The Importance of SEO for Small Business

The Importance of Grand Rapids SEO Companies Many people wonder why Grand Rapids SEO (Search Engine Optimization) companies matter, especially to small business where resources are limited. While it may be true that some people overrate SEO to the point of magic (make millions in a year, etc.), it’s hard to argue that it is one Read more about The Importance of SEO for Small Business[…]

How To Encourage Your Customers Pay On Time

How to Encourage Your Customers to Pay On Time While most customers pay on-time or even early payment collections can be a hassle for any business offering goods or services. In most industries, once goods have been dispatched or services have been rendered, the entire control to recover the compensation slips out of the hands Read more about How To Encourage Your Customers Pay On Time[…]

When Government Stacks the Deck Against Small Business

When the Government Stacks the Deck Against Small Business Unfortunately we have come to expect a fair degree of corruption, arrogance and drooling self-interest from our elected officials. After all, in the last 238 years, we have fallen a great distance from the days of the “virtuous republic” that existed-or was thought to exist-in that Read more about When Government Stacks the Deck Against Small Business[…]

Gift Cards – Benefits & Value

The Power of Gift Cards If you own a business and don’t already offer gift cards, it’s time to rethink things. Regardless of what you sell, chances are that plenty of people would be interested in buying gift cards from your company. Without making them available, you’re missing out on an amazing array of benefits Read more about Gift Cards – Benefits & Value[…]

10 Tips for Choosing a Web Designer

10 Tips for Choosing a Web Designer Simple. You do your homework on them. Then, you start asking questions and taking notes. There are plenty of web designers available. You want to go with the best because, in fact, your web designer is in essence your partner. You want to choose a designer that takes Read more about 10 Tips for Choosing a Web Designer[…]

The Benefits of a POS System

The Benefits of a POS System Every business needs a cash register to tackle sales, inventory and storage issues. A cash register is essential to run a business efficiently but using it today may be an out-of-date idea. A cash register is just one step ahead of calculators and it has been decades since its Read more about The Benefits of a POS System[…]

Understand Your Merchant Account Statement in 60 Seconds

  Understand Your Merchant Account Statement in 60 Seconds Many small business owners struggle to understand the variety of fees on their merchant account statement. After all, each month your charges will go up and down based on the number of transactions you run through your terminal, the amount of those transactions and the type of cost structure you are on. With Read more about Understand Your Merchant Account Statement in 60 Seconds[…]

Interchange Plus Pricing – Transparency in Credit Card Fees

Interchange Plus- Transparency in Credit Card Fees Most merchant account providers simplify the complexity of interchange by bundling merchants’ Visa/MasterCard rates into two-tier billing of “qualified” rates (for U.S. consumer credit and debit cards) and “non-qualified” rates (for corporate cards, foreign cards, rewards cards, and all other card types). While this is simpler, it masks Read more about Interchange Plus Pricing – Transparency in Credit Card Fees[…]

POS – Point of Sale Explained

  POS/Point of Sale Explained The term (POS) point-of-sale is used to describe a variety of things. This can include the checkout counter in a store or a place where transactions occur. More frequently, the phrase refers to a computerized cash register. The commonly used abbreviation for point-of-sale is POS. Each letter in the abbreviation Read more about POS – Point of Sale Explained[…]

Financing for Your Small Business

Financing for Your Small Business In today’s hostile economic environment, access to capital is the primary differentiating factor between those businesses which have been able to expand and gain market share versus those that have experienced enormous drops in revenue. The reason many small businesses have seen their sales and cash flow drop dramatically, many Read more about Financing for Your Small Business[…]

CRM, Creating Customer Satisfaction with a Click

CRM, Creating Customer Satisfaction with a Click When people ask, “What is CRM?” the literal answer is, “Customer Relationship Management,” but that doesn’t really convey much in terms of what all CRM does for a business. This CRM definition is too narrow to really explain everything the system does if it is working to its Read more about CRM, Creating Customer Satisfaction with a Click[…]

PCI Compliance

PCI Compliance Explained

PCI Compliance Explained PCI Compliance or PCI DSS… most merchants have heard these terms, but many of them aren’t exactly sure what these important acronyms actually mean. (PCI stands for “Payment Card Industry” and DSS stands for “Data Security Standard” by the way). So, we’ve decided to provide you with a quick overview in today’s blog post. Read more about PCI Compliance Explained[…]

Cash Advance for Your Business

Cash Advance for Your Business Most business owners apply for additional funding to get their companies up and running. Bank loans are the lifeblood of businesses and lending institutions alike. It is a symbiotic relationship. The business receives the money it desperately needs to build or expand and the bank receives interest payments from growing businesses. Read more about Cash Advance for Your Business[…]

The Importance of SEO

The Importance of SEO SEO is the the process of improving the visibility of a web-site or a web-page through search engines such as Google, Yahoo! and Bing. Millions of online searches happen everyday and it’s becoming increasingly relevant that marketers work to drive their website to the tops of the search engine results. Search marketing Read more about The Importance of SEO[…]

Employee Training

The Underappreciated Value of Online Training

  The Underappreciated Value of Online Training Ask just about any human resources professional what they consider as the most important part in employee development and most will likely tell you that training is it. The workplace is in constant change therefore keeping staff up to date with change is critically important to the way business Read more about The Underappreciated Value of Online Training[…]

How to Automate Your Social Media

How to Automate Your Social Media Business owners need all the help they can get. If hiring a new assistant isn’t an option, there’s a simple solution that can make managing day-to-day tasks a little easier by integrating apps you probably already use. IFTTT, a free Web service and mobile app that lets users automate Read more about How to Automate Your Social Media[…]

CRM Systems

7 Steps to Map and Drive the Customer Experience

  7 Steps to Map and Drive the Customer Experience We continually hear companies say that customer experience is extremely important to them. Yet, according to a Bain & Company survey 80 percent of businesses believe their customer experience is superior, while only 8 percent of customers agree. Clearly there is a disconnect between what Read more about 7 Steps to Map and Drive the Customer Experience[…]

Web Design

Things to Consider When Looking For the Best Web Design Company

Things to Consider When Looking For the Best Web Design Company Websites are the calling cards of every online venture that you should be proud of! It should provide relevant information along with pleasant viewing to all its users, achieved through quality web development and designing services. With advancements in the field of internet marketing Read more about Things to Consider When Looking For the Best Web Design Company[…]

Credit Card Processing

How to Find the Lowest Credit Card Processing Rates

How to Find the Lowest Credit Card Processing Rates Merchant accounts can seem perplexing for new merchants. The period of shopping around for the right provider is often marked with frustration. Despite everything that needs to be learned and understood about merchant service providers, it’s worth the benefit of having credit card processing for your Read more about How to Find the Lowest Credit Card Processing Rates[…]

Small Business Consulting

9 Of My Best Tips To Grow Your Small Business On A Budget

9 Of My Best Tips To Grow Your Small Business On A Budget The following 9 ideas have helped me and will help you grow your smal business on a limited budget when you apply them. If you don’t have a journal, I would suggest that you purchase one at your local Staples.  If not Read more about 9 Of My Best Tips To Grow Your Small Business On A Budget[…]

7 Things Every Small Business Should Know…

  7 Things Every Small Business Should Know Network without borders – Never let artificial barriers prevent you from connecting with people from different backgrounds and regions. You never know if the person next to you on a plane or in a supermarket or at an event could be the one to connect you to your Read more about 7 Things Every Small Business Should Know…[…]