CBD start-up merchant account and payment gateway program

by Chris Sorensen

CBD start-up program - content imageAt Organic Payment Gateways, we help people successfully sell legal CBD products online by providing them with the right payment gateway and advice for compatible platforms, shopping carts, and software. While we help new start-ups and larger more established companies alike, we now offer a dedicated CBD start-up support program.

As CBD products are very tightly regulated, many merchant service providers require large bank balances or long processing histories. However, our goal at Organic Payment Gateways is to give you the ability to sell your products online with the freedom to choose the e-commerce platform you love. This is why, after months of speaking to business owners, providers, and experts, that we’re now launching our dedicated CBD merchant account and payment gateway program for start-ups who want to start selling their products on major shopping carts and e-commerce platforms.

We know how frustrating and challenging it can be for new businesses to join the continuously growing online US market for CBD and hemp sales. One of the challenges is that so few merchant service providers actually address CBD payment processing directly. This can result in hours of due diligence being spent on evaluating providers that were never going to be viable for your business in the first place. The story is largely the same for site builders, e-commerce platforms, and shopping carts.

We’ve helped a large number of CBD site owners who have spent countless hours perfecting their website, only to later realize that the platform they’re using isn’t compatible with a suitable payment gateway that allows them to accept credit card payments for their CBD products. The good news is that with the right support and combination of solutions, we’ll be able to help you accept payments for your CBD start-up from the start.

What our CBD start-up program offers

At Organic Payment Gateways, we’re now offering free phone or email consultations for any new US-based business owner hoping to learn more about CBD payment gateways and credit card processing options.

Our start-up program for new CBD business owners focuses on removing avoidable costs and delays that often occur for new businesses entering the CBD market. With our expertise and experience, we want to give new businesses expert insights into how to choose a CBD payment gateway that works for them.

We will also perform the essential steps of verifying that the payment gateway and merchant account is compatible with the platform, shopping cart, or software you intend to use. At the same time, we’ll confirm which, if any, integrations, plugins, or extensions may be necessary. All in the pursuit of making the launch process as smooth as possible. If you’re ready to get some expert assistance with your CBD start-up, contact us today! We’re always ready and happy to help.

Site builders that work for a CBD start-up

There’s a great number of site builders out there today, all of them offering a wide variety of amazing features and functions. However, in order to help CBD start-up site owners more effectively, we want to narrow our focus to the most popular, highly functional site builders on the market today: Shopify and WordPress.

WordPress for CBD start-up sites

WordPress is one of the most widely used platforms on the internet. One of the great aspects of WordPress is that it’s an open-source solution. This effectively means that you’re free to use WordPress as you see fit (to an extent). However, the fact that it’s open-source won’t make it possible to sell and accept payments for CBD products. For that, you’ll need a plugin.

WordPress’ ultimate plugin for high-risk sales is WooCommerce. Similar to WordPress itself, it’s also an open-source solution. This allows WooCommerce to offer the use of their license without needing to adhere to the same guidelines as Wix, for example.

We won’t go into greater detail here, but you can see more information on payment gateways for WordPress and WooCommerce for CBD sales here. In short, with WordPress, you get a great amount of freedom and flexibility in creating your site. By adding WooCommerce, you’ll be able to accept credit card payments for your CBD products once you pair it with the right payment gateway.

CBD start-ups and Shopify

Shopify is among the most popular e-commerce platforms out there today. It’s a great platform, with many native e-commerce solutions available from the get-go. However, many new CBD merchants misstep by believing that Shopify’s native payment processing option, Shopify Payments, will work for them. Unfortunately, as of the time this article was written, Shopify Payments doesn’t support CBD sales. The good news is that we can integrate your Shopify store with a payment gateway that works for CBD sales. We won’t dive too deep into Shopify and CBD sales on this page. However, you can get more information on payment gateways and how you can use Shopify for your CBD store by clicking here.

In the shortest of terms, with a gateway from us and our help, you can use the many great features the Shopify platform provides. You can rest assured that your CBD credit card processing will be set up correctly in the back end. We want to give you peace of mind as you drive your business to success. We can help you even if you’re in the beginning stages of launching your CBD start-up.

Being a CBD start-up means you’re running a high-risk business

The challenges remain the same for your start-up CBD business, regardless of whether you use Shopify or WordPress as your site-builder. The big issue is finding a payment gateway and a merchant account that can handle the actual transactions and credit card processing your site will generate. This is where we come in.

We’ll be able to set you up with a payment gateway that works smoothly with your WordPress/WooCommerce site and your CBD sales. If you also need high-risk friendly merchant account recommendations, get in touch with us. We offer free support and advice to new players in the market. We want to give you the insights and expert assistance any CBD start-up needs in order to accept payments successfully.

Due diligence and legal support

When you’re selling CBD products online, you need to know that you’re what’s considered a high-risk merchant. This is in large part due to the fact that CBD products and product sales are tightly regulated. As such, you need to make sure you do your due diligence before you agree to a merchant account. You need to make sure you’ve done your research, and that your product line is acceptable for both the merchant account and any processor you’re using. Otherwise, you might end up having your gateway shut down, or your processing simply won’t work with the platform and software you use for your website.

That said, we’re more than happy to put you on the right path and ensure you’re not spending countless hours researching platforms, merchant accounts, and software that simply won’t work for you. Setting up online CBD businesses so that they can accept credit cards is our core business. In the same spirit, we strongly encourage and recommend that all business owners, especially new CBD business owners, consult a qualified and experienced attorney in the CBD field before launch. This will save you potential trouble down the road.

Start your CBD business with confidence

If you’ve never had a payment gateway, then you need to take some time before your launch to become familiar with accepting credit cards online. Don’t worry though, we’re here to help you through the process. We aim to provide you with the stepping stones and some clear, basic CBD information that will allow you to continue your research with confidence.

With our CBD start-up program, we’re offering free email and phone support consultations. We’re more than happy to help you to start your CBD e-commerce website. This includes payment gateway integrations, merchant account recommendations, and more. We want to make sure you and your CBD start-up can avoid delays and unnecessary expenses. Contact us today so we can start helping your CBD start-up!