Are You Really an Independent Contractor, or Are You an Employee?

In today’s world, many people are realizing it may be more advantageous to offer their services as an independent contractor running their own small business, rather than working as an employee. As an independent contractor, you’re your own boss, and you get the freedom to choose your clients, working hours […]

Ask a Canadian Intellectual Property Expert

A one-on-one consultation with Canadian Intellectual Property expert to ask specific questions and get general advice on intellectual property (IP) rights.

Understanding Dependent Contractors, and How to Avoid Legal Action  

Many employers are familiar with the distinction between an employee and an independent contractor. However, many may be unfamiliar with a third, legally recognized category known as the dependent contractor, which falls between the employee and independent contractor categories. Make sure to avoid potential legal pitfalls by fully understanding the […]

Home Sweet Home: Insuring Your Home-based Business

Who hasn’t dreamed of working from home? The prospect of being your own boss, setting your own hours and doing it all in the comfort of your own home seems to fall under the “no-brainer” category. But running a home-based business without adequate insurance can turn that dream into a […]

How to Choose the Right Business Structure for Your Small Business

Before registering your business, you should consider the different options available to you. From a legal point of view, there are three common types of business structure: Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, and Corporation. Each structure has different and important implications for liability, taxation, and succession. What are the advantages for your […]

10 Common Intellectual Property Mistakes Startups Make

While most startups are spending all their focus on developing the next big idea and getting that idea to market, protecting intellectual property can often get bumped on the list of things to-do. However, not taking the right steps can be devastating to your business. Fortunately, you can avoid many […]

Import Duties Raised for 72 Countries

On January 1, 2015, the federal government eliminated preferential duty rates on imports from 72 countries. It is a topic that hasn’t been widely discussed beyond the trade community. So, how will it affect your business? Let’s start off by discussing what it is and why these countries have been removed.

Trademarks: What They Are and Where They Fit Into Your Small Business Brand

Branding is an essential step of any new small business. A memorable and compelling brand is your opportunity  to stand out in a crowded marketplace. But what is a brand? By definition, a brand comprises a variety of elements that come together to create a distinctive personality for your business: […]

Why Protecting Cardholder Data is Good for Business

Providing customers with secure payment options is good for your brand and your bottom line. Afterall a data breach could result in fines from the payment card brands and remediation costs – this is in addition to loss of business and your brand reputation.

WorkSafe BC Rates Frozen for 2015: What does it mean for insurance?

In BC, small businesses make up about 88%of employers, spanning all industries. Whether you employ a number of workers or are a one-person operation, it is important to obtain the right insurance to protect you, your workers, and your business.