions is important for all merchant accounts online. Simply finding merchant account services that cater to risky merchants will not be sufficient to run a successful website. It is imperative to utilize payment gateway services that can handle the needs of a high-risk business. At MMS, our high-risk payment gateway was designed to help make the riskiest of businesses run smoothly no matter the industry or demands of their merchant account.
In addition to operating a high-risk payment gateway, it is important to have the ability to manually enter transactions. Check with all payment gateway providers that their system also doubles as a virtual terminal, that way there are no problems when trying to run MOTO transactions. At MMS, our payment gateway provides businesses with a PCI-compliant virtual terminal to secure all transactions, no matter where they originate from.
Why a Merchant Needs High Risk Accounts With MMS Merchant Services?
MMS is your partner in business. We can help you choose the right high-risk payment processing solutions for you by offering expertise, flexibility, and consulting. If you need guidance on the best options for your business, we can help with that!
We help high-risk merchant businesses succeed by offering flexible terms, customizable products, and transparent billing. Processing fees can sometimes be difficult to understand and incredibly complicated. MMS offers simple, transparent fees, high-quality solutions, and peace of mind.
Just because your business is classified as high risk doesn’t mean your life should be difficult. It means you need a partner by your side to support you every step of the way, and that’s what we’re here to do. Contact MMS for a full business review and estimate on high-risk merchant services pricing.