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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Customer Service Survey
Use this customer service survey to get feedback about face-to-face customer service interactions.
How to Improve Your Business Bottom Line...
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.
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.
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.
Are You a Good Leader?
What are the main leadership skills and do they apply to business? Find out in this leadership definition.
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.
Here's an Example of How to Write an Executive...
Here's an example of an executive summary for a business plan.
10 Ways to Improve Your Work-Life Balance
These top 10 New Year's resolutions for business people will help you strike a better work-life balance and improve your success.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Business Plan Essentials: Writing a Cash Flow...
How to write the financial plan section of the business plan.
Get Inspired With These Sample Business Vision...
A page of sample vision statements to inspire you.
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.
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).
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.
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.
The Three Methods of Sales Forecasting That You...
A detailed explanation of how to use three methods of sales forecasting by Terry Elliot.
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.
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.
What Is Customer Service?
What is customer service and why is it critical to small businesses especially? This definition explains.
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.
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.
12 Steps to an Effective Marketing Strategy
How to kickstart your sales and marketing by creating an effective sales and marketing strategy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Affordable Ways to Market Your Business Online
Learn how to create and execute a successful internet marketing plan in just five steps.
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.
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.
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.
The Beginner's Guide to Document Management
Here's how to create and implement a document management plan for small business.
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.
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.
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.
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 to Write a Marketing Plan (From Pricing...
The first of four pages laying out the marketing plan section of your business plan.
The Pros and Cons of Incorporating Your Small...
Thinking of incorporating your small business? Here's an outline of the advantages of incorporation.
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.
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.
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.
Child Care Tax Credits
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.
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.
How to Write the Perfect Company Mission...
What is a mission statement and how does it differ from a vision statement?
Marketing
What is marketing? This definition explains and outlines the basics that are the key components of a marketing plan for any business.
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.
10 Tools That Make Digital Transcription Much...
Need to perform dictation and/or digital transcription? Here are some of the best tools available.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Canadian Income Tax Rules for Employee Gifts
Employee gifts are tax deductible, unlike cash. Here are the rules for giving gifts to employees and using those gifts as tax deductions in Canada.
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.
8 Inexpensive Marketing Strategies
Want to attract new business? Kelley Robertson presents eight inexpensive marketing strategies that will generate new business leads.
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.
How Is Promotion Different from Advertising?
A definition of promotion and an explanation of how promotion differs from advertising for small business owners.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why Every Business Owner Needs a Cash Flow...
A definition of cash flow and an explanation of cash flow analysis for small business owners.
Need a Simple Service Invoice? Use This Free...
This free simple invoice template is for small businesses that bill customers/clients for services rendered.
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.
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 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.
Business Christmas Cards Are Good Business
Sending a business Christmas card is more than just a nice touch; business Christmas cards let you build a relationship with your clients and prospects. Here are tips for sending business Christmas cards.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your Small Business & Canadian Income Tax -...
Do you operate a Canadian small business? This guide presents all the information you need to know about preparing and filing Canadian income tax returns.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Everything Your Small Business Needs to Know...
What good customer service is - and how you can assess and improve the customer service your small business provides.
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.
Get Your Business Planning Done WIth This Year...
We all know how important business planning is - this year end checklist will inspire you to get to it and make your business planning easier.
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.
Top 10 Gift Baskets
Gift baskets are an ideal way to say thank you - and these business and corporate gift baskets will make your clients and/or employees think of you fondly long after the basket is empty. Here are my choices for business gift baskets that will impress.
5 Ways to Market Your Website for Free
Learn how to market your website for free with these five methods for getting website promotion.
29 Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Business Website
Dramatically increase the number of visitors to your business website with these traffic-generating ideas.
How to Run a Successful Marketing Campaign,...
How to run a successful marketing campaign, boost sales and improve your business bottom line.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
7 Online Business Models
Seven different online business models for you to choose from so you can start to make money online.
What Does Capital Investment Mean?
Two definitions of capital investment and how capital investment applies to small businesses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Why Should You Write a Business Plan?
This definition explains what a marketing plan is and the difference between a marketing plan and a marketing strategy.
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.
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.
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.
Market Research
What is market research? Here's a market research definition for small business owners and some market research resources.
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.
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.
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.
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 You Need to Do to Get a Small Business Loan
Looking for a small business loan? Increase your chances by having these documents ready to go with your business loan application.
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