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  • How to Perfect Your Restaurant New Hire Checklist

    How to Perfect Your Restaurant New Hire Checklist

    Once you've hired someone, onboarding is the next step in the process. Make a checklist and master the onboarding process for your restaurant.

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  • What is a Loan Broker and When Should You Use One?

    What is a Loan Broker and When Should You Use One?

    Looking for a small business loan can be complicated. Should you turn to a business loan broker to save time and find the best option? This article weighs the pros and cons.

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  • 5 Money Questions Every Startup Needs to Answer

    5 Money Questions Every Startup Needs to Answer

    While there's an acceptable level of flying by the seat of your pants in the startup world, at a certain point you have to get a firm grip on your financials.

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  • How to Find Great Freelancers — The Easy Way

    How to Find Great Freelancers — The Easy Way

    More and more small businesses are using freelancers for specific skills and projects. Find out where to begin and how to find the right freelancer. Includes a list of the top freelance sites.

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  • Wagepoint Product Updates (CA & US) April 2018

    Wagepoint Product Updates (CA & US) April 2018

    What are the latest updates to Wagepoint's payroll software? This update will tell you about new improvements and features within in the main app as well as for Canada and the United States.

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  • Accountants Versus Bookkeepers — What Every Small Business Should Know

    Accountants Versus Bookkeepers — What Every Small Business Should Know

    While it's common to mention accountants and bookkeepers in the same breath, it's important to know that each is its own professional designation with specific roles and responsibilities.

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  • 10 Practical HR Hacks for Small Businesses

    10 Practical HR Hacks for Small Businesses

    You're a small business, but you still want to do all that you can to create a positive work culture and show your employees you care. These 10 HR hacks can help.

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  • Paying Your Taxes as a Self-Employed Sole Proprietor in Canada

    Paying Your Taxes as a Self-Employed Sole Proprietor in Canada

    Being a self-employed sole proprietor puts you in a unique category where your business and personal income are one in the same. Find out how this affects your taxes too.

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  • 5 Last-Minute Tax Tips for Canadian Small Businesses

    5 Last-Minute Tax Tips for Canadian Small Businesses

    As business tax deadlines draw closer, these last-minute tax tips for Canadian small businesses, provided by the experts at Enkel Bookkeeping, will help you stay on track.

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  • The Comprehensive List of Small Business Tax Deductions

    The Comprehensive List of Small Business Tax Deductions

    A must-read for small business owners and those who are self-employed. This list of small business tax deductions will prepare you for your conversations with bookkeepers, accountants and tax experts.

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  • An 8-Step Guide to Drama-Free Sole Proprietorship Taxes [Checklist Included]

    An 8-Step Guide to Drama-Free Sole Proprietorship Taxes [Checklist Included]

    Sole proprietorship filing a T2125 with your personal income tax? Get the skinny on the documents you need to gather, the basics of the form and more — checklist included!

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  • How to Avoid a Tax Season Cash Flow Crisis and Other Survival Strategies

    How to Avoid a Tax Season Cash Flow Crisis and Other Survival Strategies

    During tax season, many small businesses face the challenge of paying their tax bill, often at a cost to their bottom line. Learn how to survive with a range of helpful strategies and funding options.

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  • The Taxes You Pay as a Sole Proprietor [Mini Guide]

    The Taxes You Pay as a Sole Proprietor [Mini Guide]

    If you're a sole proprietor, you have to pay income and businses taxes, payroll or self-employment taxes and perhaps, if applicable, excise taxes. Find out how this all works.

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  • How to File Sole Proprietorship Taxes — The Practical Guide [Checklist Included]

    How to File Sole Proprietorship Taxes — The Practical Guide [Checklist Included]

    Oh sole proprietorship taxes how we love you so... learn how to make this year and every year a snap with simple how-tos and even a checklist!

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  • 10 Body Language Signals to Watch for in Every Interview

    10 Body Language Signals to Watch for in Every Interview

    Finding the right person for the job isn't just about what a person says. It's also about what their body language is really telling you. Watch for these 10 key signals.

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  • What Every Startup Should Know About Payroll

    What Every Startup Should Know About Payroll

    Getting your startup off the ground is hard, which is why you are so careful in who you hire. Subsequently, you also want to have the right payroll system in place to pay people accurately and on time

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  • 5 Business Writing Mistakes No One Wants to Make

    5 Business Writing Mistakes No One Wants to Make

    Like or not, making mistakes in your business writing sends the wrong impression about you and your business. Learn five of the top mistakes to avoid.

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  • How to Make Small Business Bookkeeping Easier

    How to Make Small Business Bookkeeping Easier

    Small business bookkeeping doesn't have to be scary, especially when you know a few simple steps on where to start.

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  • An Expert Guide to U.S. Payroll Taxes [Infographic Included]

    An Expert Guide to U.S. Payroll Taxes [Infographic Included]

    One out of every three small business owners is punished for payroll tax mistakes. This expert guide explains what federal, state and local payroll taxes are and how they work.

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  • Giving an Employee Bonus — What You Need to Know [Infographic Included]

    Giving an Employee Bonus — What You Need to Know [Infographic Included]

    Which jobs and industries offer the largest cash employee bonuses? What are the main reasons for giving an employee bonus? This article and infographic answers these questions and more.

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  • Preparing Yourself for the Cost of Employees

    Preparing Yourself for the Cost of Employees

    The salary or wages you pay an employee are only 70% of the total cost of having an employee. The other 30% comes from paid benefits. Learn more about the employer's responsibilities and these costs.

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  • What You Need to Know About Tips and Gratuities

    What You Need to Know About Tips and Gratuities

    An overview of best practices for tips and gratuities and how they affect income and payroll for Canadian employers and employees in service industries.

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  • How to Manage and Pay Tipped Employees in Restaurants

    How to Manage and Pay Tipped Employees in Restaurants

    Learn the responsibilities of tipped employees and their employers when it comes to reporting tips as income.

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  • What You Need to Know About Your Payroll Remittance Schedule

    What You Need to Know About Your Payroll Remittance Schedule

    Employers in Canada are required to remit EI, CPP and income tax deductions with each payroll. Learn about the rules and when your payments are due.

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  • What You Need to Know About Payroll Tax Deadlines

    What You Need to Know About Payroll Tax Deadlines

    Even if you have a third-party manage your payroll tax deposits, the IRS considers the business owner responsible for deadlines. Here's what you need to know about your payroll tax deposit schedule.

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  • The Step-By-Step Guide to New Hire Onboarding

    The Step-By-Step Guide to New Hire Onboarding

    The first few weeks at a company are vital to the success of a new hire. This article outlines, step-by-step, how to onboard new hires to your company.

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  • 9 Tips on How to Scale Your Business From Successful Entrepreneurs

    9 Tips on How to Scale Your Business From Successful Entrepreneurs

    Learn from entrepreneurs some of the key factors that play a big part in how they grew to be successful — things like timing, having the right people, focus, and intensely hard work.

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  • The Epic Guide to Employee Management

    The Epic Guide to Employee Management

    Through skillful employee management, you can create a motivated workplace prepared to accomplish the team’s goals. Here is the epic guide to leading your team to a successful future.

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  • The Mini-Guide to Effective Leadership in the Workplace

    The Mini-Guide to Effective Leadership in the Workplace

    Effective leadership is a skill learned over time. Identify your strengths and weaknesses and discover the essential qualities of a strong workplace leader.

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  • The Definitive Guide to Interviewing Candidates

    The Definitive Guide to Interviewing Candidates

    Learn how to apply modern interviewing techniques and ask more open-ended and behavioral questions to make your hiring easier and more effective.

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  • The Craziest Payroll Rules of the Past

    The Craziest Payroll Rules of the Past

    Over the years, employees have been paid in strange ways and we’ve compiled a list of the craziest ones complete with beer, clay tablets and unfortunate inequalities.

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  • 100 Amazing Restaurant Software Apps You Need To Know

    100 Amazing Restaurant Software Apps You Need To Know

    This list of 100 amazing restaurant apps can help independent restaurants find the right tools for automating tasks in the front and back of house.

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  • How Does the Bonus Tax Method Work in Payroll?

    How Does the Bonus Tax Method Work in Payroll?

    Paying out bonuses are a great way to reward your employees for all their hard work and dedication to your company. In this post, we discuss how the bonus tax method works in payroll.

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  • How Commission Works and How to Choose the Right Payroll Structure

    How Commission Works and How to Choose the Right Payroll Structure

    Learn how commission pay works and get a detailed overview of 7 different ways you can include commissions within your payroll structure.

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  • The Complete History of the Social Insurance Number

    The Complete History of the Social Insurance Number

    When was the first Social Insurance Number (SIN) created? What is it used for now and what are the employer and employee responsibilities?

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  • How to Calculate Statutory Holiday Pay For a Substituted Day

    How to Calculate Statutory Holiday Pay For a Substituted Day

    An outline for Canadian businesses on how to calculate statutory holiday pay in situations where a different day is substituted for the official holiday.

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