Here are our top article picks for the month of September. We hope you find them as useful and interesting as we did.
Small business tips
Inflation has pushed energy rates through the roof. With cooler weather just around the corner, now is an excellent time to plan for the change in temperature and what could be a price increase on your monthly energy bill. If you want to make sure to get the most bang for your energy-fueled buck, read these tips on how to reduce your bills. (Read)
Pomodoro Technique | LinkedIn
Be honest. Do you ever find it hard to focus on tasks? Do you have so many tasks to do you don’t even know where to start? Well, the Pomodoro Technique may be the thing you need to make your tasks manageable. All you need to do is read this article and maybe buy a tomato-themed kitchen timer. (That will make sense later. Promise.) (Read)
In the workplace
Quiet Quitting Is a Fake Trend | The Atlantic
You’ve probably heard the term “quiet quitting” recently. The term describes an apparent phenomenon in the workplace—employees slacking on the job. But, just because there’s smoke doesn’t mean there’s fire. It could be that the term is nothing but hype, and workers are still engaged and working hard. (Read)
Best Business Loans for Companies With Low Revenue | Nerdwallet
Covid-19 and supply chain disruptions have been the perfect one-two punch for many small businesses in the U.S. If your business is low on revenue, some loans are out there to help you jumpstart your business to get back on track. Want to get a leg up for 2023? This article may help out. (Read)
Small business security
With the rise of remote work, bad actors have come up with new ways to find a back door into your business’s IT infrastructure. Your employees may not know it yet, but their phones are the new battleground for phishing scams. Phone calls, text messages, and all of the mobile communication we take for granted are now cause for alarm. Check out this article to get the scoop. (Read)
10 Free Dark Web Scanners You Should Be Using in 2022 | Smallbiz Tools
Identity theft can affect your business, your employees, and your customers. Going out of your way to protect personal information is just a normal part of doing business. But, there’s a chance that hackers have already beat the system. If you’re worried about data leaks or stolen information, you’ll need a dark web scanner to learn about breaches early. Read this article to learn more about dark web scanners. (Read)
Small business articles from Patriot
Here are some of the top accounting and payroll articles published by Patriot Software.
Getting customers to pay their bills on time can feel like a second job. Many customers wait until the last minute to pay, and some still don’t pay until the deadline has passed. If your business needs cash, you may need to consider early payment discounts to help customers make payments early. (Read).
Every state has something to brag about, like the best pie or best natural attraction. Have you ever wondered what the best state is for starting a business? Location is everything. But, it isn’t just about choosing the right building or street corner. It’s about selecting a state to do business in that helps out small business owners. (Read).
As an employer, you must know which payroll forms to fill out. Not only that, but you also have to know when and where to file them. It isn’t easy to keep track of all of the IRS payroll requirements. But don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. Read our article to learn which IRS payroll forms your small business must file, the due dates, and where to send each form. (Read).
There are different types of ways to pay your employees. Some businesses may use cash, write checks, or offer direct deposit. There’s another option you may want to consider. Bitcoin or cryptocurrency isn’t your average currency and can be hard to understand. But, it may also be just what you want to offer your employees. (Read).