Tips To Streamline Your Sweeping Business

How can you improve the day-to-day operations of your street sweeping business? We know that a contractor like you has long days, most of them spent outside the office, but we have some payroll and accounting strategies that will make your business run much more smoothly on a day-to-day basis — ones that will save you time and energy.

Payroll strategies

Onboarding New Employees for Payroll

When hiring new employees, it’s essential to make sure that they get on the payroll right away and that they understand the essentials: the frequency of the payments and how they will be paid. Other helpful information includes the sick day and vacation day policies. Be sure to make this information as clear as possible in the beginning since it can be a lot for the employees to take in at once. This can also help to facilitate a good working relationship from the start.

Be on Time!

Since you want to keep these new employees happy, your priority should be paying them on time. Therefore, you will need to create a schedule that not only allows enough time to review employees’ pay sheets but also one that includes deadlines, payroll dates and other time-sensitive tasks.

Stay Informed About Industry Trends

Another important piece of advice is to stay up to date. Industry trends are continually shifting, and you don’t want to chance letting your competitors creep up on you! Everything from the latest tax systems to new payroll software can create a positive impact on your bottom line. Keeping your teams educated on the latest and greatest advancements in your field can enhance your business and improve your service levels, too.

Payroll Platforms

As we mentioned, managing payroll can be a tedious part of your job as a contractor of a small business, but it’s imperative that you avoid missing payroll dates or other payroll mishaps. Using third-party platforms can help save time, tracks employee hours and benefits and help you file tax forms. Some suggested platforms are Gusto, OnPay and SurePayroll.

Accounting Tips

Don’t Wait to File Your Receipts

Filing your receipts immediately and digitally is the best way to ensure that you have kept track of everything by the end of the year when it comes time to file taxes. You will also save yourself the headache of digging through files and folders to find a receipt from 3 months ago. Take a photo of these receipts right after purchase, and then transfer them into a folder where you can have all the receipts in one place.

Break Down Your Expenses

Another organization tip to help you save time and stress is to categorize your expenses. You’ll need to start this process at the beginning of each year so that by the end of the tax year, you have everything ready to go. Don’t skip this step! Whichever method you use to list and categorize your expenses, ensure it’s up to date.
Save Time by Hiring a Professional

With a busy schedule and long days outside, it’s completely understandable to want to hire a professional to take care of the accounting. This can save you a considerable amount of time and work. However, make sure you communicate your needs clearly and that you understand the terms your accountant is using. Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification.

Using These Strategies Will Save Time and Stress!

As a contractor of a street sweeping or paving business, there is a lot to manage on a daily basis. We know that payroll and accounting aren’t the most exciting of topics, nor are they particularly simple. But hopefully, these tips and tricks will help you run your business more smoothly and efficiently! Stay informed on industry trends in the cleaning industry when you subscribe to North American Sweeper Magazine. From software systems to best-practices for customer service, you’ll find everything you need to run an efficient, thriving business.