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Can a Small Business Payroll Service Offer Retirement Plans?

May 3, 2022 2:41:46 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business payroll, small business operations, how to

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We’re all trying to retire. It doesn’t matter how much you love your job or feel a responsibility to run your business; everybody reaches the point when it’s time to place more value in the little things and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Retirement plans and payroll services go hand-in-hand. When you’re searching for a payroll service, a big question that you should ask yourself is if they’re able to manage your employees’ existing plans

Maybe if you’re a newer small business, you’re looking for a payroll provider who can offer your employees retirement plans, but you’re concerned about what it may cost you - in time and money. Is it even possible for a small business to provide this kind of employee benefit?

While this article is specific to CSI Accounting & Payroll, you will find that many payroll providers follow similar processes with managing your retirement plans. However, the specific offerings through our 401(k) partner are not consistently found through other payroll solutions. Keep reading to learn:

  • If a payroll service can maintain your existing retirement plans
  • If it’s worth it for small businesses to offer retirement plans
  • If payroll services offer their own retirement plans

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Should My Small Business Be a Corporation or an LLC?

Apr 19, 2022 10:00:00 AM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business operations

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When you own a small business, you want to make sure it’s structured and categorized correctly for legal and tax purposes. You probably hear suggestions for your business all the time from unreliable sources, and you may be picking up keywords and are unsure of what they mean or if they apply to you. This is especially true with business entity types and legal structures.

In CSI Accounting & Payroll’s more than 50 years of meeting with small business owners like yourself, we’ve been asked more than a handful of times if a small business should be an LLC or a corporation. Here’s how we address that question:

  • What is a corporation?
  • What is an LLC?
  • What is the difference between a business entity and a legal formation?
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What Is an S-Corp, and Is It Right For Your Small Business?

Mar 4, 2022 11:19:38 AM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business taxes, small business operations

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As a small business owner, you probably hear suggestions for your business in passing all the time - and the sources aren’t always the most reliable. These days, it might seem like everyone has an opinion on whether or not a small business should become an S-Corp. Regardless, once a hot topic is thrown into your brain, you start to ask yourself if it’s something you need to look into. 

After all, S-Corps are the most common type of corporate business entity, but they aren’t the only one. In fact, there are three types of business entities: sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations. 

Small business owners like you dig right into the different business entity options. Here at CSI, S-Corps make up a very large portion of our client base. We mostly work with clients who have revenue in the $350,000-$5 million revenue range, which is a sweet spot for S-Corps.

In this article, we’ll cover:

  • What an S-Corp is
  • The advantages and disadvantages of being an S-Corp
  • How we have this conversation with our clients

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What Services Does CSI Offer?

Jan 24, 2022 7:00:00 AM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business taxes, small business payroll, small business bookkeeping, small business accounting, small business operations

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When you’re passionate about your small business, you care about its profitability and growth. If your current business services are either unaffordable or aren’t meeting your needs in some way, then it’s time to start looking for an alternative. You're here for a reason, and that reason is because not all professional services are made equal.

At this point, you’re probably asking yourself, "What makes CSI Accounting & Payroll so special? What do they do that my current bookkeeper and annual tax accountant don't? What about my payroll provider?"

We acknowledge that our services are not the best solution for every business, much like how not every business is an ideal client for us. Continue reading to see if we can be a good match for each other. This article will cover the services we offer, as well as how they vary from other solutions.

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Who is a Good Fit to Work With CSI?

Jan 20, 2022 8:15:00 AM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business taxes, small business payroll, small business bookkeeping, small business accounting, small business operations

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While we’d love to work with everyone, we know that it’s not so simple.

If we onboarded every person who showed an interest in our services, we’d spend too much time trying to make them into the right fit, and we wouldn’t have enough time to provide quality service to the people we’re supposed to be here for. Plus, working with the wrong person isn’t beneficial to them either; signing a contract to pay for services that aren’t a good match for their business is no joke!

We acknowledge that our services are not the best solution for every business, much like how not every business is an ideal client for us. However, when working together is the right fit for both parties, we can come together to use monthly financial statements to monitor and grow your business, run your payroll efficiently while you maintain as much or as little control as you like, or both! Continue reading to learn about the technical components, values, and beliefs that it takes for us to be a good match.

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How Do I Pay Myself in Owner's Compensation? How Much, When, and Which Method?

Oct 26, 2021 2:53:37 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business payroll, small business operations

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Running a business is a lot of work! When you're just getting started, one of the things you need to consider is owner's compensation - or how to pay yourself for your time and effort. How should you take the money? When should you start paying yourself? How much is too much or too little? We consider these questions here.

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How Do I Find My Small Business's Break-Even Point?

Oct 18, 2021 3:53:31 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business accounting, small business operations

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To succeed, your company must be profitable. When you own a small business, you need to be aware of your financial health, and this is done through tracking KPIs (Key Performance Indicators).

An important one that's easy to calculate on your own is your break-even point. In this blog, we cover:

  • What is a break-even point, and why is it important?
  • How do I conduct a break-even analysis?
  • What are other crucial KPIs, and how can I track them?

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How Can a Small Business Budget For Variable Expenses?

Sep 23, 2021 1:52:09 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business accounting, small business operations

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Budgeting for your small business would be much easier if it only required adding up your fixed expenses. However, when you throw in variable expenses, it can be easy to go over budget. How can you expect the unexpected and get a more accurate idea of what you should be spending?

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Do Small Businesses Need an HR Professional?

Jul 7, 2021 10:13:47 AM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business operations

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Small business owners understand the challenges of staying up-to-date with HR requirements, as well as handling any accidents or resolving personal issues that might come forward. It's important to have a resource to handle these situations, but how can that be done on a tight budget?

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The Beginner's Guide to New Hire Reporting

May 19, 2021 2:49:25 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business taxes, small business payroll, small business operations

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When we sit down with clients who don't have an HR department, they often ask us about new hire reporting. While we recommend that businesses of all sizes work with at least one HR professional (even if it requires partnering with an outsourced company rather than hiring internally), this is one of those things that can be done by the business owner - with the right knowledge, of course. Here's what you need to know.

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