Posts in Small business management
4 Things I Would Have Done Differently When Starting My Business

In my first two years as a business owner, I felt like I had achieved an MBA in everything I didn’t know—and it was about as expensive as earning a real MBA. Those two years taught me a lot about the ebbs and flows of running a small business. But, most importantly, it taught me that nobody makes the right decision every time.

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5 People You Should Talk to Before Starting a Business

Entrepreneurs are born with inquisitive minds. All great businesses ventures start with a bold idea; a solution to a problem no one else has dreamt up, or a better way to tackle it. It’s likely an idea that has been rattling around in the back of your mind for some time.

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How to Pay Yourself as a Small Business Owner

One of the biggest questions every small business owner faces is a self-indulgent one: How much should I pay myself? And while most entrepreneurs recognize that running a small business isn’t all about the profit, we all have bills to pay and that requires an adequate income.

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How to Craft a Business Plan Guaranteed to Drive Success

Far too often I encounter business owners who treat their business plan like a homework assignment rather than a tool for building a better business. Most of these people write a business plan because they were told to for funding or tax purposes.

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Hobby or Career? Turn Your Passion into a Profitable Business

When we were young we were taught to pursue our passion in life. We were told if we chose a career we loved we would never work a day in our lives. But as we grow older and begin to navigate our careers, we’re often faced with a choice between following that passion or moving up the corporate ladder.

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5 Ways to Give Your Small Business a Spring Cleaning

Spring represents a time of renewal—a welcome opportunity for small business owners to shake off the winter and embrace what’s ahead. As you know, we’re not just your ordinary Newmarket accountants; we’re about so much more than taxes and compliance.

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Assessing Your Company’s Financial Performance Ahead of Tax Season

With tax season hot on our heels, many business owners are turning to their accountants for a better look at their financial performance. We all want to see how we are doing before paying our taxes (after all, profits must be made for taxes to be paid), but this is a great time to go over what your goals were in the last year and take your current performance goals into consideration.

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3 Ways Small Business Owners Can Embrace Ontario’s Minimum Wage Increase

Changes to Ontario’s workplace laws have been the source of fury for many small business owners recently. As of January 1st, the province’s minimum wage increased to $14 per hour—up from $11.60—with an additional dollar increase due in 2019. A lot of small business owners seem to view this increase as a hit to their bottom line, with many grappling with the idea of raising prices, or cutting staff in order to balance the books.

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4 Goals Every Small Business Owner Should Set in 2018

Goal setting is one of the most powerful tools in a small business owner’s tool belt. This practice not only helps you see where your business is today, but puts into perspective where you thought you might be. It helps identify strengths and weaknesses. It helps push us forward and spark new, innovative ideas.

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3 Tips on Fostering Community for Small Business Success

Small business owners have always known the importance of fostering community. In the last few years, however, ‘community engagement’ has come to mean managing your online relationships. In my final blog post of 2017, I want to talk about engaging your local community – the people whose homes you build or the customers who walk into your store every day.

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6 Tips for Getting Started With Succession Planning for Small Business Owners

Succession planning isn’t the most glamorous topic to think about—it certainly takes the wind out of the young! The end of your involvement in a business is a reality of starting one, so succession planning is something to start thinking about early on. Well begun is half done! Here are six things you need to know about succession planning for your small business:

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting (to Expand Your Business)

We’ve all said it: “My business is my baby.” Like children, businesses grow and eventually you’ll find yourself looking for a village to help you out. Expanding your business—either out of demand or a desire for more time to yourself—is a challenging process.

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Do You Have What It Takes to be an Entrepreneur?

Entrepreneurship isn’t for everyone – mostly because people fail to be honest with themselves. Your biggest priority as a business owner is to look in the mirror and know your strengths and weaknesses. Once you can do that, the rest is just a matter of strategy.

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How to Take Advantage of the Off-Season to Grow Your Business

Periodic slow downs and lulls in revenue are normal in any business, but clearly seasonal industries have one key advantage: they can prepare for it. The keys to successfully navigating seasonal fluctuations are planning ahead and making use of the lull in activity to put systems in place that will help your grow your business.

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4 Things I Would Have Done Differently When Starting My Business

In my first two years as a business owner, I felt like I had achieved an MBA in everything I didn’t know. It was about as expensive, I learned a lot, and became humbled by all of the things that I had yet to learn. Based on my experience as a small business owner, here are four things I would have done differently when I was starting out:

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