Engagement Letter Lingo – Say What You Mean!

By | Accounting, Education, Guest Post

Susan Pruskin, a Top 100 QuickBooks ProAdvisor who writes for ClockShark, created this helpful post on how to write good engagement letters. (It’s harder than you think!)   An engagement letter is an absolute necessity in any service business. Your client must know exactly what to expect from you. Words can be tricky little things, especially if they are ambiguous. Be specific to eliminate any misunderstandings. Source Disclaimer: I’m not a lawyer. I don’t even play…

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What Can Small Businesses Learn From Apple?

By | Education, Marketing, Small Business, Strategy

When it comes to building a successful business, it’s important to stay hungry, foolish, and inspired. There are many successful brands in the world to draw your inspiration from; however, none of them are quite as influential as Apple. While Apple has launched many successful products since its inception, the historic success of the iPhone has given the company a cult status in the global technology industry. Recently, Apple’s new release of the iPhone 8…

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Brink’s Partners with Bento for Business to Transform Employee Spending and Expense Management

By | Company News

Bento to provide Brink’s customers with business debit cards tied to an easy, elegant expense management platform Brink’s and Bento for Business, the award winning provider of expense management solutions, today introduced the Brink’s Travel & Expense Debit Card. The Brink’s T+E debit card, powered by Bento, enables companies to quickly and easily set specific spending parameters for each employee and tie expenses into a complete management platform. The announcement was made on September 14th…

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A Labor Day To-Do List for Small Businesses

By | Event Planning, Marketing, Small Business, Strategy

Labor Day, which coincides with the end of summer, reminds us to enjoy one more long weekend vacation, picnic or parade before the weather cools. However, the cherished holiday continues to serve an important purpose—celebrating the social and economic achievements of American workers. According to the United States Census Bureau, there are 159.8 million wage and salary workers in the country as of May 2017. For most American SMBs, Labor Day can be a chance for both reflection and transition….

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Independent Retailer Month: Tips to Prepare for the Campaign

By | Small Business, Strategy

The Independent Retailer Month is a campaign that celebrates and highlights the US indie retail industry throughout July every year. Small and independent retailers play a crucial role in the communities they serve, the local economy they contribute to, and the retail sector as a whole. Indeed, small and independent retailers drive the US economy as they account for an estimated 11.5 million jobs, i.e., 40% of the total jobs in the US retail industry….

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Accounting Professionals: Don’t Miss These Upcoming Conferences

By | Accounting, Bento Tips, Education, Event Planning, Finance, Growth

Thanks to the technological revolutions over the recent years, the accounting industry has witnessed a paradigm shift in processes and practices. Whether you’re a professional bookkeeper, accountant, CPA executive or business finance professional, you should upgrade your professional skills throughout your career to sustain growth and avoid stagnation. These days, that often includes keeping your accounting technology relevant and effective. Attending popular accounting conferences is not only a great way to network and get the…

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3 Reasons Why Corporate Credit Cards are So Popular These Days

By | Business Prepaid Debit Card, Corporate Debit Card

Advancement in payment technologies has made it easier for businesses to conduct their day-to-day financial operations. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, an increasing number of companies are now offering their employees corporate credit cards for simpler expense tracking and savings from suppliers. A recent survey by Strategic Treasurer, the “2017 B2B Payments & Working Capital Management Survey”, revealed an increasing acceptance of corporate employee expense cards among companies these days. Here are two interesting…

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How to Do Small Business Payroll

By | Accounting, Guest Post, Small Business

Hiring employees is exciting. It means you’ve learned how to successfully start a small business, and now your company is growing. Hiring employees also means you have new employer responsibilities. Not only do you have to manage workers, but you also have to start running payroll. Kaylee Riley from Patriot Software, LLC. wrote this helpful post on how to do small business payroll. Read on! Setting Up Payroll Before you can run payroll, you have to collect information…

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Bento for Business gets two software awards from FinancesOnline

By | Accounting, Business Prepaid Debit Card, Company News, Finance

We’re happy to announce that Bento for Business scored big in a recent analysis by trusted B2B directory Reviewers gave their double thumbs up, scoring us an 8.0 out of 10 with a user satisfaction rating of 94%. They noted how our prepaid cards and expense management platform make it easy for business owners to control employee spending, prevent cash leaks, trim down operational costs, and make expense management more transparent. Additionally, we received the 2017 Rising Star Award and Great User Experience Award in FinancesOnline’s best expenses management software category. Experts…

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5 Negotiating Tips for Construction Loan Financing

By | Company News

If you’re in the commercial real estate business, you know it is extremely crucial to attract funding to your operations and sustain your cashflow. In order to grow your construction business steadily and expand your operations, you must explore opportunities to get construction loan financing. As a contractor, your options include a line of credit, bonding, and bank loans. However, you should be familiar with the best practices of negotiating a construction loan, which can…

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