blogging for your business

Does Your Small Business Need a Blog?

When you first start out as a business owner, there are a seemingly infinite number of things you need to take care of. Between registration paperwork, setting up your website, hiring people and, oh yeah, trying to make some money, things can pile up pretty quickly. So, if someone comes along and says you also need to have a blog, it’s easy to dismiss them as someone just trying to make your job harder.

Well, that’s not quite true. They’re actually trying to make your business better. The reality is that as a small business, a blog can be a very valuable tool to help you connect with customers and to grow. To give you a better idea as to why you need a blog, consider the following:

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making business decisions

Do You Need to Incorporate a Business?

There is no quick answer to whether you need to incorporate a business. In this article, lets talk about why people in general lean towards incorporation over simply registering a business.

Intending customers

A factor to consider is who will your customers. We hear from individuals who are incorporating with us because they are coming into a contractual agreement with an existing business that is requiring them to set up their business as an incorporated company. If you are intending to establish a contract position with another business, you may want to speak to the business prior to setting up the business to ensure there are no restrictions on which form of business set up you establish.

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Start your British Columbia Corporation

How to incorporate in British Columbia

British Columbia is one of the only jurisdictions in Canada offering the availability to Non-Residents of Canada to incorporate as a sole director, officer and shareholder of a Corporation in Canada. In most other jurisdictions, a minimum of 25% of directors are required to be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents. If you are a foreign individual looking to purchase property, establish a new business or buy an existing business, the BC Incorporation may be appropriate for you.

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when career and passion unite

The Psychology of an Entrepreneur

Last week, I had a meeting with a woman who had been an employee to a social media company we have used for many years in downtown Toronto. She and some co-workers decided to open their own social media shop. I ventured into her small, overheated office in the entertainment district where she has set up shop. She quickly rose from her chair and stumbled between a hand shake a hug with the awkwardness of someone who had not yet got her bearings on this new world of entrepreneurialism.

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apply for HST

Should I Apply For HST?

Congratulations, you have either started a new business or are planning on doing so.

Now, you are wondering if you should apply for HST with the federal government.

To provide a quick answer to this question, setting up an HST account with Revenue Canada is only mandatory when the business earns $30,000.00 or more within the same year.

If you are still wondering if you should apply for HST, here are some things to consider:

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where to incorporate your business

Where to Incorporate?

The jurisdiction you incorporate within, is based on where your business will operate. If you operate your business in Alberta, you have two choices to either incorporate in the Province of Alberta or Incorporate a federal incorporation and register the physical address within the Province of Alberta. The same thing can be said for any Province or Territory in Canada. If your business is within Ontario, your options are to incorporate in Ontario or complete a federal incorporation and register the corporation within Ontario.

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continuance into Ontario

Continuance into Ontario

If you have an existing corporation in a Province or Territory within Canada but outside of Ontario and you wish to move your corporation into the Province of Ontario, the Articles of Continuance are the required document filing with the Province of Ontario. Actually, Articles of Continuance are commonly used in many Provinces when an existing corporation is moving into a new Province. I am specifically going to speak about continuance into Ontario in this post.

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