Day: November 8, 2021

Why people should get ahead on their holiday shopping this year

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) – The start of November usually means the start of the holiday shopping season, but this year is the time to get your gifts crossed off your list ahead of time.

With less than 50 days until Christmas Day, some may think that’s plenty of time, but store owners say this is the year to shop early.

Supply chain issues are causing shipping delays that could leave customers without gifts they have been wishing for.

Mary Allen, owner of Sixth and Zero in Evansville, was helping shoppers during the Holiday Open House on Main Street this weekend. This event is a way for the downtown area to kick off the holiday shopping season.

“More people came out this weekend than I had anticipated, which is wonderful,” Allen said.

Shop owners like Allen are encouraging early shopping this year, as shipping delays and supply chain shortages are making

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How to Accept Credit Card Payments as a Small Business

The reign of cash as king is coming to an end. Today’s consumers use non-cash payment methods for 74 percent of transactions, according to a 2020 Federal Reserve study.

Thanks to their enhanced security features, generous spending limits and rewards—plus the rise of online shopping—credit cards are more popular than ever. In fact, credit card transactions account for 29 percent of all transactions, according to the study.

We’ve created this guide to help small-business owners and side hustle entrepreneurs weigh their credit card processing options. Here’s what you need to know:

How to accept credit card payments

1. Find a credit card processing provider for your small business

There are many payment processing providers that offer similar services.

Consider what portion of credit card transactions you will process in person, online and over the phone. Also, think about what type of credit cards you’ll accept: Visa, Mastercard

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