Here are our top article picks from the month of November. We hope you find them as interesting and useful as we did.

Marketing your business

6 Creative Sales Promotions For This Holiday Season | Hatchbuck

There’s still time to give your holiday sales season a boost! If you’re looking for creative promotions to offer, check out the six tips in this article. From offering a New Year’s resolution giveaway to giving away mystery rebates from Santa, try implementing these promotional ideas or use them to inspire your own. (Read)

Keep it legal

Feeling Generous? Don’t Let Your Holiday Or Year-End Bonuses Land You In Hot Water | Forbes

It’s no secret that employees love bonuses. But before you decide to start handing out bonuses willy-nilly, take a step back and lay some groundwork for the gift-giving process. In addition to making sure you can afford to give a bonus, you need to keep it legal by withholding payroll taxes and reporting the amount on each employee’s Form W-2. Learn more about how to keep things legal by checking out this article. (Read)

In the workplace

3 Myths About Employee Happiness | JUST Capital 

There are a lot of myths floating around in the business world about what employees really want. But if you want a healthy work environment, you need to get to the truth. This article lists and busts three popular myths about what employees want. Learn more here. (Read)

How To Rapid Hire: 9 Crucial Qualities Of Startup Employees | Medium

Did you recently start your business? If so, you might be looking for eager and hardworking employees to help you grow your startup. To help you find the best workers for the job, look for these nine characteristics of great startup employees. (Read)

When it comes to sales

7 Sales Goals You Should Set for Your Small Business in 2020 | Keap

Want to give your sales numbers a boost in the new year? Who doesn’t?! If you’re serious about setting and reaching goals, give this article a read. You can use the seven tips in this article to help you come up with and reach your sales goals in the new year. (Read)

Small business security

What Is Cybersecurity Awareness Training? What Is Its Main Purpose? | EC-Council

Does your business have a culture of cybersecurity awareness training? If not, don’t panic. It’s not too late to implement it in your small company. This article details what cyber awareness training is, its purpose, and why it’s important. (Read)

Small business articles from Patriot

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


The Ultimate Year-end Closing Checklist for Accounting 

2020 is coming. But before you enter the new year, you can’t forget to wrap up your accounting responsibilities. From gathering financial statements to accounting for inventory, you need to create a to-do list and cross off items to square away your accounting books before year-end. Use the checklist in this article to get started. (Read)

Do You Know How Temporary vs. Permanent Accounts Differ?

In accounting, you deal with both temporary and permanent accounts. But, what’s the difference between the two classifications? If you’re lost, check out this article to learn what temporary and permanent accounts are, what to do with them, and how to keep your books organized. (Read)


End the Year Right With This Year-end Payroll Checklist

Santa’s not the only one making a list and checking it twice. If you’re an employer, you need to make a payroll list and check it twice, too. Luckily, you can save yourself the trouble of creating a to-do list on your own and use the one in this article instead. This article breaks up your payroll checklist into things you need to get done before and after the year-end. (Read)

ICHRA, Health Insurance Alternative for All Businesses, Rolling Out in 2020

The Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Arrangement (ICHRA) is coming in January 2020. How familiar are you with this non-traditional health insurance plan? Under an ICHRA, employers reimburse employees for the cost of their individually-obtained health insurance coverage. Learn more about ICHRAs, including eligibility, contribution amounts, and more. (Read)