Small Business Owners

  • Morning Motivation - August 3

    August 3

    You’ve heard it a million times, the early bird catches the worm. But did you know just how important mornings can be? Mornings are often crazy, and come sooner than you want to. But re-framing how you face them can lead to many positive benefits. From happiness, to higher productivity and even a better memory, there is a lot you can improve just be starting your day a little different. This week, as you can see, our theme is morning motivation, and we think that with these easy tips, you’ll be crushing mornings in a whole new way.

  • Last Quarter Tax Tips

    August 1

    If we had to guess, we’d say most people haven’t thought about their taxes since they filed them or requested an extension back in April. While that’s completely understandable, it never hurts to start prepping now for your 2018 taxes. In May, we posted an article about some ways you can start getting organized now for the next tax season, including knowing your deductions and how to get help sooner if you struggled this year.

  • Knowledge is Power - July 27

    July 27

    As a small business owner, it’s important that you are continuing to learn and stay educated. Trends are always changing, which means new skills that you may need to learn to successfully run your business. This week our theme is knowledge is power, and we have gathered articles about some courses you should be checking out, how reading makes you a better leader, and how you can inspire your team to brush up on their own knowledge.

  • Washington

    July 25

    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.

  • Lessons From Amazon - July 20

    July 20

    With the shopping holiday known as Amazon Prime Day happening earlier this week, we dedicated this week’s reading list to the retail giant. From tech, to books, groceries and more, Amazon has no signs of slowing down. Because of it’s size and the way it has changed consumer habits, businesses all over are scared. When it comes to small businesses especially, people are afraid Amazon will destroy them. However, this is not the case, and in many ways Amazon is able to help small businesses grow. Check out the articles we gathered this week with some tips about what you can learn from Amazon and incorporate into your small business.

  • Managing Stress - July 13

    July 13

    Stress is something we all deal with at some point. Everybody has different stress triggers and their own coping mechanisms for handling it. While stress can sometimes be positive as it gets you motivated, most of the time it’s damaging, and too much stress in your life can cause problems you wouldn’t even think about. This week we are talking about some ways stress can affect you, how to take a mental break from everything, and how changing your workspace can improve your health.

  • Business Mistakes - July 6

    July 6

    While there are a lot of great tips for running a small business, there unfortunately isn’t an overall manual to help you navigate the small business world. Because of this, you are bound to make mistakes, and that’s ok! Sometimes our best learning moments come from a mistake or a fail. However, with a little help, there are a few mistakes you can avoid. This week we have rounded up a variety you may encounter while running your business.

  • Business Growth - June 29

    June 29

    Growing your business can be extremely exciting, but also a bit scary. Some small business owners are content staying with their business as is, but others are looking to expand, whether that’s making a leap from a side hustle to a permanent gig, moving from a home office to a physical location, or introducing more product offerings. This week we are sharing some tips about business growth, such as knowing when you’re ready to embrace your job as a full time venture, how the gig economy can play a role in growth, and general tips.

  • Pennsylvania

    June 27

    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’re starting this monthly series to focus on state-specific tax considerations, to help you keep up with what’s changing around you.

    Last month, we covered New York, and this month, the spotlight turns to Pennsylvania (PA). While this is by no means a comprehensive list of Pennsylvania tax and payroll regulations, we are highlighting a few key things to know.

  • Work Relationships - June 22

    June 22

    As humans, our brains are hardwired to need social interaction. It’s a basic need like food and shelter. We know that being a small business owner can be challenging and overwhelming, which is why you need to make sure you have a support system in place. This week, we are focusing on the relationships that will help you thrive as a small business owner. Additionally, check out what other entrepreneurs have to say about how their friendships and work relationships help them succeed.

  • The Small Business Owner’s Weekly Reading List

    June 15

    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.

  • Embrace the Sun: How to Productively Work Outside

    May 24

    With temperatures rising (finally!), staying focused at your desk is likely proving a challenge. It’s the time of year to spend as much time outside as possible, whether that involves grilling out or picnicking, taking your runs from the treadmill to the greenway, or engaging in a seasonal sports league.

  • Spotlight on Small Business Taxes

    May 2

    Most of you probably read this blog and think “I could really use more payroll tax content.” We kid.

  • Spring Has Sprung: Small Business Spring Cleaning

    March 20

    Spring is the season that for many represents growth and new beginnings. People get excited to leave the snow and bitter cold from winter behind, and gear up for warmer days, fresh flowers, and the delightful sounds of birds chirping. Because of the energy of the spring season, it’s the perfect time to not only dig into some spring cleaning at home, but tackle your small business as well. We have some tips for the different ways you can spring clean your small business.

  • Give Thanks to Your Employees On National Employee Appreciation Day

    March 1

    National Employee Appreciation Day is an unofficial holiday observed each year on the first Friday in March. If your small business employs others, you should definitely mark this holiday on your calendar. 

  • 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.