You’ve likely heard the term entrepreneur before, but have you heard of an intrapreneur? Did you know you just might be one? An intrapreneur is an internal entrepreneur. So if you’re one of those driven employees, or if you’re a leader looking to spark innovation and drive in your employees, how can you become more entrepreneurial within a larger organization? As a former intrapreneur turned entrepreneur, here are the two keys - culture & structure / process.Read More
As an employer, you have a responsibility to ensure a safe work environment. Not only is this a moral obligation but also a legal one. Some things may be obvious like having a fire extinguisher in the kitchen or not having water running over electrical equipment. But we find many employers don’t realize they may also need to have trained first aid attendants, first aid equipment, regular inspections and health & safety representatives and committees. Are you doing what you need to, to ensure every worker can go home?Read More
We’ve all heard the saying, Cash is Queen. Accessing more cash to launch and scale a business is a very common request of entrepreneurs and business owners. This includes business plans and financial forecasts to grant applications and pitch decks. As a business owner, here are the top 6 sources of cash for your business.
Like any business decision, we often make it with our head and our gut. Hiring new team members is no different. One of the “head” aspects of hiring that you should do is references and background checks. But before you run to google and type in the name of that candidate, read this article!Read More
Now that you’ve hired that first new employee in Canada, there are several steps in the actual hiring process you need to complete to be compliant with Canada Revenue Agency, Service Canada, provincial Employment Standards and provincial Workplace Safety and Insurance board. Plus you will want to set them up for success with a welcoming and productive onboarding program. This article digs into how to prepare for the all important employee number one, from payroll accounts to culture setting.Read More
BrightGo would love to help you start and grow your business in Canada. We know it can be overwhelming at times, and we’re here to help guide you with Canadian human resource and business solutions. Start your Canadian business right with these 6 steps.Read More
With the holiday season in December and early January, you may be wondering what is expected or traditional in Canada for companies - both for employees and customers. Compounding this, depending on your industry this may be an extra busy time of year or it could be extra slow. Let's also discuss both the compliance issues to be aware of and also the cultural when you're doing business in Canada over the holidays.Read More
Like a successful person who has a clear life purpose, having a clear purpose for your company can mean the difference between stagnating and achieving. But how does purpose, vision, mission and values all fit together? And how can you make them work for you? One could say, the purpose of this article is to answer inquiries just like those.Read More
In Canada and globally, human resources as a business function has gone through much change over the past couple of decades. Once called the personnel department with a focus mostly on paying employees it now rarely focuses on the actual mechanics of paying. Instead it is about ensuring the people working with and for the organization are the best possible and they are productive collectively for the overall company. Therefore, instead of thinking of HR as just the culture and compliance team, let's think of HR as how you'll maximize the value of the various people your company interacts with - internally and externally.
When speaking to Canadians, working with government programs, researching immigration pathways and even seeking consulting advice - it is typically the opportunities and potential of Canada that are espoused rather than the challenges. For businesses in Canada, there are clear advantages but we seem to be hesitant to discuss barriers and challenges. It is important to highlight so businesses and entrepreneurs coming to do business in Canada are prepared including adjustments to their market entry strategies, growth projections and rate of returns.Read More
Ensuring you have the right talent for your team as you start, grow and change is vital to your business. It is not just having the right people but also the right roles and type of working relationships that suits your organizational structure. One way to think of it, is a company can Buy, Build or Borrow talent. Read on to delve into the possibilities.Read More
At its core, a business plan is a written version of how you'll make money. You've likely heard the benefits of a written business plan espoused many times before. But why do you need a business plan? What goes into a business plan? And who actually uses a business plan?Read More
What are challenges and key areas for entrepreneurs to focus on? Keep reading to find out common and not so common challenges self-employed people face, developing your idea and why a business plan is so important.Read More
Do the titles of Founder, Entrepreneur, Self-Employed, Boss and CEO sound appealing to you? Have you considered starting your own business but not sure if it’s right for you? BrightGo Solutions typically works with immigrant entrepreneurs and the Chief Representative or Country Manager of ventures starting in Canada. Our team of specialists is also mostly self-employed individuals and entrepreneurs. So, we have a fair bit of experience working with entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs! In part 1 of this article, we share some ways to work that entrepreneur muscle and tips on making it work.Read More
As a new business in or immigrant to Canada, one of the things you’ll prepare for is adapting to the new culture or even “culture shock”. One way to reduce the negative aspects of entering a new culture is to learn about it in advance and understand what may be different from the culture you are used to.
So what is Canadian culture? This article will explore both the research and some practical things you can notice and embrace to have your company thrive in Canada.Read More
After attracting that customer or hiring your newest team member, what’s the next step your company takes? Cross your fingers and hope for the best? Send them a manual and let them figure it out? Or do you have a systematic process for bringing them effectively and efficiently into your company? BrightGo finds that a well thought out program is one of the keys to a successful customer experience and an engaged productive employee relationship. This program is called Onboarding.
As a growing business it may seem like an easy answer – just hire everyone as an independent contractor. No payroll account with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to remit income taxes, no vacation entitlement, Employment Insurance (EI) premiums or Canada Pension Plan (CPP) contributions and even the Worker’s Compensation insurance burden goes to the contractor. The contractor invoices and the company simply pays during the next cheque run. When the company reorganizes or needs different skills, just not renew or immediately terminate the contract with the contractor. Easy right? Wrong.Read More
Are you ready for year end? While you may just be focused on planning the final touches of your holiday party, you can use this time to prepare for the new year. Below are the must dos, should dos and may dos to get your business' people started right in 2017.Read More
Do you spell it paycheck or paycheque? Either way, your employees will want one! Which then leads to "how much should we pay our employees?". As in other countries, in Canada there are several different considerations - some to meet compliance standards like minimum wage and vacation entitlements and others to meet cultural expectations including your company's compensation philosophy and industry or profession market rates.Read More