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What is the difference between a merchant cash advance and working capital loan?
QUESTION | BY Adam Uzialko | 5 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/12/20

I'm currently working on an article for business.com about the difference between a merchant cash advance and a working capital loan. I am looking for community members with experience, either as...

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What features are key when searching for the right accounting software system?
QUESTION | BY Simone Johnson | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/11/20

I want to know which elements I should focus on and recommend to readers when writing about accounting software systems.

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What's the best bookkeeping software for small businesses?
QUESTION | BY S. Thomas Warden | 34 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/11/20

I am planning on buying QuickBooks but wondering if anyone has suggestions for something that might be better or easier.

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How do I collect overdue payments from clients?
QUESTION | BY Kassandra Khoury | 22 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/11/20

I have a problem that I am trying to solve. Some of my customers are not paying their bills and we have to close our fiscal year. If they don't pay within three days how do I account for these...

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What is the best way to keep records as a real estate agent?
QUESTION | BY John Vogele | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/11/20

My wife used to work with web design for years. She enjoyed working with clients. So she is now a licensed real estate agent in rural Montana. I am charged with setting up a record-keeping system,...

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How do I get a grant or loan from the government?
QUESTION | BY Javaro Munnings | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/08/20

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?...

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How can I get international funding support for a business?
QUESTION | BY Syed Rossedi Tuan Dalam | 4 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/01/20

I want to start a service-oriented business - Auto Carpet Cleaning Services in Malaysia. All this while, only manual cleaning available. I have done my homework and produced my business plan, which I...

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How can I get Clients for my starting Call Center?
QUESTION | BY Luis Ramirez | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/29/20

I'd like to get some help to get some clients so we as Call Center can start with the expanding process of our services, we are able to work as BPO, and we are already with the people and equiipment...

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What specific lending options should I consider to purchase an established small business?
QUESTION | BY Daniel Morrill | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/29/20

I have worked for a successful small gym for ~10 years. The founder has expressed interest in selling, and I'd like to take a real shot at acquiring it. I know the ins and outs of running the place,...

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Any helpful primers I should know about before I apply for a bank loan?
QUESTION | BY Renata Harrison | 18 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/22/20

I want to apply for a small business loan. The banks I have researched so far have pretty tight standards for applying. Is there anything I can show or do beforehand to increase my chances of getting...

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How can we obtain funding for our solar power business idea?
QUESTION | BY Peter Madia | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/20/20

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...

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What are the pros and cons of accepting credit cards as a small business?
QUESTION | BY Tamara Kenney | 18 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/20/20

I am a relatively small business (I work full time M-F and have a small business I run nights and weekends). Not sure if it would be beneficial for me to begin accepting CC as a form of payment. I...

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How do I put together a business proposal to secure a bank loan?
QUESTION | BY Valerie Glasgow | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/18/20

My uncle was renting a space on a retail lot that has other working businesses. My uncle recently passed away, and the owner has offered the entire lot, along with the storefront and an extra parcel...

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What is the best solution for a payment gateway for startups?
QUESTION | BY Amar Mehra | 28 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/18/20

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.

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What are the best software products used in the banking industry?
QUESTION | BY Roberto Romello | 4 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/18/20

I want to know a list of recommended software products used in the banking sector that addresses a bank's core banking needs and helps manage evolving customer expectations. Please list out the...

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Is the Square a direct credit card processor like TSYS and First Data?
QUESTION | BY Gary Smith | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/12/20

Several credit card salespeople want to sell me their credit card terminal services. Some tell me they are direct processors (meaning that my transactions do not go through a "middle-man" processor...

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How should profits earned be divided between business partners when one leaves the business?
QUESTION | BY Tommy Martinetti | 9 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 04/21/20

I'm a 50% partner in an LLC. My partner is moving out of state because his spouse got a Job offer they could not refuse. If he and I don't come to an agreement, can he legally take 50% profits until...

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How should I set the prices for my new clothing brand?
QUESTION | BY Dashia Saunderlin | 12 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 04/13/20

I just started my own clothing called Crowns Clothing Collection that I want to sell at an affordable price for my target market. Crowns Clothing Collection is targeted towards teens and young adults...

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How is a limited liability company (LLC) taxed?
QUESTION | BY Skye Schooley | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 04/08/20

What are the different types of taxes an LLC has to pay (e.g. income, state, federal, expenses, etc.)? What are the tax advantages of a filing taxes as an LLC, as opposed to an S-corp or C-corp?

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How do I import Home Depot purchase receipts in QuickBooks?
QUESTION | BY Marie Faulkner | 5 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/23/20

I do remolding and help real estate investors buy almost every other day at Home Depot. Then we go back to the office and hire someone part time to enter each receipt with the client's property name....