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How to Qualify for an Agricultural Loan
BY business.com editorial staff

Start or expand a farm with agricultural land financing.

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9 Things to Look for in a Business Checking Account
BY Meredith Wood

The business checking account you choose matters. Here's what to look for.

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5 Benefits of Equipment Financing
BY Matthew G.

Here are five reasons why your business should consider leasing or financing equipment.

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How to Decide Which Type of Business Loan Is Right for You
BY Kiely Kuligowski

There are many types of business loans. Here's how to choose the right one for you.

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Does a Client Owe You Money? Step-by-Step Tips for B2B Debt Collection
BY Jennifer Post

What do you do when a client won't pay what they owe? This step-by-step guide illuminates the B2B debt collection process.

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How do I set up a merchant account for a business?
QUESTION | BY Aspire Signature | 9 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/06/20

I am running a business and have a volume of tech support, pharma, and travel business from the UK/USA/Canada/AUS/NZ. Also, I have prepaid debit card volume. Right now I am using a 3rd party...

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7 Small Business Payment Processing Solutions
BY Maricel Rivera

Online shopping is becoming the new normal. Therefore, it bodes well for your business to offer flexible payment methods to your customers.

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The Role of a Strong Accounting and Finance Team in Seeking Capital
BY Matthew G.

You may be tempted to neglect the accounting side of your business, but you might also be hurting your access to capital.

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How do you determine the best accounting and payroll software for an early startup business?
QUESTION | BY Vaibhav Devaansh | 9 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 02/28/20

How do you choose the best accounting and payroll software for a business in the early startup stage? I am looking for a software that is free and easily manageable.

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Everything You Need to Know About Cash Flow Statements
BY Mona Bushnell

Find out what makes up a cash flow statement and why it's important for your business.

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10 Ways to Drastically Cut Business Costs
BY Katharine Paljug

Cutting expenses is a priority for many small business owners. Here are 10 tips for drastically reducing the cost of doing business.

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The Best Low-Cost Business Ideas When You're on a Tight Budget
BY Shane Barker

Consider these low-cost business ideas if you want to start a business but are short on funds.

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6 Elements of a Successful Financial Plan for a Small Business
BY Diana Wertz

Improve your chances of growth by covering these bases in your plan.

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How to Manage Funding Grants for your Small Business
BY Ryan Ayers

Many small business owners don't have the finances to fund their own businesses. So they manage their funding and grants themselves.

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How to Develop a Business Credit Card Expense Policy
BY Matt D'Angelo

Business credit cards can be useful, but how can you tailor a credit card expense policy for your employees to follow?

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Bootstrapping or Investors: How Should You Fund Your Business?
BY Deborah Sweeney

Is one option better than the other when it comes to your small business?

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Capital vs. Operating Grants: Which Does Your Business Need?
BY Kiely Kuligowski

Learn the differences between capital and operating grants, and how to know which option is right for your business.

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Accounting Software Features and Benefits: A Guide for SMBs
BY Simone Johnson

Accounting software helps you record the flow of your company's money and examine your financial condition.

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Small Business Loans for Startups and New Businesses From $50,000 to $100,000
BY Matt D'Angelo

Small, short-term loans are ideal for startups and small businesses that need some capital but don't want to be saddled with a lot of debt.

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Overspending Mistakes Your Small Business May Be Overlooking
BY Chris Porteous

For small businesses, every dollar counts. That's why it is important to make sure you aren't overspending in areas you can't afford to.

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Financial Formulas Businesses Can Use in Excel
BY Mona Bushnell

Learn business math basics and how to deploy them in Excel.

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Pros and Cons of Merchant Cash Advance Loans
BY Katharine Paljug

Merchant cash advances can be risky, but if used correctly, they can be a useful tool. Are they right for your business?

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Great Online Resources for Improving Accounting Skills
BY Sean Peek

Modern accounting requires both hard and soft skills, and businesses want accountants with the most up-to-date skill sets. These online resources will help you improve your accounting skills.

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A Nonprofit's Guide to Accounting
BY Katharine Paljug

Accounting for a nonprofit organization can be complex with the strict tax requirements. This guide will help you stay on top of your nonprofit accounting responsibilities.

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How to Charge Interest and Late Fees on Unpaid Invoices
BY Joyce Walsack

Customers not paying? Here's how you can successfully charge interest and late fees on unpaid invoices.

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How to Write an Effective Credit Explanation Letter for FHA Mortgages
BY Joyce Walsack

Follow these tips to write a better FHA credit explanation letter.

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How to Improve Your Small Business's Cash Flow
BY Sean Peek

Cash flow is critical for businesses, so cash flow management is key. Here's how to improve your business's cash flow situation.

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Which Is Better: Cash- or Accrual-Based Business Accounting?
BY Sean Peek

There are a couple methods of analysis you can use to determine the financial health of your business. But which is best?

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How to Choose the Best Business Loan
BY Larry Alton

Small businesses have a lot of funding options, but choose wisely.

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7 Money-Saving Tips for Credit Card Processing Fees
BY Julianna Lopez

Here's what you need to know when shopping for a new processor.