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7 Ways to Reduce Your Tax Bill

Posted on Jan 16, 2018
As a business owner, including startup founders and freelancers, you dread the word "taxes" because you know it involves parting with some of that hard-earned income that could be spent on other things or saved. It's a challenge that every business owner faces, regardless of legal structure. Even with continually shifting tax policies on the state and federal levels, there are ways to reduce your tax bill. 
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Topics: Partner Posts, Small Business Tips

What You Can Take Away from Martin Luther King Jr. to Inspire Growth in Your Business

Posted on Jan 12, 2018
Martin Luther King Jr. was many things, including:  A renowned orator  A civil rights activist  A Nobel laureate  However, he was not an entrepreneur.  Yet, his life example offers many inspiring lessons that can be applied to the business world. After all, successful entrepreneurs are those who use limited resources to solve problems and overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. 
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Topics: Small Business Tips

New Tax Laws That Affect SMBs

Posted on Jan 10, 2018
Taxes are forever changing as new political parties take office within federal and state agencies. Many candidates run on a particular platform to appeal to their constituencies, often related to changes to taxes. Change in the White House signaled the promise of tax changes, and now the Senate is debating them. 
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Topics: Partner Posts, Small Business Tips

Why are the Card Brands Dropping the Signature Requirement?

Posted on Jan 08, 2018
The swipe-and-sign credit card ritual has been a staple of retail shopping for decades. In fact, it’s as American as apple pie.  Swiping your plastic initiates the transaction.  Signing the receipt authorizes the transaction.  Yet retailers don’t employ teams of handwriting experts to verify the authenticity of these signatures. Neither do the major credit card brands. Further, even when fraudulent transactions do occur, checking for forged signatures isn’t realistic or feasible. 
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Topics: EMV, Payment Trends

5 Top Technology Investments for 2018

Posted on Jan 04, 2018
Welcome to 2018! If you haven’t already, it's time to create a growth strategy and budget. You may have used all types of technology to help get you where you are today. You need to consider technology investments to further what you can achieve. Here are five of the top technology investments that are worth considering as we begin 2018:
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Topics: Partner Posts, Payment Technology, Enterprise Business Tips

Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Big-Box Store Mobile Wallets

Posted on Jan 02, 2018
If you grew up during the ’70s, ’80s or ’90s, you probably remember seeing branded credit cards offered by some of the biggest names in retail. You could use your JCPenney card at most stores — but using it specifically at JCPenney allowed you to rack up certain discounts and loyalty points.  These types of cards still exist — and probably won’t go away anytime soon.  However, big-box retailers are increasingly exploring a new payment option — i.e., mobile wallets that are directly tied to branded smartphone apps.  From Kohl’s Wallet to Walmart Pay to Target Wallet, each store uses a slightly different name — but the basic functionality remains the same: 
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Topics: Mobile Payments, Payment Technology, Payment Trends

Top New Year's Resolutions to Boost Business Success in 2018

Posted on Dec 29, 2017
Roughly 41 percent of Americans make an annual New Year’s resolution, with commitments ranging from losing weight to saving money to giving up smoking.  Some even look beyond personal development and focus on improving their professional lives. For example, they may learn new business skills such as coding, accounting or public speaking — but why stop there?  This year, you could resolve to improve your entire business and start exploring ways to grow your profits. 
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Topics: Fun Posts, Small Business Tips

Would You Trust a Financial Advisor Powered by Artificial Intelligence?

Posted on Dec 27, 2017
If you’re looking for financial advice, there’s no shortage of options. The world is full of professional “gurus” who combine their training, experience and gut instincts to help you make sound financial decisions about the future.  These financial advisors are experts at crunching data and studying numbers. But artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to be even more accurate than their human counterparts. It can handle much more data and crunch numbers much faster, all without “instincts” playing a part. 
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Topics: Fun Posts

Tips and Tricks for Merchants Managing After-Christmas Gift Returns

Posted on Dec 25, 2017
The holiday shopping season — from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31 — is the most lucrative time of year for American retailers. This is especially true right after Thanksgiving and just before Christmas.  In fact, this holiday shopping season is often used as a litmus test to assess the health of America’s economy. This explains why news organizations are so eager to publish each year’s sales figures. According to Fortune, for example, 2016 brought in a staggering $90 billion in revenues — and that was just for online sales. 
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Topics: PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention, Small Business Tips

Why You Should Embrace the 'Sharing Economy' - Even if You Sell Physical Products

Posted on Dec 21, 2017
From Uber to Airbnb to rentable power tools, there are plenty of ways to receive the benefit of certain products and services — without buying those products and services.  That’s because we now live in a “sharing economy” where customers can pay for access instead of ownership. There are many advantages of this newer economic model. 
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Topics: Small Business Tips, Payment Trends, Awareness

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