The food truck revolution has seized the imaginations of American food lovers. The nation has more than three million of these mobile restaurants, and that number is increasing each year.
From Tampa to Seattle, San Diego to Boston, eateries on wheels are allowing talented chefs to showcase their food skills without a lot of start-up costs, staffing expenses and costly brick-and-mortar dining rooms.
Food Truck Revolution is Fueled by iPhone, iPad Credit Card Payments
Nearly 90 percent of American families give to charity, according to findings by the National Philanthropic Trust, and the average annual household contribution is $2,213. Some of this giving is to local charities. Some is to churches and some is to the arts, disaster relief and health-related charities. Clearly, America is a generous society.
Before cell phones, mobile credit card processing meant lugging a mechanical credit card machine with a supply of carbon credit card forms to your booth at the county fair or antique show. To process charges, you had to place the card in the machine and make a carbon copy of the card, manually write in the amount of the sale and tax, and have the customer sign the slip. After the show, you would bundle all of the sales slips and mail them to the credit card company, which would credit your bank account — sometimes not until 30 days later.
If you run an online business, making money is difficult unless you accept credit card payments. One of the best ways for a small business to do this is to use a payment gateway. If you’re thinking about going this route, here are three tips to get you started.