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I’m a Blogger. How Do I Pay my Employees?

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I'm a Blogger. How Do I Pay My Employees?

You’re busy. Your business is growing. You’re thinking it’s time to hire someone to take care of a few things you’d like to have off your plate. But how do you pay employees and does it effect taxes?

Paying employees may seem like an easy task, but you want to make sure you’re spending your money wisely and staying within legal guidelines for small businesses. Here are a few tips to keep you on track:

  1. Know the market. Set an upper limit of what you’ll pay based on what a particular job is worth to you and set the lower limit based on what the market standard currently is.
  2. Consider trading services or intangibles. Lets say you’re looking to find someone to work on your website or put together a new logo and business cards for you. You might want to see if the person you’re hiring would like to swap services instead. As a blogger, you’re more than likely a good writer, and you never know – they may really be needing some new marketing copy or even some ad space to promote their business.
  3. Keep taxes and employee status in mind. Once you hire an employee, you’re generally required to withhold money from their pay for income tax purposes regardless of if they are paid hourly or on a salary basis. That may still be the way to go, but you may want to consider using them as an independent contractor instead. Independent contractors are self-employed individuals who sell their services to clients. They aren’t considered an employee, but a business owner themselves so they’re responsible for taking care of their own taxes.
  4. Offload payroll responsibilities to an expert. Keeping track of paychecks, employee hours, and withholding employee taxes can take up a lot of extra time. Stay focused on your blog and leave the accounting to payroll to an expert.

Keeping these 4 easy tips in mind will make hiring and paying employees that much easier – now back to the blogging.

 

 

To learn more about accounting for bloggers, visit these posts:

Accounting 101 for Bloggers

Taxes for Bloggers

Top 20 Items Bloggers can Deduct on their Taxes

Is My Blog a Business or a Hobby?

How Do I Legally Operate a Contest or Giveaway on My Blog?

3 Tips to Increase Blog Profits

Can I Pay My Family For Their Help?

Can I Deduct Conference Registration Fees, Travel, and Meals?

Can I Deduct Hosting, Web, and Design Fees?

Ben Sutton

Ben Sutton

Ben Sutton is the founder of Mazuma USA, an accounting firm providing tax, bookkeeping and payroll services to small businesses. Since founding Mazuma, Ben has established himself as an expert in the small business world. He’s still driven by that same desire to provide accounting help to all small businesses – from photographers, bloggers and creatives to lawyers, doctors, and dentists, everyone needs affordable accounting help. Ben is a Certified Public Accountant, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. But Ben considers his greatest achievement and credential to be his happy wife and four children.

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