The Payroll Blog

News, tips, and advice for small business owners

  • 3 Things to Expect From Your Nanny Payroll Provider

    April 9

    Hiring a nanny is a big decision, as it will impact your personal life and finances in several ways.

  • How to Market Your Dental Practice

    April 8

    As a dentist, you know that people need the services you offer, but you may be struggling to reach them effectively.

  • How To Run Your Own Payroll

    April 4

    As a small business owner, hiring your first employee means that it's time to implement a payroll process.

  • Do You Need a Payroll Service for Your Dental Practice?

    April 1

    As a dentist, finding the time to calculate payroll can be difficult when you’re juggling patients, employees, your overall practice, and your life outside of the office. 

  • How to Complete Form 941 in 5 Simple Steps

    March 28

    As a small business, you have a long to-do list. Completing tax forms is probably not at the top. However, you should understand what tax forms apply to your business or else you could face steep IRS penalties. But, how can you keep up with so many forms with nonsensical names such as W-2, W-4, 1099 or 941?

  • 5 Things to Include in Your Nanny Contract

    March 26

    Choosing to hire a nanny involves a lot of steps. Once you hire a nanny, one of your first steps should be creating a contract to ensure that you and your nanny are on the same page about how this position is expected to run. As you build a contract for you and your nanny to sign, there are some details you’ll never forget to ask. 

  • 5 Smart Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund

    March 20

    While filing taxes can be a painful, time-consuming task, one thing that people don’t get mad about during tax season is receiving a refund. 

  • Background Checks and Employee Screening for Your Nanny

    March 13

    When choosing to hire a nanny or another household employee, there are many steps involved. The first beginning with who you are going to bring into your home, which is a decision you don’t want to take lightly. While you should be conducting interviews and asking for referrals, you will want to take things a step further by purchasing a background check for your potential household employee. People can say anything about their skills, experience, and behaviors, but you can’t always trust that.

  • What are Wage Garnishments?

    March 11

    A wage garnishment is “any legal or equitable procedure where an employer withholds some portion of a person's earnings for the payment of debt.” 

  • How to Update Your 401(k) Plan in 2019

    March 8

    As a small business owner, offering a 401(k) plan for your employees is one of the best benefits you can offer. While saving for retirement is something your employees know they should be doing, they may not actually be participating in your 401(k) plan. If low 401(k) participation is a problem for your small business, download the recording for our webinar, 6 Ways to Improve and Update Your Retirement Plan in 2019, to learn how to get your employees invested.  

  • SurePayroll Wins 11th Straight Stevie Award for Customer Service

    March 6

    We’re ridiculously proud of our Customer Service team today for winning their 11th straight Stevie Award, garnering a Gold for 2019 Contact Center of the Year for Financial Services in the 16th Annual American Business Awards®. 

  • What's the Cost of Losing an Employee?

    March 4

    There is no better feeling than bringing a new employee into your company. You’re positive that he or she will have a huge impact on productivity, efficiency, and of course, your bottom line.

  • How Do I Choose a Legal Structure for My Small Business?

    February 20

    When starting a small business, there are many things that you are going to have to consider and important decisions you’ll have to make in order to get your business up and running. One of these decisions that you won’t want to take lightly is choosing a legal structure. As a small business owner, there are several options to choose from, with pros and cons for each depending on your business goals.

  • 5 Payroll Mistakes to Avoid in 2019

    February 18

    With 2019 in full swing, there’s no better time than now to review your payroll system to ensure that everything is in good working order.

  • 4 Things to Add to Your 2019 To-Do List

    February 14

    There’s nothing better than the feeling of a new year. While you’re resolutions and best intentions may have dipped a little in the last month, it’s not too late to re-focus and take control of your business.

  • 4 Tips to Make Your Onboarding Smooth Sailing

    February 13

    Does your small business have a plan for employee onboarding? According to a survey from Career Builder, 50% of small businesses have a structured onboarding process

  • FUTA Taxes for Household Employees

    February 12

    Good news: If you’ve figured out that you owe nanny taxes and you have your Social Security and Medicare nanny taxes squared away, you’re almost done collecting the nanny taxes you need to send off to Uncle Sam. As we have mentioned before, the nanny tax is comprised of multiple taxes. We’ve previously talked about Social Security and Medicare taxes, and now we are going to break down the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA).

  • Client Corner: MOORE Toys & Gadgets

    February 11

    Located in Wheaton, IL, Diane Moore owns and operates the toy store MOORE Toys & Gadgets. Originally a forensic accountant, Diane was looking for a way to spend more time with her family, and possibly get them involved in a business, and thought a fun toy store is something her town needed. 

  • Small Business News

    February 8

    As a small business owner, it can be hard to stay on top of current news between everything you’re juggling. With tax season in full swing, a potential government shutdown approaching, you probably have a lot of questions about what you should be doing. This week, we rounded up some articles that cover these important topics and will get you prepared for tax season and what to do in case another shutdown happens.

  • Do I Need Workers' Compensation Insurance?

    February 7

    In this article, we'll explore the ins and outs of securing workers’ compensation insurance for your small business, including who requires coverage, how plan costs are calculated, and what you need to know to help protect your company.