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…)
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…)
While most clients understand the importance of paying their bills in full and on time, some clients inevitably will pay for goods and services late. Unpaid invoices and the effort to get them paid can be a huge challenge for a small business’ profitability – in time and money.
Like we are always saying here at The Payroll Department, there is constant and continual change from the government when it comes to employees and payroll taxes. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970) reporting requirements were set to change on July 1, 2017 with the launching of its web portal in February 2017. However, because of a security breach, the portal has been temporarily suspended. What’s next?
The IRS can be tough when it comes to collecting payroll taxes. Businesses are required to withhold taxes from employee wages and pay these funds to the IRS. However, if the IRS doesn’t get this money, the penalties can mount up quickly. It doesn’t matter what your reason could be for not paying this money – even if it’s a good one. Not only will the IRS target the business owner, but they’ll also go after the check signer and any other person responsible for failing to pay the taxes. If you’re convicted, you could go to prison for up to five years. (more…)
You can get online and search for ways to manage your finances as a small business owner and find thousands of ideas. Most often, you will fall into a deep abyss immersed in lots of finance words like cash flow, bottom line, profits, tax credits, and reduction of expenses. There will be talk of investing in your business and keeping a close rein on accounts receivable and accounts payable. And that’s all great advise, however there is one aspect of small business finance that doesn’t get enough attention. In fact, I think that a recent article in Entrepreneur is the first time in a l-o-n-g time that I have heard it mentioned. Know what that is?
Did you know there are over 28 million small businesses in the United States, according to the Small Business Administration? If your business is succeeding, that’s great! Good job! Because, unfortunately, only about 50% of small businesses survive – and only one-third survive 10 years or more. Why do you think that happens in such numbers? (more…)
It doesn’t matter what type of business you’re running—when you’re a small business owner, following a few tips can go a long way. The following pieces of advice are great for both solo-entrepreneurs, business owners who manage employees, and basically all of our clients here at The Payroll Company. Just because you’re running the company, it doesn’t mean you have to work yourself dry! (more…)
In business, you must keep an eye on your cash flow. Because, if you’re like most small business owners, how much you have in the bank depends on the speed in which your customers pay you. But how do you get your invoices paid faster? Here are some simple tips from The Payroll Department to help you get prompt customer payments. (more…)
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…)