Finance

What is the easiest accounting software to learn when just starting out?

QUESTION | BY Brett Strickler | 31 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 01/19/20

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?

What is the best solution for a payment gateway for startups?

QUESTION | BY Amar Mehra | 26 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 01/19/20

I am looking for a payment gateway for accepting international payments, especially finding high risk business such as Remote Technical support. My company is based out of India.

How can we obtain funding for our solar power business idea?

QUESTION | BY Peter Madia | 2 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 01/19/20

We want to build a solar power on a 50 hectares farm, we already have the land. We want to solve for our country, South Africa, experiencing issues with load shedding due to areas in the country not...

Do I need to charge/pay Sales Tax or VAT when my LLC gets donations?

QUESTION | BY Max Stone | 1 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 01/17/20

I was wondering whether I need to pay any form of Sales Tax or VAT (or similar taxes in other countries different from the US or EU) when someone makes a contribution. My LLC is a normal for-profit...

The Best Construction Estimating Software of 2020

BY Joshua Stowers

Looking for the best construction software? We have easy-to-read, expert unbiased reviews, and feature comparisons of the best and cheapest programs.

Why You Should Consider Investing in a Co-Working Space

BY Chris Porteous

Coworking spaces are increasingly popular. Find out why you should consider investing in one.

Free Payroll Services: How Do They Compare to Paid Services?

BY Simone R. Johnson

Free payroll services and apps have a lot to offer, but you need to know what to look for.

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.

What is the proper way to calculate COGS for a retail organic grocer?

QUESTION | BY Dan Breneman | 1 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 01/13/20

I am working as a consultant for a retail organic grocery that is confusing me regarding their calculations for COGS. One of the owners, an 83-year old that has an extensive grocery background is...

Everything You Want to Know About Business Planning

BY Dave Lavinsky

The right business plan is often the difference between a company that stagnates and one that achieves great heights.

How do I start a business with zero capital?

QUESTION | BY Gilbert Frimpong | 23 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 01/07/20

I want to start a business but I don't have any money to start the business with.

Credit Card Processing in High-Risk Industries

BY Adam C. Uzialko

Is your business considered high risk by your credit card processor? Here's how to know and what that means for you.

The Best POS Systems of 2020

BY Lori Fairbanks

We've compared the best POS systems for 2020. See up-to-date comparisons, reviews and prices for the top-rated systems.

How to Prepare a Grant Letter for Nonprofit Funding

BY Ryan Ayers

Grant writing is essential for nonprofit organizations looking to acquire the funding they need to stay afloat or grow.

Small Business Guide to Alternative Lending

BY Adam C. Uzialko

Looking for funding? When banks let you down, consider an alternative loan.

Any recommendations on expense and cash flow management systems for sole proprietors?

QUESTION | BY Deb Thompson | 1 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 01/02/20

I am a sole proprietor with an online business and no employees. Are there any free or low cost expense and cash management systems available?

The Best Data Recovery Services & Software of 2020

BY business.com editorial staff

Our team of experts has compared the best data recovery software for 2020. See up-to-date comparisons, reviews and costs for the top-rated programs.

The Best iPad Restaurant POS Systems of 2020

BY Lori Fairbanks

We've reviewed the best iPad restaurant POS systems for 2020. Read up-to-date comparisons on features and prices for the top iPad POS systems for restaurants.

How to Ace Your Next Investor Briefing

BY Howard Goldstein

When trying to secure funding, you need to showcase your business to investors in the best possible light.

Do I need quickbooks?

QUESTION | BY Mike Seaman | 24 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 12/31/19

Or is excel enough for generating simple invoices and basic accounting?