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  • 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.

  • Can the New Apple Products Help Your Small Business?

    September 10

    Now that Apple has unveiled two larger iPhones, a smartwatch, and a mobile payment service, millions of people throughout the world are licking their chops. Among them is a large group of small business owners.

  • 4 Fall Tax Tips for the Small Business Owner

    September 10

    With the fall season closing in, it won’t be long before the end of the year is here. Rather than save all tax related questions, concerns, and responsibilities for December and January, now is the time to review your situation.

  • The Rise of the Machines: Payroll in the Early 1900s

    September 9

    What event made payroll more recognizable to us in 2010 than anything in 20th century history? Go ahead and take a guess.

  • The Highest Team Payrolls in Major Pro Sports

    September 9

    As challenging as it might seem to handle the payroll for a small business, imagine having to write $137 million worth of checks. Of course, you’d only be writing checks to 53 “rostered” employees, so it may not be as bad as it sounds.

  • How the New Overtime Rules Could Impact Your Business

    September 9

    Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued their Final Overtime Rule that will become effective on December 1, 2016. ​

  • Calculating Payroll Taxes 101 - [UPDATED]

    September 9

    For many employees, payday is up there with Christmas and birthdays — but even better since it comes around more than once a year. For employers, on the other hand, payday can be a never-ending and sometimes pretty stressful responsibility. While payroll services and software are readily available, employers may still have to devote a good chunk of time and grit to comply with both employment and tax laws to make sure payroll flows smoothly each pay period. Thankfully, there are some general guidelines to follow when it comes to basic payroll calculations.

  • Payroll in 1800s America

    September 8

    In the Wild West, Jose Estrada, paymaster for a mining copy in California, wasn’t just cutting checks in the frontier. In 1821, he received what many scholars believe to be the first polio vaccination in the America. All in a day’s work for an exploratory paymaster.

  • Powdered Wigs, Palfrey, and Pierce: Payroll in the 1700s

    September 7

    A pope opposed slavery. A kite, a key, and a forefather proved lightning is electricity. A revolution in France sparked the best of times and the worst of times. A new nation was born in Independence Hall and forged in a battle that pitted democracy against monarchy.

  • Do You Have to Provide Workers' Comp for Your Nanny?

    September 7

    When you hire a nanny, it is imperative to think of this person as more than a helper around the house. You are now this person’s employer. For this reason, you are responsible for a variety of HR-related tasks, including but not limited to insurance, payroll, and taxes.

  • Catfish Hunter: Sports' First Million-Dollar-a-Year Man

    September 7

    Today it’s billionaires, not millionaires, who rule the upper echelon of business, entertainment and sports. But in simpler times, $1 million went a long way, and was exceedingly rare. Though most normal working stiffs never sniff a seven-figure annual salary even today, professional athletes, — especially in the “big four” top-tier leagues in the U.S. (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL) — have $1 million+ paychecks. In fact, the $1 million-per-year wage is on the low end of the collective pay scale in these leagues, and has been for some time.

  • I Have a Nanny: What Taxes Do I Need to Pay?

    September 7

    Hiring a nanny will impact your life in many ways, including your finances. In addition to the salary you pay your nanny, you are expected to pay a combination of taxes. Neglecting to do so could lead to trouble with the IRS, including large penalties.

  • Most Valuable Payrolls: High and Low Salaries of MVPs

    September 6

    Each of the major professional sports leagues award most valuable player (MVP) awards to one player after each season. Usually, this player is the one who performed better than any player in the league — but the title of the award mandates that the player be an integral, maybe even irreplaceable, part of the team, which usually has to be a winning squad that competed for a championship.