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Business Credit Is an Asset

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If you are a business owner, chances are good that you take your business’s credit rating pretty seriously. After all, having good business credit gives a business a level of financial flexibility that businesses with poor or nonexistent credit can only dream about. With good business credit, you can get ...

4 Ways to Improve Productivity ...

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1. Improve Productivity and Efficiency in Meetings Meetings are notoriously inefficient. The problem? Simple human dynamics. Inevitably, any time you assemble a group of professionals (each of whom has his or her own independent deadlines and responsibilities to consider), a not insignificant amount of energy, time, ...

When Saying “No” Can Help ...

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The Trouble With “Yes,” the Power of “No” One word, two letters, immeasurable value: N-O. Properly utilized, “no” can create value, eliminate potential problems, conserve resources, redouble focus, and ultimately define your small business. Small-business owners are busier than ever before. Social ...

Starting a Business Without Gr ...

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Getting business funding can be difficult enough for those with solid business credit ratings.  But for entrepreneurs with less than favorable credit, acquiring startup funding can seem like an impossible undertaking. However, where there is a will, there is a way, and even those with poor credit can find ways of ...

6 Accounting Mistakes That Can ...

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Preventing an Accounting Snowball From Turning Into an Avalanche A mistake made in accounting is often like rolling a snowball down a hillside – it will continue to grow larger month after month if it is not caught quickly, and fixed. Unfortunately, for some newer small businesses, their snowballs can quickly turn ...

What Every Lender Wants to Kno ...

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One of the most important challenges facing most new business owners is securing financing for their new business venture. Some established businesses have faced difficulties being approved for business loans, as well. While the process lenders use to decide whether to grant a loan or not may seem mysterious, ...

Extending Credit: Worth the Ri ...

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While there may be a few cash-only exceptions out there that are able to survive without offering credit to their customers, most businesses these days offer credit in one form or another. When a business takes payment via credit cards, personal checks, or allows customers to pay for goods or services after they are ...

How to Get Out of a Bad Mercha ...

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Tips for Avoiding a Costly Early Termination Fee If you find yourself in the unenviable position of being under contract with a bad merchant account provider, then you might be surprised to discover just how hard it is to get out of their contract without first being forced to pay an expensive early termination fee. ...

What Are Microloans?

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For many aspiring entrepreneurs, acquiring funding to start a small business can be very difficult. Financial institutions tend to be reluctant to grant business loans to first-time business borrowers with scant credit history. Those seeking smaller amounts of funding for businesses with relatively minimal startup ...

Good Debt Versus Bad Debt

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Few business owners relish the idea of going into debt. Committing to surrendering a portion of one’s profits every month can be a scary thing. Further, borrowing money can be quite costly, and we all know that improperly managed business debts can lead to serious financial trouble. However, there are times when ...