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  • How to Set New Employee Salaries

    January 18

    Hiring a new employee, regardless of the position, can bring forth a variety of questions. This includes how much you should pay the person, how you will handle their payroll taxes, what his or her responsibilities will be, and how you will train him or her in an efficient manner.

  • The Story Behind Atlanta's Tech Boom

    January 16

    Atlanta has been on a growth path upward for decades, interrupted by economic downturns like other vibrant metropolitan areas.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • How to Read Your Clients' Body Language (Part 1 of 2)

    January 15

    Non-verbal communication – communication done through body language – can account for 50 to 90 percent of our communication with each other. Understanding body language will help you read clients and do business more effectively. For example, if you are discussing an add-on service with a client and they say, “I might be interested,” but their arms are crossed, the body language of “arms crossed” can be interpreted as a closed posture, which should be an indicator to you that they could be feeling skeptical and it might be the right time to pull out a testimonial or client success story about the add-on service you are discussing.

  • 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 Start a Small Business in Florida

    January 14

    Did you know that small businesses represent almost 99 percent of all employers in the state of Florida? Although there are more than two million small businesses located throughout the state, there is always room for one more.

  • NFL Playoff Teams: Salary Cap Numbers

    January 14

    With the 2015 NFL salary cap set at $143.28 million, every franchise was in position to spend quite a bit of money to field a competitive team.

  • 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.

  • Payroll Leap Year: Will it Benefit your Bank Account?

    January 9

    The last Leap Year was on February 29, 2012. The next one will come around on February 29, 2016.

  • Do Employees Get Paid for Travel Time?

    January 9

    There are certain questions in employment law that get asked again and again. One of them is whether employees get paid for travel time and how is travel time defined?

  • Could Fitbit be the Right Fit for Your Business?

    January 8

    A growing number of companies are beginning to realize the benefits of a comprehensive corporate wellness program. With the right approach, these programs go a long way in keeping employees happy and healthy. What’s more important than that?

  • 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 Top 10 Stories in Small Business and Payroll 2015

    December 22

    A lot happened in 2015. Small business owners were as optimistic as they’d been in a long time, and the majority of them had a profitable year. Interest rates and oil prices were at record lows, which served as a boost for about a third of small businesses.