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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.
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.
What is Search Engine Optimization?
What is Search Engine Optimization? Here’s a broad SEO definition and some advice for small business owners.
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.
6 Ways to Attract New Customers
Simple inexpensive marketing strategies that almost any small business can use to increase their customers and sales.
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.
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 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.
10 Ways to Cut Business Costs
Small business expenses keep rising. Learn how you can keep the lid on increasing business costs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Use Target Marketing & Market Segmentation...
What is target marketing? This definition explains and outlines the basics of market segmentation.
What Is Customer Service?
What is customer service and why is it critical to small businesses especially? This definition explains.
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.
How to Get Over Your Excuses for Not Starting...
Have you been wanting to start your own business but just keep putting it off? Here's how to move past your excuses and start the business you've been dreaming of.
6 Steps to Starting a Home-Based Business That...
Follow these six steps to start a home-based business that will succeed rather than just being a drain of your time and money.
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.
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.
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 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).
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.
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.
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.
A Customer Service Survey Example That You Can...
Use this customer service survey to get feedback about face-to-face customer service interactions.
Are You a Good Leader?
What are the main leadership skills and do they apply to business? Find out in this leadership definition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Executive Summary That Gets...
Here's how to write an executive summary that will get the rest of your business plan read.
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.
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.
The Beginner's Guide to Document Management
Here's how to create and implement a document management plan for small business.
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.
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 Plan Essentials: Writing a Cash Flow...
How to write the financial plan section of the business plan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Get Inspired With These Sample Business Vision...
A page of sample vision statements to inspire you.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Need a Simple Service Invoice? Use This Free...
This free simple invoice template is for small businesses that bill customers/clients for services rendered.
How to Write a Marketing Plan (From Pricing...
The first of four pages laying out the marketing plan section of your business plan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Affordable Ways to Market Your Business Online
Learn how to create and execute a successful internet marketing plan in just five steps.
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 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 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.
The Importance of Market Analysis When Writing...
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.
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.
The Pros and Cons of Incorporating Your Small...
Thinking of incorporating your small business? Here's an outline of the advantages of incorporation.
29 Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Business Website
Dramatically increase the number of visitors to your business website with these traffic-generating ideas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 to Write the Perfect Company Mission...
What is a mission statement and how does it differ from a vision statement?
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.
Proprietorship, Partnership, Corporation -...
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How Many of These Tax Deductions for Canadian...
Run a Canadian small business? Check to see that you haven't overlooked any of these tax deductions before you file your income tax.
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.
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.
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.
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 Attract Lifelong Customers
Want to provide good customer service? The first secret of good customer service is how to build business to customer loyalty.
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.
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.
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.
The Three Methods of Sales Forecasting That You...
A detailed explanation of how to use three methods of sales forecasting by Terry Elliot.
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.
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.
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.
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 Online Business Models
Seven different online business models for you to choose from so you can start to make money online.
8 Inexpensive Marketing Strategies
Want to attract new business? Kelley Robertson presents eight inexpensive marketing strategies that will generate new business leads.
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.
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.
27 Low Cost Marketing Ideas for Small Businesses
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.
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.
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 Success
Definition of term niche market and an explanation of how to capitalize on a niche market for small business owners.
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.
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.
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.
Market Research
What is market research? Here's a market research definition for small business owners and some market research resources.
In Canada on a Work Permit & Want to Start...
Wondering if you can start a business in Canada when you’re in the country on a Canada work permit? If so, here's the answer to your question.
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.
All Strong Businesses Have One of These
Definition of the term business plan and business plan resources for small business owners.
Small Business Basics: Understanding Cash Flow
A definition of cash flow management and cash flow management resources for small business owners.
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.
What You Can Deduct for Meals and Entertainment...
Run a Canadian business? Here are all the details about claiming meals and entertainment expenses on your income tax.
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.
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.
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.
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.
12 Organization Tips for a Productive Office
Take these 12 steps to organize your desk and your office space.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
GST/HST Registration in Canada - What Your...
Find out who has to register for GST/HST, how to register - and why voluntary GST registration can be advantageous to your business.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
When and How to Charge Ontario HST
This article explains what small businesses need to know about charging, collecting and remitting Ontario HST.
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.
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.
The Right Way to Permanently Close Your Business
An outline of the steps for closing a business in Canada, with detailed information for how to dissolve a corporation in Ontario and Quebec.
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.
What Type of Business Plan Do You Need?
What type of business plan do you need? This guide, which matches different types of business plans to different purposes, will help you choose.

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