Patriot’s Picks: The Best Small Business Articles

Read the best small business articles.

Here are the best small business articles we read in March. We hope you find this advice for business owners as interesting and useful as we did.

In the workplace

4 reasons to offer interns full-time jobs, and 3 ways to make sure they want to accept | TechRepublic

Do you hire interns for your small business? If so, you may want to consider extending a full-time job offer to them. This article details four benefits of hiring interns to work for your business full time. And, it goes over three ways to make sure the intern’s answer to your job offer is yes. (Read)

How rumors undermine staff trust—and 6 ways to quell them | ragan

Rumors can be devastating to your workplace. To combat rumors in your small business, you must take action. You can beat employees to the punch by boosting internal communications. Use the six tips in this article to prevent rumors in your small business. (Read)

Small business tips

10 Key Principles To Drive Customer Decisions Today | Startup Professionals

Need help giving your sales a boost? More than likely, business success won’t come overnight. Instead, you need to be patient and understand what drives consumer choices. The 10 tips in this article outline ways to drive sales, like being empathetic towards customers, demonstrating integrity, and more. (Read)

6 Starter Tips to Withstand Dangers to Small Businesses | U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Disasters, including power outages, can deplete your small business revenue and have long-term effects on your company. From identifying potential hazards to forming a planning team, learn the basics of responding to disasters. (Read)

Small business security

Small Businesses Are Especially Susceptible to Employee Theft. Here’s How to Protect Yourself and Your Company | Inc.

Small businesses need to take extra security precautions, even when it comes to their workers. Although trust is important in the workplace, putting too much faith in employees can result in a major loss. Read about some cringe-worthy examples of employee theft in this article, and learn how to defend yourself. (Read)

Advice for business owners

10 Steps for Small Business Owners to Manage Their Debt | The Self Employed

Starting a small business is exciting. Dealing with crippling debt is not. But for many entrepreneurs, debt is inevitable. Although this article is written for business owners in the UK, these 10 tips can also help U.S.-based business owners better manage their debt. (Read)

No, it’s not money—this is the one thing small businesses need to succeed, according to survey | Business Insider  

Don’t get discouraged if your cash flow is low when starting a business. According to a recent survey, the number one thing that drives success in small businesses is self-confidence. Learn more about the survey results in this article. (Read)

Small business articles from Patriot

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

Accounting

How to Write a Small Business Plan Like a Boss

Without a small business plan, you may operate your business without direction. Business plans help you further understand your market, obtain outside funding, and solidify your company’s strategy. Learn about the parts of a small business plan. And, follow the tips in this article to create an effective plan. (Read)

Business Tax Credits: What’s the Scoop?

Want to lower your tax bill? Who doesn’t! You can reduce your tax liability by claiming business tax credits. Tax credits directly lower your tax bill dollar-for-dollar. Generally, tax credits save you more money than business deductions, which lower your total tax liability. Read this article to find out what types of tax credits you might be eligible for. (Read)

Payroll

Form W-2 Box 1: A Guide for Navigating Through Confusing Discrepancies

Form W-2 can be confusing. Many people get especially confused about Box 1. The values in Box 1 might be lower than the values in Boxes 3 and 5. Why? Box 1 shows an employee’s total wages subject to federal income tax. Pre-tax deductions can lower the employee’s taxable wages. Learn more about Box 1 discrepancies in this article. (Read)

What Is Imputed Income? | Payroll Definition and Examples

Are you familiar with imputed income? If you have employees, you need to be. Imputed income is when you add cash or non-cash employee compensation to withhold taxes. Learn more about imputed income, the types of imputed income, and how to report it. (Read)

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