To Grow Your Canadian Small Business, Watch Out for These Obstacles
Owning a small business is quite the rollercoaster ride, filled with plenty of ups and just as many downs. Some of the obstacles business owners like you face will be similar no matter where they are in the world, but Canadian entrepreneurs also face unique challenges.
Whether you’re a seasoned small business veteran, or have yet to launch for first company, it’s always helpful to get an idea about the challenges that could be lurking ahead. With that in mind, let’s explore some of the top challenges facing Canadian small business owners.
While this is a worldwide problem, 2018 was a particularly rough year for several Canadian organizations. In fact, according to the 2018 Scalar Security Study, 9 out of 10 Canadian companies surveyed suffered at least one cyber security breach in the past year.
According to Theo Van Wyk, the Chief Security Architect for Scalar Decisions, "Canadian companies are getting better at prioritizing cyber security, but there is still a substantial lack of training and planning … Organizations need to look beyond their infrastructure and weigh the insider and third-party risks they face.”
To learn how to protect your business from different types of cyber attacks, look no further than this quick article: Protecting Your Business from Cyber Attacks.
As this checklist for new Canadian small businesses explains, getting your business up and running is a straightforward process. Unfortunately, things like securing construction permits, registering a property, and setting up electricity aren’t so easy:
Of course, things will be much easier if you don’t need to construct a new building, register property, or set up electricity services.
By some estimates, 25.6% of Canadian small-to-medium sized businesses are struggling to find and retain quality employees. It’s a nationwide struggle, but here are some tips you can use to find team members who want to work for you:
Another option is to utilize “à la carte” virtual assistant (VA) services. That’s how Intelligent Office (IO) makes it easy for small business owners to get the help they need, even during a labor shortage.
Virtual assistants can handle the phones, manage your calendar, make travel arrangements and reservations, assist customers, and so much more. Your local VA will get to know the ins-and-outs of your business and will quickly become a member of your team. To learn more about how VA services can make running your small business easier, visit this page.