Business start-up tips for women

Confidence. Grit. Determination. That’s just some of what makes a successful businesswomen. And if you’re thinking now of opportunities when the coronavirus pandemic ends, you might just have what it takes. Read Robyn’s guest blog on Sandbox, as she shines a light on what needs to be at the top of your list when it comes to starting a successful business.

Want to see and hear more of Robyn? Catch her in Sandbox’s latest International Women’s Day 2020 video showcasing inspirational women who have made an impact on the SBX and our surrounding community!

Side hustle do’s and don’ts

Don’t forget: It’s a business

A side hustle can be a good way to bring in some extra pocket money over and above your full-time job. But don’t forget: It’s a business. That means accounting, invoices, receipts, and taxes. Here’s a look at what’s involved in creating a business on the side. Handle it right, and it could become your full-time hustle. READ MORE

A business of her own

What successful businesswomen know about start-ups

Many women dream of starting their own business. And there are plenty of advantages. First, you are your own boss, and in control of your own destiny. Then, you get to produce that product or service that no one can do as well as you. You get the satisfaction of seeing your business grow. And there are plenty of tax advantages, too, including lucrative deductions, credits, writeoffs, and income-splitting opportunities. READ MORE

CCPCs under attack, but IPPs remain untouched

Individual Pension Plans a tax-efficient retirement savings tool

Given the current effort by the federal government to clamp down on some of the income “splitting and sprinkling” tax benefits of Canadian-Controlled Private Corporations (CCPCs), there’s definitely a lot of uncertainty among executives, business owners, and professionals about the tax benefits of incorporation. But one item remains untouched (so far): the Individual Pension Plan (IPP) is still an excellent way to considerably boost your retirement nest-egg if you own a CCPC. READ MORE

How to stay healthy, wealthy and wise

Calculating your critical illness and disability insurance needs

Congratulations! You’re a successful businessperson. You’ve finally achieved that magical HNW designation – that’s “high net worth.” You’re a busy professional, executive, or business owner, and you’re on the go all the time. You don’t have time to take a day off – let alone get sick. And yet, critical illness and short-term disabilities do happen. Obviously, you can’t predict those, but fortunately, you can protect yourself, your family, your home, and your business against the potentially disastrous financial consequences. READ MORE

Girls just wanna get rich!

Oprah Winfrey is worth a cool US$2.9 billion. That, according to Forbes magazine, puts her at number 181 of the 400 richest people in America. Not bad for a self-made small-town girl who started with nothing. There are other women on the rich list, too. And some are very near the top indeed: Christy Walton of retailer Wal-Mart fame is at sixth spot (US$35.5 billion); Jacqueline Mars of confectioner Mars Inc. is at eighth (US$20.5 billion), Abigail Johnson of Fidelity Investments at 23rd (US$17.2 billion); Anne Cox Chambers of Cox Media at 29th (US$13.2 billion). The list goes on. Whether they’re self made or whether they inherited a business and made it bigger, all these enterprising women have one thing in common: Their big businesses were once small businesses.