Archive | Small Business RSS feed for this section

5 Reasons for a Failed Startup

I’ve been an entrepreneur for 30 years. I’m the founder of Patriot Software Company, which presently has six companies under its umbrella, all of which I’ve started. With each one of these business ventures, I learned something new about what it takes to get a business up and running. I’ve also learned a thing or […]

Continue Reading
Learn about the state of small businesses in the U.S.

The State of Small Businesses in the U.S. [Infographic]

Learn about the state of small businesses in the U.S.

Small businesses in the U.S. have a big impact on day-to-day American life. It’s difficult for small businesses not to have an impact when there are more than 28 million of them. With that kind of representation, you can’t miss them.

Continue Reading
tech skills modern entrepreneurs should have picture of tools on workbench

5 Tech Skills All Modern Entrepreneurs Should Have

tech skills modern entrepreneurs should have picture of tools on workbench

As an entrepreneur for over 30 years now, I’ve listened to more stories about how to get started as an entrepreneur than I can count. Heck, I’ve even told my fair share of them. (I did get started in the basement of a factory after all.) I’ve learned a lot about recent tech skills while […]

Continue Reading
Lamplighter Brewing Co.

A Startup Is Brewing: The Lamplighter Brewing Co. Story

Lamplighter Brewing Co.

At Patriot Software, we’re committed to providing online accounting and payroll software that lets entrepreneurs keep their time and money for what they love: running their small businesses. Each month, we speak to our small business customers with #PatriotSpotlight. These customer success stories both celebrate and inspire U.S. small business owners. For this #PatriotSpotlight, we […]

Continue Reading

Small Business Lessons Learned From Burning Down a Laundromat

The life of a small business owner is full of unexpected challenges. For example, very early on in my new life as a full-time entrepreneur, before I founded and became CEO of Patriot Software, my online payroll and accounting software company, one of my employees tried to dry chemical-soaked rags in a commercial gas dryer […]

Continue Reading

Should I Start My Own Business?

  I started Patriot Software in 1986. It has grown into a fast-paced Saas company that offers full service payroll, cash basis accounting software, and HR software add-ons, but it was nothing fancy back then. When I started my business, it was just me, my fragile little business idea, and the space I could clear […]

Continue Reading

C’s Get Degrees… and Start Companies

The honest truth is, I’m a pretty average guy by academic standards. When I was in high school, I maintained a B average. In college, in my engineering program, that dropped down to a solid C. If you’re keeping score by the world’s grading standard, I shouldn’t be the owner of a multi-million dollar recruiting […]

Continue Reading
launch a startup, cork-board for entrepreneur notes

88 Must-Answer Questions Before You Launch a Startup

launch a startup, cork-board for entrepreneur notes

Some people say that you must create a formal business plan before starting your business. That’s debatable, and frankly I disagree. I’ve got nearly 30 years of entrepreneurial experience, and I’m currently CEO of Patriot Software, and online accounting and payroll software company. Unless raising money for your startup and impressing banks is a must, […]

Continue Reading
black sheep good for business Sarah Lawrence in front of boutique

Being a Black Sheep Is Good for Business

black sheep good for business Sarah Lawrence in front of boutique

At Patriot Software, we’re committed to providing accounting and payroll software that lets entrepreneurs keep their time and money on what they love: running their small business. Each month, we speak to our small business customers with #PatriotSpotlight. These customer success stories both celebrate and inspire U.S. small business owners. For our inaugural #PatriotSpotlight, we […]

Continue Reading