Selling online- The affordable way
by Marisa Ramondo
"I need to find a quick and inexpensive way to have my clients
go to my site and purchase my photos with their credit card.
Marisa help me!! How do I do this so it doesn't cost me a
This was part of a telephone conversation I had this week with
a good friend of mine. You see he has a flourishing
photography business and one of his clients asked him if he
had an online photo album where he could view and ultimately
purchase his photos online. My anxious friend doesn't have a
merchant account yet nor does he have a secure server to be
able to handle credit card transactions. I told him not to
despair. There is a perfect solution for his predicament. It
an eBay Company, enables any individual or business with an
email address to securely, easily and quickly send and receive
payments online. It is available in 45 countries and is used
by over 56 million online buyers worldwide.
When you signup for
you can start accepting credit card payments instantly. Best
of all, it's completely free to sign up!
charges the merchant ~2.9% of the money received. You would
have to visit their website for full details. There are no
setup fees or monthly fees as you would by having an internet
merchant account. You are then notified via email when
someone sends a payment via
When a client chooses to pay by
at your website, they can use a major credit card, or pay with
funds they may already have in their
account. You then access the money whenever you want by
withdrawing it from your account.
offers many withdrawal options including electronic bank
transfer or cheque.
just got even better!
In the past if you had
as a payment option and your clients did not have an account
open, they had to set one up in order to do business with you.
Personally, I had an issue with this since it should be easy
for someone who wants to give you money, to do so
effortlessly. The last thing you want is to drive a potential
client away because it is inconvenient for them! Now that's all changed. For new buyers, signing up for a
account is now optional. This means your clients can complete
their payments first, by using their credit card and then
decide whether to save their information in a
account for future
What I absolutely adore is their shopping cart capability. You
can create as many product/service items as you like.
Integration to your website is quite easy since they provide
you with all the necessary codes and instructions you need.
Needless to say, my
photographer friend was so relieved and happy to see that such
an inexpensive way of doing business online exists. His
shopping cart and items were set up in two shakes of a lamb's
tale. He is ready for his clients now! The only click he wants
to hear is from his clients visiting his online catalogue
searching to buy his photos.
if you are interested in signing up for your free
account. Feel free to
contact me if you have any questions about
To your continued success!
Ramondo is a web consultant and founder of Alexram
where her mission is to help small businesses establish
themselves successfully on the Internet. Be sure to
visit her website to find out what else she is
up to at