An entrepreneur is responsible for many aspects of his or her business, and in this age of penny-pinching, it pays to be self-sufficient. While you have the product of your business down pat, you may be lacking in other, administrative areas of business. Accounting skills, particularly those regarding payroll, are essential to any business, but don't get discouraged if you lack these. You could hire someone to do the book-keeping, or take a class to learn the skills yourself. If money's tight, there are other means of learning payroll.
Search the internet for free tutorials. While many sites offer cheap courses in payroll, there are a few that offer free online tutorials. These are great because there's no fee and no time commitment. One great database is WannaLearn.com. They offer links to reputable sources like the Financial Services Office of the University of Arizona and the site Intuit Small Business. These sites offer a wealth of information on payroll, so you're sure to find what you need.
Search for books at your local library. Libraries offer a plethora of resources regarding business and book-keeping without charging a fee. All you need is a library card, and the world of accounting will cease to be a mystery.
Ask an expert. The Small Business Administration is a great source for business matters in general, and it makes it possible to ask specific questions. Call the SBA's Answer Desk at 704-344-6640, or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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