Practical advice, and stories.

Here are some articles about the working world, business culture, remote work, and small business entrepreneurship. I’m always fascinated by why we do what we do. And I find it fun to explore the various ways to get to the same goal, especially through unconventional means! I’ve also added some personal stories for your reading pleasure.

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

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...

Why an experienced mentor is invaluable.

Why an experienced mentor is invaluable.

I recently changed some of my website copy, as well as my FB page's cover photo to reflect the following statement: "Having the right mentor is the cheapest way to make money faster."  When you're first starting out, you have three options: do everything yourself,...

Should you start a new business during COVID?

Should you start a new business during COVID?

I get asked this question a lot. Is it smart to take a chance and open up a new business in the middle of a pandemic? The answer depends on a few factors. Here are some questions to help you find the answer, as well as some ideas on what might work! 1. What's your...

Just start doing.

Just start doing.

There are so many people out there with really great ideas. But, they never get out of the trap of over-thinking and over-analyzing everything. There's a reason the Nike slogan was so powerful when it came out. "Just do it". It's a directive, get it done. But, it's a...

Never wait for an invitation.

Never wait for an invitation.

A scientist once asked me why I had created a Twitch account to stream the microscopic world. I told him that it didn't exist when I went out looking for it, so I decided to just create my own stream. He surprised me by saying that he'd never have created something...

Tips for success for remote freelancers

Tips for success for remote freelancers

A lot of freelancers today would be wise to expand their offerings beyond their local communities. Today's technology enables you to offer your products and services to a whole new group of customers. Thing is, working remotely can be complicated if you're not used to...

Personal Stories

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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Why it’s scary to go into business.

Why it’s scary to go into business.

One of the things that a lot of small business-focused websites never talk about is how scary it is to leave the working world as an employee and start your own business. I’m telling you this from personal experience: it’s absolutely terrifying. I’m scared that I...

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Why I became a digital strategist.

Why I became a digital strategist.

I was in my 20's when I started marketing myself online. In the beginning, this stuff was so hard. Technology wasn’t what it is now, and a lot of the work I did was manual. A lot of the apps I used were terrible. Twenty years ago, online marketing was - to put it...

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