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Merchant One vs. Square: Comparing Two of Our Top Credit Card Processors
By Mike Berner | May 21, 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 | May 21, 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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Clover vs. Square: Comparing Two of Our Top Credit Card Processing Picks
By Eduardo Vasconcellos | May 21, 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.

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Clover vs. Toast Comparison
By Shayna Waltower | May 21, 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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QuickBooks vs. Xero: Comparing Top Accounting Software Platforms
By Max Freedman | May 21, 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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Stax vs. Square: Comparing Top Credit Card Processors
By Max Freedman | May 21, 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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Stripe vs. Authorize.net: Credit Card Processing Comparison
By Jamie Johnson | May 21, 2024

This comparison of Stripe and Authorize.net examines the pros and cons of each, and how they stack up against one another in price and features.

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ShopKeep vs. Square
By Jamie Johnson | May 21, 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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FreshBooks vs. QuickBooks Online
By Tom Anziano | May 21, 2024

FreshBooks and QuickBooks are accounting solutions for small businesses. Compare their features and pricing to see which one is best for you.

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PayPal’s Mobile Credit Card Reader: What You Need to Know
By Adam Uzialko | May 20, 2024

This guide introduces PayPal Here and describes how small businesses can use the mobile credit card reader to accept payments from customers on the go.

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Best Payroll Services for 2024
By Jamie Johnson | May 17, 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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Best Credit Card Processing Companies of 2024
By Elsier Otachi | May 17, 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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Best Business Loans for 2024
By Max Freedman | May 17, 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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The Best Business Accounting Software Services of 2024
By Max Freedman | May 17, 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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The Best Collection Agency Services of 2024
By Donna Fuscaldo | May 17, 2024

Here is our guide to choosing the right debt collection agency for your business needs. We break down our best picks and explain legal considerations, risks, and rewards.

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The Best Payroll Services for One Employee
By Max Freedman | May 17, 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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Cheapest Credit Card Processors
By Steven Melendez | May 17, 2024

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

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The 9 Best POS Systems for Small Businesses: Our Top Picks for 2024
By Jamie Johnson | May 17, 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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The Best Employee Retirement Plans for Small Businesses 2024
By Max Freedman | May 15, 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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The Best POS Systems for Restaurants in 2024
By Max Freedman | May 15, 2024

Some POS systems are better cut out for restaurants than others. These are our top POS picks for restaurants.

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The Best Accounting Software Services for Restaurants in 2024
By Max Freedman | May 15, 2024

The best restaurant accounting software streamlines stock ordering, expense management, financial reporting, and other key monetary needs and decisions.

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

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

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The Best POS Systems for Retail Businesses
By Shayna Waltower | May 15, 2024

Every POS system offers something different from the next. We’ll help you find the best one for your retail business.

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The Best POS Systems for Coffee Shops in 2024
By Tom Anziano | May 15, 2024

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

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The Best Accounting Software Services for Self-Employed and Freelancers in 2024
By Max Freedman | May 15, 2024

The best accounting software for self-employed and freelance users are excellent for invoicing, quarterly tax payments, expense management or all three.

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The Best POS Systems for Bars
By Nicole Fallon | May 15, 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 Accounting Software Services for Contractors in 2024
By Max Freedman | May 15, 2024

Contractors need to convert estimates to invoices, manage supply levels and track labor hours. Accounting software for contractors achieves this and more.

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The Best Payroll Services for Restaurants in 2024
By Tom Anziano | May 15, 2024

Read our guide to finding the best payroll service for your restaurant.

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The Best POS Systems for Convenience Stores in 2024
By Tom Anziano | May 15, 2024

See how the top POS systems stack up to decide which one is best for your convenience store.

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The Best Payroll Services for Contractors
By Nicole Fallon | May 15, 2024

Businesses that pay independent contractors face unique payroll challenges. Learn about payroll services with features that make paying contractors easier.