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, Medical and Dental

Practice Management Software and Merchant Accounts

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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Credit Card Processing

Stripe Alternatives – Choosing a Payment Gateway

There are plenty of Stripe competitors that offer similar services. The trick for finding the right alternative to Stripe is to know exactly what it is about Stripe that you like and what you don’t like. In this article, we’ll look at when to use Stripe, and when to consider a company like Stripe instead….

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Stripe is a popular online payment solution, but it’s not the only option for accepting cards online. It’s also not usually the lowest cost.

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Credit Card Processing, Specialty Businesses

Wepay, Stripe Connect, and Platform-Style Payment Processing

Called “platform” or “marketplace” payment processing, this special type of merchant account enables you to securely accept payments when you run a marketplace instead of a direct-to-consumer business. In this article, we’ll take a look at a few major players: Wepay, Stripe Connect, and Heartland for Platforms. This article assumes that you already have a…

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If you’re looking to accept credit and debit payments from one client on behalf of another client, you’ll need specialty credit card processing.

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Restaurants and Bars

Is MICROS the Right POS System for Your Restaurant?

Anyone who has ever worked in the restaurant business has likely come across MICROS at some point. The touchscreen systems are ubiquitous. But they’re also expensive, and with today’s broad range of choices in POS system, many restaurant owners wonder if it’s worth the cost. Unfortunately, no one can answer that question for you. But…

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Restaurants have more choices than ever when it comes to POS systems. How do the old classics like MICROS compare?

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Credit Card Processing, Security and PCI Compliance

Tools for Protecting Your Business from Credit Card Fraud

Many businesses, especially smaller companies, don’t think much about credit and debit card fraud. But oversights and not using proper anti-fraud tools can add up to expensive mistakes. Taking precautions can help minimize your risk. Fraud Prevention for Business Debit and Credit Card Fraud: The Consequences Preventing Card Fraud Types of Debit and Credit Card…

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Taking credit cards is necessary these days. So is protecting your business from potential fraud those cards can bring.

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Restaurants and Bars

DoorDash vs. Grubhub – The Complete Comparison

When considering which app is right for your restaurant, take a look at not just cost, but also features and diner satisfaction. We’ll cover all of that and more in this DoorDash vs. Grubhub comparison. But first, let’s take a quick look at the history of food delivery and the two companies’ current statuses. There’s…

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DoorDash and Grubhub are two of the most popular food delivery apps in the United States. How do they compare?

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ecommerce

The Best Shopify Alternatives

Shopify gained popularity as an easy-to-use all-inclusive online store builder. But it does come at a cost. In addition to monthly plans, you’ll also pay credit card processing rates that are on the high side. These costs leave many businesses wondering if there’s an alternative to Shopify that doesn’t sacrifice features. The good news? There…

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If you run an ecommerce store, you’ve probably heard of Shopify. The platform offers an “all-in-one” solution with integrated payment processing.

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Restaurants and Bars

Uber Eats for Restaurants

However, it’s not without drawbacks. Some restaurants find the commissions (30% or more) to be too steep, while others explain that the delivery app cannibalizes walk-in business. However, plenty of other restaurant owners find that Uber Eats and similar delivery apps do raise sales. Let’s take a look at how it works and what you’ll…

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These days, restaurants have a choice of many different delivery apps with whom to partner. Uber Eats is among the largest of those apps.

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