March 8, 2021

The HR Brief: Written Notification

At Next Level Solutions, we understand the need for employers to drug test. However, it is important to think about the reason why you may be drug testing and to have a policy in place that requires employees to sign a disclosure form. In the case that a workers comp issue arises, forms such as these can be helpful.
March 3, 2021

The HR Brief: Freedom of Speech & Employer Code of Conduct

Employers have control over an employee's freedom of speech to a certain degree in the workplace. It's best to outline these guidelines in the employee handbook so you're never being reactive to certain situations. By notifying employees beforehand, you have the right to take the actions you deem necessary.
March 3, 2021

The HR Brief: Freedom of Speech & Dress Codes

Workplace freedom of speech is directly reflected in dress code guidelines. As an employer, you have the right to tell your team members what they can and can not wear. Whether it be to minimize inappropriate messages or images, these rules need to be written out so your judgments are consistent.
March 3, 2021

The HR Brief: Medical Marijuana & Drug Testing

As medical marijuana is now legal in Louisiana, employer drug testing policies will change entirely. Employers need to be aware of this change and how this will impact the hiring process.
March 3, 2021

The HR Brief: Medical Marijuana & Workers’ Comp Coverage

Will a workers' comp claim be covered by your carrier if medical marijuana is involved? Marijuana is still illegal under federal law, but medical marijuana is legal under Louisiana state law.
March 3, 2021

The HR Brief: Performance Management Systems

Employers should heavily consider the value of a consistent performance documentation system. Employees need to be notified if they are causing an issue, and management needs to record these warnings and conversations to help in the process of making a serious decision.
March 3, 2021

The HR Brief:
Freedom of Speech in Workplace

If you are a business leader, it is important to consider freedom of speech in the workplace. The first place to start – your code of conduct.
February 23, 2021

To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate

Next Level Solution's HR Advisor, Carrie Miller, discusses details of the current COVID-19 vaccine while addressing concerns revolving around the vaccine.  She also breaks down the important questions employers should be considering.
December 30, 2020

The HR Brief:
How to Avoid Catastrophic HR Mistakes

HR mistakes can happen if clear procedures and policies are not followed by your business. Our HR Advisor, Carrie Miller, walks you through some pivotal steps in avoiding catastrophic issues.
December 17, 2020

Quick Tip #9: Structuring Income Statements

Do you understand the structure of an income statement? As a business owner, you should. If recorded and analyzed properly, it can become a great foundation for future business improvements! Let our team help.
December 9, 2020

The HR Brief: Freedom of Speech & Social Media

Freedom of Speech and Social Media: An employee's personal social media post can have an impact on a company's professional image. Make sure your employees understand your company's policy when it comes to social media.
December 3, 2020

Quick Tip #8: The Difference Between Accruals & Prepaid Expenses

Understanding the difference between accruals and prepaid expenses is very important when matching things properly in GAAP accounting. Our expert team has all the knowledge to keep your business in a good place!
November 19, 2020

Quick Tip #7: Using Deposits as Assets

Our team sees businesses leave money on the table constantly in regards to security deposits. People forget to account for these as assets and do not track them properly, which can easily lead to lost money at the end of the contract.
November 6, 2020

Quick Tip #6: Understanding Your Chart of Accounts

Whenever we are working on any type of accounting implementation or cleanup, the chart of accounts is one of the most important things we focus on. It is the core of your financial and accounting information, but problems could be on the horizon if you are not capturing the data appropriately.
October 12, 2020

Our Approach to Human Resources

One of the most important yet often overlooked areas in a business’ operation is human resource management. Companies either dismiss the idea they need an HR person or assign someone else in another position to handle the HR duties part-time. Unfortunately, both of these approaches can cause serious issues with employee relationships and performance, and can sometimes result in legal conflict. 
October 1, 2020

New Ruling on Title VII Protections: The HR Brief

The Supreme Court recently ruled that Title VII protections against sex discrimination and harassment also include protection for sexual orientation and transgender status. This is the first Title VII clarification we've had in years, and employers need to examine their policies and procedures. Be proactive and be prepared.
September 29, 2020

Quick Tip #5: Understanding Liabilities

There are proper and improper ways to account for liabilities in your books. Inexperienced people often code liability payments as expenses. Remember: if the balance sheet isn't right, nothing is right.
September 23, 2020

Quick Tip #4: Accounting For Insurance

One of the most common mistakes we see in small businesses is how people are accounting for insurance. We consistently see companies fail to accurately capture the real cost of the policy month to month.
September 23, 2020

Quick Tip #3: How Much Cash You Really Have!

Inaccurate registers are an extremely common problem for businesses - whether they know it or not. We highly recommend reconciling cash daily or weekly to keep a good, consistent eye on it.
September 2, 2020

Quick Tip #2: Money Management

It may sound obvious, but to actually understand and manage your accounts receivable is a massive step for plenty of small businesses. You could be leaving money on the table every month without knowing it. Stay updated, stay accurate and stay consistent.
August 21, 2020

Quick Tip #1: Bank Reconciliations & Clearing Stale Items

When working with companies on bank reconciliations, it's very common for us to see stale items dating back months. These items usually include deposits and checks that never cleared. When these accumulate, they lead to inaccurate financial information that can wreak havoc on businesses.
July 2, 2020

What To Look For When Combining Systems

With countless options for systems and software, the real value for most businesses lies in the ability to make them work together. Through cloud-based APIs, these systems can talk to each other and unite for an outcome far more impressive than what a single piece of software offers.
June 5, 2020

Meeting Small Businesses’ New Needs

From an accounting, HR and technology perspective, things have changed for small businesses. These owners and leaders will be forced to leverage different options and face new challenges.
May 21, 2020

Transitioning to the New Normal

COVID-19 has forced us to realize the amount of opportunities that are out there for business owners to capitalize on. It's important to take these lessons and transform them into new ideas and ways of serving clients.
May 15, 2020

What Businesses Should Be Thinking About Right Now

Business owners are facing a lot of uncertainty. But, it's now more important than ever to focus on creative plans and new ways to address opportunities in the marketplace.
May 7, 2020

The Core Values Behind Next Level Solutions

At Next Level Solutions, our core values are evident in everything we do. We work to deliver quality services to our clients, and our beliefs are present across every step.
April 8, 2020

Chris King on Your Money Matters: Employer Options in Response to COVID-19

Our managing partner, Chris King, joined the Your Money Matters radio show to go over the array of options small business owners are faced with in regards to COVID-19.
March 25, 2020

Human Resources: How We Can Help

Most small companies fail to see the value of proper human resource practices until it is too late. However, these policies are a vital part of a business' structure and should be in place from the beginning. We work with owners to create the procedures they need to maintain compliance and legal business practices.
March 3, 2020

Implementing New Technology Correctly

Purchasing new technology as a business often signifies a significant change in direction and a pivotal moment in company culture. It’s a major instance that can have a tremendous impact. However, without proper implementation, a tech purchase can quickly evolve into an expensive disaster. 
February 14, 2020

The Next Level Solutions Difference

Small businesses are unique, special things that require attention, work and lots of love to succeed. With this sentiment in mind, we created Next Level Solutions to apply our knowledge and experience to help others succeed with their passions. Similar to the businesses we assist, we are an entity distinct in itself. 
January 27, 2020

Entering 2020 as a Small Business Owner

As the excitement of the new decade simmers down, and the business world collectively refocuses on the year in front of us, now is the perfect time for owners to plan ahead and address everything 2020 will bring.
December 30, 2019

Maximizing Your Dime in 2020: Improving Internal Controls

Our senior staff accountant, Joy Irwin, recently spoke at Primtek’s  “Optimize Your Time. Maximize Your Dime.” seminar. With a focus on the upcoming year, Joy guided […]
November 19, 2019

Avoiding the Top 10 HR Mistakes Small Businesses Commonly Face

Our HR Advisor, Carrie Miller, recently gave a presentation covering “The Top 10 HR Mistakes” at the Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce. The chamber routinely […]
November 6, 2019
Accounting Basics for Business Owners: Do You Know What You Should?

Accounting Basics for Business Owners

Last week our managing partner, Chris King, was the Ascension Chamber of Commerce’s guest speaker for an educative Lunch & Learn event. King’s presentation, “Accounting Basics […]
October 23, 2019

Providing Big Solutions to Small Companies

Providing Big Solutions to Small Companies     At Next Level Solutions, our main goal is to provide big business solutions to small companies. Since our […]
October 23, 2019

The Importance of Proper Software Deployment

The Importance of Proper Software Deployment   Throughout our company experience, there is one issue regarding technology deployment that we continually see time and time again. […]
October 8, 2019

Connecting Small Companies To Big business Solutions

  Next Level Solutions was created to connect small to medium-sized businesses with finance, accounting, human resources and technology support services. We understand the areas these […]
September 25, 2019

Patching Holes In Your Leadership Structure

Most companies don’t realize their inefficient hiring models are leading to a lot of wasted payroll dollars. Businesses understand they have a hole on their team […]
September 13, 2019
Next Level Solutions’ Chris King speaks at 2019 LMTA Conference

Next Level Solutions’ Chris King speaks at 2019 LMTA Conference

Next Level Solutions’ managing partner Chris King presented at the 2019 Louisiana Motor Transport Association Conference in Sandestin, Florida on “Getting Beyond Where You Are.”  Every […]
September 4, 2019

Do Your Company’s Internal Controls Work?

On  July 11 2019, Joy Irwin, our senior accountant, spoke at the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants’ Governmental and Nonprofit […]