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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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Write a Mission Statement in 3 Easy Steps
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 to Have a Successful Company Christmas Party
Make your company Christmas party an event that staff want to attend rather than avoid with these ideas.
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.
Here's an Example of How to Write an Executive...
Here's an example of an executive summary for a business plan.
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.
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.
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.
6 Ways to Attract New Customers
Simple inexpensive marketing strategies that almost any small business can use to increase their customers and sales.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Business Plan Essentials: Writing a Cash Flow...
How to write the financial plan section of the business plan.
How to Find Success Through Target Marketing
What is target marketing? This target marketing definition explains and outlines the basics of market segmentation.
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.
Get Inspired With These Sample Business Vision...
A page of sample vision statements to inspire you.
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.
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.
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 Three Methods of Sales Forecasting That You...
A detailed explanation of how to use three methods of sales forecasting by Terry Elliot.
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.
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.
Are You a Good Leader?
What are the main leadership skills and do they apply to business? Find out in this leadership definition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Customer Service Survey
Use this customer service survey to get feedback about face-to-face customer service interactions.
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.
Why Working From Home Isn't for Everybody
Working from home can be great but is not for everyone. Here are some of the disadvantages of working from home or running a home-based business.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Write a Marketing Plan (From Pricing...
The first of four pages laying out the marketing plan section of your business plan.
5 Affordable Ways to Market Your Business Online
Learn how to create and execute a successful internet marketing plan in just five steps.
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.
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).
How to Choose Business Christmas Cards - &...
How to choose and send business Christmas cards, including what kinds of cards to send and how to properly address business Christmas cards.
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.
3 Ways to Know If Your Business is Sick
How is your business doing? Use these three financial ratios to check the health of your business.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Write the Perfect Company Mission...
What is a mission statement and how does it differ from a vision statement?
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.
The Pros and Cons of Incorporating Your Small...
Thinking of incorporating your small business? Here's an outline of the advantages of incorporation.
12 Steps to an Effective Marketing Strategy
How to kickstart your sales and marketing by creating an effective sales and marketing strategy.
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.
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.
This Simple Practice Will Propel Your Business...
This goal setting definition includes a brief explanation of techniques to help you actually accomplish the goals that you set.
Why Finding Your Niche Market Is Key To Succes
Definition of term niche market and an explanation of how to capitalize on a niche market for small business owners.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Beginner's Guide to Document Management
Here's how to create and implement a document management plan for small business.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Love Animals? Here are 18 Pet-Oriented Business...
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.
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.
Marketing
What is marketing? This definition explains and outlines the basics that are the key components of a marketing plan for any business.
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.
8 Inexpensive Marketing Strategies
Want to attract new business? Kelley Robertson presents eight inexpensive marketing strategies that will generate new business leads.
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.
Want to Be Your Own Boss? Try These Top...
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 Top 10 Tried-and-True Ways to Grow Your...
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.
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.
29 Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Business Website
Dramatically increase the number of visitors to your business website with these traffic-generating ideas.
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.
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.
A Definition of Accounts Receivable
A definition of the accounting term accounts receivable and how account receivable applies to small businesses.
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.
Why You Need a Breakeven Analysis
Definition of business term breakeven analysis and how to do a breakeven analysis to determine pricing.
5 Tips to Speed Up Your Filing Process
Learn how to set up a filing system that helps you work swiftly and efficiently with these filing tips and tricks.
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.
The 6 Essential Elements of a Good Business Name
A good business name tells customers who you are, what you do, and how you do it. Here's how to pick the right new business name by applying these six elements.
How Is Promotion Different from Advertising?
A definition of promotion and an explanation of how promotion differs from advertising for small business owners.
Create a Christmas Window Display for your...
Use these five Christmas window display tips to to entice customers into your business, customers who are in a festive, spending mood.
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.
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.
Why Every Business Owner Needs a Cash Flow...
A definition of cash flow and an explanation of cash flow analysis for small business owners.
10 Tools That Make Digital Transcription Much...
Need to perform dictation and/or digital transcription? Here are some of the best tools available.
4 Ways to Corner Your Niche Market
Niche marketing is a common path to small business success. Learn how your small business can capitalize on unmet needs and find and master your own niche market.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Market Research
What is market research? Here's a market research definition for small business owners and some market research resources.
5 Tips for Selling Your Product to Big Box Stores
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.
What Are the 5 Touchpoints of Strong Branding?
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.
5 Ways to Market Your Website for Free
Learn how to market your website for free with these five methods for getting website promotion.
5 Steps to Register a Corporation in Ontario
A business registration guide for registering a sole proprietorship, partnership or corporation in Ontario, Canada.
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.
Here Is The Best PC and Mac Backup Software To...
Here's a selection of top PC backup software for small business users that will give you the data backup protection you need.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do I need to charge the GST?
Does your Canadian business have to charge the GST HST? Find out on this page of the Answers to Common GST Questions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10 Easy Ways Your Business Can Go Green
Here are ten easy ways your business can go green and be a more environmentally friendly place.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Contractors Beware if the CRA Declares You a...
Learn how to avoid being declared a personal services corporation by the Canada Revenue Agency and losing your small business tax deductions.
How to Calculate Capital Cost Allowance
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.
8 Places to Look for Business Funding
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.
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.
The 7 Most Common Business Plan Mistakes
Starting a new business? Save yourself future grief by learning what the most common business plan mistakes are before you write one.
Why You (Probably) Need to Register a Business...
Do you have to register a business name when you're starting a business? This FAQ has the answer - and explains why you might want to register your business name even if you don't have to.
Sample Advisory Board Meeting Agenda
A sample Advisory Board meeting agenda that you can use for the first small business Advisory Board meeting, with notes on how to adapt the agenda for future board meetings. Page 2.
Should My Business Use Social Media?
Learn what social media is and how your small business can get started using four of the most popular platforms.
Looking For the Best Accounting Software for...
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 Does Capital Investment Mean?
Two definitions of capital investment and how capital investment applies to small businesses.
How to Run a Successful Marketing Campaign,...
How to run a successful marketing campaign, boost sales and improve your business bottom line.
The Growth Strategy Any Small Business Can Use
Increasing your sales in your existing market is a business growth strategy that any small business can use and is one of the easiest growth strategies to implement. Use these tips to start increasing your sales.
Customer Service Guide for Small Business
This customer service guide covers what good customer service is - and how you can assess and improve the customer service your small business provides.
Upgrade Your Customer Service in 3 Steps
Learn how to provide good customer service with this Customer Service Makeover. It will show you how your small business can provide the good, better or even superior customer service that consumers want.
Want to Do Business Online? Here's Your Very...
The first step to starting an online business is registering a domain name. Here's how to do it and tips for picking the best domain name for you.
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