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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.
If you want to start a successful small business that actually makes money, here are seven business ideas you'll want to avoid.
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.
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.
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 mission statement announces to the world at large why your company exists. Here's how to write one and some sample mission statements for you to pattern yours after.
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.
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.
Starting a new business? Save yourself future grief by learning what the most common business plan mistakes are before you write one.
Learn how to research and write all the necessary sections of the business plan to get your business off to the best possible start.
Simple inexpensive marketing strategies that almost any small business can use to increase their customers and sales.
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.
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.
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.
Don't have much to invest? Check out this list of business ideas for profitable businesses you can start quickly and inexpensively.
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.
Here's how to write an executive summary that will get the rest of your business plan read.
What is target marketing? This target marketing definition explains and outlines the basics of market segmentation.
Make your company Christmas party an event that staff want to attend rather than avoid with these ideas.
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.
Here's an example of an executive summary for a business plan.
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.
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.
Here's a selection of top PC backup software for small business users that will give you the data backup protection you need.
How to write the financial plan section of the business plan.
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.
Tips for keeping the files on your computer and/or mobile devices or cloud storage organized and up-to-date.
How you answer the phone says a great deal about your business. Here's how to do it properly.
A page of sample vision statements to inspire you.
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.
Cold calling is still an effective sales tactic if done right. Use these tips to make your cold calling successful.
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.
What's a vision statement? Why is it so crucial for your small business to have one? Find out here.
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.
Want to start a new business and need some ideas? Here are some suggestions for small businesses.
A detailed explanation of how to use three methods of sales forecasting by Terry Elliot.
What is customer service and why is it critical to small businesses especially? This definition explains.
A sample business invitation letter that your small business can use to invite people to serve on your own advisory board.
Are you a non-Canadian who would like to start a company in Canada? Here's how you can open a business in Canada.
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.
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.
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 do you find the business ideas that will be the most profitable and personally fulfilling? Learn how to think like an entrepreneur.
Need to perform dictation and/or digital transcription? Here are some of the best tools available.
What are the main leadership skills and do they apply to business? Find out in this leadership definition.
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.
A definition of time management, including skills that need to be mastered for effective use of time.
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.
How to kickstart your sales and marketing by creating an effective sales and marketing strategy.
What is a mission statement and how does it differ from a vision statement?
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.
Use this customer service survey to get feedback about face-to-face customer service interactions.
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.
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.
Because North Americans are so willing to put their money where their hearts are, a pet business can be a very profitable small business. Here are eighteen pet business ideas.
Want to attract new business? Kelley Robertson presents eight inexpensive marketing strategies that will generate new business leads.
Here's how to create and implement a document management plan for small business.
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.
What is sales forecasting? This sales forecasting definition includes an explanation of the differences between sales forecasting for new businesses and established businesses.
Thinking of incorporating your small business? Here's an outline of the advantages of incorporation.
Sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, cooperative - which form of Canadian business ownership should you choose? Here are the disadvantages and advantages of the sole proprietorship.
Dropping final “g”s is one of the most common examples of poor enunciation. Here are some exercises to speak more clearly.
Owning your own business has some great advantages and can be a lot more satisfying than working for someone else as an employee.
Does your Canadian small business sell online? Learn how to charge provincial sales taxes (PST) and harmonized sales tax (HST) on your online sales.
The baby boomer market is an extremely desirable market because of its sheer size. Learn how you can get a piece of the baby boomer market with these small business ideas based on baby boomer trends.
The first of four pages laying out the marketing plan section of your business plan.
Good office management makes your business run smoothly and increases your profits. Use these seven tips to get it happening in your business.
This invoice sample shows an example of a small business invoice for a product with the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST).
Market segmentation is the key to finding and selling to your target market. Marilyn Guille explains how to define your target market through market segmentation. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
Four ways to provide the excellent customer service that outshines your competitors - and will keep your customers coming back.
These Halloween statistics prove that those Halloween jack-o-lanterns are packed with business opportunities. Get inspired with these Halloween business ideas.
Definition of term niche market and an explanation of how to capitalize on a niche market for small business owners.
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.
This goal setting definition includes a brief explanation of techniques to help you actually accomplish the goals that you set.
Becoming a franchisee can be a shortcut to success when starting a business but there are advantages and disadvantages to buying a franchise.
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.
Want to provide good customer service? The first secret of good customer service is how to build business to customer loyalty.
What is an executive summary? This definition includes information on writing a business plan executive summary and a link to an example.
Dramatically increase the number of visitors to your business website with these traffic-generating ideas.
Learn how to set up a filing system that helps you work swiftly and efficiently with these filing tips and tricks.
Don't miss these Canadian home based business tax deductions if you're running a business out of your home.
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.
Writing a business plan? Preparing to write the Competitive Analysis section of the business plan means finding out about your competitors. Here's how.
These seven tips from Kelley Robertson will show you how to create a sales presentation that will make the sale.
Canadian businesses can earn Child Care Tax Credits for creating child care spaces. This article explains how to earn and claim these Investment Tax Credits.
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.
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.
Canada's Small Business Week provides a wealth of opportunities for your small business. Here are the top seven reasons you should get involved and a brief history.
How is your business doing? Use these three financial ratios to check the health of your business.
An outline of the general steps for incorporation in Canada, from choosing where to incorporate your business through receiving your certificate of incorporation.
Learn how to market your website for free with these five methods for getting website promotion.
Come to grips with the time management myth and take control of your time to be more organized and productive.
Learn how to create and execute a successful internet marketing plan in just five steps.
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.
Five reasons for writing a business plan, whether you're just starting a business or running an established business.
The best growth strategies because all of these ways of growing your business have been successfully used by other businesses and with some investment will work for you.
Follow these six steps to start a home-based business that will succeed rather than just being a drain of your time and money.
Ideas for ways your business can make more money without spending a lot of money to do it.
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.
Live the dream and get your products onto a big box retailer’s shelves with these tips for making your company and products more appealing to big box retailers and information on how to become a Wal-Mart, Home Depot or Costco supplier.
This FAQ explains the GST/HST registration process in Canada and provides the numbers and/or forms necessary to complete your GST/HST registration.
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.
Definition of the term venture capitalist and an explanation of the difference between venture capitalists and angel investors.
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.
Thinking of business incorporation in Canada and wondering how much it will cost? Here are the details of how much it costs to incorporate.
The relationship between you and a client tense? These client relationship lessons will help you minimize conflict and add value in your clients' eyes.
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.
Starting a business in Alberta? This business registration guide explains the process of registering a business in Alberta in detail.
Definition of business term breakeven analysis and how to do a breakeven analysis to determine pricing.
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.
Have your past sales incentive programs been a disappointment? Here's how to create a sales incentive program that will motivate your salespeople.
If all you need is a simple invoice, this free invoice template designed for a small business selling products, should fit the bill.
The customer experience is the fulfillment of your brand promise, so it can't be left to chance. It has to consistently reinforce the brand promise across every customer touchpoint or the value of the brand itself is at risk. Scott Glatstein presents five easy steps to building a brand and an optimized customer experience.
Why cloud computing? Because it can be a real game changer for small businesses. Read all about the advantages of cloud computing here.
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.
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.
Whether you're looking for entry-level or full featured accounting and business management tools, here is the best accounting software for Canadian small businesses.
What is market research? Here's a market research definition for small business owners and some market research resources.
Here are the resources you need to start a successful small business, from a Type D Personality through start up money.
A definition of promotion and an explanation of how promotion differs from advertising for small business owners.
Employee recruitment can be difficult for small businesses. These tips for attracting employees will up the odds of recruiting the people you need.
Does your Canadian business have to charge the GST HST? Find out on this page of the Answers to Common GST Questions.
Two definitions of capital investment and how capital investment applies to small businesses.
Learn how to avoid being declared a personal services corporation by the Canada Revenue Agency and losing your small business tax deductions.
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.
A definition of cash flow and an explanation of cash flow analysis for small business owners.
Thinking of starting a small business? Learn what you need to succeed as an entrepreneur and how to avoid failure.
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 to run a successful marketing campaign, boost sales and improve your business bottom line.
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.
This page of the Answers to Common GST Questions presents an outline of how to remit GST and how filing GST HST returns in Canada works.
How are you going to get the business start up money you need to take your new business from idea to success? This rundown of where to look for the start up money you need and the most popular sources of business start up money, including sources of business start up loans, will help.
A list of low to no cost marketing ideas to help you get the word out about your small business - and how you can put these low to no cost marketing ideas into action.
Definition of the term sole proprietorship and an explanation of the disadvantages and advantages of sole proprietorship for Canadian small business owners.
Asset sale vs share sale – which is the best way to sell your small business? This comparison of the two ways to sell a business includes tips for sellers.
Looking for extra money for Christmas? Start one of these small businesses in the fall.
Niche marketing is a common path to small business success. No large retailer can be all things to all people, and there are always going to be segments of the population whose needs for particular products and/or services are going unmet. Learn how your small business can capitalize on these unmet needs and find and master your own niche market.
Learn how to calculate your Capital Cost Allowance for your Canadian income tax return the with this column by column guide to the T2125 form.
This article explains what small businesses need to know about charging, collecting and remitting Ontario HST.
Can you set up an LLC in Canada? Read this incorporation in Canada FAQ for the answer.
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.
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.
A primer on the corporate tax advantages that Canadian-controlled private corporations enjoy over other types of Canadian corporations.
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.
What is social media? This social media definition also provides examples and thoughts about why social media is so attractive to businesses.
Feeling that your service business doesn't bring in enough income but can't possibly work any more hours? Here are 7 ways you can make much more money - and maybe even work less.
This article explains the difference between a marketing strategy and a marketing plan and shows how to get started developing a marketing plan.