About Alissa Bryden

Entrepreneur, Accountant and Business Coach.
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Will Robots Take All Our Jobs?

By | May 24th, 2017|Technology|

If you listen to any current tech or business podcasts, chances are you will have heard one on how robots are taking over our jobs. The doomsayers say that computers (including robots and artificial intelligence) will have the capacity to overtake many jobs. Boston Consulting Group predicts that they will take over up to 25% of jobs by 2025. An Oxford University study shows this margin to be higher (35%) but gives a longer timeline of two decades. So what does this mean to you? - Well a lot. Maybe everything. I am an Accounting Futurist - What is that you say? Well [...]

Top 6 Things Business Owners Should Know About Paying Employees in BC

By | May 16th, 2017|Business|

1)   Statutory Pay – Employers must pay all eligible* employees an average days pay** on each statutory holiday regardless of whether they work or not. If the eligible employee does work on a statutory holiday they are entitled to 1.5X their normal pay (up to 12hrs and 2X thereafter) PLUS an average days pay. AKA closing shop does not get you out of stat pay but staying open is expensive! Statutory Holidays in BC: New Year’s Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, BC Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day and Christmas Day. Note: Easter Sunday, Easter Monday [...]

A Quick 4 Minute Strategy Exercise

By | April 21st, 2017|Business Coaching|

A quick 4 minute strategy exercise for your small business. It goes quick so be sure to have a fast pen handy. I have included a print out here please print before starting the video: Blog 17 The 4 Minute Strategy Exercise   Good luck! https://youtu.be/yorc43zncx0 Virtual Heights Accounting is a CPA and Business Coaching firm. We provide business coaching consulting services to small and medium sized businesses. We focus on strategy and process automation. To learn more about our business coaching services contact Alissa Bryden, CPA, CA, MPAcc, BComm directly at alissa@vhaccounting.ca.

How to Check Your Published Reports in Xero

By | April 12th, 2017|Xero|

As part of our bookkeeping packages, Virtual Heights Accounting will "publish" your monthly, quarterly or yearly reports in Xero for your viewing. This 2 min video shows clients how to access these reports from login to the Dashboard to viewing and downloading the reports (if desired). If you do not know your Xero login, you can contact info@vhaccounting.ca or your Virtual Heights Accounting contact. We will ensure you are set up. If you have forgotten your password, you can also click "Forgot Your Password?" at login to initiate the reset process. https://youtu.be/oziyjpZhUK8   Virtual Heights Accounting is a CPA and business coaching [...]

The Best Strategy – Turning Passion into Profit

By | March 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Many small business owners get involved in the day to day operations of their business and fail to step back and consider their strategy. This can lead to additional stress, overwork and reduced profits. Strategy is the key to success in both “big” and “small” business. At some point you of course have to jump in and "do" but make sure you step back to ensure that you are "doing" the right things for you and your business. What is Strategy? Michael Porter, a Harvard business professor, and a reputed “Strategist”, often explains strategy as “how the organization is going to [...]

Top 5 Reasons to Have a Business Plan

By | March 20th, 2017|Business Coaching|

A business plan is a written document that explains what the business is, how it operates, what it’s goals are and how it plans to achieve those goals. Many think that only those seeking financing need a business plan. They consider the business plan a necessity for the bank – that’s it. They could not be more wrong and here are five reasons why. 1)     Benchmarking – A good business plan identifies what are called Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) for the business. A business can then use these KPI’s to measure its success moving forward. This can help when you are looking at specific [...]

What is a business coach?

By | March 9th, 2017|Uncategorized|

What is a business coach and why do I need one? When you start a business you hear a lot of recommendations to get a business coach. I have run into a lot of independent business coaches in my years as an Accountant. Many business owners do not really know what they do and thus I have decided to explain a little bit about business coaching (at least how I see and do it). As a business coach, I help business owners take their ideas and put them into practice. We define steps they can take and ways to measure those steps. I also [...]

Giving Back

By | February 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|

We are all busy. Then we see Not-for-Profits and groups that need help. Then the guilt comes as their never seems to be enough time. This week I was cruising the book fair at my daughter’s school with her one evening and saw two moms manning the checkout as volunteers for the Parent Advisory Committee. Two busy moms doing their part. Insert guilt here – and guilty confession: I have not yet volunteered for PAC.   A few days later, I had a canvasser come to the door. A fellow mom friend who was canvassing for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. [...]

What can I deduct for meals?

By | February 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Throughout the year, I get a lot of questions around what can be deducted when it comes to meals for tax purposes. However, as we enter personal tax season I get these questions almost daily! I have decided to write a blog that answers some common questions. For further explanations, see Canada Revenue Agency website as they have some great resources. I travel for work - can I deduct meals? If you travel for work and are self employed you can deduct meals in the business (whether in a corporation or on your personal tax return for sole proprietors). However, the [...]