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

How to Defeat Work-from-Home Burnout and Zoom Fatigue | Training

Working from home has become the new norm for many businesses ever since COVID struck in 2020. Unfortunately, part of this new norm includes work-from-home-related burnout and fatigue. To help your team survive and thrive in this new working environment, learn how to defeat burnout with these 14 tips. (Read)

How Leaders Can Help Employees “Give It a Rest” | People Equation

Along with burnout, employees are straight-up exhausted and experiencing brain fog. In turn, employers might be seeing decreased motivation and productivity. The solution? Giving your tuckered-out employees a rest. This article goes over ways to help your employees get some rest (aside from taking some well-deserved PTO) so they can get back to business fully refreshed. (Read)

Small business security

How to Include Cybersecurity Training in Employee Onboarding | SecurityIntelligence 

Cybersecurity training is oh-so important in this technological day and age. Without it, your business could be prone to costly cyberattacks and fail to protect sensitive information. To make cybersecurity a priority from the get-go, include training in employee onboarding. Read this article to learn how to incorporate cybersecurity training when you bring on a new employee. (Read)

In the workplace

From The Great Resignation To The Great Migration | Josh Bersin

With the Great Resignation in full swing, employees are leaving their jobs left and right. But, it’s not only the Great Resignation— it’s the Great Migration. Employees are leaving their current jobs for other positions with better pay, recognition, and benefits. To prevent your business from losing top talent and suffering from turnover, learn what steps you should take to improve employee experience. (Read)

Financing 

The Aspiring Entrepreneur’s #1 Question: “How Much Is This Going to Cost Me?” | Business 2 Community

Starting a business is exciting, but it’s not exactly cheap. Following your entrepreneurial dream comes with a cost. So, how much is starting a business going to cost you exactly? Patriot’s founder and CEO, Mike Kappel, breaks down startup costs and how to estimate them in this in-depth article. (Read)

6 Ways Small Business Owners Can Save Money | ChicagoNow

Want to save money as a business owner? Of course you do! To keep more cash in your pockets and save those precious funds, use these six money-saving tips to your advantage. (Read

Small business articles from Patriot

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

Accounting

How Does the Self-employed Social Security Tax Deferral Work?

If you’re a self-employed individual who took advantage of the Social Security tax deferral, it’s time to start repaying those taxes. This article goes over everything you need to know about the self-employed SS tax deferral, including important repayment deadlines, how to repay, and answers to highly-asked questions. (Read)

New IRS Cash App Reporting Rules Take Effect January 2022: What to Know

Alert! New cash app reporting rules start in 2022. If your business accepts peer-to-peer (P2P) payments, you need to brush up on the new requirements. Check out this article to read up on the specifics of P2P transfers, the new cash app rules taking effect in 2022, and how the new regulations impact you and your business. (Read)

Payroll

Reporting COVID Pay on W-2 2021 [+ Deferred Social Security Tax You’ve Collected]

Another year, another form impacted by COVID. As an employer, you’re responsible for reporting paid COVID-19 sick or family leave and 2020 deferred employee Social Security tax that you’ve collected on each applicable employee’s Form W-2. Read this article to get a breakdown of how to report COVID pay and deferred SS tax you’ve collected on the 2021 Form W-2. (Read)

Updates to the Income Tax Withholding Tables and What You Need to Know

It’s that time of year again. That’s right—the IRS has released changes to the income tax withholding tables for 2022. Get the scoop on the new income tax withholding tables and how to use a withholding tax table with a step-by-step example. (Read)