The average paycheck for small business employees rose 0.2 percent in July, according to the SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard®. This is the first time in 2014 that the average paycheck has gone up after being flat or slightly down the rest of the year.
Coming off a profitable first half for 62 percent of small business owners, employers seem to be giving back in the way of raises, bonuses or opportunities to work overtime.
Seven in 10 remain (68 percent) also remain optimistic about the U.S. small business economy, although hiring dropped 0.2 percent nationwide.
The Scorecard optimism survey asked small business owners about what the key has been to strengthening their businesses since the recession. The top answers included: increased marketing efforts, key hires, leaner staffs, using technology to streamline business; and planning for a slow growth environment.
Get the full picture with our SurePayroll Small Business Scorecard Main Street Matters infographic: