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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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How to Build a Great Employee Benefits Package
By Andreas Rivera | October 13, 2021

Developing an enticing benefits package is a key aspect of attracting and retaining top employees.

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Personality Traits You Need to Start a Business
By Katharine Paljug | October 12, 2021

These qualities are beneficial to have when you're becoming your own boss.

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Vend Review
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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SurePayroll Review
By Chad Brooks | October 06, 2021

SurePayroll provides great payroll features for individuals with a full-time nanny, caregiver, housekeeper or other home service provider, making it our best payroll pick for household employers.

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Intuit QuickBooks Payroll Review
By Chad Brooks | October 06, 2021

QuickBooks Payroll is our favorite payroll service for small businesses. Its three pricing plans allow your service package to grow along with your business.

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SugarCRM Review
By Lisa McGreevy | October 02, 2021

SugarCRM allows startups to craft a fully customized CRM solution, without starting from scratch. It has a highly active online dev community, plus tons of other developer resources.

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How Salesforce Essentials Differs From Other Salesforce Plans
By Max Freedman | October 01, 2021

Salesforce Essentials offers small businesses affordable access to one of the largest and most powerful CRMs on the market.

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HubSpot CRM Review
By Simone Johnson | October 01, 2021

The free version of HubSpot may offer very small businesses enough functionality to improve processes and organization at zero cost. It also offers a wealth of raining resources.

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Freshworks CRM Review
By Jeff Hale | October 01, 2021

Freshworks CRM replaces time-consuming, repetitive tasks, allowing you to focus on attracting quality leads, engaging across multiple channels, nurturing customer relationships and closing deals...

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Oracle NetSuite CRM Review
By Jeff Hale | October 01, 2021

NetSuite CRM gives each employee at your company the tools they need to provide the ultimate customer experience through insights across every interaction or "touchpoint" during the buying journey.

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Fiserv Review
By Lori Fairbanks | September 21, 2021

Fiserv, formerly known as First Data, provides merchant services and Clover equipment to businesses of all types and sizes, including banks and independent sales organizations that resell them to...

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Stripe Review
By Lori Fairbanks | September 21, 2021

Stripe is the best online credit card processor because it's easy to use and has transparent pricing, extra features, and custom options.

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PayPal Credit Card Processing Review
By Lori Fairbanks | September 21, 2021

PayPal is our pick as the best credit card processor for freelancers and solopreneurs because of its budget-friendly, pay-as-you-go terms no matter how you accept payments: in person, online or over...

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Flagship Merchant Services Review
By Donna Fuscaldo | September 21, 2021

Flagship Merchant Services is our pick for the credit card processor with the best flexible terms, because it offers customers month-to-month service with no early termination fee.

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OnTheClock Review
By Skye Schooley | August 25, 2021

OnTheClock is a web-based time and attendance system that includes comprehensive functions and tools for tracking employees' timecards. Both the employee and administrative portals are easy to...

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13 Secrets for Growing Your Business Quickly
By Sean Peek | July 20, 2021

There's no surefire formula for instant success, but you can boost your business's growth with these tips from startup founders.

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How to Start a Sole Proprietorship
By Simone Johnson | February 01, 2021

Looking to start your own business? A sole proprietorship may be the perfect fit.

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Why You Need a Business Bank Account, and How to Choose One
By Julie Ritzer Ross | January 28, 2021

It may seem easier to use your personal bank account for your new business; however, having a business bank account is a better idea. Here's why.

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Intuit TurboTax Review
By Andrew Martins | January 05, 2021

Intuit TurboTax is our favorite online tax software because it's easy to use, comprehensive, powerful and effective.

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H&R Block Review
By Andrew Martins | January 05, 2021

If you're self-employed, a very small business or a pass-through entity like an LLC, H&R Block is more than powerful enough to cover your needs. Its highly helpful software also comes with access to...

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7 Ways to Improve Your Hiring Process
By Sammi Caramela | January 04, 2021

Learn how to create and improve your hiring process to increase employee quality and retention.

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Your Guide to Getting a Business License
By Skye Schooley | December 15, 2020

Learn what types of business licenses your small business needs and how to acquire them.

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Your Guide to Choosing Small Business Insurance
By Skye Schooley | November 18, 2020

Learn about business insurance and how it can protect your business financially and legally.

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25 Types of Insurance Your Small Business Should Consider
By Skye Schooley | November 17, 2020

Learn what business insurance options are available and how they can protect your business.

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WebiMax Review
By Skye Schooley | November 16, 2020

WebiMax gets our best pick for businesses because it offers up-front pricing and multi-level plans suitable for businesses of all sizes.

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Gadook Review
By Skye Schooley | November 16, 2020

Gadook helps you manage your personal brand at a low cost and with a wide array of services.

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How to Write the Perfect Mission Statement (With Samples)
By Patrick Proctor | November 13, 2020

Learn what a mission statement is, why you need one and how to write the perfect mission statement for your business.

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Online Business Laws Your Small Business Needs to Know
By Donna Fuscaldo | November 09, 2020

There are many rules and regulations that govern e-commerce. These five, in particular, could significantly impact your small business.

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11 Things to Do Before Starting a Business
By Stella Morrison | November 04, 2020

It's important to research your industry, find competitors, understand risk and map out your finances before starting your business.