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Business Plans – Write one or not?

Friday, December 9th, 2016 Posted in best practices | No Comments »

It's strange. I know a lot of people (including us!) pour hours into writing a business plan.  When we first launched, I know I devoted a ton of time writing one.  In the years since then, I've worked with a ...

The Summer Free Shipping Promotion

Friday, September 9th, 2016 Posted in best practices, business | No Comments »

As many of you know, the Summer Free Shipping Promotion has ended. As with any promotion or marketing tactic, one of our main goals is to evaluate the promotion to understand whether it actually hit it's goal - that ...

Commercial Leasing – Some Tips

Thursday, April 11th, 2013 Posted in best practices, business | No Comments »

So , as many of you know we're in the process of moving to a new location.   This isn't the first commercial lease we've ever signed, but I certainly would not call myself an expert.  Still, here's a few things ...

Delegating Tasks, Not Responsibility

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 Posted in best practices, business | No Comments »

It's strange, I'm sure I've written this post before but I can't find it. Apologies if this is a repetition on something I've written before, it certainly seems a repetition in my head. One of the first things I learnt when ...

In sickness and in health

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 Posted in best practices, business | No Comments »

Actually, let's just call it in health.  As might know, in Canada (British Columbia in particular); there's no legal requirement to provide your employees sick days.  Many companies do as a matter of course, though they often limit the sick ...

Negotiating : Understanding Incentives

Monday, April 30th, 2012 Posted in articles, best practices | No Comments »

This is a 'best practice' article in many ways, but delves into something I've discussed before - negotiating.  One of the most important aspcets of negotiating is understanding the motivations & incentives of the parties involved.  As an example, let's ...

Best Practices: Keep Learning (11)

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 Posted in best practices | 2 Comments »

The world is changing, new technology and new business processes, new competitors and new legislation make it a constant process of learning for us all.  Unfortunately, as the business owner, it often falls on to you to keep up to ...

Best Practices : Jack-of-All-Trades (10)

Sunday, July 10th, 2011 Posted in best practices | No Comments »

You know the saying, Jack-of-All-Trades, master of none? Well, as a business owner especially at the onset for a small enterprise like this, you're much better off being a Jack-of-All-Trades.  There are a ton of basic skills / knowledge areas ...

Best Practices : Schedule Me Time (9)

Saturday, June 4th, 2011 Posted in best practices | No Comments »

Running your own business is a lot of work.  If you own a brick & mortar store, it's probably worst than online - at least I can work remotely and wake up 30 minutes later if I need to.  It's ...

Best Practices : Penny Pinching & Being Penny Wise, Pound Foolish(8)

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 Posted in best practices | No Comments »

Money and cost cutting is a strange beast.  You can be too loose with your spending and too tight as well, and learning where the right level is just a matter of experience. Penny Wise It's very important to cut costs in ...