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With so many credit card processing companies available to pick from, it can be a daunting task to find the one that is the perfect fit for your business. You want to make sure you find one that will have all the features and services you are looking for. Additionally, you want to make sure you pick a company that is solid and reputable.
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Although credit card processing is already one of the fastest ways for businesses to process payments, there are still bottlenecks that can come up. These bottlenecks can occur both offline and online. If you want to ensure that your customers are able to checkout as quickly as possible in any situation, be sure to put the following tips into action: Choose a Reliable Processor Any additional steps you take will be in vain if you don’t have a reliable credit card processor handling all of your transactions. A processor that’s plagued by downtime or other issues is going to have a negative impact on your business. If your current processor has had any issues that have shown it to be unreliable, we highly encourage you to look at our recently updated list of the best credit card processing companies. Utilize Multiple Terminals The first step you can take to speed up offline checkouts is to use multiple terminals in your store. Having more than one place where customers can checkout will keep lines to a minimum. Not making customers wait… Read more

There are more than 1.5 million tax-exempt organizations in the United States. In 2013, public charities reported over $1.74 trillion in total revenues and $1.63 trillion in total expenses. While there are a lot of nonprofits in the US raising a significant amount of money, that doesn’t mean it’s easy for nonprofits to secure the funds they need to accomplish all of their goals. In a survey about the challenges faced by nonprofits, 46% of respondents said their biggest hurdle was “finding the money to accomplish our mission.” That was followed by “other” at 21% and “getting the word out about us and what we do” at 17%. Since raising enough funds is a very real concern for so many nonprofits, it’s important for organizations to take advantage of all the opportunities that are available to them. The Importance of Accepting Donations Via Credit Cards One example of an opportunity that all nonprofits should take advantage of is accepting donations via credit cards. Statistics show that 78% of Americans carry less than $50 in cash at any given time. If… Read more

Ask a group of business owners what their biggest challenge is and chances are at least a few (if not the majority) will say cash flow. What’s interesting about this challenge is it ranges across countless industries. Whether a company is a B2B service provider or a clothing brand, having enough cash for everything from inventory to salaries can be a challenge. If a business has been around long enough, they may be able to get a bank loan to help ease their cash flow burden. However, unless a business has an existing relationship with a bank, getting loan approval can take longer than the business has to wait. And for newer businesses, bank loans are generally a long shot. Merchant cash advances fill the significant gap between the number of businesses that can benefit from a cash flow infusion and the lack of sources for getting this funding. The simplest way to think of a merchant cash advance is a business receives a lump sum of cash in exchange for a predetermined share of future sales. Since cash advances… Read more

In 2013, a study conducted by UPS found that 70% of Americans preferred shopping with their favorite retailers online. In the years since, online sales have continued to increase. After hitting $307 billion in 2014, ecommerce sales rose to $350 billion last year. And according to analysts, this year’s sales will fall just $2 billion short of $400 billion. Why is ecommerce still growing at such a rapid rate? There are actually a few reasons for this behavior. The most obvious is comfort and convenience. Now that more consumers are comfortable with the idea of submitting their payment information online, they’re able to shop whenever they want. That’s especially true as more people compare or even place orders from mobile devices like phones and tablets. People are also drawn to the savings commonly associated with buying online. And because of pressure from major ecommerce titans like Amazon, faster shipping that’s free is becoming the standard. Given all this information, it may sound like everything is rosy for businesses with a website. However, that’s actually not the case. While many companies… Read more

From world summits to The Oscars, the environment is something that’s been at the forefront of countless conversations over the last year. Although environmental problems aren’t issues that can be solved overnight, it’s clear that more people than ever before are genuinely concerned about these topics. This concern has led to individuals seeking out ways to be less of a drain on the environment. For individuals who own a business, one very effective way to make this type of change is to transition to paperless billing and payments. The Full Impact of Paper Billing and Payments When a business sends out a check or prints a billing statement, it may not seem like those actions have much of an impact. If you think in terms of an environmental footprint, actions involving single pieces of paper seem quite minimal. However, the reason they actually have a bigger impact than it initially seems is any event involving paper starts a process that has more steps than most people realize. For example, if a business mails an invoice or check, this process also… Read more