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Insurance

Insurance includes workman’s compensation and professional liability insurance. Many professional organizations have to provide errors and omissions insurance and this is a cost of labor.

Errors and Omissions Insurance

01/02/2015

Oops!  We’ve all done it at some point in our lives.  We make a mistake while serving a client.  Mine cost me a little over $2,000 in penalties to the Internal Revenue Service for failure to file an extension on a partnership tax return.  Not [...]

Payroll – Introduction to Basic Concepts

08/12/2014

Payroll is envisioned as the simple employer employee agreement related to compensation for services.  I often think of this as the simple handshake whereby the employer agrees to pay the employee a set rate per hour of work.  This was true a [...]

Cost per Mile – The Basic Formula

03/17/2014

In any industry, especially transportation, it is essential for the owner of a business to understand how much it costs per mile to operate his vehicle, trucks or fleet.  The formula looks simple and in reality it is; but you must understand the [...]

Fixed Costs – Explanation and Examples

02/19/2014

‘Fixed costs’ is a business term used mostly in cost accounting.  It has several meanings based on its usage.  The most common definition associated with fixed costs is expenses that must be paid regardless of production or sales volume.  The [...]

Insurance – Introduction to Business Insurance

11/15/2013

Insurance is a risk reduction tool used in our private and business lives.  It is founded on the basic premise that a large group of individuals will cover a catastrophic event for one of the members sometime in the future.  In general, the [...]

The Key Man

08/25/2013

One of the most misunderstood principles of business deals with the one or few individuals in a small business operation who are critical to operations.  This individual is referred to as the Key Man.  The best example is that of the primary wage [...]

The 1099 Subcontractor

01/26/2013

The Internal Revenue Service promulgates rules and regulations concerning the employment status of workers.  In general, workers are classed as W-2 employees and certain tests must be met to have the worker classed as a 1099 subcontractor.  All [...]

The True Cost of Labor

01/01/2013

I laugh at the definition of labor costs because in my opinion the so called experts only have it half right.  Labor costs are more than just gross wages and benefits.  It should include the costs of insurance, employer taxation, human resources [...]