Patriot’s Picks: The Best Small Business Articles

The best small business articles.

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

In the workplace

The 4 C’s of Small Business Productivity | Home Business

How productive are your employees? Some workers can lose up to five hours of productivity per day due to common workplace distractions. To increase productivity, find out how to handle concentration, conversation, collaboration, and communication in the workplace. (Read)

How to Motivate and Engage Employees Through Praise and Rewards Programs | Chief Learning Officer

If you want employees to stay at your business, you need to find out what motivates them. By creating a company culture of praise and recognition, employees feel noticed for their efforts and proud of their work. Check out this article to learn what kind of praise and recognition employees really want. (Read)

Small business security

What Every Business Owner Should Know About Cybercrime | BusinessBlogs

Are you up-to-date on the latest internet security threats? If you aren’t, you should be. Cyber threats can wreak havoc on your small business. By familiarizing yourself with the types of threats that are out there, you can spot and stop them. This article discusses common threats like spyware, viruses and worms, and Trojans. (Read)

Marketing your business

Shift Your Brand Perception — Tips for Getting Your Positioning to ‘Stick’ | Chief Outsiders

As a small business owner, you likely don’t have the funds to market everywhere. So, what can you do if you want to change the way consumers think about your brand? Instead of spending thousands of dollars on new marketing campaigns, learn how to implement your new branding efforts and measure your progress. (Read)

How to Pitch Your Small Business Products and Services | Glitter Guide

Getting the word out about a new business venture is a struggle for many entrepreneurs. With the right plan, pitching your products and services for the first time can garner positive responses. This four-step pitch plan teaches you how to gather information, set goals, create a pitch template, and follow up with your contact. (Read)

Financing

Keeping Your Small Business Afloat While Dealing With Debt | Times Square Chronicles

Is your small business in debt? Dealing with large amounts of debt can be discouraging and frustrating. As a small business owner, you want to make sure debt won’t cripple your company. From negotiating with suppliers to consolidating business loans, find out how you can fund your business even if you are in debt.  (Read)

How Does a Business Line of Credit Work? | Lendio

When financing your small company, you may opt for a business line of credit. Unlike other financing options, a line of credit is revolving. Find out how a business line of credit works, how it can help your small business, and how to apply. (Read)

Small business articles from Patriot

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

Accounting

The Basics of Sales Tax Accounting

You likely know that you must collect sales tax from customers when they buy from your business and remit the sales tax to your government. But, do you know how to record sales tax collections in your books? Learn how to create sales tax journal entries and see examples. (Read)

What Is Your Small Business Tax Liability?

If you own a small business, there are a number of taxes you must pay. Learn about these common small business tax liabilities you might be responsible for: earned income, business, self-employment, payroll, sales, capital gains, and property taxes. (Read)

Payroll

For Payroll Adjustments, There’s Retro Pay

Have you ever paid an employee less money than you should have? When you owe an employee for work performed during a previous pay period, you must give them retro pay. In this article, you will learn what retro pay is, when you need to pay it, how to calculate it, and your tax withholding responsibilities. (Read)

Final Paycheck Laws by State  

When dealing with terminated employees, you need to follow federal and state requirements. Before the employee’s final day, you must know your state’s final paycheck laws. The majority of states have laws that dictate how long you have to pay the employee their last paycheck. Check out our chart for more information. (Read)

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