The Payroll Blog

News, tips, and advice for small business owners

  • Self-Care for Small Business Owners

    January 8

    Self-care is a topic that is talked about frequently. With increasing stressors, such as struggling to find work/life balance, the negativity that lurks on the news and social media, and just day-to-day stressors, people have been looking for more ways to relax and escape from the negativity. 

  • New Year's Resolutions - January 4

    January 4

    Happy New Year! The start of a new year is the opportunity that many are looking for to start fresh and set some new goals. However, by January 17th many people stop pursuing these new resolutions altogether. If you’re looking to make some changes this year, we found some articles that might help. First of all, if you haven’t set any resolutions yet, don’t panic, because our first article says waiting can be best. Next, so you don’t waver from your goals, we found some very simple tips for helping your resolutions stick. Last up, check out some resolutions one small business owner set for business in 2019 that are still relatable today.

  • 2019 Trends and Changes - December 28

    December 28

    2019 is officially next week, and while it may just be another day on the calendar, the new year tends to bring in some changes. To help you get started, we found a couple of articles that could be useful in understanding 2019 a little better. First, taxes are going to be a little different in 2019 thanks to the new tax laws passed this year, so you’ll want to plan now to avoid any tax surprises. Next, the retail industry has been constantly changing thanks to technology advancing. If you’re a retail small business owner, you’ll want to check out the trends expected in the new year. Last up, saving for retirement is important, and the IRS has made some changes that will allow you to save even more.

  • What to Expect in 2019

    December 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.

  • Year-End Employee Tips - December 21

    December 21

    While giving thanks to your employees and showing appreciation is welcomed year-round, there is an extra emphasis on this at the end of the year. Another employee moment that pops up this time of year is annual performance reviews. This week, we found some articles that about how to end the year on a positive note, including ideas to give thanks to your employees, and how to put a more positive spin on the annual review (spoiler: not doing one).

  • Tax Changes to Expect in 2019 (Part 2)

    December 20

    When it comes to tax season, you’re likely crossing your fingers that a big refund is coming your way—but it’s important to get things in order now to help anticipate what your final tax liability will be. 

  • 5 Payroll FAQs for 2019

    December 18

    Ready or not, 2019 is just a couple of weeks away. As a small business owner, the new year is an important time to set your business up for success, which includes evaluating payroll. 

  • Have a Healthy New Year

    December 18

    In some ways, it feels like we were just talking about New Year’s Resolutions, and other times we realize just how jam-packed the year has been and how much has happened. 

  • Year-End Planning - December 14

    December 14

    Between the parties and fun of the holiday season, comes a lot of stress and planning for small business owners. It’s a time for evaluating how the year went, making plans and setting goals for the new year, and wrapping up important tax documentation. To help with the crazy that happens this time of year, we gathered articles about managing stress this season, year-end tax tips, and some ways to get you planning for the new year.

  • How Much Federal Tax is Taken Out of my Paycheck (2018)

    December 13

    Income taxes are top of mind right now, as we've all completed (or, are hopefully close to completing) the task of filing our returns to the IRS.

  • Tax Changes to Expect in 2019 (Part 1)

    December 10

    With just a few weeks until 2019, it’s important to get prepared for the new year. Even though it’s only December, it’s never too early to start thinking about tax season. If you’re wondering what you should know and the proposed tax brackets and numbers for 2019, we’ve got you covered.

  • Family Businesses - December 7

    December 7

    With an extra focus on family this time of year, we thought it would be a good time to talk about family run small businesses. Working with your family is going to be different than working with others; your family knows every single thing about you, including your strengths and weaknesses, and tend to be a bit more honest than others might be. Whether you are already in business and want to keep thriving, or looking for best tips to start, we have some articles that should help you out.

  • How a Payroll Provider Can Help With Year-End Tasks

    December 5

    Wondering how payroll providers can help you achieve a less stressful end to the year?

  • Updated: 5 Tips for Managing Payroll & Year-End Processes Over the Holidays

    December 3

    The end of the year is a busy time for small business owners as they juggle seasonal employees, project deadlines and final sales pushes while also beginning the process of closing the books for the year – while also taking time out for their own holiday celebrations.

  • Money Management - November 30

    November 30

    Money tasks aren’t usually enjoyable to deal with, and as a small business owner they can be especially stressful. As we are quickly approaching year-end, it doesn’t hurt to spend a few minutes cleaning up your finances and if you’re struggling, finding some new ways to change your spending habits to start the new year on a clean slate.

  • California Payroll Taxes

    November 28

    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.

  • Thankfulness & Gratitude - November 23

    November 23

    With National Entrepreneurs’ Day and Thanksgiving this week, there is a special emphasis on being thankful and practicing gratitude. In addition to this time of year, it’s important to be thankful year-round and can actually lead to better health and well-being, along with delivering positive results for your small business. This week, we found a few articles that help explain these topics in more detail.

  • Small Business Success Stories - November 16

    November 16

    Ahead of National Entrepreneurs’ Day, we wanted to find some articles that celebrate the success of small business owners. Being a small business owner is no easy feat, and for those times when you’re feeling a bit discouraged, it can be helpful to look at some stories to see you aren’t alone in your struggles and can succeed. Learn from one small business owner who went from broke to raking in sales, one Uber driver who got creative and turned his vehicle into a product showroom, and lastly check out four more stories that have something to teach you about being a small business owner.

  • The Importance of Having an Employee Handbook

    November 12

    Employee handbooks. How often have you received one of these and wondered if it was worth the time it takes to read? You might thing that most of the information in the handbook is stuff you’ve seen before.

  • Happiness - November 9

    November 9

    It seems like we are always on the quest for happiness. For some people, happiness comes naturally and others it can take a little more work to find it. There is also always the question about what truly makes you happy. This week, we gathered an article that gives you all of the details on an extremely popular happiness course at Yale. Next, learn the truth about how much money will make you happy, and lastly find out how to refocus on the things that are truly important in your life.