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  • The Business Leadership Podcast — Wagepoint CEO, Shrad Rao Interview

    The Business Leadership Podcast — Wagepoint CEO, Shrad Rao Interview

    Shrad Rao, our CEO and founder dives into entrepreneurship, leadership, growth and remote work culture on The Business Leadership Podcast. Here's your recap.

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  • The Accounting and Bookkeeping Facebook Groups You Should Know

    The Accounting and Bookkeeping Facebook Groups You Should Know

    Facebook groups are communities where accountants, bookkeepers and small business owners can go to learn about accounting software and applications, trade tips and build connections.

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  • How to Contact the CRA Without Losing Your Mind

    How to Contact the CRA Without Losing Your Mind

    Contacting the CRA can take a while and figuring out who to contact can be confusing. Here are some time-saving tips and key phone numbers to ease the process.

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  • 2020 Canadian Small Business Payroll Calendar

    2020 Canadian Small Business Payroll Calendar

    Stay on top of statutory holidays and other important Canadian small business payroll deadlines with our friendly 2020 payroll calendar.

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  • 2020 American Small Business Payroll Calendar

    2020 American Small Business Payroll Calendar

    Stay on top of public holidays and other important American small business payroll deadlines with our friendly 2020 payroll calendar.

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  • 4 Ways To Boost Employee Experience with Employee Feedback

    4 Ways To Boost Employee Experience with Employee Feedback

    Collecting employee feedback is key to improving the employee experience. Here are a few collection methods and ways to incorporate the data in your business.

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  • Putting Payroll Year-End Into Perspective [Webinar Recap]

    Putting Payroll Year-End Into Perspective [Webinar Recap]

    Payroll year-end means reconciling year-to-date amounts for the current calendar year and issuing the related tax documents. Learn how this works and how to make it easier.

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  • Why the New Year is the Best Time to Switch or Start Using Payroll Software

    Why the New Year is the Best Time to Switch or Start Using Payroll Software

    As one year comes to an end and another's about to begin, it's also the best time to change or start using payroll software. See why timing is everything when it comes to small business payroll.

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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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  • Offering Retirement Plans for Your Employees [Infographic Included]

    Offering Retirement Plans for Your Employees [Infographic Included]

    Having a retirement plan available helps employees feel valued for the long-term. Learn what plan works best for your small business.

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  • 8 Steps to Ensure an Accurate & Compliant Year-End Payroll Filing

    8 Steps to Ensure an Accurate & Compliant Year-End Payroll Filing

    How can you ensure that your end of year goes smoothly? These eight simple steps to ensure an accurate and compliant year-end payroll filing for your small business.

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  • Why Your Small Business Needs to Adopt eLearning for Employee Training

    Why Your Small Business Needs to Adopt eLearning for Employee Training

    Employee training is the need of the hour that no business can afford to ignore. Read on for reasons why eLearning is the best option for your small business.

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  • The Small Business Owner's Guide to Restaurant Financing

    The Small Business Owner's Guide to Restaurant Financing

    Restaurants tend to have razor-thin margins. When you're strapped for cash or want to grow, learn about 10 different financing options you can use in the US.

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  • A Closer Look at the Amounts on the T4 and T4A Tax Forms

    A Closer Look at the Amounts on the T4 and T4A Tax Forms

    Get a breakdown of the year-end T4 and T4A tax forms that all Canadian employers are responsible for. Whether you need to issue T4, T4A or a Relevé 1​, they must accurately represent the payroll year.

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  • Why Q1 is the Best Time to Switch or Start Using Payroll Software

    Why Q1 is the Best Time to Switch or Start Using Payroll Software

    The beginning of Q1 is the one time of year where your year-to-date amounts are zero. That’s why it’s also the easiest time to start or switch payroll software.

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  • The Future of AI in the Workplace (Why You Don't Need to Be Scared of Robots)

    The Future of AI in the Workplace (Why You Don't Need to Be Scared of Robots)

    Artificial intelligence (AI) will play a huge role in the future of work across all industries. It doesn't mean the robots will take over. In fact, they'll help us do our jobs better.

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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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  • How the New 2020 IRS W-4 Form Affects Small Business Employers and Employees

    How the New 2020 IRS W-4 Form Affects Small Business Employers and Employees

    Starting in 2020, any new hires will need to complete the new W-4. So will any employees who want to adjust their withholding allowances. Read more here.

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  • How to File Schedule B for Form 941

    How to File Schedule B for Form 941

    Form 941 and Schedule B are part of quarterly payroll tax filing for some businesses. Learn what they are, if you're required to file and how payroll software can help.

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  • 9 Ways Automation Makes Your Sales Team More Efficient

    9 Ways Automation Makes Your Sales Team More Efficient

    Check out 9 ways sales automation can make your sales team's life easier — and lead to more customers and growth for your business.

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  • 5 Steps for Choosing the Right Construction Payroll Provider

    5 Steps for Choosing the Right Construction Payroll Provider

    Payroll for the construction industry can get complicated. Learn how to find the right payroll tool to fit your specific needs and budget.

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  • Poor Job Performance: A Checklist for Managing Low Performers

    Poor Job Performance: A Checklist for Managing Low Performers

    When you've identified a low performing employee, it's definitely a buzz kill. Learn how to make a game plan to turn underperformers around before you have to take drastic action.

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  • Handing Off the Reigns: 5 Steps to a Viable Succession Plan

    Handing Off the Reigns: 5 Steps to a Viable Succession Plan

    When should you worry about a succession plan for your business? There's no time like the present. These 5 steps will walk you through the process of planning for your business' future success.

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  • How to Guarantee a Smooth Payroll Year-End in 8 Easy Steps

    How to Guarantee a Smooth Payroll Year-End in 8 Easy Steps

    Follow our 8 easy steps to ensure your payroll year-end is smoother than a baby's bottom! Wagepoint wants to help your business minimize discrepancies and avoid fines.

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  • The 7 Most Effective Methods of Social Advertising

    The 7 Most Effective Methods of Social Advertising

    A big part of digital marketing is social advertising. Read on to learn about the benefits of social advertising and which platforms best suit your business.

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  • Switching Payroll Providers — A 5-Step Checklist

    Switching Payroll Providers — A 5-Step Checklist

    Any kind of change can feel overwhelming and switching payroll providers is no exception. Getting it wrong can also result in an administrative nightmare or worse.

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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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  • Changing Payroll Companies — Webinar Recap

    Changing Payroll Companies — Webinar Recap

    Check out a recap of a webinar on what every Canadian small business should know about changing payroll providers. Hosted by Jennie Moore of Moore Details Inc.

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  • Understanding Payroll Frequency — The Enigma Decoded

    Understanding Payroll Frequency — The Enigma Decoded

    There is no one size fits all solution when it comes to payroll frequency. Read on to find out which payroll schedule is best suited for your business.

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  • How to Avoid Additional Payroll Fees

    How to Avoid Additional Payroll Fees

    Wagepoint would rather not nickel and dime you when you're running payroll. We've covered how to avoid situations that cause extra fees.

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  • A Closer Look at the Amounts on the W2 and 1099 Tax Forms

    A Closer Look at the Amounts on the W2 and 1099 Tax Forms

    Get a breakdown of the year-end W2 and 1099 tax forms that all employers are responsible for. ​Whether you need to issue Forms W-2 or 1099-MISC, they must accurately represent the payroll year.

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  • How Canada’s Women Entrepreneurs Pave Their Way and Pay it Forward

    How Canada’s Women Entrepreneurs Pave Their Way and Pay it Forward

    In honor of Women's Entrepreneurship Week, TSheets, Wagepoint and QuickBooks put the spotlight on three leaders from their world and the challenges and solutions that lie ahead.

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  • What is a Record of Employment (ROE)?

    What is a Record of Employment (ROE)?

    When an employee with insurable earnings leaves a company, employers must issue a Record of Employment (ROE) to determine whether they are eligible for EI benefits.

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  • What to Do When You Get a Payroll Notice of Assessment

    What to Do When You Get a Payroll Notice of Assessment

    If the CRA sends you a payroll notice of assessment, don’t panic. Run through our top seven reasons for receiving a notice — and how to fix them.

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  • Why Did I Receive a Payroll Tax Notice?

    Why Did I Receive a Payroll Tax Notice?

    What do you do if you get a payroll tax notice? First, figure out why it happened then take steps to resolve the concerns.

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  • 7 Employee Retention Strategies That You Can Apply Today

    7 Employee Retention Strategies That You Can Apply Today

    Let's explore 7 employee retention strategies to ensure the strong, happy team you’ve built—stays the same strong, happy team you’ve built.

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  • Why Small Businesses Need Payroll Software [Webinar Recap]

    Why Small Businesses Need Payroll Software [Webinar Recap]

    Using payroll software saves you time and money. Yet, 60% of small businesses still manage payroll manually in-house. Learn why there’s a better way.

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  • What Employees Need to Know About Statutory Holidays

    What Employees Need to Know About Statutory Holidays

    When you're relaxing on your day off, the last thing you want to worry about is getting paid. See what statutory holidays you're entitled to as an employee.

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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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  • 3 Myths About Entrepreneurship That Shouldn’t Hold You Back

    3 Myths About Entrepreneurship That Shouldn’t Hold You Back

    If you’ve been letting fear influence your decision to become an entrepreneur, here are three myths about entrepreneurship you can put to rest that could be standing between you and your dreams.

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  • How to File Taxes as a Self-Employed Sole Proprietor

    How to File Taxes as a Self-Employed Sole Proprietor

    Self-employed and a sole proprietor? If so, here's what you'll need to know as you file your business taxes with your personal taxes using a Schedule C along with your 1040.

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  • The Best Money Songs — The Ultimate Payroll Playlist

    The Best Money Songs — The Ultimate Payroll Playlist

    Money, money, money! There are lots of songs about the dollars — here's a list of of our top picks for when you're running payroll. Spotify playlist included.

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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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  • Paying Employees in Canada and the US — What You Need to Know [Mini Guide & Infographic]

    Paying Employees in Canada and the US — What You Need to Know [Mini Guide & Infographic]

    US employer with Canadian employees or Canadian employer with American employees? Here's what you need to know about paying workers in the other country.

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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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  • Restaurant Timekeeping, Scheduling and Payroll [Webinar Recap]

    Restaurant Timekeeping, Scheduling and Payroll [Webinar Recap]

    In this webinar recap, you'll learn how the combination of scheduling and timekeeping from 7shifts and payroll from Wagepoint can help your restaurant save time and money.

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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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  • 7 Signs Your HR Process Isn't Scalable

    7 Signs Your HR Process Isn't Scalable

    Growth for your business often means your processes get more complex. See if your HR systems are keeping up as you scale using these 7 signs.

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  • Time Tracking for Construction, Trade, and Field Workers [Webinar Recap]

    Time Tracking for Construction, Trade, and Field Workers [Webinar Recap]

    If your payroll includes construction, trade, or field workers, your time-tracking needs are a bit more complex. This article recaps the simple solution of pairing TSheets with Wagepoint.

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  • 4 Ways to Handle Vacation Pay in Canada

    4 Ways to Handle Vacation Pay in Canada

    There are four basic ways you can handle vacation pay in Canada. Vacation dues can be paid with each period, paid on vacation, accrued hours paid out or in balances owed.

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  • 8 TED Talks to Watch When You're Hiring New Employees

    8 TED Talks to Watch When You're Hiring New Employees

    Hiring new employees can be daunting. Get inspired and learn from the experiences of other successful businesspeople with these 8 TED Talks.

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  • The Canadian Small Business Stats Everyone Should Know

    The Canadian Small Business Stats Everyone Should Know

    Did you know that 99.7% of all Canadian businesses are small- to medium-sized firms? Learn more about the impact of small business with these facts.

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  • How Timekeeping and Payroll Work Together and Why it Matters [Webinar Recap]

    How Timekeeping and Payroll Work Together and Why it Matters [Webinar Recap]

    Saving time and money is as simple as tracking time and money. Learn about the relationship between timekeeping and payroll, and how online tools can help your bottom line — all in our webinar recap.

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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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  • Income Tax vs. Payroll Tax — The Difference for US Payroll

    Income Tax vs. Payroll Tax — The Difference for US Payroll

    Are all taxes the same? Definitely not. When it comes to payroll taxes and income taxes in the US, it's crucial to know the difference — and how they relate to each other.

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  • 7 Tips for Managing Payroll When Cash Flow is a Problem

    7 Tips for Managing Payroll When Cash Flow is a Problem

    Cash flow is a common concern for small businesses. When it affects your ability to make payroll, it becomes even more concerning. Here are a few ideas on how to bridge the gap.

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  • Why Do Payroll Companies Charge Extra Fees?

    Why Do Payroll Companies Charge Extra Fees?

    Offering simple, straightforward and all-inclusive pricing, Wagepoint explains the instances that can lead to additional fees and how to avoid them.

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  • Comparing Payroll Software — What You Need To Know

    Comparing Payroll Software — What You Need To Know

    Looking for the right small business payroll software can feel overwhelming. This overview and checklist will help you in comparing payroll software.

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  • Payroll Tax vs. Income Tax — How They Work for Canadian Payroll

    Payroll Tax vs. Income Tax — How They Work for Canadian Payroll

    What's the difference between payroll tax and income tax? Is it like the difference between brown and beige? Wagepoint has the simple answer to understanding payroll and income taxes.

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  • 6 Ways to Promote Transparency in a Startup (and Why You Should)

    6 Ways to Promote Transparency in a Startup (and Why You Should)

    Transparency isn't just a new workplace trend — it's a culture. Learn how to be transparent with your employees so they're more engaged, happy, and likely to stick around.

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  • How You Hire Affects the Bottom Line: Better Hiring From Start to Finish

    How You Hire Affects the Bottom Line: Better Hiring From Start to Finish

    Hiring can be costly and time-consuming. Do it right the first time with tips on how to get (and secure) the best candidate.

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  • How the Best Tech Companies Implement Employee Empowerment

    How the Best Tech Companies Implement Employee Empowerment

    Employees aren't just cogs in the machine. Empower them using tactics employed by some of the most successful tech businesses out there.

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  • 7 Tips for Creating a Smart Organizational Change Management Plan

    7 Tips for Creating a Smart Organizational Change Management Plan

    When planning structural or other changes to your business, make sure your employees adjust. Here are 7 tips for creating a smart organizational change management plan.

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  • How To Keep A Savvy Millennial Team Happy & Engaged

    How To Keep A Savvy Millennial Team Happy & Engaged

    How do you keep a team of savvy millennial workers happy, engaged, and committed to the success of your business? Learn 4 tips for getting the most from millennials.

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  • Do You Make Any These 5 Common Management Mistakes? (Most Make at Least 1)

    Do You Make Any These 5 Common Management Mistakes? (Most Make at Least 1)

    Even the best managers make mistakes. But you'll be more effective if you avoid these 5 common management mistakes. Learn what they are and how you can avoid making them.

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  • Best Payroll Tools: Build a Smart HR Workflow for SMBs [Infographic]

    Best Payroll Tools: Build a Smart HR Workflow for SMBs [Infographic]

    Looking for the best payroll tools for your small business? Or a stack of online payroll tools that work together seamlessly? These tools build a smart hr workflow that's easy to manage.

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  • Addressing Employees' #1 Stressor Head-On (The Employee Benefit that Pays Dividends)

    Addressing Employees' #1 Stressor Head-On (The Employee Benefit that Pays Dividends)

    Productivity at work is down because employees are struggling with financial stress. But it doesn't have to hurt your business. This employee benefit will reduce stress and boost loyalty.

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  • Human Resource Management for Newbies (A Mini Guide)

    Human Resource Management for Newbies (A Mini Guide)

    If your small business doesn't have an HR department, you're responsible for the tasks usually handled by human resource management. This mini-guide will cover the basics of what you need to know.

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  • How to Build and Promote a Culture of Learning

    How to Build and Promote a Culture of Learning

    How do you help make sure your employees are engaged and involved? You take the lead in creating a culture of learning that promotes openness and more.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Why Integrity is the Ultimate Employee Perk

    Why Integrity is the Ultimate Employee Perk

    Integrity, reflected in every action from leadership to the rank and file is a powerful employee perk. There are also business cases to support this claim.

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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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  • How to Make Sure the Answer to Your Job Offer is Yes

    How to Make Sure the Answer to Your Job Offer is Yes

    You've found the perfect candidate and you're ready to offer them the job. Learn seven simple things can you do to help make sure they say yes.

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  • Why Small Businesses Should Value Their Employees

    Why Small Businesses Should Value Their Employees

    However, human beings, otherwise known as your employees, are key assets that play a huge role in business success. Statistics and tips included.

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  • What Are Quarterly Wage Reports and Why Do They Matter?

    What Are Quarterly Wage Reports and Why Do They Matter?

    A concise overview of an employer's responsibilities for wage reports (quarterly contribution or wage detail reports) filed as part of compliance with state unemployment insurance (SUTA).

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  • What Every Employer Should Know About Salary Negotiations

    What Every Employer Should Know About Salary Negotiations

    What do you need to know about salary negotiations as an employer? Get seven key tips to keep in mind during the recruiting process.

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  •  6 Powerful Ways to Invest in Your Employees

    6 Powerful Ways to Invest in Your Employees

    How can small businesses and startups keep up with bigger companies when it comes to investing in their employees? Learn 6 powerful, inexpensive ways to help motivate and engage your staff.

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