Business

In 2017, HomeStars (the website I founded in 2006), was acquired by Denver-based HomeAdvisor. It’s hard to believe it’s already been two years! I’ve learned some interesting things along the way. One of the biggest surprises is that there were no surprises. I imagined there might...

Time is everyone’s most precious asset. It is also the one aspect of my business I can truly control. As you grow in your career and responsibilities, there is more complexity and information to handle. For leaders, the ability to prioritize becomes even harder. An important...

That’s the dream, isn’t it? To not only have some great clients, but clients who recognize your worth and value your relationship so much that even when you’re apart, they sing your praises. It’s easier to do this with your team — and not just because you pay...

Let me start with this very real statement: working with your spouse is not for everyone. But for me, it works. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 1.4 million businesses in the U.S. are run by a husband-and-wife team. With 97 per...

If you read my last piece, we covered the importance of a clear job description as well as some tips on interviewing to determine the candidates’ skill set. But once those skills are validated, the next most important criteria is organizational fit. According to one...

When I founded HomeStars, hiring the right team was by far my most challenging task. In recent years, it has gotten easier as we’ve developed our brand, built experienced teams and are no longer in early stage start-up mode. However, hiring still takes a great...

This is a topic I don’t read a lot about and frankly one I don’t think many business owners are keen to discuss, so I thought it would be an interesting topic to write about. How do you move forward as a small business when you...

Recently, I was invited to be a keynote speaker at the launch of the Toronto chapter of a Vancouver based organization known as the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs. I have been an entrepreneur for 11 years now and my audience on this particular night was...