Mobile Solutions for Real Estate Agents

As a real estate agent, you spend most of your workday on the go. When you’re holding open houses, taking clients to view new properties, or presenting offers, you’re helping your business thrive. But what about all those time-consuming administrative tasks? All the hours you spend handling bookkeeping chores, tracking and reporting your expenses is […]

Does Work Life Balance Exist for the Self Employed?

Dedication, focus, and perseverance: you’re fully aware of these critical elements for a successful self-employed business. As you pursue your goals, do you sometimes feel as if the time and energy needed to do so are physically and mentally draining you? One of the most important, but often overlooked, components of self-employed advice focuses on […]

Top Tips for Real Estate Agents

Are you wondering how your habits stack up against the most successful real estate agents? Whether you’re building your real estate client roster or you’re looking to boost sales for your established business, looking to successful real estate agents for inspiration can help you identify areas you can improve your own business. From using time […]

Self-Employed: How To Successfully Build Your Business

Are you considering starting your own business as a self-employed entrepreneur? If you want to build a successful entrepreneurial business this article is an insightful guide. We’ll cover everything from finding business opportunities to managing your finances to saving for retirement.   Table of contents: Starting Your Self-employed Business Sole Proprietor Jobs Growing Your Business Managing […]

Tax Time Webinars with Susan Watkin

Get prepped for tax season with our QuickBooks Tax Time Webinar series with Susan Watkin. We have 3 types of tax webinars designed for the self-employed (filing a T2125), incorporated small businesses, sole proprietorships & partnerships. Register below for the tax time webinar that suits your needs. Tax Time Webinar for Incorporated Businesses When: Tue, […]

7 Great Qualities of the Successfully Self-Employed

Are you through with working for someone else and ready to break out on your own, but aren’t sure if you’re the entrepreneurial type? The qualities you possess as a good worker can help you succeed when you become self-employed. Conducting a quick inventory of your skills and traits can help you decide if you’re […]

5 Things Every Freelancer Should Know

If you’ve set out on a self employment career path, you’re not alone. Millions of Canadians are switching from traditional employment to freelancing, and those numbers are steadily rising. If you’re a self-employed worker who is just starting out, it’s important to learn the ins and outs of managing a business on your own. These […]

8 Reasons Why Amazon Sellers Need Quickbooks

If your client, like so many Amazon sellers, is looking to improve their accounting and bookkeeping, QuickBooks Online is a fantastic option. This robust accounting software gives them significantly more control over their finances and their Amazon business as a whole. After all, the Amazon platform offers some exciting features, but accounting isn’t its strong […]

What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Sole Proprietorship?

Before you get your business off the ground, it’s crucial to choose a legal structure that best fits your company’s needs. The legal structure you pick for your business has an impact on the amount of taxes you pay, your ability to raise money, the amount of paperwork you’re required to do, and the personal […]

Guide to Registering Your Self Employed Business in Canada

If you’re a self-employed business owner in Canada, you’re legally required to register your business. For most companies, this process involves registering your company name with the proper government authorities, registering your business as a legal entity, registering with tax authorities, and applying for the appropriate permits and licenses. Aside from the legal requirement, there […]

Advice, Tips, & Tools for the Self-Employed

If you’ve been working for a while, you might be thinking about becoming self-employed. Whether you’d like to strike out on your own in your current industry or make a radical departure and do something completely different, becoming self-employed can be a path to lifelong fulfillment and financial security. Self-employment isn’t for everybody, of course. […]

10 Tips for Earning More as a Freelancer

As a freelancer, you have nearly endless potential to boost your income. After all, earning more when you’re self-employed is directly tied to how hard you work. Taking steps to reduce spending while also improving your business approach is the key to maintaining upward momentum. While freelance success isn’t guaranteed, there are plenty of ways […]

How to Prove Income When Self-Employed in Canada

You’re self-employed, so you’re carrying a lot of responsibilities, including tracking and reporting your income and expenses accurately. These activities are crucial to continuing your business success and staying on the good side of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). When you need to prove income while you’re self-employed, it’s easier to generate the necessary documentation […]

8 Steps to Take When Starting a Consulting Business

Starting a consulting business is a great way to turn your passions and hobbies into extra income or even a full-time career. Not only do you get to work in a field you love, but there’s limitless room for growth over time. If you’ve already started running a consulting business, now is the time to […]

How to Stay Connected as a Remote Worker

Forty-seven percent of Canadians work remotely, and 1.5 million of those workers are self-employed. And the growth of the remote workforce shows no signs of slowing down. While a highly appealing work option, choosing a remote, self-employed, or work-from-home lifestyle requires careful consideration to ensure both short-term and long-term success as an employee or entrepreneur. […]

5 Ways To Minimize Self Employment Tax

If you’re an independent contractor, freelancer, or self-employed professional, you’re in good company. A recent study shows that more than 1.5 million Canadians are self-employed, and indicates that 45% of Canadians will be self-employed by 2020. Maybe your goal is to supplement your regular income, as 41% of self-employed Canadians are doing. Or perhaps you […]

Understanding Canadian Self-Employment Tax Forms

Self-employment has some exciting benefits, including a flexible schedule and the freedom to select your projects. It also comes with big responsibilities, especially at tax time. When you’re self-employed, the burden of reporting, filing, and paying taxes falls entirely to you. If you want to streamline the process, it’s a good idea to get familiar […]

How To Create a Mobile Office

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have the freedom of a mobile office? One of the biggest benefits of this arrangement is the ability to work whenever you want, from wherever you want. If you need occasional access to a physical location to meet clients or use office equipment, a co-working […]

Quickbooks Assistant is Here to Help

Stay on top of your finances with Quickbooks Self-Employed Assistant. Ask questions such as “what did I spend most on” or “how many business kilometers did I log” and you will get the answers you need in seconds. How to use QuickBooks Assistant Download and launch the Quickbooks Self-Employed app. Select “Help” by selecting the […]

The Ultimate Guide to Amazon Seller Central Canada

Have you ever dreamed of running a business online? Amazon Seller Central makes it possible for you to reach millions of potential customers with your products almost immediately. Whether you already own a retail business and want to create an online platform to sell your products or you want to establish a new online store […]

What To Expect When Starting a Consulting Business

You’ve worked for 15 years managing a dedicated team as part of a large, global firm based in Canada. Midway through your career, you decide something’s missing. You feel as if you’ve learned all you possibly can from your current position, but you don’t want to become an executive with even more job duties and […]

How to File Self-Employed Taxes

When you’re self-employed, you have different tax responsibilities than a traditional employee. Essentially, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) considers you to be a small-business owner, and as such, you need to withhold your own payroll taxes and meet key tax filing obligations. Don’t worry: The process may be easier than you think. Read our guide […]

Mother’s Day Tip Sheet: Advice on managing your family and business from a fellow “Mompreneur”

Being an entrepreneur is hard but being a parent and running your own business truly tests your limits. Finding that balance between building a business and carpool, and school activities, and kids’ appointments and having a life outside of everyday responsibilities is enough to discourage even the boldest aspiring entrepreneur. Despite the challenges, however, ‘Mompreneurs’ […]

How to Find the Perfect Business Coach for Your Needs

Get professional insight on how to make your small business more successful by working with a business coach. Learn what to do before searching for coaches. Find out about the professional resources near you to find business coaches and what attributes the top coaches have.

15 Must-Have Apps for Freelance Tutors in Canada

Check out the wide variety of apps available to help freelance tutors in Canada provide the help their students need. Apps range from games that make math fun to practical connections that allow students to find just the right tutor.

The Relationship Between Food Choices and Job Productivity

Pay attention to your nutrition to elevate your work performance. Enhance productivity at the office with the right food choices: before, during, and after your leave your desk. Find out the best foods for snacking and meals, and learn the importance of hydration.

How to Become a Professional Lobbyist

Determine if you want to use your passion for a specific cause to create, develop or amend public policy by considering a career as an in-house lobbyist or consultant lobbyist.

Can a Mentor Help You Become a Music Artist?

Build your music career by developing a relationship with a music mentor who can help you to achieve your dreams. Learn about the benefits of a mentor/mentee relationship, and gain insight on how to find the right mentor and be an ideal mentee.

How to Become a Physiotherapist

Learn what an aspiring physiotherapist must do to become a licensed physiotherapist in the province in which they intend to practice, along with post-licensing continuing education requirements.

4 Side Hustles That Make Great Small Businesses

Supplement your income with these trending side hustles that can easily turn into thriving small businesses. Learn how to become an entrepreneur without breaking the bank on startup costs with these fun and easy money-making ideas that have potential to grow over time.

Are You a Personal Chef in the Making?

Learn the ins and outs of being a personal chef that makes meals for clients. Discover there difference between a personal chef and caterer, and find out what training is needed. Get to know the benefits of joining a professional association, and explore what a personal chef does on a day-to-day basis.

How to Use the 7 Levels of ‘Energy Leadership’ to Transform Your Business

Check out the concept of energy leadership. Learn about the seven levels and compare anabolic and catabolic energy. Review how the energy associated with your leadership style can affect your entire organization.

Make the Most of the First 20 Minutes of Your Workday

Find out how to use your alpha state to your advantage to have a more successful day of work. Consider incorporating positive habits into the first 20 minutes of your morning to make the rest of the day flow smoothly.

Why You Should Become an Independent Paralegal

Offer legal services without earning your law degree with a paralegal licence in Ontario. If you meet the education, testing, licencing, and character requirements, you can start your own paralegal practice without supervision from a lawyer.

When Should Freelancers Begin Collecting Their CPP?

Look at the advantages of delaying your Canada Pension Plan payments, and compare that to the potential benefits of taking early payments. Get some of the information you need to decide if you should take your CPP payments now or later.

Self-Employed Retirement: Old Age Security, Savings Plans, and Pensions

Learn how the Old Age Security program and the Canada Pension Plan are different. Find out who is eligible for each program, and learn how and when you should apply for benefits.

5 Signs You’re Ready for Self-Employment

The idea of striking out on your own and becoming your own boss can sound incredibly appealing. You can set your own hours, you have no boss looking over your shoulder, and you’re in complete control of your own success. While working for yourself can be especially satisfying, it’s not for everyone. Understanding the potential […]

Should Business Owners Go Back To School?

Calculate the costs and benefits of returning to school as a business owner, and determine if obtaining additional education can help your small business soar to new heights.

Getting the Most Out of a Leadership Seminar

Providing strong leadership as a small business owner helps your company reach goals efficiently and makes your employees happy to work for you. One way to develop your leadership skills and increase your confidence as a business owner is by attending leadership seminars. Learning opportunities may take you out of the office for a few […]

Where to Find Government Funding for Women Entrepreneurs

Finding the money to start or expand your business provides a challenge for anyone, so don’t overlook special government grant and loan programs designed specifically to support women entrepreneurs. Government funding is sometimes available at the federal, provincial, territorial, or local level, giving you the opportunity to apply for financing outside of a private bank […]

How to Calculate Sales Tax in Quickbooks and Other Tax Tips for the Self-Employed

When you embark into the entrepreneurial world of self-employment, you take on a lot more control over your income and finances. This also means you take on more responsibility for calculating your own tax liability. You may have to consider things that salaried employees don't necessarily have to consider, such as deductible business expenses and [...]

Boost Self-Employed Success With These Sales Strategies

In saturated, ever-changing markets, staying on top of the latest sales strategies is vital. If you're not seeing ideal sales results, it's time for a new approach. Adopting a new sales strategy helps widen your customer base and increases your profits. (Learn more about setting up a self-employed business, here). Find Your First Paying Client [...]

What is a Conditional Promise to Give?

A conditional promise to give is a pledge to a nonprofit that will only be recognized if specific terms are met by a specified time. For example: a local business may promise $20,000 for upkeep of the local park, but only if the park authority can register at least 12 volunteers to maintain the grounds [...]

Setting Your Salary as a Small Business Owner

As a self-employed person, it’s important to pay yourself a reasonable salary. Determining an adequate salary might take some intense thought, since entrepreneurs wear many hats. It’s also essential to consider the impact the salary you choose might have on your taxes. Not only do you have to figure out how much to pay yourself, […]

Navigating Quarterly Payments for Freelance Taxes in Canada

If you’re a freelancer or an independent contractor, you may have to send quarterly tax payments to the CRA. Don’t be intimidated. The process may be easier than you think. Who Has to Pay Quarterly Income Taxes? As of 2017, you must pay quarterly income taxes if you anticipate owing more than $3,000 at tax […]

Seeking a Mentor for Business Advice

A business mentor is an experienced professional who can provide guidance and advice as you build your company. Mentors can serve a variety of purposes — they can act as sounding boards, answer questions, and provide introductions. They can also help you navigate tricky politics; take Purdy Crawford, who famously championed Bertha Wilson as she […]

Tips for Selling Services in Person and on the Internet

Companies that sell services often need to take a different approach than those that sell physical products. Those techniques also vary depending on whether the business is selling in person or on the internet. If your service-based business is struggling to make sales, it may be time to rethink your current methods. Here are some […]

Independent Contractor Versus Employee: What to Do If You Think You’re Misclassified

The distinction between employees and independent contractors seems sometimes blurry, but this important distinction can have huge financial consequences for both payers and workers. When you sign on as an employee, payers have the responsibility of withholding applicable payroll taxes and Employment Income and Canadian Pension Plan contributions. This also makes workers subject to the […]

Independent Contractor Versus Home-Based Employee: What’s the Difference?

Working from home doesn’t necessarily mean you’re self employed. It’s increasingly common for companies to hire remote workers, or to allow current employees the flexibility to work outside of a specific office space or regular schedule. While the terms seem similar, the difference in definition between a self-employed individual and a home-based employee means a […]

How to Calculate Your Contracting Rate

When you’re first starting out as a freelancer, one of the biggest challenges is setting your hourly rate. Charge too much, and you’re going to drive away potential clients. Charge too little, and you have to work more hours to earn your target salary. By doing a few calculations, you can figure out an hourly […]

Requirements for Becoming a Crane Operator

With a shortage of crane operators all across Canada, the profession is growing in demand. As current operators retire, the industry faces the challenge of finding new, qualified workers to fill their positions. Find out what it takes to become a crane operator and fill a seat in this in-demand industry. Choose the Crane Type […]

How to Make It as a Freelance Writer

Make a living as a freelance ghostwriter with these tips for marketing your skills and finding the right clients.

How to Become a Real Estate Agent

Improve your career outlook by becoming a Canadian real estate agent. Discover how to find courses in your province that help you get licenced for business.

When and Why You Need to Have a Business Plan

You’re ready to leave that 9-to-5 job and regular paycheck to become self-employed. Have you started your business plan? Do you even need a business plan? It’s always a good idea to create a self-employed business plan before you launch. It comes in handy for many different situations that commonly come up when running your […]

8 Proven Ways to Improve and Maintain Your Cash Flow

The top reason small businesses fail is obvious but all-too-common: they run out of money. CNBC reports poor cash flow can affect even high-revenue businesses because of simple mistakes like failing to send invoices on time. Steady cash flow means you can pay bills on time, invest, put money into savings, and reward your hard […]

Financial Secrets for Being Self-Employed

On-demand work, such as Uber or AirBnB, is growing so fast that it’s steadily becoming a real alternative to working for an employer. You can set your own hours, work several different on-demand positions at the same time, and find work tailored to your specific niche. A 2010 study performed by Intuit in conjunction with […]

Budgeting Guide for the Self-Employed

As a freelancer, you know that budgeting comes with many rewards. You can claim added business expenses as a self-employed individual, such as office space, equipment, and employee salaries, but you must also account for fluctuating income levels and commissions. With varying revenue streams coming in each month, it’s a good idea to plan for […]

Great Startup Businesses for Retirees

Retirement is the perfect time to relax, vacation with loved ones, and pursue neglected hobbies. But not all seniors want to kick back and enjoy their twilight years in peace and quiet. Some retirees find it’s the perfect opportunity to start businesses. A lifetime worth of work experience, paired with great business connections, makes older […]

How and Why to Mobilize the Cloud for Your Small Business

You hear people talk about the cloud all the time, but do you understand what it is? Think of the cloud as a basket of data and information stored somewhere other than your hard drive or on-premises serve. When paired with the right apps, it lets you run a majority of your business from your […]

How to Take on the Role of Your Business Accountant

Keeping track of business finances is a part of your job you can excel at with a little guidance and help from others. Handling these tasks yourself means you don’t need to add a full-time accountant to your staff. By taking advantage of the resources available to small business owners, you can feel confident taking […]

How to Start a Consulting Business

If you’ve worked in a specific industry or field for any length of time, chances are you’ve gained enough knowledge and insight to serve as a consultant to organizations that are looking for a little guidance. Whether it’s a company looking to launch their marketing department or a sole proprietor looking to make his or her first hire, [...]

How to List Self-Employment on a Resume

Although it’s a challenge to make the leap from freelancer to in-house employment, you can boost your odds of landing a new position by building a strong resume that reflects your unique experiences as a self-employed individual. Wondering how to put self-employment on your resume? Instead of minimizing your freelance jobs, showcase them in a […]

How to Know You Need Financial Guidance

Is this your first time running your own small business? Then you may need a little help setting a financially sound course for you company. Don’t worry. If you exhibit any of these signs when dealing with finances, a financial adviser can help you. Experiencing a Previous Bankruptcy Having a bankruptcy on your record doesn’t […]

How to Get Your Freelance Career Off the Ground

Self-employment is an increasingly popular way to achieve your dream lifestyle without a traditional day job, and freelancing is often the first step into self-employment. Here are some practical tips to help you get started in the freelancing world. What Is Freelancing? Freelancers use their skills and expertise to provide a product or service directly […]

How to Run a Side Business While Having a Full-Time Job

It’s not impossible to work full-time and run your own business on the side – it just takes dedication, self-discipline, and a clear vision. According to Intuit Canada 45% of the Canadian workforce will become self-employed by 2020. Whether you want to supplement your full-time income with a side business or work toward being fully […]

How to Deal With Bad Clients

As a freelancer and small business owner, you don’t need to deal with a demanding boss on a daily basis. However, that doesn’t mean everyone you work with is pleasant and easy to please. In fact, you may struggle with difficult or downright bad client relationships. Knowing how to deal with different types of bad […]

How to Choose Charities for Corporate Philanthropy

Performing an annual self-audit or internal audit on your startup helps to streamline accounting and operational procedures while finding and cutting unnecessary expenditures. Making strong decisions in allocating your company’s capital and the internal processes you use to run the company can help you on your path to success. Internal audits evaluate those processes as […]

Do Your Prep: Checklist to Becoming Your Own Boss

So you’re thinking of quitting your job to become your own boss. Self-employment offers a number of advantages over traditional employment, including greater freedom but also greater responsibility, and the luxury of working in your pajamas doesn’t come without a cost. You need strong self-discipline and a solid plan to transition from full-time employment to […]

Self-Employed Invoice Types

If you’re a fledgling self-employed business owner who’s not sure how to create an invoice, you’re not alone. Fortunately, the process is easy. First, you can find an easy-to-use invoice template on the QuickBooks website. Next, enter your company information and the customer information for the party you’re billing. Finally, provide a price and description […]

8 Tips to Avoid Freelancer Burnout

In the course of your career, whether you’re a freelancer or traditional employee, you’re likely to feel burned out. It’s a fact of life, exacerbated by the stresses of daily survival, social commitments, and a capitalist society. As a freelancer, you must take active steps to avoid burnout. Freelancer burnout often stems from isolation, over-committing […]

Tips to Setting Up the Perfect Home Office

Looking for ways to spruce up your home office? Unlike a cubicle in an office building, a home office opens you up to more design possibilities. You can arrange the pieces and design the environment to make you feel productive and ready to tackle your to-do list. Whether you’re a creative freelancer or a management […]

Marketing Strategies for Self-Employed Professionals

When you’re self-employed, the time you spend on paid work is probably only eclipsed by the time spend looking for more clients. When business is good, there’s a constant stream of people looking to hire you. But when times get tough and your workload lightens, you need to buckle down and increase your client roster […]

How to Become a Real Estate Agent

Your net tax is the amount of sales taxes your business owes to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). This tax shows how much you should pay to the CRA over a particular tax period. If you sell taxable goods and services, you may need to remit goods and services tax or harmonized sales tax to […]

Have You Outgrown Freelancing? What to Do Next

Freelancing gives you the freedom to grow your own business and decide where you want to focus your attention. But as that freelance business grows, you may reach a point where you just can’t keep up with the demands. At a certain point, you simply can’t take on anymore clients because you have a finite […]

What Is an Interac e-Transfer?

An Interac e-Transfer is a method for people to transfer money from one participating bank to another electronically. For example, you can send money to your friend by email if he has a Canadian bank account. Interac e-Transfers are fast, and receivers of the funds have access to the money deposited right away. Interac e-Transfers [...]

Canada Pension Plan Contributions for Self-Employed Entrepreneurs

Working for yourself brings added tax responsibilities. Check out what you need to know about Canada Pension Plan Contributions.

What Is Blue Sky Thinking?

Discover how, similar to out-of-the-box thinking, blue sky thinking is creating ideas without worrying about practical constraints.

4 Steps to Purchasing an Existing Business

Go through these four steps for buying an existing business to minimize risk and maximize your chances of owning a profitable business.

Establish Family Support Before Starting a Home-Based Business

Invite your family into the decision-making process to keep the peace and improve communications about your home-based business.

How to Become a Social Media Consultant

Learn the benefits of becoming a social media consultant, and understand what you need to do to be successful in the business.

How to Diversify Your Income Stream: Ideas for Accountants

Diversify your accounting business to include after-tax season specialties that can help your business thrive year-round.

Finding Clients for Your Video Production Business

Find out how to market your video production business and pitch your services to potential new clients.

How to Make a Living as a Freelance Software Developer

Make money off your software development skills by becoming a freelance developer. Learn how you can connect with clients to land jobs.

Improving Your Inventory by Trading Up and Trading Down

Implement strong product development practices by defining what should be traded up or down, and how to implement these product changes.

Setting and Meeting Deadlines

Set realistic business deadlines and goals to make your work more efficient and to impress your clients with timely deliveries.

Should I Open A Restaurant?

Decide if owning a restaurant is the right choice for you by reviewing the costs and personal sacrifices involved in this risky yet rewarding business.

Should You Open a Second Location?

Consider whether the advantages of opening a second location would justify the investment of time and money necessary for such an effort.

Retirement Strategy: Using Non-Registered Investments Before TFSAs

Learn why you should sell your non-registered investments first and keep your retirement fund in a TFSA to reduce taxes.

What Can You Learn From the CFO of the CRA

Learn how the CFO model at the Canada Revenue Agency is centralizing financial management and saving the Canadian government $3.5 million a year.

4 Micro Business-Friendly Learning Sources for Continuing Education

Learn about four free online sources for continuing your education anywhere or anytime, and how they can help you make employment gains and earn college credit.

5 Essential Small Business Management Books

Review this essential list of the best business books for Canadian small business owners, from practical financing to leadership.

6 Tech Solutions to Unique Self-Employment Problems

Discover tech solutions that can help you solve some of the self-employment problems and grow your small business.

Conflict of Interest: Resolving the Agency Problem

Eliminate the agency problem in your business by requiring full transparency, limiting the agent’s power, and removing financial incentives for bad behavior.

Passing the Torch: How to Transition Management Successfully

Approach your succession and exit planning the right way: start early, plan strategically, and clearly communicate to everyone involved.

Pros and Cons of Owning a Consulting Business

Learn about some of the pros and cons of starting your own consulting business and decide if it is the type of business for you.

Tips for Entertainers: Foreign Performers and Work Permits

Learn about Canadian work permit requirements for foreign actors, musicians, performers and entertainers, and how to obtain one.

6 Strategies to Improve the Profitability of Your Wedding Planning Business

Check out these strategies to boost profitability for your wedding planning business. From co-marketing to goal setting, there are a lot of effective ideas.

How Small Business Owners Can Show Strong Work Ethic

A strong work ethic, the kind that great careers and brands are built on, depends on a lot of different factors such as professionalism and quality.

Financial Consultants: Should You Earn the CFP or CFA?

Learn about the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designations, and see which one may be more appropriate for your career.

Register Your Crafts Business as a Sole Proprietorship

Register your crafts business as a sole proprietorship. Depending on your earnings, registering can help your crafts business to be in compliance at tax time.

Should You Use a DBA?

Discover the benefits of registering a doing-business-as name, and find out if your small business really needs one.

Why You Should Consider Travel Nursing

Learn a few of the benefits of taking a job of a travel nurse, such as high pay, high job security, and flexibility.

How to Choose Charities for Corporate Philanthropy

Choosing the best charities to donate to requires a little time and effort, preventing your business from making a potentially bad decision.

How to Make a Great Impression During a Business Lunch

Learn how to make a great impression during a business lunch. Consider using these four tips to help you secure a meal deal.

3 Tips for Purchasing an Investment Property

Follow these three tips to make your small business as a rental property investor a more profitable endeavour.

Pros and Cons of of Owning a Rental Property

Managing a rental property can become more than you bargained for, but staying on the right track yields financial gain and personal satisfaction.

Using an Estate Freeze to Transfer Your Business to the Next Generation

Learn the basic legal and tax aspects of using an estate freeze to transfer a business from one generation to the next.

Four Inspiring Podcasts for Entrepreneurs

Discover four inspirational podcasts that will give you strategies, tips, and a road map for your own entrepreneurial journey.

Giving Back: Benefits of Being a Mentor

Ready to give back by being a mentor? Check out the benefits of becoming a mentor and guiding a mentee toward entrepreneurial success.

Succession Planning for Your Small Business

Considering retirement? Find out how to create a succession plan to help determine the best way to exit your small business.

The 3 Biggest Time Wastes for Entrepreneurs

Adopt techniques for identifying and avoiding time-wasting activities so you can focus on making your small business more successful.

The Rise of the Self-Employed Economy in Canada

Intuit's recent research has unearthed some pretty amazing findings: self-employment in Canada is on the rise. Are you one of the many people who's left the traditional workforce? Or do you want to learn more about becoming self-employed in Canada? One of the greatest aspects of self-employment is that it doesn't have to be all [...]

How to Become a Chartered Accountant

Learn what a Chartered Accountant (CA) is and learn what steps are necessary to complete to become one in Canada.

Making the Transition From Full-Time Employee to Full-Time Contractor

Switching from being a full-time employee to a freelancer can be extremely liberating, but you may also need a little bit of confidence in making the leap. Though working for yourself gives you control over the work that you do, it also requires adjustments to your work habits and lifestyle. Knowing what to expect can […]

How to Become a Project Management Professional

If you’re considering a career change and have the traits of a leader, you might want to think about becoming a project management professional. These professionals keep jobs running smoothly and reduce risks associated with poor decision making. You can achieve your certification with either a high school diploma or college degree, and you can […]

Minimizing Physical Waste, Scrap, Rework, and Spoilage

If your business manufactures physical products, you probably deal with several forms of waste. These can be leftovers from the production process, flawed finished goods, or even a contaminated workshop. In such cases, it is in your financial and environmental self-interest to set up processes that most effectively reduce waste and its associated costs. Efficient […]

Decision-Making Skills for Effective Business Leaders

Perhaps the most vital leadership quality is being a good decision-maker. This especially applies to tough decisions that have a lasting impact on the trajectory of your business. Anyone can make simple decisions regarding what to wear, which restaurant to visit for lunch, or how to arrange the furniture in their office, but mastering the […]

Making Your Business Decisions With Finance Methods and Models

As a small business owner, you’re often faced with decisions about what’s best for you and the financial health of your company. Don’t worry. There are several finance methods and models to help you make sound choices, including net present value, opportunity costs, and the internal rate of return formula. Net Present Value Net present […]

Addressing Romantic Relationships in Your Workplace

Employees getting along well can be great for morale and productivity. It’s inevitable, however, that some co-workers will start dating and even get married. Some of the happiest married couples met on the job, so workplace romances aren’t necessarily a bad thing. In Canada, workplace romances are not illegal – but as an employer, you […]

Get Inspiration from the Brand Stories Behind These Businesses

If you’re looking for phenomenal growth and success in your small business, creating a strong, compelling brand identity is one of the single most important steps you can take. Companies that started small but are now multi-billion dollar enterprises have strong, instantly recognizable brands. Learning about some branding success stories can help inspire and guide […]

Things to Consider Before Jumping Into Self Employment

You’re ready to chase your dream and be your own boss. Before you quit your day job, make sure you understand the financial and tax ramifications of being self-employed. There are countless aspects to consider, but here’s a look at five of the top issues to keep in mind. Canada Pension Plan Premiums If you […]

How to Apply for Handmade at Amazon

Handmade at Amazon is a new online marketplace -launched in October 2016- where artisans can sell their products. Your items must be made by you to sell on Handmade. Here is how to apply to sell on the website. Navigate to Handmade at Amazon and click “Apply Now.” Enter your contact information and website address […]

The Difference Between a Business and a Hobby

Imagine you enjoy knitting in your living room in your spare time. You sell a few sweaters on eBay occasionally or travel to the local farmers market to make a few dollars. If you’ve never considered your knitting hobby a business, perhaps you should. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) applies certain criteria to interests that […]

Tips for Choosing the Right Bank for Your Small Business

A bank can be a valuable partner when you first start a business. When it comes to choosing a bank to assist you with your banking needs, consider the likely number of transactions you’ll make. In your business’ earliest days, you might only have a few deposits and withdrawals, in which case a bank that […]

Get Your First Paying Photography Job

Advancing from an amateur freelance photographer to professional status relies on finding paying clients. Finding paying photography freelancer jobs isn’t difficult, nor should it be intimidating. Even if you don’t have an expansive natural market or a particularly extroverted personality, you can make use of numerous resources to land your first paying photography jobs. You […]

Four Steps to a Safer Workplace

Some may remember the graphic WSIB prevent-it commercial campaign which showed various workplace “accidents” resulting in the serious or fatal injury of a worker.  All of the incidents depicted in the commercials could have been prevented if employees and employers avoided negligence. According to the Institute for Work & Health, small businesses employees have a higher […]

5 Tips to Boost Entrepreneurial Culture in Your Community

Starting and successfully growing a company is a difficult task. Entrepreneurs need a variety of elements to be successful including mentorship, encouragement, talented people, funding and a network of contacts. Entrepreneurs play an important role in developing a culture and environment for entrepreneurship. While there are many organizations with a mandate to support entrepreneurs, entrepreneurs […]

Refining Your Idea

Having a business idea is great. Being truly passionate about that idea is even better. Unfortunately, some people let their excitement get the best of them and never fully develop their idea before they start their business. Far too many entrepreneurs come up with ideas they believe are going to be next big thing without […]

Ways to Save for Retirement When You’re Self-Employed

If you’re self-employed, you’re probably familiar with the perks, like greater flexibility in your schedule, the ability to refine and direct your career – even simple things like getting to wear whatever you want. But retirement savings is something that many entrepreneurs don’t think about, while others simply don’t know where to start. Take control […]

Being a Leader in Building a Community

Since its launch in 2009, Startup Edmonton has become a Canadian model for what a Startup Community could and should be. A thriving entrepreneurial campus and community hub, it is a place where developers, designers, makers, founders, investors and mentors gather to transform ideas into companies. We dug a little deeper into the history of […]

The Part-Time Startup – Free eBook

More than half (53%) of all new startups in Canada are run by part-time entrepreneurs. Pause for a moment to think about what this means. It means that the average startup – defined as a business in operation for three years or less – is not what it is commonly assumed to be. The part-time entrepreneur understands technology – […]

5 Ways to Make Your Part-Time Business Look Professional

Looking professional in business, whether you are an employee, an entrepreneur or both, is more than on the surface. Looking good speaks to your reputation, the way you are perceived by your peers, your clients an everyone you encounter in your travels. Here are some snippets of wisdom on how to look good in a […]

What I Wish I Knew: Kerry Morrison – CEO Endloop Mobile

Kerry Morrison is the CEO of Endloop Mobile, a mobile app development shop in Toronto. He has worked for some of the biggest brands and some of the best agencies on this planet. He’s led teams building projects as large as $12 million dollars and in his best year led sales of more than $20 [...]

Infographic: Financial Management Quiz Results

Small businesses who have an advanced understanding of financial management are five times more likely to use software or a solution provided by an accountant than manual methods, such as pen and paper. Read more key facts about small business financial literacy in this infographic:

Reducing Workplace Stress in Five Easy Steps

We all face it – some of us face it every day: stress. But controlling it & dealing with it is something else entirely. Here are some tips for how to handle the stress that comes with having a job, whether you’re your own employee or someone else’s. 1) Train employees properly to do their […]