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.

Small business tips

Divorce Need Not Destroy Your Small Business | Family Diplomacy

Divorce can be messy. If you aren’t careful, a divorce can ruin your business. But, there is a peaceful way you and your spouse can go through the divorce without hurting the business or releasing key business information to the public. (Read)

7 Reasons Your Customers Hate You | USA Today

Are customers abandoning your business? There might be a recurrent reason why. Check out these seven common reasons customers don’t return, and determine if one resonates with your business. (Read)

Marketing your business

8 Pages You Should Have on Your Website as a Small Business Owner | Big Cat Creative

Your business should have a website so potential and returning customers can learn more about your business and how to buy from it. Your website should have certain sections so customers can find what they are looking for. This small business article will walk you through these essential website sections. (Read)

5 Tips for Improving Your Small Business with Instagram | Home Business Magazine

If you market your business on Instagram, you know how important it is to stand out and post engaging content. Check out this article to learn five tips to improve your Instagram use, find more potential customers, and keep the attention of your current followers. (Read)

In the workplace

What to Do When Workers Hit the Top of Their Pay Range | SHRM

When you set wages for a new employee, you might also create a salary rage. The range spans between the minimum and maximum amounts the employee can earn at your company in their current position. When the employee reaches the top of the range, they may become unhappy with their lack of financial growth at your business. This article gives you many suggestions of how to keep employees happy, even when their wages top out. (Read)

Why Small Businesses Have the Happiest Employees | The Week

Small business employees tend to be happier and more engaged than big business employees. Find out what other small businesses are doing to keep their employees happy. Then see if you can apply any of the tactics to your business. (Read)

Keep it legal

Are You Guilty of Stealing Images? How to Avoid Breaking Copyright Law [Infographic] | Marketing Profs

You can’t simply do a web search and use any picture you like for your business. If you do, you may be committing image theft. This infographic will teach you about image theft and copyright law. (Read)

Small business articles from Patriot

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

Accounting

What Is Year-over-year Growth, and How Do You Calculate It?

Do you know how your business is performing this year compared to last year? You can use year-over-year growth calculations to see if your business is growing, especially if you have seasonal peaks and dips. (Read)

Wrap up Your Accounting Period With Closing Entries

At the end of each accounting period, you must close your books. This shifts balances from temporary to permanent accounts and condenses your accounts. Read this article to find out how to close your accounting books. (Read)

Payroll

A Look at Federal, State, and Local Minimum Wages

You must pay all employees at least the minimum wage. But, there is a federal minimum wage, and many states and localities have their own minimum wages. Make sure you are paying your employees the correct amounts. (Read)

Answers to 18 Payroll Questions You Are Dying to Ask

We’re sure you have payroll questions. So we answered 18 payroll questions that many employers have. If you’re a new employer, or even an established employer who wants to brush up on payroll, be sure to check out this article. (Read)

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