6 Common Small Business Problems & How to Deal with Them
Owning your small business is a lot of work. You’re
going to run into problems, but you can deal with those problems and move past
them to build a strong, successful business.
Let’s look at some of the most common problems you’re going to run into and how to face them. Workful can even help you out with some of them!
Problem #1 – Trying to
Be a Jack of All Trades
Your small business is your baby, your pride and joy.
You want to be involved in every decision and every aspect of it. I get it. But, sometimes, even the
simplest tasks can take up too much of your time, energy, and focus. Especially
when your time, energy, and focus could be used to grow your business and bring
it to the next level. It’s hard to do that when you’re trying to do things like
Of course, those things have to get done, so how do you deal with this problem? You automate, delegate, and ask for help.
There are low-cost options out there to help you
automate these time-consuming but important tasks. (Hi! Have you met Workful?) Tasks that used to take you hours can be
done in minutes, so you can get back to focusing on the bigger picture.
Don’t try to do everything yourself. Turn to your
employees and ask them to take on some of the work for you.
Hiring the wrong person can bring down
morale in the office, so the rest of your team won’t be very productive.
You and your managers will have to spend
more time managing the bad hire, so you won’t have as much time to focus on the
Your customers might notice the change in
morale, or they’ll have a bad experience with the employee, so they’ll stop
doing business with you.
You have to hire someone new, which takes
a lot of time and energy.
To prevent that from happening, hire the right people for your company. Hire people who fit your company culture and align with your values. This takes time, so don’t rush the hiring process just because you need to fill the position.
Hiring the right person for the job can help you grow your business. If you hire people you trust, you’ll feel more comfortable delegating and be able to spend more time on your business.
Problem #3 – Not
Spending Enough Time on Onboarding
When you hear the word onboarding, what goes through your head? W4s and I9s?
Onboarding is a lot more than paperwork. And,
onboarding (done right) should last
longer than a week.
If you only spend one week onboarding a new hire, they
might know a little bit about the history of your company. Maybe they’ve even
learned everyone’s name. But, that won’t do anyone much good.
You can improve your onboarding process by simplifying
the paperwork part (including sharing company documents online) so that you can
focus on other aspects – like assigning your new hire a mentor and scheduling
regular check-ins to see how your new employee is doing.
Problem #4 – Not
Knowing How Much to Withhold
When a new employee starts at your company, they fill
out a W-4 and give it to you. Some of your employees might give you a new one
every year. Other employees might only give you a new one when something major
changes in their life – they got married, got divorced, or had a baby.
Whatever the reason, that little piece of paper tells
you how much to withhold from each paycheck. Okay, maybe I’m telling you things
you already know. You just want to know
Multiply the amount by the number of
allowances your employee is claiming. Make
sure you’re using the correct payroll period!
Subtract that amount from their wages.
Find the Income Tax Withholding Tables.
Find the table with your payroll schedule
(weekly, biweekly, etc.).
Look at whether the employee is filing as
single or married, then find their pay range.
Do some math.
That sounds awful. Who has time to do that for even
just one employee? And, if your employees make a different amount every week or
have any pre-tax deductions, it’s even worse. Plus, you have to keep up with
I have some good news for you, though – Workful makes it easy! Your employees can update their
withholding information right from their employee portal, so all you have to do
is doublecheck that the information is up-to-date.
will calculate the withholding for you. That’s so much easier, right?
when do you deposit them? Well, that depends on your deposit schedule.
If you’re a quarterly
depositor, you’ll deposit your taxes when you file your quarterly Form 941.
If you’re a monthly
depositor, you’ll deposit your taxes by the 15th of the following
month. So, you’d take the taxes withheld from your September paychecks and
deposit them by October 15.
Or, if you’re a
semi-weekly depositor, well, things get a little trickier. If your payday is on
a Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, you’ll deposit your taxes by the following
Wednesday. If your payday is on a Saturday, Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday, you’ll
deposit your taxes by the following Friday.
IRS will let you know what kind of depositor you are, and you can figure it out
by looking at your tax liability during the lookback period.
Either way, you still have to remember when your taxes are due. Then, you have to make sure you’ve added everything up correctly and go to EFTPS and actually make the deposit. It’s a lot of work, that you just don’t have time for.
don’t even get me started with tax forms – between Federal and State forms,
there’s a lot to keep up with.
The Workful Way
Workful has you covered. With Workful, you can deposit your Federal payroll taxes and create your Federal and State forms. No more trying to navigate EFTPS or remembering what forms are due.
give us some basic information (like your state, employer identification
numbers, and deposit schedule), and we’ll let you know what forms are due.
Problem #6 – Spending
Too Much Time In the Business
When you’re first starting out, it’s normal to spend
some time in the weeds – working on mundane tasks just because they have to get
done. But, as time goes on, you’ll want to start spending less time in your business and more time on your business – doing things that
make you money.
By combining our tips from the other common small
business problems, you’ll have a lot more time to focus on what matters.
What’s your biggest problem as a small business owner? We want to help!