11 Practical and Powerful Actions You Need to Take to Start A Small Business

11 Practical and Powerful Actions You Need to Take to Start A Small Business

Whether you want to start a micro art studio on Etsy, a franchise-style cafe or a tech start-up, you need a solid foundation to support the success of your business. No matter what size business you want to start, or what industry you are in, or even if you consider yourself a “solo-entrepreneur”, this list

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9 Essential Sections You Can Include in a Business Plan

9 Essential Sections You Can Include in a Business Plan

As an entrepreneur, your business plan is one of your most important documents. Your plan is the best way to share your goals and secure financing. A well-written plan shares your story, drive, passion, and tells the world that you are serious and committed to making your dream real. So what should you include in

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The BIG Small Business Squeeze: Are You In It and Can You Get Out Of It?

The BIG Small Business Squeeze: Are You In It and Can You Get Out Of It?

It’s year 3 of a pandemic. Yes, that’s right. Year 3. Remember when they said it would be 2 months? Back then, it was understandable to close your business, to pivot, to put in new safety measures, or to support your staff with extra days off. Now, 3 years later, small business owners are being

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What is Systems Thinking and How Can it Benefit Your Business?

What is Systems Thinking and How Can it Benefit Your Business?

Are you looking for a strategy that can turn your small business from chaos to calm, struggling to profitable? If so, you are going to love systems thinking. What is systems thinking? Systems thinking is a mindset and strategy for solving problems. When someone uses systems thinking they analyze HOW something is happening and make

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Working ON the Business vs IN the Business: The Strategy Small Business Owners Need

Working ON the Business vs IN the Business: The Strategy Small Business Owners Need

You may have heard this before “work ON your business as much or more than you work IN your business” (Gerber 1986). This is the key to gaining the freedom you are searching for as an entrepreneur. If it’s more free time to go to your kids soccer games, or more money to support the

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5 Functional Areas of Business You Need to Know as an Entrepreneur

5 Functional Areas of Business You Need to Know as an Entrepreneur

It’s no secret that entrepreneurs wear many hats. Especially when you are first starting out, and sometimes even until retirement, small business owners have a lot to do. It is no wonder so many businesses fail: there is so much to know and apply to be successful in business.  What’s most important to focus on?

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145 Small Business Theme Ideas For This Year and How to Choose Yours

145 Small Business Theme Ideas For This Year and How to Choose Yours

You may think of a theme as something saved for parties or English essays. Did you know it’s also an effective tool for leading your small business? A theme is a simple thing. It’s a recurring idea that shows up in all your business goals. When you identify your theme, it acts as a guide.

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Canada Summer Jobs Grant (2022): Get the Help You Need at a Price You Can Afford

Canada Summer Jobs Grant (2022): Get the Help You Need at a Price You Can Afford

I often hear small business owners say they need help, but can’t afford to hire anyone. The 2022 Canada Summer Jobs grant is the perfect solution to that problem. Hire a talented student to work at your business for the summer and get up to 50% of their wages covered (100% for non-profits) by the

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Essential Resources to Help Small Business Owners during COVID-19 in 2022

Essential Resources to Help Small Business Owners during COVID-19 in 2022

How many times since 2020 have small business owners shouted for help? It’s tiring to constantly reevaluate and respond to the changes and restrictions brought on by COVID-19. This pandemic has pushed many of us to the brink of discouragement. Right now, you may just want to give up. How many times can your restaurant

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The Top Characteristics Every Business Goal Needs to be Effective

The Top Characteristics Every Business Goal Needs to be Effective

Do all your best ideas live in your head? Perhaps you know exactly how you want your business to look, and the type of lifestyle you want to have as a business owner… yet these goals never seem to come to fruition. “I wish my business could be…” can turn into “I can’t believe my

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