InHouseCFO's Small Business Blog

No Small Business in Canada Should Treat Customers Like Rogers Does.

Posted by Donald Cameron on Fri, Sep 12, 2014

A Good Example of What Happens When Your Business is Part of an Oligopoly.

Here's the text of an interaction I had today with the "Live Chat" service of Rogers. It's as a result of their self service sites for consumer and small business in Canada being down all day.

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Tags: Business Processes

Startups and Small Businesses Can Now Bridge the Finance Gap

Posted by Donald Cameron on Thu, May 22, 2014

This article was originally written for and published in the Globe and Mail - Report on Small Business, on May 20, 2014.

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Tags: Picking a Professional, CFO for small business

5 Characteristics of an Effective Small Business Advisor

Posted by Donald Cameron on Thu, May 01, 2014
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Tags: Picking a Professional

Picking the Right Hardware for Your Canadian Small Business

Posted by Donald Cameron on Wed, Mar 05, 2014

At InHouse CFO we're guilty of focusing on software that Canadian small business owners should use to run their business. If asked, you might think that the answer we'd give about which hardware to use would be is that we don't care, cloud-software works on all internet enabled devices and operating systems. Not true, we do care and for 6 very good reasons.

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Tags: Picking a Professional, SMB Systems

Xero Accounting Software - Two Years Later

Posted by Donald Cameron on Thu, Feb 27, 2014

Two years ago, we discovered the cloud-based accounting solution Xero by googling "alternative to quickbooks online". Truthfully, we were so frustrated with Intuit due to their disorganization, general lack of interest in Canada and refusal to create a solution that wasn't Windows-based, that anything was better. A quick road test of Xero at that time caught our attention and we've been avid supporters of Xero ever since.

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Tags: SMB Systems, Cloud Reporting, Business Intelligence

Part-Time CFO vs. Virtual CFO

Posted by Donald Cameron on Fri, Jan 31, 2014

Time to set the record straight.

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Tags: Picking a Professional, CFO for small business

Canadian Small Business CFOs' Top Priorities for 2014

Posted by Donald Cameron on Mon, Jan 06, 2014

A lot has been and continues to be said about the radical changes in how small businesses in Canada (and throughout the world for that matter) must carry on business to continue or be successful. These changes have and are occuring as a result of the internet and everything digital.

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Tags: CFO for small business, SMB Systems, Sales, KPI

Canadian Small Business - Tax Deductions for Leisure Activities

Posted by Donald Cameron on Wed, Dec 11, 2013

When it comes to deducting fun and leisure, for most Canadians small business owners the rules can be confusing and quite often taxing.

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Tags: Tax Planning

A Take on Bitcoin, from an Experienced Small Business CFO

Posted by Donald Cameron on Sat, Nov 30, 2013

As finance experts, ex-bankers, and part-time CFO's for Canadian small businesses, we're watching closely the "Bitcoin phenomenon", whether it has a role to play for our clients, if so, when, and if not, why not.

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Tags: CFO for small business

Social Media's Value to Canadian Small Business, A CFO's Perspective

Posted by Donald Cameron on Thu, Nov 14, 2013

As Canadian small business accounting specialists, we focus on making sure all of our client's numbers are kept straight, current, and meaningful. With the recent introduction of a plethora of software tools, the numbers on which we are able to advise our clients now go far beyond just the financial ones.

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Tags: Business Intelligence, KPI