Nov 25

11 Qualities All Effective Leaders Possess

Strong leadership is at the core of every successful business. Most leaders seem to have something in common: they each have a certain panache that drives their business forward and evokes admiration.  Maybe they’re great at relating to people, or perhaps they have completely innovative ideas.  

Founders of startups have a particularly tough road ahead of them; it takes a strong leader to move a startup forward. Make sure your best qualities stand out and use our 11 tips to become a great startup leader.

How do you ensure that you are the best leader you can be?  Leave your tips in the comments.

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Nov 23

Correctly Classify Your Employees & Freelancers With Our Infographic

The nature of the workplace in the US is changing. Employees are increasingly willing to work remotely, part time, and with flexibility. In fact, over 15 million people in the U.S. are self-employed

Companies can employ a variety of employee types. Did you know that a company's workers can fall under seven classifications?

  1. Full-time employees
  2. Part-time employees
  3. Temporary workers
  4. Independent contractors
  5. Statutory employees and non-statutory employees
  6. Interns
  7. Volunteers

(We've built a comprehensive guide outlining all seven employee types. You can download it for free here.)

Correctly classifying these employees is crucial for businesses. Knowing the differences between employees and freelancers is especially important as freelance work becomes more common.

So we built this infographic to help you understand the core differences between employees and freelancers.

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Nov 20

Know The Basics: IRS Form 940

By now, business owners have likely realized that the number of tax documents that the IRS requires companies to file is significant. There’s a reason that accountants responsible for corporate taxes make so much money.

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Nov 18

13 Team Bonding Ideas That Coworkers Will Actually Enjoy

Most people in the work force have experienced boring team building activities before. And how many ice breakers can one team really go through to learn about each other?

But team building is important for uniting coworkers, working on strengths and weaknesses, and boosting employee morale.  

So how can we make team building exercises less mind numbingly boring?

Believe it or not, activities do exist that are fun, unique, and unite coworkers together. They can range from a simple game to start off a meeting to a day-long offsite.  Look no further for team bonding ideas that are actually enjoyable!

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Nov 16

4 Crucial Steps For Moving On From Startup Failure

How you deal with failure says a lot about you.  Do you give up, or do you persevere?

Most great leaders have dealt with failure at one point or another in their careers. While many failures are preventable or even due to untreated solopreneur fatigue, startups are an inherently tough business with a high failure rate. In fact, 90% of startups fail.

But great startup leaders know how to take that failure and turn it into a lesson - and ultimately, a success.  

Follow our tips, and who knows? Maybe you’ll become the next great startup success.  

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Nov 11

Maven CEO Kate Ryder On Launching & Running Her Business

Kate Ryder, CEO of Maven, is attending our year anniversary of Justwomen

We're gearing up for our first anniversary of Justwomen, a quarterly event we host to celebrate female CEOs, founders, and entrepreneurs. 

Our anniversary event on November 16th features Katherine Ryder, founder and CEO of Maven, and Anu Duggal, the founding partner of F Cubed

At Justwomen, Katherine and Anu will discuss the nature of investments and investing in the startup world. 

We also caught up with Katherine beforehand. As the founder and CEO of Maven, Katherine oversees the first digital clinic for women. Maven is a platform that empowers the female healthcare consumer to get access to better health information and services. 

Previously, Katherine worked as an early stage investor at Index Ventures, where she focused on consumer technology, and in particular on investments in the health, education, art, and retail sectors.

Prior to joining Index, Katherine worked as a journalist, writing for The Economist from Southeast Asia, New York, and London. In 2009, she worked with former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, helping him write his memoirs. 

Read on to learn more about Maven, about Katherine's career history, and about her favorite business advice.

Interested in attending Justwomen? Shoot us an e-mail at

Can't make the event? We'll be live tweeting the event at #justwomen on our @JustworksHR Twitter account.

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Nov 10

Switching Healthcare Providers? Kick Off The Process With Our Infographic

If you've ever switched your company's healthcare provider, you know it's a crucial decision for your business.

Healthcare quality, cost, and network directly affects the health and happiness of your employees. Your benefits package is also a deciding factor for new candidates. And if your company is over 50 full-time employees, the Affordable Care Act will mandate that you offer health insurance beginning in 2016. 

Navigating the process can be overwhelming, regardless of how many times you've done it before. And the closing of Health Republic will force New York area customers to switch health care providers. 

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Nov 09

How Do Business Owners Get Paid? Meet The Owner's Draw

We've built a handy reference sheet that outlines how owners can be paid. You can download it for free here.

In many businesses workers are paid wages or a salary, and that compensation is subject to income tax withholding and employer taxes.

But sole proprietors, partners in a partnership, and the members of a limited liability company are never paid wages because they are considered to be self-employed. So how do such individuals take money out of the business? It is by means of an “owner's draw” or just a regular old “draw”? 

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Nov 06

Know the Basics: LLC Advantages & Disadvantages

One of the most common forms of corporate structure is the Limited Liability Company (LLC).

As we’ve already covered, if you’re aching to get your business started and don’t need much liability or potential tax optimization, the sole proprietorship is your best bet.

But if there is going to be more than one person owning the business, you want to ensure that you’re not held liable, and can take advantage of certain business friendly taxes, the LLC might be the next best step for you.

Read on to learn the advantages and disadvantages of an LLC.

We've also built a handy guide outlining how owners get paid as an LLC, sole proprietor, or LLC member. Download it for free here.

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Nov 05

ITIN, SSN, or EIN Number – What's the Difference?

The Internal Revenue Service announced in 2014 that effective immediately “Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) will expire if not used on a federal income tax return for five consecutive years.” [IRS Newswire IR-2014-76]

Does that mean that an individual's Social Security Number (SSN) or a business's Employer Identification Number (EIN) will expire if it is never used?

To answer that question, we have to know what an ITIN is and how it differs from a SSN or an EIN.

We've also built a handy reference sheet outlining who needs what: an ITIN, SSN, or EIN. You can download it for free here.

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