Patriot’s Picks: The Best Small Business Articles in July

The best small business articles from July.

July was filled with politics and Pokémon. There were also great small business articles published. Here are our favorites. We hope you find them as interesting and useful as we did.

Small business tips

5 Proven Ways to Deal with Consumer Complaints Online | Business.com

You can never make every customer happy. And, unhappy customers might complain online. How can you protect your online image? There are five things you can do to handle negative comments well. (Read)

6 Things to Do Before Taking Out a Small Business Loan | Huffington Post

Are you looking into loans for your business? Before you even apply for the loan, there are six things you should do. The six things listed in this article will help your business become a better borrower and secure a loan. (Read)

Entrepreneurial advice

12 Sure Signs You Are Doing Better Than You Think | Lolly Daskal on Medium

Starting and running a business is hard. You might get down on yourself and constantly wish things are better. No matter what you’re doing in life, you are probably doing better than you think. Lolly Daskal explains 12 ways this is true. (Read)

5 Tips for Being a Better Boss | Franchise Direct

Do you want to be a better boss? Of course, you do. Susan Payton gives five ways you can improve your management skills. Even though this article is written for franchise owners, any small business owner can apply the five tips. (Read)

In the workplace

When the Election Comes to Your Office | Thinking Bigger

Election season is in full force. Odds are, politics will come up at your business. Find out what you can do to protect workplace productivity. This article lists some laws that protect your employees, too. (Read)

Pokémon NO: New App Creates Risks For Employers | Employment Law Lookout

While Pokémon GO is an excellent way to market to customers, it can be a disruption in the workplace. When employees focus on catching Pokémon, they might ignore customers or be more prone to injuries. Learn about the risks Pokémon GO creates, and what policies you can create to protect your employees and business. (Read)

Marketing your business

What Business Owners Should Be Doing on Instagram | Fortune

Are you ready to start or grow your business’s Instagram account? Instagram is growing fast, and it’s an easy way to market your business. Debby Carreau gives seven tips to help you be successful on Instagram. She gives examples of Instagram accounts that do well and tools you can use. (Read)

Email Marketing Basics for Small Business | SBA

Using email marketing is a great way to market to current and potential customers. But, you want to do it right so you don’t turn customers away. This article posted by the U.S. Small Business Administration gives four basics for email marketing. (Read)

Just for fun

The Political Leanings of Small Business | 2016 | SmallBusiness.com

You know your political affiliations, but what do other small business owners think? This article shows the stats on small business owners among their political parties. The article also shows what small business owners identify as their biggest politically-related concerns. How do you compare?  (Read)

Small business articles from Patriot

Here are some of the top accounting and payroll articles we published in July.

Accounting

What Is a Sales Tax Holiday?

It’s the season for sales tax holidays. This article includes the dates and items included for each state that has a sales tax holiday. You can also learn how you can make the sales tax holidays work for your business’s benefit. (Read)

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

Margin and markup are similar, but they reflect profit differently. Learn how to calculate both so you can get a better picture of what your business is earning. You can use the chart in the article to make quick comparisons. Also, check out the margin vs. markup infographic at the end of the article. (Read)

Payroll

New FLSA Salary Threshold: Talking to the Newly Nonexempt

On Dec. 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor is increasing the salary threshold to determine exemption of overtime wages. This means your exempt employees might become nonexempt. Find out the six things you should say to your newly nonexempt employees. (Read)

What Are Post-tax Deductions From Payroll?

If you have employees, you need to deduct some wages from their paychecks. There are deductions for taxes, benefits, and garnishments. But, some deductions are subtracted before taxes, while other deductions are subtracted after taxes. This article talks about common post-tax deductions and shows an example of how to make a post-tax deduction. (Read)

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