Patriot’s Picks: The Best Small Business Articles

Read the best small business articles.

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

Advice for business owners

The Art Of The Tricky Work-Health Balance For Swamped Business Owners | Young Upstarts

Running a small business is exhausting. You likely devote uncountable hours into your business, pause your personal life, and put your health on the back burner. To help you balance your health and work, automate aspects of your business; eat well, exercise, and sleep; and breathe away stress and aggravations. Check out this article to learn more about keeping balanced. (Read)

3 Reasons it’s hard to learn leadership | Three Star Leadership

Leading might not be one of your strong suits, but it’s essential in business. However, you shouldn’t expect leadership skills to come to you immediately after starting a business. Instead of getting discouraged, read up on why learning to lead is hard. (Read)

In the workplace

6 Ways to Retain Employees and Boost Your Bottom Line | SmallBizClub

Most business owners dread when top talent leaves their companies. Turnover is expensive, time-consuming, and stressful. So, what can you do to increase employee retention? Check out this article to learn employee retention techniques. (Read)

Marketing your business

15 Tips to Successfully Market Your Small Business This Holiday Season | crowdSPRING

Your holiday marketing campaign is likely well underway, but are you making the most of this busy shopping season? If you want to boost business revenue and capitalize on consumer spending, be ready to spice up your marketing ideas. Check out these 15 tips for more information. (Read)

A Beginner’s Guide Mastering a Local Social Presence | Business News Daily

Connect with consumers on social media by boosting your local following. If you want to build a local social presence for your small business use these six tips: claim your local profiles, frequently post, post relevant content, build an engagement strategy, use location-targeted ads, and create location-based groups. Find out more by reading this article.  (Read)

Small business security

Steps to Protect Your Business from Cyber Threats | BusinessBlogs

Is your business exposed to cyber threats? In short, (most likely) yes. Hackers are constantly developing new and more sophisticated cyber threats. Use the eight steps in this article to keep your business secure, including using two-factor authentication, managing administrative passwords, and conducting risk assessments. (Read)

IRS Warns of New Transcript Scam | CPA Practice Advisor

Phishing schemes intended for taxpayers are especially common as we prepare for tax season. The latest scam is a fraudulent email pretending to be from the IRS. When users click on the “tax transcript” attachment, they are really opening malware. Learn more about this new tax scam threat. (Read)

Small business articles from Patriot

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


Your Top 18 Accounting Questions, Answered

Accounting is a technical and complex field, especially for entrepreneurs who are swamped with managing their ventures. Check out this Q&A article to get more information on some confusing and critical accounting subjects. (Read)

How to Record a Vacation Accrual Journal Entry

With the end of the year approaching, you may need to start thinking about rolling over or paying out vacation accrual. And when there are changes in the amount of vacation accrual an employee has, you need to create a journal entry. Get step-by-step information on recording a vacation accrual journal entry here. (Read)


Which Taxes Have a Wage Base?

For some taxes, you will only withhold or contribute up to a certain amount, or wage base. The taxable wage base is the maximum amount of income that can be taxed. Social Security, SUTA, FUTA, and state-specific taxes have taxable wage bases. Read this article to learn more about this limit. (Read)

Direct Deposit vs. Check: The Pros and Cons

Are you thinking about paying employees with direct deposit or check? Before choosing a payment method, weigh the pros and cons of each. Check out this comparison article for help deciding. (Read)

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