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The Best Business Accounting Software Services of 2024
By Max Freedman | February 27, 2024

We’ve reviewed dozens of accounting software platforms so you don’t have to — and detailed our top 11 picks in this guide.

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Best Credit Card Processing Companies of 2024
By Elsier Otachi | February 21, 2024

This page includes the best credit card processors of 2024 and a buyer’s guide that can help you choose the right service for your small business.

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The Best Credit Card Processing Companies for Restaurants in 2024
By Tom Anziano | February 15, 2024

Find out what credit card processor will best help your restaurant accept payments for the lowest price.

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The 9 Best POS Systems for Small Businesses: Our Top Picks for 2024
By Jamie Johnson | February 15, 2024

The right POS system allows businesses to accept payments, manage inventory and improve the guest experience. Here are the best POS systems for 2024.

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Xero Accounting Software Review and Pricing Plans
By Max Freedman | February 13, 2024

Based on our accounting software research, Xero is the best platform for tracking and paying bills. Read our review to learn why.

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How to Accept Credit Cards
By Adam Uzialko | February 09, 2024

It's critical for your small business to add credit card functionality to your payment operations. Learn how to begin accepting credit and debit cards.

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The Best POS Systems for Coffee Shops in 2024
By Tom Anziano | February 08, 2024

Find out which POS system will help turn your coffee shop into a local hotspot.

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The Best POS Systems for Bars
By Nicole Fallon | February 08, 2024

For bars that need a point-of-sale (POS) system tailored to their business needs, here are five solid POS options on the market.

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The Best Payroll Services for One Employee
By Max Freedman | February 01, 2024

We studied dozens of vendors to help you find the best payroll services for one employee based on pricing, employee benefits inclusion and more.

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Best Payroll Services for 2024
By Jamie Johnson | February 01, 2024

We've conducted extensive research to find the best payroll service providers for small businesses in 2024, including solutions for sole proprietors and household employers.

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Cheapest Credit Card Processors
By Steven Melendez | January 30, 2024

A review of the most affordable credit card processing options for your small business.

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The Best Employee Retirement Plans for Small Businesses 2024
By Max Freedman | January 29, 2024

An employee retirement plan is an employer-sponsored benefit that helps workers save and invest a portion of their salaries, allowing the money to grow until they retire.

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Best Business Loans for 2024
By Max Freedman | January 29, 2024

Here are the best business loans and financing options available to small businesses. We highlight the best lenders for SBA loans, conventional loans, as well as the best alternative lenders.

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Find the Best Invoice App for Your Business
By Katharine Paljug | January 25, 2024

Invoicing customers can be time-consuming. Learn about invoicing apps that make creating, sending and tracking invoices easy so you can get paid faster.

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Credit Card Machines: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
By Jennifer Dublino | January 23, 2024

Accepting credit cards for your small business starts with the right credit card machine. Countertop, mobile and virtual options make for flexibility.

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What Is Reputation Insurance?
By Adam Uzialko | January 22, 2024

This guide explains reputation insurance and how it works to protect the value of a business’s brand.

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Stax vs. Square: Comparing Top Credit Card Processors
By Max Freedman | January 19, 2024

We compared Stax and Square’s credit card processing services to help you decide which might better serve your business.

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ShopKeep vs. Square
By Jamie Johnson | January 19, 2024

Trying to choose between the point-of-sale (POS) systems ShopKeep and Square? This comparison will help you understand the pros and cons of each.

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Paychex Employee Retirement Review
By Max Freedman | January 18, 2024

Paychex is a payroll processing company that also offers retirement account recordkeeping and administration. See whether this provider is right for your small business.

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Toast Review
By Jamie Johnson | January 18, 2024

Toast works equally well for a small restaurant that's just getting started and a large chain looking to service multiple sites. It has also done a great job of pivoting in the midst of the pandemic,...

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QuickBooks vs. Xero: Comparing Top Accounting Software Platforms
By Max Freedman | January 17, 2024

QuickBooks and Xero are two of the best accounting software platforms around. We compared them to help you decide which software is best for your business.

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Merchant One vs. Square: Comparing Two of Our Top Credit Card Processors
By Mike Berner | January 17, 2024

What's the difference between Merchant One and Square? Read this comprehensive overview to see how these credit card processors compare and contrast

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FreshBooks vs. Xero: Comparing Top Accounting Software Platforms
By Max Freedman | January 17, 2024

FreshBooks and Xero are top accounting software options. We compared their integrations, pricing, invoicing and more to help you choose between the two.

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QuickBooks vs. FreshBooks: Comparing Two of Our Top Accounting Software Picks
By Max Freedman | January 17, 2024

QuickBooks and FreshBooks are both known as top-notch accounting software platforms, especially for invoicing features. How else do they compare?

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Clover vs. Toast Comparison
By Shayna Waltower | January 17, 2024

Clover and Toast are versatile POS systems for retailers and restaurants. Learn how their features, pricing, integrations and customer service compare.

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Clover vs. Square: Comparing Two of Our Top Credit Card Processing Picks
By Eduardo Vasconcellos | January 17, 2024

Clover and Square are top credit card processors with various features that appeal to different businesses. Here's how their services and costs compare.