Best Merchant Accounts for SLPs

What to Know Before Getting Started

As a speech therapist, you work hard to help your patients express themselves more clearly. Unfortunately, your expertise can sometimes seem to hit a dead end when you try to get a straight answer out of a merchant account sales representative. The credit card industry is full of nonsense fees, confusing rate structures, and inflexible contract terms. Although there are plenty of useful services for speech-language pathologists (including online invoicing, mobile phone processing, accounting integration, etc.), there are enough pitfalls that it can sometimes seem like it isn’t worth accepting credit cards. Luckily, with just a little research and patience, you can find an affordable merchant account provider that makes it easier for your patients to pay you on time with their preferred method.

To help you in your search, we’ve put together the following list of the best credit card processors for speech-language pathologists. The providers on this list offer online billing tools, digital invoicing, accounting software integration, and other useful services for growing and maintaining your SLP business. They are also known to provide low-commitment contracts with transparent pricing and quality customer service. To find the right provider for your speech therapy clinic, be sure to research each processor’s products and features and compare pricing and terms.

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Why These Merchant Account Providers

Fattmerchant

Active since early 2014, Fattmerchant is a merchant account provider leading the industry’s move toward flat-rate, subscription-style pricing. The company’s products and services include EMV-compatible countertop terminals, a virtual terminal, an online payment gateway, an online shopping cart, mobile phone processing, QuickBooks integration, online invoicing, and recurring billing. Fattmerchant is capable of serving all standard-risk SLP offices and offers a comprehensive dashboard for tracking all payments and customers.

Fattmerchant offers multiple pricing plans with different rates. Merchants can select either a plan that charges a flat fee on all transactions or a plan that charges a fixed monthly fee plus a fixed per-transaction dollar amount above interchange. In other words, merchants can choose whether or not they are charged a percentage markup on each transaction. Fattmerchant currently has an “A” rating on CPO and an “A+” rating with the Better Business Bureau.

For more information, visit the Fattmerchant website, or call (866) 397-9826.

Host Merchant Services

Host Merchant Services is a Newark, Delaware-based merchant account provider that is well-suited for speech and language therapy providers of all sizes. The company’s products and services include in-person payment solutions, online marketing tools, third-party software integration, an online payment gateway and virtual terminal, mobile credit card processing, recurring billing tools, and merchant cash advance. Host Merchant Services specializes in e-commerce businesses and provides a free website and email address to interested merchants. Host is an excellent payment processing option for SLPs who would like an affordable way to accept payments online and in person.

Host Merchant Services has received only positive feedback on public forums, with most reviewers singling out the company’s customer service for praise. Host offers interchange-plus pricing with no early termination fees to all of its merchants, meaning that users will enjoy the most transparent pricing model and can cancel service without penalty. The Better Business Bureau gives Host an “A+” rating, and CPO also gives the company an “A+.”

For more information, visit the Host Merchant Services website or call (888) 727-4538.

CDG Commerce

Located in Chesapeake, Virginia, CDG Commerce is another great all-around option for speech therapy clinics of all sizes and types. CDG has been privately owned since 1998 and offers a proprietary payment gateway (as well as a discount on Authorize.Net’s payment gateway), a virtual terminal, QuickBooks integration, mobile phone processing, sales reporting, security breach protection, and vulnerability scanning. CDG Commerce is ideal for speech-language pathologists who require a simple, low-cost, integrated solution for in-person and online payments.

CDG Commerce only charges a low, fixed fee per transaction and offers competitive contractual terms, including no annual fees, monthly minimums, or termination fees. CDG also offers next day funding to most business types. CDG has earned an “A+” rating in our review as well as an “A+” rating with the BBB.

For more information, see the CDG Commerce website or call (888) 393-1079.

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Why These Merchant Account Providers

Other Merchant Account Options

The providers below may not have been researched as thoroughly or may lack a quality that prevented them from being listed above. We have listed them to provide a broader view of potential merchant account options. Are you a decision maker with your company and want to be listed on this page? Tell us here.


Payline Data

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Payline Data has consistently rated as one of the best merchant account providers on CPO since we first reviewed the company. Like Host, Payline is capable of serving speech and language pathology specialists of all sizes and types. The company offers traditional retail credit card terminals, mobile phone credit card processing (via Flint), an online payment gateway and virtual terminal, QuickBooks integration, and API integration for websites. Payline Data is a great option for almost any speech-language therapist, from self-employed therapists to entire speech pathology clinics.

In addition to its wide array of services, Payline Data offers interchange-plus pricing with month-to-month contracts and no early termination fees. As a result, the company enjoys a large number of positive testimonials from its clients on this website and in other consumer protection forums. The Better Business Bureau currently assigns Payline Data an “A+” rating, and CPO also gives Payline an “A+.”

Dharma Merchant Services

Based in San Francisco, California, Dharma Merchant Services is a highly rated merchant account provider that places a corporate emphasis on social consciousness and community outreach. The company’s products and services include countertop terminals, a tablet-based POS system (via a partnership with ShopKeep), mobile device payment processing, an online payment gateway (Authorize.Net), QuickBooks integration, small business financing, and custom fundraising pages for non-profits. The company extends special pricing to non-profit organizations and donates a percentage of its profits to non-profits of its choosing every year. Dharma is best suited for speech-language therapists who process over $10,000 per month.

Dharma scores highly in our review and elsewhere due to its positively reviewed customer service, transparent marketing practices, competitive interchange-plus rates, and fair service agreements. The BBB currently assigns a rating of “A+” for Dharma Merchant Services, while CardPaymentOptions.com also gives the company an “A+.”

For more information, see the Dharma Merchant Services website or call (888) 404-1237.

ProPay

Headquartered in Levi, Utah, ProPay is an e-commerce merchant account provider that provides simple billing and payment options for speech-language pathologists. ProPay users can utilize digital invoicing to collect payments from clients via email or purchase ProPay Jak, the company’s mobile phone processing solution, to take payments in person. ProPay is also able to process recurring ACH transactions through its virtual terminal and online payment gateway. ProPay is an ideal choice for speech therapists who require a fully-featured digital payments option without the physical equipment offered by traditional providers.

ProPay’s pricing will vary depending on each merchant’s business type, size, time in business, and preferred method of payment acceptance. The company is a TSYS subsidiary and has a very low complaint total in the past three years for a provider of its size. Our review of ProPay currently gives the company an “A” rating, while the Better Business Bureau gives ProPay an “A+.”

For more information, see the ProPay website.


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I'm a former credit card processing sales director who left the industry to start my own a small business. From the time that I starting working in the merchant services industry to when I left to write about it, I've been on the pulse of payments for nearly 15 years. It didn't seem fair to keep this insider knowledge to myself, so decided to build this website to help you research which providers to use and how to save money on rates and fees. I've reviewed hundreds of companies, read thousands of user reviews, and learned the pricing tricks of every provider. If you have questions about credit card processing, you can find the answers here. Simply scroll to the top of the page to find the search bar. You can also message me if you need any guidance.

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