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Payroll: What’s the Difference Between Contractors and Subcontractors?

Have you thought about hiring someone to do the marketing, human resources, or payroll for your small business? Are you confused about how the relationship works between contractors and subcontractors and your business? Do you wonder how these arrangements may affect your payroll? Many times the terms – contractor and subcontractor – are used interchangeably; however, key differences do exist between the two roles. Therefore, The Payroll Department would like to clarify these terms and explain how they relate to your business’s payroll. (more…)

Posted in: Payroll, Payroll Processing

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Is PTO Right for Your Company?

Managing the day-to-day operations of your business can keep any owner busy. Top it off with the holiday seasons’ flurry of vacation time and sick days, and you’ve got an even bigger challenge. Payroll and paid time off for employees can get complicated. But The Payroll Department is always ready to help you simplify and make payroll details manageable.

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Posted in: Employee Benefits, Payroll Processing, Staffing

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Bookkeeping: Difference Between Bids, Estimates, Proposals and Quotes

Small business owners often need to acquire the services of other businesses. When inquiring about the services a company provides, you may be presented with a bid, quote, proposal, or estimate. Many companies often use these terms interchangeably. However, the definition of these terms can mean different things to different people and in different industries. (more…)

Posted in: Bookkeeping and Accounting, Operating a Small Business

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Bookkeeping is Customer Service at The Payroll Department

We’ve had a big change at The Payroll Department this past year and people are still a little surprised by it. To us, it just makes sense. Customer service becomes a new customer service at The Payroll Department. We see the addition of bookkeeping services as a truly natural extension of the services we offer, for a couple of reasons. (more…)

Posted in: Payroll

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3 New Payroll Regulation Changes You Need to Know

Payroll regulation changes are happening all the time. As a small business owner, you must stay up-to-date with these changes, so you can remain legally compliant. Otherwise, you could face hefty fines and other penalties. (more…)

Posted in: Payroll, Rules, Regulations and Laws

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Would You Give an Employee a Payroll Advance?

One of the beautiful things about small businesses is that everyone in the organization becomes like family. There is a closeness that develops that is both comforting – and maybe distressing, too. When one member of your team is experiencing hard times, it can be difficult to maintain a professional distance. For instance, what would you do as a small business owner if one of your employees came to you asking for a payroll advance? (more…)

Posted in: Operating a Small Business, Payroll

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Can You Write Off Those Uncollectible Invoices as Bad Debt?

As a small business owner you will, more than likely, encounter a customer who never pays his bill. It would be wonderful if that were not true, but if you talk with your small business owning peers, you will find everyone has a story to tell. But when it happens to you – at least for the first time – you might be a little baffled. NOW what do you do? (more…)

Posted in: Bookkeeping and Accounting, Operating a Small Business

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Independent Contractors Are Becoming Mainstream in the Workforce

Way back in 2015, we wrote a blog about the Pros and Cons of Hiring Contractors vs. Employees. In this article we shared that experts predicted by 2020 contractor workers or freelancers would make up half of the full-time workforce. This trend, now commonly referred to as the “Gig Economy” is on track to meet that prediction by 2020 or before. Are you on board? (more…)

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