Patriot’s Picks: The Best Small Business Articles

Read the best small business articles.

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

Small business tips

5 Ways to Transform Your Small Business into a Smart Organization | TechSpective

Are you looking for ways to increase your business’s productivity and profitability? If you’re not sure what to try first, you may consider checking out this article. From using the cloud to nurturing your employees’ entrepreneurial talents, these five tips are relatively easy to implement. (Read)

6 Ways to Prepare Your Small Business Now for the Holiday Season | Destination CRM

When you’re a small business owner, it’s never too early to plan for the future, including the holiday season. The holidays can be a busy and profitable time for many companies. Learn how to maximize your business’s holiday sales by following these six tips today. (Read)

Advice for business owners

Starting a Small Business? 3 Mistakes to Avoid | The Motley Fool

If you want business success, you should be aware of common problems that could set you back. This small business article goes over how forgoing a business plan, underestimating how much cash you’ll need, and not knowing your market or customers can be costly. Find out how to avoid these three business startup mistakes. (Read)

How to Know When It’s Time to Grow Your Small Business | SmallBizDaily

Nobody wants to bite off more than they can chew, especially when running a business. Deciding to expand too early can be a recipe for disaster. On the other hand, waiting too long to expand can also be problematic. So, is it time to grow your business? Try using these five indicators to find out. (Read)

In the workplace

Tips on How to Schedule a Meeting | Calendar

Meetings are often unavoidable in business. When hosting meetings in your business, you need to make sure employees are available. And, create an organized agenda ahead of time. Use the steps in this article to plan productive meetings. (Read)

Marketing your business

7 Social Media Video Marketing Tips for Your Small Business | Lyfe Marketing

Video shares and views on social media are climbing. As consumer demand continues to increase, you may consider using social media video to grow your business. Check out these seven tips to optimize the way you use social media video in your marketing strategy. (Read)

6 Digital Marketing Strategies That Work | ThriveHive

You don’t have to brainstorm obscure marketing strategies to get your business’s name out there. Instead, pay attention to killer marketing basics that get results. Find out how to advance your business using a blog, a website, SEO, SEM, social media, and online reviews. (Read)

Small business articles from Patriot

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

Accounting

Speed up Customer Payments With an Early Payment Discount

Do you have customers who wait until their payment due date, or even after, to pay your business? If so, you might consider offering an early payment discount. This article walks you through the process of offering and accounting for early payment discounts. (Read)

Do You Know Your Cost of Goods Sold?

To calculate your business’s profits and make price setting decisions, you need to know your cost of goods sold (COGS). COGS is how much it costs you to produce your products or services. Find out how to calculate it. (Read)

Payroll

How Small Businesses Can Fight Payroll Fraud

Fraudulent activity can happen in any business, and it can be difficult to detect. To protect your business, understand common payroll scams employees use to steal money. And, use the six tips in the article to prevent or catch fraud. (Read)

Biweekly vs. Semimonthly Payroll

Although similar, biweekly and semimonthly payrolls are not interchangeable pay frequencies. If you use a biweekly payroll, you will give employees 26 paychecks per year. If you use a semimonthly payroll, you will give employees 24 paychecks per year. Check out this article to learn more. (Read)

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