In an effort to give you the tools and information you need to have a healthy business, ACE regularly investigates new business practices and technologies on the market. One emerging technology, mobile credit card payment processors, has already become a staple for health and fitness professionals in a variety of settings.
These small devices allow business owners to accept credit-card payments from clients anytime and anywhere using a mobile phone or tablet. After swiping a credit card through the device, clients sign the screen with their finger and then choose whether to receive their receipt via text or email.
ACE recently partnered with Square, a leader in mobile credit card payment technology, to provide an additional benefit for ACE-certified professionals. “This is the kind of partnership that will help ACE-certified Personal Trainers and Health Coaches grow their businesses through technology,” said Ted Vickey, ACE senior consultant on emerging technology and innovation. “Trainers and coaches will now be able to easily accept credit-card payments for their products and services using a device they already carry with them—their cell phone.”
To learn more about the technology, Vickey chatted with Square spokeswoman Faryl Ury.
TV: Can you tell me a little about Square and how it works?
FU: Square began with a simple idea—that everyone should be able to accept credit cards. Square is a pocket-sized credit card terminal that connects to the mobile device you already own, including iPhone, iPad, Android and Window devices.
Pricing is simple and transparent. The Square reader and Square Register app are free, with transaction pricing starting at 2.75% with no monthly service charges, no activation fees and no cancellation fees. We also provide tools, including analytics and digital loyalty programs, to help trainers and coaches grow their businesses.
TV: How difficult is setting up Square, or any other type of mobile credit card payment processor?
FU: There are so many more important things that trainers and coaches need to worry about—their daily schedule, creating effective programs and providing exceptional customer service. The last thing they need is the stress of setting up Square or accepting credit-card payments. Square is simple to get up and running. With some basic information and a bank account, trainers and coaches can set up accounts and be ready to accept credit card payments in minutes.
TV: How can ACE professionals use this technology to expand their businesses?
Square offers simple and affordable tools that personal trainers and health coaches can use to start, run and grow their businesses. Trainers and coaches are often mobile themselves, being at the gym, in a studio, in
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