The Payroll Blog

News, tips, and advice for small business owners

  • 10 Things That Make Up an Ideal Workplace

    January 28

    When you think about the perfect workplace, what comes to mind?  For some, it may be fellow employees playing volleyball in a sand court just outside the office doors like Google.  Or perhaps you think of employees sitting around on bean bags brainstorming ideas and finding solutions to problems in an open office environment.  Maybe you are even alone, sitting on the beach with your laptop, working in between quick dips in the ocean.  Most people fantasize about the perfect job, the best place to work, following their passions and harnessing collaborative energies to do something meaningful.  Or you may just dream of winning the lottery every day.

  • Survey Results: What Americans Want at Work

    January 23

    Nearly 70 percent of American workers are satisfied with the conditions of their workplace, according to an unscientific online survey conducted by SurePayroll. It’s a sharp contrast to other recent surveys that have concluded Americans are deeply unhappy at work.

  • When is the Deadline for Nanny W-2s?

    January 21

    As a working mom, you’re probably juggling a lot right now. The start of the new calendar year is one of the busiest times at work. School is back on, along with all of the extracurricular activities and time-consuming homework.  Its cold outside, the kids are bored… and if you didn’t have your nanny to help, you’re not sure how you would survive.

  • 10 Basic Tax Details Accountants Wish Your Business Knew

    January 20

    This article covers 10 common tax questions business owners ask their accountants and explains how each affects tax filings. When clients are educated, tax season may be less confusing for business owners, which may help accountants finish paperwork more quickly.

  • How to Interview Someone

    January 19

    Interviewing someone is one of those tasks that might seem easy until you get in the room and all you can think of is, “So, tell me about yourself.”

  • Do You Have to Pay Employees for Military Leave?

    January 16

    If an employee of your company is part of the military, you should be proud of this person’s bravery and patriotism. At the same time, if this person is taking a “military leave” you need to know your rights as an employer as well as any laws that govern the decisions you can make.

  • Is a Payroll Service Worth the Cost for Your Small Business?

    January 16

    Now is a time of year when many businesses are considering signing up for a payroll service. Perhaps you’ve been doing payroll yourself and you’re tired of it, or you’ve hired on more employees, or you’ve been using a service that isn’t up to par.

  • 5 Entrepreneurial Lessons from Martin Luther King, Jr.

    January 15

    It has been more than 50 years since Rev. King’s legendary “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington. It’s an important day for our country, as we all reflect on the humanitarian’s trans-formative ideas and actions that catalyzed the civil rights movement.

  • How to Run a Kick-Butt Kickstarter Campaign

    January 13

    Since Kickstarter launched just over five years ago, investors have pledged more than $1 billion dollars to help fund the thousands of creative projects featured on the crowdfunding platform. While these projects range in scale and success, entrepreneurs and small businesses are turning to Kickstarter to grow their brand and tap into the fast-paced, modern approach to fundraising.

  • What are the 10 Best Jobs?

    January 12

    Finding the right job can be one of the most difficult and important aspects of your general satisfaction with life. A bad fit between employer and employee can create a lot of stress for both parties. The right job at the right company, on the other hand, can give someone a real sense of purpose and accomplishment.

  • New Hire Checklist: Day One Details

    January 12

    Sometimes the biggest obstacle to hiring someone is just not being able to find the time to get it done. Writing the job description, posting it, screening resumes, interviewing candidates, interviewing candidates again and then finally bringing them on board and making sure you’re compliant with various new hire laws is a lot of work.

  • Why Your Business Needs to be on Snapchat

    January 11

    Offering a sense of urgency unlike any other social media platform, Snapchat has built its photo-sharing empire on vanishing content.

  • Long-Term vs. Short-Term Business Loan: Which is Best?

    January 8

    At some point, your company may require securing a business loan. This money can be used for everything from working capital to expansion to acquiring a competitor. Typically, loans have been acquired from banks, although that is starting to change.

  • The 3 Worst Reasons to Start a Business

    January 7

    There are good reasons to start a business, such as the freedom and flexibility, as well as bad reasons.

  • 7 Ways to Help Your Business Survive Winter

    January 5

    It’s dark outside when you leave for work and it’s dark outside when you get home.  Even if you work out of a home office, in the winter you may barely see the light of day.  As most of the U.S. faced the recent Polar Vortex in November, winter came in like a lion.

  • Why January is a Good Time to Recruit Top Talent

    January 5

    Once the calendar turns and the first quarter of 2016 arrives, it is time for your company to get back to business. The holidays are in the past and the new year is staring you in the face.

  • The 2015 Small Business Year-end Tax Guide

    December 1

    The following guide will cover:

  • Top 2015 Regulatory Issues for Small Businesses

    January 14

    The new year is here and small business owners are more excited than ever about implementing their business plan for 2015.

  • Small Business Owners' Favorite Tech Tools in 2014

    August 12

    One of the fastest ways for small business owners to get ahead today is through technology. While you can’t control the level of demand in your industry or fluctuations in the economy, there are a number of things you can do to make your business more efficient.