Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Business rss

  • Taking a Closer Look at the Services a VA Can Do for You


    A VA, also known as a Virtual Assistant, can provide many services to assist you in increasing the revenue in your business or at the very least giving you some “peace of mind” and reducing your stress levels.

    Many people associate virtual assistants with supplying services related to general administrative tasks, like being the first defense in the email storm, by determining the emails that need to be dealt with and responding in kind; to setting appointments; responding to voice mails, and general word processing and spreadsheet creation or modification.  There are many VAs that do provide these much needed, general administration services, and they are well worth seeking out.

    But, many virtual assistants have seen that there are many things that they are taking on for their clients, or that their clients are expressing interest in, that require more specialized knowledge, and have invested in a great amount of training to provide these services to their clients.

    [ Read More ] • [ 1 Comment ] • [ Filed under Business ] • [ 2/07/10 ]
  • Matchmaking: the business of Romance


    Linda Miller, Misty River Introductions, Inc., decided to start her first matchmaking business as a part-time job and within a year she had over 700 clients in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Her total start-up costs: $832 for advertising.

    [ Read More ] • [ No Comments ] • [ Filed under Business ] • [ 2/01/10 ]
  • Swirl: The little wine bar that could


    Swirl, a small wine bar in Toronto, opened last summer to rave reviews. Part of its allure is the unique character. Converted from a small, 600-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment, the bar has been decorated with eclectic flair and reclaimed furniture.

    [ Read More ] • [ No Comments ] • [ Filed under Business ] • [ 2/01/10 ]
  • The Business of Art(isans): Part III


    Wendy Van Riesen, Dahlia Drive, turns used shirts and slips into one-of-a-kind wearable art pieces and sells them at fairs, through stores and online. Her business started out as a class project while she was changing careers from acting to visual art. As part of her two-year textile course through Capilano University she had to learn how to make and use natural dyes. She chose to dye a slip she had on hand using flowers from her neighbour’s garden.

    [ Read More ] • [ No Comments ] • [ Filed under Business ] • [ 1/25/10 ]
  • The Business of Art(isans): Part II


    In Part II, we look at Jenny Hughes, who recently rebranded her company after a four-year trademark lawsuit. She’s been in business for five years and designs reusable cloth shopping bags. Her marketing has included getting her bags onto the ‘swag’ table at Toronto’s International Film Festival, resulting in celebrities like Julianne Moore and Matt Damon using her bags.

    [ Read More ] • [ 2 Comments ] • [ Filed under Business ] • [ 1/18/10 ]
  • The Business of Art(isans): Part 1


    Who are the people you see selling their wares at Craft Fairs and Farmers’ Markets? Are they hobbyists, artists or entrepreneurs? Does it pay to sell your stuff at a craft fair? We interview three artisans to find out. Part One: Christine Rio of Pink Gargoyle Design

    [ Read More ] • [ 2 Comments ] • [ Filed under Business ] • [ 1/04/10 ]
  • Marianne Bertrand – Muttluks Inc.


    Fifteen years ago, Marianne Bertrand and her husband were pouring over their finances trying to figure out how they were going to pay their mortgage. It was one of Toronto’s coldest winters, and the weather report came on announcing there would be another two weeks of -30 temperatures.

    Marianne decided right then and there to make dog boots.

    [ Read More ] • [ 3 Comments ] • [ Filed under Business ] • [ 1/04/10 ]
  • Lisa Larue – Big City Cupcakes (Updates, etc.)


    In 2009, three women opened a cupcake shop in Kelowna, BC. Things seemed to be going well, with new stores popping up all over the place. A year later, stores were closing and court cases were being filed. Here are the first few paragraphs of the original story written in 2009, with updates in the comments section and links to Court Services, Scamchasers.com and stories by the Vancouver Sun and the Edmonton Journal.

    [ Read More ] • [ 25 Comments ] • [ Filed under Business ] • [ 12/01/09 ]
  • What is a Virtual Assistant?


    A virtual assistant is a professional entrepreneur who provides services on a contract basis to aid solo-entrepreneurs, as well as small and mid-size businesses, to complete a variety of on-going tasks and projects. Virtual assistants can handle everything you need from administrative tasks, such as organizing and responding to emails, creating operation manuals and scheduling meetings, to arranging events, and some will even handle your bookkeeping needs.

    [ Read More ] • [ 3 Comments ] • [ Filed under Business ] • [ 10/29/09 ]
  • Cathrine M. Ann: from homeless to millionaire


    Cathrine M. Ann, president of Consumer Connections Inc., does over $1-million in revenue annually with her home-based business. But when she started 12 years ago, she was 40 years old, unemployed, broke and homeless. She wasn’t worried, though. She had a plan.
    “I was either going to start a business or rob a bank,” she says. She was serious.

    [ Read More ] • [ 21 Comments ] • [ Filed under Business ] • [ 8/29/09 ]