Seminar and Life Coach

Complete Merchant Services for All Personal Development Sub-verticals

Businesses that offer educational seminars, as well as life coaches, provide valuable services to multitudes of people in search of professional growth and personal improvement. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the business, securing a merchant account to accept credit card payment can be extremely difficult, since most merchant account issuers deem coaching and training businesses as high risk.

Performance Card Service (PCS) specializes in high risk merchant accounts and other payment processing options. We have successfully helped people in the coaching and education business to find payment solutions that accelerate business growth. Our list of clients in this industry includes business coaches, life coaches, adult education providers, and leaders of seminars for finance, real estate and quality assurance.

Why Are Seminars and Coaching Businesses High Risk?

The seminar and coaching businesses have several features that make merchant account providers reluctant to work with them.

First, most credit card processors want credit card chargebacks to be 2% or below. When chargebacks exceed that rate, the processor can lose money, and lots of it. In coaching and seminar businesses, chargebacks tend to exceed 2%, since a certain number of attendees or clients may not be satisfied with the results.

Second, training and coaching services are high ticket items, increasing the risk of chargebacks: When customers pay a great deal of money for training or coaching and feel they have been shortchanged, they are apt to become angry and initiate a chargeback without first taking other, less extreme steps to resolve the issue.

Third, as coaches and trainers well know, cancellations are an unfortunate cost of doing business. Cancellations, whether for on-site or virtual services, often trigger chargebacks whenever deposits or fees have been collected up front.

Fourth, many coaching and training businesses rely on or use the recurring billing model, which is yet another driver of chargebacks. Customers with recurring charges often forget what they are paying for, or because their financial situation changes, decide they can no longer afford the service. For these reasons, we always recommend that coaches and trainers clearly label credit card charges that appear on their customers’ credit card statements, and provide clear instructions for cancelling a subscription.

Fifth, fraud unfortunately enters into the processor’s risk calculations, since some in the training and coaching industries really don’t deliver or even have the credentials they advertise. Fraudulent service providers create a host of chargebacks and eventually have their businesses fail, all of which is devastating financially and reputationally to the processor. Although the instances of fraud are a tiny percentage of what is a highly professional business, the threat and perception of fraud contribute to categorizing coaches and trainers as high risk.

Payment Processing Solutions from PCS

Despite these challenges, many credit card processors welcome doing business with coaches and conductors of training seminars. With more than 20 years of experience in the high risk merchant account business, PCS has forged strong relationships with the best of these processors, and will match you with the one that offers the best suite of services for your on-site or virtual coaching or seminar business.

We will assist you in preparing your merchant account application, reviewing offers, setting up your merchant account, and working with you on an ongoing basis to troubleshoot problems and search out ways to improve and expand your merchant account capabilities, as well as to manage fees.

In addition to merchant accounts, PCS frequently helps coaches and trainers set up eCheck processing, an excellent alternative to credit cards that offers high security, quick settlement and low processing costs. eChecks are widely used for personal and business-to-business transactions.

Contact Us Today!

If you are setting up a new coaching or seminars business, we will help you get off the ground with a strong set of payment processing options. If you have an established business but need lower fees or better services to keep your company moving forward, we have options for you. Please contact us now to discuss your situation and get help.

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