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  • The Small Business Owner’s Weekly Reading List

    February 16

    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.

  • When Where You Live Isn’t Where You Work

    February 7

    Small businesses take many forms—some operate out of the owner’s living room, some out of an office or retail store, some are on the road. Working outside the state in which you live can add a layer of complexity to tax filings and payroll calculations.

  • 4 Things to Know About W-4s

    January 30

    2018 Taxes. Your favorite subject, right?

  • New Year, Stale Sales: 4 Tips for Making the Most of the Post-Holiday Downswing

    January 24

    The holiday season has come and gone, presents have been unwrapped, your tree is down and decorations are away, and you’re nearly a month into 2018. But while your small business is gearing up for the new year, your consumers might not be as ready to dive right in. While December is known for being a big spending month, particularly in the consumer space, the same cannot always be said of January. 

  • Payroll Scheduling: Who Sets the Schedule? You or Your State?

    January 17

    Pay day: it’s a day that pretty much everyone looks forward to. But when exactly pay day occurs varies from business to business. As a small business owner, do you know which payroll frequency/schedule your business should be using? With weekly, bi-weekly, semi-monthly and monthly options you may be confused about which schedule to use. It’s important to know that, in some cases, the choice is made for you based on the state in which you live. 

  • The Itch to Ditch: 3 Tips for Sticking with Your Resolutions

    January 17

    You probably think January 17th is just another day. In reality, January 17th is actually Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day. While this isn’t an official bank holiday, it’s does mark how quickly people abandon their positive intentions for the New Year. 

  • New Year, Clean Slate: Three Payroll Mistakes to Avoid in 2018

    January 15

    Mistakes happen. One area of your small business you definitely don’t want to see a mistake? Payroll. Small business owners often struggle with payroll because there are so many rules and regulations. The scary thing about payroll mistakes is you might not even know you’re making one until you get slapped with a fine or in trouble with the IRS. To make 2018 a year of payroll-free mistakes, check out our list of the most common mistakes small business owners make and how to avoid. 

  • Why Flexibility Matters When It Comes to Payroll Processing

    January 10

    You probably don’t expect to see the word “flexible” used to describe payroll options, because there’s nothing flexible about pay dates or tax filing requirements – those deadlines are firm.  And if you have ever had the experience of forgetting to run your payroll on time or dealing with a bungled tax payment, well, at that point, payroll can feel as flexible as granite.

  • Start 2018 in the Right Tax Bracket: Free Small Business Tax Guide

    January 5

    Taxes: always a tricky subject.

    And just when you think you’ve got it figured out for your personal and small business filings, well, they go and change everything on you. As you more than likely know, at the end of 2017, new federal tax legislation was signed into law. In addition to changing the tax brackets, it included significant changes to standard deduction allowances.

  • Have a Healthy New Year – Four Ways to Fix Up Your Finances

    December 27

    We know, we know—‘tis the season for “New Year, New You” style articles. And yes, we’ve already covered some best practices for being physically and mentally healthy as a small business owner in 2018…but have you considered your small business health even more holistically? Including, for example, financial health? This final installment in our three-part New Year health series will focus on getting your finances into tip-top shape throughout 2018.

  • Have a Healthy New Year – Don’t Lose Your Mind in 2018

    December 20

    Last week in the first of our three-part New Year small business health series, we focused on ways to be more proactive about your physical health in 2018. But as we all know, holistic health is about more than just your cardio rate and how much you can bench press—it also includes areas like mental and financial health. In today’s post, part two in the series, we will cover some best practices for being mentally healthy in the coming year.

  • 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.