The Payroll Blog

News, tips, and advice for small business owners

  • 5 Top Security Tips for Small Businesses in 2017

    January 25

    Did your small business face any security related challenges in 2016? Were you able to avoid a major disaster that cost your company both time and money?

  • 5 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Tax Preparer

    January 11

    As an individual or small business owner, tax season is never fun. From collecting receipts to preparing for the months to come, there is a lot on your plate.

  • Peer into Periscope: How Periscope Can Help Your Business

    January 3

    You've likely heard of Periscope, the app owned by Twitter that lets users share and see live video streams on their mobile devices. Every day, 350,000 hours of video is streamed, and Periscope alone has 1.9 million daily active users. This app and others like it have transformed social media sharing.

  • Don't Get Into Nanny Tax Trouble [Infographic]

    December 20

    The nanny has come to play an increasingly important role in the lives of working professionals and business owners with children. Parents often have to run themselves ragged to keep up with the rigorous schedule of activities their children are involved in, not to mention balancing demanding careers. Finding the right nanny can be a huge help.

  • Enrolling with a Payroll Service? Have These Items Ready

    December 17

    Starting with a new payroll service can be a bit unnerving. You may have several questions such as, “What information will they ask for? And are there documents they’ll need to see?” Being prepared will go a long way in simplifying the process.

  • Breaking Down the Schedule H Form

    December 17

    Are you familiar with the Schedule H form? You may have had no use for this form in the past, but it doesn’t mean this will remain true in the future.

  • Will 2016 be the Year of the Pay Raise?

    December 16

    As an employee, there are not many things more exciting than a pay raise. With 2016 on its way, many workers are looking forward to the next 12 months.

  • Business Tax Credits: Do You Qualify?

    December 14

    Business owners are always looking for ways to save money. One such strategy is to consider the many ways to lessen your tax liability.

  • The 2017 Small Business Tax Changes Guide

    December 13

    In a perfect world, the tax system would remain the same from year to year. For individuals and small business owners, this would make life much easier. Unfortunately, this isn't reality.

  • Year-end Tax Mistakes to Avoid in 2016

    December 12

    As you plan for 2017, you don't want to lose sight of what's required of you (and your company) to finish up the current year in the appropriate manner.

  • How to Pay a Nanny Over the Holidays

    December 11

    Do you have a nanny who handles a variety of tasks around your home, with the primary responsibility of caring for your child? If so, it is important to become familiar with the many laws associated with how this person is paid.

  • Bi-Weekly vs. Monthly Payroll: What You Need to Know

    December 11

    Setting up payroll for your company is easier today than ever before. All you have to do is compare providers and make a decision based on your findings. Of course, there are important questions to answer along the way. Here is one that requires your full and undivided attention: how often will you pay employees?

  • How to Drive Traffic with Twitter Cards in Four Easy Steps

    December 9

    Since it’s conception, Twitter has always been a hub for short, concise bits of information. With the advent of Twitter cards, individuals and brands can add greater context to a tweet with rich media, expanded messaging, and enhanced branding. Photos, article summaries, direct downloads, audio clips, and more can complement a tweet right in a follower’s twitter feed (that means there’s no need to click a link to garner all of the important information about a product, service, or announcement).

  • Tax Laws Every New Small Business Owner Should Know

    December 8

    If you want to be a successful business owner, you have to know some things about tax laws to succeed. Even if you hire an accountant, you have to know some things for yourself. Today, I will share some tips about various tax laws which every new small business owner should know about. These insights are derived from my experience working with clients through my own accounting firm.

  • When is the Best Time to Switch Your Payroll Service?

    December 7

    As a small business owner, quarterly tax filings give you a chance to assess your current payroll provider to make sure you’re getting everything you need out of the relationship. And, if you’ve already been toying with the idea of finding someone new then maybe it’s time to switch. 

  • Indispensable Time Management Hacks to Get More Out of Your Work Day

    December 5

    Do you create daily goals? When you start each day with a goal in mind, you can more effectively manage your time. Break your goals down into tasks, then prioritize them and set a maximum of three priority tasks each day. 

  • The Quick Start Guide to the Best Payroll Service

    December 3

    The importance of payroll to small businesses stands out more today than perhaps it has in previous years. Not only are small businesses paying billions in payroll tax penalties, but we're also seeing a record number of wage theft cases.

  • Alternative Lending Increases, Bank Lending Slows Down

    December 2

    With the biggest banks in the United States cutting back on small business lending, alternative lenders are attracting more borrowers than ever before.

  • The Bonus is Back

    November 30

    Small business owners are giving out more year-end bonuses than two years ago as their outlook on the economy improves. 

  • Most Common Payroll Mistakes Among New Companies

    November 30

    There are payroll mistakes that benefit employees, as well as those that benefit employers. But either way, a mistake is a mistake.