Lisa Hephner

Celebrate National Distance Learning Week

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In the words of Dr. Seuss, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Celebrate National Distance Learning Week by enrolling in an online course, investigating a MBA program, or even just listening to a single lecture or webinar. You can expand your current expertise, delve into a passion, or simply learn about a new subject or field. It’s just one more way you can help your small business thrive.

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Jessie Van Gundel

Build a Foundation of Recurring Revenue for Your Service-Based #SideHustle

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Whether you’re an entrepreneur at heart or just want to make some extra cash on the side, the Gig Economy is infiltrating our work lives and with it, the way we think about and manage our careers is evolving too. If you want to be your own boss but aren’t ready to set off on your own, or you want the best of both worlds (working for an employer with your side business humming along in the background), the key to this kind of flexibility and opportunity is establishing recurring revenue.

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Leah Bowes

4 Ways Accepting Credit Card Payments can Grow Your Business

Posted by in Accepting Payments, Small Business Hacks

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We get it; the cost of doing business can sometimes feel like something you just can’t get ahead of. But, an important part of continuing to succeed with your customers and setting your business apart from competitors, is keeping up with the times. If you’ve been considering adding credit cards as an option for accepting payments, here are four great reasons to hop on the bandwagon.

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Lisa Hephner

It’s Time to Gear Up for Small Business Saturday 2016

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With Halloween now firmly in the rear view mirror and today the first of November, the holiday season is inescapably upon us. Thanksgiving is just 23 days away, and Small Business Saturday a mere two days after that on November, 26th. American Express, the sponsor and founder of the day and the associated “shop small” initiative, has already kicked off its planning and promotion, including registration for all American Express cardholders to earn 2x points for shopping at registered small businesses from now through the end of the year. So now’s the time to get your small business on the list and take advantage of the entire promotional period in addition to special Small Business Saturday events.

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Eric Remer

PaySimple Enters Next Phase of Growth with $115M Investment From Providence Equity

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Last week, we announced that we have received a significant growth investment from Providence Strategic Growth (PSG), the growth equity affiliate of Providence Equity Partners. With the excitement that comes with this type of an event – out of a business that started from scratch 10 years ago – we are happy to reflect on our road so far. But, we are even more excited to begin the next phase of PaySimple and work with PSG, who shares in our vision and has the experience and expertise to help us more quickly realize our core mission: to make the lives of business owners easier.

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Lisa Hephner

11 Small Business Treats for Halloween

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Halloween arrives next Monday, though for many the celebration starts this Friday and runs through the weekend. While one can’t overestimate the joy of unlimited candy, zombie walks, and monster mashes, the small business owner in you deserves a treat as well. The following truly useful free resources are sure to please and will help you run a successful small business.

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Lisa Hephner

Does Your Small Business Have a Friendly Fraud Problem?

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Also known as chargeback fraud, friendly fraud occurs when a consumer purposely makes a claim to their bank or credit card issuer with the aim of getting an undeserved refund. It may not get the press associated with major breaches of credit card data, it may not have the cloak-and-dagger drama of rings of foreign criminals committing large-scale bank fraud, and it may not spark the type of consumer outrage that stolen credit-card shopping sprees do. However, all those types of fraud typically result in losses for card issuers, not the merchants who get caught-up in the fraud. Friendly fraud has a hugely disproportionate impact on merchants, and particularly small merchants who cannot afford to (or do not even have the opportunity to) defend themselves against these duplicitous claims.

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