The Payroll Blog

News, tips, and advice for small business owners

  • Remote Employees - November 2

    November 2

    In recent years the workforce has been changing, and more and more people are working remotely. While many people believe that work from home employees are less productive and tend to slack off more, research actually shows the opposite. However, it can easy for remote employees to feel like they aren’t part of a time and that communicating can sometimes be a problem. This week, we found some articles that will better help you understand remote employees and ways to keep them engaged.

  • Texas

    October 31

    As a small business owner, processing payroll is just one item on your to-do list, but ever-changing regulations and tax code updates can make it the most time-consuming task in a given week. These tax updates occur at the federal, state, and local levels, and depending on where your business is based and where your employees live, some small businesses have it tougher than others. We’ve started this monthly series to focus on state-specific tax considerations, to help you keep up with what’s changing around you.

  • Small Business Saturday - October 26

    October 26

    The holiday shopping season is quickly approaching, with Black Friday and Small Business Saturday now being less than a month away. This year, consumers are ready to spend, which is great news for your small business. This week, to help you gear up for the season, we gathered articles about how other small business owners are advertising, the consumer shopping habits for the season, and the 5 online shopping trends to be aware of.

  • Put Your Payroll on Cruise Control

    October 25

    Most people don’t associate the process of running payroll with the concept of “flexibility.” But at SurePayroll, where our focus is entirely on small business payroll, we recognize that flexibility is not a nice-to-have for small business owners, it’s a need-to-have in all aspects of their professional lives.

  • Preparing for Small Business Saturday

    October 24

    We are officially one month out from Small Business Saturday! As a small business owner, this is a day to look forward to, but you might not know how best to participate. Last year, we did a two-part series about the history and importance of Small Business Saturday and some things that you should keep in mind as you plan. This year, we are sharing some stats from the 2017 shopping season, providing a recap of what you can do to be successful, and asking for your help in filling out a fast Small Business Saturday survey.

  • Hiring Tips - October 19

    October 19

    Hiring as a small business owner can be hard and overwhelming. With everything else you have going on, while you might need help, getting the process started can take a while. This week, we found some articles that can help you out and offer advice on hiring on a limited budget, hiring more effectively, and how to find the right seasonal employees for your small business.

  • Three Ways to Keep Employees Engaged

    October 17

    At this point, you have learned what employee engagement is, how money may or may not affect engagement, and now you’re ready to learn how to keep employees at your small business engaged. Perhaps you have the money to give everybody raises, but if you don’t, there are plenty of ways that you can still keep employees engaged in the work they are doing. 

  • Marketing Tips - October 12

    October 12

    For any business to be successful, a solid marketing plan is key. After all, if people don’t know that you exist, or what products or services you sell, how are you supposed to make any money? Marketing can also be confusing, and is an area that is always evolving. This week, we have some articles that will help you better understand marketing, tips for a great plan, and how Generation Z is going to shake up online marketing.

  • It Ain't All About the Money: When Salary and Employee Engagement Overlap

    October 10

    “Money can’t buy happiness.” How often have you heard this saying, and how often have you heard the follow up along the lines of “maybe not, but I would be happier sitting at my beach house with a margarita in hand”? 

  • Preparing for Year-End

    October 8

    As a small business owner, year-end likely means more than just celebrating the holidays. While you’ll probably still be shopping for those last-minute presents, spending time with family and friends, and making your resolutions, there’s still work to be done.

  • Female Entrepreneurs

    October 5

    Did you know that October is National Women’s Small Business Month? To kick off the month, we are dedicating this week’s reading list to female small business owners. Being a female small business owner can be a challenge. From typically being paid less than male counterparts, or struggling to find the funding, many women are intimidated to launch their own business. This week, we gathered some articles that will help female entrepreneurs with funding, building a supportive team, and understanding how to charge what they are worth. 

  • Understanding Employee Engagement

    October 3

    In our three-part series on employee engagement, we are going to explain what it is, share some research about it not being all about money, and how you can get your employees more engaged, especially if you can’t increase salary.

  • Small Business News - September 28

    September 28

    As a small business owner, you likely struggle to find the time to keep up on the important news that could impact your business. This week, we gathered three timely pieces that you should be aware of. Check in to learn the latest tech news, which states are “friendliest” for small business owners, and understand what other small business owners are thinking about the new tariffs.

  • Florida

    September 26

    As a small business owner, processing payroll is just one item on your to-do list, but ever-changing regulations and tax code updates can make it the most time-consuming task in a given week. These tax updates occur at the federal, state, and local levels, and depending on where your business is based and where your employees live, some small businesses have it tougher than others. We’ve started this monthly series to focus on state-specific tax considerations, to help you keep up with what’s changing around you.

  • Business Lessons From Exercising - September 21

    September 21

    You know why you should be working how, and the long-term health and mental benefits of doing so, but do you know that exercise can help your small business? The articles below discuss a few benefits, such as how exercising can be your biggest competitive advantage, or how you can learn business tips from a popular boutique fitness studio. 

  • Hidden Costs of Payroll: 3 Fees to Watch Out For When Outsourcing Payroll

    September 19

    Outsourcing your payroll to a payroll provider greatly reduces the strain you have to deal with as a small business owner. 

  • All Hands on Deck: Hiring Seasonal Workers for Your Busy Season

    September 17

    Each season brings something new such as warmer temperatures or changing leaves. When it comes to owning a small business, that something new may be your busy season. 

  • Savings Tips - September 14

    September 14

    Saving money is hard. As a small business owner, you’re likely juggling balancing your personal savings and saving money on your businesses expenses as well. Being a small business owner certainly isn’t cheap, and it can take some extra strategy to save your money. Below are some tips to help you keep more cash in your wallet, and check out the bonus article about some retirement news.

  • 5 Ways to Save on Business Expenses

    September 12

    Running a business is expensive. Depending on the type of business you have, your expenses could include rent, utilities, materials for a product you sell, or paying multiple employees, as a few examples. 

  • Looking For Ways to Save?

    September 10

    Saving money can take on a variety of forms; from saving for a rainy day, building an emergency fund, or setting aside money for college costs and retirement, it feels like there is always something that you should be saving for.