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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.
If you want to start a successful small business that actually makes money, here are seven business ideas you'll want to avoid.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn how to research and write all the necessary sections of the business plan to get your business off to the best possible start.
Don't have much to invest? Check out this list of business ideas for profitable businesses you can start quickly and inexpensively.
Tips for keeping the files on your computer and/or mobile devices organized and up-to-date.
Working from home can be great but is not for everyone. Here are some of the disadvantages of working from home or running a home-based business.
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.
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.
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 the financial plan section of the business plan.
Simple inexpensive marketing strategies that almost any small business can use to increase their customers and sales.
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 an executive summary for a business plan.
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 how to write an executive summary that will get the rest of your business plan read.
What is target marketing? This target marketing definition explains and outlines the basics of market segmentation.
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.
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 do you find the business ideas that will be the most profitable and personally fulfilling? Learn how to think like an entrepreneur.
What is customer service and why is it critical to small businesses especially? This definition explains.
What's a vision statement? Why is it so crucial for your small business to have one? Find out here.
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 you answer the phone says a great deal about your business. Here's how to do it properly.
Cold calling is still an effective sales tactic if done right. Use these tips to make your cold calling successful.
A page of sample vision statements to inspire you.
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.
A sample business invitation letter that your small business can use to invite people to serve on your own advisory board.
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.
Small businesses do not suffer equally in tough economic times. Some will be hit severely, and still others will actually prosper.
Thinking of incorporating your small business? Here's an outline of the advantages of incorporation.
A detailed explanation of how to use three methods of sales forecasting by Terry Elliot.
Want to start a new business and need some ideas? Here are some suggestions for small businesses.
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.
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.
What is an SME (Small to Medium Enterprise)? That depends on who’s doing the defining, as this SME definition explains.
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.
Four ways to provide the excellent customer service that outshines your competitors - and will keep your customers coming back.
Are you a non-Canadian who would like to start a company in Canada? Here's how you can open a business in Canada.
What is a mission statement and how does it differ from a vision statement?
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.
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.
Here's a selection of top PC backup software for small business users that will give you the data backup protection you need.
Sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, cooperative - which form of Canadian business ownership should you choose? Here are the disadvantages and advantages of the sole proprietorship.
Good office management makes your business run smoothly and increases your profits. Use these seven tips to get it happening in your business.
Here's how to create and implement a document management plan for small business.
A definition of time management, including skills that need to be mastered for effective use of time.
The fifth speech lesson of the Speak For Success course deals with the speech problems of using buzzwords, slang and acronyms in your speech. The information and related speech exercises in this lesson will help you eliminate this empty language and make it easier for your listeners to understand you.
Make your company Christmas party an event that staff want to attend rather than avoid with these ideas.
Looking for extra money for Christmas? Start one of these small businesses in the fall.
Dropping final “g”s is one of the most common examples of poor enunciation. Here are some exercises to speak more clearly.
Use this customer service survey to get feedback about face-to-face customer service interactions.
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.
Dramatically increase the number of visitors to your business website with these traffic-generating ideas.
Watch your booth or table sales soar when you apply these sales secrets to engage potential customers and make them want to buy.
What is sales forecasting? This sales forecasting definition includes an explanation of the differences between sales forecasting for new businesses and established businesses.
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.
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.
Come to grips with the time management myth and take control of your time to be more organized and productive.
Marilyn Guille explains how to create an effective marketing strategy by first identifying your target market and zeroing in on it.
Learn how to market your website for free with these five methods for getting website promotion.
These seven tips from Kelley Robertson will show you how to create a sales presentation that will make the sale.
An outline of the general steps for incorporation in Canada, from choosing where to incorporate your business through receiving your certificate of incorporation.
Becoming a franchisee can be a shortcut to success when starting a business but there are advantages and disadvantages to buying a franchise.
Learn how to set up a filing system that helps you work swiftly and efficiently with these filing tips and tricks.
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.
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.
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.
Definition of term niche market and an explanation of how to capitalize on a niche market for small business owners.
What are the main leadership skills and do they apply to business? Find out in this leadership definition.
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.
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.
The first of four pages laying out the marketing plan section of your business plan.
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.
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.
This goal setting definition includes a brief explanation of techniques to help you actually accomplish the goals that you set.
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.
Want to provide good customer service? The first secret of good customer service is how to build business to customer loyalty.
Learn how to create and execute a successful internet marketing plan in just five steps.
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.
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.
Owning your own business has some great advantages and can be a lot more satisfying than working for someone else as an employee.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Writing a business plan? Preparing to write the Competitive Analysis section of the business plan means finding out about your competitors. Here's how.
Here are the resources you need to start a successful small business, from a Type D Personality through start up money.
This invoice sample shows an example of a small business invoice for a product with the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST).
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 business need a Business Number? And how do you get a Business Number if you need one? This entry in the Starting a Business FAQ explains who needs a Business Number and how to register for one if you do.
A definition of promotion and an explanation of how promotion differs from advertising for small business owners.
How is your business doing? Use these three financial ratios to check the health of your business.
Five reasons for writing a business plan, whether you're just starting a business or running an established business.
Ideas for ways your business can make more money without spending a lot of money to do it.
Starting a business in Alberta? This business registration guide explains the process of registering a business in Alberta in detail.
Have your past sales incentive programs been a disappointment? Here's how to create a sales incentive program that will motivate your salespeople.
This FAQ explains the GST/HST registration process in Canada and provides the numbers and/or forms necessary to complete your GST/HST registration.
Feeling that your service business doesn't bring in enough income but can't possibly work any more hours? Here are 7 ways you can make much more money - and maybe even work less.
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.
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.
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.
What is social media? This social media definition also provides examples and thoughts about why social media is so attractive to businesses.
Looking for a digital voice recorder? Record and transfer audio information to your PC with ease with these top digital voice recorders.
In Canada, there are three types of business partnerships - General, Limited, and Limited Liability.
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.
Follow these six steps to start a home-based business that will succeed rather than just being a drain of your time and money.
This article explains the difference between a marketing strategy and a marketing plan and shows how to get started developing a marketing plan.
Why cloud computing? Because it can be a real game changer for small businesses. Read all about the advantages of cloud computing here.
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.
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 the term sole proprietorship and an explanation of the disadvantages and advantages of sole proprietorship for Canadian small business owners.
Does your Canadian business have to charge the GST HST? Find out on this page of the Answers to Common GST Questions.
Definition of business term breakeven analysis and how to do a breakeven analysis to determine pricing.
There are strict new rules (and penalties) for businesses that send electronic messages. Here's what your business needs to know about Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation.
Definition of the term venture capitalist and an explanation of the difference between venture capitalists and angel investors.
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.
Are you a student looking for a summer job and want to start your own business? Here are the best business ideas for students.
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.
Thinking of starting a small business? Learn what you need to succeed as an entrepreneur and how to avoid failure.
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.
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.
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.
The form of business ownership you choose will govern how your business is organized, how the money that flows in and out of your business is handled, and how your business is taxed. Use this comparison of the four types of forms of business ownership to help you choose the best form of business ownership for you when you're starting a small business in Canada.
Need to perform dictation and/or digital transcription? Here are some of the best tools available.
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.
Don't miss these Canadian home based business tax deductions if you're running a business out of your home.
Multi level marketing opportunities and pyramid schemes can be very similar. Learn how to tell the difference between a legitimate multi level marketing opportunity and a pyramid scheme. Page 2.
Thinking of business incorporation in Canada and wondering how much it will cost? Here are the details of how much it cost to incorporate.
A definition of business networking and on overview of business networking best practices for small business owners.
Investing in small business accounting software can be one of the best things you do for your small business. Here's why.
Want to set up a small business advisory board but at a loss where to find members? Here's where to look.
This free simple invoice template is for small businesses that bill customers/clients for services rendered.
What is market research? Here's a market research definition for small business owners and some market research resources.
Answers to your questions about starting a business in Canada, from necessary business registrations through general operations.
Not everyone is cut out to be an entrepreneur. See if you have these necessary abilities to be a successful entrepreneur before starting a small business of your own.
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.
Being able to work at home is truly fabulous. If working at home is your dream, here are three ways that you can get to work at home.
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.
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.
What is multi level marketing (MLM)? This multi level marketing definition includes multi level marketing resources.
What is green marketing? This green marketing definition includes an introduction to the key issues and general trends in green marketing, such as greenwashing.