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Small Business Insight

Why Online Ordering Is Better Than Uber Eats, Grub Hub OR Door Dash

Setting up your online ordering with your own delivery service for your restaurant will keep more money in your small business pocket, instead of paying the 30% to a delivery service like Uber Eats, Grub Hub or Door Dash. Setting up your online ordering from a website or even from a business facebook page or other social media is really simple. Another plus with online ordering is that the orders reliably get to your staff because there is no middle man. When the ordering is done directly to the restaurant, your business is directly interacting with the customer and building a relationship with them while having total control over everything, from getting the food ready to knowing where it needs to go. You can decide whether to put delivery drivers on-staff, or have one of your employees ready to go for delivery, when the calls come in, depending on the location and needs of your business. The great news is you can figure the delivery fee into the bill and pass that fee onto your customer(s) without ever losing any of your return on investment (Cost of food and time you put in preparing the food.)

Many restaurant owners are not aware of how beneficial online ordering would be for their restaurant and unfortunately they think their only option is to use a third-party delivery service to give their customers the convenience that they're interested in. If you have a menu that travels well and fits in with delivery cuisine, then online ordering is an option worth considering.

Clover™ Flex for Food Trucks – Payment As Convenient As Your Food Service

The food truck as we know and love it today has revolutionized the way we eat and seized the imaginations of thousands of small business owners across the country. From gumbo on-the-go to take-out tacos, street food has never been so popular and it's an industry that shows no signs of stopping.

Street food is as convenient as it is delicious, but if you aren't offering your customers a convenient way to pay, you could be losing more customers than you think. In a society that is becoming increasingly dependent on mobile payment services and less so on cash, it makes sense for any food truck owner to explore alternative payment methods that make life easier and attract more customers as a direct result.

There was a time when these services were prohibitively expensive and only a viable option for larger retailers. Today, thanks to advances in technology and mobile connectivity, POS systems have become faster, better and more affordable. Most importantly, they are now readily available for the mobile business owner.

The Square Versus a Traditional Merchant Services Company

Business owners have to be careful when choosing their credit card processing company. You need reliable, affordable service that offers excellent customer service, otherwise, you can lose customers of your own. Many small to mid-size businesses are choosing mobile credit card services like Square to handle their transaction processing. This choice offers a number of advantages but also comes with some drawbacks.

EBT – Why You Should Take It

Each year, the United States government issues nearly $100 billion to EBT programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). EBT makes it easy and secure for beneficiaries to purchase essential goods, including food and garden supplies. On average, SNAP beneficiaries receive $126 per month.

If your business doesn't accept EBT, then you're potentially losing thousands of dollars in revenue every month. Learn how to start taking EBT so you can grow your customer base and increase your profits.

Are You PCI Compliant?

Payment Card Industry Compliance, or PCI compliance, is vitally important to anyone accepting payment through credit card, in order to avoid fines and protect customers. The PCI security standards council (PCI SSC) was set up to ensure that all customers' data is stored properly and encrypted to protect the integrity of your business, and the safety of your customers.

The Three Most Commonly Used Credit Cards

 
Do you love to travel? Do you carry a huge balance? Do you enjoy earning cash back on everything you purchase? There's a credit card for that. Actually, many, many, many of them. If you have a mailing address, you're well aware that you have options galore when choosing the right credit card for you. Out of all the credit cards out there, here are the three most commonly used credit cards in the United States, based on consumers' search patterns and the number of applications.

Does Your POS Make You Money? It Should!

As a retailer, you probably know what a point of sale (POS) system is. It's a compact set of equipment with a computer, monitor, scanner, compartment for cash, printer and credit card reader.

Now, you might think POS systems are only for handling money. But the truth is that these products can also make money. How is that possible?

Well, just consider what Clover's POS could do for you.

Credit Card Fees- How to Spot a Good Deal


Navigating the confusing world of merchant accounts can be stressful and difficult if you don't know exactly what you need and don't fully understand the terminology utilized by merchant account companies. Merchant account pricing schemes, along with the various credit card fees associated with merchant accounts, can be complicated.

Being aware of the different credit card fees, as well as the types of pricing schemes offered, can enable you to better spot a good deal and choose the merchant account provider that is right for your business.

5 Differences Between Female and Male–Run Businesses

Both men and women today are capable of starting and running highly successful businesses. However, despite the success of both male and female-run businesses, there are many differences between the two, beginning with the reason men and women start businesses to the management style to the ultimate goals of the business.

While these differences between male and female-run businesses certainly don't always apply to every business, several studies, including studies from the SBA, have reported significant differences inherent in many of the businesses operating today.

How to Balance Work and Home

Whether you're just starting out running a small business or you're managing the expansion of your medium-sized company, owning a business comes with a ton of responsibility. There are business decisions to make, clients to call/contact and meetings to run. But often business owners' lives spill over into their personal lives.

As a business owner, it's essential to set up boundaries and define your limits if you want to be successful and happy. Here's how to get it done: