Business

7 Mistakes Small Business Owners Make

While not every industry is the same and constructing a recreational dispensary in California’s newly legal market requires different paperwork than opening an organic juice stand in your local library, there are generalities in business. Half of legitimate businesses in the U.S. fail within the first year, according to the Small Business Administration. Even for…

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Starting and growing a business isn’t as easy as it can look on TV. You don’t just come up with an idea, raise money, and become the next unicorn startup.

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Credit Card Processing

Choosing a Credit Card Machine

Today we will discuss the most basic credit card processing device found in a retail business: the standalone credit card terminal. Stand-alone terminals are the simplest and most cost-effective method for accepting card-present transactions (payments where your customer hands you their card) in a retail environment. Although they are the most basic, there are still…

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One of the most heavily used and under-appreciated fixtures in every retail business today is the credit card processing device.

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Business

How to Accept Gift Cards at Your Business

Gift cards are a wildly popular option in the United States, with GiftCards.com claiming that 93% of consumers purchase or receive a gift card each year. Let’s take a look at the benefits, costs, and options for implementing a gift card program at your business, as well as laws to be aware of and fraud…

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Gone are the days of paper gift certificates that can’t be reused and are hard to track. These days, everyone is familiar with the gift card: a reloadable, credit-card-sized alternative.

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ecommerce

Shopify vs. WooCommerce – Choosing an Ecommerce Platform

If you’ve spent any time in ecommerce, you’ve likely come across a conundrum – should you choose WooCommerce or Shopify to run your online business? The answer largely depends on what you’re hoping to do with your website and how much time, skill, and resources you can afford to put into it. WooCommerce is a…

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If you’ve spent any time in ecommerce, you’ve likely come across a conundrum – should you choose WooCommerce or Shopify to run your online business?

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Credit Card Processing, Restaurants and Bars

Complete Digital Pour Review

Bars and restaurants are enjoying a renaissance in the U.S. and around the world — craft beer, delicious wine, and exciting cocktails are once again enticing people out of their homes to enjoy a tasty beverage with their friends. If you’re a brewer, bar manager, brewpub owner, or restaurateur, it’s important to create, brew, and…

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Technological innovation is closing the gap between palates and profits, and one offering, Digital Pour, promises to make managing a profitable bar, pub, or restaurant much easier.

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Medical and Dental

HealthFusion Review

MediTouch has partnerships with major organizations in the medical field, including the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Osteopathic Association, and boasts awards like the Surescripts White Coat of Quality. Let’s take a look at what Healt Fusion’s MediTouch software can offer your practice and what others have to say about the system….

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HealthFusion is a company that offers MediTouch electronic health records and practice management software for doctors’ offices and other medical practices. Founded by physicians, the company’s website boasts more than 33,000 satisfied users in the fields of podiatry, pediatrics, cardiology, family medicine, neurology, obstetrics, orthopedics, sports medicine, surgical centers, urgent care, and more.

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Credit Card Processing

Staged Digital Wallet Fees

In March of 2017, Visa announced a staged digital wallet fee that will take effect in April of 2017. This comes well after Mastercard imposed a similar fee in 2013. Visa’s fee could result in higher interchange costs for small businesses. Which wallets does this affect, and will your business pay more to take digital…

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Until recently, a business accepting a digital wallet payment was charged the same rates as they would be for accepting a physical credit card. Now, Visa is changing the rules for certain digital wallets, called “staged” digital wallets.

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Credit Card Processing

International Credit Card Processing

We’ll break down the fees you’ll need to pay for taking payments in different currencies. In this article, we focus on popular “flat rate” payment providers in the US including Braintree, Authorize.net, PayPal, Stripe, and more. In some cases, it may be less expensive to take international payments with an interchange-plus processor. Note that this…

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If you run an ecommerce website or another type of international business, you’re probably taking payments from people all over the world. If that’s the case, you need to know what your payment provider is charging you.

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