So you decided to crowdfund your big idea ... congratulations! But what’s next? There is a ton of information out there, from crowdfunding basics to advanced “hacks.” The amount of information is overwhelming—we know, we read most of it. We decided to offer some key tips that we’ve learned from our own experience of running crowdfunding campaigns on Kickstarter. No matter which platform you choose for your big idea, these five principles will ring true. Let’s dive in.
Payroll is an unavoidable part of running any business. It can also be time-consuming and confusing if you are unfamiliar with the process. Many small business owners choose to manage their payroll in-house, so in this article, we’ll look at the main deductions and tax payments you have to make on behalf of your employees to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
We’ll also look at what your options are if you don’t want to deal with the payroll process yourself.
It's tradition to take a moment to reflect on the past year when a new year begins. Cynics may consider January 1 to be an arbitrary marker, but we're grateful for any chance to pause and do some self-reflecting.
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When Janet first came to Business Link over eight years ago, I immediately knew I was in the presence of a genuine entrepreneur. It was a combination of her inquisitive nature, optimistic attitude, desire to help people, strong work ethic, and drive to do something new that encapsulated the spirit of what it truly takes to be a successful small business owner.
The bells are ringing, and there is Christmas cheer in the air. The trees are up and beautifully decorated with care. While the weather is frigidly cold, this season will never get old. Oh, what a wonderful time to start a business!
Adrienne Paul was born in Newfoundland and raised in the Mi'kmaq Qalip’u First Nation. She grew up as a traditional and fancy dancer, and was active in her community, often volunteering with elders. She also studied the language of Mi'kmaq at Cape Breton University in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Her love of hunting and trapping grew from experiences with her father and grandfather. In spite of the wonderful memories and traditions she shared with her family, she felt restless. After promising her father to find what her soul was meant to do, she jumped on a plane and came to Alberta.
If you've been following our social media marketing blog posts, you know there is a lot of information to learn. Here are 7 top tips and tricks designed to make running social media for your small business a lot easier—just click to enlarge.
Do you ever wish your two best friends were a lawyer and an accountant so you could get free advice for your small business? We can help you with a lot of things at Business Link, but we're not magic. Or are we? Through the magic of relationships, we've asked two of our expert volunteers, Crystal Lucier, an accountant, and Jordan Mertz, a lawyer, to answer some of the most pressing questions we get about structuring your business in Alberta.
Classes of shares? Maximum number of shares? Directors? Many a Business Link client has called expressing frustration in trying to set up their own corporation. And while we strongly recommend you utilize the services of a lawyer to fill out this important documentation, that shouldn’t stop us from giving you a little background into the form and what you should be considering for the birth of your corporation.