Browsing Archives

Browsing Articles

You are browsing the articles archive for 2012 October.

Business Hobby

How to Turn Your Hobby Into A Business

Many of us dream about turning our favourite pastime into a business. It can be done, but it’s not as simple as it may seem. Just because you know everything there is to know about something, doesn’t mean it translates into a viable business.

Read More
Bank Building

What to Do When the Bank Says No

As a small business owner, you’re always on the lookout for capital, and you may not always be able to find that capital from bank loans. Mark Borkowski of Mercantile Mergers & Acquisitions Corporation and Barry O’Neill of Zed Financial Partners provide some creative ways for you to find the financing your business needs.

Read More

You Don’t Have to be a Workaholic to Win in Business

There are many who think that succeeding in business requires dedicating 60 or 80 hours per week and a never ending stream of email pouring into smartphones, tablets and computers. Being a workaholic has some appeal to people who think their business will collapse unless the 80 hours is put in week after week, but this is simply not the case anymore.

Read More
Startup Problems

Problems Facing Small Business Start-ups

Small business start-ups face a significant set of problems that must be dealt with. They range from the general economy to insurance to employee skills. The number of issues faced by all small businesses can be addressed.

Read More

Better No Website Than A Bad Website

Your business is better off with no website than a bad one. Let’s start again. Every business needs a website. There is no other way to go. A business has to have a website. However, a bad website can and will do more damage to your business than having no website at all.

Read More

Planning to Make Money? Understand The Basics

It’s business math 101. Understanding gross profit, net profit, and deductions will keep you and your business on track for financial success. We go over the basics of business calculations so you can keep your books in order from day-to-day, and to keep you primed for tax time.

Read More

How to Avoid Common Problems in Business

As you run your business avoid getting bogged down in the day to day tasks that can be done efficiently in a measured way. Often staff members can and should be recruited to handle a lot of this. So keeping things clear and open so that the real job of running things can be done right, often means stepping back from a lot of the things that tend to bog you down.

Read More

How to Plan Social Media

Using social media as part of your business can be very effective. It creates a source of engagement for visitors to your website. It gives you the opportunity to post things that are helpful to your visitors and beneficial to your business. But jumping into social media without planning is a mistake. There are many things to consider.

Read More

Trademark Battle Over Coffee Logo

Creating a trademark in Canada can be a complex process, but it’s well worth the effort to protect your business. This story of a Kingston coffee shop owner and his battle with the Aramark Corp. over similar trademarks is one worth reading if you’re a small business owner.

Read More
Print Advertising

10 Tips for Effective Print Advertising

People are bombarded with ads all day, everyday, and most of those ads just don’t register with the people they’re supposed to target. So how can you ensure that your print ad actually makes an impression on its viewer? Try using a combination of the tactics on this list.

Read More
Digital World

How to Make LinkedIn Work For You

LinkedIn has published ways of making yourself and/or your company stand out from the rest. A fully optimized profile is the first step, but there’s more.

Read More
Repeat Customer

How to Create Repeat Customers

It’s great for a business to have a stream of new customers, but the real backbone of any business is repeat customers. Repeat customers remove the worry of having to rely on new customers all the time. It’s important to have a plan in place to ensure repeat customers.

Read More
Workplace Safety

Employer’s Guide to Workplace Safety and Insurance (WSIB)

One of the major responsibilities of a business owner is to ensure the safety of his or her workers. For Ontario businesses, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board provides coverage for work-related injuries and illnesses. We’ve created a guide to help better acquaint you with the WSIB. It’s an essential read for employers in the province.

Read More
NUANS Search

How to Select the Right Business Name

Your business name sets you apart from your competition, creates a brand, and gives your customers something to remember (hopefully for all the right reasons). Putting a little strategy into your name can benefit your business now and down the road. Read on for tips on how to select a name that best suits your business.

Read More

Essentials of Creating a Good Website

A website is vital to all small businesses. Any business that offers anything of value should be online. To have a successful website there are several essentials to consider.

Read More
Padlock Key

Questions to Ask Before Signing a Lease

Search out information on rental rates and renewal procedures, along with a few other important details, and you’ll feel confident when it comes time to put pen to paper on a lease agreement. Have a look at some of the key questions that you should be ready to ask when looking for a commercial lease.

Read More
Productive Meetings

Make Meetings Productive

Meetings can be a chore, a bore, or a time to rally your workers and set everyone on track for better productivity. See how maintaining focus, creating a theme, and keeping smartphones, laptops, and tablets out of the meeting room can make for more productive staff gatherings.

Read More