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  • The Small Business Owner’s Weekly Reading List

    December 15

    Here at SurePayroll, small business is our business. We are always working to create and share content that can help small business owners like you. Check back every Friday to get some light reading in before the weekend hits.

  • Have A Healthy New Year – Working On Your Fitness

    December 14

    We know what you’re thinking, “another article on being healthy in the New Year (insert eye roll emoji).” And you’re right – to an extent. We are going to share some health tips for the new year, but with a spin to fit your lifestyle as a small business owner.

  • 15 New Year's Resolutions That Are Not Cliche - Updated

    December 7

    At this point the new year’s resolutions blog is almost a cliche in itself. And we could list off a bunch of generic ideas for resolutions about staying healthy or making more money or getting a new job. But let’s be more specific than that. Let’s come up with some very specific new year’s resolutions that will actually improve your daily life. We’d love to hear yours too. Please share in the comments section or on our social media pages.

  • It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…To Switch Payroll Providers

    December 6

    The good news: you can switch payroll providers, or start processing payroll with a provider, at any time throughout the year.

  • 5 Tips for Managing Payroll & Year-End Processes Over the Holidays

    December 5

    The end of the year is a busy time for small business owners as they juggle seasonal employees, project deadlines and final sales pushes while also beginning the process of closing the books for the year – while also taking time out for their own holiday celebrations.

  • Word of Mouth Woos: How to Land Positive Reviews

    December 4

    Word of mouth—it’s everywhere, and it’s more powerful than ever. Last week we covered what to if you encounter negative reviews about your business. This week, we are focusing on the positive.

  • Word of Mouth Woes: 3 Tips for Handling Negative Online Reviews

    November 29

    How often have you heard that word of mouth is crucial to the success of a business, particularly a small business? Living in a world where you carry the internet in your pocket has greatly expanded what word of mouth means and how quickly it can spread—it’s no longer restricted to friends, relatives, neighbors, and colleagues. 

  • National Entrepreneurs’ Day and Giving Thanks for Small Business

    November 21

    This week, Americans officially kick off the holiday season with the celebration of Thanksgiving (don’t worry, we won’t tell if you’ve already been blasting holiday music since November 1).

  • Good Things Come in Small Packages – Preparing for Small Business Saturday

    November 15

    Small Business Saturday is quickly approaching, taking place this year on November 25. In a previous post we discussed what Small Business Saturday is and shared some of the important stats from 2016. 

  • Good Things Come in Small Packages – Preparing for Small Business Saturday

    November 9

    Since 1952, Black Friday, the day following Thanksgiving Day, has been known as the day that kicks off the holiday shopping season. Since its start, the unofficial holiday has evolved in ways such as starting earlier and earlier each year, most recently bleeding into Thanksgiving Day, and has become characterized by countless videos of consumers going wild for crazy cheap items as basic as dish towels. 

  • I Have a Household Employee: What Taxes Must I Pay?

    November 7

    Whether you are in the process of hiring a household employee or already have someone working for you, it’s important you know that you are responsible for paying a variety of taxes, including those covered under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA). 

  • Not Just Nannies: Who Should Be Classified as a Household Employee?

    October 27

    Are you unsure of whether or not you have a household employee? Is this causing you confusion when it comes to taxes, such as wondering if you should issue a W-2?

  • Is “Home Office” an Oxymoron? Tips on Being Productive Working from Home

    October 18

    Working from home certainly has its  benefits – flexibility, saving time by not commuting, and increased work / life balance, to name a few. However, achieving that work/life balance, particularly when working from home, is often easier said than done. Things can get complicated when you are trying to manage your small business from your home and still be present for your family and friends. 

  • Planning for Seasonal Business Downswings

    October 12

    Running a seasonal business has its upsides: for some small business owners, it offers a revenue stream that comes with built-in flexibility and work-life balance as you can plan for and take advantage of cyclical business shifts. But, as with all things, there can be drawbacks to seasonal small business, not least of which are: getting the maximum return out of the busy season, and ramping down costs during the off-season.

  • Tax Hardship Relief in Sight for Victims of Hurricanes

    October 10

    As many in impacted areas across Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and parts of Texas focus on rebuilding after widespread damage from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, the prospect of their 2016 tax-filing extension running out on October 16, 2017 is an added cause of stress.

  • Let's Get Down to Business: How to Defeat Your To-Do List

    October 4

    An appealing aspect of becoming a small business owner is the ability to be your own boss and run things the way you want. While this is exciting, it can become overwhelming fast when you realize how many tasks are on your to-do list. When you are the one running the show, how do you prioritize all of your tasks to be your most productive self?

  • You've Cut Non-Essential Costs and Still Can't Make Payroll, Now What?

    October 2

    When it comes to starting and running a small business, there are a million moving parts, to say the least. Keeping track of rent, utilities, insurance, inventory, recruiting and staffing, payroll...the list goes on and on. And when you are that close to the trees, it can be hard to see the forest—your overall business cash flow.

  • Must-Pay Expenses When You Have a Cash Flow Problem

    September 27

    Managing and predicting cash flow as a small business owner can be very challenging. Especially when you're starting out, you might find yourself in a situation of having committed sales, but unpaid invoices. Or, as you expand, you might have some growing costs that are higher than projected or coincide with a slow month.

  • Fall into Better Business Habits

    September 22

    Each new season brings some type of change and seasonal specialties to look forward to. For fall, you might think of pumpkin spice, sweaters, trips to look at changing foliage and pick apples, and getting closer to year end holidays. For some, September comes, you blink, and it's suddenly December 31.

  • The Small Business Hierarchy of Needs: How to Prioritize Expenses

    September 18

    How Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Can Inform Small Business Expense Priorities