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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 STUFF

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...

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...

Personal Stories

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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