The Payroll Blog

News, tips, and advice for small business owners

  • 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, whether part-time or full-time, you should definitely mark this holiday on your calendar.

  • If You’re Scared to Crunch Numbers, Who Ya Gonna Call?

    February 21

    A lot of number crunching goes into running a small business. When your books get overwhelming, don’t get scared, take a deep breath and consider the options available to you for help. Accountants and bookkeepers can help manage the books for your small business and keep everything flowing smoothly.

  • When Where You Live Isn’t Where You Work

    February 7

    Small businesses take many forms—some operate out of the owner’s living room, some out of an office or retail store, some are on the road. Working outside the state in which you live can add a layer of complexity to tax filings and payroll calculations.

  • Payroll Scheduling: Who Sets the Schedule? You or Your State?

    January 17

    Payday: it’s a day that pretty much everyone looks forward to. But when exactly pay day occurs varies from business to business. As a small business owner, do you know which payroll frequency/schedule your business should be using? With weekly, bi-weekly, semi-monthly and monthly options you may be confused about which schedule to use. It’s important to know that, in some cases, the choice is made for you based on the state in which you live. 

  • New Year, Clean Slate: Three Payroll Mistakes to Avoid in 2018

    January 15

    Mistakes happen. One area of your small business you definitely don’t want to see a mistake? Payroll. 

  • Start 2018 in the Right Tax Bracket: Free Small Business Tax Guide

    January 5

    Taxes: always a tricky subject.

    And just when you think you’ve got it figured out for your personal and small business filings, well, they go and change everything on you. As you more than likely know, at the end of 2017, new federal tax legislation was signed into law. In addition to changing the tax brackets, it included significant changes to standard deduction allowances.

  • 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.

  • It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…To Switch Payroll Providers

    December 6

    The good news: you can switch payroll providers, or start processing payroll with a provider, at any time throughout the year.

  • How to Get Positive Online Reviews

    December 4

    Word of mouth—it’s everywhere, and it’s more powerful than ever. Last week we covered what to if you encounter negative reviews about your business. This week, we are focusing on the positive.

  • Word of Mouth Woes: 3 Tips for Handling Negative Online Reviews

    November 29

    How often have you heard that word of mouth is crucial to the success of a business, particularly a small business? Living in a world where you carry the internet in your pocket has greatly expanded what word of mouth means and how quickly it can spread—it’s no longer restricted to friends, relatives, neighbors, and colleagues. 

  • National Entrepreneurs’ Day and Giving Thanks for Small Business

    November 21

    This week, Americans officially kick off the holiday season with the celebration of Thanksgiving (don’t worry, we won’t tell if you’ve already been blasting holiday music since November 1).

  • Good Things Come in Small Packages – Preparing for Small Business Saturday

    November 15

    Small Business Saturday is quickly approaching, taking place this year on November 24. In a previous post we discussed what Small Business Saturday is and shared some of the important stats from 2017. 

  • Good Things Come in Small Packages – Preparing for Small Business Saturday

    November 9

    Since 1952, Black Friday, the day following Thanksgiving Day, has been known as the day that kicks off the holiday shopping season. Since its start, the unofficial holiday has evolved in ways such as starting earlier and earlier each year, most recently bleeding into Thanksgiving Day, and has become characterized by countless videos of consumers going wild for crazy cheap items as basic as dish towels. 

  • I Have a Household Employee: What Taxes Must I Pay?

    November 7

    Whether you are in the process of hiring a household employee or already have someone working for you, it’s important you know that you are responsible for paying a variety of taxes, including those covered under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA). 

  • Not Just Nannies: Who Should Be Classified as a Household Employee?

    October 27

    Are you unsure of whether or not you have a household employee? Is this causing you confusion when it comes to taxes, such as wondering if you should issue a W-2?

  • Planning for Seasonal Business Downswings

    October 12

    Running a seasonal business has its upsides: for some small business owners, it offers a revenue stream that comes with built-in flexibility and work-life balance as you can plan for and take advantage of cyclical business shifts. 

  • Tax Hardship Relief in Sight for Victims of Hurricanes

    October 10

    As many in impacted areas across Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and parts of Texas focus on rebuilding after widespread damage from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, the prospect of their 2016 tax-filing extension running out on October 16, 2017 is an added cause of stress.

  • Let's Get Down to Business: How to Defeat Your To-Do List

    October 4

    An appealing aspect of becoming a small business owner is the ability to be your own boss and run things the way you want. While this is exciting, it can become overwhelming fast when you realize how many tasks are on your to-do list. When you are the one running the show, how do you prioritize all of your tasks to be your most productive self?