I can’t believe how often this comes up. Yes, you need to accept credit cards at craft shows and art shows and, yes, it’s super easy. If you don’t accept credit cards then you’re losing dollars to save pennies.
Read on for details and how to get started at a low cost with no BS… and see the links below to our guide for selling online and our guide for selling at shows…
Aren’t The Fees Too Expensive?
First, the fees for accepting credit cards are not that expensive. Second, nobody likes paying extra fees but why would you lose dollars to save pennies? You will literally walk away with fewer sales if you don’t accept credit cards when you sell at art shows and craft shows.
Think about this. An average fee for a $20 sale is 60 cents to 90 cents. So if you accept credit cards you end up with more than $19 in your pocket or you can have no sale at all just to save 90 cents.
How To Accept Credit Cards At Craft Shows And Art Shows
You may accept credit cards on your smartphone and there’s usually no up-front cost. It’s really that simple.
You can go on to Amazon and buy a Square chip card reader. It will cost about $50 and that’s literally all you need to pay to get up and running.
Then you download the Square app on to your smartphone. It works on any any current iPhone, any current Samsung phone and just about every other current Android phone.
Install the app. Create an account. Provide the bank account info where you want the money to go. That’s it.
The fee is 2.75% on each transaction and there are no other fees. No credit checks. No malarkey. No BS.
But I Still Don’t Want To Pay The Fees?!
If saving a few cents is more important to you than making a sale then it’s time to re-think your whole sales strategy. To be successful you need to let your customers pay you the way they want to!
If you went into a grocery store, a gas station, a hardware store or a restaurant and they didn’t accept credit cards you’d stop going there, right? Same thing for customers of your business…
Get More Help With Selling Your Art And Craft Products
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