Practical advice, and stories.

Here are some articles that will inspire, educate, and help you achieve your goals. I’ve also included some personal stories that show the more human side of small business management.

Featured Articles

One bright yellow umbrella among a sea of black umbrellas.

Never wait for an invitation.

Like many of you, I’m a dreamer. I think of new ideas all the time. The difference is, I’ve learned what kind of stuff requires actual credentials and invitations, and what kind of stuff doesn’t. And, you know what’s fascinating? Most ideas don’t require permission to bring them to life.

The online world feels so fake.

The online world feels so fake.

Nothing irks me more than manipulation. These days, it feels like everything online is either made to sell you something, or sell you an ideology. Here are some thoughts on the state of the online world, and how I think we can change it.

Have a lawyer review your contract.

Have a lawyer review your contract.

Whether you’re using a contract for your business, or you’ve got an offer on the table, you should always have a lawyer review your contract. Why? Because it’s a legally binding document, and paying an expert to look at it will could save you a lot of pain, and money, down the road!

WEEKLY ARTICLES

How to find freelance work from home gigs in Canada.

How to find freelance work from home gigs in Canada.

(Originally published on Feb. 4, 2021. I recently updated this article with more info, including looking for work on Twitter!) Here in Canada, it sometimes feels like we have fewer options for work from home jobs compared to our American counterparts. Thing is though,...

The online world feels so fake.

The online world feels so fake.

One of the challenges of working in the marketing world is the feeling that you're part of a group of people that make the online world less interesting. Everything feels so fake now that every social network, and every search result is gamed and engineered by...

What choices do artists have today?

What choices do artists have today?

Making a living as an artist today can be perceived as a difficult, and almost impossible, endeavour. Today's artists are expected to be entrepreneurs, content creators, and academics. So, what choices do artists have to make a decent living these days? I tried to...

Remote work outside the public service.

Remote work outside the public service.

Based on the most recent dataset I've seen, there are about 300,000 Canadians working in the federal public service. Many of these people are working remotely right now, and have been since 2020. As of April 2021, there hasn't been a government-wide plan to embrace or...

How to setup different streams of income.

How to setup different streams of income.

We're living at this strange time when $130,000 a year is considered 'middle class', and it's not enough to just have a full-time job, or several part-time jobs anymore. I've always been a fan of having several sources of income, so here are the basics on how to do...

We need more artists in business.

We need more artists in business.

Recently, I wrote this blog article on my personal website. I was feeling nostalgic about my artsy days. I've had a very coloured past that included wild nights with a variety of artist friends, impromptu photo shoots, and the company of beautiful women, good wine,...

Small business branding 101

Small business branding 101

Probably one of the most common questions I get: "How do I brand my business?". And I'm about to get real blunt with you in this one! 1. Be as different as possible SERIOUSLY. Take a chance, and be something that's different.  Be different, be interesting, be GREAT at...

5 common mistakes job hunters make.

5 common mistakes job hunters make.

During COVID, a lot of people lost their jobs. And a lot of people are looking for new jobs that pay better. Here are the five biggest mistakes I see people making, over and over again. 1. "I'm looking for work!" Ok, but what KIND of work? What are you good at? What...

Should your business be political?

Should your business be political?

As new business owners, a few people have asked me if it's a good idea to be political, or not. Should you take a hard stance on any given issue even if it's unrelated to your products or services? Should you share your political affiliations with your customers? Here...

Personal Stories

We need more artists in business.

We need more artists in business.

Recently, I wrote this blog article on my personal website. I was feeling nostalgic about my artsy days. I've had a very coloured past that included wild nights with a variety of artist friends, impromptu photo shoots, and the company of beautiful women, good wine,...

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Why Sudburian skepticism is a good thing.

Why Sudburian skepticism is a good thing.

I grew up in Chelmsford, Ontario, just outside of Sudbury. For anyone who's not familiar with this area, it's a small blue-collar town centered around the mining industry. It's a unique place where about a third of the population speaks French. Back in the day,...

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How I got away with it.

How I got away with it.

The most common thing people ask me, is this: "How'd you get away with it?". The "it" they're referring to has been many different things. From being able to work from home ten years ago, to working with some of the best actors in the country, to setting down ground...

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Careful who you listen to.

Careful who you listen to.

I grew up in a really small town, in Northern Ontario. When I moved to the "big city" (Ottawa), I was incredibly timid. I had a hard time adjusting to the pace, and to the mentality of working in a bigger town. The first thing I noticed was how people manipulated each...

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Doing it out of love.

Doing it out of love.

Sometimes, you have to write something out of honesty because the truth scratches at your feed, like a cat that needs to be fed. I enjoy writing articles that help people. But, sometimes, I also want to share things about myself. Sometimes, I just want to connect. I'm...

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What my Dad taught me about business.

What my Dad taught me about business.

I grew up in Chelmsford, Ontario. It’s a small village just outside of Sudbury. My father was a mechanic, and later, a shop foreman. My mother was an elementary school teacher. We lived on an isolated road, with a forest in our backyard. It was a fairly simple life....

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