• Early Warning Signs of Insolvency to Watch Out For

    Blog by Fuel Accountants

    Running a business isn’t exactly a walk in the park. It is definitely hard work, but a rewarding journey at the same time and you can probably attest to this yourself.

    Sometimes, things also don’t go as planned and you may find your business under financial distress. Suddenly you find yourself falling behind on due dates, suppliers are chasing for payments, and your stress levels are skyrocketing.

    Regardless of the nature of your business, you need sufficient cash flow to meet your financial obligations. And the closer you are to not being able to do this, the closer you get to insolvency.

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  • 7 Practical Tips to Trim Your Overhead Costs

    Every small business owner knows how challenging it is to cut down expenses without somehow compromising internal or external quality. Regardless of the nature of your business, the first step to reducing your overhead costs is to take the time to go through every single expense you have. Next, assess which ones are necessary for your business to operate smoothly, what can be trimmed down, and what can be eliminated completely.

    In this article, we will give you some smart and practical tips that you might not have considered to lessen your costs while maintaining employee and customer satisfaction.

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  • How to Move Your Brick and Mortar Retail Store Online

    Blog by Fuel Accountants

    E-commerce is growing rapidly, and recent research estimates that it will make up over 22% of global retail sales by 2023.

    With these statistics and the changes COVID-19 has brought, it’s more important than ever to take your retail business online if you want to stay competitive. It adds another revenue stream and keeps your business humming even while your brick and mortar doors are closed. In this article, we will guide you through launching an online storefront.

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  • Recording your Corporate Meetings

    Blog by Fuel Accountants

    IMPORTANT: This post is specific to Canada. If you are not a Canada business/taxpayer then it is probably not applicable to you.

    If you are operating as an incorporated body then you need to keep written records of certain decisions and actions. This is all governed by the Act that you are incorporated under such as the Canada Business Corporations Act or the Ontario Business Corporations Act (each Province or Territory has a local act).

    Each corporation is required to have a Board of Directors (often it is a sole Director) and the decisions of the Director(s) and Shareholder(s) must be properly recorded by way of Minute (a written record of decision in a meeting) or Resolution (a written record of a unanimous decision made when a meeting is not held, signed by all the parties eligible to vote at a meeting had it been held).

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  • Why You Need a COVID-19 Financial Plan

    Blog by Fuel Accountants

    Countries in recession, unemployment rates rising, multiple economic indicators at their all-time lows, increased market volatility– these are just some of the economic impacts we’re seeing as a result of the pandemic.

    As we continue to battle the COVID-19 crisis, it is important for everyone, especially those who have had their income stream affected, to keep their finances in check and proactively find ways to navigate to recovery.

    By creating a financial plan, you’ll be able to find out how long you can continue with the current circumstances, but you’ll also be able to work out how to get your finances back on track and be in a stronger financial position. This process may also reveal things you could’ve done to cushion the impacts of the crisis.

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  • Three tips for financing your small business

    Most entrepreneurs find a time in their business when they need to access financing. It may be in the early stages of their business, when start-up costs for offices, equipment and employees must be covered. Or it may be later on, when they have to relocate, purchase more inventory or equipment, or market their business more aggressively.

    Financing a business can be scary, but there are many options for entrepreneurs to consider. They each have different advantages and disadvantages, but chances are there’s a financing option that will work well.

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  • 4 Payment Options Your Small Business Should Consider

    When customers make a buying decision, they’re not just considering the quality and price of your products or services, they’re also evaluating the ease and convenience of the whole buying process. As a business owner, you should offer different payment options to provide the best customer experience and to ensure you receive timely payments

    Here are four ways your small business can accept payments in 2020:

    1. Credit and debit cards

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  • 8 things your invoice needs in order to get paid faster

    So you’ve set up your business and sold some products and services. Now, you have to send an invoice to collect your payment. But what should you include on your invoices in order to get paid faster?

    Even if you’ve been running your business for a while, you might be missing other information that you should include. So here is a step-by-step guide on what to include on your invoices.

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  • Customer Frustration Department

    Last week I got an automated call from my credit card company.  They had noticed some strange activity on my credit card and wanted me to call to verify the details.  Their message was pre-recorded and automated (I’m feeling suspicious already – I already get several scam calls a week with pre-recorded messages), they included their address in the message (why? They’re not asking me to write to them are they? – this is public data – is this a scammer trying to give me a false sense of security with publicly available information?) and gave a phone number to call that was not the number on the back of my card (third red flag here).

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  • Step 10 of Building a Better Business: Keep your ‘well of happiness’ full

    This should be something you focus on all the time. Just as the flight attendants tell you to put the oxygen mask on yourself before helping others, it’s the same in business – you need to look after yourself at all times.

    What are the things that fill your ‘well of happiness’?

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  • 4 tips for hiring staff

    Hiring staff can be an exciting time, because it means expansion and growth in a business. Sometimes, however, companies grow before they’re ready to. Small business owners think their businesses look more professional with more staff so they hire people when they don’t need to.

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  • Five Simple Marketing and Promotion Tips to help during COVID-19

    In these difficult times, you may find your business slowing down and sales harder to come by. Given this trend, establishing and maintaining connections with existing and potential customers have become more important than ever. So here are some simple tips to help you step up your marketing game:

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  • Step 9 of Building a Better Business: Monitor your progress to reach your targets

    When you’re driving, there are certain things on your dashboard that you keep an eye on – your speed, your fuel level, and the engine’s temperature.

    It should be the same in your business. You should have a business dashboard with 3-5 key things you’re monitoring regularly.

    Use this four-step process to create your own dashboard:

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  • The worst business advice to follow

    When you’re a small business owner, you get used to people giving you advice. Sometimes you seek out their insights while other times they share whether you want them to or not. While the advice is almost always well intended, it’s not always good. In fact, sometimes it’s downright awful.

    Here are some tips that well-meaning people give to small business owners that definitely should not be followed.

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  • Five Ways to Bring in More Cash for Your Business

    Now is the perfect time to evaluate your financial position and come up with innovative ways to add revenue streams and generate cash. Here are five ways you might consider to improve your cash inflow:

    1. Evaluate your current company assets

    Take a look at your assets, both fixed and human. Could you make slight pivots to create a new form of income?

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  • Business with a Social Purpose

    Dan Murray, CEO of Opportunity International Canada wrote a blog post this week about the impact of the current global crisis on developing economies, Here’s a quick summary of the importance of OI’s Micro Finance programmes:

    The essence of microfinance is financial inclusion.

    Families trapped in ultra-poverty are marginalized at the fringes of society. Often illiterate and without equity, they are excluded from access to basic financial services that most take for granted — savings, mortgages, business loans, and insurance. Without such access, there is little opportunity to improve the quality of life or change the trajectory for the next generation.

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  • Creating your business to-do list

    When you’re an entrepreneur, your to-do list is often long and constantly growing longer. There are an overwhelming number of things you need to do, and it can feel like they’re all urgent. In such cases, it’s easy to push important tasks to the side and focus on less-vital activities, but that often means you miss deadlines, make mistakes or always feel as though you’re trying to catch up.

    Here are some ways for you to determine the most productive order to complete your tasks.

    1. Know all of your tasks

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  • Essential Tips to Grow Your Family Business

    Most family business owners have a similar goal in mind – to grow the business and pass it on to the next generation of their family.

    While keeping the business in the family and getting to work with your parents, siblings, or children who share common goals can be a fun and rewarding experience, running and growing a family-owned business isn’t without its challenges. Conflicting views on business and family matters such as succession of power, rivalry, favoritism, and disposition of assets often lead to tensions and even legal disputes.

    So if you want your business to thrive while keeping family control over multiple generations, it pays to plan ahead and be prepared to navigate these complexities. Below we’ve listed some ways to avoid the most common pitfalls when managing and scaling a family-owned business. Financial Planning for Your Family Business

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  • Pandemic Preparedness Tips for Your Business

    The COVID-19 pandemic has caught most of us off guard. Who would’ve thought that the world would spend the year battling a virus?

    This unprecedented global crisis is a reminder that these business threats are very real and acts as a wake-up call for business leaders. Even if the scenario may seem far-fetched, it pays to prepare for the worst. When a pandemic hits, businesses play a crucial role in protecting the health of their employees and limiting the adverse impact on the community and the wider domestic economy.

    In this guide, we will help you prepare for future outbreaks and similar events, as well as offer tips for managing your business during a pandemic. Develop a Business Continuity and Crisis Plan

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  • Four great ways to get more leads for your business

    It’s very rare these days that people just happen to find your business and become a client or customer with no work on your part. Your business has to grab people’s attention, turn curious visitors into leads and then convert those leads into sales.

    This means that the more solid leads you have, the greater your chances of making a sale. Solid leads are those contacts who are engaged in your business, fit your buyer persona and are at least somewhat motivated to make a purchase.

    Here are four great ways to develop more solid leads for your business this year.

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