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

Small business tips

So Now What Do I Do? 4 Essential Steps in Communicating With Your Leads | Business 2 Community

You’ve done the marketing legwork. And you’ve increased your list of viable leads. Now what? If you want solid leads to become loyal customers, you need to learn how to communicate with them. Use the four steps in this article to successfully communicate with your business’s leads. (Read)

Advice for business owners

Bookkeeping Errors That Can Ruin Your Business | EconoTimes

Accounting mistakes can be detrimental to your company. And believe it or not, businesses of any size can succumb to basic bookkeeping errors. Read this article to find out which bookkeeping mistakes can spell doom for your startup and how to avoid them. (Read)

How the Best Leaders Invest In Themselves | Lolly Daskal

The best leaders know that learning is a process that lasts a lifetime. There’s always a new lesson to learn and pass along to others. And when you’re a leader, you must invest in yourself. Being open to feedback and learning from mistakes are just a couple of ways you can invest in your leadership skills. Read this article to discover how to be the best leader you can be. (Read)

Marketing your business

Must-Have Checklist: Marketing & Communications Strategy for 2020 | Critical Mention

With 2019 now at a close, now’s the best time to spruce up your marketing and communications strategies and prepare for the new year. This article gives you a checklist on how to keep your communication and marketing efforts strong going into 2020 and beyond. (Read)


11 Best Ways to Finance a Business | Fundera

Over the last few years, business financing has become more and more confusing for entrepreneurs. With so many options out there, it can be difficult to choose which financial route is best for your business. If you want to find out how to finance your business, read this article to learn about 11 common business funding options. (Read)

Small business security

Top 5 cybersecurity predictions for 2020 | Help Net Security

Cybersecurity threats are constantly evolving. Each year brings new, more advanced threats that business owners and individuals need to watch out for. Although you can’t necessarily predict what the cybersecurity future holds, you can keep an eye out for trends and try to stay ahead of threats. This article details different cybersecurity predictions you should look out for in the new year. (Read)

Small business articles from Patriot

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


Markup vs. Margin Chart: How to Calculate Margin and Markup

Confused about margin and markup in accounting? Well, you’re in luck. This article breaks down the difference between markup and margin and how to calculate them. Be sure to check out our handy infographic that is chock-full of examples and information, too. (Read)

What Is an Independent Contractor?

Depending on your business, you might need to hire a worker at some point or another. When the time comes to hire a worker, you might consider hiring an independent contractor to get the job done. Read this article to learn what is an independent contractor, and if hiring one will be beneficial to your business. (Read)


The DOL New Overtime Rule and How it Will Affect Your Business

Starting in 2020, over one million more workers in the U.S. will be eligible for overtime pay. How come, you ask? More Americans will be eligible for overtime in the new year because of the DOL’s overtime rule update. So, what does this new rule mean for your small business? Read this article to find out. (Read)

Scrap Everything You Knew About Withholding Allowances: The New W-4 Form Is Here

There are lots of changes coming in 2020. Along with a new overtime rule, a new Form W-4 will be shaking things up in the small business world. Read this article to find out what’s new on Form W-4, how it differs from the old form, and what all of these changes mean for employers. (Read)