The Payroll Blog

News, tips, and advice for small business owners

  • Startups By The Numbers: Growing Innovation One Small Business At A Time #Startups

    August 4

    Startups often represent excitement in the small business world, because of their ability to innovate with great new ideas. Some even grow into giants that become household names and many have created products and services that make our lives easier.

  • Nanny Payroll Part 4: Federal Income Taxes

    August 1

    By now, you’ve learned managing nanny taxes takes a bit of time, number-crunching, and paperwork. Once you’ve determined if you owe nanny taxes, you’re probably responsible for collecting two types of nanny taxes:

  • Am I a Household Employer?

    July 21

    As a household employer, you have particular responsibilities. Here is how the IRS defines this work arrangement:“ You have a household employee if you hired someone to do household work and that worker is your employee.”

  • Lights, Camera, Action! How to Perfect Your Vine Strategy

    June 24

    Vine, the platform that features 6-second videos that play on a loop, has garnered the attention of more than 40 million users.

  • Boost Productivity and Cut Costs with Paid Sick Leave

    June 9

    Lost productivity from illness costs the U.S. economy more than $200 billion every year. This figure not only accounts for the time employees spend away from the office, but also when workers report to the office but do not perform at full capacity since they’re not feeling up to snuff.

  • The 1,2,3 on Nanny Taxes

    June 4

    So you’ve hired your first nanny and now you want to know the 1,2,3 about the nanny tax. You don’t want to get that wrong! Sadly for busy moms, who don’t have time to worry about filing schedules and calculations, the nanny tax is a bit more complicated than 1,2,3. Here’s a quick overview for you.

  • Quick Ways to Find Your Peace at the Office

    May 31

    The majority of the population says work is a major stressor in their lives, and small business owners are no exception. Not only do they have to manage their own stress, but they also have to monitor and alleviate the stress level of each employee to ensure the health of the company. This is no small task.

  • How to Interpret Three Important Email Marketing Statistics

    May 16

    You developed personas, segmented your email list, personalized your marketing messages, and designed a beautiful campaign. Now, as the campaign lands in your recipients’ inboxes, the statistics start racking up. The bounce rate generally calculates first, followed by your opens and click-through rate. These numbers continue to update as the next few hours pass.

  • Docking Employee Pay

    May 15

    Do you have exempt employees working for your company? Generally speaking, these are salaried workers. For this reason, docking exempt pay is more complicated than it is with a nonexempt employee.

  • The Pros and Cons of Using Groupon for Your Business

    April 30

    Are you looking for a fresh way to advertise your business? Are you hoping to connect with local customers that are more than willing to check out your company? If you answered yes to both these questions, experimenting with Groupon may be right up your alley.

  • Post, Pin & Tweet: The Best Time to Outreach

    April 29

    When it comes to engaging with your social media following, timing is of the essence. Knowing when to share a link may spell the difference between an Internet sensation and a big letdown. Knowing when most users are in front of their computer and primed to share your content, can be tricky. Our infographic provides you with the best times and the worst times to post on social media platforms.

  • Common Types of Business Insurance: Do You Need a Policy?

    March 28

    Business owners are faced with many questions, including those associated with protecting themselves and their company from danger.

  • Avoiding the Top Small Business Tax Pitfalls

    March 14

    Ensuring you don’t fall victim to these tax traps will help you avoid hefty IRS fines, whether you’re just starting out or running your business day-to-day.

  • What You Should Know About S Corporations vs. LLCs

    March 10

    In the alphabet soup world of business structures, the trend lines are clear: The 900-pound gorillas known as “S Corporations” are under assault from the hard-charging “LLCs.”

  • Top 5 Nanny Payroll Mistakes [Update]

    March 9

    As our lives seemingly becoming busier and busier with work, family and all of the logistical complications that come with these responsibilities, having a reliable nanny is a necessity for many parents.

  • 7 Ways to Reduce the Risks of a Home-Based Business

    March 4

    A home-based business can offer the best of both worlds: You can earn a nice income while keeping your overhead costs low. Your hours are flexible, and you can work in your pajamas if you like. Given the advantages, it’s no wonder that the U.S. Census reports that more than half (51.6%) of all small businesses are run from home.

  • 5 Qualities Successful Businesses Have in Common

    February 16

    Did you know there are tens of millions of businesses operating in the United States? Did you also know that a high percentage of businesses fail?

  • How to Open a Small Restaurant

    February 16

    Many people share the dream of opening a small restaurant, however, only a select few move forward in doing so. Of those, some achieve success but many find themselves struggling to stay in business.

  • Payroll Mistakes that Benefit Employees

    February 13

    For employees, it’s almost as good as hitting the lottery–they open their paychecks or log on to their bank accounts and find extra money courtesy of the company. 

  • Workers' Compensation and Keeping Your Employees Safe

    February 11

    One of the many “surprises” of becoming a small business owner is something called workers’ compensation insurance. Yes, if you have any employees, you need it. And, yes, it might be expensive.