The best credit card reader for small business in 2024

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The best credit card reader for small business will keep your customers happy, by letting them make card payments wherever you are, without needing any extra equipment. For anyone selling photographs at a local market - or for taking deposits for weddings - the ability to accept credit cards makes you look more professional, and makes things easier for your shoppers.

These small and portable devices connect to your phone or tablet via Bluetooth and provide you with a free app to run things. That makes it simple for you to take payments, say, for prints you're selling at a local market, or for your day's services as a wedding photographer. For this, the best credit card readers charge quite a minimal transaction fee, and most of them are pretty cheap. Some are even free!

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Tom May

Tom May is a freelance writer and editor specializing in art, photography, design and travel. He has been editor of Professional Photography magazine, associate editor at Creative Bloq, and deputy editor at net magazine. He has also worked for a wide range of mainstream titles including The Sun, Radio Times, NME, T3, Heat, Company and Bella.