Types of Business Plans

Business planning can mark the start of a business, or simply be another step in the process of refining your idea. 

No matter what style your plan is, the goal is the same: to collect...

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Why Planning Matters

Starting a business can be both exciting and scary.

If you're thinking seriously about starting a business, you probably have lots of questions about whether and how your business idea will...

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How to Start a Business: Quick Overview

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Find a Business Idea

  • Do some brainstorming (set a time limit).
  • Google it. Seriously.
  • Remember that execution is what really matters. Commit to an idea and go!

Not sure your idea will make a good...

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Moving Ahead with Your Business Idea

While great ideas are very exciting, ideas aren’t everything. In fact, sometimes they're very little. 

You can build a great business off a very run-of-the-mill idea (like dry...

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Types of Entrepreneurs and Business Owners

Entrepreneurs are a major force in the Canadian economy. And there are many ways to join their ranks... 

At one end of the spectrum are people who think and act entrepreneurially -...

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Choosing a Legal Structure for Your Canadian Business

Most Canadian businesses are sole proprietorships, partnerships or corporations.

Each of these legal forms has specific implications for taxes, paperwork, administrative requirements, personal...

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Why Everyone Needs Business Ideas

Working on business ideas helps you play with different possibilities, engages your creativity, and trains you to see opportunity. That’s useful for everyone.

Ideas give you options. You may...

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2 Quick Ways to Assess a Business Idea

Got a business idea? The next step is to figure out if your idea is viable. And, equally important: is it the right business for you?

Here are two simple, fast assessments to help you decide...

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Making it Official: Starting a Business in Canada

100,000 Canadians start businesses every year.

While not all new businesses succeed, writing a business plan greatly improves your chances of success. So if you don't have a plan yet, do that...

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From Idea to Action: Testing Your Business Idea

Every business begins with an idea.

Ideas excite us. They motivate, compel and sustain us, giving us the energy to propel ourselves forward. But our ideas can also blind us. We get attached to them...

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