Patriot’s Picks: The Best Small Business Articles

The best small business articles from December

Here are the best small business articles we’ve read this past month. We hope you find them as interesting and useful as we did.

Entrepreneurial advice

Why Small Business CEOs Need to Keep Learning | Small Business CEO

As a small business owner, things can get pretty busy. Despite how hectic life can get, there are some things you should make time for. Education is one of those things. Discover why making time for continued learning is beneficial. (Read)

The Best Entrepreneurship Advice of the Year | All Business

Take time to learn from some of the best entrepreneurs around. This article lists the best advice that business owners gave in 2017 to All Business. Patriot’s own CEO, Mike Kappel, made it to the list with his advice. You can find him at number seven. (Read)

Marketing your business

12 Free Marketing Tools Every Small Business Owner Should Know About | Business.com

It’s a small victory anytime you can find free resources to improve your business. This article lists 12 marketing tools that are completely free to use. Being free doesn’t mean these tools are low quality, though. Most professional marketers at large companies have used these tools at some point. These tools can help you compete with the big budgets of big companies. (Read)

Low-budget Branding for Small Businesses | Yoast

You don’t need a lot of money to create good branding for your business. You just need to think carefully about your plans, and then spend your money wisely. This small business provides some tips to help you get the most out of your money when you develop your branding. (Read)

Employee benefits

The ‘Cliff Notes’ Guide to the Small Business Health Options Program | Fundera

If you want to set up health insurance benefits for your business, this is a great small business article to read. This extensive article will walk you through everything you need to know about the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP).  (Read)

Finance

How to Use Small Business Credit Cards | Investopedia

If you are one of the 67% of small business owners that has a business credit card, you need to read this article. You’ll learn the pros and cons of business credit cards and how you can use your business credit card effectively. (Read)

Lighter reading

This Is Probably What a Store Will Be Like in the Future | Big Think

Technology is continuously changing how we shop. Amazon has begun testing a brick-and-mortar grocery store that seems like it came from science fiction. The store uses technology to track what customers pick up. When a customer is done shopping, they can checkout without standing in line at a cash register. Find out what future stores could look like and how you might need to compete. (Read)

Small business articles from Patriot

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

Accounting

Why Small Business Owners Need to Know Their Financial Numbers

You might hate math and never want to look at an equation. But as a small business owner, you need to know your numbers. Read this small business article to find out what numbers you need to know for business success. (Read)

6 Tips on How to Finance a Small Business

You need money to make your business take off. Sometimes, especially if your business is new, you’ll need outside money to help you. Learn about six financing options that might be available to you. (Read)

Payroll

What Is an Exempt Employee?

With all the news about potential changes of who can be an exempt employee, you might be wondering, “what are exempt employees?” Well, we have the answer. Check out this article to learn the three requirements that an employee must meet to be exempt. And, find out what the exemption means. (Read)

What Is Minimum Wage? – Federal, State, and Local Breakdown

The new year means a new minimum wage in many parts of the country. As an employer, it’s important to stay current with the minimum wage and pay your employees properly. Use this article to find out which minimum wage you must follow. (Read)

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