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PayCycle, the California-based online payroll services firm, and Wiley Publishing, best known for its "For Dummies" series of how-to books, have teamed up to offer a free payroll guide for small-business owners.
"Payroll for Dummies, PayCycle Special Edition" is a pocket-sized booklet offering payroll basics and tips on how to avoid costly errors. It includes information about top payroll responsibilities, payroll taxes, and automating tax filings and payments.
Intuit, which designs financial management systems for smaller businesses, recently unveiled free mobile versions of its flagship products.
The applications include QuickBooks Online for the iPhone and BlackBerry, which allows business owners to view balance sheets, access vendor, customer, and employee lists, and view bank account and credit card balances. Quicken Beam lets owners track their last five transactions and view their account balance from a mobile device. And Billing Manager for the iPhone enables users to view invoices and accept payments.
SCORE, the national entrepreneurship resource group, and Visa are offering free online tools to help small-business owners improve critical business functions.
"The Financial Management Workbook" covers topics such as managing cash flow, maximizing income, minimizing expenses, and getting capital. Additionally, Ask SCORE, an online counseling service, is now available through the Visa Business Network. The service allows business owners to locate and connect with local mentors with relevant industry experience.