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The January 2015 SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard® features data on hiring and wages, as well as survey data with insights from small and microbusiness owners, primarily those with 1-10 employees. SurePayroll Inc. is a leader in providing online payroll to small businesses nationwide since 2000.
Hiring and average paychecks were up nearly 1.0 percent combined month over month. Last January, they were down a combined 0.3 percent.
In more good news, small businesses said they have more cash on hand this year for new opportunities and unforeseen expenses than they did one year ago, and are primed to grow:
52% said they have extra cash on hand compared to 45% a year ago.
61% said they are growing or planning to grow larger.
48% said they plan to hire for new positions in 2015.
78% are optimistic about the economy, compared to just 65% in January 2014.
“We’re seeing a lot of positive indicators right now. Having cash available is one of the most important things to a small business owner, so to see they have more now than they did a year ago is a big deal,” said SurePayroll General Manager Andy Roe. “For most of last year, small business owners were telling us they were becoming more and more profitable. We’re seeing the fruits of that now.”
An infographic with all the data from the SureParyoll Scorecard is available on the SurePayroll blog or below:
As the first economic indicator created by a payroll company, the SurePayroll Scorecard has provided a monthly look at national hiring and paycheck trends since October 2004. SurePayroll's Scorecard compiles data from small b.usinesses nationwide, and exclusively reflects the trends affecting the nation's "microbusinesses" — those with 1-10 employees. The average business reflected has six employees
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