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  • How to use PayPal Friends and Family—and how not to use it

    Posted 6 days ago in Product ReviewsSmall Business Tips
    by Rachel Cottam

    PayPal is a popular payment processor for businesses and individuals—but things get messy when you mix the two.  Here’s everything you need to know about PayPal friends and family transfers (and a few friendly warnings as well). Note: The following applies to Personal PayPal accounts. If you have a PayPal Business account, friends and family […]

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  • Xero vs. QuickBooks: Online Accounting Showdown

    Posted 3 months ago in Product ReviewsSmall Business Tips
    by Megan Jensen

    QuickBooks Online and Xero  Quickbooks Online (QBO) is a personal and business bookkeeping software developed by Intuit in the early 2000s to help small businesses with their bookkeeping systems. QuickBooks is big particularly in the U.S. and Canada. Xero Limited was created in 2006 in New Zealand, with a focus on cloud-based business accounting software. […]

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  • Gusto Payroll Review

    Posted 6 months ago in Product Reviews
    by Rachel Cottam

    If you’re a small business owner looking for a solution that combines payroll, benefits and HR in one platform, look no further than Gusto. Time-consuming and complex processes are made simple through seamless integration and automation. You don’t have to be a payroll expert to use Gusto’s intuitive interface. This cloud-hosted software is a favorite […]

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  • PayPal vs Venmo vs Zelle: Who’s the best?

    Posted 6 months ago in Product ReviewsSmall Business Tips
    by Jonathan Besquin

    The peer-to-peer payment app war is growing fierce. The use of P2P (peer-to-peer) payment apps is expected to grow by double digits across all age groups through 2021. Just last year, P2P transactions exceeded $120 billion. Let’s take a look at three of the most popular apps–Paypal vs Venmo vs Zelle–and see who comes out the […]

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  • The Best Receipt Scanners: From Mobile Apps to Magic Wands

    Posted 6 months ago in BookkeepingProduct ReviewsSmall Business Tips
    by Rachel Cottam

    Experienced business owners know to save their receipts. Not only is this data crucial to expense reports, if you hope to claim any deductions or credits on your tax return, you’ll need proof. In the olden days, entrepreneurs might have stuffed their receipts into a shoebox until the IRS came knocking. But now, a digital […]

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  • QuickBooks Online Pricing: What does it really cost?

    Posted 6 months ago in Product ReviewsSmall Business Tips
    by Rachel Cottam

    QuickBooks is by far the most recognizable name in the accounting software space.  QuickBooks Online (QBO) is a cloud-based alternative to QuickBooks Desktop.  The mobility of the platform is appealing to many users, despite frequent complaints of bugs and poor customer support.   At a glance, QuickBooks Online pricing seems more reasonable than the Desktop […]

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  • SurePayroll Review: A simple, service-oriented solution

    Posted 6 months ago in Product Reviews
    by Rachel Cottam

    SurePayroll is an online, full-service payroll solution for small businesses and individuals. It was founded in 2000 and acquired by Paychex in 2001. While its simplicity is not recommended for large companies, we’ll review some of the features that customers love about SurePayroll.   What are the features of SurePayroll? SurePayroll is a cloud-based payroll […]

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  • QuickBooks Online vs Desktop: Which option is best in 2019?

    Posted 8 months ago in Product ReviewsSmall Business Tips
    by Megan Jensen

    Cloud-based applications are the norm in business today. In 2018, the public cloud services market reached around 175.8 billion U.S. dollars in revenue and is forecast to exceed 278.3 billion by 2021. When it comes to comparing accounting software in 2019–like QuickBooks Online vs Desktop–it’s hard to ignore the impact of cloud-computing.  QuickBooks Online (QBO) is a […]

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  • PayPal Invoicing: Everything you need to know in 2019

    Posted 8 months ago in Product ReviewsSmall Business Tips
    by Megan Jensen

    Sending your customers invoices is key to getting paid for the products and services that you provide. While we think ZipBooks has a fantastic invoicing system, we’re here to help you get info on all kinds of products, like PayPal invoices or Square Invoices, so you can find exactly what you need. Features of PayPal […]

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  • PayPal Business Account Fees as of 2019

    Posted 8 months ago in Product ReviewsSmall Business Tips
    by Rachel Cottam

    If you are using a PayPal Business Account, you are probably already aware of the processing fees.  If not, we want to take a little time to tell you about the kinds of fees you’ll encounter using your account.  Maybe you are not sure what the difference is between a PayPal Business Account and a […]

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