For many companies, processing credit card payments is a big step toward elevating to the next level. While cash only approaches are helping merchants avoid processing fees, but it can also alienate customers who prefer to pay with plastic. However, adding this element to a business can be treacherous and owners need to make sure they are partnering with the right people.

A press release from Rate Credit Card Processing examined the different factors that businesses need to take into consideration when picking a credit card processing vendor.

"We discovered five keys that kept coming up again and again in a recent analysis of the factors driving customer concerns in reviews," said Greg Wong of Rate Credit Card Processing. "Our company comparison is driven by consumer surveys, we feel this information is vital for people to consider prior to choosing a provider."

The areas that should be under consideration are payment channel security, merchant liability, order status, cost and training. The final two are factors of any business investment, but the others are more specific to the credit card industry.

A payment channel must be secure as protecting customer information is crucial. Merchant liability is important because any potential breach will need someone to be accountable, and knowing the ins and outs of responsibilities is increasingly important. Order status allows merchants to know what is going on with every transaction to ensure any customer inquiries can be handled in a timely manner.

Partnering with the right credit card processing service can help any organization make plastic payments a part of everyday business.