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

Small business tips

How to help your employees own your strategy | strategy+business

To have a successful company, you and your employees both need to be on the same page when it comes to your strategies. This article goes over four elements to focus on when communicating new strategies to employees, including having two-way communication and creating a “commitment moment.” (Read)

10 Ways To Provide a Cutting-Edge Retail Customer Experience | Street Fight

In this day and age, customer experience (CX) means everything when winning over consumers’ hearts. But, creating a friction-free experience, both online and in-store, for consumers is no easy task. This article details 10 best practices to keep in mind for customer experience and retail. (Read)

In the workplace

Why Constant Feedback Beats Annual Performance Reviews | Carey Nieuwhof

Employees need (and crave) feedback. But when your business only has performance reviews once or twice a year, giving feedback to employees can get put on the back burner until springtime or year-end. This article discusses why continual feedback trumps annual performance reviews in the workplace. (Read)

Advice for business owners

How To Handle That Employee You Simply Cannot Fire | ReCourses

At some point or another, every employer has to deal with a rotten apple (aka a “bad” employee). A bad employee could be someone who struggles when collaborating with co-workers or underperforms in some areas. Instead of giving your bad employee the boot right away, learn how to handle them with these tips. (Read)

Marketing your business

What the Biggest SEO Changes in 2019 Mean for Content Marketers | Skyword

In 2019, marketers’ worlds were shaken up by many SEO changes. And now that you and your fellow marketers have had some time to bounce back from those curveballs, it’s time to discuss all of the major updates. This article reviews the biggest SEO changes from 2019, including mobile UX and video search updates. (Read)

Financing

6 Steps to Create a Small Business Budget that Works for You | Business2Community

Business budgets are a lot like snowflakes: no two businesses’ budgets are exactly the same. And because budgets vary from business to business, you must treat your budget with care to ensure it will work for you. Use the six steps in this article to create a top-notch business budget that will fit your business’s needs. (Read)

Small business articles from Patriot

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

Accounting

Which Financial Statement Is Prepared First?

Your business’s financial statements can help you monitor your growth and forecast future finances. And to ensure your statements are in tip-top shape, you must follow a particular order when you create your statements. Read this article to learn which financial statement you need to prepare first. (Read)

How to Create a Prepaid Expenses Journal Entry

When you pay for services or goods before you use them, you need to create a prepaid expenses journal entry in your books to account for the transaction. Check out this article to learn the ins and outs of recording prepaid expenses in your books. (Read)

Payroll

What Is a Lookback Period for Forms 941 and 944?

As an employer, you’re responsible for a number of things, like depositing federal income, Social Security, and Medicare taxes. But, you can’t go depositing your taxes all willy nilly. Your business has a deposit frequency (e.g., monthly) based on a lookback period. So, what in the world is a lookback period? Read this article to find out. (Read)

Which Payroll Taxes Are the Employee’s Responsibility?

Employers are responsible for contributing to things like FICA, FUTA, and SUTA taxes. But, which taxes are your employees’ responsibility? Read this article to learn which payroll taxes your employees are liable for. And, be sure to check out our handy chart that breaks down the various payroll taxes for employees. (Read)