BluePay: Six Great Online Resources to Help You Increase Sales

Running a successful business isn't easy, especially if you are a small-to-medium outfit competing with bigger players: There's so much to learn. You have limited resources. Mistakes can be costly. Against this backdrop, where do you even begin? The truth is, you can't read everything out there – even the free guides that are chock full of useful information. However, you can optimize your time to maximize the impact of your efforts. Below are six terrific resources to get you started: (more…)
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MyCorporation: Seven Items Entrepreneurs Need to Check Off Their Incorporation To-Do List

Starting a small business is always an exciting, hectic time for any entrepreneur who wants to bring their business dreams to life. But if you’re new to the world of startups, you might find yourself wondering what you need to file before you’re legally allowed to do business. No matter if you’re forming a Corporation or LLC, here’s a quick checklist guide to the seven items your business needs filed in order to succeed. (more…)
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BluePay: How Hosted Payment Forms Make Online Selling Easier

If you sell goods and services online, having a payment gateway allows you to accept credit cards within your eCommerce store. In fact, this is one of the most common methods for processing transactions in the online world. However, this approach has certain drawbacks. For starters, you must have enough technical expertise to set up each payment page, and the skills required vary from platform to platform. What works on WordPress, for example, won't necessarily work on Drupal. In addition, the security of each payment form varies from merchant to merchant.  Because a payment gateway c...
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MyCorporation: Four Documents That Help Small Businesses During an Audit

Audits aren’t as problematic as you may think – according to the IRS, just a little over 1% of  corporate returns from 2014 were audited last year, and the majority of those were conducted through the mail rather than in the field. Still, it is always better to layer on the protection, and since taxes are probably on your mind anyway, now is a great time to take those extra steps to boost your chances of making it through an audit unscathed. Recorded Minutes and Meetings A lot of business owners assume that fastidious record-keeping is a corporate problem, and that sole proprietorship...
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Biz2Credit: Rescuing Your Business from a Natural Disaster

Imagine the havoc a natural disaster such as a hurricane, blizzard or fire could wreak on a small business like yours. Many businesses would not be able to overcome the resulting sustained loss of income, putting them in a state of economic peril. Fortunately, funding is available in the form of low-interest Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans for business owners who need to rebuild after disaster strikes. If, in the unlikely event your business ever suffers losses related to a natural disaster, keep in mind the two types of recovery funding available. Business Physica...
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Webiquity: Why Your Business Needs a Strong Online Presence

Local Business Advertising on the Internet  Is the idea that small businesses should have a strong online presence just a trend, or is there something more to it? Webiquity created this infographic to show just how important it is for small business owners to be tapped into all things internet. The combination of your company website, social media, review websites and your site’s mobile responsiveness determines the level of success that any given business will have. This infographic answers many questions you might have about the impact having an online presence can have on your busi...
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Webiquity: Five Reasons Your Website Must Be Mobile-Friendly

Simply having a website doesn’t guarantee success. When consumers research and purchase products and services online, they expect your website to work perfectly and quickly on any device, regardless of screen size. Search engines like Google have also been changing ranking criteria algorithms that give favor to mobile-friendly websites. That means sites that have not been optimized for smartphones and tablets will be more difficult to find. Mobile isn’t a trend; it’s here to stay. Here are the top five reasons your business needs a mobile-friendly website sooner rather than later. #1...
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Webiquity: How to Win Over Customers with Your Website

Visiting a company’s website for the first time is much like a job interview. You have a short amount of time to make a good impression on visitors and then convert them to paying customers. To do that, your business needs a truly magnificent website. Here are a few simple, yet effective rules to keep in mind when designing or redesigning your website. Obey the seven-second rule. It takes just seven seconds to make a first impression. Customers should be able to understand the purpose of your website and the navigation of it within the first seven seconds of their visit. If this takes mo...
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