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Kate Hoots

Expert Analyst & Reviewer at Merchant Maverick
An expert in online sales, Kate Hoots has been writing about small business eCommerce since 2020. A former journalist for the West Linn Tidings and the Wilsonville Spokesman, Kate boasts wide experience in business leadership and communication. She has a degee in English Literature from Lewis & Clark College.
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Pro Tips: How To Get More Shopify Sales In 2021

There’s no one “right” answer for how to get more sales on Shopify. The number of ways to increase sales on Shopify is as great as the number of stores online. Read through these suggestions, then pick one or two strategies to boost your Shopify sales, focusing on the ones that make the most sense for your business goals. Let’s get started!

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Oct 13, 2021 Filed under: eCommerce 0

Everything You Might Need To Open A Business Bank Account

It’s time to open a business bank account. Are you ready? What do you need to make that happen, and what’s the best way to apply for business banking services? Does your small business even qualify for business banking? Relax. We’ve got you covered! This post will let you know if it’s time to start using a business bank account for your small business or side venture.

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Sep 21, 2021 Filed under: Business Banking 0
Amazon FBA VS Dropshipping

Amazon FBA VS Dropshipping For Startups: Which Is Less Risky For A Startup?

Selling via Amazon FBA (Amazon’s fulfillment service) and selling through dropshipping can both be attractive options to people wanting to start an eCommerce business, and each business model has its own upfront costs and risks. Is one better than the other? How can you be sure which one is right for you? Let’s dig into the details of dropshipping VS Amazon FBA to first understand how each works, and then make the best decision for your new business.

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Sep 20, 2021 Filed under: eCommerce 0
The Riviera House management team celebrates at the restaurant

From Startup To Star: Riviera House Rides Out Pandemic

When Riviera House opened in October of 2019, General Manager Jeremy McDermott had no way of knowing that before the first quarter of 2020 would draw to a close, his restaurant would face challenges he couldn’t possibly have imagined or planned for. Find out how this Redondo Beach restaurant managed to keep customers coming, maintain staff, and stay in business.

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Sep 16, 2021 Filed under: Small Business 0

When It’s The Right Time For You To Get A Business Bank Account

If you’re still wondering if you need a business bank account, the answer lies in understanding the differences between personal and business banking. A business account simply is better suited than a personal account for running a business. Find out more about why you need to ditch your personal account and sign up for a business checking account to run your small business.

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Sep 13, 2021 Filed under: Business Banking 0

How To Find & Open The Right Bank Account For Your Small Business

For some entrepreneurs, making the decision to move to business banking is the hard step. For others, it’s knowing what to do once you’ve decided! If you’re still mulling the decision, it may help you to understand the differences between personal and business banking and when you can get away with using your personal bank accounts. Learn how to find the right bank account for your small business, and how to open a business checking or savings account.

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Sep 9, 2021 Filed under: Business Banking 0
WUNDERgrubs cofounder Akissi Stokes in the company'sAtlanta, Georgia hatchery

WUNDERgrubs: Turning An Unusual & Sustainable Protein Source Into Something Delicious

It’s easy to find bad news in the world, even if you don’t go looking for it: hunger, refugees, and catastrophic climate events are just a few. Taken individually or all together, it’s enough to cause feelings of helplessness. So finding an organization that does something to address all these crises and more — while operating at a profit — is a welcome treat. That company is WUNDERgrubs, and they’re changing the world, one mealworm at a time.

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Sep 8, 2021 Filed under: Small Business 0

Key Differences Between Personal & Business Bank Accounts

Switching to a business bank account can help you build a professional reputation and establish credibility, limit your personal liability if your business plans don’t work out the way you want them to, and make it easier to manage your business finances and file your taxes. Let’s dig in further to see what other benefits there are to having a business account, and whether there are any drawbacks.

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When You Can (& Can’t) Use A Personal Bank Account For Business

It’s pretty common for entrepreneurs to use a personal bank account to manage a new business. But as you grow, is it still a good idea to use that personal account? And how do you know when it’s better to open up a business checking account? Read on for a detailed explanation of when it’s okay to use a personal bank account and why you should eventually upgrade to a business checking account.

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Aug 26, 2021 Filed under: Business Banking 0
Shopify VS Amazon FBA

Shopify VS Amazon FBA: Which Will Give You The Most Success?

While Shopify and Amazon are very different, each has equally stellar qualities to tempt you into joining the many merchants who have found eCommerce success there. Which is right for your sales strategy? Should you use Shopify or Amazon FBA for your online store? Let’s dig into this Shopify VS Amazon FBA comparison and find out!

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Aug 2, 2021 Filed under: eCommerce 0

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