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15 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 10 Best Small Business Opportunities of 2016
Plan to start your own business this year? Here are my picks for the best businesses to start in 2016.
The 10 Best Small Business Opportunities of 2015
My picks for the best businesses to start in 2015. If this is the year you're going to start your own business, you'll want to know about these business opportunities.
The 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 Top 10 Ways to Lose Customers
If you want to get and keep customers, these are the things your small business must not do.
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.
6 Steps to Starting a Home-Based Business That...
The best home-based business is the one you start with your own two hands - not the one in the work-at-home
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
A Customer Service Survey Example That You Can...
A customer service survey form that your small business can use along with information on how and why to use it.
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.
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.
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.
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 Affordable Ways to Market Your Small 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Use Target Marketing & Market Segmentation...
What is target marketing? This definition explains and outlines the basics of market segmentation.
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.
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.
Write an Inspiring Vision Statement for Your...
A vision statement is your small business's ticket to success. Here's how to write one in three easy steps.
What Is a Vision Statement? Check Out This...
What's a vision statement? Why is it so crucial for your small business to have one? Read a definition and sample vision statements here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Is Customer Service?
What is customer service and why is it critical to small businesses especially? This definition explains.
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.
Business Bank Accounts for Canadian Small...
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.
6 Ways to Attract New Customers
Simple inexpensive marketing strategies that almost any small business can use to increase their customers and sales.
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.
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.
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.
The Beginner's Guide to Document Management
Here's how to create and implement a document management plan for small business.
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.
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.
Cold Calling Is Still Effective if Done Right -...
Cold calling is still an effective sales tactic if done right. Use these tips to make your cold calling successful.
Here's an Example of How to Write an Executive...
Here's an example of an executive summary for a business plan.
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.
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.
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.
15 Plus Business Ideas for Targeting the 65...
Those 65 plus are the biggest and best market for your products and services. Here are over a dozen ideas for businesses you could start targeting the seniors' market.
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.
Home-Based Business
A home-based business definition and an overview of issues affecting home-based business owners.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Business Plan Essentials: Writing a Cash Flow...
How to write the financial plan section of the 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.
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.
10 Tools That Make Digital Transcription Much...
Need to perform dictation and/or digital transcription? Here are some of the best tools available.
Need a Simple Service Invoice? Use This Free...
This free simple invoice template is for small businesses that bill customers/clients for services rendered.
Top 10 New Year's Resolutions for Business...
These top 10 New Year's resolutions for business people will help you strike a better work-life balance and improve your success.
Do You Need to Register Your Business Name?
Do you need to register a business name in Canada? See if you do and learn how to register a business name in the different provinces.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are You a Good Leader?
What are the main leadership skills and do they apply to business? Find out in this leadership definition.
11 Tips for Better Time Management
Learn how to effectively manage your time by planning, goal setting, prioritizing, and scheduling.
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.
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.
7 Business Models for Making Money Online
Seven different online business models for you to choose from so you can start to make money online.
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.
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 to Write a Marketing Plan (From Pricing...
Learn how to create the Sales and Distribution section of your marketing plan. Page 3.
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.
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.
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.
3 Questions to Answer Before Starting a Business
Thinking of starting a small business? Learn what you need to succeed as an entrepreneur and how to avoid failure.
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 capital cost allowance on your income tax in Canada.
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.
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.
10 Customer Service Tips to Keep Folks Coming...
The key to keeping customers is the level of customer service you provide. Here are ten customer service tips that will keep them coming back.
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.
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.
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.
Looking for a Small Business Grant in Canada?...
Small business grants to help you start and grow your Canadian small business do exist. These tips will help you find them.
Does Your Online Business Have Enough Payment...
Increase your online sales by offering more online payment options, including PayPal, credit cards and debit cards.
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.
Want to Start a Business? Here are the 6 Traits...
Here are the six traits that will help you make a successful transition from employee to self-employment when deciding to start a business of your own.
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.
How to Register Your Business 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.
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.
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.
5 Affordable Ways to Market Your Business Online
Learn how to create and execute a successful internet marketing plan in just five steps.
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.
12 Steps to an Effective Marketing Strategy
How to kickstart your sales and marketing by creating an effective sales and marketing strategy.
Every Business Needs Sales Forecasting - Here's...
What sales forecasting is and how to do sales forecasting for new and established businesses.
How to Calculate Capital Cost Allowance - A...
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.
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.
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.
What Every Start-Up Needs to Know About Venture...
Venture capitalists look for small business to fund. But how realistic is it that they'll fund yours? And are you willing to pay the price if they do?
The Pros and Cons of Incorporating Your Small...
Thinking of incorporating your small business? Here's an outline of the advantages of incorporation.
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.
What Revenue Canada Capital Cost Allowance...
Are you a business owner who needs to deduct computer equipment and systems software on your taxes? Here is the Canada Revenue Agency Capital Cost Allowance information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
3 Sales Forecasting Methods & Why You...
A detailed explanation of how to use three sales forecasting methods and why you should use all three when forecasting sales for your business.
Do You Know the Difference Between Promotion...
A definition of promotion and an explanation of how promotion differs from advertising for small business owners.
How to Get the Office Furniture & Gear You...
Setting up a small or home office doesn't have to be expensive - you can have a functional, attractive work space on a tight budget. Here's how.
Do I Need to Register My Business for GST/HST...
Most starting small businesses in Canada need to register for GST / HST. This FAQ explains which do and which don't and why you should anyway.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Should My Business Use Social Media?
Learn what social media is and how your small business can get started using four of the most popular platforms.
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.
Want to Start a Business in Canada but Don't...
Is starting a business in Canada possible when you're a nonresident? Yes, as long as certain conditions are met.
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.
What Kind of Business Is a Sole Proprietorship?
What is a sole proprietorship in Canada and what are the disadvantages and advantages of this form of business ownership? Learn here.
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.
What Does Capital Investment Mean?
Two definitions of capital investment and how capital investment applies to small businesses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
29 Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Business Website
Dramatically increase the number of visitors to your business website with these traffic-generating ideas.
How to 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.
Is Your Home Business Eligible for These Tax...
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.
Why Finding Your Niche Market Is Key to Success
Learn what a niche market is and how your small businesses can capitalize on niche markets (with examples).
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 to Sell a Business – Asset Sale vs...
Asset sale vs share sale – which is the best way to sell your small business? This comparison of the two ways to sell a business includes tips for sellers.
The Employer's Guide to Taxable Benefits
This definition of taxable benefit explains how taxable benefits affect the payroll of employers and the Canadian income tax of employees.
What Is a Mission Statement (with Mission...
What is a mission statement and why does your small business have to have one? Learn why and read sample mission statements to help you write one.
Small Business Basics: Understanding Cash Flow
A definition of cash flow management and how business owners can solve cash flow problems.
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.
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.
Do You Need to Incorporate Your Business in...
Are you incorporated in one Canadian province or territory and wanting to do business in one or more other Canadian provinces? You might need to register your corporation in that province first. Here's what you need to know about extra-provincial registration.
How to Do a Breakeven Analysis & Find Your...
This breakeven analysis definition also explains how to use fixed and variable costs (overhead) to find the best price for your products or services.
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.
Your Small Business & Canadian Income Tax -...
Do you operate a Canadian small business? This guide presents all the information you need to know about preparing and filing Canadian income tax returns.
How to Sell to Walmart & Other Big Box...
Get your small business's products onto a big box retailers' shelves with these tips for selling to Walmart, Costco or Home Depot.
Run a Canadian Business? Here's How to Complete...
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.
Market Research
What is market research? Here's a market research definition for small business owners and some market research resources.
Canada's Business Expense and Tax Deduction Rules
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.
What You Need to Know Before You Start a Home...
Is a home business the right business for you? Consider these factors carefully first.
7 Ways to Make Money on eBay
These seven eBay selling tips will help you get started selling on eBay successfully and get on your way to becoming an eBay PowerSeller.

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