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Which credit card machine is right for a small business?

Making your choice

Deciding on the right credit card machine largely depends on the type of service being offered, how your business operates, whether a dedicated dial up telephone line is available and whether the terminal needs to be taken directly to the customer or not.

Fixed card payment terminals are ideal for static trading outlets such as shops, where customers come to a till point to pay for goods. However, a portable card machine is usually more suitable for restaurants, bars or other outlets where a card machine needs to be taken directly to the customer whilst on the premises. Mobile card machines allow you to accept payment almost anywhere and so are perfect for tradesmen, taxis or portable services that visit customers directly.


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