Ellen has a degree in English, which she puts to work every day researching and writing articles, processor reviews, and social media posts. She enjoys the challenge of explaining complex topics - making her a perfect fit for credit card processing - and strongly believes in CardFellow's mission of empowering business owners through education. When she's not busy following the latest industry news, Ellen can be found cycling the beautiful trails of southern New England, narrowly losing at pub quizzes, or practicing her trapeze skills in aerial circus class.

Credit Card Processing

The Dangers of Credit Card Processing Savings Analyses

It’s a common situation – you’re considering a new credit card processor, maybe browsing a website or talking to a salesperson, when you’re offered a savings analysis. The website text or salesperson says that it’s free and will show you how much you can save by switching. There’s just one problem. If you don’t know…

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Comparing credit card processors? Be careful with savings analyses.

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Credit Card Processing, ecommerce

What is SRC and the Universal Buy Button?

As swindlers find it more difficult to rob consumers by impersonating them at brick-and-mortar registers or by skimming their card information, they’re turning to online card-not-present attacks. The Fraud Picture So what is Secure Remote Commerce (SRC) anyway? How It Works SRC: Universal Buy Button Benefits to Businesses Limitations and Negative Perception Rolling Out SRC…

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Online payment fraud is on the rise. Secure Remote Commerce aims to curb it.

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Credit Card Processing

My Credit Card Processor Raised My Rates – Now What?

Credit card processing isn’t cheap. But it doesn’t have to be as expensive as many business owners think. In this article, I’ll cover the different types of price increases, which ones are avoidable, and how to stop them. Types of Price Increases The Easy Way The Hard Way Determine the Source of the Increase Is…

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You know the drill. Your monthly processing statement comes in, and your processor is raising your rates. How do you stop it?

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Credit Card Processing

How to Choose a Merchant Services Provider

The method to go about choosing the right credit card processor is very similar whether you’re taking cards for the first time or switching processors. The only real difference is equipment considerations. This article will go over what you need to look for (and avoid!) in order to choose a merchant services provider for your…

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Choosing the right merchant services provider (also called credit card processors) for your business can be the difference between frustration and overpaying or a competitively priced merchant account with great customer service.

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Credit Card Processing

The 5 Best Clover Apps

As of September 2018, Clover was processing $70 billion in annualized volume, up 45% year-over-year and more than triple its $20 billion in annualized volume in early 2016. The restaurant sector is Clover’s biggest merchant segment, or vertical. In the past, Clover’s focus had been small, quick-service restaurants. Now the company is turning its attention…

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Did you know that you can browse the Clover App Marketplace to find cool apps to increase the features in your Clover system? Here are our picks for the 5 best Clover apps.

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Credit Card Processing

3 Things Savvy Business Owners Know About Merchant Accounts

It’s not about brand recognition, star ratings, or exhaustive spreadsheets comparing rates. It’s about knowing what to look for that meets the needs of your specific business. Here’s what the savviest business owners know about credit card processing. Use their secrets to find the best account for your own business. The Right Account for One…

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There are many different ways to secure the right merchant account, but there are common threads that the savviest business owners all know.

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Restaurants and Bars

The Best Restaurant POS for Every Type of Restaurant

In this article, we’ll point you in the direction of quality POS systems for your restaurant no matter what type it is. But more importantly, we’ll cover features specific to different types of restaurants, and teach you what to look for so you don’t get burned by a generic list that doesn’t take your needs…

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“Restaurant” is a broad category of business types. It can include fine dining, family dining, quick serve, delivery, pizzerias, cafes, pubs, and more. What’s great for a fine dining business might not accommodate the specialty needs of a pizza parlor.

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Credit Card Processing, Medical and Dental

Practice Management Software and Credit Card Processing

Unfortunately, many practice management systems lock you in to one or two processors, eliminating your competitive leverage to negotiate low pricing for your merchant account. So, what are your options? You can either resign yourself to continually watching your pricing and fighting off rate hikes, or you can consider a “non-integrated” solution. In this article,…

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Medical practices of all kinds use practice management software, which often includes credit card processing.

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