The PaymentCloud Blog

Our merchants are important to us- that’s why we go out of our way to educate and inform them on the ins and outs of the payment processing industry. We understand merchant services can be a confusing space for new businesses (and old companies too!). So please continue reading for an insightful blog on the industries we serve best.

 Which Credit Card Machine Is Right For You?

Posted: by Allison

Which Credit Card Machine Is Right For You?

When planning your business out it’s likely that deciding which credit card machine you’ll use is not at the top of the list. However, credit card machines actually play a vital role in your business beyond the payment processing capabilities. Whether you call it a credit card terminal, credit card machine, or swiper, we’re talking […]

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 Ultimate 2020 Guide: Credit Card Processing Fees Explained

Posted: by Allison

Ultimate 2020 Guide: Credit Card Processing Fees Explained

To run a business in today’s world, it’s inevitable that you will need to pay credit card processing fees for your merchant account to function. This is true for starting an online business from the ground up or simply expanding your brick and mortar store. There is no standard model for a credit card processing […]

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 What is Electronic Check Payment Processing?

Posted: by Allison

What is Electronic Check Payment Processing?

While an electronic check might sound more like an 80’s rock band than a form of payment, there’s a lot to learn here. Chances are you’re familiar with the traditional check payment method, a staple dating back several hundreds of years. Traditionally, checks were deposited to the user’s bank and then processed manually. The recipients […]

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 5 Tips for a Killer Operational Strategy

Posted: by Allison

5 Tips for a Killer Operational Strategy

Operational strategy is probably the last thing on your mind when starting a business. From marketing, sales, human resources, and supply chains, there are many aspects that occupy your mind as a business owner. Truth be told, creating an operations plan is probably not one of the glamorous activities on this list. But whether you’re […]

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 How Can My Business Accept Credit Card Payments?

Posted: by Allison

How Can My Business Accept Credit Card Payments?

The ability to accept credit card payments for your business is becoming a necessity rather than a luxury. The reality is using cash to make purchases isn’t as prevalent, or convenient, as it was a decade ago. A survey by U.S. Bank found that about 76 percent of consumers keep less than $50 on hand. Likewise, […]

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 What You Need to Know About Product Sourcing for Your eCommerce Business

Posted: by Allison

What You Need to Know About Product Sourcing for Your eCommerce Business

Product sourcing for your business that not only fulfills your niche but also satisfies your consumers is no small task. It’s also something that many new ecommerce business owners don’t think about when they put together their business plan. Without further ado, here’s your intro to product sourcing class: Product Sourcing 101 (spoiler – this […]

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 5 Steps to Ensure Safe Online Shopping for Your Customers

Posted: by Allison

5 Steps to Ensure Safe Online Shopping for Your Customers

When customers are looking to make a purchase online they expect a safe online shopping experience. The number of users who purchase via eCommerce is significantly growing due to the development of contactless payments. Beyond the already growing trend, secure online payment options have been essential during the various lockdown phases in recent months. While […]

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 Guide to Online Reputation Management: Tips for Your Small Business Owners

Posted: by Allison

Guide to Online Reputation Management: Tips for Your Small Business Owners

Your small business reputation management online is crucial to the success of your business. In modern times, consumers will use the power of the internet to decide who and where to buy from. The online reviews from Google and other sources weigh heavily on a person’s purchasing decision. Let’s discuss small business reputation management, how […]

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 Identify and Eliminate Fraud Risks in Your Small Business

Posted: by Bronte

Identify and Eliminate Fraud Risks in Your Small Business

Today, card payments continue to rapidly replace cash-spending as online shopping becomes more commonplace and credit card benefits become increasingly enticing. For this reason, suspecting fraud risks in your small business is increasingly becoming very common. While consumers are usually affected by some forms of fraud, such as stealing identities or copying credit card data, […]

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 5 Tips for Small Business Financial Planning and Budgeting

Posted: by Allison

5 Tips for Small Business Financial Planning and Budgeting

Small business financial planning and creating effective budgeting strategies are no easy tasks. Small margins or inconsistent and seasonal work makes typical financial planning strategies hard to apply. But, regardless of your organization’s business structure, building and sticking to an annual budget for your company has always been a crucial step for ensuring its longevity. […]

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 Cash Discount vs Surcharge Program: What You Need to Know

Posted: by Allison

Cash Discount vs Surcharge Program: What You Need to Know

The rising popularity of legal cash discount and surcharge programs, it’s obvious why many business owners find this tactic appealing. And while offering credit card payments in your business seems like a no-brainer, the convenience of getting a merchant account for this perk comes at a cost. Credit card processors charge fees for each transaction […]

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