10 Local Marketing Ideas You May Not Have Considered – Yet

Consider the fact that over half (58%) of senior marketers think local marketing is essential....

Customer Service: Serving the Under Served

As we enter the mid-year mark of 2019, so many people ask me, “How do you win and how do you have...

A Shout Out To Our Tech Support Team

I’ve had the pleasure of attending the 2019 Midwest Pawn Convention this past weekend, and I got...

Millennials… The next generation now

Millennial debt has crept up to over 1 trillion dollars and is growing steadily. Credit card debt...

8 Secrets of the World’s Best Marketers Revealed

The world of marketing has changed, and changed, and changed again during the fifteen years that...

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Refining Matters: Focus on the Pawn Industry

The pawn industry enjoys a unique relationship with United PMR. As the largest US-owned primary refiner in the country, United exclusively services the jewelry industry. A major source of jewelry for recycling and refining is the pawn industry. Dating back to ancient...

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Amazon to start collecting state sales taxes everywhere

On Saturday Amazon (AMZN) will start collecting sales taxes on purchases in the last four states where it wasn't doing so: Hawaii, Idaho, Maine and New Mexico. Four other states -- Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon -- have no sales tax, while a fifth,...

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Small Businesses Take Center Stage at Facebook Summit

Facebook has introduced a new way for Pages to connect with Instagram and another to widen or create new small business communities. The announcements came at a Facebook Communities Summit that took place on February 7 at the company’s Menlo Park HQ that hosted 400+...

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Behind the Counter: Qualifying Customers

When it comes to running a successful pawn business, one of the most important skills for a broker to have is the ability to qualify their customers. Qualifying your customers is like vetting a new hire; you need to see if it's going to be a good fit. We've all had...

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The DIXIE Pawnbrokers Trade Show 2019

Every year, the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama get together to share ideas among pawnbrokers and get up to date info concerning the industry and what we all need to concentrate on for the coming months. This year, South Georgia and the Florida...

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What is a Good Profit Margin for Your Business?

Like the name suggests, a profit margin is the money you make in your small business after you’ve divided sales by all your costs. Small Business Trends got in touch with some experts in different industries who narrowed down what the numbers might look like for your...

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Behind the Counter: Disgruntled Customers

I've been in the pawn business for over 20 years and you better believe that I've seen my fair share of unhappy clients. The first time you're faced with an upset customer, it's a lot to take in. Even the most experienced brokers will have their hands full when it...

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How to Calculate Markup for Your Business

Markup is defined as the selling price for goods and services as opposed to how much it costs to make them. Small businesses need to keep in mind that the markup is different from some other terms like margin and profit.

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10 Payroll Changes for 2019

According to the SBA, small businesses employ nearly half (47.5%) of all workers in the U.S. If you have employees, your payroll likely is different for 2019. Here are 10 changes to note:

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The SMART Guide to Selling Your Pawn Shop

There are a number of reasons to sell a pawn business. Perhaps you're ready to retire and you don't have someone to pass it onto, or you're just ready to move on from the industry but don't want to see what you've built shuttered up and vacant. I’ve been in this...

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