Starting

 

Before you Start


5 ways to get your business off the ground

Successful entrepreneurs understand that behind every great business idea is extensive research and sound planning. Here are some ways to start planning to get your business off the ground.

Set up your business with this checklist

We’ve put together this checklist to help you get set up properly and make sure everything is compliant with relevant government regulations before your new business gets started.

Registering your business name in Canada

The last thing you want is to develop a brand for your business and later be forced to change your name because someone else owns it. Review the process here to search and register a legal business name in Canada.

Saving to start up

You plan to be in business for a long time, so often it can be worth taking some time to save the money you’ll need to launch it. Use this article to learn how to calculate your start-up budget and make a savings plan you can live with.

How to protect your business idea

Starting a business begins with a great idea, so it’s natural to worry about protecting it. Here are some suggestions to help protect your business idea.

 

Prepare for Taxes


8 ways to pay less tax in Canada

Running a business is a lot of work, and naturally, you want to keep as much of what you make as possible. So here are some tax tips to help you do just that.

How to reduce your business taxes

Reducing the amount of tax your business pays is one way to ensure it has enough money to survive and thrive. Give your business the advantage with a little preparation, some good habits, the advice of a qualified tax specialist, and the following tips. 

Understand these tax regulations before you start your business

Whether you intend to have an accountant handle your taxes or you plan to take care of them yourself, it’s a good idea to take some time to learn how taxation in Canada will apply to your business, including GST/HST, income tax, employee source deductions, and the Canada Pension Plan.

Tax deductions for home - based businesses

Figuring out your eligible expenses is easy if you keep your receipts and take a little time to learn these tax-saving strategies for home-based businesses. Of course, it’s always best to consult a qualified tax specialist for expert advice.

 

Test Your Idea


Is your new business feasible?

Before you launch, step back to make sure the elements to succeed are in place.

Easy and effective market research

Knowing your market and understanding your customers should be on top of your to-do list. Good market research will help you better understand what customers want to buy, and what they’re willing to pay, putting you in a better position to be their preferred choice.

5 ways to understand the competition

You know the saying: keep your friends close, and your enemies closer. The more you know about your competitors, the better you’ll get at running a successful business. Use these tips to stay on top of your competitors, even if they’re located on the other side of the world.