Thoughts on starting & operating a small business

  • Advice

    I’ve been thinking about advice – both giving and asking for it. When it comes to sharing advice, the rule is simple…and impossibly difficult to follow. “Don’t” If you haven’t specifically asked for my advice, you don’t want it – and honestly I don’t want …

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  • Valentine’s 2017

    Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and for the  first time in 3 years it lands on a week day. With so much of our business coming from people who commute into the heart of Toronto Monday to Friday, the last two Valentine weeks (with the 14th …

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  • And now over to McDonalds

    I admire McDonalds as a corporation. I don’t often eat at McDonalds but it isn’t because I am on a soapbox of how bad it is for you. All things considered, a burger and fries is in the treat category  (like cupcakes) and some people prefer …

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  • Mashed potatoes

    I’ve been thinking a lot lately about getting from A to B. When things are good (i.e. I’m in a good mood, I’m not hungry and nobody is irritating me), no one can get to B faster than me. Combine my organizational skills and my …

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  • Aspirations for 2017

    I love it on New Year’s Day when newspapers feature people’s goals for the year. (Readers of this blog will know that I like nothing better than a good list of goals. Whether the goals get achieved is beside the point!). So imagine my delight …

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  • What gets measured, gets improved

    As my family and close friends know, I am a bit of a self help junkie, always looking for nuggets of inspiration. Recently I stumbled onto the free podcasts on the website of Robin Sharma and then bought one of his audio talks. I’ve been …

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  • Cakes by Prairie Girl 2.0

    One of my goals for my blog is to be honest. Who wants to read a small business owner’s blog that is all rah rah rah when in fact being an entrepreneur frankly sucks sometimes. The problem is that there are issues I can’t write …

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  • Pop quiz

    I was recently asked to answer a quiz for a newsletter. I thought their questions were interesting and fun. Here it is, with my responses..I’d love to hear from you about your responses to the questions that make you think… My first job ever was…as …

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  • Get it done, darn it!

    Driving to work recently the radio host mentioned a study about the differences between how men and women communicate by email. I don’t recall the origin  of the survey so I can’t speak to its accuracy but anecdotally the study’s comments felt valid. The study …

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  • What a week!!

    Last week was crazy, starting Monday when Canadian Press asked me to comment on a report about being an entrepreneur in Ontario.  I was happy that the journalist included my comment about the fear of failing being an “equal opportunity” fear between men and women. My …

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