The Payroll Blog

News, tips, and advice for small business owners

  • 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.

  • Productivity Prohibitors: How to Stop Them in Their Tracks

    May 27

    Increasing productivity has become a near obsession for many workers. Partly because there are so many obstacles in our way – social media, meetings, annoying co-workers, cell phones, etc.

  • 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.

  • Optimal Image Sizes to Share on Social Media Cheat Sheet

    May 18

    Figuring out the right image sizes to use when posting and sharing things on social media has become increasingly confounding. Every social network has its own set of specifications, size limits and dimensions.

  • What is the Fair Labor Standards Act and Why Does it Matter?

    May 16

    There are certain employment frameworks we all seem to take for granted. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) is a perfect example.

  • 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.

  • [Update] 5 Tips on Hiring Your First Employee

    May 8

    As the economy continues its recovery, some small businesses are beginning to hire for the first time. Maybe you just started a business or maybe you’ve been biding your time until the economic landscape stabilized.

  • Brain Research: Don't Be a Terrible Boss

    May 5

    There’s an anecdote about a leader who, upon being told by an employee about what appeared to be a huge error in a major project they were working, responded by saying, “I know you’re wrong, I just don’t know why yet.”

  • 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.

  • 3 Gmail Plugins to Improve Your Productivity

    April 19

    We’re all constantly looking for ways to improve our productivity – to do more in less time. One particular area where this is a challenge is in our inboxes.

  • How to Start a Small Business in New Jersey

    April 18

    Did you know that small businesses represent more than 98 percent of employers in the state of New Jersey? In 2010, these businesses employed approximately 1.7 million workers.

  • Top 10 Payroll Mistakes: Part 1

    April 12

    Payroll is a task every small business owner has to deal with, one way or the other. It’s often a tedious burden and the complexity of it sometimes leads to mistakes. In talking to our customers, we’ve learned a lot about the challenges people face both doing payroll themselves and working with other payroll providers.

  • How to Set Up a 401k and Avoid Higher Fees

    April 7

    There is a disconnect between small businesses and 401(k) plans. According to a recent study by SurePayroll, more than 70 percent of small firms don’t offer them. 

  • 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.