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8 Simple Rules for 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.
The Best Business Opportunities 2014
These best business opportunities have legs and will make profits for years to come. Check them out if you want to start a small business in 2014.
Attention, Business Owners: Here Are 6 Surefire...
Shifting your sales focus can make increasing your sales easier - and build the customer loyalty that results in repeat sales. Learn how with these six sure ways to increase sales.
How long does a tax refund take after you file...
How long does a tax refund take after you file Canadian income tax? This Canadian income tax refund FAQ has the answer.
Increase Your Loyal Customers to Boost Your Sales
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.
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 a mission statement and some sample mission statements for you to pattern yours after.
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.
How to Write a Vision Statement
A vision statement is your ticket to success as the vision statement provides the inspiration for both your daily operations and your strategic decisions. Here's how to write a vision statement in three easy steps.
12 Unique Business Ideas
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 an Executive Summary That Gets...
Here's how to write an executive summary that will get the rest of your business plan read.
See More Inexpensive Business Ideas
Check out this list of business ideas for profitable businesses you can start quickly and inexpensively.
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.
Here's an Example of How to Write an Executive...
Here's an example of an executive summary for a business plan.
Writing the Business Plan: Section 8
How to write the financial plan section of the business plan.
17 Advertising Ideas for Your Small Businesses
These seventeen 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.
Looking for a Business Plan Outline?
Writing a business plan? This outline briefly explains each section of the business plan and includes links to detailed articles.
What is the Definition of Target Marketing?
What is target marketing? This target marketing definition explains and outlines the basics of market segmentation.
6 Simple Marketing Strategies to Increase Your...
Marketing is a process, not an event. It involves planning marketing goals and implementing marketing strategies to achieve them. Placing a few ads is never going to draw the kind of business a small business needs to be successful. Here are five simple marketing strategies you can use to increase your customers and sales.
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.
Important Steps to Starting a Business in Canada
Starting a business in Canada? Use this guide to the steps you need to follow to find the information you need and to be sure you don't overlook anything you need to do when starting a business.
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.
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.
The Three Methods of Sales Forecasting That You...
A detailed explanation of how to use three methods of sales forecasting by Terry Elliot.
5 Disadvantages of Cloud Computing
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 File Management Tips
Tips for keeping the files on your computer and/or mobile devices organized and up-to-date.
The Best Canadian Tax Software You Can Use
Here are the best Canadian tax software programs to help you prepare your T1/T2 income tax returns.
5 Ways To Negotiate More Effectively
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.
Administrative Professionals Week
Administrative Professionals Week is the time for bosses to show their appreciation and for administrative professionals to celebrate their accomplishments. Here are Administrative Professional Week gift suggestions to help bosses show their assistants how much they appreciate their hard work throughout the year.
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.
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.
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.
Invoice Sample With GST & PST
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.
Calculating The Home Business Tax Deduction
There are tax deductions specific to home businesses. Here's an outline of Canadian home business tax deductions, including how to calculate the business-use-of-home tax deduction.
Promote your business by being a guest on radio...
Business promotion doesn't have to be expensive to be effective. Get the word out about your business with these ten business promotion techniques that are effective and inexpensive.
Is Your Business Sick?
How is your business doing? Use these three financial ratios to check the health of your business.
10 Tips to Help You Succeed at Cold Calling
Cold calling is still an effective sales tactic. Use these tips to make your cold calling successful.
10 Tips for Starting a Small Business in Canada
Thinking of starting a business but worried about failure? Learn how to start a business that will succeed and keep thriving with these top ten pieces of advice from Susan Ward.
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.
Sales Forecasting
What is sales forecasting? This sales forecasting definition includes an explanation of the differences between sales forecasting for new businesses and established businesses.
Get Inspired With These Sample Business Vision...
A page of sample vision statements to inspire you.
6 Home Based Business Tax Deductions You Don't...
Don't miss these Canadian home based business tax deductions if you're running a business out of your home.
Here are some great summer job business ideas...
Are you a student looking for a summer job and want to start your own business? Here are the best business ideas for students.
What Are the Advantages of Sole Proprietorship?
Sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, cooperative - which form of business ownership should you choose? This page of the guide to the forms of business ownership in Canada outlines the disadvantages and advantages of the sole proprietorship.
Should You Incorporate Your Small Business?
Thinking of incorporating your small business? Here's an outline of the advantages of incorporation.
Customer Service Survey
Use this customer service survey to get feedback about face-to-face customer service interactions.
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.
Need tips for making a effective Sales...
These seven tips from Kelley Robertson will show you how to create a sales presentation that will make the sale.
Salary or Dividends – How Do I Pay Myself?
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.
Tips for Better Customer Service: How to Help a...
A customer or client seeking help is the most common customer service interaction so it's extremely important to get this customer service interaction right. Properly done, a customer seeking help will not only feel that she or he has been treated well but will be more favourably disposed towards buying from your business. Use the following tips for better customer service to educate your staff and evaluate their customer service performance.
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.
7 Ways to Control Chaos in Your Small Business
Good office management makes your business run smoothly and increases your profits. Use these seven tips to get it happening in your business.
SME
What is an SME (Small to Medium Enterprise)? That depends on who’s doing the defining, as this SME definition explains.
7 Sources of Business Ideas
Where do you find business ideas and how do you discover the one best suited to your skills and desires? These seven sources of business ideas will get you thinking like an entrepreneur.
Advertising and Promotion Section Of The...
Learn how to put together a marketing plan step by step, either alone or part of a business plan.
Speech lesson 1 - The Speech Problem of...
Speech lesson One of the Speak For Success course deals with the problem of sloppy enunciation. Use these exercises to speak more clearly and make a better impression on your listeners.
Business Registration in Ontario
This page of the business registration in Ontario guide explains the process for registering your business name, including how and where to register your business name. Page 2.
Guide to Canadian Payroll Deductions
Are you a new Canadian employer wondering how to do payroll? This Guide to Canadian Payroll Deductions 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.
31 Ways To Drive Traffic To Your Business Web...
Want web site traffic to your business web site? Here are 31 ways to drive web site traffic to your business web site.
6 Home Based Business Tax Deductions You...
What follows is not an exhaustive list, but rather a list of some common Canadian home based business tax deductions. How many of these apply to you? Page 2.
How to Find and Sell to Your Target Market
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.
How to Ask for Referrals and Get More Clients
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.
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.
More Unusual Business Ideas
Strange? Wacky? Sure. But they all make money. Here are five more unusual business ideas. Page 2.
More Ways To Maximize Your Business Income Tax...
Run a Canadian business? Learn about your potential automobile income tax deductions, travel-related expenses, spouse or child employment deductions, and other expenses such as advertising.
Mission Statement
What is a mission statement and how does it differ from a vision statement?
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.
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.
4 Ways to Provide Excellent Customer Service...
Four ways to provide the excellent customer service that outshines your competitors - and will keep your customers coming back.
3 Business Valuation Methods
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.
7 Canada Government Grants Your Small Business...
Looking for Canada government small business grants or loans to help you start or expand your small business? Browse through this collection of Canada government grants and see which you could apply for.
5 Secrets Of Good Customer Service
Want to provide good customer service? The first secret of good customer service is how to build business to customer loyalty.
3 Steps to Creating a Document Management System
Here's how to create and implement a document management plan for small business.
How to Sell a Price Increase to Your Customers
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 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.
Writing the Sales Letter
Sales letters can be extremely powerful; marketing studies show that they outperform other direct mail formats such as brochures and postcards. Here’s how to write a sales letter that will wow your readers and persuade them to buy your product or service.
18 Pet Business Ideas
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.
Canadian Income Tax and Your Small Business
Do you operate a Canadian small business? This guide presents all the information you need to know about preparing and filing Canadian income tax, from which business expenses qualify as legitimate Canadian income tax deductions through details on completing the T1 Personal and T2 Corporate Income Tax Returns.
Leadership
What are the main leadership skills and do they apply to business? Find out in this leadership definition.
Writing The Business Plan: Section 6
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.
11 Tips to Better Time Management
Hone your time management skills with these 11 time management tips.
Writing The Business Plan: Section 4
Writing a business plan? Preparing to write the Competitive Analysis section of the business plan means finding out about your competitors. Here's how.
An Invoice Sample With HST
This invoice sample shows an example of a small business invoice for a product with the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST).
How to Create a Sales and Marketing Strategy
How to kickstart your sales and marketing by creating an effective sales and marketing strategy.
Your First Business Income Tax Return
If your Canadian business is a sole proprietorship or a partnership, you need to use the T1 Canadian income tax form to declare your business income. This article will lead you through it.
Mastering Your Filing System
Learn how to set up a filing system that helps you work swiftly and efficiently with these filing tips and tricks.
As a Non-Canadian, How Can I Open a Business in...
Are you a non-Canadian who has an established business in your own country and would like to open a business in Canada? Or are you a non-Canadian who would like to start a company in Canada? Here's how to open a business in Canada.
Here's an example of an 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.
Social Media Definition
What is social media? This social media definition also provides examples and thoughts about why social media is so attractive to businesses.
Niche Market
Definition of term niche market and an explanation of how to capitalize on a niche market for small business owners.
Best Business Opportunities 2013
As always, the formula for making money is meeting people's needs. But which? And how? Read this list of the best business opportunities of 2013 to find out.
Business Expenses as Tax Deductions Index
Have a Canadian business? Here's a handy list of the common business expenses you may be able to deduct with details about how to claim them.
Charging Provincial Sales Taxes on Online Sales
Does your Canadian small business sell online? Learn how to handle provincial sales taxes (PST) and harmonized sales tax (HST) on the online sales you make.
5 Common Business Tax Myths
When it comes to business taxes, ignorance is definitely not bliss; if you're not aware of the ins and outs of business taxes, and don't comply fully with the business tax rules, you can end up facing costly penalties. Here are five of the most common business tax myths and the truth about business tax deductions.
5 Steps to Brand Building
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.
10 Baby Boomer Trends & How to Profit From Them
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.
What are Input Tax Credits?
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.
The 5 Best Ways to Get Free Website Promotion
Learn how to market your website for free with these five methods for getting website promotion.
Looking for Inexpensive Marketing Strategies to...
Want to attract new business but have a small marketing budget or none at all? Kelley Robertson presents eight inexpensive marketing strategies that will generate new business leads.
The PST (RST) for Small Businesses
How provincial sales taxes apply to small businesses in different Canadian provinces and what each province's provincial sales tax (PST) rates are.
How to Get and Register a Domain Name
The first step to starting an online business is registering a domain name. This primer on domain names explains how to register a domain name and gives tips for picking the right domain name for an online business.
What is an Executive Summary?
What is an executive summary? This definition includes information on writing a business plan executive summary and a link to an example.
10 Questions Partnership Agreements Need to...
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.
5 Tips for Finding Small Business Grants in...
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 Time Management
A definition of time management, including skills that need to be mastered for effective use of time.
Starting a Business: Register a 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.
Charging Sales Taxes on Online Sales in Canada
Sell online in Canada and wonder what sales taxes you should be collecting? Here's the lowdown on PST, HST and online sales, province by province. Page 2.
The Advantages of Owning Your Own Business
Reading these advantages of owning your own business will show you why owning your own business can be a lot more satisfying than working for someone else.
Motor Vehicle Expenses Related to Buying a...
If you’ve bought a new vehicle to use in your business, here’s what you need to know about claiming it as a business expense on your income tax in Canada.
5 Ways Your Business Can Make More Money
Ideas for ways your business can make more money without spending a lot of money to do it.
Do I need a Business Number and how do I get a...
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.
Top 6 Accounting Software for Small Business
Whether you're looking for an entry-level small business accounting program or a full featured accounting and business management program, here is the best accounting software for Canadian small businesses.
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.
Creating Sales Incentive Programs That Work
Have your past sales incentive programs been a disappointment? Here's how to create a sales incentive program that will motivate your salespeople.
Why You Need To Write A Business Plan
Five reasons for writing a business plan, whether you're just starting a business or running an established business. (Money is only one reason for writing a business plan!)
Canadian Income Tax FAQs for Small Businesses
These Canadian income tax FAQs for small businesses provide answers to common Canadian income tax questions such as how to report business income, how to claim business expenses and what happens if you can't pay the income tax you owe.
How to Get a Patent 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.
Canadian Business? Here's How to Calculate...
How do you calculate GST/HST when your Canadian business has to charge it? The answer depends on what province you're in.
Starting a Business: Register for the GST
Although GST registration is mandatory for all businesses in Canada, there are exceptions. Find out who has to register for GST, why voluntary GST registration can be advantageous to your business, how GST in Canada works and what the GST registration process is with these GST HST resources.
8 Sources of Business Start Up Money
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.
Breakeven Analysis
Definition of business term breakeven analysis and how to do a breakeven analysis to determine pricing.
Best 10 Voice Recording Tools for Digital...
Need to perform dictation and/or digital transcription? Here are some of the best tools available.
Need to know how to incorporate 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.
How to tell the difference between Multi Level...
Thinking about signing on with a multi level marketing opportunity? Read this first. It could be a pyramid scheme.
Sample Contract for Consulting Services
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.
What Motor Vehicle Expenses Can You Claim on...
Run a Canadian business and wondering what motor vehicle expenses you can claim? Here are the details of claiming business expenses related to using your vehicle to earn business income.
Suggest a Site
How do I submit a link? Canadian Small Business Canada Frequently Asked Questions.
Best Small Business Ideas for Businesses That...
Small businesses do not suffer equally in tough economic times. Some will be hit severely, and still others will actually prosper.
5 Secrets for Turning Failure Into Success
Failure isn't something to be avoided; it's a stepping stone on the path to success. Richard Fenton presents five strategies for turning failure into success and explains why you need to change from a success model to a failure model.
Top 10 Ways of Growing Your Business
These are the best growth strategies because all of these ways of growing your business have been successfully used by other businesses and with some planning and investment will work for you.
What's the GST/HST registration process?
What's the GST/HST registration process in Canada? This FAQ explains the GST/HST registration process and provides the numbers and/or forms necessary to complete your GST/HST registration.
Closing Your Business
An outline of the steps for closing a business in Canada, with detailed information for closing a business in Ontario and Quebec, including how to dissolve a corporation.
How to Start a Home-Based Business That Will...
Follow these six steps to start a home-based business that will succeed rather than just being a drain of your time and money.
5 Resources You Need to Succeed to Start a...
To start a successful small business you need start up money. Here are some suggestions for raising capital. Page 3.
Increasing Sales in Existing Markets
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.
8 Small Business Tax Strategies to Reduce...
Here are more small business tax strategies to reduce the amount of income tax you pay if you operate a Canadian business, including tax strategies for maximizing your Capital Cost Allowance claim, home-based business tax deductions, and income splitting. Page 2.
Maximize Your Business Income Tax Deductions
Information about home business tax deductions for Canadian businesses. Page 3.
7 Tips for Avoiding Computer Viruses
Don't be a computer virus victim! Here's a list of precautions to take to keep your computers secure.
Answers to Common Questions About the GST HST
Answers to common questions about Canada's GST HST for business people and/or non-residents operating in Canada.
Why Businesses Fail
Thinking of starting a small business? Learn what you need to succeed as an entrepreneur and how to avoid failure.
How to Get Your Products into the Big Box...
Ever wonder how your company might become a Wal-Mart supplier or dream about getting your products onto a big box retailer’s shelves? This article explains the procedure for becoming a Wal-Mart, Home Depot or Costco supplier and gives tips for making your company and products more appealing to big box retailers.
Being Declared a Personal Services Corporation...
Learn how to avoid being declared a personal services corporation by the Canada Revenue Agency and losing your small business tax deductions.
Speak For Success Speech Lesson 4
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.
A 5 Step Internet Marketing Plan That's...
Learn how to create and execute a successful internet marketing plan in just five steps.
When is the Canadian taxes due date?
Wondering when Canadian taxes are due? Here's information on Canadian taxes due dates for both personal income tax and corporate income tax returns.
How to Find and Master a Niche Market
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.
Business Registration in Alberta
Starting a business in Alberta? This business registration guide explains the process of registering a business in Alberta in detail.
The Most Overlooked 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.
Venture Capitalist
Definition of the term venture capitalist and an explanation of the difference between venture capitalists and angel investors.
Sole Proprietorship
Definition of the term sole proprietorship and an explanation of the disadvantages and advantages of sole proprietorship for Canadian small business owners.

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