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The 10 Best Small Business Opportunities of 2015
My picks for the best businesses to start in 2015. If this is the year you're going to start your own business, you'll want to know about these business opportunities.
10 Ways to Cut Business Costs
Small business expenses keep rising. Learn how you can keep the lid on increasing business costs.
Can You Believe These 12 Wacky Businesses...
From head lice through road kill, all of these unique business ideas have one thing in common; they're all real businesses that make money.
The 10 Best Home Business Opportunities for Now...
Searching for a hot home business opportunity? These are what I think are the best home business opportunities because of their current and future potential.
The 8 Simple Rules of Good Customer Service
These 8 simple rules will ensure that your business becomes known for its good customer service and allow you to reap the benefits that good customer service provides.
16 Part-Time Businesses You Can Start Today
Part time businesses that offer flexibility so you can do the other things you want to do - and still make money.
7 Inexpensive Businesses That Anyone Can Start
Don't have much to invest? Check out this list of business ideas for profitable businesses you can start quickly and inexpensively.
The 5 Types of Customers (And How to Make Them...
Focusing on the 20 percent of your loyal customers can improve your bottom line. Mark Hunter describes the five different types of customers and how to turn more of them into repeat buyers.
The 8 Sections a Winning Business Plan Has to...
Learn how to research and write all the necessary sections of the business plan to get your business off to the best possible start.
5 Reasons the Cloud Might Not Be Good for...
Should your small business get into cloud computing in a big way or not? Reading about these disadvantages of cloud computing will help you make up your mind.
What Canadian Small Business Owners Need to...
Here's what information has to be on your invoice and a sample invoice with GST and PST that you can use as an invoice template for your Canadian small business.
7 Small Businesses You Don't Want to Start
If you want to start a successful small business that actually makes money, here are seven business ideas you'll want to avoid.
How to Write a Mission Statement in 3 Easy Steps
The mission statement announces to the world why your company exists. Here's how to write one and some sample mission statements for you to pattern yours after.
29 Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Business Website
Dramatically increase the number of visitors to your business website with these traffic-generating ideas.
Attention, Business Owners: Here Are 6 Surefire...
Shifting your sales focus can make increasing your sales easier - and build the customer loyalty that results in repeat sales. Learn how with these six sure ways to increase sales.
How Long Will I Wait for a Canadian Tax Refund?
How long does a tax refund take after you file Canadian income tax? This Canadian income tax refund FAQ has the answer.
19 Advertising Ideas for Your Small Business
These nineteen small business advertising ideas - both the tried and true and some you may not have tried yet - will let you grow your customer base much more quickly.
6 Ways to Attract New Customers
Simple inexpensive marketing strategies that almost any small business can use to increase their customers and sales.
Use Target Marketing & Market Segmentation...
What is target marketing? This definition explains and outlines the basics of market segmentation.
10 Affordable Ways to Market Your Small Business
Business promotion doesn't have to be expensive to be effective. Get the word out about your business with these ten strategies that are effective and inexpensive.
Important Steps to Starting a Business in Canada
Starting a business in Canada? Use this guide to the steps you need to follow so you don't overlook anything you need to do when getting started.
Write an Inspiring Vision Statement for Your...
A vision statement is your ticket to success as it provides the inspiration for your business's strategic decisions. Here's how to write one in three easy steps.
Where To Get Ideas for Your New Business?
Want to start a new business and need some ideas? Here are some suggestions for small businesses.
Here's an Example of How to Write an Executive...
Here's an example of an executive summary for a business plan.
How to Write an Executive Summary That Gets...
Here's how to write an executive summary that will get the rest of your business plan read.
What Is Customer Service?
What is customer service and why is it critical to small businesses especially? This definition explains.
What Type of Business Should You Start?
If you want to start a business, there's a world of bewildering possibilities out there. This five-step plan will lead you through the decision making process for figuring out what type of business you truly want to start.
5 Rules for Choosing a Winning Business Name
These five rules for choosing a business name will help you create a business name that's easy for your customers to remember and good for business promotion too.
Top 10 Tips for Starting a Business That Will...
Thinking of starting a business but worried about failure? Learn how to start a business that will succeed with these top ten pieces of advice.
Here's What You Need to Know About Writing an...
This part of the Writing A Business Plan article series explains how to write the operating plan section of the business plan. Learn how to describe your business' stage of development and production process in the business plan.
A Customer Service Survey Example That You Can...
Use this customer service survey to get feedback about face-to-face customer service interactions.
Love Animals? Here are 18 Pet-Oriented Business...
Put your money and energy where your heart is and start a pet business! Here are eighteen pet business ideas.
Non-Canadians - How to Open a Business in Canada
Are you a non-Canadian who would like to start a company in Canada? Here's how you can open a business in Canada.
Are You Answering the Phone Properly at Your...
How you answer the phone says a great deal about your business. Here's how to do it properly.
The Absolutely Best Home-Based Business &...
Follow these six steps to start a home-based business that will succeed rather than just being a drain of your time and money.
Business Plan Essentials: Writing a Cash Flow...
How to write the financial plan section of the business plan.
How to Write an Advisory Board Invitation Letter
A sample business invitation letter that your small business can use to invite people to serve on your own advisory board.
A Free Invoice Template for Your Small Business
If all you need is a simple invoice, this free invoice template designed for a small business selling products, should fit the bill.
Green Marketing
What is green marketing? This green marketing definition includes an introduction to the key issues and general trends in green marketing, such as greenwashing.
How to Create an HST Invoice for Business in...
This invoice sample shows an example of a small business invoice for a product with the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST).
Are You a Good Leader?
What are the main leadership skills and do they apply to business? Find out in this leadership definition.
10 Tips to Help You Succeed at Cold Calling
Cold calling is still an effective sales tactic if done right. Use these tips to make your cold calling successful.
Want to Be a Stay at Home Mom or Dad? Start One...
Want to stay at home with your kids but need to work? Start one of these small businesses and make it happen.
How Much Salary Are You Worth as a Small...
Of course you need to be paid as a small business owner. But how much salary should you give yourself? The answer may surprise you.
Get Your Digital Files Organized With These 10...
Tips for keeping the files on your computer and/or mobile devices or cloud storage organized and up-to-date.
3 Ways to Find What Your Small Business is...
Selling a business? Here is an explanation of the three most common business valuation methods to help you determine how much your business is worth.
Business Plan Tips: Sample Industry Overview
Need to know how to write the industry overview section of a business plan? This example is based on a fictional pet care business called Pet Grandma.
How to Soothe an Angry, Annoyed or Otherwise...
The relationship between you and a client tense? These client relationship lessons will help you minimize conflict and add value in your clients' eyes.
The Beginner's Guide to Document Management
Here's how to create and implement a document management plan for small business.
What You Need to Know about Writing a Vision...
What's a vision statement? Why is it so crucial for your small business to have one? Find out here.
10 Customer Service Tips to Keep Folks Coming...
The key to keeping customers is the level of customer service you provide. Liz Tahir presents ten customer service tips that will keep them coming back.
7 Ways to Come Up with a Winning Business Idea
How do you find the business ideas that will be the most profitable and personally fulfilling? Learn how to think like an entrepreneur.
8 Easy Ways to Get Your Small Business Into...
Want to sell online but don’t have a lot of tech savvy? These turnkey ecommerce packages make getting your products online and selling them easy – and are inexpensive too.
How to Protect Your Tax Status as a Contractor...
If you and the Canada Revenue Agency don't agree on the answer, you'll end up in the seventh circle of tax hell. This four point test determines the answer.
Business Plan Tips: How to Write the Management...
Writing a business plan? Here's how to describe your internal management team, your external management resources and your human resources needs in the management plan section of the business plan.
Get Inspired With These Sample Business Vision...
A page of sample vision statements to inspire you.
The 10 Best Small Business Opportunities of 2014
These best business opportunities are not only worth starting now but will make profits for years to come. Check them out if you want to start a small business in 2014.
business plan, target market, market analysis,...
Need to know how to write a business plan? These instructions explain how to define your target market and write the Market Analysis section of the business plan, with guiding questions to make writing a business plan easier.
How Sales Forecasting Affects Your Business'...
What is sales forecasting? This sales forecasting definition includes an explanation of the differences between sales forecasting for new businesses and established businesses.
12 Steps to an Effective Marketing Strategy
How to kickstart your sales and marketing by creating an effective sales and marketing strategy.
What's the Right Way to Pay Yourself as a Small...
As a small business owner operating a corporation in Canada, should you pay yourself salary or dividends? Here are the advantages and disadvantages of each to help you decide.
Why Owning Your Own Business Is Better Than...
Owning your own business has some great advantages and can be a lot more satisfying than working for someone else as an employee.
How to Write a Marketing Plan (From Pricing...
Learn how to create the Advertising and Promotion section of your marketing plan. Page 4.
Business Plan Tips: How to Write a Winning...
What is an executive summary? This definition includes information on writing a business plan executive summary and a link to an example.
Want Clients? Get Over Your Shyness & Ask...
You can exponentially increase the number of referrals you get, dramatically increasing your client base, by doing one simple thing - asking for referrals. Here are several scripts you can use to ask for referrals and some tips for making asking for referrals easier.
How (and Why) to Get a Canadian Business Number
Does your Canadian business need a Business Number? And how do you get a Business Number if you need one? This entry in the Starting a Business FAQ explains who needs a Business Number and how to register for one if you do.
How to Write the Perfect Company Mission...
What is a mission statement and how does it differ from a vision statement?
A Free, Customizable Contract for Consultants
This sample contract for consulting services defines the legal relationship between one company providing consulting services to another. Feel free to adapt it to your contract needs and use it.
7 Ways to Keep Your Office Under Control
Good office management makes your business run smoothly and increases your profits. Use these seven tips to get it happening in your business.
Why No One Takes Your Speeches Seriously
Dropping final “g”s is one of the most common examples of poor enunciation. Here are some exercises to speak more clearly.
10 Things to Know Before You Sign a Partnership...
Using a written partnership agreement saves personal grief down the road because it allows you and your partner(s) to agree on how you're going to handle particular situations before they arise. Here's what good partnership agreements need to include.
Why Finding Your Niche Market Is Key to Success
Definition of term niche market and an explanation of how to capitalize on a niche market for small business owners.
Don't Want Debt? Here Are 7 Canadian Small...
A collection of Canada government grants for growing or starting a small business. See if your small business qualifies for any of this free money.
7 Green Business Ideas for Entrepreneurs Who...
By starting a green business you will be targeting a growing market and making the world a better place. Here are what I think are the best green business ideas.
What's Actually the Point of Time Management?
A definition of time management, including skills that need to be mastered for effective use of time.
Top 10 Productivity Hacks
Wish you could get more done each day and enjoy what you do more? Follow these tips to become your best, most productive self.
Want to Give Good Customer Service? Learn How...
A customer or client seeking help is the most common customer service interaction so it must be done right. Use the following tips for better customer service to educate your staff and evaluate their customer service performance.
The Pros and Cons of Incorporating Your Small...
Thinking of incorporating your small business? Here's an outline of the advantages of incorporation.
The Three Methods of Sales Forecasting That You...
A detailed explanation of how to use three methods of sales forecasting by Terry Elliot.
Need a Simple Service Invoice? Use This Free...
This free simple invoice template is for small businesses that bill customers/clients for services rendered.
10 Tools That Make Digital Transcription Much...
Need to perform dictation and/or digital transcription? Here are some of the best tools available.
What Are the Advantages & Disadvantages of...
Sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, cooperative - which form of Canadian business ownership should you choose? Here are the disadvantages and advantages of the sole proprietorship.
7 Tips for Creating an Unforgettable Sales...
These seven tips from Kelley Robertson will show you how to create a sales presentation that will make the sale.
5 Ways to Improve Your Negotiation Skills
Learn how to negotiate more effectively with these five negotiation strategies that will help you improve your negotiation skills and drive more dollars to your bottom line.
Target the Huge Boomer Market with These Small...
Learn how you can get a piece of the biggest market of all with these small business ideas based on baby boomer trends.
7 Ways to Increase Prices Without Losing...
Need to tell your customers about a price increase but worried about keeping their business? Mark Hunter explains how to convince your customers that a price increase is reasonable and necessary in a way that will keep them on board.
9 Business Ideas That Can Weather a Shaky Economy
Worried that tough times will kill your new small business? Pick one of these ideas for a business that will not only survive but thrive.
5 Ways to Market Your Website for Free
Learn how to market your website for free with these five methods for getting website promotion.
Speed Up Your Filing With These 5 Tips
Learn how to set up a filing system that helps you work swiftly and efficiently with these filing tips and tricks.
5 Steps to Running Payroll in Canada
This Guide explains everything you need to do to stay on the right side of the Canada Revenue Agency, including exactly what and how to deduct payroll taxes from each employee's pay.
Understanding the 2 Types of Corporate Entities...
What's the difference between federal and provincial incorporation and is one better than the other for your business? Read this incorporation in Canada FAQ for the answer.
5 Ways to Attract Lifelong Customers
Want to provide good customer service? The first secret of good customer service is how to build business to customer loyalty.
How to Invoice in Canada
Need to know how to invoice for your Canadian small business's particular tax situation? This collection of invoice templates includes how to invoice for HST, how to invoice if you're a small supplier and more.
11 Tips to Better Time Management
Come to grips with the time management myth and take control of your time to be more organized and productive.
Every Canadian Business Owner Should Know About...
This page of the Answers to Common GST Questions explains what Input Tax Credits are and how to use Input Tax Credits to get back the GST you’ve paid out if you are operating a Canadian business and a GST registrant.
How to Write a Stunning Sales Letter in 5 Easy...
Studies show that sales letters outperform brochures and postcards. Here's how to write a sales letter that will persuade your readers to buy your product or service.
8 Places to Look for Startup Business Funding
Where to look for the start up money you need and the most popular sources of start up funding.
15 Plus Business Ideas for Targeting the 65...
Those 65 plus are the biggest and best market for your products and services. Here are over a dozen ideas for businesses you could start targeting the seniors' market.
5 Affordable Ways to Market Your Business Online
Learn how to create and execute a successful internet marketing plan in just five steps.
The Best Business Opportunities for Retirees
Full-time retirement isn't for everyone. Starting a business in retirement can help you stay active, happy, healthy, and supplement your income.
Running a Canadian Business? Here's How to...
This FAQ explains the GST/HST registration process in Canada and provides the numbers and/or forms necessary to complete your GST/HST registration.
Work from Home? Don't Forget These 6 Canadian...
Don't miss these Canadian home based business tax deductions if you're running a business out of your home.
The True Cost of Incorporation in Canada
Thinking of business incorporation in Canada and wondering how much it will cost? Here are the details of how much it costs to incorporate.
7 Online Business Models
Seven different online business models for you to choose from so you can start to make money online.
The Beginner's Guide to Starting a Business in...
Starting a business in Alberta? This business registration guide explains the process of registering a business in Alberta in detail.
Where to Look for Your Target Market
Marilyn Guille explains how to create an effective marketing strategy by first identifying your target market and zeroing in on it.
How Is Promotion Different from Advertising?
A definition of promotion and an explanation of how promotion differs from advertising for small business owners.
Why You Need a Breakeven Analysis
Definition of business term breakeven analysis and how to do a breakeven analysis to determine pricing.
8 Inexpensive Marketing Strategies
Want to attract new business? Kelley Robertson presents eight inexpensive marketing strategies that will generate new business leads.
Small Business Banking: The Best Business Bank...
Looking for a small business bank account? This comparison of business bank accounts and small business banking services available from Canadian banks will help you find the business bank account that's the best fit for your Canadian small business.
Need a Digital Voice Recorder? Here Are 8 We Love
Looking for a digital voice recorder? Record and transfer audio information to your PC with ease with these top digital voice recorders.
All Strong Businesses Have One of These
Definition of the term business plan and business plan resources for small business owners.
Looking for Summer Work? Here Are 10 Ideal...
Are you a student looking for a summer job and want to start your own business? Here are the best business ideas for students.
5 Ways Your Business Could Be Making More Money
Ideas for ways your business can make more money without spending a lot of money to do it.
4 Ways to Provide Better Customer Service Than...
Four ways to provide the excellent customer service that outshines your competitors - and will keep your customers coming back.
Can You Set Up an LLC in Canada?
Can you set up an LLC in Canada? Read this incorporation in Canada FAQ for the answer.
3 Questions to Answer Before Starting a Business
Thinking of starting a small business? Learn what you need to succeed as an entrepreneur and how to avoid failure.
What Every Start-Up Should Know About Venture...
Definition of the term venture capitalist and an explanation of the difference between venture capitalists and angel investors.
Business Plan Tips: Writing Competitive...
Writing a business plan? Preparing to write the Competitive Analysis section of the business plan means finding out about your competitors. Here's how.
What Kind of Business Is a Sole Proprietorship?
Definition of the term sole proprietorship and an explanation of the disadvantages and advantages of sole proprietorship for Canadian small business owners.
What Online Business Owners Should Know About...
Does your Canadian small business sell online? Learn how to charge provincial sales taxes (PST) and harmonized sales tax (HST) on your online sales.
Here's Why Cloud Computing Is Ideal for Small...
Why cloud computing? Because it can be a real game changer for small businesses. Read all about the advantages of cloud computing here.
Want to Sell Your Business at a Profit? Do...
Selling a business is the most popular exit strategy for business owners. Whatever the reason you want to sell yours, these tips for selling a business will help ensure that you get the best price when you sell.
Do You Need to Register Your Business Name?
Do you need to register a business name? Learn how with these resources on business registration in Canada, including details on how to register a business name in various provinces.
5 Steps to Register a Corporation in Ontario
This page of the business registration in Ontario guide explains the procedure for registering a corporation in Ontario, including how to choose a business name for your corporation, conducting a name search and completing the articles of incorporation. Page 3.
How to Fund Your Small Business with a Grant
Small business grants that can help you start and grow your Canadian small business do exist. Use these five tips to make your search for small business grants in Canada more successful.
How to Patent Your Invention in Canada
When you invent a process or a product that you feel is worthwhile, you'll want to get a patent for it. Otherwise, your rights to the invention are not protected. This article explains how to get a patent in Canada.
Incorporating in Canada? This Is the Kind of...
A primer on the corporate tax advantages that Canadian-controlled private corporations enjoy over other types of Canadian corporations.
Create a Marketing Plan in 4 Simple Steps
This article explains the difference between a marketing strategy and a marketing plan and shows how to get started developing a marketing plan.
How to Create a Sales Incentive Program That...
Have your past sales incentive programs been a disappointment? Here's how to create a sales incentive program that will motivate your salespeople.
Market Research
What is market research? Here's a market research definition for small business owners and some market research resources.
Types of Corporations in Canada and Corporate Tax
Different types of corporations in Canada get taxed differently. Here's what you need to know about corporate tax to choose the 'right' type of corporation.
5 Steps to Incorporation in Canada
An outline of the general steps for incorporation in Canada, from choosing where to incorporate your business through receiving your certificate of incorporation.
PST, GST and HST Rates for All the Different...
How provincial sales taxes apply to small businesses in different Canadian provinces and what each province's provincial sales tax (PST) rates are.
Pros and Cons of Buying into a Franchise
Becoming a franchisee can be a shortcut to success when starting a business but there are advantages and disadvantages to buying a franchise.
Is It Multilevel Marketing or an Illegal...
Thinking about signing on with a multilevel marketing opportunity? Read this first. It could be a pyramid scheme.
Top 10 Ways to Attract Quality Employees
Employee recruitment can be difficult for small businesses. These tips for attracting employees will up the odds of recruiting the people you need.
Invoice
This invoice definition explains what an invoice is and provides some invoice tips and rules for doing business in Canada.
How to Set Up Share Classes for a New...
This article explains three share classes that may be used when setting up a new corporation in Canada (Common Voting Shares, Common Non-Voting Shares and Preferred Shares) and explains when and why you might want to use each share class.
Starting an Import Business
Interested in starting an import business? This guide to importing into Canada will get you started and give you all the information you need to start importing goods.
How Talking Slower Could Improve Sales
The fourth speech lesson of the Speak For Success course deals with the speech problem of pace. The information and related speech exercises in this lesson will help you slow down your speech and make it easier for your listeners to understand you.
Do You Have What It Takes to Start a Business?
Here are the resources you need to start a successful small business, from a Type D Personality through start up money.
What Does Capital Investment Mean?
Two definitions of capital investment and how capital investment applies to small businesses.
5 Reasons a Business Plan Is Key to Success
Five reasons for writing a business plan, whether you're just starting a business or running an established business.
What is the GST (Goods and Services Tax) in...
Definition of terms GST (Goods and Services Tax) and HST and how the GST and HST apply to Canadian small businesses.
3 Keys to Business Phone Greeting Success
Telephone greetings are critical for businesses because prospects are deciding whether or not to do business with you. Yet many companies convolute the telephone greeting to the point that employees hate saying it and customers and prospects dread listening to it. When it comes to phone greetings, there is power in simplicity. Here are the three keys to business phone greeting success.
How to Create a Quick & Easy Facebook Cover
A word cloud can be a very attractive Facebook cover. Here’s how to make one with Wordle and save it as an image.
7 Ways to Make Money on eBay
These seven eBay selling tips will help you get started selling on eBay successfully and get on your way to becoming an eBay PowerSeller.
When Is The Canadian Taxes Due Date?
Wondering when Canadian taxes are due? Here's information on tax due dates for both personal income tax and corporate income tax returns.
Do You Need to Write a Business Plan?
Writing a business plan is critical before you start a business. Here's why it should be one of the first things you do.

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