Operating your own small business is a daily challenge. Writing about it, for some people, is even more so. My advice to small business owners who are looking to start their own blog is to star in their own blog. That statement however, comes with a couple of caveats: Don’t do it to often and don’t get too personal when you do. If youRead More
It’s finally summer! And for those of us in Canada that means the short but sweet period of warm weather we wait for all year long. It’s great to get out and enjoy the summer weather but as entrepreneurs we still need to work and grow our businesses. Working however doesn’t always have to be a chore as you can work some fun inRead More
Born December of 1960 in St. Thomas, Ontario, Jackie Matej is one of nine children. At just 7 years old Jackie was diagnosed with Turner syndrome, a rare chromosome disorder that affects only women leaving them with medical conditions such as infertility, heart problems, vision problems, thyroid problems and kidney malformations. Jackie has never let this deter her from achieving her goals and having aRead More
While all non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) cover certain fundamentals, the way these fundamentals are covered will vary. To illustrate this, let’s compare how some core provisions of a non-disclosure agreement might be structured in a few commonly encountered business contexts, namely working with service providers and pitching to investors. Service Providers are bringing their skill, expertise and resources to the table to work for yourRead More
Note: This information differs slightly for employees who are required/allowed to work from home. Many entrepreneurs love the idea of starting a business from home because now they get to claim the home expenses – or rather a portion of them – as a business expense! BUT entrepreneurs beware there are conditions to be met! You need to meet ONE of the following conditions:
- It needs to be you principal place of business OR
Right-Placement vs. Outplacement. What’s the right choice? There are several types of placement services that I offer to companies. Right-Placement – makes sure an employee is in a role where they are effective, motivated and high-performing. Outplacement – helps an employee who has already left a company to prepare for their next job, wherever that may be. Both of these types of placements have theirRead More
Video is becoming an essential tactic in any marketing strategy. The great thing for small businesses with smaller budgets is that you don’t need an overly produced video to get great results. However, you do need to be able to present yourself and your brand well on camera. The key thing to remember is that MOST people feel weird or awkward at first on camera.Read More
Recently, at a networking event, a young woman approached me and asked for my business card. So far so good right? Typical you might think as that’s what these networking events are all about. Hand out as many cards as you can, collect as many as you can and then set about the follow-up call where you will, in theory, make great connections andRead More
Emerging economies and emerging markets are terms that are being thrown around quite readily in today’s business world. Amidst the current and upcoming changes to political climates in some of the world’s most developed countries economic forecasters and investment experts often refer to emerging economies when predicting growth or elevated risks. But just what are emerging economies and why should we care about them? HereRead More
Ritu is an expressive dance Instructor. Having danced for many years and performed at numerous events across Peel Region, Ritu is well-known for her Expressive style Bollywood Dance. She teaches both traditional Bollywood expressive style as well as Bollyfit classes. She is able to successfully get people on their feet and have fun. She is always thrilled to accept any opportunity to perform and reach outRead More
There are inevitably times when an enterprise needs to share information on a confidential basis. Expectations, obligations and practices of confidentiality are at play all the time in day to day business. While most entrepreneurs know this when it comes to managing their finances or keeping customer information private, it is not as obvious when they need to be proactive and thoughtful about using non-disclosureRead More
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With the spring real estate market underway you hear a lot about how simple getting a pre-qualification or a pre-approval can be. You’ll be told you can go online, fill in a few fields and are given a magic number. While getting a pre-qualification is a quick and simple process, it won’t leave you feeling as confident as a pre-approval with a licenced professional would.Read More
Understandably as a business owner there are A LOT of expenses to start and run your business. A common area entrepreneurs try to save a little is by doing their own bookkeeping. However bookkeeping is a vital process for a business and doing this wrong can be financially devastating! If you are going to be a DIYselfer avoid the following mistakes!
- Keep track of