03/28/14
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03/18/14

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You are likely an entrepreneur because you like money. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

The only problem? When you’re first starting out, you are likely scraping pennies together to keep your business going.

But there are ways to help you cut costs when you are first starting out. If you have a website, for example, you can save 80-90% off your domain name (your website’s address), website hosting and e-commerce software.

Website Coupons:

For Domain Registrars, there are thousands of options: Godaddy, Name.com, Namecheap, and almost every major web host (i.e. Dreamhost, Hostgator). Which one should you choose? Well…it really doesn’t matter. You can register your domain with one company, and then host your website somewhere else. All these domain registrars do is register your domain with iCANN. You can’t do it yourself, since only licensed domain registrars can do it.

The one domain registrar I tend to go with is Godaddy. Here’s why: while you can get coupon codes from any domain registrar for the first year, Godaddy is the only one I know of that will offer renewal promo codes for future years. There’s one Godaddy coupon code I know of that will give you a 2.95 .COM domain.

As Canadians, you don’t need to register with a specifically Canadian domain registrar like Hostpapa or Greengeeks. However if you want to register a .CA domain name, you need to supply a Canadian mailing address. This is done to protect .CA domain names from being bought up by foreign companies/individuals.

Other Resources:

For website hosting, you can stick with Godaddy, or go with other hosting-centric companies like Dreamhost, Bluehost, or Hostgator. Personally, we have tried and liked Fatcow, Dreamhost, and Godaddy for our personal websites.

Stock Photos

If you have a website, you have probably come across the money pit that is stock photography. Stock photos are nice and dress up your website, but boy are they expensive. Even the ‘microstock‘ photo companies charge you an arm and a leg to use their photos. You can save quite a bit of money by using royalty free stock photos here. There are also coupons available to take the sting out of it as well.

03/17/14

Best Of

Best Resources for Entrepreneurs

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Being an entrepreneur can be a lonely choice. You leave your work friends behind, you might borrow start up cash from friends and family, which can lead to some tension (One of Legalzoom‘s founders later mentioned that he was asked not to come to family functions until he payed back the money he borrowed.

But there are tens of thousands of us out there. And there are actually tons of resources out there (in addition this website) that can help you learn about your business, mistakes to avoid, and people to connect with.

1. Onstartups.com

Curious about how to get media coverage for your startup? Onstartups.com is an invaluable resource for entrepreneurs. You’ll probably find yourself coming back to it again and again.

2. Startuplawyer

Most entrepreneurs are averse to legalese, and would rather focus on growing the business. But if you don’t set yourself up right, your start up dream might a legal snag and before you know it, the dream is over. Startuplawyer.com takes you through the financial aspects of a startup in a simple and easy to understand way. It’s U.S. based, but the advice still translates very well.

3. Canadian Bar Association

This is the Canadian equivalent of Startuplawyer, although it’s all told in a much more formal manner. If you want to start a business, this is a simple guide that lays out your options for owning/incorporating your business. It’s a bit dry, but it’s not long and has all the information you need.

03/16/14

Food

The Entrepreneur Diet

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The old cliche about entrepreneurs surviving on Mac and Cheese or Ramen Noodles is a load of garbage. There, I said it. As we learn more about how nutrition works, we are discovering just how much a healthy diet contributes to your ability to think and concentrate. And if you take some of your organizing principles (the ones you are sharpening each day as you work on your business, you can create an ‘entrepreneur diet’ for yourself.

Why Do I Need This?

Every half-decent entrepreneur needs to ask this question. And the answer? You need this because it will help you concentrate for longer periods of time, and help you to avoid energy crashes that can plague your productivity.

I think that the most important reason ‘why’ is this: your diet will become an advantage against your competition. You know why ‘Ramen Noodle diet’ is such a cliche? It’s because a vast majority of entrepreneurs try it, and a vast majority of entrepreneurs fail in their first year. This is about feeding and investing in your biggest resource: you. If you feed and take care of your mind and body, then who knows how far you can take yourself?

What is it?

The Entrepreneur Diet is designed around turning your food into a time investment that pays dividends all week long. You invest a couple of hours planning the week ahead (preferably on a Sunday, but the day doesn’t matter). Plan out your breakfast, lunch and dinners around nutritious meals, and then mass cook them.

For example, for breakfast I eat steel-cut oats (quick oats aren’t as good and will give you insulin spikes). Make a whole batch (it takes about twenty minutes), and then freeze all of it in tupperware containers. That means in twenty minutes time you have created five breakfast meals that you can pop in the microwave and eat right away all week.
How much time does that save you from: a) deciding on what breakfast you want b) preparing it, or c) going out and buying it at a restaurant?

That’s what I mean by investing in yourself. It’s a healthy, nutritious meal that will give you sustained energy all morning.

Lunch and Dinners usually revolve around what kind of meat you want, what kind of veggies and preparing them ‘en masse’ ahead of time. While you lose some of the variety involved in eating different meals every day, if you looked at your current meal plan you would find that you tend to eat the same 3-5 different things each meal anyway.

As entrepreneurs our food is our fuel. It’s important to make sure that we have the best fuel, prepared in the least amount of time. It will save you time, save you money, and when your business takes off, you can hand off meal planning to your personal chef, of course.

03/16/14

Health

Health Care for the Self-Employed:

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This is a big thing with Entrepreneurs in Canada. While we definitely don’t have the same health insurance challenges that American entrepreneurs do, in Canada you should probably consider some kind of health insurance option (in addition to your provincial health coverage) to save you money in the long term.

But isn’t health care free?! We’re in Canada!

While emergency health services and all drugs given to you in a hospital are free, several health services (depending on which province you live in) are not: prescription drugs, physiotherapy, optical/dental and even ambulance rides are not covered under most plans.


Special Note About Provincial Health Coverage:

I need to mention on important thing about your province’s health coverage (the one that the government provides). When you are employed, your company will pay your monthly health premiums directly to the government for you.
That means when you leave your company and start your own company, the province will expect you to pay provincial premiums.

But! There is a way out of it: all of the provinces have an assistance program for low-income earners. If you’re income is low (and most budding entrepreneurs start out low), you can apply for this program. This will save you something like $60/month, which when you’re first starting out, could be back breaking for you and your business.

Below is the link for BC’s low income assistance program. To find your province, simply google: ‘health care assistance low income’ and the top result will be your province’s health website. I’m not going to post links for every province/territory!
http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/insurance/financial_assistance.html

The only problem is that your income from the previous year’s tax return is taken into account. So if you leave your $70,000 year job to start your own company, you will still have to pay health premiums each month. Our advice? Save some of that $70,000 as a war chest for your company’s early days.

Here’s a list of health insurance companies that offer self-employment health insurance:


So what do we use? Kevin is the most insured out of all of us: he gets some health benefits from his time in the Air Force. He also has extended health insurance via Blue Cross; Chad has his insurance through Sun Life, and it helped pay for his braces (he never had any when he was a kid).

Brad and me? We are risking it: we’re on assistance plans for low-income earners and counting on only ever needing emergency services (Heaven forbid). We are taking a risk and wouldn’t recommend this option to anyone. But as entrepreneurs, we are all taking risks that we probably wouldn’t recommend for other people. Only you know what is right for you.

03/16/14

Books

Books for Entrepreneurship in Canada:

This is a continually updated recommended reading list for entrepreneurs. These are not the ‘best books’ available, but are simply books that members of our Mastermind group have found useful in their separate journeys.
This selection also isn’t specifically ‘Canadian’ either, but instead are what we believe Canadian entrepreneurs would find useful. I’ve also found that most self-employed people in Canada tend to have businesses that either market or sell products in other nations. We are citizens of the world!

Each of these books will have a little blurb by the Entrepreneur who endorsed it, as well as a quick explanation of why they found it useful.


Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook! – By: Gary Vaynerchuck

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Chad: This is the most current and cutting edge book on social media marketing that exists today. Social media is one of the most influential advertising mediums that have ever existed, and yet most established companies don’t know how to utilize them! That’s where knowing your stuff can help you get a jump on your competition.
Gary goes into each social media platform, whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. and shows you how to cater your brand’s message to that particular medium. Most companies have one image, or message, that they plaster on all their social media accounts…and then wonder why no one is engaging with them! The other great thing about social media? It’s free!


Persuasion: By Arlene Dickinson

Kevin: I always found Arlene to be the most grounded of all the ‘dragons’ in Dragon’s Den. What’s interesting about her book is she looks back on her career and starts to realize what helped her to be successful at key times in her life. As we all know, our success or failure in life tends to boil down to how we acted in a few key moments in our lives. Did you say the right thing in that meeting? Did you decide to send out that one email that would have changed your life forever? Arlene’s book is a great reminder to try and be as ready as you can for these moments. And that it’s not random: you can influence these important moments in your life.


Steve Jobs: A Biography by Walter Isaacson

Chad: In the late 90′s and early 00′s I was a huge Mac fan. But after Steve Jobs started to become a tech dictator, I went off him and started using open source whenever I could. Despite by mixed feelings on the guy, Jobs is someone that all entrepreneurs should be aware of: he’s one individual who refused to play by the rules and had a huge hand in shaping the world we live in today. There were cell phones, video chat, and portable computers long before Jobs’ iPhone arrived on the scene in 2007, but that device is credited with kickstarting this massive smartphone era. It’s a lesson in how the world works: there’s a lot more that goes in to mass adoption of a new technology than it simply being ‘new’.

There you have it! We’ll keep adding new recommendations as our group finish up their respective Kindle’s reading lists!