Small Business Owners

  • Small Business Saturday - October 26

    October 26

    The holiday shopping season is quickly approaching, with Black Friday and Small Business Saturday now being less than a month away. This year, consumers are ready to spend, which is great news for your small business. This week, to help you gear up for the season, we gathered articles about how other small business owners are advertising, the consumer shopping habits for the season, and the 5 online shopping trends to be aware of.

  • Put Your Payroll on Cruise Control

    October 25

    Most people don’t associate the process of running payroll with the concept of “flexibility.” But at SurePayroll, where our focus is entirely on small business payroll, we recognize that flexibility is not a nice-to-have for small business owners, it’s a need-to-have in all aspects of their professional lives.

  • Preparing for Small Business Saturday

    October 24

    We are officially one month out from Small Business Saturday! As a small business owner, this is a day to look forward to, but you might not know how best to participate. Last year, we did a two-part series about the history and importance of Small Business Saturday and some things that you should keep in mind as you plan. This year, we are sharing some stats from the 2017 shopping season, providing a recap of what you can do to be successful, and asking for your help in filling out a fast Small Business Saturday survey.

  • Hiring Tips - October 19

    October 19

    Hiring as a small business owner can be hard and overwhelming. With everything else you have going on, while you might need help, getting the process started can take a while. This week, we found some articles that can help you out and offer advice on hiring on a limited budget, hiring more effectively, and how to find the right seasonal employees for your small business.

  • Three Ways to Keep Employees Engaged

    October 17

    At this point, you have learned what employee engagement is, how money may or may not affect engagement, and now you’re ready to learn how to keep employees at your small business engaged. Perhaps you have the money to give everybody raises, but if you don’t, there are plenty of ways that you can still keep employees engaged in the work they are doing. 

  • Marketing Tips - October 12

    October 12

    For any business to be successful, a solid marketing plan is key. After all, if people don’t know that you exist, or what products or services you sell, how are you supposed to make any money? Marketing can also be confusing, and is an area that is always evolving. This week, we have some articles that will help you better understand marketing, tips for a great plan, and how Generation Z is going to shake up online marketing.

  • It Ain't All About the Money: When Salary and Employee Engagement Overlap

    October 10

    “Money can’t buy happiness.” How often have you heard this saying, and how often have you heard the follow up along the lines of “maybe not, but I would be happier sitting at my beach house with a margarita in hand”? Researchers have spent a lot of time understanding how money affects people, and at what point will they be happy. The same is applied to workers and how much money will make an employee engaged. 

  • Preparing for Year-End

    October 8

    As a small business owner, year-end likely means more than just celebrating the holidays. While you’ll probably still be shopping for those last-minute presents, spending time with family and friends, and making your resolutions, there’s still work to be done.

  • Female Entrepreneurs

    October 5

    Did you know that October is National Women’s Small Business Month? To kick off the month, we are dedicating this week’s reading list to female small business owners. Being a female small business owner can be a challenge. From typically being paid less than male counterparts, or struggling to find the funding, many women are intimidated to launch their own business. This week, we gathered some articles that will help female entrepreneurs with funding, building a supportive team, and understanding how to charge what they are worth. 

  • 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?