Hiring Employees and Processing Payroll
Hiring and managing employees are important steps in your company’s growth. Whether you’ve decided to hire yourself as an employee of your corporation or LLC, or if you simply need to add people to your growing business, we can help. We’ve broken this section down into 2 areas:
1. Hiring Employees
The first thing you should do before hiring an employee or employees is to know exactly why you need them. Many business owners simply become overwhelmed and need to hire an employee to handle the overload. The better approach, as we’ve outlined in detail in our Automate Your Business section, is to imagine your business in 1 to 3 years and create an organizational chart, job titles and job descriptions to match your vision. Then, you can slowly "fill-out" your organizational chart with employees until your company reaches operating perfection!
The following steps are helpful:
The Job Description
This organizational chart approach requires you to create a detailed job description for each position in your company that includes:
Legal Requirements for Hiring
There are numerous Federal, State and Local rules regarding hiring employees, and most large companies maintain in-house legal counsel and human resource departments to deal with these rules. But, if you are a small company, these are unaffordable luxuries. Therefore, here are some simple common-sense guidelines for hiring employees:
Tips on Hiring and Interviewing
NOTE: Our Incorporation and LLC clients receive access to a detailed, state-specific checklist that includes links to state-specific forms and applications as well as specific information on hiring employees and doing business in your state.
Before Hiring the Employee
Before hiring an employee you must do the following:
After Hiring the Employee
The following forms must be filed for every new employee:
These forms and any other employee paperwork must be kept by the employer in an "employee file" for at least 4 years.
2. Processing Payroll
Okay, so you’ve hired the employee, registered with the appropriate agencies, obtained the necessary ID #’s and complied with the necessary regulations. The next step is processing payroll.
There are basically 3 things you need to know:
This is important because you will need to know these totals to file quarterly tax forms. Most accounting software can tabulate these totals automatically.
So here’s the overall process:
Are You Confused About Payroll Yet?
Are you confused or overwhelmed by the whole payroll process? You should be. The government has taken a relatively simple process and made it positively complex. However, there is a solution that we recommend for every small business. In fact, this service alone is one of our most highly recommended services: Intuit Online Payroll.
Intuit Online Payroll Service
Intuit Online Payroll takes a complicated process that can take several hours a month and literally breaks it down to about 5 minutes. It is the fastest, easiest and lowest cost way for small businesses to manage payroll.
With Intuit Online Payroll, you get all of the following for as low as $9.99 per month:
Using Intuit Online Payroll, the process of doing payroll becomes so simple and automated that we can’t imagine doing it any other way. In fact, we utilize Intuit Online Payroll for MyNewCompany.com, Inc. employees.
Best of all, Intuit Online Payroll is FREE for 30 days and starts at just $25 a month.