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Connecting the Dots with Solve CRM

When working in any business it’s a good idea to keep track of your client or customer information. That leads to several questions: What information do you want to capture? Where do you get it from? And what do you want to do with it? Many CRM systems...

Your Life & Business in the Cloud – Plooto

Do you hate writing cheques? Do you work remotely? Do you hate going to the post office? Do you not own envelopes? Plooto is a simple app that allows you to pay suppliers electronically with a few clicks. No stamps, no envelopes, no problem. Do you use...

HST 101

Sorry, not the most exciting topic. But I get asked about HST – at a fairly basic level – at least twice a week. So please view this as a public service blog…. As consumers, we all know what HST is: it’s that annoying tax (normally 13% in Ontario)...

Free Money From The Government!

OK, that should generate a few click-throughs… Believe it or not, it does exist. But it’s not lying on the ground. And, as a taxpayer, I’m quite glad about that. The government often supports things it wants to promote – eg. health, arts,...

The things I wouldn’t do if I waited for them to be perfect

I lived by the 80/20 rule long before I understood what it was. I used to think of myself as lazy and then I learned about the Pareto Principle which states that “roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes” (Wikipedia). I now consciously...