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  • How to Do Your Own Payroll in California
    In the last article we went over how to do the calculations for your federal payroll deductions both for the employee and the employer. In this article we’ll go over the deductions for the State of California and how to calculate them. What You’ll Need You’ll need to grab a copy of the California Employer’s Guide (DE 44) publication so take a minute to grab that now. They publish a new one every year as …
  • How to Do Your Own Payroll
    In the last post, Introduction to Payroll, we went over the paystub, your W4 and what it all means. In this post we’re going to put that information together with the Federal Employer’s Tax Guide Publication 15 and the Federal Income Tax Withholding Methods Publication 15-T and calculate a sample paycheck (or at least the Federal part). Feel free to download those guides and the W4 so you can follow along. Gathering Employee Information The …
  • Introduction to Payroll
    Remember your teenage years when Fridays were everything? School was out for the weekend and in your inbox at work a paycheck was waiting for you. It was the one day a week you really wanted to go to work because that $100 check meant your weekend was going to be a blast. To the employee, payday is the day when you get compensated for all the hard work you’ve been doing. With direct deposit …
  • Hire Yourself! – What You Need For Your First Employee
    Back in the early ’90s I was the owner of a small computer networking company. I didn’t have any employees at the time and it was nice to not have to manage other people. I was a sole proprietor and it paid the bills and I was happy with that. If you’re in a similar situation then this article is not for you. If however you’ve started to make some real money and have read …
  • Insurance Basics for Small Business: What You Need to Know
    There are many types of insurance that might apply to your small business. Let’s go over the basics and see what you might need.

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