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7 Smart Tax Time Strategies for Small Businesses

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7 Smart Tax Time Strategies for Small Businesses

The tax deadline is right around the corner, and there are several things small business owners can do to not only meet the tax deadline, but avoid a visit from said taxman. I recently came across a great article in the Open Forum at American Express titled The Ultimate Small-Business Tax…

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6 Ways to Find More Loads for your Trucking Business

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6 Ways to Find More Loads for your Trucking Business

For any small business owner, time is money. For a trucking company, miles are money too. Whether you’re an owner-operator or a fleet owner, you need to keep rolling for you to get paid, and that means finding contracts and loads. Here are 6 places to look. Freight Brokers. Freight brokers…

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eCapital Featured in Idea Café

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eCapital Featured in Idea Café

The Idea Café asked us to write an article on cash flow for their small business readers. We jumped on the opportunity and wrote a piece about thriving in a world where a strong cash flow is mandatory for business growth. With over 20 years in the business and over $4 billion funded, you can…

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Payroll 101 for Small Business Owners

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Payroll 101 for Small Business Owners

Hiring an employee, even a team of employees, is exciting for your business. As an employer, it’s important to be aware of your new responsibilities. In this article, we identify the key steps when hiring a new employee, including setting up payroll and the necessary tax withholdings. Step…

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How to Finance Small Business Growth

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How to Finance Small Business Growth

Small business owners and founders will all tell you; there’s getting a business off the ground and then there is growing it. For most businesses, growth takes capital and that’s not always easy to come by. In some businesses, there’s a need for capital equipment (trucks for the…

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Top 10 Ways to Save on Fuel Costs

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Top 10 Ways to Save on Fuel Costs

Fuel is the largest operating expense in the trucking industry. A typical commercial truck will use 20,500 gallons of fuel and can easily consume more than $70,000 of diesel fuel per year. With diesel prices on the rise and no major price drops forecasted, its imperative to maximize efficiencies…

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6 Simple Tips for Improving Cash Flow

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6 Simple Tips for Improving Cash Flow

Managing finances and ensuring the profitability of your company are usually the top priorities you face as a business owner. Sometimes it can prove to be a real challenge when you’re balancing all the aspects of your business. Continue reading to find 5 simple tips to help improve your…

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8 Apps Every Small Business should be Using

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8 Apps Every Small Business should be Using

We don’t have to tell you that competition is fierce. Not only are you faced with keeping your name top of mind with prospects and customers, but you also need to out-think and out-execute some of the biggest companies in the world to win consistent business. As a result of these David vs….

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How To Write A Successful Business Plan

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How To Write A Successful Business Plan

“He who fails to plan is planning to fail.” – Winston Churchill By having a solid business plan in place, you’ll plan for your company’s success. A business plan is a tool for understanding how your business is put together. It monitors progress, holds you accountable, and…

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How to Find a Great Online Load Matching Service

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How to Find a Great Online Load Matching Service

If you’re a truck owner-operator, finding loads is one of your main priorities. It’s imperative to increase your loaded miles in order to maximize your profits and mileage. A great way to find loads is by utilizing online freight-matching services or load boards. There are dozens of…

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4 Freight Factoring Questions Answered

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4 Freight Factoring Questions Answered

We factor a lot of freight invoices for transportation companies and truckers and therefore get a lot of good questions thrown our way. Here are four of the most common questions we hear regarding freight factoring: Why would a company want to use freight factoring? Freight factoring is an…

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10 Business Books You Need to Read Right Now

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10 Business Books You Need to Read Right Now

The right books can make a big difference in your life.  They can inspire and influence your business.  Without knowing what to choose from, many new entrepreneurs feel overwhelmed when faced with the selection of written materials that they find in a bookstore.  That’s why it helps when a…

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When Money is Tight Consider Freight Factoring

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When Money is Tight Consider Freight Factoring

An article that appeared earlier this year at Team Run Smart titled Avoiding Stress When Money is Tight examined several ways truck drivers, owner-operators, and fleet business owners can make it through times when there just doesn’t seem to be enough money available. Most of us have been…

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8 Time Saving Tips Small Businesses Swear By

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8 Time Saving Tips Small Businesses Swear By

We get that running a small business is no easy task. As a small business owner, you wear so many hats and have so much on your plate that it can sometimes be difficult to prioritize and get things done. However, there are plenty of tried-and-true ways that can help you make the most of your…

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We’re Famous! eCapital Featured in Wells Fargo Ad

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We’re Famous! eCapital Featured in Wells Fargo Ad

A couple months ago our banking partners of over 10 years, Wells Fargo, approached us and asked if we wanted to be in one of their ads. After blushing and doing a little internal happy dance, we of course accepted! We got the model treatment for a day when the Wells Fargo’s marketing team flew…

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eCapital Picked Up in Small Biz Daily

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eCapital Picked Up in Small Biz Daily

Check out or latest article in Small Biz Daily! Savvy business owners are turning to alternative forms of financing where they can use their own working capital to fund growth. Our very own Jeff Bell wrote a great article titled Don’t Let Poor Cash Flow Kill Your Business, where he…

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New Article Posted on AllBusiness

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New Article Posted on AllBusiness

eCapital was recently picked up in AllBusiness Experts, an online blog that delivers small business advice. In this article, read how to help revive your business cash flow with accounts receivable financing. It’s more common than you may think- Savvy small business owners are using this form…

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eCapital Featured in CEO Blog Nation

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eCapital Featured in CEO Blog Nation

One of our articles got picked up in CEO Blog Nation– Check it out here! CEO Blog Nation turned to us to write an article on cash flow management that their readers can apply to their small businesses. We wrote a piece titled “Is Cash Flow Killing Your Business?” It gives…

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Introducing the eCapital Marketplace

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Introducing the eCapital Marketplace

At eCapital, we’re always looking for ways to help our clients and their businesses. We understand that it takes more than a strong cash flow for a company to grow their business. That’s why we are thrilled to introduce our new eCapital Marketplace! In addition to our low cost invoice…

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Top 10 Apps for Owner-Operators

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Top 10 Apps for Owner-Operators

Do you carry a smart phone or tablet with you on the road? There are several apps on the market that can truly help with planning, productivity, and budgets, but with so many to choose from, it may be difficult to find ones that are most useful. We’ve developed a list of 10 essential apps…

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5 Free Smartphone Apps for Truckers

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5 Free Smartphone Apps for Truckers

Back in June, I posted the top 10 Smartphone apps for truckers to use while on the road. Those apps listed are still great and relevant, but there are some new apps in the marketplace that help truck drivers get where they need to be. Not only are these apps helpful to the trucker who…

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eCapital Featured in E&P Magazine!

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eCapital Featured in E&P Magazine!

Check us out in E&P Magazine – we wrote an article that shows how working capital can help oilfield companies survive boomtown economics. Click here to read it! E&P Magazine asked us for an article on factoring to help show their readers how this form of alternative financing can…

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What is Factoring?

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What is Factoring?

Companies of all types and sizes are discovering factoring and using it as their cash flow secret sauce. So what exactly is factoring, and how can it help your business? It’s a common question among small B2B businesses that we hear every day. In a nutshell, factoring (also known as invoice…

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6 Ways to Make your Small Business Stand Out

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6 Ways to Make your Small Business Stand Out

Whether you’re a one-person shop or have several people running your small business, there are certain things you need in order to make your company stand out from the competition. These items bring credibility to your operation while helping to differentiate you company from many of your…

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Why Factoring Can Be the Secret to Your Success

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Why Factoring Can Be the Secret to Your Success

When most people hear the term “factoring,” they immediately associate it with a mathematical practice. But did you know factoring is also an effective business financial solution that gives companies fast cash for their invoices? Factoring is a relatively simple process that delivers the…

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Why Factoring Can Be Better Than a Bank Loan

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Why Factoring Can Be Better Than a Bank Loan

Are you in need of more cash for your business? Are you thinking of getting a bank loan in order to get upfront funds? Before you drop by a bank branch and explore the idea of a traditional bank loan, consider a lesser-known way of gaining upfront cash: freight factoring (also known as invoice…

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What is Freight Factoring?

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What is Freight Factoring?

Factoring is simply a cash flow solution that turns your invoices into quick cash. It is extremely common to use factoring services in the freight industry, as companies are then able to use the advanced funds for fuel needs and overhead business costs instead of having to wait 30, 60 or even 90…

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Trucking Types

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Trucking Types

Are you just breaking into the trucking industry? With so many trucking types and jobs to choose from, it may be difficult to choose what’s right for you. In this blog, we’ll explore some options and break down the common types of trucking jobs that are available. The common trucking types…

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The History of Factoring

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The History of Factoring

Since Mesopotamian times, savvy merchants were trying to find ways to acquire the funds they needed to continue producing their goods. Fast forward about 2400+ years, and their idea is still going strong in the way of factoring. Factoring is a financial practice that many companies use to gain…

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Common Freight Factoring Terms Defined

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Common Freight Factoring Terms Defined

If you’re new to factoring, you might come across terms that you’re not familiar with. It’s important that your factoring company explains how factoring works and what each term means. To make it easier to understand the process, we’ve pulled together a list of common factoring terms and…

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5 Common Mistakes Small Businesses Make

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5 Common Mistakes Small Businesses Make

When building a business, it’s easy to fall into financial traps that end up putting you in a whirlwind of debt, obstacles, and frustration. However, with the proper planning and a few key tips, those traps are easy to avoid. Read on to get the top 5 financial mistakes you don’t want to…

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