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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 5 Tips for a Killer Operational Strategy

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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

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

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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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 5 Tips for Small Business Financial Planning and Budgeting

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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

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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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 The Complete Guide to Effective Paid Search Breakdown

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The Complete Guide to Effective Paid Search Breakdown

Like all business ventures, advertising has changed dramatically with the growth of online paid search. It’s also become much more complex. Back in the day, you could pay for advertising space in a popular magazine and watch your sales grow almost immediately. It’s safe to say we’ve come a long way since then. Today, online […]

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 The 6 Best Accounting Software Programs for Your Business

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The 6 Best Accounting Software Programs for Your Business

If you’re not already familiar with your business’ accounting needs, choosing the best small business accounting software program will seem more complicated than it has to be. You may ask yourself, should I go with the free plan or the paid one? Do I really need all of these features? Is there a vital feature […]

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 The Top 5 Best Chatbots to Consider for Your Website

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The Top 5 Best Chatbots to Consider for Your Website

The growth in using digital mediums such as social networking platforms (Instagram, Facebook, etc.), websites, and apps to encourage consumers purchase products or seek more information has been exponential in the past several years. The use of chatbots to interact with users through messaging, text, and speech are not an industry-specific use case, but are […]

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