Why Small Businesses Should Embrace March Madness

We’re midway through March which means we’re fully in the midst of March Madness, the single-elimination college basketball tournament that b-ball fans anticipate yearly. It’s also around this time of the year that the internet sees an uptick in productivity listicles, since the stereotypical sentiment is that employees are too distracted with games and fantasy […]

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Listing What Not to Do

You only have so many hours in the day and week, so using them wisely and productively is critical to helping your business succeed. For many business owners, the to-do list is a big part of their routine. It helps them know what needs to be done, and how soon. But have you considered using […]

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Consultant’s Corner: Establishing a Simplified Employee Pension Plan

Question: What is required when establishing a SEP Plan? A Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) Plan, also referred to as a SEP-IRA, is one of the easiest small business retirement plans to set up and maintain. You can make sizable contributions for yourself and any eligible employees. There’s little administration, any employer—including self-employed individuals—can establish a […]

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Using an Employee Handbook to Define Company Policies

An effective employee handbook that lays out all of your company policies can be a great benefit to your small business. Although there’s no kind of legal requirement forcing you to develop a handbook for your small business, experts have found that companies with a handbook that spells out the company’s rules, policies, and procedures […]

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Embrace Your Happiness to Achieve Success

Many people think that if they work hard, then that will make them successful and happy. But what if it’s the other way around? What if being happy increases your productivity and improves your chances of success? That’s what new research is finding, and it reverses the way many of us mentally connect these things. […]

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Consultant’s Corner: Do I Have to Pay Employees When Bad Weather Closes the Business?

Q. Are employers required to pay employees for days they could not come to work due to inclement weather and the building was closed? While you may want to consult your local labor lawyer to confirm your employee compensation requirements for particular business closure situations, as a general rule, exempt employees will need to be […]

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How to Handle Administrative Tasks Without an HR Department

Many businesses with employees nevertheless do not have a dedicated HR professional on the team, let alone an entire Human Resources department. So how do you handle the important administrative tasks that include benefits, compliance, tax filings, and more? One solution is to use a professional employer organization, a PEO. PEOs are “co-employment” partners that […]

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