Can I Become a Pawnbroker if I Have a Criminal History or Record?

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Although becoming a pawnbroker may be less challenging than many people would assume, there are certain obstacles you may encounter along the way. While you don’t need to complete a specific pawnbroking course, you do need to meet certain standards. For those with a criminal history or record, these standards may be much more difficult to meet.


Do I Need Special Training to Become a Pawnbroker?

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In some ways, being a pawnbroker isn’t as complicated as you may expect. However, you might start to realize that there is a lot of knowledge about products that you need to know about. The primary skill a pawnbroker needs to possess is the ability to evaluate a wide range of merchandise from jewelry, diamonds, watches as well as tools and anything of value.  Proper evaluation is essential in maintaining a healthy loan balance and establishing a solid retail profit center if an item forfeits.  (more…)

How Much Money is Required to Get Started as a Pawnbroker?

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If you’re thinking about starting a pawnshop and becoming a licensed pawnbroker, then you’re probably aware of the many laws and regulations you’ll have to comply with before you can even open your shop. One of the requirements for getting started as a pawnbroker, whether surprising or not, is a certain amount of money. (more…)

Will I Need a License to Become a Pawnbroker?

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There are a few essential things to understand about the pawnbroker industry. Like every type of business, there are legal requirements and limits that you need to be aware of. In fact, the pawn business is a heavily regulated business model for most states, making the pawn contract a legal contract in that state.  (more…)

Using Text Messaging for the Holiday Season

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Simply put, text messaging is the easiest, least expensive, and most effective way to advertise in today’s society. There is no other form of advertising that can guarantee a 99% read rate, let alone have it happen within a matter of minutes.


Cofounder Tom Streng Resumes As CEO of Data Age Business Systems

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Data Age Business Systems, developer of the industry’s leading pawn management software PawnMaster, is formally announcing that Len Summa is no longer CEO of Data Age Business Systems and is no longer affiliated with Data Age Business Systems/PawnMaster in any capacity, effective immediately as of September 22nd, 2021. The company wishes Len Summa the best in his endeavors as he moves on in his career. 


Marketing for the Holiday Season

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It’s getting cold out, families are gathering, and business is booming. Sounds like someone did a great job marketing their store during the summer. In order to win at the end of the year, business owners should start making moves during the dog days of summer. Here are a few keys that will help you increase traffic during the holiday season.


How I Ran My Shop As A Former Pawnbroker

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It’s the last two months of the year. You have prepared by building your inventory, advertising your store, and you are ready to make the lion’s share of this year’s money. Is it time to sit back and relax? Certainly not, but it is also not the time to panic and let the season get to you.


Tips From One Entrepreneur To Another

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Every dog owner has been through the same struggle: you scrub and scrub only for an hour later to smell the stench of wet dog and every piece of furniture they touch. I know this struggle all too well. It all started as a 3rd-grade school science project where I had to create an invention that no one has seen before. Immediately my mind went to my pet pug, Mojo, whose hatred of the water was becoming a problem for both of us.