What Are You Choosing To Risk?

I once worked with a client who had started a business with her cousin. By the time she got to me, their dream of running a restaurant together had turned into a nightmare and she just wanted out. Her cousin had been stealing from the business and she didn’t know how to deal with it […]

Does Your Business Need a Prenup?

In Canada, for every 10 couples that walk down the aisle, 4 of them will not make it. If you and your spouse have differing visions of the future or can’t stop fighting, we have legislation and case law in place to decide exactly what happens next- how is property divided, how much child support […]

Three Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying A Business

Starting a business is both one of the most rewarding and scariest things you can do. It’s understandable why some think it’s safer and a better use of resources to buy a well-established business than starting something entirely new. However, buying an existing business has its own share of pitfalls that can quickly turn your […]

Stay Ready

“Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity”- American author H. Jackson Brown Jr.  If you’ve been in business for even a little while, you’ve probably experienced the bitter pain of a missed opportunity. There’s one I missed a few months ago because I didn’t have a media kit that still keeps me up at night.  If we’re honest […]

Debt or Equity – Should You Trade Shares for Services

Real Life Question: My small business desperately needs marketing help but I can’t afford it. A marketer has offered to provide the services I need in exchange for shares in my company; should I do it? It’s one of the Catch-22s of running a business: I need a killer website or advertising or marketing services […]

Is Your Website Going to Get You Sued?

Content marketing is the way to go right? So you probably provide lots of information on your blog or on your website. Maybe it’s about eating gluten free or training for a 5k. Maybe it’s about how to set up processes and systems in your business. Maybe you’re a kick-ass marketer and you show people […]

To Incorporate or Not to Incorporate, That is the Question

A quick internet search will reveal that there are three main ways in which you can own your business- sole proprietorship, partnership or corporation. This lesson will focus on the differences between sole proprietorships and corporations. Sole Proprietorship Corporation You are the business and the business is you Business is a separate legal entity You […]

What Game Of Thrones Can Teach You About Business Partnerships

I am a huge Game of Thrones fan! From the moment the head of the main character (or so I thought) fell, I knew this was not your average, predictable show. I will be bereft of my fix until next year so I’ve been re-watching old episodes and it occurred to me how much this […]