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How to Automate Payroll for Small Business

Mar 24, 2022 11:15:00 AM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business payroll

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Time is extremely precious – and putting in extra hours after a full workday to run payroll software can take its toll, especially if you’re still dealing with spreadsheets and cutting checks by hand. Even if you're working with a national payroll service, their customer service is known to be so poor that you may still be manually carrying activities that you didn't know could be automated.

Wouldn’t it be great to get some of that time back? If you're feeling like a work/life balance is impossible, automation can be helpful... but don't forget the big "IF." (Automation can be helpful IF it isn't a nightmare to set up, there are no errors, and if it's tackling everything it can be, instead of leaving some things on your plate that don't need to be there.)

Using automation to streamline payroll means you can focus on actually running your business - where your time offers the most value to your business. An automated system also makes payroll processing more efficient and less prone to errors.

CSI's payroll department has offered quality service to small businesses for over a decade, so we know what business owners want to know about automating their payroll:

  • What is manual payroll?
  • What is automated payroll?
  • What are the different levels of payroll automation and services?
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What Are Additional Charges in a Monthly Accounting or Payroll Proposal?

Feb 24, 2022 5:07:28 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business taxes, small business payroll, small business accounting

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Signing a contract of any kind is already nerve-wracking, so unclear wording can add just enough uncertainty to make anybody walk away. We get it - “additional charges may apply” isn’t exactly the most detailed sentence ever written. 

Even if you already know what the cost of monthly accounting will be, you should have the full picture of what’s included in the fee before you move forward. After working with small businesses for a handful of decades, we know that owners want both a short, concise contract and the option to view full details for additional charges at will.

Our proposals clearly list the services that are not included, but we would like to offer a more detailed explanation of:

  • What they are
  • Why they aren’t included in the quoted price
  • How much they cost*

*Please note that prices are subject to change over time. Updated pricing will always be laid out in formal proposals.

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Do I Get a Discount For Bundling Accounting and Payroll With CSI?

Feb 11, 2022 7:30:00 AM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business payroll, small business accounting

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If you’re constantly thinking of ways to improve your profitability, partnering with a service like CSI Accounting & Payroll is a great first step. However, there’s still the question of where you can save. 

A discount for bundling isn’t unheard of, so you may be wondering if CSI offers one for signing up for both our accounting and our payroll services. 

We sure do! In this article, we’ll cover:

  • What the discount entails
  • Why we offer a discount
  • What our services cost separately
  • The advantages of bundling accounting and payroll services under the same roof

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How Much Does a Payroll Service Cost? A Breakdown of Prices

Feb 1, 2022 4:34:15 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business payroll

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If you're like many business owners, you don't have time to dig into every aspect of payroll. After all, that's why you hire a service, right? But without a basic understanding of the elements of a payroll service, it's not possible to know whether or not you have the right service for you… or if you're being overcharged.

Having worked with small businesses for more than 50 years - and having opened a division devoted exclusively to payroll over a decade ago - we know exactly how to break down the cost of a payroll service.

Different businesses have different payroll needs - and therefore add on different features, require different work per pay period or quarter, or have different influences that are out of their control, such as employee paycheck garnishments. We’ll break down both the common factors and the heavily-weighted miscellaneous factors for you here.

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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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New Year, New Payroll Provider

Nov 9, 2021 5:48:11 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business taxes, small business payroll

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Most small business owners, when dissatisfied with their payroll provider, will switch providers only during certain times. Some wait until the end of the quarter, while many others choose to wait until the end of the year. Here, we discuss the reasons why they choose to wait, even when they're in a bad situation with their payroll - and why they may not need to.

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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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Common Reasons Why Outsourced Small Business Payroll Can Be Missed When Switching Providers

Oct 11, 2021 4:10:28 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business payroll

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A common concern for small business owners is missing a payroll during the process of switching payroll providers. You know that your employees work hard, and they deserve to be paid on time!

What are the common reasons why payroll could be missed while switching? Let's walk you through it.

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Is It Worth It to Outsource Small Business Accounting and Payroll With a Local Firm Instead of a National Provider?

Aug 16, 2021 1:06:08 PM / by CSI Accounting Staff posted in small business taxes, small business payroll, small business accounting

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When you run a small business, you're usually working with a tight budget. This means that many small businesses tend to purchase supplies and services from large, national providers, even when they want to support their fellow small businesses.

Often, it's a misconception that national providers cost less than small businesses - or if they do, they certainly don't give you the same bang for your buck. We're here to walk you through the differences between the cost and value of larger companies versus small businesses when it comes to outsourcing your financial activities, such as accounting and payroll.

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