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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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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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Need a suggestion for accounting software for landscaping business?
QUESTION | BY Annmarie Long | 18 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 12/03/19

Just getting ready to set up books and records and am looking for cloud based solution that will handle contract accounting . What are people using?

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What's the best bookkeeping accounting software to reconcile transaction history from the previous 12-24 months?
QUESTION | BY Jeston McMoore | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/12/19

What's the best bookkeeping accounting software to reconcile transaction history from the previous 12-24 months? We're looking for something that will help us during tax season and something that can...

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How much should I expect to pay for merchant services?
QUESTION | BY Mary-Alice Miller | 23 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/30/19

I am curious who people recommend for merchant services and how much they charge. Bank of America charges 1.99% and 20 cents per transaction, $16 monthly fee (which includes payment gateway), $94...

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Do I need a separate business bank account when just starting out?
QUESTION | BY Barbara Ciosek | 11 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 07/06/19

Can I use my regular personal bank account for business and just keep clear records of all my business expenses or do I need to set up a separate business bank account?

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How do you recommend we resolve an issue with our billing company?
QUESTION | BY Amy Pace | 3 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/12/19

We recently changed to a "professional" billing company, during the selection phase asked all the appropriate questions. After signing a contract, billing company wouldn't respond to emails,...

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How much in savings should I have before starting a business?
QUESTION | BY Jane Emery | 19 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 12/19/18

I have often heard that making money from your own business always takes longer than expected. I have planned for 6 months with no income. Is that enough?

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What is the apt accounting software for start-ups?
QUESTION | BY Sofhia Thomas | 10 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 12/17/18

I want to know an apt accounting software that can be employed by a start-up concern. By this, I mean a software that includes all the mandatory features and is at a reasonable rate.

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How many small business owners are doing their own accounting/taxes?
QUESTION | BY Deborah Jacobs | 14 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 09/14/18

Now that tax season just ended, I'm curious to know if small business owners filed their own taxes or hired an hourly CPA. If they did it themselves, was it easy or would they hire an accountant in...

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What is the most important factor in an investor's decision whether to invest?
QUESTION | BY Carrie Dunham | 35 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/25/18

I know there are several things to get across in an investor pitch, including problem, solution, size of market and team, but what is the most critical thing to emphasize? Is it the team or the...

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When should I quit my job to focus on an online business startup?
QUESTION | BY Dinesh Kumavat | 6 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/12/18

I am planning to quit my current job from which I am earning sufficient income because I have a lot of excitement for a new startup. I have a business idea for an online business for repairing...

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How do you know how much to pay yourself?
QUESTION | BY Daniel Larkin | 12 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 05/01/18

We are in the beginning stages of a tech start up. How can my partners and I decide on the amount to pay ourselves, while also factoring in the operational capital?

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Warren Buffet said: Invest in what you know. With various articles about Bitcoin, would you invest in it? Why or Why not?
QUESTION | BY Sophia Anne Walker | 8 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 04/25/18

If Bitcoin Is So Secure, Why Have There Been Dozens of Bitcoin Bank Robberies And Millions In Losses? http://www.businessinsider.com/the-history-of-bitcoin-theft-2013-11 CLAIM: Bitcoin Is...

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How should I pay myself?
QUESTION | BY Anthony Addesso | 8 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 04/20/18

Being the owner of a services company I was wondering if it is better to pay myself with a paycheck, or have tax deductions taken out of each pay check, or just take a draw and try to figure out the...

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How do you know when to take on a partner, angel or funding to get to the next level of your business?
QUESTION | BY Michelle Hyde | 12 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 04/10/18

When moving to the next desired stage of the business (growth), how do I know whether to take on conventional money (lending institutions/SBA) or angel investment, or invite perhaps a partner (with...

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Are bitcoins safe to buy?
QUESTION | BY Chris S. | 10 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 03/05/18

I know very little about bitcoins. But two things I do know are: 1) The value of bitcoins compared to the US Dollar has skyrocketed in the last few months:...

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Where do I find investors who can invest in my software company?
QUESTION | BY Rupesh Raut | 9 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 02/14/18

I am looking for an investment against equity in a 6 year old software company based in India. I am clueless as to where to start and how to find potential investors.

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What are the best small business 401k options?
QUESTION | BY Emma Palmerton | 7 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/28/17

I run a business with 8-10 employees, what are the best options for 401k plans?

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Should a client pay for tax research done on his/her behalf?
QUESTION | BY Gary Krupa | 12 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 06/14/17

I'm a CPA in Northern California. On my website it states that I offer taxation and tax planning services. I was recently contacted by a small business owner who asked me what my rate is for tax...