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Small Business Center

Get Paid Online | The Ultimate Guide to QR Codes

By Miranda Russell on Jan 14, 2021

As businesses look to reduce as many touchpoints in their operations as possible, QR codes have been introduced in nearly all restaurant and food dining situations. Today’s smartphones no longer need a specific app to scan QR codes, the customer needs to simply open their camera and hover it over the code to trigger a prompt for the assigned link making them easy to use and accessible for almost everyone.

Understanding Payments

Beware the Costs of Instagram Shop and Facebook Pay

By Chris Reid on Jan 12, 2021

Taking the time to read the fine print can help protect your bottom line when you invest in a new sales channel. Tools like Instagram Shop and Facebook Pay can expand the reach of your product lines to a large market, but at what cost?

The Helcim Vlog

A Year in Review - Reflecting on 2020

By Nicolas Beique on Jan 8, 2021

What a year. As we enter 2021 and finally get to put 2020 behind us, I want to take an opportunity to reflect on everything that happened over the past year and how it impacted not only the team at Helcim, but all of our merchants and business owners everywhere.

Understanding Payments

Are Payment Processing Fees Breaking Your Bank Account?

By Miranda Russell on Jan 5, 2021

We’re not saying all fees are bad, but if your payment processor is charging a fee, there should be clear reasons for it, you should be able to justify the value you’re getting, and they need to be transparent about it. Here are some of the fees we have seen charged by payment processors and how we feel about each of them.

Understanding Payments

The Merchant's Guide to Tackling Risk, Fraud, and PCI Compliance

By Miranda Russell on Dec 30, 2020

We want to help you understand the risks associated with credit card processing, identify fraud before it happens, deal with chargebacks when they occur, and protect your business with safeguards like PCI while still enjoying the benefits of accepting credit cards.

Understanding Payments

The Merchant's Guide to Processing Payments

By Jeff Merkel on Dec 23, 2020

There’s a lot more to accepting credit cards than just taking a payment, we outline all the different types of transactions and how it all works from dealing with different types of declines to settling a batch and receiving your deposits.

Small Business Center

How You Can Use 2020 Consumer Trends to Fortify Your Business for the Upcoming Year

By Miranda Russell on Dec 22, 2020

Insider Intelligence released a list of their biggest forecasting shocks from what they had originally predicted in February 2020 to how the year actually unfolded. Nobody could have predicted we would have the year we did, but you can use this information to ensure you’re set up for success as we get ready to say goodbye to 2020 and hello to a new year.

Inside Helcim

Helcim Merchants | Floral and Field on the Value of Supporting Local

By Chris Reid on Dec 17, 2020

We are a boutique floral design studio and styling company located in Langdon, Alberta. At Floral & Field, our goal is to create artful floral pieces, inspired by wild gardens and our prairie surroundings for weddings and events. I chose Helcim as a payment partner because I believe in supporting local businesses. It makes me feel good knowing I’m partnering with a local Alberta based business.

Choosing a Payment Processor

Why Delivering Excellent Customer Service Matters

By Miranda Russell on Dec 16, 2020

Considering the type of customer service offered by a payment provider might be an afterthought to some of the other features including pricing, hardware, and software. However, we believe that finding a payment partner who is able to provide excellent customer service that is helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable can have a big impact on how you feel about the service.

Understanding Payments

The Merchant's Guide to Equipment and Software

By Miranda Russell on Dec 16, 2020

Different processors will offer a variety of different equipment and software options, allowing you to facilitate transactions that are either card-present or card-not-present.

Using Helcim

New Invoicing Features to Improve Your Experience

By Miranda Russell on Dec 15, 2020

Helcim Invoicing is used by businesses across all different types of industries to quickly and easily collect payments from customers.

Choosing a Payment Processor

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Payments Provider For Your Business

By Jeff Merkel on Dec 11, 2020

If you’re currently shopping around for a processor, here is what you should be considering to thoroughly evaluate your choices and determine which solution is right for your business.

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