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What Is a Merchant Account, and Do You Really Need One?
By Jennifer Dublino | October 15, 2021

Most customers expect you to accept debit and credit card payments. To do so, you need a merchant account. Here's what to expect when opening a merchant account for your business.

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How Does Payroll Work?
By Sean Peek | October 15, 2021

If your business has several employees, you need a payroll system to correctly compensate them for their work. Here's how to process payroll as a small business owner.

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How to Accept Credit Cards
By Lori Fairbanks | October 15, 2021

As consumers switch to credit cards over cash, your business must be able to conduct transactions for both debit and credit cards.

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What Is a Per Diem?
By Nicole Fallon | October 15, 2021

In the workplace, "per diem" usually means a daily allowance or stipend given to employees to cover lodging, meals and incidental expenses during business travel. Here's what employers need to know.

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What Is a Merit Pay Increase?
By Nicole Fallon | October 15, 2021

Merit pay is a raise awarded to incentivize employee productivity. Learn the best way to implement a clear and consistent merit pay policy.

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What Are Medical Claims?
By Max Freedman | October 14, 2021

Medical claims are documents that your practice must submit to payers for reimbursement. Here, you'll learn how to create them.

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How to Pay Yourself With an Owner's Draw
By Julie Thompson | October 14, 2021

This guide explains how business owners can pay themselves with a payroll tactic known as an "owner's draw."

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How to Offer Payroll Advances
By Julie Thompson | October 14, 2021

It may benefit employees if you can offer them a payroll advance in times of financial emergencies. Here's how to offer an advance to your employees.

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How Do Acquisition Loans Work?
By Dock David Treece | October 14, 2021

Acquisition loans are specifically used to acquire another business or its assets. Here's how acquisition loans work.

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Gross vs. Net Revenue
By Dock David Treece | October 14, 2021

Gross revenue and net revenue are distinct from each other, but both are important for small businesses to track.

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Management Accounting
By Dock David Treece | October 14, 2021

Management accounting is specific to strategic decision-making based on company finances. Here's how to use it for your business.

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The Pros and Cons of a Term Loan
By Jamie Johnson | October 14, 2021

Terms loans can be a great option for financing growth initiatives for your business.

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How Can a Line of Credit Help Your Business?
By Jamie Johnson | October 14, 2021

A business line of credit can serve as a safety net for businesses when unexpected expenses arise.

Review
Accion
By Donna Fuscaldo | October 14, 2021

Accion is a small business microloan lender. The company provides two types of loans: one for established businesses and one for startups. Loan types, amounts and requirements vary by state. Each...

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How to Develop a Credit Policy
By Max Freedman | October 14, 2021

A credit policy can help protect you against clients who don't pay what they owe and boost your cash flow.

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Before You Sign: Important Loan Contract Terms to Review
By Matt D'Angelo | October 14, 2021

Before you sign a loan document, make sure you understand the terms.

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Why SBA Loans Differ From Conventional Loans
By Donna Fuscaldo | October 14, 2021

Small businesses that may not qualify for a standard loan from a bank or alternative lender may want to look to the Small Business Administration for help.

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Gusto vs. QuickBooks: Which Software Is the Best Option for Your Business?
By Dachondra Cason | October 14, 2021

Trying to choose between the Gusto and QuickBooks payroll solutions? This comparison guide can help you make the best choice for your small business's payroll needs.

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Offering a 401(k) Plan? Tips for Small Business Owners
By Stella Morrison | October 13, 2021

Offering a 401(k) is a great way to attract high-level talent to your organization.

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Using Revenue-Based Financing to Grow Your Business
By Adam Uzialko | October 12, 2021

Using revenue-based financing might be the key to growing your startup.

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ADP vs. Paychex: Which Software Is Best for Your Business?
By Dachondra Cason | October 12, 2021

Trying to choose between ADP and Paychex? This comparison guide can help you make the right choice for your small business payroll needs.

Review
Square
By Donna Fuscaldo | October 12, 2021

Square is the best credit card processor for small businesses because it is easy to use, packed with features, and usable as an iPad or Android POS system.

Review
Vend
By Lori Fairbanks | October 11, 2021

Vend is our top pick for the best retail POS system. It's affordable, easy to use and packed with features for all types of retail businesses, including fashion boutiques, car washes, computer shops,...

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Upserve
By Jamie Johnson | October 11, 2021

Upserve is a strong choice for restaurants that want full reports on their data, competitive pricing and excellent customer support.

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TouchBistro
By Skye Schooley | October 11, 2021

TouchBistro is the best POS system for the food service industry, with key features for restaurants, cafes, food trucks, pubs and more.

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Toast
By Jamie Johnson | October 11, 2021

Toast works equally well for a small restaurant that's just getting started and a large chain looking to service multiple sites. It has also done a great job of pivoting in the midst of the pandemic,...

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Lightspeed
By Skye Schooley | October 11, 2021

Lightspeed is the best iPad POS system because its pricing is competitive, the system is fully mobile, and you have a choice of integrated payment processors.

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Epos Now
By Skye Schooley | October 11, 2021

Epos Now is the best all-in-one POS system for small businesses because it is affordable, versatile and adapts to your business.

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Clover Point of Sale System
By Jamie Johnson | October 11, 2021

Clover offers a range of hardware options that outshine the competition and give businesses flexibility in customizing a POS system that works for them.