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1 week ago

Hey Folks,

We are a Montreal based startup seeking to move our legal office to Toronto. Can we use WeWorks as our HQ address? Is that legally okay? Many thanks,
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2 weeks ago

If a company is changed from a sole prop to incorporate some time into the year, how does that work for taxes for the company? ... See MoreSee Less

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The short version: you begin keeping two separate sets of books. On the date you incorporate, you create a separate entity, separating the business from yourself. All revenue earned by the company after that date is earned by the company (not you); the same for all expenses. So if you incorporate on June 1, the revenue your sole-prop earns before that date counts as personal income, the same as if you were an employee at a company, and you file that income as part of your personal taxes. The expenses accrued before June 1st get written off against that personal income. After June 1st, YOU aren't earning income, your company is... So you just start keeping separate records. At tax time, the COMPANY will report the income (and deduct the expenses) from June 1st onward because it didn't exist before then. Any income or drawings you pay yourself from the company get recorded as an expense for the company and as income for you on the personal side. Hope that helps.

Speak to an accountant! Happy to chat if you don’t have one.

Based on personal experience, You file 2 separate things. Your corporate will probably be quarterly and your sole - once a year (before end of April).

1 week ago

Hi all. Looking for recos for reputable orgs that manage IT services with expertise in the Google Suite. Focus will be on security, consolidation / optimization and training.
Thanks in advance!!
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Nancy Konopinsky this is right within the wheelhouse of my company and our offerings. I would love to have a chat and get to know a little more. Let me know what is convenient and if there is an opportunity to discuss this further. Shayne

4 weeks ago

Happy New Year folks!
Looking for a company that specializes in Salesforce work (customizations, updates, etc), particularly around integrations with other platforms. We have quite a lot of work to do in a short time 😅
I’d appreciate recos of orgs / people you’ve personally worked with.
Thanks in advance!
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Depends on your budget. Sapient and Slalom are both in that space and so is actual Salesforce (they have Pro Serve). But those all need deep pockets.

I have worked in the space since 2014 across the sales/service/community cloud and would be happy to chat further to see if my team would be a good fit for your needs, I have sent you a DM. www.cloudstarterlabs.com

Kenny G and the crew at Kicksaw do a ton of Salesforce work and might be able to help you.

Just spearheaded this for the organization I work with and had some terrible experiences with vendors and one great one, if interested DM me

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2 weeks ago

Hi everyone, I’m looking for an experienced CPA to prepare financial statements for a charity (not audited). Thanks 🙏🏼 ... See MoreSee Less

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Reinhard Bauer can probably help.

Hi Maria Ko Recommending www.linkedin.com/in/sairasomani CPA with finance and board level experience in non-profits and charities

2 weeks ago

Hi everyone, I am new to this group and I am doing some research. If you have time to answer this one question in the comments I would appreciate it. Is/ did your startup struggle/struggling with software development due to high prices?
(Web/ mobile app/ or any other software product or service)

I am currently doing market research for a project that could potentially solve this issue and help startups with software development. I just need to find whether it’s an actual issue where startups lack capital to invest in software.

Thanks
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Are you talking customized software development or off the shelf?

A better discovery question might be "How have you tried to solve high software development costs?"

It’s like every other LinkedIn DM had slided into startupnorth D:

4 weeks ago

Hey everyone -- I'm looking for an outsourced accounting / bookkeeping firm that can handle Quickbooks / payroll for us. Appreciate any recommendations! ... See MoreSee Less

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We work with FirstCFO & love them!

Hi Shiv. It’s our specialty. Happy to have a chat to see if we are a good fit for you. Www.aissolutions.ca

Happy to chat if you’d like. My firm can definitely assist. Www.futurebalance.ca. Feel free to send me a dm

Hi Shiv! I'd love to have a conversation with you about this. My firm provides business development, advisory, bookkeeping, payroll and tax servicss. Please feel free to reach out: www.mlhc.info/free-assessment

Pav Manchanda at www.clearbookstech.com

Highly recommend Givens.ca

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3 weeks ago

Freelancers / consultants who also own a company: do you do business separately for the consulting / freelancing and the company or do you do all business under the company itself? ... See MoreSee Less

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The decision probably comes down to whether or not your company might have external investors. If so, you will likely want to keep the affairs separate.

Hi Jami Gaudet - I do all my cyber security consulting under my incorporated company - (1) limited liability, (2) tax benefits, (3) brand/marketing image. Take a look at Ownr.co if you're wanting to setup an incorporated company.

Whatever is more tax efficient 👌🏽

I started that way, everything through the company. That way the company has cash flow, which is good for many reasons. Cheers!

3 weeks ago

What tools do you use to ensure you don't have any 404 deadlinks on your website? ... See MoreSee Less

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Pretty much any paid SEO monitor / management tool such as SEMrush, MOZ and many others will have this as part of site audit option. Also many free options depending in features, size of site to find issues. Screaming Frog is one with free and paid features..and again many others out there. In addition to or instead of any tool you should be sure you have added your site to Google Search Console to track 404, submit site maps and other important tracking info

Google Webmaster Tools isn’t a bad option. developers.google.com/search/blog/2011/05/do-404s-hurt-my-site

1 month ago

Hi All, hope you’re well.

Reaching out if you have any recommendation on any CRM that’s-
1. easy to implement,
2. cost effective

that can-

1. automate acquisition (from web, ad accounts, contacts, etc) and
2. engagement (signups, transactions)

If it can automate Operations, that’s a PLUS.

Thank you in advance.
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Hi All, hope you’re well. 

Reaching out if you have any recommendation on any CRM that’s-
1. easy to implement, 
2. cost effective 

that can- 

1. automate acquisition (from web, ad accounts, contacts, etc) and 
2. engagement (signups, transactions)

If it can automate Operations, that’s a PLUS. 

Thank you in advance.

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Weve really been enjoying Active Demand Zelani Bhuiyan

3 weeks ago

Happy New Year Everyone.
US set-up question: We need help in setting up our US structure so that we can have an employee base there ( we have an entity/ subsidiary there ). Does anyone have recommendations on a highly affordable lawyer/team who could help us with this - or guide us if you think it is easy enough for DIY.
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Try Potomac law. US lawyers are expensive but these guys are a bit more reasonable. Good luck!

One option would be to deal with a Professional Employer Organization (PEO), which takes care of payroll and compliance for you. Justworks is great and has very good customer service.

You can go the L1 or E1 route pending the level of seniority and how long the individual has been with your company. The employee has to have been with your company for at least a year. I think there's another visa-type, but it's a lottery / in high demand so you may or may not be able to get it. Would recommend working with Tim Golden - [email protected] - He did a fantastic job with my E1 and is currently looking after my Greencard Application.

4 weeks ago

Looking for recommendations for an international patent agent In Canada. ... See MoreSee Less

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We used NRF. They were expensive, but very good, and secured our IP internationally in a comprehensive way.

PCKIP

Jean-Nicolas Delage is your guy

Happy to help! We are an entrepreneur friendly firm with excellent patent agents at cost effective pricing due to our low overhead model:) - shoot me an email:) [email protected]

Highly recommend Jackie Durk Dinsmore at Caravel-law. Contact her for the best service at [email protected]

I’d recommend Jonathan Columbo - solid guy and knows his stuff www.marks-clerk.com/our-people/jonathan-colombo/

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4 weeks ago

I am looking for a Google Ad guru, someone who specialized with lead generation and SEO. Experience in lead generation for professional services is a must. My apologies should of said, I am not looking for an agency. ... See MoreSee Less

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Would love to help you with that, Kindly check your message request.

Hello David Broudie, The team I work with has a lot of experience with digital marketing like (SEO, SMM, and Google Ads), so I would be happy to assist you. Please check your message request to discuss this further. I would be delighted to share my work with you.

I won’t call myself a guru but lead gen and SEO is something I have been doing for years including my current role. Feel free to connect here or Here is my profile - LinkedIn.com/in/socialmediacanada

There are a few different ways to use Google Ads effectively. Here's one I like: crowdtamers.com/building-a-retargeting-content-funnel/ What are.you looking to use Google Ads for?

David Broudie Drop me a message to discuss your project in detail and I'll share my sample work as well also I can arrange a consultation for you which doesn't cost you anything.

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4 weeks ago

Happy New Year!

Did anyone lease a space/office/warehouse to create a video creator studio? I'm looking to do so for content creation and would love to know your experience.
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1 month ago

I've never worked in a company

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*Avoiding employment was not an explicit choice I made: it's just how things ended up as I followed my passions.*

(Okay, I taught piano lessons in various music schools for a couple of years, and maybe did some odd jobs here and there, but not as a career.)

While studying music in university I started working on an iPhone app for learning songs from recordings, to help myself get into Jazz music but also as a tool for other musicians and music students to improve their playing. This was a collaboration with Wil with various names that eventually became AudioScrub. Not so successful at launch, but after a year or so of more development and people starting to use it and share with friends, it became a meaningful amount—not a lot, but enough to pay my bills, stay independant, travel a little. I surprised myself by learning iPhone programming on the sixth try. It was gratifying to finally make a 'real app' after a while of feeling 'restricted to web apps', and I felt good hearing the emotion in how so many people describe that it's helpful it is to them.

And just after finishing my studies, I started a live music listings project called note the sound to help promote local music concerts by smaller, often unknown artists: I worked with local venues like restaurants, bars, and art spaces, charging a fee per event and created a technology stack that helped with data entry, showing event details, automatically publishing to social media, and generating printable calendars; for some time I even experimented with my own system (inspired by Amazon Mechanical Turk) to pay people to help with micro tasks like finding artist information.

From 2009 to 2021, my income was 40% from iOS apps and 60% from note the sound, regularly working alone. COVID-19 wiped out live music for a while, and when it came back I didn't want to continue with the same structure—customers repeatedly asked me if I would restart as they were happy with the service, which I guess was a good sign; I hope to someday try again but with a different structure where I don't need to be so involved. The iOS apps became [less and less motivating](Why I'm leaving iOS development to go fully web after 12 years) because of the amount of work as a one-person operation, so I ultimately stopped. Although I didn't yet replace any of those incomes with something stable, and it might sometimes feel like a uphill battle to do so, I would say 12 years is not a bad run and I'm proud of what I've done.

I've been experimenting with a Fund button integrated into my web apps (which for me are now 'real apps'), gathering support on Open Collective, and using Ghost to power memberships for Strolling. I've often said that my goal was "to get a thousand people to pay me ten bucks a year" as a metaphor for living from passive income—in practice most people want to give me more than than, so the numbers probably will be a bit different; this might sound like a meager sum for many people, but 1) I believe that to achieve this implies that there's probably more than a thousand people and 2) I would be willing to sacrifice some comfort to maintain my freedom to spend my time on what excites me.

Obviously it can be fulfilling to be employed, have a salary, feel secure, work with a team of great people, and I respect the various reasons people pursue that path, but I'm clearly wired for something else and will exhaust all options before I go there.

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Follow my journey on twitter @ Rosano (or join my mailing list on rosano . ca)
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