2014-05-31T03:01:11ZAre you thinking of starting a business but not sure what kind of business you would like to start? Or just wondering what small businesses are going to be hot this year? Either way, you'll want to read The Best Business Opportunities 2014. These are my picks for the best opportunities for people who want to start a small business now and are looking for a business that can be profitable for years rather than months. And all of them are businesses that just about anybody can start. Connect With Susan:Facebook | Google+ | Twitter | LinkedIn | Free Newsletters Explore More Business Ideas The Best Business Opportunities 2013 Top 10 Home Business Opportunities 7 Inexpensive Business Ideas Business Ideas Based on Baby Boomer Trends The Best Green Business Ideas 18 Pet Business Ideas Best Small Business Ideas for Businesses That Will Prosper in Tough Times The 10 Best Small Business Ideas for Students 12 Wacky But Successful Business Ideas Image (c ) Reza Estakhrian / Getty Images The Best Business Opportunities 2014 originally appeared on About.com Small Business: Canada on Saturday, May 31st, 2014 at 03:01:11.Permalink | Comment | Email this[...]
Being self-employed seems like such a simple process, doesn't it?
You do a job for someone and you get paid for it.
But unfortunately the reality is that the second part of the equation for success doesn't necessarily automatically follow.
From companies that habitually pay for work done months afterwards through individual customers who seem to be reluctant to pay at all, sometimes getting the money you're owed can be a job in itself.
If you've ever experienced the frustration of waiting too long for the money you're owed, you'll definitely want to read 7 Ways to Make Sure You Get Paid.
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When people ask me about writing a business plan, they're almost always thinking about a traditional, full-scale business plan such as my The Business Plan Outline. It's ideal for people who need to work through all the details to get a business up and running.
But it's not the only type of business plan available and it's certainly not the only type of business plan that a small business can or should use.
The best business plan is the plan that's best suited to meeting the needs of your small business. Or, in other words, the one that fits the intended purpose of the plan.
What Type of Business Plan Do You Need? presents different types of business plans and matches them to different purposes to help you choose the most suitable kind of business plan for you.
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2014-05-28T03:09:43ZAre you a habitual negotiator? If not, why not? Negotiation can help you make sales and keep customers that might walk away otherwise - if you're good at it. Kelley Robertson shows you how to get started as a negotiator and improve your negotiation skills with 5 Ways To Negotiate More Effectively. Learn More About Increasing Sales 6 Sure Ways to Get More Sales How to Find and Sell to Your Target Market What to Do with Your Sales Leads to Make More Sales Creating Sales Incentive Programs That Work How to Create a Powerful Sales Presentation Selling in Tough Times: Moving Beyond Consultative Selling 10 Cold Calling Tips 5 Things More Important Than WHAT You're Selling The 5 Types of Customers How to Write a Sales Letter That Will Wow Them 10 Sales Letter Tips for Maximizing Your Sales Letter Response How to Ask for Referrals and Get More Clients Image (c) Steven Hunt / Getty Images Connect With Susan:Facebook | Google+ | Twitter | LinkedIn | Free Newsletters5 Ways To Negotiate More Effectively originally appeared on About.com Small Business: Canada on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 at 03:09:43.Permalink | Comment | Email this[...]
2014-05-27T03:17:16ZWant to start a business but don't have a lot of money to invest? Then you'll want to have a look at these 7 Inexpensive Business Ideas, ideas for profitable businesses you can start inexpensively and quickly. For even more ideas for businesses you may be able to start without making too much of an investment, visit the Small Business Ideas section of this website, where you'll find a huge collection of small business idea articles, or go directly to one of the articles listed below: Explore More Business Ideas The Best Business Opportunities 2014 Top 10 Home Business Opportunities 7 Inexpensive Business Ideas Business Ideas Based on Baby Boomer Trends The Best Green Business Ideas 18 Pet Business Ideas Best Small Business Ideas for Businesses That Will Prosper in Tough Times The 10 Best Small Business Ideas for Students 12 Wacky But Successful Business Ideas Image (c) Martin Ruegner / Getty Images Connect With Susan:Facebook | Google+ | Twitter | LinkedIn | Free Newsletters 7 Inexpensive Business Ideas originally appeared on About.com Small Business: Canada on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 at 03:17:16.Permalink | Comment | Email this[...]
2014-05-26T03:08:17ZIn my "What motivated you to take the plunge and devote yourself to your own business full-time?" poll, the answer "losing my full-time/part-time job" is the most popular answer. (Vote in the poll if you'd like - it's still open.) Having "been there and done that" as they say, I appreciate what a difficult transition that can be. Working for someone else is just completely different than working for yourself. One of the problems I noticed immediately is that I suddenly had to be paying attention to all sorts of things that other people used to look after for me - from getting the money I was owed through coming up with my own retirement plan. Eventually I learned that if I was going to be successfully self-employed, I was going to have to think and act differently. I had to develop what I call an "entrepreneurial mindset". 6 Traits You Need to Move From Being an Employee to Being Self-Employed explains what I mean. What do you think are the most important characteristics of an entrepreneur? Add your opinion here. Learn More About Starting a Small Business Thinking of Starting a Small Business? 12 Things You Need to Know About Starting a Business in Canada 6 Traits You Need to Be Self-Employed What Type of Business Should You Start? The Two Paths to Starting a Business Top 10 Tips for Starting a Business That Will Succeed How to Start a Home-Based Business 5 Resources You Need to Succeed 8 Things Every Startup Needs to Know The Steps to Starting a Business in Canada How to Put Off Your Excuses and Start Your Own Business Image (c) Jupiterimages / Getty Images Connect With Susan:Facebook | Google+ | Twitter | LinkedIn | Free Newsletters6 Traits You Need to Be Self-Employed originally appeared on About.com Small Business: Canada on Monday, May 26th, 2014 at 03:08:17.Permalink | Comment | Email this[...]
Some Canadian small businesses shy away from hiring people because they think it's just too much of a hassle.
But really, employer responsibilities such as doing payroll aren't that difficult; it's just a matter of knowing what to do and getting it done on time.
Learn exactly what you have to do to do payroll in Canada properly with this Guide to Canadian Payroll Deductions.
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2014-05-24T03:04:13ZAre you one of those people who dreams of working at home? I used to be one of those people; I dreamed about working at home for years. And now I do! And I can tell you that working at home is everything it's cracked up to be; more convenient, more productive and just plain more pleasant. But I can also tell you that if you want to work at home, you're the one who's going to have to make it happen. Working at home is not something that other people are going to set up for you. Read How to Get to Work at Home to learn how to make your dream of working at home a reality. More Work At Home Articles You Might Like: 5 Work at Home Scams & How to Avoid Them How to Start a Home-Based Business That Will Succeed The Basics of Small or Home Office Design 9 Tips for Meeting With Clients In Your Home How to Properly Answer the Phone How to Stay on Schedule Working at Home Running a Successful Home Based Business With Kids 10 Steps to Childproofing Your Home Office Image (c) Liz Gregg / Getty Images Connect With Susan:Facebook | Google+ | Twitter | LinkedIn | Free NewslettersHow to Get to Work at Home originally appeared on About.com Small Business: Canada on Saturday, May 24th, 2014 at 03:04:13.Permalink | Comment | Email this[...]
2014-05-23T03:06:55ZFact: More people are shopping online than ever before. According to Forrester Research, in Canada alone, consumers spent $20 billion online in 2013, a number that's supposed to reach $34 billion by 2018. Conclusion: If you're not giving people the opportunity to shop for your products and/or services online, you're missing out on potential profits. So why doesn't your small business already have an online store? If it's something that you've put off because you think it's difficult or time-consuming, it's time to think again; nowadays putting up an ecommerce website is practically as easy as a fingersnap. Here are 8 Easy Ways to Get Your Small Business Into Ecommerce. Learn More About Doing Business Online 6 Reasons Every Small Business Should Have a Website 7 Online Business Models for Making Money Online How to Register a Domain Name An Easy Way to Get a Business Website - RebelMouse 8 Rules for a Successful Ecommerce Website Online Payment Options for Your Online Business 7 Tips for Selling on eBay Image (c) Ed Honowitz / Getty Images Connect With Susan:Facebook | Google+ | Twitter | LinkedIn | Free Newsletters 8 Easy Ways to Get Your Small Business Into Ecommerce originally appeared on About.com Small Business: Canada on Friday, May 23rd, 2014 at 03:06:55.Permalink | Comment | Email this[...]
2014-05-22T03:05:44ZRight now the Credit Unions of BC are promoting their Remarkable Micro Loan Program which offers BC residents 18 to 29 years old low interest micro loans of up to $5,000 for starting a Canadian small business. But BC Credit Unions are not the only places offering micro loans. Here are three more micro loan sources you may be able to tap into for starting your Canadian small business: Assiniboine Credit Union Micro Loan Program - Offered through partnership with Western Economic Diversification Canada, the program offers small business loans up to a maximum of $35,000 to start or grow small businesses in the Winnipeg area. Alterna Savings; Community Micro Loan Program - small business loans for Toronto and area. Immigrant Access Fund - Loans for skilled immigrants who cannot pay for the licensing/training they need to work in their field in Canada. (Not available in Quebec.) More on Small Business Grants and Loans 10 Things You Need to Know About Small Business Funding 8 Sources of Business Start Up Money The Truth About Small Business Grants in Canada 7 Canada Government Grants Your Small Business May Qualify For The Self-Employment Program: One of the Best Small Business Grants in Canada The Canada Small Business Financing Program How to Get a Small Business Loan 10 Sources of Business Loans for Canadian Small Businesses Small Business Loans for Canadian Women Entrepreneurs Image © Rick Audet Connect With Susan:Facebook | Google+ | Twitter | LinkedIn | Free Newsletters 4 Sources of Micro Loans for Starting Your Canadian Small Business originally appeared on About.com Small Business: Canada on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 at 03:05:44.Permalink | Comment | Email this[...]