Small Business News & Advice

November, 20 2018
The Big Impact of Supporting Small Businesses This Saturday and Beyond

My role as president and CEO of TriNet gives me a front-row seat to the amazing impact small businesses have on the world around us and how their work touches all our lives in numerous ways. I am proud to support America’s entrepreneurs and encourage others to do so as well, not just on Small Business Saturday but every day.

July, 13 2017
8 Steps to Performing a Mid-Year Goal Check

Now that the glow of the new year is long gone, it is time to assess if your company’s 2017 goals were feasible or if you were caught up in the promise of sweeping change that January 1 often brings.

May, 30 2017
The 5 Mentors You Meet in (Business) Heaven

Having an experienced mentor who’s been through the same challenges as you can be extremely valuable. The expert information you receive from a mentor could mean the difference between success or failure. However, there are many different types of mentors you can find who will be more (or less) helpful depending on the stage your business is in and the obstacle you’re facing. These are the five types of mentors you should surround yourself with today, enlisting each of them based upon the specific knowledge you seek.

May, 01 2017
TriNet Celebrates Small Business Week

TriNet is celebrating Small Business Week! Small Business Week recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business and these businesses create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. Many communities depend on the strength of their local businesses to grow and thrive.

November, 01 2016
Wondering Where the Presidential Candidates Really Stand on the Vital Issues Affecting Your Small Business? Here are the Answers!

As small to midsize business (SMB) owners across the country prepare for November’s presidential election, they are likely considering the impact the election results will have on their business. We’ve cut through the clamor to put together a side-by-side comparison of where the two major presidential candidates stand on the issues that most affect SMBs.

October, 20 2016
Labor Expenses Getting Out of Hand? Here Are 6 Ways SMBs Can Control the Cost

Money Crashers provides some tips for companies to control their employee labor costs.

September, 11 2016
How Businesses Can Survive and Thrive as the Regulatory Environment Becomes more Complex

America’s small businesses are bearing over 36 percent more of the financial burden of regulatory compliance than their large counterparts. The regulatory environment that modern businesses face stymies both small business success and the economy.

May, 06 2016
Developing a Successful Hiring Process: 5 Tips for Creating a Stellar Candidate Experience

Note: This post is a sampling of what the author will be sharing in her talk on “Conquering the Talent Challenge” at TriNet Inspire in Los Angeles on May 17.

Companies of all stages and sizes have one thing in common: they all deal with hiring challenges at some point. Most employers know - or quickly learn - that having the right people in the right roles can make the biggest impact on the success or failure of the organization.

Hiring managers spend a considerable amount of time determining what they’re looking for, refining their job descriptions, getting roles approved and reviewing resumes. They often jump into the interview process without taking the time to think through how they will attract the best candidates to their teams. Often, very little time and attention is dedicated to the candidate experience, which can be a major factor in the decision-making process when a candidate is comparing multiple offers.

March, 10 2016
Here are the Answers to Small Business Owners’ 5 Most Burning Tax Questions

TriNet and inDinero are each dedicated to empowering business owners with the right knowledge to help them run healthy companies with happy employees and happy bank accounts. Last month, both teams put their Twitter handles and LinkedIn profiles to work to find out  what burning tax questions small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) have as they prepare for tax season.

You asked, inDinero Answers!

The type of feedback we received from SMBs is essential to giving us the opportunity to proactively tackle any problems that hinder business owners’ momentum this time of year. After all, taxes are complex and the deeper you get into your personal and business tax filing, the more questions arise (and the more specific they become).

We received a wide array of questions, from what types of insurance you can and cannot write-off on your taxes to strategies for anticipating and planning tax-related annual fees as activities arise throughout the year. inDinero’s tax experts dove right in to explain the concepts, best practices and actions business owners should know.

Without further ado, here are our expert answers to your business tax questions...

February, 18 2016
American Presidential Candidates Are Failing Small Businesses: An Open Letter from the CEO of TriNet

The following letter from TriNet CEO Burton M. Goldfield is in response to the TriNet 2016 Presidential Election Survey

Dear 2016 Presidential Candidates:

As the CEO of TriNet, I work to provide HR services for more than 12,000 U.S. small businesses and their 314,000 employees every day. I see firsthand the struggles these aspirational companies go through as they try to grow their businesses while navigating an increasingly volatile regulatory landscape. What’s even more challenging is that when they flourish, they face a heightened impact of ever-changing regulatory issues.

Whether it’s differing tax or labor laws at the federal, state and local levels, or the states’ varying degrees of Affordable Care Act implementation, there is a plethora of employment law with which they have to comply. What you perceive to be a minor tax change at the federal, state or local level may impact a small business to the tune of $20,000. This can put them out of business. Large companies can more easily absorb these unanticipated costs. These complexities skew the focus of small businesses away from successfully executing their business plans.