Category Archives: Small Business

Kelsey Berlinberg

Everything You Need to Know About Credit Card Processing Holds

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Credit card processing holds happen for a number of reasons and can definitely be a nuisance when you are trying to run your business. Learning more about payment holds can help you prevent some holds and quickly prepare information to release a hold in the future.

Let’s start with the basics, there are two types of credit card processing holds, underwriting holds and risk holds.

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Lisa Hephner

A Small Business Valentine

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Happy Valentine’s Day to all you small business owners out there– you work hard every day to make your small business a success, and you deserve some love! Hopefully you have someone to give you cards, candy, caring, and all the sweetness you can handle, as that’s a bit too much to ask from a blog post. But, this week I’ll try to provide the next best thing: A heart shaped box chocked full of sweet small business offers and freebies.

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PaySimple

6 Billing Tips to Get You Paid Faster

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If you are like many small business owners, cash flow is one of your primary concerns. But for many small business owners, it doesn’t feel simple when their customers aren’t paying in a timely manner and frequently falling way past due.

To help you get paid faster, these advanced tips will stop payment delays, give your customers a better payments experience, and help your bills float to the top of the pile when you customer’s money is scarce.

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Lisa Hephner

A Fast, Easy, and Safe Way to Get, Share, and Update Freeware

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One of the ongoing missions for this Tip of the Week series is to provide information about free or low-cost software that can help your small business improve productivity. This week’s tip lets you in on a tool that can help you get that free Windows software quickly and safely, with a single download. It can even enable you to update your freeware in the future, so that you are always running the latest available version—which is particularly important if updates are required to patch security holes.

So, what is this wonder tool called and where can you get it?

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Lisa Hephner

In Honor of National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day: How To Make Your Small Business Marketing Pop

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While driving into work yesterday, the radio informed me that it was National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. At first I was dubious and couldn’t believe that was a thing; then I wondered why it needed a designated day…as far as I’m concerned every day you get to play with bubble wrap is worthy of celebration. That perverse pleasure in popping shouldn’t be reserved for the last Monday in January.

So in honor of National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, the following tips will help make your small business marketing pop.

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PaySimple

How to use Recurring Credit Card Billing

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Recurring bills have become a significant and “normal” part of our lives, both in business and in our personal finances. We’re all used to paying every month for our phone service, rent/mortgage, Internet, television, and utilities. Often with these recurring bills, we have the option to set up automatic payments, thanks to recurring billing technology. But when we don’t and we’re forced to resort to the checkbook and post office – we’re left feeling annoyed by the hassle.

Here are 5 tips to get started with recurring billing for your business.

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Lisa Hephner

The Perils, Pitfalls, and Pratfalls of Small Business Meetings

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US companies hold, on average, 11 million meetings per day. That adds up quickly to 55 million meetings per week, 220 million meetings per month, and over 2.6 billion meetings per year. As a small business owner, you probably face many meeting dilemmas– Do you spend too much time meeting with your team? With your customers? With your vendors? Are those meetings productive and a good use of your time (which as we all know IS MONEY)? Do you even know how much those meetings are costing you each year? You should.

The following resources will help you understand the impact meetings have on business productivity and how they directly affect your bottom line, provide tips for how you can make your small business meetings more effective, as well as provide some laughs at common meeting dysfunction.

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Lisa Hephner

Does Your Small Business Marketing Have Game?

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The Game’s the Thing. The marketing thing that is—and a great way to engage your customers with your company and with your brand. This approach goes far beyond simply sponsoring or placing a logo into a game that has nothing to do with your business or your industry. It includes gamification techniques which apply game elements such as leader boards and awards to business goals such as brand loyalty or increasing sales. It also includes the fairly new Advergame, in which branding such as a logo, color scheme, and/or branding concept is made an integral part of an online or mobile game.

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