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:

  • What Will Happen if Nanny Taxes Aren't Paid?

    July 27

    You have decided to hire a full or part-time nanny to help raise your child (or children). This can be beneficial for many reasons, including the fact that you know your child is in good hands when you are not around.

  • Are you Eligible for the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit?

    July 27

    As a small employer, your company may be eligible for the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit. With this tax credit, saving money is a real possibility. Here is an example shared by the IRS:

  • 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.”

  • Retirement Planning: Replacing a Valued Employee

    July 2

    When a valued employee within your organization retires, replacing them is not a simple one-for-one swap. It’s more complicated than that.

  • Paying a Nanny Off the Books: Bad Idea

    June 30

    I have owned my own employment law firm for just over 6 years and have multiple employees. I thought employing a nanny would be easy.

  • Accounting Small Business Ideas

    June 30

    As an accountant, you have the skills, experience, and knowledge necessary to provide service to a variety of individuals and organizations. Whether or not you do so through your own small business is your decision.

  • 7 Easy Tech Tips That Make Bosses Lives Easier

    June 24

    Every day, the Internet is filled with stories about technology that promises to make our lives easier and more efficient.

  • How to Grow Your Business in the Digital Age

    June 17

    Whether you like it or not, social media has rapidly become the most trustworthy, valuable and utilized tool out there for small businesses. Social media has given many small business owners the chance to get their message across and connect with different users (and new customers) with the help of just a few clicks!

  • 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.

  • The Limitations of Payroll Software

    June 4

    As the saying goes: There are two sides to every coin. This statement is particularly meaningful in the discussion of payroll software. On one side of the coin, payroll software provides a number of benefits to businesses, such as greater efficiency and a reduction in the likelihood of errors – this is a good thing, since a handful of particular errors can lead to hefty fines from Uncle Sam.

  • New Marketing Trends and Terminology (Part 2)

    June 3

    In the Part 1 article of this two-part series, we discussed tips to increase your success with any marketing initiative.  In this article we will explore new marketing trends and terminology and share how to take advantage of some of these tactics in your firm.

  • 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.

  • End the Grind: Tips for Efficient Payroll Processing

    May 29

    Payroll processing may not be the most glamorous aspect of a business, but it’s a complex and extremely necessary element of a successful operation. Because payroll has a specific level of importance within a company – large or small – a certain amount of respect is in order regarding the intricacies involved.

  • 3 Bad Email Habits That Kill Productivity

    May 20

    For many business professionals, email is a necessary evil. They enjoy the benefits, but at the same time they despise how it continually kills their productivity.

  • 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.

  • Commonly Overlooked Payroll Mistakes

    May 8

    With the growth of online payroll services, it is easier than ever for small businesses to avoid mistakes. Even though you may have the best technology in place, it doesn’t mean you are completely out of the woods. Regardless of your company size or industry, there are steps you must take to avoid mistakes and ensure that your payroll is 100 percent accurate.

  • 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.