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Libby James
Merchant Services Expert

Libby James is co-founder, director and an expert in all things merchant services. Libby is the go-to specialist for business with more complex requirements or businesses that are struggling to find a provider that will accept them. Libby is regularly cited in trade, national and international media.

Shopify explained

Shopify payment gateways and merchant accountsShopify as a business offer payment gateways, not just in the UK but internationally. They also over a POS (point of sale system) for customer facing businesses. They also offer easy to use and set up e-commerce website development software and their main USP is that they’re an easy way to get set up

To understand this in a little more depth, prior to processing customer payments it’s important to know how payment gateways work and the purpose of securing an efficient payment gateway for your e-commerce store.

Payment gateways for Shopify

Payment gateways are used when customers purchase products online, they enter their card details to finalise an order and complete payment. The purpose of the payment gateway is to keep customers card (and therefore bank details) safe, the technology encrypts these details to make sure they do not fall into the wrong hands, see this as a ‘middleman’ between their bank and your business bank. Internet safety is paramount when taking payments from customers, if they do not feel their details are secure – it might mean the difference between making a sale or using a competitor alternative.

What are the benefits of a Shopify payment gateway

Shopify offer its clients lots of benefits, some of which include;

  • 14 day free trail
  • 24/7 customer support
  • Advice on running your ecommerce business through the Shopify Blog
  • Various sales channels and enterprise plans

Do you need a merchant account for Shopify?

We often get asked about Shopify merchant account fees. When using Shopify, you will need to set up your own or a third party payment processor like Paypal. Merchant Advice Service can help you with this for free (CLICK HERE). We offer a free, non-biased advice, making sure you find an account that suits your business needs.

What are the best payment gateways for Shopify?

While selling goods online it’s crucial to ensure you have the lowest overheads when taking card payments. Important for start-up companies to keep costs as low as possible and for growing companies as this is a cost that increases proportionally with business growth and turnover.

We’ll help you source the best possible payment gateway through Shopify and the best possible merchant account too. Not only looking at rates but also helping you to find the right technical solution to suit your business too. Give us a call or fill out our enquiry form.


Shopify and high risk businesses

Shopify stores do not support high risk merchant accounts, therefore if you are operating in industries such as cigarette or ticket sales a Shopify store will not be suitable. Although building the site will be straight forward, finding a supporting high risk merchant account on the backend will prove problematic. Speak to our experts for Shopify alternatives.

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Shopify can be an excellent way to get started with your new shop or e-commerce website and an easy, out of the box solution to get set up quickly, efficiently and professionally.

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Libby James

Libby James Co-founded Merchant Advice Service alongside David Bird in 2016. Her finance background, coupled with retail and customer service experience, gave Libby the drive to bring transparency and non-biased advice to the world of merchant services. Having come from the heavily regulated mortgage and insurance industry, Libby found it puzzling that other financial sectors lacked regulation and transparency leaving customers confused and unable to make informed decisions when it came to accepting card payments. This was soon to become Libby’s obsession!

With the help of some of the industry’s best, Libby began to research acquiring banks, complex terminology/regulation, and the problems customers experience within merchant services and payment gateway markets. She spent years on sourcing solutions for complex clients, which previously others were unable to assist with. Libby established relationships with brokers and banks which would soon form the cornerstone of Merchant Advice Service. As a result Libby has been featured in high-profile publications across the web.

Libby is proud to be the entrepreneur’s champion, supporting start-up businesses regularly. Her industry insights can often be found on LinkedIn where she provides free of charge advice and money saving pointers. It’s safe to say she has her finger on the pulse of everything card payments related.

Libby speaks of her experience in founding and running Merchant Advice Service…

‘Merchant Advice Service is one of my greatest achievements to date. We help business owners to overcome card processing issues which can become detrimental to their business. We assist SME’s in finding suitable card payments solutions, helping them create their vision. Each and every day is different, exciting and fore filling. As technology advances I can’t wait to see the way in which the merchant services market advances, and I’m pleased that our business will play a part in educating company owners along the way.’

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