IS CYBER SECURITY A RISK FOR SMALL BUSINESSES?
IS CYBER SECURITY A RISK FOR SMALL BUSINESSES?

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to answer this question. However, at what level does it need to be addressed? Enterprise level corporations have far higher protection against serious risks than small businesses that have less to offer (in regard to monetary capital), and less to lose. Nonetheless, you need to protect your business at any level of size and here’s a list of basics to get you started.

INTERN OR EMPLOYEE – WHO ARE YOU GOING TO HIRE?
INTERN OR EMPLOYEE – WHO ARE YOU GOING TO HIRE?

Before determining that you need an intern you should start with a plan. Outline what role the intern will fill and how it will work to benefit both the company and the intern. Why? You need to answer the question of why you’re looking for an intern instead of an employee. Is an intern right for the job? What are you looking to accomplish?

BUSINESS CHECKLIST FOR VACATION
BUSINESS CHECKLIST FOR VACATION

Summertime = Vacation Time. Are you prepared to add up your responsibilities before you jet off on vacation from your company? Here’s a list, check it twice, to make sure your absence goes really nice.

HOW TO HIRE THE RIGHT EMPLOYEE
HOW TO HIRE THE RIGHT EMPLOYEE

Whether you’re looking to hire your first employee or 100th employee, there is always a lot of resumes, faces, and a process that can sometimes blur your vision in selecting the candidate that will be the best fit employee for your business. Here are a few tips to keep in mind that may benefit you through the interview process.

BUILDING A CORPORATE CULTURE THAT WORKS
BUILDING A CORPORATE CULTURE THAT WORKS

Creating and cementing a corporate culture that really attracts great employees, retains them, and develops them into all-stars doesn’t always happen organically with every company. The corporate culture will ultimately reflect the owner or leader’s ideals or persona. If you feel that you may need or even want a stronger, positive, more collective culture in your office, there are a few items you can address to help you make the transition.

BUILDING INTEGRITY, ENSURING QUALITY AND CUSTOMER TRUST
BUILDING INTEGRITY, ENSURING QUALITY AND CUSTOMER TRUST

To achieve your dream, you must build integrity into your product, your processes, your customer relations, and everything about your business. Everything from the quality of your products, to how you treat your employees, to how you treat your customers has to be first class.

EMPLOYEE OR INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR?
EMPLOYEE OR INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR?

As a business owner, you may hire both W-2 employees and 1099 independent contractors. If you are like many owners, you don’t always know how to classify workers- and this can lead to compliance issues. Classifying workers appropriately is critical because employees and contractors differ greatly in terms of taxes paid, withholding requirements, workers compensation, benefits, payroll tax filings, and more.

AUTOMATED TIME KEEPING SOLUTIONS
AUTOMATED TIME KEEPING SOLUTIONS

Punch clocks and other outdated time tracking options should be a thing of the past. Save money by switching to an automated time-keeping solution. Watch the video below to learn more.

DETERMINE YOUR CHARACTERISTICS FOR SUCCESS
DETERMINE YOUR CHARACTERISTICS FOR SUCCESS

Whether or not you enter an industry with which you are familiar, you need to confirm that you are suited to owning a business. Just because you want to become a business owner does not mean it is a good idea. Plenty of small businesses fail because the owner does not have the skills required for owning a business.

DON’T GET ICED ON YOUR I-9S
DON’T GET ICED ON YOUR I-9S

Among the various roles that ICE (US Immigration and Customs Enforcement) fulfills is to identify and remove threats to security in terms of illegal economic activities. In layman’s terms, this equates to controlling unauthorized workers in the US. In 2009, ICE collected roughly $1M in fines, and in 2013 that number rose to more than $15M, and this is a trend that will only continue to grow.

‘GIVERS-GET’ THEORY
‘GIVERS-GET’ THEORY

A surefire way to build your credibility, professional relationships, and network is to be a Giver. This means that you are a resource for other professionals and that you help to refer and connect people from your network to other people’s network.

DO-IT-YOURSELF PAYROLL IS A THING OF THE PAST.
DO-IT-YOURSELF PAYROLL IS A THING OF THE PAST.

With all of the changing regulations, reporting, compliance issues, and especially the Affordable Care Act, payroll for a business owner is more complex than they know. The practices of the do-it-yourself entrepreneur that is trying to save a few dollars, remain in the driver seat of their business, and cut their own payroll checks for their employees are costing them more money and time than they really know.

TIME MANAGEMENT FOR SCHEDULING A TIME-SMART MEETING
TIME MANAGEMENT FOR SCHEDULING A TIME-SMART MEETING

Time management for business professionals also means needing to know how to be time-smart for scheduling meetings, especially for the “one-on-one get to know you” and “learn about your business meetings.”

PAYROLL VAULT LANDS SPOT ON COVETED “TOP FRANCHISE LIST”
PAYROLL VAULT LANDS SPOT ON COVETED “TOP FRANCHISE LIST”

We are proud to announce that Payroll Vault was named one of the top franchises in North America by Franchise Business Review. Best of all, the Payroll Vault Franchise team earned this recognition as a direct result of high satisfaction ratings from our loyal base of franchisees. Only 200 franchise companies – and just five in the financial services industry – earned this highly coveted honor.

ARE THE MILLENNIALS RIGHT? SIX STEPS TO SMALL BUSINESS SUCCESS
ARE THE MILLENNIALS RIGHT? SIX STEPS TO SMALL BUSINESS SUCCESS

Sean Manning, co-author of the award-winning book Six Steps to Small Business Success, believes there is a better way to manage and grow a business in 2015 by breaking away from traditional methods. Here are some key points to think about for putting strategy into your business in the New Year.

EFFECTIVE NETWORKING FOR BUSINESS OWNERS
EFFECTIVE NETWORKING FOR BUSINESS OWNERS

Web 2.0, social media, and connecting with others online. All the technology right at your finger tips does not replace meeting people face-to-face, especially in the business world. Utilizing networking through various event, associations, and organizations can put you in front of powerful connectors or prospects for your business that will yield REAL results.

HOW TO BUILD A SUCCESSFUL AND LASTING PARTNERSHIP
HOW TO BUILD A SUCCESSFUL AND LASTING PARTNERSHIP

It can be said a partnership is a bit like a marriage.You must trust, respect, and have the commitment to work together for a common goal. It is also common to hear that a partnership will never last, which is true because we will either outlive the business or the business will outlive us. Here are some pointers on making a business partnership last:

EMPLOYEE HANDBOOKS AND WHAT TO CONSIDER
EMPLOYEE HANDBOOKS AND WHAT TO CONSIDER

Putting your own handbook in place or simply downloading a handbook template from the web can get you into trouble. Make sure you consult a Human Resources expert before you put something together yourself. Watch the video below to learn more.

COMPANY CULTURE – WHO DO YOU WANT TO BE?
COMPANY CULTURE – WHO DO YOU WANT TO BE?

Can your clients and prospective clients tell what kind of relationship they will have with your business based merely on the culture you’ve created? That is, the behavior of your employees, the “feel” of doing business with you, and everything else that makes up a business’s culture. More often than not, the answer is yes.