Patriot’s Picks: The Best Small Business Articles

Read the best small business articles.

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

Small business tips

Small Business Smarts: 3 Challenges and Ways to Deal with Online Reviews and Vocal Customers | .PRO

Online reviews play a crucial role in dictating where consumers take their business. To boost your small company’s reputation, you need to address both negative and positive reviews. Plus, learn how to track reviews so sentiments don’t fly under the radar. (Read)

Advice for business owners

How to Survive the First Year of Small Business Ownership | Succeed as Your Own Boss

Running your own business, especially when you first start out, is challenging. But with the right strategy, your business can not only survive but also grow. Check out these seven suggestions to help you make it through your first year of small business ownership. (Read)

Five Mistakes First-Time Small Business Owners Regret Making | Grasshopper

When starting a business, mistakes happen. But some mistakes, like arbitrarily setting prices, ignoring taxes and regulations, and throwing money at a problem, can be costly to your small company. Understand and avoid the five mistakes explained in this article when starting your small business. (Read)

In the workplace

This is How Great Leaders Develop Successful People | Lolly Daskal

If you want your employees to believe in your business and your vision, you need to believe in your employees. As the leader of your small business, you can use your position to build up employee strengths. Use these tips to cultivate a successful, motivated, and engaged team. (Read)

Tips to Improve Engagement Across the Entire Employee Lifecycle | CMS Wire

Disengaged employees can be detrimental to your business’s profitability. As an employer, you must do everything in your power to promote employee engagement. This article tackles specific strategies you can implement to boost engagement at your business, starting with the onboarding process and ending with offboarding. (Read)

Marketing your business

3 SEO Best Practices for Small Businesses | Business.com

Having trouble with your marketing efforts? If you haven’t already, optimizing your website can directly improve traffic and your business’s profits. Improve your company’s SEO strategy through on-page SEO, optimizing for local searches, and establishing authority. (Read)

Shift Your Brand Perception — Rally Others to Tell Your Story | Chief Outsiders

You’re a small business, not a major corporation with a million dollar PR budget. How can you compete when you have limited funds and resources to market your business? Try enlisting the help of employees, customers, and market influencers to increase your brand recognition. (Read)

Small business articles from Patriot

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

Accounting

How to Use Life Cycle Costing

Unexpected expenses are inevitable when you run a small business. Poor purchasing decisions can end up costing you more than what’s written on the item’s price tag. If you want to know how much an asset will cost over the course of its useful life, try life cycle costing. (Read)

What Is the Best Business Structure for Small Business?

Choosing your business structure impacts everything from taxation to liability. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all structure. Before choosing the best entity for your business, consider the eight factors in this article. (Read)

Payroll

What Is Child Support Withholding?

At some point, you might receive an IWO telling you to withhold child support from an employee’s wages. Learn how to deduct child support withholding from an employee’s pay, remit it, and more. (Read)

Gross vs. Net Pay: What’s the Difference?

Before you run payroll, you need to be familiar with gross and net wages. Gross pay is the amount you owe employees before withholding deductions, while net pay is the employee’s take-home pay after deductions. Find out how to calculate both here. (Read)

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