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How to Know When to Upgrade Your POS Equipment

Posted on Jun 27, 2019
Investing in technology is one of the biggest business decisions you’ll make. You want to ensure your business is benefiting from what’s available, but you don’t have the budget to buy every gadget that comes to market. For a retailer, this technology decision often hinges on when to upgrade the POS equipment. Here are some things to consider that will help inform your decision about when it’s the right time to upgrade and choose the right POS system for your business.
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Topics: Partner Posts, Payment Technology, Small Business Tips, Getting Started with Payments

5 Best Free Software Programs to Help Small Businesses Grow

Posted on Jun 25, 2019
As a budding entrepreneur, you may be tempted to splurge on fancy offices, cool gadgets, and glossy business cards — since these investments can help make your newly formed company seem more legitimate. Yet, covering expenses like these is one of the primary reasons why so many businesses fail in their first few years. They have more money going out than coming in, and it’s just a matter of time before these startups have to close their doors.
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Topics: Software and Payment Integration, Small Business Tips

5 Ways Being a Dad Helps You Run Your Business

Posted on Jun 13, 2019
Ask any father, and he’ll tell you that parenthood is a full-time job — complete with meals, baths, pickups, drop-offs and everything else that goes into raising healthy and happy kids.  When you’re managing children at home, trying to hold a full-time job that pays the bills is difficult. And launching a business that can provide full-time jobs for others sounds next to impossible.
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Topics: Fun Posts, Small Business Tips

Should Your Business Still Accept Checks?

Posted on Jun 11, 2019
According to historians, the first check was invented in ancient Rome, around 352 BC. It took a couple thousand years for the concept to really catch on, with checks enjoying their heyday during the 20th century.  Despite the advent of faster, cheaper, and more secure payment options, checks remain surprisingly popular. According to the Federal Reserve, Americans write nearly 17 billion checks annually — with an estimated payment volume of $26 trillion.
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Topics: ACH/eCheck Payments, Small Business Tips, Getting Started with Payments

How Gen Z Consumers Shop

Posted on Jun 06, 2019
While you may know how to tailor your customer experience to millenials and all generations that came before them, there’s a new demographic on the scene - Gen Z. And, they don’t shop the same way, so you’ll need to make some changes to your retail experience if you want to win them over. Here’s what is different about Gen Z. 
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Topics: Partner Posts, Small Business Tips

Start a Summer Business: 5 of the Hottest Ideas

Posted on Jun 04, 2019
In the U.S., the three-month stretch from June 21 to September 23 is when:  Kids are on summer vacation  Companies scale back their hours  Employees take their holidays  This is why we don’t normally associate the summer months with “business.”  But, it’s not like people stop spending money. In fact, summer is the second most active season of the year for consumer spending (after winter and its numerous shopping holidays). 
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Topics: Fun Posts, Small Business Tips

The 6 Biggest Money Mistakes SMBs Make

Posted on May 30, 2019
Depending on whom you ask, anywhere from 50 percent to 90 percent of new businesses fail within their first few years.  The exact reasons why vary from startup to startup.  Below are six of the biggest money mistakes entrepreneurs make when trying to get their new businesses off the ground.  Avoid these pitfalls, and you could dramatically increase your chances of long-term success.
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Topics: PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention, Small Business Tips, Getting Started with Payments

How to Increase Alternative Checkout Options

Posted on May 21, 2019
The last thing any online or in-store retailer wants is for their customers to abandon their shopping carts. That means a lost sale in the present and the potential for lost sales in the future if the customer decides to not return. However, some retailers have been so accustomed to controlling the transaction process that they have lost touch with what their customers want out of a checkout experience. 
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Topics: Partner Posts, Mobile Payments, E-Commerce and Online Payments, Payment Technology, Small Business Tips, Getting Started with Payments, Payment Trends

5 Thing to Do Before Completing Your PCI Assessment

Posted on May 16, 2019
The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a broad set of guidelines that govern how organizations should handle credit or debit card information.  It doesn’t matter how large your organization is — or whether it’s a for-profit business or charitable foundation. If you store, transmit, or process payment card data of any kind, you must become (and remain) PCI-compliant. 
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Topics: PCI Compliance and Fraud Prevention, Small Business Tips, Getting Started with Payments

Marketing on a Budget: 6 Tips for SMBs

Posted on May 09, 2019
May 5-11 is National Small Business Week. BluePay honors the hardworking SMB owners that are the pillars of our communities - not just this week, but throughout the entire year. In today’s post, we provide 6 essential ways you can market to new and existing customers without breaking the bank.  The golden age of print, TV, and radio was extremely lucrative for America’s largest brands. They had the advertising budgets to reach massive audiences, which helped them defend their market share.
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Topics: Small Business Tips

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