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

In the workplace

What Approach Do You Use? | LeadChange

Maybe you’ve taken a personality test at some point in your life to find out what kind of personality you have. But do you know what kind of leadership style you have? This article goes over the four basic types of leaders, including thought, action, inspirational, and servant. Check out this article to learn about each and find out what type you are! (Read)

9 Tips for Managing Remote Employees | Gartner

If your team went remote (and is still remote), you might need to brush up on remote employee management tips. This article goes over nine ways you can better manage your remote team, such as looking for distress, trusting employees, and using objectives to create clarity. Plus, you can learn what other employers plan on doing in the workplace once COVID-19 calms. (Read)

Financing

How to determine your business financing needs and pick the best option | Finder

New year, new pain points in business. And, new opportunities. If you’re in need of financing help that goes beyond COVID-19 legislation relief, you can use this guide to help navigate. Start by asking yourself five questions about your business’s needs, and then learn how to choose a financing option that works for you. (Read)

Advice for business owners

15 Things Not to Do as an Entrepreneur in 2021 | Entrepreneur 

Have you ever wanted a list of what not to do in business ownership? Well, here’ you go This article goes over 15 things you shouldn’t do as an entrepreneur, such as losing your focus, building walls, not caring for your employees, and not taking risks. Get the full list here. (Read)

Marketing

How to Grow Your Email List With a High-Converting Free Offer | Social Media Examiner

When it comes to growing your business’s customer base, the last thing you want is to be sheisty. Would you send cold emails to a list you bought on the dark web? Hopefully not. At the same time, you do want to gather email addresses and touch base with your leads … So what do you do? Cue email opt-in offers. Use this article to learn how to develop and maintain a successful email opt-in program. (Read)

When it comes to sales

Do Your Customers Like Talking To You? | Engage Selling

Michael Scott (The Office) once said, “Life and business are about human connections.” So, are you and your team really connecting with your customers? If your customers don’t like communicating with your team, chances are you’re not connecting with them, which is what this article’s all about. Check it out to learn whether you or members of your team are doing things that could jeopardize your customer connection. (Read)

Small business articles from Patriot

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

Accounting

Make Way for the Revived Form 1099-NEC

Form 1099-MISC is still around, but you can’t use it to report payments to independent contractors. Why not? Form 1099-NEC has taken its place. Whether this is news to you or not, you likely have questions about what this means for your 1099 reporting responsibilities. Check out this article to learn when to report on Form 1099-MISC and Form 1099-NEC. (Read)

Memorize These Types of Accounts in Accounting

How much do you know about assets, expenses, liabilities, equity, and revenue? To start, these are the five types of accounting accounts. And, each has sub-accounts. For accurate recordkeeping, understand what these accounts are, find out how debits and credits impact them, and see examples. Read this article to get started. (Read)

Payroll

How to Fill Out Form W-2: Box-by-box Breakdown

It’s almost time to start passing out Forms W-2 to your employees. Are you ready? If not, check out this article. It takes you through the process of filling out Form W-2, step-by-step, so you can avoid running into problems. Plus, it goes over how 2020 COVID-19 financial relief could impact the way you fill out Form W-2. (Read)

Are Gift Cards Taxable?

The holiday season may be over, but for some employers, the season of giving gift cards lasts year-round. But before you show your team how much you appreciate them with a gift card, learn about whether they’re taxable. Spoiler alert: They almost always are. (Read)