Patriot’s Picks: The Best Small Business Articles

The best small business articles from December

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

Advice for business owners

New Year’s Resolutions for Business Owners in 2019 | OutboundEngine

Many people make annual New Year’s resolutions to improve their personal lives. But, what about New Year’s resolutions for your business? Check out these six ways you can boost your small business’s success, such as communicating more efficiently, helping other business owners, and thinking ahead. (Read)

Five Resolutions to Make You a Better Speaker in 2019 | Presentation Guru

Can’t stand public speaking? You’re not alone. However, when you own a small business, public speaking might be part of your regular routine. If you want to become an excellent public speaker, you need to set your sights on making a change. Use the tips in this article to improve your public speaking skills. (Read)

Small business tips

How To Handle Those Post-Christmas Sales Blues | Forbes

For many small businesses, the holidays make up a big portion of annual sales. If you see a dip in sales and an increase in customer returns after the Christmas season, don’t panic. Instead, remember that it’s normal, keep a cash reserve, offer discounts, prepare for returns, and start thinking about next year. (Read)

Keep it legal

3 Contract Agreements Every Small Business Should Have | Small Business Trends

When you work with certain parties, having a contract can keep your business legal. Consider creating partnership agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and independent contractor agreements to protect your business. Check out this article to learn more about these types of contracts. (Read)

Marketing your business

The do’s and don’ts of small business marketing | CallRail

Many small businesses struggle with marketing due to low budgets and lack of brand awareness. If you want your marketing efforts to be worth it, learn about the do’s (e.g., do prioritize data and analytics) and don’ts (e.g., don’t push your product too much) of small business marketing. (Read)

Why You Need to Include Videos in Your Digital Marketing Strategy | Noobpreneur

Still not sold on video marketing? It might not be as difficult to implement as you think. From increasing return on investment to promoting brand trust, check out these seven reasons why using videos can help your small business. (Read)

Small business articles from Patriot

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

Accounting

What Is Your Business Tax Return Due Date?

You know you’re responsible for filing a tax return for your small business. But, do you know when it’s due? Your tax return due date, along with which form you must file, depends on how your business is structured. Get the scoop on your tax return responsibilities here. (Read)

How to Charge Customers a Late Payment Fee and Get Your Cash Flow Back on Track

Late-paying customers can put a damper on your cash flow. And when customers are slow to pay your business, you may not have enough funds to cover your liabilities. Charging a late payment fee can incentivize customers to make timely payments. Check out this article to learn how to charge one. (Read)

Payroll

Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave

Have you heard about the new Washington paid family leave program? If you have employees who primarily work in the state of Washington, you need to familiarize yourself with this new payroll responsibility. Learn about contribution rates, employer responsibilities, and more. (Read)

How to Handle Salary Reduction for Employees

Reducing an employee’s salary isn’t easy, but it might be necessary. Find out why employers reduce employee salaries, which salary reduction laws to follow, and how to write a salary reduction letter here. (Read)

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