Small Business: Canada: Most Popular Articles
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.
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.
Here's a selection of top PC backup software for small business users that will give you the data backup protection you need.
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.
Don't have much to invest? Check out this list of business ideas for profitable businesses you can start quickly and inexpensively.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Cold calling is still an effective sales tactic if done right. Use these tips to make your cold calling successful.
Here's how to write an executive summary that will get the rest of your business plan read.
How you answer the phone says a great deal about your business. Here's how to do it properly.
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.
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.
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.
Writing a business plan? This outline briefly explains each section of the business plan and includes links to detailed articles.
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's a vision statement? Why is it so crucial for your small business to have one? Find out here.
What is customer service and why is it critical to small businesses especially? This definition explains.
Here's an example of an executive summary for a business plan.
Business promotion doesn't have to be expensive to be effective. Get the word out about your business with these ten strategies that are effective and inexpensive.
What is target marketing? This target marketing definition explains and outlines the basics of market segmentation.
Tips for keeping the files on your computer and/or mobile devices organized and up-to-date.
How to write the financial plan section of the business plan.
A page of sample vision statements to inspire you.
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.
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.
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 do you find the business ideas that will be the most profitable and personally fulfilling? Learn how to think like an entrepreneur.
Good office management makes your business run smoothly and increases your profits. Use these seven tips to get it happening in your business.
Want to start a new business and need some ideas? Here are some suggestions for small businesses.
What is an SME (Small to Medium Enterprise)? That depends on who’s doing the defining, as this SME definition explains.
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.
A detailed explanation of how to use three methods of sales forecasting by Terry Elliot.
Thinking of incorporating your small business? Here's an outline of the advantages of incorporation.
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.
A sample business invitation letter that your small business can use to invite people to serve on your own advisory board.
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.
Learn how to avoid being declared a personal services corporation by the Canada Revenue Agency and losing your small business tax deductions.
Four ways to provide the excellent customer service that outshines your competitors - and will keep your customers coming back.
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.
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.
Dropping final “g”s is one of the most common examples of poor enunciation. Here are some exercises to speak more clearly.
How do I submit a link? Canadian Small Business Canada Frequently Asked Questions.
Does your Canadian small business owe GST HST to the Canada Revenue Agency? Here's how to pay GST, including how to GST Netfile.
Use this customer service survey to get feedback about face-to-face customer service interactions.
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.
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.
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.
Here's how to create and implement a document management plan for small business.
Dramatically increase the number of visitors to your business website with these traffic-generating ideas.
Learn how to market your website for free with these five methods for getting website promotion.
Sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, cooperative - which form of Canadian business ownership should you choose? Here are the disadvantages and advantages of the sole proprietorship.
What is a mission statement and how does it differ from a vision statement?
Come to grips with the time management myth and take control of your time to be more organized and productive.
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.
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.
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.
Definition of the term venture capitalist and an explanation of the difference between venture capitalists and angel investors.
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.
Learn how to set up a filing system that helps you work swiftly and efficiently with these filing tips and tricks.
Watch your booth or table sales soar when you apply these sales secrets to engage potential customers and make them want to buy.
Want to provide good customer service? The first secret of good customer service is how to build business to customer loyalty.
A definition of time management, including skills that need to be mastered for effective use of time.
This invoice sample shows an example of a small business invoice for a product with the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST).
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.
These seven tips from Kelley Robertson will show you how to create a sales presentation that will make the sale.
Want to attract new business? Kelley Robertson presents eight inexpensive marketing strategies that will generate new business leads.
How to kickstart your sales and marketing by creating an effective sales and marketing strategy.
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.
Follow these six steps to start a home-based business that will succeed rather than just being a drain of your time and money.
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.
Learn how to create and execute a successful internet marketing plan in just five steps.
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.
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 first of four pages laying out the marketing plan section of your business plan.
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.
Small businesses do not suffer equally in tough economic times. Some will be hit severely, and still others will actually prosper.
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.
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.
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.
Need to perform dictation and/or digital transcription? Here are some of the best tools available.
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.
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.
Don't miss these Canadian home based business tax deductions if you're running a business out of your home.
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.
An outline of the general steps for incorporation in Canada, from choosing where to incorporate your business through receiving your certificate of incorporation.
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.
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.
Answers to common questions about Canada's GST/HST for business people and/or non-residents operating in Canada.
Have your past sales incentive programs been a disappointment? Here's how to create a sales incentive program that will motivate your salespeople.
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.
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 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.
Definition of term niche market and an explanation of how to capitalize on a niche market for small business owners.
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.
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.
Looking for a digital voice recorder? Record and transfer audio information to your PC with ease with these top digital voice recorders.
Interested in starting an import business? This guide to importing into Canada will get you started and give you all the information you need to start importing goods.
Ideas for ways your business can make more money without spending a lot of money to do it.
This free simple invoice template is for small businesses that bill customers/clients for services rendered.
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.
Thinking of business incorporation in Canada and wondering how much it will cost? Here are the details of how much it cost to incorporate.
This FAQ explains the GST/HST registration process in Canada and provides the numbers and/or forms necessary to complete your GST/HST registration.
Take advantage of one of the biggest retail seasons of the year with these back to school marketing ideas.
How is your business doing? Use these three financial ratios to check the health of your 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.
This page of the Answers to Common GST Questions presents an outline of how to remit GST and how filing GST HST returns in Canada works.
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's the difference between federal and provincial incorporation and is one better than the other for your business? Read this incorporation in Canada FAQ for the answer.
Definition of business term breakeven analysis and how to do a breakeven analysis to determine pricing.
What is sales forecasting? This sales forecasting definition includes an explanation of the differences between sales forecasting for new businesses and established businesses.
How provincial sales taxes apply to small businesses in different Canadian provinces and what each province's provincial sales tax (PST) rates are.
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.
What is an executive summary? This definition includes information on writing a business plan executive summary and a link to an example.
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.
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.
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.
Writing a business plan? Preparing to write the Competitive Analysis section of the business plan means finding out about your competitors. Here's how.
How do you calculate GST/HST when your Canadian business has to charge it? The answer depends on what province you're in.
Thinking of starting a small business? Learn what you need to succeed as an entrepreneur and how to avoid failure.
This goal setting definition includes a brief explanation of techniques to help you actually accomplish the goals that you set.
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.
Starting a business in Alberta? This business registration guide explains the process of registering a business in Alberta in detail.
Does your Canadian business have to charge the GST HST? Find out on this page of the Answers to Common GST Questions.
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.
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.
Looking for a small business loan? Increase your chances by having these documents ready to go with your business loan application.
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.
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!)
What is social media? This social media definition also provides examples and thoughts about why social media is so attractive to businesses.
A definition of cash flow and an explanation of cash flow analysis for small business owners.
If all you need is a simple invoice, this free invoice template designed for a small business selling products, should fit the bill.
This guide explains how to conduct to do-it-yourself market research, including tips for designing your own surveys and questionnaires.
Employee recruitment can be difficult for small businesses. These tips for attracting employees will up the odds of recruiting the people you need.
This article explains what small businesses need to know about charging, collecting and remitting Ontario HST.
Blogging for money isn't particularly difficult any more. You don't have to be famous or even have huge traffic (although how much money you make from your blog will depend on both of these factors to some extent). Get blogging for money by using one or more of these seven ideas.
How long does a tax refund take after you file Canadian income tax? This Canadian income tax refund FAQ has the answer.
Here are the resources you need to start a successful small business, from a Type D Personality through start up money.
This guide to GST for Canadian small businesses covers GST registration, the small supplier GST exception, Input Tax Credits, and GST HST reporting.
Definition of the term sole proprietorship and an explanation of the disadvantages and advantages of sole proprietorship for Canadian small business owners.
What are the main leadership skills and do they apply to business? Find out in this leadership definition.
Like setting personal goals, setting business goals provides us with direction and motivation. But only if we set the right goals, goals that will keep our business on track rather than derail it. How do we know that we're setting the right business goals? The right business goals follow these three goal setting rules.
Run a Canadian business? Here are all the details about claiming meals and entertainment expenses on your income tax.
Why cloud computing? Because it can be a real game changer for small businesses. Read all about the advantages of cloud computing here.