Seed Capital from Friends and Family

You have a great idea but you need more cash than you have in your account. You don't have a proven track record and potential investors are not giving you a chance. Your options are limited to friends, family and a small local network. You need to sell your idea, but you don't want to over-sell your friends and family.

Avoiding Charge-Backs

A charge-back is a credit card processed sales transaction that occurs when your customer disputes the transaction or when you fail to follow proper credit card acceptance and authorization procedures. The result of a charge-back is a reversal of the transaction, the withdrawal of funds from your merchant account and a deposit of the funds back into your customer's account.

Business Categorization, Industry, Location, and the Impact on Merchant Rates

There are many factors that will determine what kind of fees you are charged by your processor. There are some factors that you can control, such as limiting charge-backs and fraud exposure, and others that you cannot, such as how you accept payments, your industry, and your physical business location.

Factors That Determine the Transaction Fee Effective Rate

Transaction fees, also called effective rates or merchant fees, are fees that are charged to you by your payment processor on each transaction processed. The fee includes the bank interchange, the credit card association fees, and the processor fee. There are several factors that will determine your transaction fees:

Do Investors Back First-Time Entrepreneurs?

Investors do indeed back first-time entrepreneurs, but it's clearly their second choice. Most investors prefer to find an entrepreneur who has a proven track record—at least one successful venture—and then bet that the success can be repeated. Their mantra is: "We back the jockey, not the horse."

8 Key Focus Elements Will Attract Startup Investors

One of the most common failures I see in startups is lack of focus. Unfocused entrepreneurs boast that their new technology will generate multiple disruptive products for consumers as well as enterprises around the world. Investors hear this as trying to do too many things with limited resources, meaning the startup will not shine at anything, and will not survive the competition.

How to Find the Right Venture Capitalist for Your Startup

As an entrepreneur, you've got to choose the right VC to work with, because the right marriage can help define how successful your business will be and how happy you will be running it. Here are 4 key points to consider for a happy and long-lasting marriage with a VC.

10 Terrific Tips for Online Invoicing

An invoice is sometimes the last contact you will have with a client after you have finished a sales transaction. A company's invoice should be detailed, easy to understand, and professional. One great method for ensuring your invoice is an accurate reflection of your business is using an online invoice provider with expert looking invoicing templates and easy to use forms.

5 Simple Steps to Get Paid Faster

A receivable cannot be used to help grow or sustain your business until it has been paid. Most reputable companies consistently pay on time; however there are some that just can't seem to stay on top of it, regardless of their good intentions. This article will give you some powerful tips to help you turn your invoice into a payment quicker, so you can reinvest it back into your company.

Why Small Businesses Should Use Electronic Invoicing and Payments

The old basic billing and payment system not only took significant time to generate invoices, but due to traditional mailing methods, it also took a great deal of time before the invoice was in the hands of the client.

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