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

Read the best small business articles from May.

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

Small business tips

Why Ignoring Cash Flow Can Kill Your Small Business | NerdWallet

A healthy cash flow is vital to business survival. If more money is leaving your business than is going in, your business will wither. Learn why cash flow is so important, and what tools you can use to monitor your business’s money. (Read)

14 Ways to Save Money When Starting or Growing a Business | Entrepreneur

Money is the lifeblood of a business. You need money to grow your business. Or if you are starting a business, you need every penny you can save. This article will give you 14 ways you can save money with low-cost and free initiatives. (Read)

Entrepreneurial advice

My Advice for First-time Entrepreneurs | Gary Vaynerchuk

Are you starting your first business? Good luck! This author gives advice for business owners on money, time, and commitment. (Read)

How Great Leaders Value People | Lead Change Group

As a business owner, you are a leader. As a leader, you need to show people they are valued, whether they are your employees, your customers, or your product suppliers. In this article, you will read about three things you can do to show people that they are valued. (Read)

The Right Way to Quit Your Job and Start a Business | Forbes

You’re ready to quit your day job and make the complete plunge into running your own business. There are right and wrong ways to quit your job. Patriot’s very own CEO, Mike Kappel, wrote this piece from his personal experience. (Read)

In the workplace

What to Do During Your Employees’ First Week to Avoid Losing Them | Fast Company

Studies show that effective onboarding increases the amount of time employees stay at business. Find out what you need to do to get employees to stay long term. (Read)

Beyond Beanbags: How to Build a Sustainable, Mission-driven Company Culture | Mashable

Your business’s culture is what helps attract and keep good employees. You do not need the shiniest gadgets or the hippest environment to attract people. Learn about creating a business vision and values that will keep people around. (Read)

Marketing your business

17 Tips for Entrepreneurs Who Blog | Entrepreneur

Small businesses can create a blog to share their knowledge and authority with potential and returning customers. Find out how you can create an effective business blog. (Read)

7 Ideas for Marketing to Existing Customers | SBA

You probably have a marketing plan to attract new customers. But, do you have a plan to get previous customers to buy from you again? This article includes seven ways you can market to existing customers. (Read)

Just for fun

Drones Pique the Interest of Entrepreneurs | The New York Times

Entrepreneurs are innovators. Even if you are not using drones for your small business, find out how other business owners are using the latest technology. (Read)

Small business articles from Patriot

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

Accounting

Fiscal Year Calendar for Small Businesses

Many businesses use the calendar year for accounting and taxes. But for some businesses, using a fiscal year might be a better choice. Is a fiscal year a good fit for your business? Find out in this small business article. (Read)

4 Seasonal Accounting Tips for Small Business Owners

Do you run a seasonal small business? Or, do your sales fluctuate with the seasons? This article will give you four tips to keep your accounting in check all year round. Be sure to check out the infographic. (Read)

Payroll

New DOL Overtime Rule Announced. How Will it  Affect Your Business?

On May 18, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a new overtime rule. The rule changes which employees are considered exempt from overtime wages. Find out if you need to pay your employees overtime wages, and what the new rule means for your business. (Read)

5 Steps to Creating an Internship Program that Rocks

School is out, and many students are looking for jobs and internships. Learn five things you can do to create a better internship program that benefits both you and your intern. (Read)

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