The Payroll Blog

News, tips, and advice for small business owners

  • Small Steps, Big Payoff: Tips for Making Your Small Town Business Thrive

    August 1

    Being a small business owner in a small town can be a very different experience from owning a business in a bigger city. While there may be less overall competition in a small town, chances are there are already solid and long-standing relationships between your competitors and your target consumers in the community. 

  • The Best Retail Technology to Measure Performance

    July 28

    Technology has made, and continues to make, an impact in every sector of business, and the retail industry is no different. While some may say that the retail industry has been the most resistant to the technology evolution, others say that it's leading the way. Whatever side of the argument you are on, the reality is that the technology used in retail stores has undergone a significant transformation in the last ten years for both the customer and the business owner.

  • 3 Benefits of Adopting Retail Store Management Software

    July 11

    Retail store management software has come a long way in the past decade. It's now more affordable, scalable, and efficient than ever before. Advances in hardware technology, data communication technology, software development, cloud computing, and the widely accepted "Software-as-a-Service" (SaaS) business model have created the perfect storm and paved the way to change the way retailers do retail.

  • How to Measure the Success of your Small Business

    July 7

    July is Independent Retailer Month—we've partnered with ShopKeep on a three blog series focused on small business tips, with a special emphasis on retail business.

  • Your Client Hasn't Paid—Now What?

    June 28

    As a small business, is there anything worse than completing a project, only to find that your client has no intention of paying on time (if at all)?

  • The Small Business Beginner's Guide to Client Relationships

    June 21

    As a small business, there's no better feeling than landing a new client, whether it's your first or your 50th. Before you celebrate this "victory" and turn to other things, you'll want to spend some time on the finer details of the relationship.

  • Exempt vs. Non-Exempt: Small Business Employee Classifications Are Not Created Equal

    June 7

    Bringing a new employee into your company can be a big step. As a small business, each new employee is not only a testament to the success and potential of your business, but a significant investment of time and monetary resources.

  • How to Prevent Your Small Business From Ruining Your Personal Credit

    June 2

    It's age-old advice: Keep your professional life and personal life separate. But for small business owners, it can be hard to view the two as mutually exclusive. As an entrepreneur, you probably know a poor personal credit score can hamper your ability to finance your business. However, it's important to note that business debts can wind up harming your personal credit, too.

  • Wage Theft and the State of Small Business Employee Trust

    May 31

    Later this week, we will break down the differences between hourly and salaried employees, and the legal classifications and payroll considerations associated with each.

  • Small Business Payroll Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

    May 24

    When you're a small business owner, there's never enough time in the day. You're probably handling HR, customer service, sales, and marketing on any given day of the week, not to mention all of the back office work needed to keep the lights on, employees paid, and taxes filed – and that's before you get to the real work of serving your customers!

  • What are the Top Causes of Data Breaches?

    March 21

    In a perfect world, you would never have to worry about your company being the victim of a data breach.

  • Small Business Owners Guide to 401K

    March 14

    As a small business owner, you might be thinking about the best way to save for your retirement, as well as your employees. Only half of all Americans are set to meet their retirement saving goals—the earlier you start planning, the better.

  • Enhanced Security for SurePayroll Client Accounts

    February 15

    The headlines about data breaches and network hacks almost feel ubiquitous these days, which is why more and more online service providers – from social networks to banks to grocery delivery services – are building multifactor authentication (also called "two step verification") into user security options.

  • 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.

  • Schedule H Form: Breaking It Down For You

    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.

  • 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.