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How Utilizing Small Business Credit Card Processing Can Improve Your Image

Merchant services these days are not only a convenience for your customers, they’re a convenience for you as a business owner too. Most businesses these days accept credit cards, and if you still find that you haven’t caught on to the trend yet, most customers will just find somewhere else to purchase their goods or services. Some small businesses still expect their customers to carry around personal checkbooks and cash, all of which most people don’t really use anymore.

If you find you are having trouble increasing your sales, it could be that you are not accepting credit cards. In this fast paced society, time is everything, and most people don’t want to drive to an ATM to pull out cash for what they want when they can just find a place that accepts the method of payment that they want to use. If you don’t accept credit cards, many times this gives your business a more shady feel, leaving the customer uncomfortable and wondering why you don’t. Most businesses have access to merchant accounts to accept credit cards. Many credit card services even offer a high risk merchant account to those who otherwise wouldn’t qualify for a higher rate.

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submit on June 14th 2013 in Business Services

Who is controlling the U.S. rental car market?

It is summer time again and time for that summer vacation. Within the last decade, the U.S. rental-car companies dropped from six to three and now they control more than 90 percent of the rental-car market. More than 1.9 million rental vehicles are available just in the U.S. The largest rental-car company today is the privately held Enterprise with a 1.3 million vehicle fleet. Publicly traded Park Ridge, New Jersey based Hertz is number two with 700,000 vehicles, 10,000 locations in the U.S. and locations available in 17 other countries thanks to buying Dollar Thrifty late last year. The third place goes to Avis Budget.

After several years of trouble, travel experts expect the $11 billion U.S. leisure travel market to hit a record summer this year. Enterprise dominates the market while Hertz expects to capture about 24 percent share. Rental car agencies are making it easier to rent a car at airports by installing kiosks that are “virtual video kiosks” that can operate 24/7. Rental-car agencies are also trying toi drop the dependency on airline industry for business. Hertz have installed kiosks in Lowe’s home improvement stores to capture non-travel related business.

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elegant on May 29th 2013 in Business Services

The benefits of sports display cases

Apart from the wacky (read: few) kids who wanted to pursue a career in science or some other profession that involves using the intellect, they are far outnumbered by kids who want to be a baseball player, football player or just be as strong as Dad.

And since one can safely generalize that Dads are more into sport than Moms normally are, things like players, their statistics, which game they’re playing and even the priced Ball Qube that has an autograph from such and such player from so long ago tends to dominate conversation and the pride and joy of families that are into sports.

Display cases have come a long way from being made of glass (that could shatter easily), and thus can be more of a hazard around the house for both adult and child alike. However, with the new sports collectible display cases made of acrylic plastic that look great, don’t break and can last for at least for almost three four decades, you can be sure that your priced sports memorabilia is in ‘safe hands’ for a long time to come, and can be passed on to the next generation of collectors.

And how has this been made possible?

Injection molded plastic parts ultimately be assembled together to look exactly like that sports display case you have on your shelf. In most cases, they are made in specific sizes and shapes for customers but can also be created according to the mold design that some businesses have already prepared.

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publisher on April 10th 2013 in Business Services

Reasons Why Paid Employee Background Checks are Preferred

With the saying “nothing comes for free” applicable at all levels of life in today’s world, there is no doubt that this also applies to the concept of free tenant and employee background checks. While the internet has spawned several websites that offer free searches, not all crimes are on public record and the details that are required to make adequate judgments might not be available either.

Here are a few reasons why paid background checks work:

Reason #1: You get comprehensive information when you pay

As is true with any service, the amount you pay determines the level of service that you receive. Take, for example, criminals that are smart at hiding their identities! You can be sure that with the basic information that you can get from free sites, their several identities will not be available. However, a paid service can get you adequate and comprehensive information that will help you identify these people who are good at hiding their past.

Reason #2: Access to county, state, and federal records

If you have to perform an employee or tenant credit check using a free site, you should know that the access to county, state, and federal records of criminals and other individuals aren’t available at these sites, but are easily accessible when you run a paid background search.

Reason #3: Outdated information

In more cases than not, whether you are looking for someone’s driving records or even their credit report information, you can’t be sure whether you are looking at information that is the latest using a free background check as opposed to a paid background search. There should be no doubt that compiling a professional report for your company or for renting out your home is far more beneficial than a free report.

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publisher on May 28th 2011 in Business Services

Where You Can Find Cheap Chairs Covers

If you are the host of an upcoming party, then there is no doubt that you have to change the tablecloth apart from napkins that are meant for special occasions, and that can bring out the best in your home.

However, if the budget seems to be a bit of a problem, you might find this situation to be disheartening.  But there are ways by which you can get what you want while not necessarily breaking the bank.

One such options is to brush up your internet skills by surfing the Web for shopping websites that will help you purchase linen like cloth napkins and towels to items that are designed for special occasions.

You should be able to find a large variety of items that are made available using this medium and that you can purchase immediately over the Internet.

But before you do all these, it is a good idea to plan out how you would like your home to look like on the special occasion, and then go about putting the pieces together.

So regardless of whether you are looking for chairs covers or the basic items such as tablecloths for daily use or for special occasions, you can be sure that you will find these items rather easily over the Internet.

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publisher on April 12th 2011 in Business Services

Dr. Martens Shoes – A Classic, No Matter Who You Are

If you’re even just a casual shoe aficionado, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Dr. Martens shoes. After all, Dr. Martens has been a staple in the shoe world since it first stepped onto the scene back in 1960.

No matter where you go, chances are you’ll see a pair of Dr. Martens. Walk by a construction site, and you will probably see one of the workers wearing a pair of Dr. Martens boots. Or, head to your local high school, and you will probably see a bunch of the kids wearing Dr. Martens shoes. That’s part of the magic of Dr. Martens – they appeal to people of all ages!

But, as popular as they are, you still don’t want to have to pay a fortune for a good pair of Dr. Martens. That’s where Zappos comes in. The giant online retailer has a huge selection of Dr. Martens. In fact, Zappos gets new Dr. Martens styles every month, so no matter what time of year it is, you can find the latest trends.

And, if you have any questions, Zappos has customer reviews for all of its Dr. Martens shoes right on its website. That way, you can learn exactly what to expect from the shoes before you even order them!

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submit on December 1st 2010 in Business Services, Clothing

Easy Forex Trading

There is a wide spread notion that forex is not at all easy to understand. Considering the reputation of the subject, a suggestion of easy forex trading may seem a bit paradoxical to many of you. There is in fact a forex trading website called Easy-Forex. This particular forex trading broker has gone out of the way to justify the name of the site and has made the trading really easy to accomplish, even for a new entrant.

Knowledge is strength and gaining knowledge about any thing gives you a superior edge. The toughest topics can seem quite easy if you attempt to learn more about them. So if you want to conquer the forex trading arena, you need to learn forex fundamentals. You do not even require spending a huge amount of money to learn forex. The majority of the information about Forex is offered free of charge and complimentarily by the trading brokers themselves on their websites.

Many of the traders who have recently joined the bandwagon of Forex trading, have done so only because they have heard of the huge expanse of the forex markets. But they fail to see the point that simply choosing the first broker that they can lay their eyes on; will not contribute in any way to their goal of earning money form forex. There are a few good and trustworthy brokers around, and FX 360 is a good example of a good forex broker.

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publisher on July 29th 2010 in Business Services

More than a virtual receptionist

Article written by MacXcess

Most people are under the assumption that most answering services train employees to work as a virtual receptionist. However, nothing can be further from the truth. Apart from the industry garnering years of experience across several verticals servicing clients that can be considered as small to medium, the industry by itself has developed into a sophisticated form of service, not excluding the technology that is involved.

Take for example, a medical answering service which takes calls from patients that are sick, hurt and in more cases than not, in a state of emergency. This requires expertise that matches the levels of a doctor and his in-house, and thankfully, some answering services are more than happy to rise to the challenge.

In cases of emergency, the only option for the patient is to visit the emergency room but for the rest of the issues that arise, guidelines are set so that one can personalize their responses to each customer

Call center companies that offer this service normally take calls promptly while also allocate enough manpower to take these calls 24 hours a day and seven days a week. And not only is the level of professionalism and expertise apparent but it also comes with the care that a patient desperately need in a time of crisis.

As you can see, the services provided are far more complex than you might think.

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publisher on July 28th 2010 in Business Services

Why We Recycle

There are a wide variety of items manufactured by plastics companies today that are made at least in part from plastic that was recycled from other items. For example, plastic bottles that are recycled by consumers are shredded and then sold to other companies in the form of chips that have been sterilized. These chips are used to make everything from synthetic lumber for construction to the fleece blankets we huddle under in cold weather. Companies that produce items from recycled plastic, either through injection mold design or other manufacturing processes, tend to label their products as containing post consumer or recycled plastic. The public is much more aware of how important “living green” is these days and many people would prefer to promote the use of plastics that have been recycled rather than “virgin” or newly produced plastic.

Of course, the “life cycle” of plastics as it were largely depends on the type of plastic. A PET water bottle is much easier to recycle than acrylic sports display cases. One of the best things you can do is read up on the recycling policies in your area. You can also check to see if there are any environmental groups in your area than can provide you with some guidance. As a consumer, you have an important role to play in the fate of the plastic that you use on a daily basis. It’s important to do your part so that the environment can support the generations of the future.

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submit on June 21st 2010 in Business Services

The Purpose of an answering service

Yes, doctors and business owners are busy people, and the truth is they either need more hands to attend your phone or actually hire an answering service, of which the latter seems to be the plausible solution.

An answering service is not just about people answering your phone pretending to be you or your company but instead works as a suitable stand-in when you’re short of hands in the literal sense. Not is an outsourced call center the perfect solution for people who are in desperate need of people to answer the phone, but more specifically well-suited for people who are interested in treating their customers right.

The fact is that the more customers you have, then the harder it is to please if you are doing it all by yourself. So, not only do these centers represent your company but they also provide the right information (that we take from our clients) along with being professional and courteous when answering the phone.

And the years of experience in the customer service in several industries is proof of their expertise in a business which is definitely competitive both in terms of price as well as their line of expertise. Since technology is a large part of the customer service industry, some of these call centers have the know-how (and the manpower) to offer their clients with a nationwide answering service.

All in all, if one wants to own a successful business or even stay at the top, customer service is the key, and it is through an outsourced call center’s services that one can get there.

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publisher on June 16th 2010 in Business Services