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Reads of the Week – March 27th

Date: March 27, 2015

Reads of the WeekWe know you’re busy, so we pulled together the most interesting reads of the week for topics affecting small business owners. Feel free to add your own favorites that we may have missed in the comments.

Google is a daily part of most people’s lives, but when it comes to your business, it’s tough to wrap your hands around everything that you need to do to be more visible on the dominant search engine. The company announced a major program to make sure every business can be found. The online resource has a ton of different information, links, and How To’s to get your local business on the map, literally.

While getting found is a large part of building a business, another key for a lot of business owners is access to capital to do things like purchase machinery, a new building, or other  financing. One of our advisors wrote on what you need to get a business loan in this article on the 5 C’s of commercial credit. However, this week Entrepreneur posted an interesting opinion on changes needed for the most traditional of methods — the SBA 7(a) loan program.

What are your options if traditional lending won’t work? Manta, a comprehensive local, small business directory, published their 2015 business owner survey results which showed that alternative methods — like crowdfunding and online lending programs – are still not top of mind for many owners. Though they are not for everyone and can have bigger fees, they also have bigger approval rates which can help you to get money when you need it.

Speaking of getting money, this week Facebook announced a new service for peer-to-peer money transfer to challenge PayPal and Square Cash.  The Motley Fool breaks down what it might mean for the ecosystem and how using their stand-alone app, Messenger, you can easily text dollars to friends for free to pay for tickets, beers, or other small, personal spending.

Many business owners and employees have a hard time finding the line between ‘work-life’ and ‘life-life’; it becomes even more obvious in social posting. How do you separate your personal from your professional posting? A few strategies here.

Finally, there is a lot of wisdom in children’s books, and Winnie-the-Pooh is a definitive philosopher. Here are his 5 tips for a happy life along with some ways to integrate into your work and daily outlook.

 

PaySimple Awarded Best in Small Business Innovation and Service Awards

Date: March 26, 2015

For the 5th year in a row, our Customer Experience team won a Stevie Award. The team was honored with the Bronze award during the 9th Annual People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. In addition, at the 2015 PYMNTS Innovation…

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A Word on Words

Date: March 24, 2015

Whether as Shakespeare’s Juliet posits, “that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” or whether as the Chinese proverb states, “the beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names,” it is undeniable that th…

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Creating Your Own Reality  

Date: March 23, 2015

I recently got a text from a friend of mine asking if I wanted to join her pity party. She listed everything happening in her world at that moment: my daughter puked, my son has a rash all over his body, my kids have a snow day but I have to get to w…

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Reads of the Week – March 20th

Date: March 20, 2015

We know you’re busy, so we pulled together the most interesting reads of the week for topics affecting small business owners including how to shift from owner to manager of your business, "friendly" fraud, benefits to your biz from a one-second vid…

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Balanced Payments shuts down, offers Stripe alternative

Date: March 19, 2015

Late last week, Balanced Payments announced it would be shutting its doors and ceasing processing of all credit card, debit card, and ACH payments for its API integrated customers in about 90 days. The company has arranged a relationship with its ri…

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Tips for Finding Free Public Domain Photos and Graphics

Date: March 17, 2015

When you need that perfect picture to go with your killer blog post, to complement your small business website, or to jazz up your newest sales and marketing materials, it is tempting to head over to Google or Bing to do an image search and grab some…

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Entrepreneur’s Dilemma

Date: March 16, 2015

One of the most common dilemmas an entrepreneur will face early in their company's growth is balancing the need for capital with a more critical element—focusing on the company’s growth. Securing capital will take significant time and energy sp…

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Reads of the Week – March 13th

Date: March 13, 2015

We know you’re busy, so we pulled together the most interesting reads of the week for topics affecting small business owners, including PCI Compliance, finding more time, and social network updates.

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4 Ways to Prioritize and Get Things Done

Date: March 11, 2015

We live in a culture of ‘busy.’ Everyone always has more to-do’s than time in the day and competing priorities can make us feel like we never get anything done. Above that, developing a reputation of someone who is always ‘SO BUSY’ does not…

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