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  • How to Fill Out the W-4

    September 27

    As an employee, there is no tax form more important than your W-4. Also known as an Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate, this form is one that every employee needs to complete before his or her first day on the job.

  • 8 Reasons Your Small Business Is Failing

    September 26

    Owning a business can seem like the ultimate American dream realized. With abounding stories of entrepreneurs who strike rich before the age of thirty, it’s easy to understand the appeal of owning your own business. But what happens when your business starts to fail? ​

  • Can I Pay My Nanny as a 1099?

    September 25

    Many people have the desire to hire a nanny. That is until they learn more about what this means from a tax perspective. Not only do you have to withhold FICA from your nanny’s paychecks, but you are responsible for paying 7.65% (6.2% for Social Security tax and 1.45% for Medicare tax) as an employer.

  • Advantages of Weekly Payroll vs. Monthly Payroll

    September 24

    From the moment a company starts hiring employees, it must decide what payroll schedule to follow. While this may sound like an easy decision, there are many options to consider.

  • How to Grow Your Accounting Business Through Payroll

    September 21

    Professional accountants assume the roles of trusted advisor and partner to small businesses, delivering sound financial management at every stage of their clients’ business process. But, did you know that according to a study by L. Harris Partners nearly 1 in 3 clients use multiple CPA firms, due to one firm lacking what the other one entails?

  • How to Start a Small Business in California

    September 21

    With a population of more than 38 million, California is home to a diverse group of people. As an entrepreneur, the Golden State provides you with a unique opportunity to start a successful small business.

  • The 4 Best Known Ways to Build Business Credit

    September 20

    Some small business owners are surprised to learn that when they start a new business, not only does their business have "no" credit, but that no business credit also means "low" credit.

  • Advantages of Monthly Payroll vs. Quarterly Payroll

    September 18

    As you attempt to settle on a particular payroll schedule, you will find that there are multiple options – some of which are going to be better for your business than others.

  • 4 Crucial Tips to Running a Profitable Business

    September 18

    Running your own business can be an extremely fulfilling occupation, but it will not last long if the business does not turn a profit. How do you make sure you are not spinning your wheels or falling into an expensive hole while pursuing your dream of business ownership?

  • Does Company Loyalty Still Exist?

    September 16

    Employment contracts, pensions and “lifers” are all parts of the workingman’s rhetoric of a bygone era. Today, the language concerns shortened contracts, reduced hours, outsourcing, automation and multiple careers.

  • Should I Hire an Independent Contractor or Employee?

    September 16

    As a small business owner, it is important to know when you need additional workers and when you can hold off on hiring. This can be a slippery slope, especially when you begin to consider all your options.

  • The Importance of Using Accounting Software

    September 16

    Many small business owners are aware of the importance of using accounting software. And then you have those who are stuck in the past, using a “pen and paper” system because that is what they have become familiar with over the years.

  • 6 Inexpensive Ways to Reduce Waste for Your Small Business

    September 15

    We all know it’s possible to use waste policies to cut company spending. 3M, for instance, was famously able to save around $500 million just by implementing a more aggressive waste reduction strategy. 

  • The Payroll Schedule: How to Create One

    September 15

    Small business owners often spend a lot of time developing and utilizing the payroll schedule. While most owners aren’t payroll experts, a flawless schedule is critical. When payroll mistakes happen, employees may get shortchanged or paid late. This can really hurt morale and cause employees to question your competence. If you’ve never created a payroll schedule before, here’s how to start and get it right from the first paycheck.

  • Local SEO 101: Search Engine Optimization for Local Businesses

    September 15

    Search engine optimization is something that might seem complicated for many local businesses.

  • Picking a Domain and Test Driving Employees

    September 15

    It does not matter if you are choosing a domain name for a new business or are rebranding your current operation, the decision you make will have a large impact on your future. Especially when small business owners consider the company website the most important technology tool they use.

  • 3 Ways Every Business Can Help Save the Planet and Benefit Too

    September 15

    Every business can see financial benefits from being environmentally conscious, thanks to both savings in your operating costs and consumer goodwill. When customers see that a company is sustainable or otherwise committed to ethical choices, 66% of them are willing to pay more for their products and services.

  • What's a Verified Twitter Account and How do I Get One?

    September 14

    What do Kim Kardashian, Barack Obama, Martha Stewart, and William Shatner all have in common? They’ve got verified Twitter accounts.

  • 4 Ways to Adapt to a Minimum Wage Increase

    September 12

    We have talked about this in the past, but with so much discussion regarding the potential increase of minimum wage, with President Obama pushing for an increase to $10.10, it is well worth visiting again.

  • IRS Cracks Down on Expense Reports: Are You Ready?

    September 11

    Employees who travel a lot for business – executives and owners – are juicy targets for an auditor. The IRS is cracking down on expense reports and determining that some reimbursements you receive may be taxable.