Canada Entrepreneurs

'Entrepreneur' Is Not a Dirty Word

Kelly Lovell | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada Business
Kelly Lovell

If you are an entrepreneur, be proud to hold this title and live up to its name. Also understand that you are leading a long overdue generational shift across sectors and it will take some time before your path may be embraced by all. Don't let the resistance discourage you from your ambitions.

Getting Personal With Your Brand

Shannon Skinner | Posted 10.08.2014 | Canada Business
Shannon Skinner

Let's face it: it's always personal. Even when it's not. Even in business. Every business owner is first and foremost a person and the way we view the world is through our unique human perspective. We put a lot of ourselves into our businesses and careers, and therefore, by default it is personal. Enter the personal brand.

How To Define Success in Business

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 09.26.2014 | Canada Business
Sajeel Qureshi

Every business loves more sales, but most businesses don't realize that means longer hours, greater accountability and more responsibility. You risk losing your work-life balance. Do you only equate money with success?

5 Traits That Make a Social Entrepreneur Successful

Andrea E. Bolger | Posted 09.18.2014 | Canada Business
Andrea E. Bolger

We often think that social businesses have to sacrifice profit and growth for the greater good. But our research found that many social entrepreneurs are building high growth businesses that deliver social and environmental returns.

What I Learned This Week: Don't Stop Believing

Andy Nulman | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Business
Andy Nulman

As I've said in this space often, my lessons learned can be profound or simple. They may be revolutionary and new, or old news that needs to be repeated. The point here then, this week's lesson learned is a simple, old one of the value of perseverance. Or put another way: Success knows no substitute for tenacity.

How to Keep Your Personal Brand True to You

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 10.08.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

For some, the idea of building a personal brand feels a little, well, icky. You might wonder, How do you build a personal brand without feeling like you're selling your soul? Actually, selling your soul is exactly what you should do. Stick with me, here...

How to Find a Mentor

Kelly Lovell | Posted 10.05.2014 | Canada Living
Kelly Lovell

While we cannot make up for the experiences we lack, we can certainly draw from the knowledge of those who have lived before us. Regardless of your age or the stage you are in your life, I believe mentorship is an invaluable tool. There is a reason why maps were created. Imagine a road trip without the aid of a map?

Entrepreneurs, This Is Why You Shouldn't Worry About 'Normal'

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 09.07.2014 | Canada Business
Kelsey Ramsden

Nothing is normal or weird. Never focus on what the norm is or what is standard procedure. Rules are there for interpretation, unless they accompany jail time. Keep every solution open as an option. Never rule out a possibility because you've put options into "boxes". Unwrap every option like it's Christmas morning.

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.

Get Off Your Hamster Wheel and Make Something

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 07.30.2014 | Canada
Sarah Vermunt

By the same token, he says you shouldn't feel bad about creating stuff that doesn't sell. Your art doesn't have to be what pays the bills. Also, getting really good at something requires iterations. Maybe your stuff won't sell at first, but keep at it. You'll get better.

Stop Marketing a Great Customer Experience and Start Providing It

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 06.21.2014 | Canada
Eric Quon-Lee

With technology easily replicated overnight, corporations truly need to address consumer issues rather than paper over them. Whether it is complaints concerning customer service, product reliability or the overall product or service experience, addressing these issues will be critical to maintaining corporate competitive advantages in the future.

Successful People Share These 5 Habits

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 06.05.2014 | Canada
Kelsey Ramsden

I hang around with all kinds of successful people. There are all kinds of success. You, too, likely hang out with all kinds of successful people if yo...

Not All Entrepreneurs Are 20-Year-Old Ramen-Eating Programmers

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 06.05.2014 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

The latest stereotype regarding entrepreneurship is that it is populated with 20-year-old master programmers who survive on a diet of ramen noodles. While this may be true of Silicon Valley it is hardly a true reflection of all entrepreneurs. Some may question why anyone in this highly unstable economy would choose to transition from the relative security of a corporate position to the instability of entrepreneurship. The reasons are varied but include the following.

Why You Should Consider Becoming an Intrepreneur

Barbara Morris-Blake | Posted 06.05.2014 | Canada Business
Barbara Morris-Blake

Are you an intrepreneur? If you want to succeed in the 21st century workforce, you should think about becoming one. An intrepreneur is similar to an entrepreneur -- someone who takes ideas and runs with them -- except that he or she does this while working within an existing company.

Entrepreneurs, Don't Wait for Success to Try To Make a Difference

Tim Sinclair | Posted 06.05.2014 | Canada
Tim Sinclair

Don't ask customers to fill out paper work or give time or money. For example, with our program for every package of any of our products bought in a community, our consumer (through their purchase) and we at U-Be-Livin-Smart feed a needy individual in that community through a nearby food bank. All the consumer has to do is make the decision to purchase.

5 Reasons to Close The Door on Private Offices

Neil Martin | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada Business
Neil Martin

Coworking spaces are emerging as the new work environment of choice. Today, shared spaces around the world are bringing increased levels of happiness, productivity and collaboration to their members, and at a price far more affordable than the alternative. So here they are, five reasons to close the door on private offices.

Why You Should Be an 'Expert' in Something

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 05.11.2014 | Canada
Andrea Lekushoff

I became fascinated by what it takes for someone to become known for their expertise, and over the past two decades, I've honed the skills of positioning people and organizations as experts. To advance professionally, we all must demonstrate and share our expertise, putting ourselves and our talents into the spotlight.

The Top 4 Reasons That Change Can Be Great

Sharon Vinderine | Posted 05.06.2014 | Canada Living
Sharon Vinderine

We know change is difficult, that is no secret, the actual secret is the positive benefits of change in many circumstances. The ability to look at change from the positive perspective could be the difference between a positive fiscal quarter and a potato chip and ice cream binge (not that I would ever do that...)

The Difference Between a Small Business Owner and an Entrepreneur

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 04.30.2014 | Canada
Eric Quon-Lee

While building a start-up based purely on an exit strategy is incompetent, not at least considering it is equally incompetent. As any start-up founder will confess, building a start-up because you are passionate about the topic or industry is best way to succeed. However, just letting go is the best option for both the start-up and its founders.

Five Tips for Making Money as an Artist Entrepreneur

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

There's a ton of information out there for anyone looking to create a traditional scalable business. And there's no shortage of incubators for tech startups in search of money and mentorship. But what about artists who are going solo and getting paid for their art?

Why Entrepreneurs Are Among the Happiest People in The World

Jodi Butts | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada
Jodi Butts

It is an enormous and important achievement that we are openly discussing mental health and its costs to the economy but what if the investments we are making are not enough because they are based on yesterday's economy rather than the economy of the future? Today's economy is very different from the one that existed 50 years ago.

How I Lost and Found Myself

Tanya Raheel | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada Living
Tanya Raheel

It's been months since I've felt like writing. On the heels of what can best be described as a shocking life-altering experience on November 3 last year, I simply lost my writing mojo. I needed to stop, get off the proverbial merry-go-round and re-think many things. Wondering exactly what happened to me on November 3?

You Need to Think Beyond the Dollar

Kelly Lovell | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Business
Kelly Lovell

Money shouldn't dictate your success or potential. While it may be more difficult without funding to bring your idea to reality, it doesn't mean it can't be done.In fact in some ways it can be a blessing in disguise. Your passion will be put to the test, your vision will be challenged and with each roadblock your determination will strengthen as your vision grows.

The Key Ingredient Missing From Your Resolutions

Rachel Schipper | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada Living
Rachel Schipper

For anyone who's reached a goal or manifested a dream, you know that it starts with figuring out what that dream or goal is. The rest is about applying your energy in the direction of your desire to make it happen. Running a 10k starts with a sweaty, breathless jog around the block; starting a business with a brainstorming session with your smartest friends and advisors; writing a book with opening the file and naming it.

4 Things Every New Entrepreneur Should Splurge On

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

There are investments you need to make as a start-up -- like design and marketing, for example -- that seem like a non-negotiable no-brainer. But there are other, perhaps less obvious, investments that are important to the long-term success of your business. You need to invest in yourself. Your professional development. Your personal growth.