Online Business Setup Anyone Can Do
When it comes to autoresponders, "best" becomes a relative term.
For example, I use a self-hosted mailing script called Sendy, because it best fills my needs and I am comfortable working with it.
However, I could not in good conscience ever recommend a self-hosted autoresponder solution to someone who is not comfortable installing server-based scripts and dealing with advanced settings.
Fortunately, I too was once uninitiated. I didn't have the experience required to run those types of scripts, so like the vast majority of marketers, I used a hosted solution that met all of my needs.
For complete transparency, I believe that Aweber and GetResponse are by far the two very best autoresponders offered on the web.
I choose GetResponse over Aweber because by default it provides more functionality and ease of use than its main competitor and works out to be lower cost.
Don't worry if you don't know anything about autoresponders, I'll get that fully covered for you a bit later. For now, our goal is just to get all of your basics set up and ready so that we have you properly positioned to immediately "open" your business to the public and hopefully get a little money flowing your way!
If you choose to go with GetResponse as your autoresponder - Get Setup Here
As far as payment processors go, you likely already have yours in place. PayPal.
PayPal is the main payment processor in the entire online world.
Sure, there are others, and many are pretty good, and those are fine to set up an account with just in case you get a buyer who lives in a country that PayPal does not support... But those are actually few and far between, so you absolutely want PayPal as your main processor.
On the other hand, if you live in a country that PayPal doesn't support, then you are going to be forced to use an alternative provider.
So if this is the case for you, just do a search for "PayPal alternative" and you'll get a good number of alternates and should pretty easily find one that supports your country.
Your sales volume will be lower when you do not have PayPal as your primary option. It is still worth it, you just won't make as many sales because people like me tend to "move on" if an offer does not provide a PayPal option.
What is a secure payment?
When people buy online, they typically place an order of a service o a product on a merchant’s website. It is vital to ensure a secure payment that is supported by certified and secure environment. Basic payment details, such as name, surname, credit/debit card details are required by most of the payment methods. It can be accomplished with a secure web or cart. In other words page, the URL, where user enters his credentials must be prefixed with “HTTPS” (HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure). Information is encrypted by the web browser and secured via Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) 128 bit encryption to either the merchant’s servers or to a Payment Service Provider or payment gateway that the merchant uses to accept payments.
Following symbols are implemented in most of the browsers to check a site's security, to the left of the web address, look at the security status:
View site information Info or Not secure
Dangerous Not secure or Dangerous
SamCart (webpage builder) has originated from an online payment processor, therefore security is their core.
What are the different types of payment methods?
Following payment methods are widely available for integration in webpages:
Visa / MasterCard
Mobile payments, mobile payment is defined as the use of mobile phone to pay for the purchase of goods and services at a retail POS terminal or on the Internet (popular in selective countries).
What is the best payment processor?
Payment processor is a company that handles transactions on your webpage. Payment processing is ensured via integrated payment module and is provided as a service. Selecting the right one is essential, because payment is a delicate process and is a part of your customer experience.
Payment processors can process one or several types of transaction types:
One time charges
Often payment processor can be the key aspect for the customer to give preferences to your site rather than your competitor. For instance, PayPal by default is designed to process one time charges, therefore to integrate other options "Reference Transactions" should be considered. Stripe can handle most of the transaction types.
Considering various aspects of user interactions and future expansions needs here are our recommended payment processors: