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Advice
Which credit card company provides merchant account to high risk industry such as telecom/voip ?
QUESTION | BY Jason Carter | 0 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 04/04/20

We have been looking to get a merchant account for quite a while to provide credit card purchase option since the demand is very high. Our main method of payment is wire transfer because of high...

Article
What Is the Paycheck Protection Program, and How Can It Help Small Businesses During COVID-19?
BY Adam Uzialko

The Paycheck Protection Program is an element of the CARES Act, a $2 trillion stimulus package passed in March. How will it help small businesses weather the coronavirus pandemic?

Article
How Long Can Small Businesses Survive the Coronavirus-Related Disruption?
BY Andrew Martins

We asked small business owners how their businesses are faring in the wake of the coronavirus. Here's what we found out.

Article
How to Decide on Your Company's Fiscal Year
BY Catherine vanVonno

Choosing when to start your fiscal year is one of the first things you need to do when setting up a new business. It may sound like the easiest thing to do, but this small step has a big impact.

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The Best Employee Retirement Plans of 2020
BY Lori Fairbanks

Looking for the best retirement plans? We have easy-to-read, expert unbiased reviews and feature comparisons of the best employee retirement plans.

Article
What Is Cash Flow Management?
BY Jennifer Post

Cash flow management is essential to a small business's survival. Here's how to improve your own cash flow management.

Article
8 Reasons Why the Cash-Only Model Doesn't Work for Small Businesses
BY business.com editorial staff

Customers want options when it comes to paying. If you don't already accept credit cards, here are eight reasons you should.

Article
What the Delayed Tax Deadline Means for Your Small Business
BY Andrew Martins

As the federal government tries to deal with the coronavirus disruption, officials extended the tax filing deadline to July 15. Here's what that means for your small business.

Advice
What is the easiest accounting software to learn when just starting out?
QUESTION | BY Brett Strickler | 34 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/31/20

I know a lot of people use Quickbooks. Is this the best accounting software for new businesses? Is there something else easier, more cost effective or should I go with what seems to be widely used?

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The Best Factoring Companies of 2020
BY Sean Peek

Business.com has compared factoring services and selected the best ones for small businesses. Compare company services and fees to make your buying decisions easier.

Article
3 Ways the Government Can Help Small Businesses Through the Pandemic
BY Travis Crabtree

Small businesses need help now more than ever. Let's look at what the government has done to assist them and some suggestions for what it could do to keep these pillars of the community standing.

Article
7 Steps to Sales Success in a Shutdown
BY Ken Gosnell

Downturns can impact organizations and many different departments in those organizations, but they should never impact sales activities.

Article
How to Pivot Without Falling Out With Your Investors
BY Howard Goldstein

It is important to make sure those providing you with funding are onboard when big changes are made.

Advice
How may I revise a business purchase contract after the due-diligence period?
QUESTION | BY Andrea Couture | 1 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/28/20

The broker is representing both parties. Lately, I have seen comparable companies for sale much cheaper versus the sales revenu.

Article
The CARES Act: What's in the Coronavirus Stimulus Package for SMBs?
BY Adam Uzialko

The CARES Act is a $2 trillion stimulus package that aims to provide economic relief to businesses and individuals impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. What measures could help your small business?

Advice
How do I get a grant or loan from the government?
QUESTION | BY Javaro Munnings | 2 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/26/20

How do I get a grant or loan from the government? Or get a loan for my new business? What is the best way to market my business and see fast results and which marketing website works better? Yelp?...

Advice
What do conventional lenders look for when considering a business loan?
QUESTION | BY Adam Uzialko | 1 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/26/20

What are some of the things conventional lenders (e.g. banks, credit unions) look for when considering a loan application? - What is considered a "good" credit score? - What is an acceptable...

Article
How AI and Automation Technology Can Help Accountants
BY business.com editorial staff

There is a right way to strike a balance between human brainpower and modern technology.

Article
Government Assistance for Entrepreneurs for Beginners
BY business.com editorial staff

Improve your chances of receiving a government grant for small business.

Article
How to Finance an Automobile for Your Small Business
BY business.com editorial staff

Learn how to find the best auto loan for your small business needs.