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

    Sept 18

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

    Opening a small business is no small feat. But beyond getting the lights on and the company off the ground, actually keeping a small business in business is where the rubber meets the road. Especially in the early days, you might not have the data you need to effectively predict sales and map projected revenue to actual expense. This brings us to the question: if forced to choose, what expenses are absolutely non-negotiable when it comes to staying in business?

  • Weathering a Storm: How to Prepare Your Business for the Unexpected

    Sept 9

    Depending on where you live, natural disasters might be a more common occurrence or possibility than in other areas. But even if you are used to the cadence of hurricane season, or live in an area that has seen more than its fair share of tornados, for example, it’s hard to be 100% prepared, especially when you are likely preparing on both the home and business fronts as a small business owner.


  • The Small Business Beginner’s Guide to Payroll

    Sept 7

    This week is National Payroll Week. As a small business owner, you might not think of payroll as something to celebrate—but it is a necessary and important part of running your business. Adding new employees is a critical step in most small business growth, and ensuring employees are paid according to your employment agreement, on time, and in compliance with federal, state, and local tax and regulatory compliance will help you sustain your business growth. But we realize that payroll is not a simple task for many small business owners, especially when you look at everything else on your plate.

  • 401(k) Webinar Recap: No One Ever Says “I wish I had waited to start saving for retirement."

    Sept 5

    On August 23, we presented a webinar called Strategies to Maximize Your Retirement and Tax Savings in 2017, hosted by 401(k) consultant David Bass. With over 20 years of experience related to 401(k) plans specifically designed for small businesses, David has spent most of his career focused on breaking down the different retirement plan options available to small business owners so they can choose the right approach for themselves and their employees. This webinar outlined 401(k) basics, the differences between the plans available, and how Sure401(k) can help you and your small business. 

  • Understanding W-2s and 1099s in the Gig Economy

    August 29

    With the gig economy making up 34 percent of the workforce in the United States, things are changing quickly both for workers and employers. The gig economy refers to the labor market made up of short-term contracts or freelance work versus a permanent job. 

  • Back to School Blues – What to do When Your Student Employees Hit the Books

    August 24

    The end of summer brings a lot of things – cooler temperatures, final cookouts, one last pool day, and, for some seasonally staffed businesses, lost employees. As a small business owner, you likely employ high school and college students during the summer months. When they head back to school, what are you supposed to do?

  • Webinar: Small Business Retirement Planning

    August 22

    With only half of all Americans set to meet their retirement savings goals, it stands to reason that the earlier you start planning for retirement, the better. But when it comes to small business owners and employees, planning and saving for retirement might at first seem like a bigger challenge.

  • Employee Poster Requirements for Your Small Business

    August 16

    As a small business owner, there are many legal requirements that you cannot afford to overlook, some of which may be more obvious than others. One which may not come immediately to mind is accurately displaying the employee posters that apply to your business.

  • 401(k) Small Business Myths: Part II

    August 10

    Earlier this week we covered some of the most common myths about small businesses and retirement planning, in order to correct misconceptions that might be preventing some small business owners from offering a company-sponsored retirement plan.

  • 401(k) Small Business Myths: Part I

    AUGUST 8

    Last week we covered steps being taken by large organizations in response to a growing trend of employees not planning or saving for retirement. Our post also discussed why this trend is impacting small businesses, and how small business owners can close the retirement gap without spending big business dollars and breaking the bank.

  • Are Small Businesses Falling Behind in the Race to Retirement?

    August 2

    Are you in the 2/3 of Americans who are NOT saving for retirement?

    A recent Wall Street Journal article discussed how major players like Microsoft Corp. and Host Hotels & Resorts are taking steps to boost contributions to company 401(k) plans, because some workers aren’t saving enough. While many organizations have resisted such a move, there is renewed interest as a means of attracting talent, motivating the current workforce, and helping aging workers to retire on time. 

  • Small Steps, Big Payoff: Tips for Making Your Small Town Business Thrive

    August 1
    Being a small business owner in a small town can be a very different experience from owning a business in a bigger city. While there may be less overall competition in a small town, chances are there are already solid and long-standing relationships between your competitors and your target consumers in the community. 
  • The Best Retail Technology to Measure Performance

    July 28

    Technology has made, and continues to make, an impact in every sector of business, and the retail industry is no different. While some may say that the retail industry has been the most resistant to the technology evolution, others say that it’s leading the way. Whatever side of the argument you are on, the reality is that the technology used in retail stores has undergone a significant transformation in the last ten years for both the customer and the business owner. 

  • 3 Benefits of Adopting Retail Store Management Software

    July 11

    Retail store management software has come a long way in the past decade. It’s now more affordable, scalable, and efficient than ever before. Advances in hardware technology, data communication technology, software development, cloud computing, and the widely accepted “Software-as-a-Service” (SaaS) business model have created the perfect storm and paved the way to change the way retailers do retail. 

  • How to Measure the Success of your Small Business

    July 7

    July is Independent Retailer Month—we’ve partnered with ShopKeep on a three blog series focused on small business tips, with a special emphasis on retail business.

  • Your Client Hasn’t Paid—Now What?

    June 28

    As a small business, is there anything worse than completing a project, only to find that your client has no intention of paying on time (if at all)?

  • The Small Business Beginner’s Guide to Client Relationships

    June 21

    As a small business, there’s no better feeling than landing a new client, whether it’s your first or your 50th. Before you celebrate this “victory” and turn to other things, you’ll want to spend some time on the finer details of the relationship.  

  • Small Businesses Give Tax Rates a Failing Grade

    June 15

    With April 18 a couple of months behind us, the last thing many business owners want to think about is taxes. But with that stressful time of year fresh in mind, this month’s Surepayroll Small Business Scorecard asked small business owners to rate the state of taxes they faced in 2016.

  • Exempt vs. Non-Exempt: Small Business Employee Classifications Are Not Created Equal

    June 7

    Bringing a new employee into your company can be a big step. As a small business, each new employee is not only a testament to the success and potential of your business, but a significant investment of time and monetary resources.

  • How to Prevent Your Small Business From Ruining Your Personal Credit

    June 2

    It’s age-old advice: Keep your professional life and personal life separate. But for small business owners, it can be hard to view the two as mutually exclusive. As an entrepreneur, you probably know a poor personal credit score can hamper your ability to finance your business. However, it’s important to note that business debts can wind up harming your personal credit, too.