Thursday, August 15th, 2013 at
and I’ve been thinking of the demographic reach of my book.
The obvious person who should read my book (you noticed I used should) is the youthful entrepreneur wanna-be who knows they have an idea bubbling in their youthful brain, can’t find a job in any field or maybe they are unemployable, but that usually happens later in life.
As I ponder, I realize my book wasn’t geared to a certain age bracket. I wrote it for those of us, at any age, who feel that they have something they want to do differently from the milieu, who want to be their own boss and determine their own future and yes, those who can’t find a ‘job’ in a chosen field.
As I went deeper I realized there are mainly two distinct age groups; the 25-39 age group (hey at 40 it all changes anyway) and the over 55 age group. Read the rest of this entry
Sunday, March 9th, 2014 at
Wikipedia defines micromanagement “as a management style whereby a manager closely observes or controls the work of subordinates or employees. Micromanagement generally has a negative connotation”.
I’m doing some consulting, actually PR, for a small business with 18 employees in Vancouver. I go on my merry way and meet clients on behalf of this company on a regular basis. I enjoy the work but find working with the owners a bit daunting. They are micromanagers.
The President has put together a formidable business Read the rest of this entry
Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 at
Guest Blogger: Cecile Peterkin, www.Cosmiccoachingcentre.com – Toronto
What Does It Take to Create an Effective Business Card?
When it comes to marketing a business, business cards can be considered as one of the most effective and simplest tools entrepreneurs can utilize. Whether you are to meet a potential client or vendor for the very first time, participating in a business event, or even hosting a business seminar, you should never go without a properly designed business card that contains details about your company and the products or services you are offering. But you also have to mind how you design your card. Take into consideration the industry you are in, your target audience, and most specially the identity of your own business.
Here are some points to remember when designing your business card: Read the rest of this entry
Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 at
I’m proud to be nominated for the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) Mentorship Award for 2014 .
“BDC teamed up with the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) to find Canada’s top business mentors. The BDC Mentorship Award recognizes a Canadian business mentor credited by their peers for having provided valuable advice and support, through a significant commitment of time and effort that has led to the creation and growth of Canadian companies by building their mentees’ professional skills and abilities.”
CYBF helps more than 700 young Canadian launch businesses in all sectors and industries every year, providing pre-launch coaching, online business resources, financing and mentoring to be successful.
The winner will be announced in May 2014 at CYBF’s Action Entrepreneurship: Growing Young Enterprise Canadian Summit in Toronto, Ontario.
Monday, February 17th, 2014 at
I write things down on sticky notes and find them stuck to my shoe. I hate making phone calls but don’t mind speeches. I forgive everyone which means I have little angst and lots of friends. Seriously, some things can help you and your business.
Here are some things to do on a regular basis and hopefully they will become good habits for your business.
- Write everything down, especially things you are avoiding. Use a daily log, Google Docs or sticky notes but do it. You can’t afford to be a procrastinator in your business.
- Steel yourself, trick yourself or whatever you need to do to make the phone or sales calls you need to make.
- Don’t be afraid to call anyone even if you think they are ‘too far up the food chain’. You would be surprised how easy it is to reach some people who can benefit your business. Read the rest of this entry
Sunday, February 16th, 2014 at
I was meeting with a client the other day and in our discussion about starting a consulting business it occurred to me that we take some things for granted and others we forget or ignore about how we do business.
For instance, you don’t have to take every customer that comes your way. What? You are an entrepreneur and one of the cool parts about that is that you can pick and choose with whom you want to do business. Which leads me to the second comment.
Not all business is good business. Management consultant Joseph M. Juran observed that “80% of your sales come from 20% of your clients”, the corollary is that 80% of a company’s complaints (and aggravation) come from 20% of its’ customers. Do you really want customers like that? Some business dealings can be good for you and others can be a detriment to coming to work in the morning or my fav saying a ‘vexation to the spirit’.
Are you worried you’re not making the kind of money others are making in their business? Read the rest of this entry
Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 at
I was hired the other day to write a business plan for a client who sought angel investment for his hitech business. He gave a me a list of items he wanted me to prepare including complex financial memorandums, share structure documents, and complicated exit strategies.
Hmm, now I’ve presented before a few Angels and that’s typically not how it’s done. Sure you need a quality Business Plan and all your financials need to be there, like your income statement, cash flow analysis and balance sheet but is it necessary to provide all this in the first meeting? The answer will surprise you. Read the rest of this entry
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 at
Canada Post announces Home Delivery stops, doubles the price of stamps and will cut 8000 jobs. The company needs to save a billion dollars a year.
It’s a crown corporation meaning its financed by the government but run independently. But it is a company after all and when a company is bleeding profit at the rate of $1billion a year, you fix it or close it.
Gone are the days when Canada’s Postal service was relevant. My uncle was a popular Post Master (the big cheese) of a large East Coast city and his son went on to become a major Union Leader in the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW). Irony!
I get my bills by email and pay them online through my bank. I bill my clients by email and collect the money online via bank transfer directly into my account or PayPal. Read the rest of this entry