The Heavy Metal Truants is the world’s first heavy metal charity bike ride, which this year supports Nordoff Robbins, ChildLine and Teenage Cancer Trust.Co-founded in 2012 by legendary Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood and editor-in-chief of Metal Hammer and TeamRock, Alexander Milas, the Heavy Metal Truants cycle a gruelling 168 miles from London to Castle Donington in the East Midlands. Their arrival coincides with the Download Festival at the iconic rock music venue.But the Heavy Metal Truants, who are sponsored by TeamRock, don’t want to stop at riding their bikes, they have other events across the year to support these worthy causes, and have also teamed up with CharityStars, Britain’s leading online charity marketplace, to auction 23 one-off pieces of music history.The first is a Monitor Audio speaker system, signed by no less than 25 rock stars at the 2013 Classic Rock Roll of Honour. Signatories include Rush, Black Sabbath, Status Quo and Thin Lizzy.There are also a couple of Slipknot items including nine original, hand-drawn portraits of the current Slipknot line-up, completed by world-famous comic artist Charlie Adlard who is best-known for his work on the Walking Dead comic book.To commemorate the 35th anniversary of Birmingham band Judas Priest, a brand new Artist Series Guitar (ASG) signed by the current members is up for grabs. This is a true limited edition, being one of only 30 produced. It features solid mahogany body, rosewood fingerboard, trapezoid inlays as well as custom ASG Arsenal pickups and the chrome ASG headstock emblem.Another item included in the auction is a Shure SM59 microphone used by Roger Daltrey when The Who visited Australia during their 2009 tour. Not only has Roger used this microphone, he has signed it too.The list of auction highlights wouldn’t be complete without an item from Iron Maiden, whose manager has been so instrumental in establishing Heavy Metal Truants. This auction is for an original gold presentation disc of Iron Maiden’s 1985 live album Live After Death, recorded at California’s Long Beach Arena and London’s Hammersmith Apollo during the band’s now legendary 1984/85 World Slavery Tour. The item was personally donated by Iron Maiden and is signed by Bruce Dickinson.In addition to these incredible items, also available to bid for on CharityStars are the following: Jack Bruce ‘Fields of Forever’ white label vinyl Rick Wakeman ‘The Six Wives of Henry VIII’ white label vinyl Rainbow ‘Down to Earth’ white label vinyl Rick Wakeman ‘The Myths and Legends of King Arthur’ white label vinyl Rush ‘Grace Under Pressure’ white label vinyl Nazareth art print signed by Rodney Matthews Marillion signed box set, drumstick and sticks Slipknot keg drum played by Clown and signed by the band Signed Scorpions vinyl Iron Maiden framed print signed by Ross Halfin Queen Innuendo bone china tea-set Write a song with Flying Colors Dinner at the Hawksmoor, a night in the Jimi Hendrix suite in the Cumberland Hotel and two VIP Def Leppard tickets Trivium art print from 2007 Australia Tour Orange amplifier signed by attendees of the 2014 Metal Hammer Golden God Awards Alexi-ESP signature guitar signed by Limp Bizkit, Machine Head and many more Unlimited drinks for two and tickets to Deathcrusher Festival European Space Station tour with Matt Taylor.These auctions are live and close on Tuesday September 1For further information, and to bid, please click here.
August 6, 2013 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Employees love payday but, for the small-business owner, managing payroll can be a chore. Taxes, benefits, overtime, vacation days — even if you only have a few employees the process can take hours.Need a short cut? Here are four tools and apps that can help make payday a breeze:1. RUN Powered by ADPIf you’re a RUN Powered by ADP client for your payroll processing needs, you can download and use the mobile app for free. With it you can pay employees and contractors, calculate taxes and deductions, enter vacation and sick time and see your payroll totals at a glance. Employees can also use the mobile website to check their own paystubs.RUN is available for iOS and Android.2. SurePayroll Mobile PayrollBusiness owners who use the SurePayroll processing service can download the SurePayroll Mobile Payroll app for iOS and Android. The app has the same features as RUN from ADP but SurePayroll, a wholly owned subsidiary of Paychex, says theirs has a one-click payroll option that makes payday even easier.It also offers SurePayroll Mobile Paycheck, an employee companion app that allows your workers to view their paycheck details and keep track of available vacation time and sick leave.Only clients of SurePayroll can access the SurePayroll Mobile Payroll app. Paychex clients have access to a separate app with similar features, the Paychex Mobile app.Related: Easy Tools for Cleaning Up Your Email Inbox3. ZenefitsFor companies, with a lot of employee turnover, Zenefits is a paperwork life saver. The company’s roots are in health benefits. It negotiates insurance packages for businesses and handles all of the applications including the paperwork associated with new hires and terminations.Earlier this year, the company expanded its service to include all of the paperwork involved in hiring — from the offer letter to the contract, to collecting all of the personal information HR needs. All the employer has to do is fill in five boxes of information online and Zenefits does the rest.The charge for this time-saving service? Zero dollars. They’re licensed insurance brokers so they receive a commission from the insurance company on every employee and not a dime from you.4. Snap PayrollIf you’re a small company and you still write payroll checks by hand, check out Snap Payroll from Intuit.Load employee names and their hourly wage at the start. Then, each week, all you have to do is enter the hours worked and Snap Payroll figures out rest. The app automatically updates tax rates for 47 states but it does not handle healthcare or retirement deductions.It’s a basic tool that’s just right for the small-business owner with a few, part-time employees. Best of all, it’s free for iOS.Related: Free Apps to Help You Network Like a Pro Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 3 min read Register Now »