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

In the workplace

Why we’re experiencing ‘Zoom fatigue’ and how to fix it | CNBC

If you’ve ever used video conferencing tools for extended periods of time, you might have experienced “Zoom fatigue.” This phenomenon is when you feel tired after hopping on a virtual call. So, why does it happen? Find out why—and how to fix your Zoom fatigue—here. (Read)

A guide to balancing work and leisure if you’re feeling more distracted than ever | Fast Company

Do you and your employees go through periods of distraction working from home? If so, you’re not alone. This article goes over why it can be difficult to focus at home. And, it provides suggestions to regain focus, such as making time for relaxation and designating chore hours. (Read)

Keep it legal

Which States Are Taxing Forgiven PPP Loans? | Tax Foundation

Thanks to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, the government verified that forgiven PPP loan amounts are exempt from federal income tax. But, what about state income tax? A number of states are following the federal guidance … but some aren’t. Use this article to see whether your state is taxing forgiven PPP loans or not. (Read)

Advice for business owners

Small-Business Owners Can Be Divided into 2 Camps – Which Are You? | Kiplinger

Quick: Which type of business owner are you? Are you the type that prioritizes personal wealth? Or, are you the type that puts your business ahead of your finances? Whichever way you answer, you could face challenges down the road if you don’t strike a balance. Read this article for more information. (Read)

Backable: The Surprising Truth Behind What Makes People Take a Chance on You | Next Big Idea Club

There may inevitably come a time when you need financial backing for your new or growing business. But before you put together your financing pitch, consider researching why people decide to back others. From convincing yourself first to steering into objections, take a look at these five key insights to learn more. (Read)

Marketing your business

Create a Content Ecosystem, Not One-Off Assets | Skyword

How important is content in your marketing strategy? With a focused, multichannel strategy, you could use content to increase your marketing ROI. To reach your marketing goals, create a content ecosystem. This article goes over four types of content ecosystems: 1) thought leadership ecosystem, 2) search ecosystem, 3) lead generation ecosystem, and 4) e-commerce ecosystem. (Read)

Small business articles from Patriot

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

Accounting

How to Fill Out a 1099-NEC

You know that you must use Form 1099-NEC, Nonemployee Compensation, to report nonemployee compensation you paid independent contractors. But, do you know how to report the payments? This article breaks down the process of filling out the new form box-by-box. (Read)

Thinking About Accepting Payments Online? Here Are Your Options

Whether you want to speed up cash flow or limit in-person contact, you might consider accepting payments from customers online. But, how do you do it? This article goes over four popular options for taking online payments: online payment gateway, eChecks, mobile wallet payments, and accounting software. (Read)

Payroll

Learn How to Print Payroll Checks in 5 Simple Steps

If you pay employees with paychecks, you might be interested in printing checks instead of filling them out by hand. Check out this article to learn what supplies you need before you start printing payroll checks and the process of printing payroll checks. (Read)

What to Do When an Employee Is Exempt from Withholding

Do you have any employees who marked “Exempt” on Form W-4? If so, you need to know what that means. Exemption on Form W-4 means an employee is exempt from federal income tax withholding. Get the details on withholding exemption here so you know how to handle this somewhat-rare situation. (Read)