When and How to Start Outsourcing

Are You Ready?

A major milestone for small business owners is recognizing that it’s time to get some help.  Do it as soon and as often as you can (if not sooner!). 

Focus your...

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Planning vs Doing: The Best Way to Start a Business

There are lots of different ways to start a business, and lots of different types of people who start them.

Some people, for example, are planners. They like to start with a carefully considered...

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Measuring Your Success

Measuring Your Success

As a small business owner, you’ll have a lot of balls in the air. You’ll work on the business, focusing on the five key processes in your business, and...

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5 Tips for Minding Your Business

As you start your business, keep these 5 key tips in mind to help ensure your success:
1. Work with Purpose

Don't just be busy. Be busy working toward your specific goals. 

2. Engage at All...
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Insuring Yourself & Your Business

Do You Need Insurance?

Depending on the type of business you are starting, you may need some kind of insurance, such as:

  • Property insurance
  • Business interruption insurance
  • Errors and...
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Choosing a Form of Ownership

Choosing a Form of Ownership

Most Canadian businesses are sole proprietorships, partnerships or corporations. Each of these legal forms has specific implications for taxes, paperwork,...

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Naming & Registering Your Business

Although many new business owners rush to pick a name even before they start writing their business plan, it’s often wiser to wait until you’ve fleshed out your idea enough to...

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Start Up: A Minimalist Approach

As you start your business, there’s lots to do. It’s easy to get overwhelmed or confused about what to focus on and when.

At this stage, it will often feel like there’s a...

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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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