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NerdWallet: business credit card comparisons, reviews

Finding the right business credit card for your professional life is easy, thanks to NerdWallet’s dedication to providing easy-to-understand and comprehensive overviews of each available card.

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Choosing a credit card for your business

No matter how long you’ve owned and run your own business, you’ll eventually need to get a business credit card or two. It’s a natural step in the process, and an exciting one at that. But the sheer number of choices you have when it comes to credit cards can become instantly overwhelming and stressful, not to mention that looking up each card will be incredibly time-consuming. Instead of manually comparing hundreds of available cards, let NerdWallet do the work for you.

NerdWallet collects data on thousands of credit cards and creates relevant and useful comparisons for you. NerdWallet even compares multiple features at once, including card reward programs, interest rates, balance transfer and annual fees, and even how to earn the most airline miles for everyday business purchases.

It’s easy to get started; just fill out a simple, short questionnaire about what you need in a business credit card, and NerdWallet will provide you with pages and pages of applicable cards. For each card that is listed, you can choose which ones are worth your time to explore further by viewing the offer details, all without leaving your page of results.

Reviews and comments about credit cards

One feature that makes NerdWallet’s services unique is that other business professionals can leave reviews and comments about each credit card. Often, an involved conversation begins between NerdWallet users, so you’re sure to get real stories from real professionals. Sorting through the offer details and the user reviews can give you a clearer insight into what you’re looking for in a business credit card, and you don’t even have to do any of the legwork.

NerdWallet’s blog actually lists and details the four best corporate rewards cards for biz pros. The card currently ranked as number one is the Chase Ink Card. Here is an example of the type of researched reviews you’ll receive from NerdWallet:
[ba-quote]“The Ink by Chase has a lot to offer, from a crazy-high signup bonus to ongoing rewards to a full year of no interest. For starters, the signing bonus is worth $250. The ink charges no annual fee and earns rewards in 5% bonus categories….You will qualify for the $250 signing bonus when you spend $5k within the first 3 months. Additionally, they grant a 0% APR for 12 months, ideal if you need to make some purchases that will take a little time to pay down. If you don’t like fees, don’t like interest, but DO like rewards, the Chase Ink is an affordable and highly rewarding option for entrepreneurs.”[/ba-quote]

Finding the right business credit card for your professional life is easy, thanks to NerdWallet’s dedication to providing easy-to-understand and comprehensive overviews of each available card. Simply compare the cards that fit your specifications, apply right on the website, and get back to work. There’s no need to spend hours researching on your own because that work has already been done by NerdWallet.

The American Genius Staff Writer: Charlene Jimenez earned her Master’s Degree in Arts and Culture with a Creative Writing concentration from the University of Denver after earning her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Brigham Young University in Idaho. Jimenez’s column is dedicated to business and technology tips, trends and best practices for entrepreneurs and small business professionals.

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  1. worli7

    June 14, 2012 at 9:17 am

    When picking a credit card, it is foremost to consider all of your options. There are various factors to take into account, and several factors, which conclude what credit cards you are eligible to receive.

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Easy tax calculator for freelancers that tend to wing it

(FINANCE NEWS) This tax calculator gives you an idea of what you should be holding back so tax day isn’t such a big surprise this time.

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The freelance checks are rolling and your income is adding up fast. Score!

Not so fast.

Your freelance checks are not taxed individually, but that doesn’t mean your income is tax-free. Whether you’re a full-time freelancer, part-timer, or just work on contract projects here and there, it’s important to know how much of your freelance income needs to go towards your tax bill.

As 2017 comes to a close, it’s a great time to review your project income and get an idea of what you may owe once taxes come due. Better to get a general idea now and start saving (if you haven’t already), than be blindsided when you fill out your tax forms.

To get a general idea of what you’ll owe, free tools such as The Freelance Project Tax Calculator can be helpful. This calculator, which is a collaboration between CPAs at Atribus Solutions and Sail, can be downloaded via email after submitting a request on the Sail website.

It’s compatible with Google Sheets and Excel, too, so use whichever spreadsheet program you prefer.

Whether you are completely self-employed or freelancing on the side, the Freelance Project Tax Calculator can help you determine the amount you should be saving for taxes. You’ll just have to share some general information about your filing status, location and projected income. It can also take project costs into account, allowing you to more accurately calculate net profit after deductions – and a good way to keep every aspect of each project organized.

If you are a freelancing newbie, toying with this calculator can also help you establish rates that allow your net income to be at the level you want (or need) it to be.

Now, keep in mind that this calculator provides rough estimates to get you started. If you want a more concrete number or in-depth financial advice, it’s time to find an accountant. But it never hurts to start planning ahead for tax expenses, and this tool can help you do just that.

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Should research papers remain behind a paywall or be fully accessible?

(FINANCE) Paywalls restrict 65% of research papers, but some argue it’s for good reasons. Others say the walls should come down.

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Paywalled research papers might be the current business model, but scientific research should be available to all, not just those who can pay for it.

In academia, published papers are part of the tenure process. You not only have to do research, publish papers, and hope that your work is cited in other research to get promoted.

Despite the notion that this research needs to be available to everyone, much of it is still behind a paywall. Josh Nicholson and Alberto Pepe estimated that about 65 percent of all cited papers are behind a paywall. Why is this important? They say it is because “some of the world’s most important scientific research is inaccessible from the majority of the world.”

A case for paywalls:
Publishing is big business. It takes a staff to manage a journal that publishes research. Essentially, someone has to pay. Most journals have chosen to charge the reader, because the alternative, charging the scientist for publication, is not a viable business model.

Publications that charge for access are generally considered more prestigious in academic circles. Thus, it’s safe to assume that the best research is published in paywalled journals. In my research for this article, I did learn that taxpayer-funded research through the NIH was supposed to be accessible to the public one year after it was published.

A case for open access:
Nicholson and Pepe averaged the cost of the paywalls at $32.33 for one access point. That is way too costly for a graduate student or an average individual (or journalist whose boss refuses to pay).

One key reason the internet was developed was to share research between scientists. Although universities often buy subscriptions to paywalled journals, most research is not accessible to the average person some four decades later. It’s been argued that research should be made public to hold scientists and the government accountable. Published research should be promptly and broadly disseminated, according to a policy statement made by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Can the business model hold up?
The tide is slowly changing, but most say that it’s not quick enough. Some experts believe that the scientific publishing process is not a business model that can withstand the changing culture. I’m sympathetic to the publishers, but I’d like to see more scientific research available to individuals at a price point that makes sense.

It’s going to take a shift in attitude at many levels to see change. Scientists need to utilize open access journals. Universities need to change policies. Publishing journals need to look at their business model. The generation that wants change is not in a position to make that change, but in a few years, they may be.

We can only hope that they find a new process to allow everyone access.

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Square tests buying and selling bitcoin inside its payment app

(FINANCE NEWS) Cryptocurrency lovers rejoice, you can now buy, sell, and store bitcoin in your Square wallet.

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Recently, Square rolled out a special new feature to select users, allowing them to store bitcoin in-app. Square Cash started moving away from immediate transactions when the company released Cash Drawer in February of 2016, allowing users to stash currency in a digital wallet for later use.

Now, Square has dubbed some of its Cash users chosen ones, giving them the ability to buy, sell, and store bitcoin. Unlike Cash Drawer, users do not yet have the option to send bitcoin to others.

Those with the new feature can simply swipe right from the Cash Card page to buy and sell bitcoin – the screen also compares the current price of bitcoin against the U.S. dollar with a handy graph.

A Square spokesperson noted, “We’re exploring how Square can make this experience faster and easier, and have rolled out this feature to a small number of Cash app customers. We believe cryptocurrency can greatly impact the ability of individuals to participate in the global financial system and we’re excited to learn more here.”

Bitcoin is the most popular kid in school right now when it comes to rise in popularity. In January, the currency was valued at $1000 per unit, but is now flirting with the $10,000 milestone. Users that opted in to the new feature rejoiced on Twitter, making this a marketing plus for CEO Jack Dorsey who also heads Square.

However, not everyone is so optimistic.

This Monday, BTIG analyst Mark Palmer expressed concerns about Square Cash adding the bitcoin feature, noting it adds an unnecessary risk to users. Palmer downgraded Square from Neutral to Sell, setting a $30 target for the stock.

Other investors aren’t so keen on the volatile cryptocurrency making its way into Square. Mark Tepper, CEO of Strategic Wealth Partners, said in the long run, Square won’t be able to support bitcoin. “Square has a good track record of losing money, and there’s just no clear path to profitability in the near future,” Tepper noted on CNBC.

Despite these concerns, this cryptocurrency remains wildly popular. And Jack Dorsey has just made it significantly easier to people to purchase the cryptocurrency. Of course, investing in an unregulated market is risky, so if you’re one of the few with Square’s new bitcoin feature, proceed with caution. But also feel free to brag that you’re a chosen one.

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