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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.

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 10 iPhone Apps That Small Business Owners Need

    December 29

    Small business owners must constantly be working on building their business, utilizing every tool within their reach to make the best use of their time.  The iPhone has become one such tool that allows you to run your business on the go.  The advent of the App Store has made it possible to access hundreds of applications designed especially for small business owners so that they can connect with clients, view and edit documents, and even manage their payroll…all directly from their cell phone.  Some of these apps stand out above the rest and fall onto the “must-have” list for small businesses.

  • Alternative Lending Increases, Bank Lending Slows Down

    December 2

    With the biggest banks in the United States cutting back on small business lending, alternative lenders are attracting more borrowers than ever before.

  • How to Create a Branded Email Signature Using Microsoft Outlook

    October 29

    The use of email to communicate with clients has become commonplace, often replacing what used to be client letters or telephone conversations. Email is popular because it is efficient and often more effective than what used to be time-consuming phone tag with clients. Because of its prevalence in business, an email should be handled with the same level of care as a message leaving your office on company letterhead, which includes a signature that is professional and branded to promote your business.

  • How to Open and Operate a Nail Salon

    October 12

    Did you know that approximately half of all nail techs are 80 – 100 percent booked, according to NailMag.com? It's this type of statistic that gets so many people excited about operating a nail salon.

  • 3 Important Leadership Qualities for Business Owners

    October 9

    There are those who lead and those who follow. If you want to be a successful business owner, it is imperative that you are driven by the goal of becoming the best leader possible. Not only will this do wonders for your mindset, but it will also go a long way in helping your employees succeed.