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Ten Small Business Startup Ideas – 2009/09/20

If you are sat at home this weekend contemplating starting your own small / micro home business or becoming a self-employed freelancer / sole trader then here are ten quick-fire business ideas to use as a starting point.  A website teaching readers about the day-to-day training requirements for various sports. Improvisational comedy confidence-building exercises. A company which takes your dead electronic equipment and smashes it until it becomes modern art! A premium hotline providing legal advice. A café for aspiring filmmakers to congregate and show their work to receive feedback. A clothes-sharing website for high-value items such as shoes. An impartial advice line for people purchasing consumer electronics. A YouTube channel reviewing local restaurants. Keep other people’s ...

Small Business World News Round-up – 2009/09/22

Here is this week’s news round-up for home business, micro business, sole-traders, freelancers, self-employed and any one who is interested in small business news from around the world. Small businesses want, fear health reform: Small-business owners are begging for changes to the health care system, but they believe they have the most to lose when and if reform materializes. From distilleries to backwoods bowling alleys, NYC provides loans to rural small businesses: The city has laid off teachers, trimmed the housing authority payroll, chopped cultural grants and scrambled to close a looming $1.1 billion budget gap. The CEO in the mail room: Small businesses have shed an estimated 1.6 million jobs this year. That leaves the remaining staffers to pick up the workload left behind — and even...

The Seven Deadly Sins When Starting a Business.

Apparently there are millions of people out there thinking about starting a small business. Many doing so for the first time, losing your house or pension should not be part of this experience. Here are some things not to do when you start a new business venture: 1. Don’t spend money if you don’t have too. Think about what you need to start your business. You’ll have many items in your house already, like a computer, ADSL/DSL broadband, desk or even an office. Get free software, like openoffice.org for your word-processing, etc. – get bundles of services, not single applications – it’s often much less expensive. 2. Don’t pay for business ideas. There are many free business ideas online, just google for them. Don’t spend you money on paying someone else to give you an idea, that...

100 Things You Should Know As A Freelancer or Self-Employed

  If you are a freelancer, virtual assistant or self-employed then winweb.com has a list of over 100 tips & tricks for you on how to make your business more profitable, how to find more clients and other useful ways to improve your small business. During times like these you can’t afford to miss a trick, so why not go over to the WinWeb blog and find out more. Read more @ WinWeb Business Blog winweb.com– Software and business services online to start and run a small business – free trial and 100+ free business ideas. Share This

Financial Core Toronto – Commercial Real Estate – September 2009

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Real Estate News Toronto – 1/2 September 2009

Commercial Real Estate News Canadian commercial market to recover over 12 to 18 months – The worst is likely over, say the heads of four of Canada’s largest real estate brokerages. Canadian commercial real estate now faces 12 to 18 months of slowly climbing back to normal activity. And when recovery finally kicks into full gear the pace of activity – buying and selling, leasing and even construction. This recession, the four agree, has not been as devastating for the industry in the early 1990s. Globe and Mail, Sep 01, 2009 Cushman & Wakefield LePage transition to Cushman & Wakefield – cushwake.com – Cushman & Wakefield LePage Inc. has changed its name to Cushman & Wakefield Ltd. (Cushman & Wakefield Ltée in Quebec), effective immediately. This c...

Ontario Update: Preparing for the Harmonized Sales Tax

Toronto Ontario HST In March 2009, the Ontario government announced that it would be harmonizing its PST with the federal GST in order to create a single consumption tax of 13% effective July 1, 2010 (“Harmonized Sales Tax” or “HST”). Other provinces have previously implemented a similar regime or are about to follow suit. The change brings with it the need for both landlords and tenants to understand and plan. From a leasing perspective, that includes ensuring that their leases adequately address the new system. Before HST Currently, separate consumption-based taxes are collected by the Canadian (federal) and Ontario (provincial) governments. At the federal level, a Goods and Services Tax (“GST”) is charged at the rate of 5%. GST applies to most transactions generally seen within the comm...

Its Almost Flu Season Again

As September nears to a close, so does the approach of flu season. While traditionally flu season is from November to April, cases are already being reported of the H1N1 (swine flue) The first pandemic swine flu outbreak of Canada’s fall flu season has struck remote aboriginal communities on Vancouver Island in westernmost Canada. Even FluWatch (Canada’s national surveillance system) who monitors the spread of flu and flu-like illnesses on an on-going basis. FluWatch reports are posted every Friday, they contain specific information for health professionals on flu viruses circulating in Canada. According to FluWatch “The intensity of Pandemic (H1N1) infection 2009 in the population is low to moderate with a small number of hospitalizations” This does not mean you sh...

Not all ads are created fairly

Not all ads are created fairly, especially when they are for Toronto Office Space on free bulletin boards. Recently I was helping a friend who is looking for a new place to live, I stumbled on the commercial and office section of one of the boards. I was curious to see what others were listing in terms of office space Toronto. It seemed like some ads put one thing in their headline and did not even mention what that had to do with the office space they were renting. Some ads listed a price in the headline, but did not say what that price was for in the body of the ad. The one that floored me the most was the ad offering $100 per month office, but when I called them I was told that was for a virtual office, I wondered why they did not mention that in their ad. If the ad says one thing and t...

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We are a well established professional services firm seeking a CORPORATE Receptionist to join our team on a permanent, full-time basis. The successful candidate MUST have previous reception experience within a CORPORATE professional services environment. Start Date: ASAP Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Responsibilities: Receive and redirect incoming calls Greet a high volume of clients and provide exceptional customer service Administrative duties requiring intermediate to advanced MS Word Retrieve, sort and distribute incoming mail and couriers daily Co-ordinate meeting room bookings Collect outstanding accounts Maintenance of internal meeting rooms, copy rooms and kitchens Other clerical duties as requested Requirements: 2-3 years proven reception experience in a similar ...

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