Summer is here and that means many of you will be posting photos of your vacations on your various social media accounts, which by the way may or may not be intertwined with your professional lives. Many of us have coworkers or even (gasp) superiors that follow us on our social media. This has lead to a great deal of issues in the workplace since, for many people, navigating these waters is a relatively new and unfamiliar experience. Fortunately, our human resource experts are presenting a Social Media in the Workplace Webinar on July 18th. Read on for more info on how to sign up as well as the latest in payroll, market trends, accounting, and more!
Small Businesses generate three-fifths of net new jobs, driving a big share of U.S. employment growth. In total, small businesses employ 58 million, or 47.8 percent of all private-sector employees.
Market Trends – How are small businesses using social media?
How does your business’s social media use measure up? Last month, there were interesting updates about how American consumers are using social media. But how are small businesses using social media? MarketingProfs recently reported on a new survey by Clutch that has the latest insights. Here’s what you should know.
The majority of small businesses use social media.
Almost three-fourths (71%) of small business owners in the survey say they currently use social media, and 16% say they plan to start to in the future. Only 13% say they have no plans to use social media in the future.
Among the businesses using social media, many are relatively new to the party. Although 47% of survey respondents started using social media before 2017, 24% didn’t start until last year.
Payroll Update – IRS Releases Draft 2019 Form W-4 and Instructions
The IRS has released a draft of the 2019 Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, and a draft of the 2019 Instructions for Form W-4. The draft Form W-4 has been substantially revised to comply with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). Both the way withholding amounts will be calculated and the form that employees will complete will be drastically different beginning in 2019. Employees will be strongly encouraged, but not required, to file a new Form W-4 for 2019.
HR Update – The Do’s & Don’ts of Social Media in the Workplace Webinar
Accounting Update – Protecting Your Online Privacy with a VPN
Businesses have to stay vigilant and keep up with current technology as much as possible to protect the private information they maintain. A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is one way to accomplish this important task. What is a VPN?
VPNs, or Virtual Private Networks, allow users to securely access a private network and share data remotely through public networks. Much like a firewall protects your data on your computer, VPNs protect it online.
Q. What should we do to keep our company’s online activities private while using our computers and smartphones?
A. You’ve probably seen a few Hollywood movies in which an attempt to trace the physical location of an online hacker is thwarted as the hacker’s IP address momentarily pinpoints him or her in a faraway location in, say, Japan, then Europe, Singapore, Australia, and so on. This type of stealth online presence can theoretically be accomplished using a virtual private network (VPN) to connect through additional VPNs around the world, masking the origin of an online connection. You’ll probably admit this crafty measure makes the movie villain appear formidable and tech-savvy….
Quickbooks Tip – Most Useful and Least Used QuickBooks Shortcuts
Control + L (List)
I learned of Control + L from attending QuickBooks® conferences; it is used when the cursor is in the “Write Check” Name field to display the Name List.
It was demoed to show how the employee, vendor, customer and other name lists could appear together as one list which could then be resorted. After that conference, I started fiddling with that shortcut and discovered many things about it. For starters, it’s not just limited to generating the Name List within the Write Check module. It can work in just about any module from an input field that allows you to input any name type such as an employee, vendor, customer or other name.
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