You probably know a handful of family members, friends, or acquaintances whom are now running some sort of business from home. Whether they’re doing it full-time or part-time in the evenings and weekends, more and more Canadians see home-based businesses as an opportunity to benefit their lives.
According to Statistics Canada’s 2011 Labour Force Survey, there were 2,656,800 self-employed individuals in Canada. This number includes self-employed professionals, but also Canadians who own their own home-based business.
Why are hundreds of thousands of Canadians starting home-based businesses? Because owning a business in Canada provides you with many income-generating and tax-savings benefits. Add on top of that the convenience of working from home, and it’s a really attractive business proposition for many Canadians.
What are some of the benefits of owning a home based business in Canada?
- Profits – With traditional jobs, workers exchange time for money. You clock 8 hours, you get paid for 8 hours of work. The alluring aspect of owning your own business, though, is the opportunity to generate profits rather than earning a wage. And as well-known international speaker Jim Rohn says:
“Profits are better than wages. Wages make you a living; profits make you a fortune.”
- Tax-savings advantages – Operating a home based business in Canada is just like running any other business when it comes to income taxes. If you have an income to write it off against and you abide by the CRA rules, you can deduct many costs as business expenses, lowering the amount of taxes you have to pay.Owning a home-based business though gives you additional income tax deductions that you can claim. Many of the home and transportation costs you’re already paying for may be shared expenses for your home-based business. What this means is that you may be able to claim a portion of these costs as business expenses, as they’re necessary to operate your business! This translates to legitimate tax-savings that will keep more of your income in your pocket.
- Convenience – Nowadays, with internet access, a laptop, and a cell phone, you can operate a business from anywhere in the world. And this includes your home! Better yet, the internet and cell phone costs (or a portion thereof) become business expenses. Operating a business from home often means being able to spend more time with your family and having the freedom to run errands when you need to, because you dictate your own schedule.
- Low Start-up Costs – There are dozens of home-based business opportunities available for you to consider, many of which provide all of the products, training, branding, and marketing material you need to get started. In most cases, the cost of starting a home-based business is very small versus the cost of opening a store, a restaurant, or other type of non-home based business.
- International Growth Opportunities – With the internet, the world has become a much smaller place than it may have been decades ago. Nowadays, it’s become much less complicated for businesses to gain international customers and if you have your own website for your home-based business you could conceivably be making sales while you sleep!
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As expected the new Apple iPhone 5 was announced today during a press conference by Apple.
Typically, what that means is that Canadian mobile carriers such as TELUS, Rogers, Bell, Fido and others will begin accepting pre-orders on or very soon after September 12th, with an expected ship date of September 21st.
Stay tuned here for a list of links on where you can pre-order your new iPhone 5 in Canada. In the meantime, bookmark this page and subscribe to the mailing list on the righthand sidebar of this webpage, so that you can be notified as soon as iPhone 5 pre-order links are available.
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Koodo: Pre-order link to come
It’s nearly time for Canadian students to return to the classroom, which translates to back-to-school deals and discounts on electronics, including laptop computers, tablets, and mobile phones. Best of all, it doesn’t really matter if you’re a student or not; anyone can take advantage of the great deals that are available.
Most coveted at this time of year are the laptops offered by Apple and Dell. Read on below to learn how you can save on your next laptop purchase.
In an earlier post this summer, we explained how you can take advantage of university student discounts and corporate employee discounts to save on your next purchase with Apple.
These discounts typically range in the 8% range, which for laptops will generally mean saving between $80 to $200 on available laptops at the Apple Canada Store.
Are you a student or employee at a Canadian university or K-12 school teacher or staff?
See the Apple Store for Education website for more info on how to snag a great deal on a new MacBook Air or MacBook Pro.
Are you an employee at a Canadian corporation?
See our list of Canadian companies with employee discount programs with Apple.
Dell routinely offers new coupon codes that you can use at Dell.ca to save anywhere from $50 to $150 or more on laptop and desktop computer purchases.
We’ve partnered with Online Coupon Codes For to provide you with an up-to-date list of coupon codes. Click one of the links below to learn more about how you can take advantage of these deals.
Apple.ca corporate employee purchase programs are a great way to purchase the newest Apple products at a discounted price.
Typically, Apple CEPP discounts range in the 8% range, but can fluctuate by product.
Still in School?
For Apple lovers still in university, Apple also offers educational discounts on their products, too! The discounts are similar to those offered in the CEPP program, but again, can vary by product. To get started, check out the Apple Store for Education.
Corporate EPP Websites
Here are some links to the CEPP websites for large companies in Canada.
Rogers Communications (Shopping Agreement – Apple Store (Canada))
BCE (Shopping Agreement – Apple Store (Canada))
TELUS (Shopping Agreement – Apple Store (Canada))
Gap Inc. (Shopping Agreement – Apple Store (Canada))
Hudson’s Bay Company (Shopping Agreement – Apple Store (Canada))
McDonalds Canada (Shopping Agreement – Apple Store (Canada))
Petro Canada (Shopping Agreement – Apple Store (Canada))
RBC (Shopping Agreement – Apple Store (Canada))
CIBC (Shopping Agreement – Apple Store (Canada))
Bank of Nova Scotia (Shopping Agreement – Apple Store (Canada))
Bank of Montreal (Shopping Agreement – Apple Store (Canada))
TD Canada Trust (Shopping Agreement – Apple Store (Canada))
General Motors (Shopping Agreement – Apple Store (Canada))
Ford Motor Company (Shopping Agreement – Apple Store (Canada))
Timmies (Shopping Agreement – Apple Store (Canada))
Loblaws (Shopping Agreement – Apple Store (Canada))
This weekend, get a free $15 gift card when you spend more than $100 at Staples.
Print your coupon here and bring it with you to get your gift card. Valid only February 23-25, 2012.
We redeemed our WebSaver.ca coupons for free boxes of Kellogg’s Special K cereal today. Did you?
One of our readers told us that on the blueberry boxes, there’s a FPC for yogurt! So if the Oats and Honey flavour is all gone by the time you get to the store (which it was after we left), don’t fret too much.
The hustle and bustle of the holidays makes us forget a lot of things, but one thing that Fresh Savings wants to remind you of is to use your coupons that are due to expire soon!
Here are a few that will expire on December 31, 2011:
FREEBIE: Arby’s Jr Jamoca Shake
FREEBIE: Benjamin Moore Coupon
These ones don’t expire until the first week of January:
FREEBIE: Face Cream at Shopper’s Drug Mart
Do you like ice cream? Do you like cake? Well, how about putting them together for ice cream cake! Get $5 off a Signature Ice Cream Cake at a Cold Stone Creamery!
Offer is valid on a 6″ small or 8″ large Signature Ice Cream Cake. Offer expires January 7, 2012.
Visit www.timhortons.com/coldstone for a location nearest you.Get My Coupon Now
It’s another freebie on Weddingful today! Claim your free necklace gift by Ruby Woo Wedding Couture, Inc, shipping included! You can also get $20 off any deal on the website by entering a special code.
How to get the necklace:
- Click on the link below.
- Click “Share to pay”, choose FB, Twitter or Google
- Click “Claim Now” by entering your email address. Weddingful will send a code to you instantly.
- “Like” Ruby Woo’s FB page
- Visit Ruby Woo’s contact form (Fill form with your code, a comment about their site or their designs and your shipping address!)
- The necklace will be shipped to your address free!
- One per shipping address.
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Americans spend billions of dollars on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, attracted by huge sales and discounts by American retailers, both brick-and-mortar and online.
Canadians can take part in some of the action, too! Read our Black Friday and Cyber Monday Guide for Canadians for more information.
Canadian Retailers with Black Friday Sales
Red Flag Deals has curated a great Black Friday microsite, listing all of the Canadian retailers running promotions for Black Friday weekend.
While discounts by Canadian retailers will generally be less attractive than those offered south of the border, some of these pre-Christmas sales can help trim some of the fat off your holiday shopping spending.
Shopping Online Through US Retail Websites
If you’re preparing to spend Black Friday on the internet, head over to Black Friday Ads, where they’re gathering up US Black Friday deals and publishing them on their website. You can browse actual store flyers of the deals to be had.
When shipping your purchases back to Canada, don’t forget about great parcel pickup services like The Letter Carrier in Washington State to help you save on shipping.
Crossing the Border for Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales
Planning on crossing over into the US of A for some Black Friday shopping? You should have left yesterday.
From what I’m told, border lines are already super long, so expect extended waits.
BorderLineups.com is your source for up-to-the-minute border wait time information, as well as web cam shots of the border lineups.
If you use Twitter, you can also follow your favourite border crossing to receive hourly updates on border wait times. This service is offered by the Canadian Border Services Agency.
Good luck and happy shopping!
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