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Chris Motola

Senior Staff Writer

8+ Years At Merchant Maverick

Expertise: Business Payments, Crytocurrency, Business Funding

Education: MS Interactive Media, University of Central Florida

Chris has been writing about small business topics since 2003. In 2015, he joined Merchant Maverick, where he writes about business financing, payment processing, and demographic trends in entrepreneurship. Chris has been featured in Fox Business, ABC News, Yahoo Finance, GoBankingRates, Newsweek, BizJournals, and other publications. He has a Bachelor’s of Arts in English Writing Arts from SUNY Oswego, and a Masters of Science in Interactive Media from the University of Central Florida. He currently resides in the Hudson Valley region of New York.

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6 Financing Options For Up & Coming Entrepreneurs (Plus 4 Expert Funding Tips To Get You Started)

Starting any business can be challenging, but the quick growth and turnaround times commonly associated with entrepreneurial ventures come with their own particular set of challenges. You’re entering a fast-paced and cutthroat segment of the economy with both high risks and high rewards. To start your journey as an up and coming entrepreneur, you’ll need to take stock of your financing options.

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May 11, 2020 Filed under: Business Loans, Crowdfunding

The Complete Guide To Customer Financing For Small Businesses

Financing allows those who are wavering on a purchase because of the price to buy from you right away and then pay for the goods/services in installments in the future. This way, you don’t lose a sale to sticker shock. This is called customer financing or, sometimes, consumer financing. Broadly speaking, you can provide customer financing yourself, or you can use a third-party financing specialist. As to how to do either, along with their pluses and minuses, read on to find out.

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Jun 29, 2022 Filed under: Buy Now Pay Later, Small Business
Payment API

The 7 Best Payment APIs For Small Business Transactions

When you’re ready to dive into the world of credit card APIs, you’ll want to compare and contrast the developer tools provided by payment services providers. It’s important to evaluate them not only by the strength of their API, but also consider more mundane factors, such as how much they cost, the types of transactions they support, and how secure they are.

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Feb 21, 2024 Filed under: Credit Card Processing
Stripe VS Authorize.Net Vertical

Stripe VS Authorize.Net: Which Gateway & Payment Processor Is Right For Your Business?

Both Stripe and Authorize.Net offer a powerful suite of payment services along with robust support for developers who want to integrate their services into their websites. Both also provide excellent support for foreign eCommerce transactions. Evaluating Stripe vs. Authorize.Net comes down to the sheer volume of features vs. flexibility.

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Mar 29, 2023 Filed under: Credit Card Processing, Payment Gateways
franchise loans

Best Franchise Loans

Learn about the best small business loan options for franchisees, whether you need funding to open a franchise, purchase an existing franchise, or keep your franchise business functioning optimally.

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Jul 20, 2023 Filed under: Business Loans
ondeck alternatives business loan

The 5 Best OnDeck Alternatives

OnDeck is a great resource for many small businesses that need a loan, but it’s not right for all businesses. Take a look at some of our favorite competitors to OnDeck before you apply for your next business loan.

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Oct 14, 2022 Filed under: Business Loans