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

    OCT 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. 

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

    OCT 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?

    OCT 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.

  • When to Hold ‘Em, When to Fold ‘Em: Must-Pay Expenses When You Have a Cash Flow Problem

    Sept 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.

  • 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.


  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Wage Theft and the State of Small Business Employee Trust

    May 31

    Later this week, we will break down the differences between hourly and salaried employees, and the legal classifications and payroll considerations associated with each. 

  • Indispensable Time Management Hacks to Get More Out of Your Work Day

    December 5
    Do you create daily goals? When you start each day with a goal in mind, you can more effectively manage your time. Break your goals down into tasks, then prioritize them and set a maximum of three priority tasks each day. 

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  • The Unnerving Side Effects of Sleep Deprivation

    November 28
    Americans need more sleep. While most people get roughly eight hours of sleep every night, 35 percent report their sleep quality as “poor” or “only fair,” and say that sleep deprivation affects their daily activities at least once a week. 

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  • 5 Questions to Address in an End of Year Performance Review

    November 4
    With the end of the year closing in, it’s time to tie up a variety of loose ends. For many companies, this means an end of year performance review with each employee.

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  • The How to Get More Stuff Done Guide

    October 24

    When it comes to productivity, especially in the workplace, you never want to slack off. Instead, you should strive to reach peak performance on a daily basis.

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