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11 Business Development Tactics for Your Small Business

Who doesn’t want to control a large portion of the market, and wield much influence and power? There are several important growth strategies that small businesses can apply to expand their operations and occupy a larger share of the market. Here they are: Having a Strong Plan You’re the owner of your business and you have the necessary information about operations, finances, market conditions and other important issues related to your company. This knowledge can help you determine when and how your business should expand. By building a strong plan, you can avoid the negative effects of poorly managed growth. […]

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Retail Inventory Management Tips for the Holidays

The holiday season accounts for 20% of the retail industry’s annual sales. It’s often responsible for up to 30% of some individual retailer’s sale. Based on 2016 ecommerce statistics, gift cards are the most desired holiday gifts. The biggest days of sales for retailers and ecommerce businesses are on the 22nd and 23rd of December. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), holiday sales are projected to increase 3.6% – 4% for a total of $678.75 billion to $682 billion in 2017. This is up from $655.8 billion in 2016. Since holidays are such an important time of year that […]

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Building Credit With No Credit

If you’ve decided to apply for financing, be aware there are generally 2 ways to check whether you’re eligible for it or not. The 1st one is the traditional “credit check.” In this case, a hard inquiry is put on your account, and the loan provider reviews your credit score and credit bureau reports to figure out whether you can qualify for business funding or not. The 2nd one is the so-called “no credit check,” when the lender takes into account other factors so to determine your eligibility. What is Credit Check? A typical credit check is also called a […]

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5 Truths about Working Capital and Small Businesses You Need to Know

Working capital is the lifeblood of every business, big or small. However, it isn’t always easy to know where to find it – or is it? Consider the following five truths about working capital. You might be pleasantly surprised to discover how simple it can be to find and secure working capital for your small business. Banks are not your only – or even best – solution Banks are rarely an effective solution for small businesses in need of financing. In reality, banks are routinely reducing the lines of credit they are willing to extend to small businesses. Even if […]

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Need Small Business Financing? Apply Online in Minutes

It never really seems to be a question of if your business could use extra funds; it’s usually more about how it could benefit from extra funds, when your business needs it the most and where you can get it. There are many different ways to externally fund your business, but not all of them will suit your specific needs and situation. Consider the two ways you can externally fund your business: debt and equity. If you choose to use debt, you will retain ownership of your company with an obligation to repay the investor. If you choose equity, you […]

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Working Capital Solutions: 4 Financing Options for Small Businesses

The need for extra working capital often hits you when you least expect it. Unfortunately, securing funds is not always easy for the small business. Traditional lenders involve long wait times for funding and seemingly endless documentation requirements. If your business type or industry is categorized as “high-risk”, the bank might refuse to work with you before you even get started. Thankfully, there are more alternative financing options than ever before. The option you choose should cater to your specific needs; such as, your business’ unique situation, how much capital you need and how quickly you need it. If you […]

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The 3 Keys to Working Capital Optimization

Working capital management is often misunderstood. It is not a task that takes place once, or even once in a while. It needs to be a continuous process that is closely managed to maintain the financial health of your company. What is working capital? Your business’ working capital is the funds it has immediately available to cover day-to-day business expenses. Assessing the state of working capital can be done by pulling out your business’ balance sheet. Working capital is also used by investors to assess your business’ financial health and liquidity (how easily assets can be sold to generate cash […]

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Bank Isn’t Your Friend? Merchants are Looking for Alternative Business Loans

Forget applying to banks to get a loan for your business. Most of them stopped being in the “give a loan to a small company who has no collateral” business in 2007. This does not, however, mean that you are out of options to fund the growth of your company. Below are some of the anti-bank ways to finance your new business. Retirement accounts  Borrowing money from your IRA or 401(k) can be tempting. First consider a 60 day interest free loan from it. There are no fees if it is paid back in this time frame. Remember: This is […]

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How a Merchant Cash Advance Can Boost Your Business Esteem

So, you are a small business owner. You have committed your whole life in propelling your business forward. But as you might have noticed that it has become increasingly difficult to attain capital to grow your business in this day and age. Banks are becoming tyrants instead of actually helping businesses, they always seem to have a problem with everything. They will make you sign a dozen documents, put many restrictions on the use of the money you will get from them, and even after you are done with all the formalities, you still have to wait a while before […]

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Is It Difficult to Get an ACH Loan?

One of the more innovative products available in the alternative lending marketplace is an ACH loan (sometimes called an ACH advance or cash flow loan). ACH loans are a broad category of business loans that are specific in the way in which they are paid back. When you apply for an ACH loan, a prospective lender (like First American Merchant) will review your business’s checking account statements, typically going back several months. Why would they do this? Simply to get a sense of your average daily closing balance, which helps them determine how much of a loan to offer you, […]

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