Small Business Owners

  • Understanding Employee Engagement

    October 3

    Employee engagement can be tricky to measure. Some people think that money is the biggest factor involved, while others turn to workplace benefits and culture. In our three part series on employee engagement, we are going to explain what it is, share some research about it not being all about money, and how you can get your employees more engaged, especially if you can’t increase salary.

  • Small Business News - September 28

    September 28

    As a small business owner, you likely struggle to find the time to keep up on the important news that could impact your business. This week, we gathered three timely pieces that you should be aware of. Check in to learn the latest tech news, which states are “friendliest” for small business owners, and understand what other small business owners are thinking about the new tariffs.

  • Florida

    September 26

    As a small business owner, processing payroll is just one item on your to-do list, but ever-changing regulations and tax code updates can make it the most time-consuming task in a given week. These tax updates occur at the federal, state, and local levels, and depending on where your business is based and where your employees live, some small businesses have it tougher than others. We’ve started this monthly series to focus on state-specific tax considerations, to help you keep up with what’s changing around you.

  • Payroll Scheduling: Do you set the schedule or does your state?

    September 24

    Payday is a day that all workers look forward to. As a small business owner, are you aware of the different ways you can run payroll and the schedules that exist? With weekly, bi-weekly, semi-monthly and monthly options you may be overwhelmed with which schedule to choose. However, in some cases, that choice is made for you depending on what state you live in. Here’s what you need to know when setting up a payroll schedule.

  • Hidden Costs of Payroll: 3 Fees to Watch Out For When Outsourcing Payroll

    September 19

    Outsourcing your payroll to a payroll provider greatly reduces the strain you have to deal with as a small business owner. It’s a to-do list item that most small business owners wish they didn’t have to deal with, so they choose to let somebody else manage the heavy lifting. While we support this decision, are you aware of some of the hidden costs that some payroll providers charge? In this article, we are pointing out some of the most common fees charged, and explain where we can help you save.   

  • All Hands on Deck: Hiring Seasonal Workers for Your Busy Season

    September 17

    Each season brings something new such as warmer temperatures or changing leaves. When it comes to owning a small business, that something new may be your busy season. Two of the most common busy seasons are summer and holidays. For some businesses, these seasons are crucial to their success, such as a summer only lakefront restaurant, or a wintertime ski resort. During your busy time, you may be struggling to manage everything solo. In these cases, seasonal employees can be a major asset to your business. These seasonal employee hiring tips are bound to set your business up for success before the crowds start pounding down your door.  

  • Savings Tips - September 14

    September 14

    Saving money is hard. As a small business owner, you’re likely juggling balancing your personal savings and saving money on your businesses expenses as well. Being a small business owner certainly isn’t cheap, and it can take some extra strategy to save your money. Below are some tips to help you keep more cash in your wallet, and check out the bonus article about some retirement news.

  • 5 Ways to Save on Business Expenses

    September 12

    Running a business is expensive. Depending on the type of business you have, your expenses could include rent, utilities, materials for a product you sell, or paying multiple employees, as a few examples. However, as a small business owner it is possible to cut back on some of your expenses. We have put together a list of ways you can save, and even how to get more money during tax season below.

  • Looking For Ways to Save?

    September 10

    Saving money can take on a variety of forms; from saving for a rainy day, building an emergency fund, or setting aside money for college costs and retirement, it feels like there is always something that you should be saving for. Running a small business can require a lot of money, especially to get started, and with any business decision, you could find yourself turning towards the red easier than you think. In this two-part savings series, we are exploring some ways that you can save in your personal life along with business expenses.

  • Work-Life Balance - September 7

    September 7

    As a small business owner, finding the happy spot balance between work and life can be challenging. To make it a little easier, we rounded up some articles about what makes work-life balance possible for small business owners and some simple tips for how you can achieve it.

  • Renting vs Buying

    September 5

    Whether you are looking to expand your business out of your home office or simply set up shop for the first time, choosing a location is an exciting process. However, similar to your home or car, you may be struggling with a purchasing dilemma when it comes to your business – should you rent or buy?

  • Millennials and Small Business - August 31

    August 31

    It seems that every day there is a new article about millennials – what their habits are, what industries they are killing, and how they are changing the world. What you likely aren’t seeing, or thinking about, is how millennials play a role in the small business space. This week, we gathered some articles that explain how millennials are shaping the small business world, and if you employ millennials at your small business, how to better manage them.

  • Is DIY Payroll Worth It?

    August 28

    On the surface, running payroll sounds like a simple task: you put in your employees’ hours or salaried rate, calculate the amount for that payroll, and pay them, right?

  • Small Business News - August 24

    August 24

    As a small business owner, you likely struggle to find the time to keep up on the important news that could impact your business. This week, we gathered three timely pieces that you should be aware of. Check in to see if your business qualifies for a small business tax break, learn where you should be looking for new employees, and lastly how tariffs can impact your business and what you can do about it.

  • Safe Harbor 401(k) Webinar Recap 2018

    August 20

    On August 16th we presented a webinar with Retirement Services Sales Manager for Sure401k, David Bass. David is an accredited retirement plan consultant with over 20 years of experience and currently holds his FINRA Series 6 & 63 licenses. If you didn’t get a chance to watch the webinar you can watch on demand here or check in with our recap below.

  • Technology

    August 17

    Technology is an area that is always evolving, which can sometimes make it difficult to keep up with. Additionally, with the rise in tech comes the fear that our entire workforce will become automated and therefore taking jobs away from people. However, when used the right way, technology really can improve productivity and small business growth. This week check out some articles about the various ways you can incorporate more technology into your small business and learn about the benefits of doing so.

  • Vacation All You Ever Wanted

    August 15

    As a small business owner, you work hard and we are guessing you are long overdue for a vacation. In case you haven’t heard, employees in the US are terrible at using their vacation days. Glassdoor conducted a survey and found that only 23% of employees take all of their eligible time off. We understand when you’re the one running the show it can be hard to step away, but taking a breather for yourself is crucial to staying healthy and avoiding burnout. We have some suggestions for how you can get better at planning a vacation (or staycation – anything that gets you to take a break) no matter what type of business you have.

  • The 411 on the Safe Harbor 401(k)

    August 13

    Choosing to offer a retirement plan as a benefit for your employees can be a real differentiator when it comes to attracting and retaining a talented workforce—and it’s also a milestone for many small businesses, marking when they have “made it” to the degree that they can compete with benefits offered by larger companies. Actually selecting and administering a plan that is right for your specific business, however, may be a bit confusing. With different options and government regulations to follow, it can be overwhelming.

  • Retirement - August 10

    August 10

    For many, retirement is one of those subjects they know they should worry about and prepare for, but most end up putting it off because they don’t know where to start. So what should you be doing and how can you take the scare factor out of the subject? This week we gathered a variety of articles around the subject including how to take the stress out, how you can live well during retirement, and peek into some of the best retirement advice others have received.

  • Breaking Down the Retirement Plan Testing Barrier

    August 6

    We’ve previously covered that many Americans in the workforce are facing a retirement crisis—they aren’t prepared to retire and don’t know how to get there. With the Safe Harbor 401(k) deadline rapidly approaching, we wanted to revisit some of the most frequently asked questions we hear from small business owners considering offering a retirement plan to their employees.