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Erica Seppala

Editor & Senior Staff Writer

5+ Years At Merchant Maverick

Expertise: Accounting, QuickBooks, Payroll, Business Funding, POS

Education: AA Liberal Studies, Limestone University

Erica began writing on small business topics in 2008. She joined Merchant Maverick in 2018 and focuses on loans, accounting, and POS. She is a Certified ProAdvisor for QuickBooks Online and QuickBooks Payroll. She has been cited in MSN, Reader’s Digest, Vox, U.S. News & World Report, and Real Simple. She is a graduate of Limestone University and resides in Greenville, South Carolina.

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Best Working Capital Loans For Small Businesses

Working capital loans are one of the most versatile kinds of business loans you can get. Want to find the best working capital loans for small businesses? Read on to learn about your options for short- and long-term working capital, lines of credit, new businesses, & more.

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Apr 22, 2024 Filed under: Business Loans
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The Complete Guide To Understanding & Receiving The Employee Retention Tax Credit

One form of relief offered to small businesses is the Employee Retention Tax Credit. First introduced in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, this tax credit could be claimed by eligible employers on quarterly tax returns. This program was expanded by the Consolidated Appropriations Act signed into law in December 2020, making the credit accessible to more employers.

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Sep 18, 2023 Filed under: Accounting, Bookkeeping, Invoicing, Employee Retention Credit

What Are Business Grants & Are They Taxable?

There are business grants out there that give small business owners and entrepreneurs access to capital. However, it isn’t as easy as pulling out your credit card and receiving a magic list in your mailbox. It takes work to find grants that you qualify for, and even then, competition is pretty stiff. That doesn’t mean you should automatically write-off business grants, though.

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Jan 9, 2023 Filed under: Accounting, Bookkeeping, Invoicing, Business Grants

1099 VS W-2 Employees: Which Is Better For Your Small Business?

Ever wondered what the difference is between a 1099 contractor and a W2 employee? Believe it or not, the answer is both easier — and more complicated — than you might expect. It all boils down to this: If you tell your workers both what to do and how to do it, then they are probably W2 employees. On the other hand, if you only control the results and not the process, then they are probably 1099 contractors. Read more about the 1099 VS W-2.

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May 30, 2023 Filed under: Payroll, Small Business
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Square Banking Review

The Square debit card lacks a traditional application process that might harm your credit score. Plus, it bundles in tidy savings on certain purchases and lets you access the money your business earns through Square instantly. Plus, this card features 2.75% off purchases made at other Square merchants.

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May 10, 2024 Filed under: Business Bank Account Reviews