The Payroll Blog

News, tips, and advice for small business owners

  • The 2017 Small Business Tax Changes Guide

    December 13

    In a perfect world, the tax system would remain the same from year to year. For individuals and small business owners, this would make life much easier. Unfortunately, this isn't reality.

  • Year-end Tax Mistakes to Avoid in 2016

    December 12

    As you plan for 2017, you don't want to lose sight of what's required of you (and your company) to finish up the current year in the appropriate manner.

  • How to Pay a Nanny Over the Holidays

    December 11

    Do you have a nanny who handles a variety of tasks around your home, with the primary responsibility of caring for your child? If so, it is important to become familiar with the many laws associated with how this person is paid.

  • Bi-Weekly vs. Monthly Payroll: What You Need to Know

    December 11

    Setting up payroll for your company is easier today than ever before. All you have to do is compare providers and make a decision based on your findings. Of course, there are important questions to answer along the way. Here is one that requires your full and undivided attention: how often will you pay employees?

  • How to Drive Traffic with Twitter Cards in Four Easy Steps

    December 9

    Since it’s conception, Twitter has always been a hub for short, concise bits of information. With the advent of Twitter cards, individuals and brands can add greater context to a tweet with rich media, expanded messaging, and enhanced branding. Photos, article summaries, direct downloads, audio clips, and more can complement a tweet right in a follower’s twitter feed (that means there’s no need to click a link to garner all of the important information about a product, service, or announcement).

  • Tax Laws Every New Small Business Owner Should Know

    December 8

    If you want to be a successful business owner, you have to know some things about tax laws to succeed. Even if you hire an accountant, you have to know some things for yourself. Today, I will share some tips about various tax laws which every new small business owner should know about. These insights are derived from my experience working with clients through my own accounting firm.

  • When is the Best Time to Switch Your Payroll Service?

    December 7

    As a small business owner, quarterly tax filings give you a chance to assess your current payroll provider to make sure you’re getting everything you need out of the relationship. And, if you’ve already been toying with the idea of finding someone new then maybe it’s time to switch. 

  • The Quick Start Guide to the Best Payroll Service

    December 3

    The importance of payroll to small businesses stands out more today than perhaps it has in previous years. Not only are small businesses paying billions in payroll tax penalties, but we're also seeing a record number of wage theft cases.

  • Alternative Lending Increases, Bank Lending Slows Down

    December 2

    With the biggest banks in the United States cutting back on small business lending, alternative lenders are attracting more borrowers than ever before.

  • Most Common Payroll Mistakes Among New Companies

    November 30

    There are payroll mistakes that benefit employees, as well as those that benefit employers. But either way, a mistake is a mistake.

  • Generation Z Represents Entrepreneurial Trend

    November 24

    There has been a lot of talk about millennials over the past couple years. But remember this: there is another generation coming down the pipeline in a hurry. The first members of Generation Z, defined by anyone born after 1995, are graduating college and making their way into the professional world.

  • 9 Tax Credits Extended for Business Owners

    November 23

    As any business owner would tell you, owning a business is not easy. Especially when it comes to taxes. 

  • Do Employers Have to Pay for Jury Duty?

    November 19

    It won’t take long for a new business to confront a situation where an employee is required to serve on a jury. Then what happens?

  • These Business Tax Deductions Require Special Attention

    November 16

    As a business owner, it is good practice to take advantage of as many tax deductions as possible. By doing so, you lower your taxable income and are able to keep more money in the business.

  • What States Have the Best Tax Rates for Small Businesses?

    November 14

    As we all become more mobile, so do our small businesses. More business owners than ever are shopping around for a better state to conduct their commerce.

  • How to Get More Referrals for Your Business

    November 14

    If you rely heavily on referrals to grow your business, don't hesitate to devote more time and energy to this aspect of your sales and marketing strategy.

  • Busy Season Roundtable: Part 1 of 2

    November 14

    What are your peers doing to prepare for busy season?

  • [Updated] Nanny Payroll: Be in the Know

    November 13

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 1.3 million people work as nannies or child caregivers in the United States today. The Bureau also states that the median pay for these in-house employees comes to an estimated $9.28 per hour or $19,300 per year.

  • 3 Business Lessons from Jeff Bezos

    November 12

    Jeff Bezos is more than the founder and CEO of Amazon and new owner of The Washington Post. He is also one of the brightest businessmen in the entire world.

  • Client Retention: Are you Making the Grade?

    November 12

    After putting so much time, money, and energy into securing a new client, it would be a shame to take a step back and watch all your hard work go to waste.