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

8 Dangers of Growing your Small Business Too Quickly and How to Plan for Them | Cox Blue

Growing your business is exciting. It means you have customers and are bringing in a good amount of revenue. But putting your eyes on growth can distract your vision from other important things. Find out what you need to look out for as you grow your business. (Read)

7 Low-Cost or Free Meeting Rooms for Home-Based Businesses | NFIB

Even if you run your business out of your house, you might still need to meet with people. Groups aren’t always ideal to invite into your home. Instead, you can meet at outside locations. Luckily, there are probably places in your community where you can meet with minimal cost. (Read)

In the workplace

Employee Reward Programs: What Works? | Ms. Career Girl

Setting up an employee rewards program may involve some trial and error. But, there are ways to make it more successful from the beginning. Use the four tips in this article to make your employees engaged and happy at work. (Read)

How do You Keep Employees Motivated in a Small Business? | B2C

Motivated employees are more likely to be productive and happy. This has great benefits for your business. Here are four ways you can start motivating your employees without using up a lot of time or money. (Read)

Marketing your business

Dress the Part: How to Use Employee Dress to Market Your Business | SBA

Did you know that what your employees wear is part of your business’s marketing and branding? Their attire can help customers better understand and work with your business. Read this small business article to find out what benefits an employee dress code has and how to create one for your business. (Read)

A Beginner’s Guide to Local Marketing: How to Use Location to Your Advantage | Jeff Bullas

Want to get your business more well known in your local community? Of course you do! Marketing your business doesn’t have to be difficult. This article explains five ways you can start getting your business noticed in the surrounding area. (Read)

Finances

Applying for a Small Business Loan? Here Are 10 Things to Know | Street Shares

Before you even apply for a small business loan, you must make many decisions. This small business article will help you think through those decisions. Plus, it includes a list of documents to have on hand to improve your chances of getting a loan. (Read)

Small business articles from Patriot

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

Accounting

How to Create a Small Business Return Policy

If you sell physical products, customers occasionally might want to make a return. When this happens, you need procedures for making the return, including how to do it and when returns are acceptable. Use this small business article to learn how to make a return policy that works for your business. (Read)

Invoice vs. Receipt: what’s the Difference?

When a customer buys a good or service, you will either give them a receipt or invoice. The one you give depends on the situation. Learn the differences between the two and when to give them to customers. (Read)

Payroll

An Overview of State Income Tax

Many employers must withhold state income taxes from employee wages. Find out what your state income tax obligations are. Also, check out the infographic in the article to get a state-by-state guide of income taxes. (Read)

Do Employers Have to Pay Unemployment Taxes?

Almost all employers have to pay unemployment taxes. But, there are some exemptions. Find out what your federal and state unemployment tax liabilities are. (Read)

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