Each year Business Software Solutions releases an update to the federal tax tables for our payroll module. This update will ensure that your FICA tax tables are set up correctly. In addition to updating the FICA tables, there are additional federal rates that may need to be changed manually. This year the employee contribution to social security will be increasing from 4.2% to 6.2%. Be sure to update this rate before you run payroll for the new year. To change this rate, do the following:
- 1. Open the BPA software and go to Business System>Payroll
- 2. Click Change Federal Tax Limits
- 3. Ensure all rates are updated to the follow: SS Wage Limit – 113700.00, SS Employee Rate – 6.2, SS Employer Rate – 6.2, Medicare Wage Limit – 9999999.99, Medicare Tax Rate – 1.45, FUTA Wage Limit – 7000.00, FUTA Tax Rate – 6.000.
- 4. Once you have updated the rates simply select F3 to exit.
We also suggest that you check your SUTA tax rates by clicking Change State Tax Limits. Check with your state to enter the correct value here.
Please note that these rates may change at any time due to new federal legislation. Please check IRS Publication 15for updated rate information.
If your BPA POS system seems to be slowing down after several weeks or months of use there are a couple of functions in the software designed to run to keep the system operating at the speed you expect.
Posting your table sales should be a part of your end-of-the-day routine. If you have not been posting your sales up to this point now is a great time to start. Posting moves all of your sale information into the Business System as well as marks temporary records for deletion. These records will actually get deleted in a later step. To post table sales follow these steps:
- 1) Go to Restaurant System>End of Day Processing
- 2) Click Post Table Sales
- 3) You will see a prompt informing you that this should be something you do each day. Select Yes to continue.
- 4) When the system has completed the posting processes you will be asked if you would like to print a posting report. The posting report will list every transaction that was posted and group them according to server.
If you post at the end of each day the posting process will only take a couple of minutes. However, if posting has not been a part of your normal procedures for several months or longer the posting process can take several hours. We strongly suggest that you start this process at the end of the night.
Packing Data Files
Packing database files is a software maintenance process that should be run at least once a week. If you notice your system slowing down during the week or you know that you do a high volume of sales, you may want to run this function more often. Packing simply removes any temporary information in the system and archives old sales information. To pack database files, do the following:
- 1) Exit the BPA software on all client computers and select Exit Now.
- 2) From the main server computer, exit the software. Choose the option to backup and exit. This will create a backup of BPA and then pack the data files. If you would like to pack files without creating a backup you may also select the Files menu at the top of your screen and select Pack Data Files.
By running these functions on a regular basis you can keep your BPA system operating at the speed you expect.
No matter how seasoned your staff is, there is always room for improvement and additional training. It is often difficult to find ways to implement this training in your regular restaurant operations. Committing resources to training, choosing employees to do training, and making sure that training is a regular part of your restaurant operation takes a lot of effort, but is a key component to the success of your restaurant. Here are 4 great tips for implementing additional, effective training for your restaurant staff.
Here at Business Software Solutions, we understand how important it is that you, as a business owner, keep tabs on your daily sales figures. To assist you and your business partners in this process we have added additional functionality for you to keep track of you sales even when you are away from your business. Now the daily sales report can be automatically e-mailed to you and your business partners every day. The report can be scheduled to send directly from the Misc. Definitions screen. You can also configure the report to include or exclude certain portions of data that may or may not apply to your business. We have also updated the daily sales report. We now allow it to be printed on your receipt printer or a full size document printer as well as giving the option to run the report for multiple days.
If you are interested in using this functionality please call our technical support department at 801-336-3303. We can assist you in updating your software and configuring this new functionality. Please note that to use the e-mail functionality you must have a compatible e-mail provider. Please contact technical support for more information.
As a small business owner, you know what it’s like to be pulled in a thousand different directions. Maybe you have never taken the time to sit down with your team and nail down what you want the culture of your business to be. Do you and your team of employees know what your core values are? Whether you run a restaurant or a retail store, knowing what your core values are can have a huge impact on how your employees see the company and their jobs as well as how your customers feel about your business. For some great ideas on defining your business culture check out this great article.
What do Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and Texas Roadhouse all have in common? If your taste buds reminded you of the very first bite of fresh bread you can experience at each of these locations, you answered correctly. In this economic downturn many restaurants have shied away from complimentary bread to start a meal. Maybe the real questions should be can you afford not to offer a fresh baked complimentary introduction to dinner? Read more at Restaurant Management Magazine and you may change your mind.
In any restaurant it takes teamwork to make a great dining experience. A breakdown in this teamwork can have a negative impact on customers and employees alike. Check out this article for some great suggestions on helping your staff function effectively as a team.
One of the great features of our restaurant software has been the built in customer loyalty function. We are excited to announce that this customer loyalty functionality is now available in our Touch POS software. Whether your business is a grocery store, yogurt shop, or a retail location, we have a customer loyalty program that will fit your needs. The software has a purchase discount program, a loyalty credits program, and a punch card program. Customer loyalty cards can be printed and customized for your business.
This software update is available to all BPA customers and is a regular program update included in your license and support fees. For more information on this update or for pricing on loyalty cards please contact us at (801)336-3303.
As a restaurant owner, most of your time is probably spent making sure the kitchen is running smoothly and making sure your servers are going their job effectively. This can make it difficult to make time to create an effective online marketing campaign. Here is a great article with 5 ideas to create an effective online marketing campaign for your restaurant.