Attention Canadian Entrepreneurs: Start Your Small Business Checklist here!

Like many people with an idea and ambition, there are probably a lot of questions running through your mind about diving into entrepreneurship. Financial resourcing, finding customers, creating a logo and building a website, are just a few examples. All questions that come to mind are not to be feared, but they have to be prioritized. Do not be afraid to admit that the journey to success can seem intimidating.

Starting a business can seem simple when you’re still in the concept stage. This is partly because many well-meaning friends and family like to offer advice like, “…it just takes registering a business, a website and social media accounts! Go for it!” There is, however, much more to it than that.

This is where I come in. I have heard from countless small business owners concerned about the impact that regulations make and the toll it takes on their daily operations – simply because they may not know where to start. Take for example, did you know that there are rules relating to marketing, advertising and sales?

So what can I offer you?

Over many years CFIB business counsellors have written amazing web posts regarding these issues. For the next several weeks, we will be providing you with a list of 7 important considerations that can help you regardless of how many years you have been in business .

Take some time to share it with your business friends and hashtag #MyStartUp #SmallBizChecklist.

Add this week’s topics to your to do list:

☐ Do you understand the rules relating to marketing, advertising and sales?

☐ Have you considered the risks if you post an image online without permission?

☐ Not sure where to begin with your social media? Click here.

☐ Do you understand what misleading advertising is?

☐ Do you need more information about Trademarks and Patents?

If you are a member of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business and have questions regarding this information  call your regional business counsellor.

If you have been in business less than two years, sign up today for six months free membership to CFIB through the CFIB MyStartup program.

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CesarCesar Gomez-Garcia has been with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business for six years. His current role at the CFIB is helping members with their questions on compliance. These questions can range from employment standards to health and safety, as well as complicated red tape situations that small businesses face. His passion is reading and writing about entrepreneurship. Learn more about Cesar via LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter @josuegomezg.

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