You may have heard the terms used interchangeably in casual conversation, but charge cards and credit cards aren’t the same thing. While small businesses can make great use of both types of cards, charge cards come with a unique set of risks and rewards. A credit card is a revolving line of credit. A bank […]
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For a people who revere startup culture and the idea that one can bootstrap one’s way to business success, we seem to prefer the TV version to the real thing — especially as of late. It turns out that new business creation recently approached its 40-year low. Banks are retaining their Great Recession-era tight-fistedness and the […]
In our increasingly digital society, your website is the most visible aspect of your business. It’s the portal to the hearts and minds of your potential customers and clients. It behooves you to make that portal as clean and attractive as possible. The good news is that it’s never been easier to build a professional, effective business website — one that drives conversions and looks good doing it.
I like Weebly (see our review). There, I said it. Weebly isn’t the most exciting or buzz-worthy website builder around, and it is generally not the choice of web designers who design high-end websites for their clientele. However, Weebly occupies a special place — in my heart, at least — for its supreme familiarity and ease-of-use. […]
Monetizing your work online has long been a challenge. Let’s look at the several other good options for raising money from the public to support what you do.
It used to be that if you wanted to try crowdfunding as a means of monetizing your physical and/or creative output, you had to set up a campaign on a site like Kickstarter (see our review) or Indiegogo (see our review). That’s all fine and good — after all, these sites have raised billions in […]
What a week it’s been for the Patreon community. Just one week ago, on December 6, 2017, Patreon (see our review) announced a change in their fee structure. Broadly speaking, the change would have seen creators no longer pay payment processing fees on what they earn through Patreon. Instead, creators could count on taking home 95% of […]
Unhappy with PayPal’s merchant services? Looking for a new processor? Whatever your reason for not choosing PayPal’s credit card processing, there are plenty of other options. Check out our choices for fair, affordable and practical alternatives to PayPal.
Crowdfunding has received lots of attention in recent years for its ability to raise money for medical emergencies and other pressing human needs. However, you should know that crowdfunding for business projects is taking off as well. In this article, we’ll explore some of the top crowdfunding platforms for small business, and offer tips for creating a good business crowdfunding campaign.
Crowdfunding is all the rage these days. I don’t have to tell you this; it is a manifest truth, apparent in the world around us. From the Kickstarter-driven boom in the tabletop gaming industry to the use of GoFundMe as a rickety substitute for a national health care safety net, crowdfunding is a fundraising solution […]