Business Advice

Top Tips From Small Business Owners In B.C.

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia

While large corporations based in B.C. — such as Hootsuite, Lululemon and MEC — often dominate the news, we shouldn't overlook the province's thri...

Making Connections vs. Maintaining Connections: Which Is Worth More?

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 08.18.2014 | Canada Business
Kelsey Ramsden

Plainly, even if you think you have connections -- you likely don't. It is not unless you have made a connection to someone...you developed that connection through a number of interactions, that you might be able to call them a connection. This matters not though.

7 Business Lessons I Learned the Hard Way

Jeff Quipp | Posted 12.24.2013 | Canada Business
Jeff Quipp

In honour of Small Business Week, I've decided to organize my reflections on it now, and would like to share with you the top 7 things I would tell my former self about growing a small business. I hope my hindsight may help those who are just now embarking down this path.

The Secret to Success in Business? Realizing Money is Not a Good or Bad Thing

Krizia | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Krizia

One of the most powerful aspects of having a striving business is being able to give from a place of total abundance. You know when you can write a cheque to your favourite charity without feeling like you're robbing Paul to donate to John. That's when you know that you've been successful at managing the negative mind chatter.

The Most Rewarding Marketing Mistake I Ever Made

Marsha Friedman | Posted 09.01.2013 | Canada
Marsha Friedman

No matter how great things seem to be going, you never stop marketing. It needs to be a constant hum because if that hum stops, you know there will be a big problem ahead. I stopped marketing because I thought I had all the clients I needed. Over the years I've seen others make the same mistake but for different reasons. Here are a few.

5 Business Tips For The Aspiring Designer

Alex Jowett | Posted 07.07.2013 | Canada Living
Alex Jowett

Pre-internet designers would traditionally either need a large company behind them or would have to settle for selling locally. These days the internet has leveled the playing field while also forcing designers to become multi-talented small business owners. The rules have changed.

Stinging Tentacles in the Organization

Dr. Curtis L. Odom | Posted 05.01.2013 | Canada
Dr. Curtis L. Odom

Have you ever been in a role where you didn't make a move out of fear of retaliation from your boss? You were scared because you thought they had tent...

Three Key Ways to Make a Sale

Krizia | Posted 04.12.2013 | Canada Business
Krizia

The real drama for entrepreneurs is that your ability to present your product or program is directly related to you being able to remain in business! The bottom line is if you're too uncomfortable to present your business in a way that can entice potential paying clients, you're in trouble.

Your Start-Up Business: It Starts With a Tweet

Karen Geier | Posted 11.14.2012 | Canada Business
Karen Geier

This week, I talked with Heather Payne, Co-Founder of Ladies Learning Code, a Toronto-based organization with the goal to empower women to learn how to program, and understand tech better. It all started when Heather Payne, fresh off learning how to build her first personal website, wanted to learn a backend language. She couldn't find great resources, and found it hard to get started.

Your Start-Up Business: The Art and Science of Cold Calling

Karen Geier | Posted 11.10.2012 | Canada Business
Karen Geier

When you're with a start-up and you run into a problem you can't solve, what do you do? The obvious answer is you turn to someone who has built a business before. What if you don't have someone like this in your sphere of influence? Well, that's where cold calling (or emailing) comes in. But people have an irrational fear of cold calling. Here's how to get the most out of a cold call.

Four Ways Honest Leaders Accidentally Create Ethical Risks

David Gebler | Posted 11.08.2012 | Canada Business
David Gebler

The hard reality is that good people do bad things, and honest leaders let it happen. Honest leaders don't do it on purpose--they create ethics risks at their organizations by simply focusing on the wrong issues. So how did the good and honest leader unwittingly cause such behavior? Here are four ways it happens.

After 10 Years of Business, Here's What I've Learned

Natasha Koifman | Posted 08.04.2012 | Canada Business
Natasha Koifman

June 6th marks a personal milestone for me: It's my company, NKPR's, 10th year anniversary! As we blow out the birthday candles and look forward to the next 10 years, I can't help but pause and take stock. I've learned many things specific to my industry, there are some observations I can share that apply to anybody in any business.

Arlene Dickinson's Art of Persuasion

Eva Quan | Posted 02.09.2012 | Canada Business
Eva Quan

At work, at home, and everywhere in between, we need to persuade others every day. To give us a job. To award us the account. To give us the first available appointment. The problem is, no one ever taught us how to persuade. Until now.

The Scarcity of Good Information

Nick Cowling | Posted 01.26.2012 | Canada Business
Nick Cowling

In a world that is so readily connected to so much information, it seems totally counterintuitive that useful, timely, relevant information is a rarity. We're all tracking, seeking and consuming more information all the time. The problem is there's so much to sort and filter through to find the good stuff.

Five Business Lessons From Steve Jobs

Kevin O'Leary | Posted 12.09.2011 | Canada
Kevin O'Leary

A lot of people have said a lot of great things about Steve Jobs. And for good reason: he built the world's second-most valuable company, with billions in profits and products that have improved every aspect of our lives. But Steve didn't get there by being a soft, fluffy, Kumbaya-type leader.