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Black Friday kicks off holiday sales season

  With Black Friday coming up, it’s the most wonderful time of the year — for sales!  The season of giving brings celebration and time with friends and family.  For business owners however, it also brings a special type of Holiday jingle ringing in the “festive sales season,” which is soon-to-be-here.  While we all know…

US Mid-Terms Create Greater Uncertainty for Small Businesses

On the November 6th U.S midterms the Republicans preserved their Senate majority, while the Democrats took control of House seats — a divisive situation which leaves the future of the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade deal somewhat uncertain.  As many know, trade deals must be passed by both the House and the Senate, so this new…

Lest We Forget

  On November 11th – Remembrance Day – we at Bullfrog Insurance want to take a moment to recognize the sacrifice made by Canadians who fought to protect the rights and freedoms we enjoy each day. To all veterans and to the family and friends of veterans THANK YOU  

Prep Your Business for Carbon Tax

  In Canada, the federal government announced the implementation of a country-wide carbon pricing plan as part of Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s small business tax changes last year.  If you live in Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba or Saskatchewan, you’re about to be impacted by the federally imposed carbon tax coming into effect in 2019.  Being…

Perks and Pitfalls of Selling On Amazon

  Amazon has taken the world by storm in a way that’s transformed the e-commerce space.  As many storekeepers know, back in the day, it was no easy process to set up a brick and mortar shop.  Humble beginnings, community-built relationships and customer service were the core characteristics of a successful small business.  Today those…

Legal Cannabis – Business As Usual?

Today – October 17th, 2018 cannabis legalization takes effect making Canada the second country in the world to lead the charge on pot legalization.  This is a pivotal point in history from both a cultural and economic perspective.  As every entrepreneur and small business owner knows, changes to the Canadian landscape can have far-reaching impacts…

Seasonal Contractor: The Importance of Carrying Insurance Year-Round

If you are a seasonal contractor, such as a roofer or a landscaper, the summer months are the peak of your busy season. Now that fall has arrived, you’re probably trying to work as much as possible, knowing that in a few short weeks you’ll shut down for another season or the number of jobs will…

Avoid the Burnout by Making Work-Life Balance a Priority

As a small business owner and/or entrepreneur, you most likely find yourself working 24/7 and the idea of having a work-life balance is a mystical concept that doesn’t fit within modern day society. Although it can be difficult to implement and maintain, developing a work-life balance is possible and essential when it comes to avoiding the dreaded…

Turning Your Part-Time Freelance Job into a Full-Time Career

When it’s time to take your part-time freelancing and turn it into a full-time career, there are some critical details you have to consider first before taking that step. If you are fully prepared beforehand the transition will be much smoother and less stressful. Here are a few things to consider:   Long Term Goals…

7 Qualities a Young Entrepreneur Should Have

When it comes to being a young entrepreneur and starting your own business, you have to start somewhere. Before listing out potential business names, stop and take a look at what it is you have to offer. What skills and qualities do you have that will help you and your business succeed. A few essential…