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7 Ways to a Safer Workplace, Including COVID-19 Vaccination Mandates

7 Ways to a Safer Workplace, Including COVID-19 Vaccination Mandates

December 30, 2021

Workplace safety is top of mind for employers and employees alike. Gene Marks suggests seven ways — from staying ahead of the compliance curve on COVID-19 vaccination mandates and mask policies to conflict training and investment in technology to increase automation and cut down on the number of people at work. The host of “On the Mark” offers insights he shares with his clients to help businesses get back to and stay at work safely. 

DISCLAIMER:
The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.

Upgrading Hardware Tech for New Workplace Norms

Upgrading Hardware Tech for New Workplace Norms

December 28, 2021

Given today’s remote and hybrid workforce needs, how are small businesses approaching computer hardware technology? Hear from Lindsey Greathouse, director of global SMB marketing for Lenovo, one of the world’s largest personal electronics brands, as she shares how the company differentiates its service solutions for the mobile devices, laptops, and accessories now considered commodities. How have these tech tools helped foster productivity and connection in the new work-from-home and hybrid work environments, and what’s the future of the industry, given advances in artificial intelligence?

Topics include:

2:02 - Career path recap
4:53 - Lenovo's diversified portfolio of products
8:33 - Delivering continuity for SMB remote work needs
13:16 - Partner network innovations, right to repair
14:39 - Look for flexibility, scalability, security as a future focus
17:17 - Subscription-based, as-a-service access growing
18:10 - How will hologram, AI technology impact hardware?    

Could new HR technology help your small business workforce become more productive? Check out the findings in our recent whitepaper at: www.paychex.com/secure/whitepapers/hr-technology-the-future-of-work.

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DISCLAIMER:
The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.

There’s Money to be Found in Tax Credits and Deductions

There’s Money to be Found in Tax Credits and Deductions

December 23, 2021

As 2021 winds down, Gene Marks reminds employers they can still take advantage of tax credits and deductions to infuse money into their operations. The CPA and small-business owner hosts this episode of “On the Mark” to offer insights and advice on eight ways to save on taxes — from hiring select groups of individuals such as military veterans and helping employees pay down student loans to helping employees save for educational expenses to purchasing equipment to help your business. Plus, these advantages will be available in 2022 and some even beyond that. Listen to this week’s podcast for more.

DISCLAIMER:
The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.

Leveraging Reddit to Reach Business Prospects

Leveraging Reddit to Reach Business Prospects

December 21, 2021

Is the long-running Reddit platform, with its multitude of online groups formed around topic-specific sub-channels (subreddits), becoming a viable option for small business advertising? And what does product or service promotion look like inside a social media platform built on chats? Hear from Timo Pelz, vice president of business marketing for Reddit, on the ways business owners can leverage conversation and community — staples for the platform — to add value for users and align within dynamic discussions. Plus, hear how Reddit is branching into audio and visual, within its focus on authentic, engaging conversation.  

Topics include:

2:28 - The "towns" and communities of Reddit
4:59 - Reddit's advertising goals: minimal disruption
6:21 - How is Reddit's ad platform developing?
8:27 - How can small businesses reach prospects on the platform?
14:21 - Context, content, and conversation on Reddit
18:12 - Can businesses create subreddits for promotion?
19:40 - How limited disclosure fosters authenticity
21:58 - Will audio and video change Reddit's interface?

Resources:

Blog content can help a business “soft sell” on a platform like Reddit. Learn how-to’s on blogging for your business at: www.paychex.com/articles/marketing/blogging-benefits-for-small-business.

Discover a content community that may align with your business at: http://reddit.com.

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DISCLAIMER:
The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.

5 Tips to Help Your Business Counter Inflation

5 Tips to Help Your Business Counter Inflation

December 16, 2021

Businesses could be dealing with inflation due to rising prices and supply chain issues for the next year or more, so it’s important to have a strategy. This episode of On the Mark offers five tactics businesses can consider that might help navigate any potential challenges. Host Gene Marks, a CPA and small-business owner, shares what he has discussed with his clients, including raising prices and using targeted communication through a customer relationship management system to accomplish this. He also suggests practicing shrink-flation by delivering less product while holding prices steady. Consider getting into long-term contracts to reduce risk, as well as buying as much inventory now and finally investing in technology to improve efficiencies.

DISCLAIMER:
The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.

Taking Stock: Inventory Innovations in the Information Age

Taking Stock: Inventory Innovations in the Information Age

December 14, 2021

Any business selling products is dependent on inventory management to fulfill customer needs, but many companies haven’t mastered this critical aspect of operations. Hear Lucas Miller, vice president of implementation for Fishbowl, the global leader in inventory control solutions, explain best practices in stock management, trending innovations, and key metrics that can empower smarter inventory planning and leaner warehousing. Further, learn why the shift to automated stocking software calls for veteran staff at the helm, and how pain points in managing inventory data can point to a need for improved business processes.

Topics include:

3:23 - Supply chain shortages reveal inventory management challenges
4:57 - How has physical counting changed today?
7:26 - Barcoding is about accuracy, not speed
9:32 - QR codes: trend vs. traction
11:02 - How does RFID differ? What's the forecast for RFID?
12:49 – Avoiding the challenge of overstocked obsoletion
15:25 - Robotics, automation impact on manufacturing
17:22 – Process changes necessary for modern inventory automation
21:00 - Key inventory metrics: ABC codes, reorder levels

Resources:

As you manage inventory, you’ll need to understand the cost of goods sold. Learn more at: www.paychex.com/articles/finance/what-is-cost-of-goods-sold.

Explore inventory management software at: http://FishbowlInventory.com

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DISCLAIMER:
The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Tap into Millions Before 2021 Ends

Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Tap into Millions Before 2021 Ends

December 9, 2021

Businesses still searching for financial help to offset cash flow disruptions created by the COVID-19 pandemic should listen to the recent episode of the “On the Mark” podcast as host Gene Marks reviews the benefits of an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. The program ends Dec. 31, 2021, so time is running out to take advantage of the program. Learn about eligibility, interest rates, the favorable 30-year term to pay back the loan and more. Plus, certain businesses might qualify for EIDL grants such as targeted advances and supplemental advances, possibly infusing more than $10,000 into your business that can help with operating expenses. 

Resources:

Learn how the SBA Enhances Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program with Higher Borrowing Limit at www.paychex.com/articles/human-resources/sba-economic-injury-disaster-loan-program.

DISCLAIMER:
The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.

Help or Hindrance: Big Tech’s Impact on Your Business

Help or Hindrance: Big Tech’s Impact on Your Business

December 7, 2021

Google. Facebook. Amazon. How do these three tech companies dominate online search and advertising options for small businesses competing for visibility in the online marketplace? Gilad Edelman covers the intersection of Big Tech, politics, and law for WIRED magazine. Hear his insights on the power and impact of these online marketing giants, what practices might define them as monopolies, and whether pending lawsuits or other national actions could curtail their current influence on business competition.

Topics include:

4:04 - Analysis of Parler's removal from app stores
8:59 - Why sole-platform businesses need backup plans
12:12 - Customer service pains in the internet economy
13:36 - Three markets Google monopolizes
17:51 - Is small business stagnating despite cheap ads?
20:23 - Will a third member join the online ads duopoly?
21:49 - The new shift in Amazon search
26:42 - Antitrust legislation odds Big Tech may face
29:53 - Could the FTC set new rules regulating Big Tech?

Resources:
Review best-practice strategies to compete against larger competitors at:
www.paychex.com/articles/marketing/how-to-succeed-business-competition.

What’s omni-channel marketing and how can you leverage it for your small business: Learn more at: www.paychex.com/articles/marketing/what-is-omni-channel-marketing.

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DISCLAIMER:
The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.

Employee Retention Tax Credit: Why Leave the Potential for Big Money on the Table?

Employee Retention Tax Credit: Why Leave the Potential for Big Money on the Table?

December 2, 2021

Business owners looking to infuse meaningful money — potentially tens of thousands of dollars — into their operations should check into whether they are eligible for the Employee Retention Tax Credit. CPA and small-business owner Gene Marks debuts the “On the Mark” series, sharing details about the credit, how to determine eligibility, why some of his clients favor ERTC over Paycheck protection program loan forgiveness and how Paychex can help.

DISCLAIMER:
The information presented in this podcast, and that is further provided by the presenter, should not be considered legal or accounting advice, and should not substitute for legal, accounting, or other professional advice in which the facts and circumstances may warrant. We encourage you to consult legal counsel as it pertains to your own unique situation(s) and/or with any specific legal questions you may have.