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Small Business COVID-19 Diaries: Part 3
By Adam Uzialko | May 22, 2020

COVID-19 upended economic activity and disrupted small business owners' lives. Here are stories from real entrepreneurs about how the novel coronavirus pandemic is impacting them.

Advice
Any helpful primers I should know about before I apply for a bank loan?
By Renata Harrison | 18 Answers | Last Activity on May 22, 2020

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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Is Your CNP Fraud-Detection System Confused by Consumer Behavior Now? That Could Damage Your Business
By Rafael Lourenco | May 19, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed how consumers behave. These changes could be causing a spike in good orders mistaken for fraud, creating irreparable damage for businesses.

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Outrageous Expense Reports and How to Avoid Expense Fraud
By Sean Peek | May 19, 2020

There is no limit to what some people think is appropriate to charge to the business.

Advice
How do I put together a business proposal to secure a bank loan?
By Valerie Glasgow | 3 Answers | Last Activity on May 18, 2020

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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Key Actions Small Businesses Should Take to Survive COVID-19
By Tucker Mathis | May 15, 2020

Take steps to preserve your cash and access, expand online sales pathways, and cultivate customer relationships to survive a financial crisis.

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Supply Chain Finance or Invoice Factoring: Which Is Better for Managing Cash Flow?
By Anne MacRae | May 14, 2020

Is supply chain finance right for your business, or would invoice factoring suit it better? Here's what you need to know about both types of financing.

Advice
What are the pros and cons of accepting credit cards as a small business?
By Tamara Kenney | 17 Answers | Last Activity on May 13, 2020

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...

Advice
Is the Square a direct credit card processor like TSYS and First Data?
By Gary Smith | 3 Answers | Last Activity on May 12, 2020

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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7 Smart Strategies to Help Small Businesses Survive the Global Pandemic
By Wesley Cherisien | May 10, 2020

With consumer spending forecast to drop significantly due to the effects of COVID-19, small businesses will need to find innovative ways to mitigate economic impact.

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Pricing and Costs of Tax Consultants
By business.com editorial staff | May 07, 2020

Find tax consulting services that fit your budget.

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Common Construction Accounting Problems Solved
By business.com editorial staff | May 04, 2020

Accountants in the construction industry face unique challenges. Here are four ways to simplify your construction accounting procedures.

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6 Creative Financing Ideas for Cash-Strapped Startups
By business.com editorial staff | May 04, 2020

Consider these alternative funding options if you don't have enough cash to launch your startup.

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Small Business COVID-19 Diaries: Part 2
By Adam Uzialko | May 04, 2020

These three small business owners are coping with challenges facing many entrepreneurs due to COVID-19 pandemic. Here are their stories.

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Fixed Income Clearing and Settlement
By business.com editorial staff | May 02, 2020

Here's a guide to understanding fixed income clearing and settlement systems and services.

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What to Know Before You Refinance Your Business Loans
By business.com editorial staff | April 28, 2020

Evaluate these five elements before you move forward with refinancing.

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7 Alternative Sources of Funding for Your Business During COVID-19
By Rapid Finance | April 28, 2020

There are plenty of places to find funding for your business, especially as you try to navigate the coronavirus pandemic. Which alternative sources of funding are right for your business?

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Know Your Worth: 3 Methods for How to Value a Business
By business.com editorial staff | April 27, 2020

Knowing how to value your business is a crucial piece of running the company. Learn how to you find an accurate value for your business.

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Business Debt: How Much Is Too Much to Carry?
By business.com editorial staff | April 27, 2020

Debt can be a useful way to start your business, but without proper management and care, things can turn ugly quickly.

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How to Plan for the Future of Your Business During Coronavirus
By Adam Uzialko | April 27, 2020

The pandemic has forced many businesses to close or drastically adapt their business models to survive. Here's how to plan for the future of your business during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

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Intelligent Investing: What Is an Introducing Broker?
By business.com editorial staff | April 24, 2020

Understanding who the major players are in this world is vital to navigating the stormy seas of investing. Learn how to find the right help.

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The Difference Between an Accountant and a Bookkeeper (and Why You Need Both)
By business.com editorial staff | April 24, 2020

Understand these two roles to match the right financial task with the right professional.

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Need a Loan? Lending Trends That Are Increasing Your Chances of Getting the Funds You Need
By business.com editorial staff | April 23, 2020

New regulations and fintech are changing the funding landscape.

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Spend Wisely: How to Get the Most Out of Your Business Credit Cards
By business.com editorial staff | April 23, 2020

Here are six ways small business owners can get more from credit cards.

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Can You Afford to Buy a Franchise?
By business.com editorial staff | April 22, 2020

It's possible even on a budget, but you need to know your options and obligations first.

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Why Mobile Banking Is The Future
By business.com editorial staff | April 21, 2020

Mobile continues to be the name of the game and will soon become a required function for your business.

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Small Business COVID-19 Diaries: Part 1
By Adam Uzialko | April 20, 2020

The Paycheck Protection Program burned through $349 billion in funding in just 13 days. Here are real stories from entrepreneurs who applied for funding.

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How to Apply for Government Grants
By Derek Walter | April 20, 2020

Applying for government grants can be a confusing and lengthy process, but the end result could be a monetary award for your business. Here's how to apply for a government grant.

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How to Protect Your Cash Flow in Times of Crisis
By Leslie Hassler | April 17, 2020

Follow these six steps to protect your business's cash flow in uncertain times.

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Fixed and Variable Expenses: How Cost Structure Determines Your Profitability
By business.com editorial staff | April 17, 2020

Knowing the relationship between revenue and expenses is the key to understanding your business's profitability.