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Easy Solutions for Accepting Online Credit Card Payments

You can avoid the expense and hassle of a merchant account with these e-commerce options that won't break the bank.

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This story appears in the January 2004 issue of Teen Startups.

Shoppers spent close to $45 billion online in 2002; 2003 figures are expected to reach more than $55 billion. Yet to my astonishment, there are still "static" Web sites out there that provide nothing but product information, with the occasional unimpressive ability for visitors to call, fax, or print and mail in orders.

We live in an era of impatience, and visitors require the ability to click "Order Now," fill out shipping and credit card information, and move on. If your product-oriented company doesn't provide this, you're going to lose out to your competition.

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