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The Real Benefits of Outsourced Bookkeeping

If you’re like most small business owners, you didn’t start your company because you loved working on the administrative details in the back office. You opened shop because you have a passion or a specific skill set, and you want to earn money utilizing your interests. (more…)

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The Small Business Owner’s Guide for a Worry-Free Vacation

If you’re a small business owner, do you plan on taking a vacation this year? If not, you’re not alone. Per a 2014 survey conducted by Ondeck Capital, 43% of business owners didn’t plan on taking a vacation that year. It’s not surprising when you consider that many entrepreneurs feel they can’t get away – otherwise, their small business might fall apart. Even among those who planned to take a vacation, 67% said they were going to check in with work at least once a day.
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If Outsourcing Your Payroll Processing Doesn’t Leave You Feeling Warm All Over …

There isn’t one small business owner who needs anything that adds frustrations to their day. Here at The Payroll Department we know that for a fact because we hear about it all the time – especially when we get a call from a business owner who wants to transfer their payroll processing from a national firm to The Payroll Department. (more…)

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Have You Ever Heard of the Economic Realities Test?

Most small business owners are at least aware that there is a difference between an employee and an independent contractor. Some don’t realize how very important it is that employers be crystal clear about the difference and how they employ people in their business. Here at The Payroll Department, we believe that it is such a critical decision when talking about payroll that employers need to know, and understand the terms used by the government – like the Economic Realities Test.

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Posted in: HR Rules, Regulations and Laws, Operating a Small Business, Payroll

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10 Tips for a Successful Franchise Business

Have you thought of running a franchise? Or, maybe you currently own one – or more. Running any small business – even a franchise – isn’t easy. However, a franchise does come with certain built-in advantages. It’s basically known as a business in a box, because the business has already been developed by the franchisor. For instance, a franchise already comes with brand name recognition, so, theoretically, getting customers should be a little easier. Also, in some cases, the franchisor provides franchise owners with detailed manuals to help them run their business. While these things are helpful, running a franchise is still hard work and can be overwhelming, especially when starting out.
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How to Increase Productivity as a Small Business Owner

Small business owners are one of the hardest working groups of people everywhere across the world. Some are more successful than others, but it’s usually not because of a lack of trying. Productivity is key to success for entrepreneurs – there’s always so much to do! John Maxwell says, “The secret of your success is determined by your daily agenda.” He’s not alone in his view. What is it that you can do every day that will set your path and direct your energy to success? (more…)

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Could You Use an Extra 48 Hours Every Year?

Want to know how to use up business-building time in your small business? Here’s a hint: The National Small Business Association estimates that more than 50% of American businesses spend AT LEAST 4 hours PER MONTH in payroll processing. That equals 48 hours PER YEAR – that means you lose one full week of productivity every year doing payroll. What’s that costing you??? (more…)

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Common Myths about Outsourcing Payroll, Part 4

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 If you’re a small business owner and you have employees, you must do payroll. It’s a given. You can’t get out of it. Your employees expect to be paid for their work. However, that doesn’t mean YOU have to do your own payroll. You can outsource your payroll to a payroll service provider like The Payroll Department. But many small business owners won’t subcontract their payroll, because they believe all these myths about outsourcing payroll that they hear from other people. (more…)

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The Gig Economy is Changing the Way Small Business Works

There is little doubt that small business owners have to constantly adapt to the changes in the business arena. One area that is making an impact is the upsurge of freelancers and contract workers. A study by intuit reported that by 2020, more than 40% of the American workforce, or 60 million people, will be freelancers, contractors and temp workers. That can make a change in the workforce mix of your business, can’t it?
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Warning: Without an Accounts Receivable Process You Won’t Get Paid

Occasionally, at networking and other events, we hear small business owners grumble about not getting paid for jobs they’ve done. At The Payroll Department, we understand their frustration. Often, the problem really comes down to not having an accounts receivable process in place. Many entrepreneurs “leave money on the table” by not telling their clients what their terms of payment are, not following up for payment, and worst of all, not even sending an invoice. (more…)

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