About Michelle Cornish

Michelle Cornish is an author and former CPA from Enderby, BC.

How to Stick to Your Business Resolutions

By |2022-01-27T03:09:55+00:00January 27th, 2022|Business, Business Coaching|

The new year is a popular time to make resolutions to improve our health or finances, but what about business resolutions? Have you ever thought about making resolutions for your business? Even if your fiscal year end isn’t January, the beginning of the year can be a great time to take stock of what has happened in your business. For the things that didn’t go so well, you can resolve to change them.  Resolutions can be a great way to get you back on track to reaching your goals. Below, we discuss some common business resolutions as well as what you [...]

7 Tips for Business Productivity

By |2022-01-20T22:02:59+00:00January 13th, 2022|Uncategorized|

With all you have to do in a day, have you ever wondered how you can improve your business productivity?  All entrepreneurs are busy. If you're a small business owner, especially if you're working on your own, you have a lot to do. Between managing emails, helping customers, and making sure everything is running smoothly it’s no wonder you end most days wishing you had more time.   The key to being productive in business isn't just about having more time. By managing your time more effectively, you will accomplish more. Here are seven tips to help you manage your time and [...]

Should I Have Business Plan?

By |2021-12-23T23:37:22+00:00December 23rd, 2021|Business, Business Coaching|

There are many great reasons to have a business plan. When you are just getting started in business, the time and effort you put into a plan can help you know if your idea is viable. If you will be applying for financing, a business plan is required as part of your application. A business plan also serves as a great starting point to conduct an annual performance analysis on your business. It can be used as a basis for setting and reaching goals in your business. It’s also a handy reminder of where you started and can be easily adjusted [...]

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Do I Need Payroll Software?

By |2021-12-23T23:13:11+00:00December 13th, 2021|Business, Payroll|

We answer the question, “Do I need payroll software?” with a hard YES!!! Sorry for shouting, but it really is that important, and we’ll show you why. Payroll software allows you to keep track of all your payroll information in one place and create reports in just a few clicks. If you haven't been using payroll software in your business up to this point, we hope this article shows you how you can save time and make your life easier by doing so. What Payroll Software Does that Online Calculators Can’t Everything in One Place It's easy to find a number [...]

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Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Comes to BC

By |2021-12-13T17:01:56+00:00December 6th, 2021|Business, Payroll|

Earlier this year, the BC provincial government surveyed employers and employees to determine if paid sick leave should be legislated in BC. The BC government set out to determine whether workers and employers would mutually benefit from a paid sick leave requirement. The surveys asked questions about current employer sick leave programs. Questions for employers included whether they provided paid sick days, and how many days paid sick leave are acceptable. Workers were asked how many days of paid sick leave they would need in order to be comfortable staying home sick rather than going to work because they couldn’t afford [...]

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Do I Need a Corporate Lawyer?

By |2021-11-27T19:58:31+00:00November 27th, 2021|Business, Taxes|

Unless you are a lawyer yourself and understand corporate law, then yes, you need a corporate lawyer. A main advantage to incorporating your business is the corporate structure. You need someone who understands how this works. While there are many legal documents you can file yourself, incorporation documents should be handled properly by a lawyer. What does a corporate lawyer do? When we say you need a corporate lawyer, we don’t mean you need a lawyer on staff. While that may be the best option for some companies, most businesses only need a lawyer periodically.  One of the first things a [...]

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Is the Profit First Way Right for You?

By |2021-11-25T03:13:27+00:00November 25th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Profit First isn’t just a book by Mike Michalowicz, it’s a whole business lifestyle that even includes a certification. The book was first published in 2014. Since then there have been iterations created for specific industries like dentists, micro gyms, contractors, and e-commerce sellers. Michalowicz has reframed the equation sales, minus expenses, equals profits so that it reads: Sales, minus profits, equals expenses. This is the gist of Profit First. Profit before expenses. It’s an alternative way of looking at a budget. You take the profit out of your sales then force yourself to budget your expenses based on what’s left. [...]

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What is HST?

By |2021-11-20T02:53:35+00:00November 20th, 2021|Business, Taxes|

As a business owner, you are likely familiar with GST, but what about HST? And is it something you need to worry about? The answer to this question depends on where you are doing business and whether or not you ship products to other provinces. The most common place you see a reference to HST is on the form you need to file with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) reporting your GST for the period. The same form is used to report HST and the official name of the form is the “Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) Return.” Each [...]

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GST Basics

By |2021-11-03T02:40:31+00:00November 3rd, 2021|Business, Taxes|

When it comes to goods and services tax (GST) basics, one of the most common questions new business owners want to know is whether they need to charge GST. As with most tax questions, the answer depends on a number of things.  It’s important to note that GST is collected on behalf of the government via the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The GST you collect is not yours to keep. As consolation, the CRA allows you to claim the GST you pay in the course of business activities as a form of payment to you for collecting the GST on their [...]

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How to File Your GST Return

By |2021-10-22T22:50:50+00:00October 22nd, 2021|Uncategorized|

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Return is the form used to report the net GST your business owes the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). It’s much easier to file your GST return if your bookkeeping is up to date. This makes filling out the GST return a matter of looking up the numbers in your accounting app. All the lines on the GST return are also boxes where you enter your numbers. Even if you will be filing your return electronically, it’s a good idea to use a form to calculate the GST you owe (or is owed to you) first. [...]

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