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

Small business tips

Simple Ways To Make Your Customers Feel More Valued | Gordon Tredgold

Your customers are the foundation of your small business. Without them, you wouldn’t be where you’re at today. In short, they are valuable to your company. But, are you making them feel valued? This article breaks down six ways you can show your customers that you value their business. (Read)

In the workplace

COVID Got You Scrambling? Learn How to Adjust Employee Responsibilities to Keep Up | B2C

Maybe you had to let go of some employees due to COVID-19. Or, maybe your business is busier now than ever. Either way, you probably have or need to tweak some employee responsibilities. Patriot’s Mike Kappel discusses how to adjust employee responsibilities and communicate changes to your workers successfully. (Read)

Advice for business owners

Should you sell your business or hang on? | TB&P

In this coronavirus age, it’s a bizarre time to be a business owner. From temporary shutdowns to new regulations, there’s so much to keep up with and so little time. Regardless of if your business was impacted by COVID-19 or not, you may be thinking, Maybe it’s a good time for me to sell my business. If you’re on the fence about saying goodbye to your business, read this article. (Read)

Marketing your business

Beyond Content Marketing: 10 Steps to Real ROI With Content Operations | MarketingProfs

Is your business focusing on content operations along with content marketing? No? Well, you should be. Content operations is the big-picture view of everything content-related in your company. This article goes over the importance of content operations in business and steps to get yours on the right track. (Read)

Financing

Small Business Budgeting and Borrowing | Nav

As a business owner, you know how crucial a business budget is. Your budget helps you set goals, spend wisely, and plan your future finances. You also know budgeting can be difficult, especially if you’re a newbie. This article walks you through five ways to make your borrowing and budgeting process easier. (Read)

Small business articles from Patriot

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

Accounting

Learn All About Allowance for Doubtful Accounts (Aka Bad Debt Reserve)

When you extend credit to customers, you take on the risk of them not paying you back. In most cases, customers will pay. But … what if they don’t? Cue allowance for doubtful accounts. Find out how you can use an allowance for doubtful accounts to protect your business and predict the amount of accounts receivables customers won’t pay. (Read)

The Average Cost of Living by State, and Why Ignoring it Could Sink Your Business

As a business owner, it’s important to think about the cost of living in your state. Knowing your state’s cost of living can help you when it comes to creating your business budget, setting salaries, and coming up with pricing for products and services. Check out this article to learn the annual mean wage by state, median monthly rent, value of a dollar, and more. (Read)

Payroll

Your Top 2020 Employee Social Security Tax Deferral Questions, Answered

On August 8, 2020, the president issued four executive orders to provide additional coronavirus-related relief to individuals. One of the orders is an employee Social Security tax deferral. Read this article to get the lowdown on the Social Security tax deferral, including who’s eligible for it, whether it’s mandatory, and when deferred taxes are due. (Read)

What Is Time and a Half, and Who Qualifies for It?

Do you have nonexempt employees? If so, then this article’s for you. If you have nonexempt employees, you must pay them overtime pay, or time and a half. Read all about time and a half, who qualifies for it, and how to calculate it for salaried and hourly employees. (Read)