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Four Signs You’re Ready to Switch to Online Payroll

by Tim AustinDecember 12, 2017 8:00 AM

Payroll is an important part of every business. While some small business owners take the time and effort to handle payroll administration in-house, certain factors can signify that outsourcing payroll with a PEO might be in your best interest. Here are some signs that it may be time to consider a switch.

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The Differences Between QuickBooks and Outsourcing Payroll to a PEO

by Tim AustinDecember 7, 2017 8:00 AM

QuickBooks software is the most widely-used accounting application for small businesses, according to Forbes. For decades, QuickBooks has been a popular option for small business owners and finance professionals to use on-premise, usually with one individual taking sole responsibility for accounting and payroll internally. More recently, QuickBooks has released a cloud-based version named QuickBooks Online, and along with it have come several new competitors in the online payroll and accounting software space.

While many of these platforms have similar features, relying on these accounting and payroll Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications also have many potential drawbacks for small business owners. The following are some of the things small business owners should take into consideration when choosing between a platform like QuickBooks or outsourcing these services.

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Two Reasons Why Owners Avoid TPA Services (And Why They’re Wrong)

by Tim AustinNovember 8, 2017 8:00 AM

When it comes to finding the right health plan for your business, the key is to find an option that makes sense for your business. One route that a business can go is to invest in TPA services for a self-funded health plan, which offers several benefits that can help owners save money and mitigate their risk with proper planning and support. Self-funded insurance also allows businesses to avoid some of the increased regulations on healthcare, which is a big reason why more small and midsize employers are choosing to self-insure, according to the Society for Human Resource Management.

With all that in mind, self-funding sounds like an intriguing option, right? However, there are a pair of misconceptions about self-funding that either dwell in the past or are not that relevant to business owners. Here are two reasons why owners avoid self-funding, and how a TPA can dispel those arguments.

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HR Budgeting Items to Consider for Next Year

by Tim AustinNovember 1, 2017 8:00 AM

Whether you’re basing your budget on last year’s expenditures or planning every budget item from scratch, it’s important to review different HR needs so that you don’t come up short in the places where you need extra funds. Here are some key HR items that you should consider when planning a yearly budget.

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What is a TPA?

by Tim AustinOctober 24, 2017 8:00 AM

Escalating costs of healthcare and benefits have led business owners across the country to seek out a solution that makes the most sense for their company. Of the many options out there, self-funded health insurance has become a realistic opportunity for many small businesses thanks to third-party administrators.

These organizations, also known as TPAs, allow business owners to take advantage of self-funding, which can provide a “greater level of flexibility that comes with being able to tailor the plan to their needs,” according to the Society for Human Resource Management. The self-funding process can be complicated, but a good TPA can simplify the process so that employers can reap the benefits of self-funded insurance without having to deal with the risks of managing it themselves.

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Recent Trends in HR Outsourcing

by Tim AustinOctober 5, 2017 8:00 AM

As the years go by, HR administration continues to evolve. The growing need for improved operational efficiency and compliance has led more business owners to turn to HR experts for help managing crucial business functions. 

This expansion has been so great that the Professional Employer Organization industry has nearly doubled to around $168 billion dollars in the past six-and-a-half years. The need for human resource outsourcing isn’t just a need for one or two different industries, as HR providers saw a 23 percent or greater increase in business from blue collar, white collar, and grey collar businesses. 

While businesses often turn to PEOs for help with benefits administration and risk management services, there are other additional HR functions and benefits that have become more popular in recent years. Two of the more intriguing recent trends in human resource outsourcing is a move toward investing in online payroll and workplaces wellness programs.

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What HR Functions Can a Small Business Outsource to a PEO?

by Tim AustinSeptember 29, 2017 8:00 AM

It’s difficult to run a small business without much support, which is why more employers are turning to human resource outsourcing. According to market research company Global Industry Analysts, Inc., the HR outsourcing market is projected to grow to nearly $54 billion by 2020 as business owners turn to other organizations for help managing important HR functions.

So why have so many businesses turned to HR outsourcing? Here are four big reasons:

  • Time savings
  • Improved compliance
  • Better recruitment and training capabilities
  • Cost savings

The benefits speak for themselves, so now it’s a matter of finding out exactly what business responsibilities you can outsource and which ones make the most sense for your business.

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Four Reasons Why Small Businesses Outsource HR Functions

by Tim AustinSeptember 19, 2017 8:00 AM

As a business owner, you get used to making tough decisions every day. One critical question is whether you should handle every human resource function internally or if it’s in your business’ best interest to consider outsourcing. 

To insource or to outsource may not be as difficult of a question as you may think. Here are four reasons why it may make sense for your business to consider human resource outsourcing.

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How Group Health Insurance Premiums Are Calculated and How You Can Manage Them

by Tim AustinSeptember 5, 2017 8:00 AM

Small business owners weigh many factors when deciding whether to invest in a group health insurance plan, but oftentimes the decision comes down to dollars and cents. The Kaiser Family Foundation’s 2016 Employer Health Benefits Survey notes that the high costs of insurance premiums are the primary reason why firms won’t offer health benefits. Even for business owners who do offer plans, rising insurance premiums can create a lot of stress and confusion, especially if the owner doesn’t know how these premiums are calculated and how they can manage them.

Employers can have many questions for group health providers, and that includes exactly how much they can expect to spend. Here’s a rundown on what the insurance industry uses to calculate your group health insurance coverage premium, as well as some strategies that can lead to lower costs.

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Questions that Small Business Owners Should Ask a Group Health Insurance Provider

by Tim AustinAugust 29, 2017 8:00 AM

It’s always a good idea to get more information. For a small business owner, that extra information can be the difference between finding the right group health coverage for your business.

Even if you have a good grasp on the basics of group health insurance, it doesn’t hurt to ask a provider a few important questions before you purchase a plan for your business. Here are some key things that you should ask a provider about group health insurance coverage.

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