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2018 Dates Small Business Owners Should Know

by Tim AustinJanuary 12, 2018 8:00 AM

When you’re a small business owner, your schedule is never empty. Each year contains several important deadlines that you need to follow to keep your business compliant with important laws and regulations involving your company’s finances and employees. Just a single missed date can lead to problems with the IRS or other government agencies.

Keeping track of all these dates as well as everything else you need to do as a business owner can be difficult. We’ve put together a list of critical dates you need to know to keep your business legally compliant.

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2018 Small Business Calendar of Events

by Tim AustinJanuary 9, 2018 8:00 AM

Every year presents new opportunities to strengthen and grow your small business. Sometimes it’s just a matter of finding and identifying which of these opportunities make the most sense for your organization. 

A good small business conference is a great place to uncover ways to improve your business, whether you attend in person or send key members of your team. While some people may not think that leaving your office to attend an outside event may be all that beneficial, finance website The Balance lists five good reasons why you should consider attending small business conferences:

  • Educational opportunities
  • In-person networking
  • Learn about competitors
  • Marketing to potential clients
  • Spark creativity and innovation

Whether you’re interested in just one of those benefits or all of them, there are plenty of conferences across the country that may be beneficial for you or some of your employees. We’ve identified some of the top HR conferences to attend this year, but you also need to consider marketing, finance, and other functions. Here are some of our top conference choices for small business owners in 2018.

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2018 HR Calendar of Events

by Tim AustinJanuary 5, 2018 8:00 AM

Professional HR conferences are a great opportunity for organizations to discover new ways to improve. For an HR professional, they provide a way to network with fellow experts in the field and learn about new tools, resources, and strategies. For a business owner, they offer a deeper understanding of how HR functions affect their business and provide a chance to allow their employees to find ways to strengthen the organization.

Every year, there are several HR conferences that organizations can choose to attend, whether those attendees need to earn Society for Human Resource Management recertification credits or simply want to learn more ways to help grow their organization. Here are some notable HR events to look out for in 2018.

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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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