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How To Review Small Business Apps with Merchant Maverick

Have you ever been confused about which app to use for your small business? With so many options available, you have probably tried to find a good review site to distinguish between top companies and bottom feeders. After all, the reputation of your ...

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History of Thumbtack and Changes For 2020

If you’ve had a small business for even a day much less a year or more, you know how important online leads are. Getting new clients is tough and the easiest way to do that today is online. If you’ve read our Guide on how to Generate Leads for yo...

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The Benefits of Using a POS Card Reader

There are so many ways for you to accept payment from clients. From cash to cards to mobile payment apps, it has never been easier to ensure your business is paid promptly and smoothly after every appointment. Today, we’ll be covering the benefits ...

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How to Charge Clients Credit Card After Each Appointment

As a small business owner or solo business, have you ever been in the position of having to call a client after the appointment has been completed in order to get their credit card details? If so, you’re probably very familiar with how awkward a ca...

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Top Reasons to Take Client Reservations as a Freelancer or Service Business

Have you ever needed to book a multi-day stay for your dog while you went away on vacation? How about hiring a contractor for a bathroom remodel that will take at least 3 days? What about hiring a photographer for rehearsal dinner one day and a weddi...

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5 Types of Estimates For Contractors and Freelancers

Are you a contractor, consultant, or photographer that’s looking to create an estimate for your client, and you’re not sure how to do it? Fear not, for today we’ll tackle an important topic for anyone who’s ever been asked the question: “Co...

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How To Accept Client Deposits

“A deposit is required to book an appointment.” How many times have you seen this plastered on the terms and conditions of service providers’ websites or storefronts? Probably more than once, since it’s a powerful tactic that businesses have ...

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How to Invoice Clients Online

From contractors to photographers… if you are a service professional, you’re likely familiar with online invoices, as they are a really common tool for collecting payment. You also likely know that you have so many options for online invoicing at...

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How to Setup a Subscription Payment Business Model For Your Clients

Are you a freelancer, service professional, small business owner, or anyone with clients who sells subscriptions, memberships, or payment plans in your business? From health & wellness specialists, beauty experts and pet professionals to accounta...

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How to Create, Sell and Market Service Packages to Clients

If you’ve ever sold a package that includes multiple services or products, you know exactly how powerful it is to get paid that way. Whether it’s a package of multiple personal training sessions, life coaching or therapy sessions, or dog training...

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How Wellness is a Necessity in Business

Health impacts from excess of anything is always discovered later on… it takes time for the negative side of any activity to take its toll on the human body. Longer work hours, long exposure in front of millions of pixels, increased stress in the w...

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Podcast: Who are the Top Paid Freelancers?

Listen to "Episode #19: Who are the Top Paid Freelancers?" on Spreaker.

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Podcast: How to Book Customers Online Faster

Listen to "Episode 2: How to Book Customers Online Faster" on Spreaker.

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Podcast: How to Get Paid Faster

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How to Process Credit Cards for your Business 2020

Choosing the best way to process credit cards can be overwhelming, especially if you’ve never used a merchant account before. However, even seasoned business owners can get confused about selecting payment processing companies since they all do the...

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How to use Social Media to get you Clients 2020

With 96% of SMBs making use of

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Accept Credit Cards for Your Business 2020

Remember when credit cards were new? Yeah, neither do I. That’s because accepting and using credit cards for payment has become second nature to almost everyone in the first world. Therefore, as a small business owner you can get a real edge over y...

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How to Use Venmo for your Business in 2020

Today, service professionals need the ability to process payments as a part of their everyday operations. Today, more than 50% of consumers use mobile payment methods to complete purchases rather than using cash, checks, and other payment methods.

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Why a Booking Widget is Critical for your Service Business in 2020

Do you have a website where you promote your service business? Do you want your customers to book their appointment through your website? Is it even possible?

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Top 4 Messaging Apps for Small Businesses in 2020

We’ve all been there. You’re scrolling through your text messages on your mobile device, trying to figure out which client you messaged and when. Your business is growing, but it’s starting to feel like a looming, disorganized monster. Maybe yo...

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Using Social Media to get you Clients in 2020

Social media has billions of users. No, that's not hyperbole. Research shows that in 2020, there were over

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10 Ways to Accept Payment - POS

Today we’ll review Point of Sale systems, which industries use these types of systems, and

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How to get more clients on wag!

Are you a dog walker that gets clients from Wag?

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How to get more clients from Handy!

Are you a cleaner who’s working on the Handy platform and you’re wondering how to make the most of it?

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Why do many choose to use Quickbooks self employed

Are you a fan of QuickBooks Self-Employed?

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How to win Chargeback Disputes

Chargeback disputes are frustrating to deal with.

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Should I Implement a Live Chat Feature?

The eternal question of Live chat - should you install it on your website or not?

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Billion Dollar Bully: How to get more 5 star Yelp reviews

Are you a small business owner? Then you’re very familiar with Yelp, which is one of the largest review communities for small businesses on the internet.

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Frustrations with Square Appointments

Square Appointments is marketed as a flexible, easy-to-use app that allows small business owners and solo-preneurs to make use of online scheduling for their small business.

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How to Market your Esthetician Business on Instagram

Are you a solopreneur Esthetician or an Esthetics business?

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Do I Need Quickbooks for My Small Business?

Ah, good old Quickbooks. Don’t fret! There is no reason to pull your hair out - thanks to the wonderful software from our friends at Intuit - your accountant has everything they need to keep your books in order.

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How to do Basic Accounting in Excel for your Service Business

Okay, this is a doozy. Most folks that start a small business or are solopreneurs are definitely

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When to Use Google Voice Business for your Business

You’re an entrepreneur, small business owner, independent service professional, freelancer, or gigster and you’ve decided to take the plunge and get yourself a business phone number.

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How to Set up Appointment Reminders with Google Calendar

In this article, we will be delving into exactly how to set up Appointment Reminders with Google Calendar.

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How to Set up Recurring Appointments with Google Calendar

Let’s say you own and operate a small service business and managing clients and appointments with pen and paper is getting daunting.

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How to Track your Classes with Excel

Are you running a business that has classes and need a simple way to track them?

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How to Track your Clients with Excel

Do you own and operate a service business and need an easy way to track your clients?

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SquareSpace Buys Acuity

So, you’ve just recently heard about Squarespace buying out Acuity.

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PocketSuite Desktop

So, you’re a solopreneur or small business operator and you’ve decided you’d like to try out PocketSuite, but you’re concerned about not having a desktop version that you can use.

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Whatsapp Business vs PocketSuite

Are you a solo-preneur or running your own small business, and you’re finding it challenging to keep your client messaging organized and on point?

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Choosing Software Vagaro vs Pocketsuite

So, you’re looking for an app or software to manage your service business, and you’ve checked out Vagaro.

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Choosing Software Acuity vs Pocketsuite

So, you’re looking for an app to help you run your service business and you're considering Acuity Scheduling.

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How the very Definition of Brand is Changing Forever

Brand influence has historically been driven by large corporations and conglomerates. Whether the brand holds a monopoly on over 50% marketshare in a category, Coca-Cola and Kellogg’s for instance… or an oligopoly like Visa, Mastercard, AMEX and ...

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An Era of Leisure and New Growth Entrepreneurship

It’s no question that we are seeing a shift in both the Corporate sector of business practice and the pursuance of young professionals entering the work force. The values of newly entering generations in regards to both what they are looking to get...

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Scheduling Apps For Your Business

Do you own a service business? Do you find it difficult to manage your calendar or to check your daily schedules and appointments? If you haven’t experienced these dreadful side effects of growth, then I promise you these ailments are just around t...

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Appointment Apps For Your Business

Are you a service business owner looking for an appointment app? Do you find it hard managing your bookings and appointments? I can understand. Once you hit 15-20+ clients it gets confusing! It’s time for a “whole new world” so to speak, as you...

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How To Generate Online Leads For Your Service Business

Do you run a service business? Interested in how to generate more online leads for your business in 2019? In this article, you’ll learn ways to generate enough new leads for your business to do an extra $10,000 in monthly revenue. You’ll also lea...

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What is Business Messaging

A new category of communication has arrived…It's called "Business Messaging" and it's designed for busy professionals and business owners.If you find yourself asking "What the heck is Business Messaging?", the answer is simple:

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Client Payments: However You want them

Occasion: Quick way to charge a client's card if they hand it to you or simply tell you the card details over the phone.

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Smartphones Beat PCs in Speed, Cost, Convenience

The release of the iPhone X has proven one major headline: smartphones are now faster than PCs. Chips inside computers and smartphones are referred to as central processing units, or "CPUs". The faster and higher quality they are, the quicker your PC...

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Getting More Clients with Pokemon Go

The obsession of Pokemon Go isn't just affecting eager consumers and gamers alike. It actually has potential to affect your business...but in a great way. And it won't cost you much. To sum it up from a local business marketing expert:

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Mobilize your Business

For some business owners and entrepreneurs, initial reaction to the terms "mobile" and "text message" may seem unprofessional. For some professionals, after a long day of running the day-to-day and dealing with clients, having to sit in front of the ...

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Turn Your Thumbtack Leads into Lifelong Clients

Use Thumbtack to win new customers. Receive incoming job requests, bid via quote, and get notified when clients are interested...

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How Apple Business Chat Is A Win For Today's Pro

Apple’s new Business Chat (“Business Chat”) feature was announced on June 9th at WWDC. Throughout most of the presentation of the features and use-cases of the new product, business examples that were being used included airline companies, onli...

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Get A Fresh Phone # For Your Small Business

Communication is a key building block to developing a lasting relationship with your customers. Ever hear a client ask: “What’s the best way for me to get in touch with you?” The answer to that question can vary. It could be email, text, phone ...

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Top 100 Ways to Meet New Customers

No matter what your field is, getting new customers is a lot of work. When you run a small business, budgets are tight and your time is limited. Making the most of your money and resources is essential for your business’ success. The truth is, it s...

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Directories & Free Listings

Why are online directories helpful? For one – they’re free. An important way to leverage these listing is to make sure your business profile and contact info are on as many of these free directories as possible. Reason being – many clients clie...

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Social Media

Believe it or not, the typical American checks social media 17 times every single day. One rule of thumb when it comes to trying to attract customers: Be where your clients are! Organically introducing your business into the daily lives of consumers ...

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Cost Per Click

The “cost per click” model was coined by Google, and is ideal to capture those potential clients who are at the brink of consumption – a product, a service, etc. As explained in the “Free Listings” part of our Growth Blog, the ideal is to h...

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Discounts & Deals

“Everyone likes a deal”, the saying goes. That’s also true when it comes to customers searching for professional services…sometimes. Discount & deal platforms became the huge rage starting in 2008 because they were so new. In theory, offe...

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Pay Per Transaction ("On Demand")

The “On Demand” platforms are probably the most talked about types of models around these days (FYI, publicity isn’t always a good thing). Some of the more talked about platforms are listed below, and they range from industry specific to broade...

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Customer Referrals

Customer referrals – one of the oldest growth tricks in the book. Every business owner has heard of this growth engine. It’s honest, it’s free, and it’s the most trusted – customers are 4 times more likely to use your service if they are re...

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6 Ways to Deliver Better Customer Service

As simple as it sounds, when it comes to running a small business, customer service can make or break your company. While telecommunications giants can get away with badgering customers or being downright rude, when your profit margins are thin and a...

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4 Ways Calendar Sync Can Make You More $$$

Syncing your work calendar with your personal calendar is crucial when it comes to running an efficient business (and a functional life!). Make sure you've synced your calendar in PocketSuite (or any other calendar tool you are using), to maximize th...

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What Frustrates Me About Square Up

AND WHY IT'S A HUGE DEAL FOR SMALL BUSINESSES. I’m going to try my best to have an unbiased view of Square Up. It’s tough, however, to not be partisan when I talk with small businesses every single day who complain about the costs, feature overlo...

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How Payment Apps Are Speeding Up Cash Flow

Time is money. This common idiom, widely attributed to Benjamin Franklin, is what drives a great deal of innovation in today’s tech-meets-business world. Mr. Franklin could not have anticipated mobile payment apps, but I bet he would recognize what...

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Opportunity Cost Can Cost You Real Money

You may not recognize it, but opportunity cost affects your business every single day. Opportunity cost is essentially what you give up (the benefits of the next best alternative) when you make a choice. To understand how to keep your opportunity cos...

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6 Finance Tips for Small Business Owners

As an entrepreneur and small business owner, you are likely used to focusing on big picture projects: new products or services, transforming industries and building your business to succeed. However, you cannot neglect the more tactical things, eithe...

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3 Steps to Convert Clients to Recurring Business

Converting new customers into returning clients is a key element to your business’s success. Having a “recurring” customer base is crucial when it comes to accurately projecting out your budget, making marketing decisions, and even estimating y...

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Beware of Buyer's Fraud

Growing your visibility online as a business comes with its benefits – more eyeballs, better marketing opportunities, and more customers. But what we have found is that increased visibility also makes it easy for fraudulent actors (aka, “fraudste...

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4 Steps to Earn More

The one color that resonates with all self-employed professionals is the color green -- everyone likes making money. I’m not here to preach about how to get new business, because these days it seems like there’s a new lead-generation tool poppin...

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When Gigsters Grow Up

Gigsters are so impressive. Not just because they often have full-time jobs and are working extra hours during early mornings, evenings, and on weekends to make extra income, but also because they have taken the time to discover and market their tale...

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Turning your Messenger into a Business Tool

Chances are you might be using text message (or email) to handle all your client interactions. Customer interactions can range from new client onboarding, to back-and-forth logistics, to appointment follow-ups, to monthly check-ins, to even running c...

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Text Message Benefits to Small Businesses

Today, 56% of consumers would rather text a business than call. The main reason being? Convenience. Delivering a convenient experience to your customers can go a long way when it comes to building a long-lasting relationship with clients. More custom...

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