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Square
By Donna Fuscaldo | May 24, 2021

Square is the best credit card processor for small businesses because it is easy to use, packed with features, and usable as an iPad or Android POS system.

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Why SBA Loans Differ From Conventional Loans
By Donna Fuscaldo | April 21, 2021

Small businesses that may not qualify for a standard loan from a bank or alternative lender may want to look to the Small Business Administration for help.

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Flagship Merchant Services
By Donna Fuscaldo | April 08, 2021

Flagship Merchant Services is our pick for the credit card processor with the best flexible terms, because it offers customers month-to-month service with no early termination fee.

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Paychex
By Laura Handrick | March 31, 2021

Paychex is an especially good payroll service for large businesses. It serves businesses with up to 1,000 employees, handles all payroll and payroll tax responsibilities, is available in multiple...

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Intuit QuickBooks Payroll
By Chad Brooks | March 31, 2021

QuickBooks Payroll is our favorite payroll service for small businesses. Its three pricing plans allow your service package to grow along with your business.

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ADP
By Laura Handrick | March 31, 2021

ADP offers payroll services for businesses of all sizes. While the size of your business will determine the platform you use, each offers the same core payroll services, including the ability to run...

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OnPay
By Chad Brooks | March 31, 2021

We recommend OnPay as the best payroll service for very small businesses. The service handles all payroll tax responsibilities, plus it offers employers unlimited pay runs and multiple ways to pay...

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Gusto Payroll Software
By Chad Brooks | March 31, 2021

Gusto's month-to-month pricing plans and comprehensive features earn it our best pick for sole proprietors and S-corps that use contractors or freelancers.

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Xero
By Donna Fuscaldo | March 23, 2021

As your business grows, it's important to have accounting software that supports and adapts to those changes. Xero's prices and plans accommodate a company's progression, which is important for small...

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Wave Financial
By Simone R. Johnson | March 23, 2021

Wave is free, cloud-based accounting software that is viable for freelancers and businesses with fewer than 10 employees.

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Should You Hire a Debt Collection Attorney for Your Business?
By Max Freedman | March 22, 2021

Depending on your needs, you may be best served by hiring a debt collection attorney to recover outstanding debts.

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How to Write a Debt Collection Letter
By Max Freedman | March 18, 2021

This guide includes information about how to write a debt collection letter and pursue outstanding invoices from nonpaying clients.

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How to Choose a Business Debt Consolidation Loan
By Donna Fuscaldo | March 08, 2021

Consolidating business debt can simplify your monthly payments and lower your interest rate.

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When Should Freelancers Use a Collections Agency?
By Sammi Caramela | March 04, 2021

When they've exhausted all other options, freelancers can turn to collection agencies to help them collect on unpaid invoices.

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Find the Best Invoice App for Your Business
By Katharine Paljug | February 11, 2021

When choosing invoice software, look for something easy to use and helpful for tracking outstanding invoices.

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PayPal Alternatives for Accepting Online Payments
By Bennett Conlin | February 03, 2021

If you want to use something other than PayPal to accept payments, consider these options.

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Stripe
By Lori Fairbanks | January 22, 2021

Stripe is the best online credit card processor because it's easy to use and has transparent pricing, extra features, and custom options.

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PayPal Credit Card Processing
By Lori Fairbanks | January 22, 2021

PayPal is our pick as the best credit card processor for freelancers and solopreneurs because of its budget-friendly, pay-as-you-go terms no matter how you accept payments: in person, online or over...

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Apple's Credit Card: What Small Businesses Need to Know
By Stella Morrison | January 13, 2021

Though the Apple Card is for consumers, small business owners can take advantage of some of its perks.

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How to Turn Your iPad Into a POS System
By Anna Attkisson | January 11, 2021

Wondering how you can set up your iPad as a POS system? Here's what you need to know.

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Infographic: 25 Accounting Terms You Need to Know
By Sara Angeles | January 08, 2021

Here are some accounting terms small business owners need to know.

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SurePayroll
By Chad Brooks | January 06, 2021

SurePayroll provides great payroll features for individuals with a full-time nanny, caregiver, housekeeper or other home service provider, making it our best payroll pick for household employers.

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Drake Tax
By Andrew Martins | January 05, 2021

Tax professionals and preparers need tax software too, and Drake Tax delivers a top-notch solution for preparing clients' tax returns.

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Intuit TurboTax
By Andrew Martins | January 05, 2021

Intuit TurboTax is our favorite online tax software because it's easy to use, comprehensive, powerful and effective.

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TaxAct
By Andrew Martins | January 05, 2021

For those with simple tax needs, TaxAct offers a free option for filing personal income taxes.

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H&R Block
By Andrew Martins | January 05, 2021

If you're self-employed, a very small business or a pass-through entity like an LLC, H&R Block is more than powerful enough to cover your needs. Its highly helpful software also comes with access to...

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The Small Business Owners' Guide to Getting an SBA Loan
By Matt D'Angelo | December 21, 2020

SBA loans have low rates and long terms, making them a desirable option for small business owners. Learn what types of SBA loans are available and how to apply for one.

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Everything You Need to Know About Small Business Payroll Taxes
By Siri Hedreen | December 18, 2020

Learn your withholding tax responsibilities as an employer.

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Rocket Receivables
By Donna Fuscaldo | December 10, 2020

Rocket Receivables is an excellent service for any small business looking for help with delinquent accounts. It services all SMB industries, including healthcare, education, professional services,...

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Prestige Services Inc.
By Donna Fuscaldo | December 10, 2020

Prestige Services Inc. is our choice for the best B2B collection agency because of its broad array of collection services, transparent pricing and strong customer service.