Did you know that the cost of labor can be one of the largest expenses a small business can have? It’s second only to the cost of real estate, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Depending upon the industry you’re in, labor costs can range from 10% to 30% – or more. For your small business, your labor costs can quickly eat up your earnings if they’re not monitored and adjusted accordingly.
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At this particular moment in time, it doesn’t matter which side you fall on for the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed in late December, 2017, it will have an impact on both your personal finances and your business’s financial situation.
Running a business in small town can be very different than owning a business in a big city. You may have less competition in your market, but if your competitors have been around longer, they likely already have long-standing customer relationships. However, there are advantages to having a small town business, such as the ability to experiment more with your products and services, and the capacity to stand out, so you can make a bigger impact. (more…)
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…)
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.
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…)