Here are the best small business articles we read in August. We hope you find this advice for business owners as interesting and useful as we did.

In the workplace

Alignable: Special Report — 76% of Small Businesses Fear Delta Variant Surges Will Hurt Their Recovery | Alignable

Concerned about the possibility of another shutdown as the COVID-19 Delta variant grows? You’re not alone. This article shows poll results from small business owners and their concerns about facing another lockdown. Check out this article to learn more about the biggest concerns small business owners are facing with COVID-19. (Read)

How to cope with less autonomy in the office | BBC

When the pandemic hit in 2020, many workers suddenly found themselves working remotely for the first time. Now, as the workforce prepares to return to the office, some workers wonder about losing the freedoms of working remotely. This article explores how to help your staff cope with the transition. (Read)

The 3 Stay Conversations: The best way to improve employee retention | Know Your Team

Wondering about the best ways to keep the employees you have? Are you thinking about promotions, better benefits, or raises as your go-to options? You might want to reconsider the knee-jerk conclusion and start talking with your employees first. Learn more about why with this article. (Read)

Marketing your business

What makes a good livestreaming campaign? | SmartBrief

If you’re using influencers to help you sell your products, it might be time to consider livestreaming. Dive into how a livestreaming campaign can help you market your business with this article. (Read)

4 Simple Reasons Why Your Small Business Should Have a Public Relations Strategy | Entrepreneur

Do you have a public relations strategy? Or, do your marketing efforts put PR to the wayside? If you don’t have a PR strategy, check out this article on why it might be best to implement one (and soon!). (Read)

5 Digital Marketing Trends You Need to Know For 2022 | Business 2 Community

Digital marketing is a tool in every marketer’s arsenal these days. But, that doesn’t mean the trends stay constant. Explore the digital marketing trends that happened in 2021 with this article to help you plan for 2022. (Read)

Want to Create an Epic Business? Try Storytelling | LinkedIn (Patriot Software)

Storytelling is a fun, unique way to message your brand and your company to customers. Not sure where to start? Check out this slideshow of just how to create an epic business by crafting your business’s story. (Read)

Financing

6 Key Ingredients for a Successful Restaurant Loan Application | FSR Magazine

With restaurants taking a hit in 2020 due to stay-at-home orders, the need for financing has increased. Many restaurant owners are turning to business loans to get back on their feet. If you’re one of them (or just need to know about applying for business loans), then take a look at this article for tips on how to apply. (Read)

How Small Businesses Can Cut Costs and Maximize Spending | MarTechCube

Supply chain issues, rising costs, and more can have you wondering how to cut costs without sacrificing quality. Is there a way to save some money and keep up with the same quality you’ve always delivered? No. There are many ways to achieve that goal. This article talks about how you can keep money and the same great product or service. (Read)

Small business articles from Patriot

Here are some of the top accounting and payroll articles published by Patriot Software.

Accounting

The Ultimate Guide to Small Business Financing

When it comes to business financing, you may be looking between this, that, both, neither, and more. But, what financing option is right for you and your small business? Check out this guide to nine different types of available financing options for the rundown. (Read)

Thinking About Increasing Your Advertising Spend? Keep These 5 Considerations in Mind

How’s your advertising strategy going? If it’s looking like you need a refresher, it might be time to increase your advertising spend. Take a look at these five things to keep in mind before you sign off on an increased ad budget. (Read)

Payroll

Federal Withholding Allowances Still Axed, but Some State Allowances Live On

The IRS threw a wrench into federal income tax withholdings when they decided to shake up Form W-4 and remove allowances a couple of years ago. But, that doesn’t mean you can forget all about allowances. Some states still use allowances to calculate state and local income taxes. Get more information by reading here. (Read)

Just How Much Does an Employer Pay in Payroll Taxes?

Taxes are a part of life for business owners. And when you’re an employer, you can’t forget about payroll taxes. Find out just how much you pay in payroll taxes as an employer in this article. (Read)