small business

November 21

Staples Black Friday For Business Deals!

Posted by on November 21, 2014 at 3:30 PM

Staples Black Friday For Business Deals!

Staples has an early Black Friday sale going on this weekend with tons of deals for business. Of course, you can also buy these business deals for your home as well.

I see a number of great deals that I’d like to get for my home-based business, that would also be great for an office or some even for the home or another setting.

For example, Staples has a Purell hand sanitizer dispenser on sale for only $3.96, with a regular price of $8.96. Today I was helping out my children’s school and my youngest son’s teacher walked by with a sick little girl. She had just thrown up all over his class. My first thought after “oh no!!!” was hopefully they got the sanitizer out and got the area and the kids all sanitized. I really don’t want to deal with vomit all weekend (or month!). Wouldn’t one of these be perfect in a classroom?

If you need a great executive chair and don’t want to pay executive prices, Staples has the Global Ride & Rest leather executive chair in black on for $800 off. Now $499 and was $1299.99, I couldn’t find this chair for less than $800 at other online Canadian retailers. With adjustable everything and gearshift controls, it even has adjustable lumbar support. My aching back is screaming for this chair!

While there is no regular price, I do believe this is a hot buy. The Emtec 8GB Click USB flash drive in a 5-pack is only $29.98. I price compared elsewhere and couldn’t find it as the five-pack but one was at least $12 and you are getting them for $6 each, which is essentially half the price. You know you’ll use all five too.

Staples offers free shipping on orders over $45, so get what you need and get your total over this low minimum for free shipping.

(expiry: 23rd November 2014)

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September 25

Moo.com: 25% Off All Print Products

Posted by on September 25, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Moo.com: 25% Off All Print Products

Do you know about Moo.com? Well you should! Moo.com does amazingly beautiful business cards and other print products. I should know, Moo.com does Bargainmoose’s business cards. They are having a super sale on right now with 25% off all print products.

Moo does ship from U.S., so you may encounter duties or fees at your door (as I did), but with this sale, you might be able to keep your order under the $20 limit for not having to pay duties. If you are also wondering about shipping, it will all depend on what you order and how fast you want your order. For example, if you want 50 business cards and can wait 14 business days, your shipping will be $8.25 and your business cards will be $16.49 (regularly $21.25). I found out this info very easily straight from their very handy shipping calculator. I love this feature as you don’t have to make your cards, add to your cart, only to be caught unawares about the secondary costs.

Totally out-of-the-ordinary business cards, you should check out the Luxe Project, where design teams create gorgeous new designs and help a good cause too, with 100% of the proceeds going to a charity of the designer’s choice. I love this and I love the fashion math designs I’m seeing. I may just have to get some more business cards for fun!

Again, if you want something different so you can stand out from the crowd (and business cards really need to), check out the square ones they have on offer. These are normally $24.99 to start, but are down to $18.74 during this sale.

Moo.com is not just business cards though. You can get stickers and labels and much more too. Why do you need stickers? There are many ways you can use stickers for your business or personal use. They are easy to place on anything to get your message or brand across. If you are getting married, imagine how easy it will be to have your photo or monogram on anything you are giving as a favour. There are endless uses for stickers – just ask my kids. You can get 90 postage size classic stickers for only $8.24, with a regular price of $10.99. The price goes up from there depending on size and quantity.

(expiry: 30th September 2014)

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April 29

Freshbooks Canada: Free 30-Day Trial

Posted by on April 29, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Freshbooks Canada: Free 30 Day Trial

Shawn told you all about Freshbooks last July in this blog post. Back then they offered your first three clients free, but now they are offering you a free 30-day trial.

So if you don’t feel like reading Shawn’s description of Freshbooks, take a gander at mine. Freshbooks is the #1 (self-proclaimed?) cloud accounting solution designed for small business owners. This means you can track your time, use online payments, capture expenses and do other accounting activities all in the cloud while at your desk or on the go.

Basically, Freshbooks says it is “built for small businesses owners to get organized and get paid”. That says it all. As a small business owner myself there is really three things I need – to get organized, to get paid and for more time, but I don’t think Freshbooks can get me more time, although with such a simple system, they might save me time on the menial task of accounting.

While FreshBooks offers a free 30-day trial, when you go to the sign-up page it says you can use the free version forever. I’m not sure what the difference is between the free version, the paid version and the trail version, so you may have to try it out for yourself and let me know.

(Expiry: Unknown)

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March 23

Starting Your Own Business Without Breaking The Bank

Posted by on March 23, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Starting Your Own Business Without Breaking The Bank

Starting your own business can be quite the daunting process. First, you might have to quit the job you have or work on the side. You wonder where and when you’ll get income and if you’ll actually go in the hole starting it. I actually quit a full-time job that I loved ten years ago to move across the province to be with my now husband. I started my own business and although I’ve put a ton of work into it, I’ve been really lucky to find paying work and keep myself afloat. Because my business is writing and editing, I didn’t have a lot of start-up costs. If you want to start your own business, besides the product for your business, you are going to need tools to run your business.

Computer

The first and most important item for running a business is a computer. You may already have one, and that is great, but you might need more. Although I had a brand new Apple computer when I started my business, it didn’t have Microsoft products on it. I could have bought them, but decided instead to have the capabilities of a Mac and a Windows computer, and to also have a desktop and a laptop, so I could work on the go as well. Laptops are not too expensive theses days and for basic functions, you can get one for under $500, like this touchscreen laptop. I’d like to invest in a tablet as well, as it is very portable and can help me run my business while I’m out with the kids or running errands. If I need to make a change to a document, I can easily do it while carrying the tablet right in my purse. I do like the larger 10″ screens and this $300 Microsoft Surface fits the bill nicely.

Cell Phone

To run a business, you most definitely need a cell phone, so you can take calls about your business while on the go. A landline is also beneficial as the reception is clearer and you can get a dedicated line for your business. Rogers has deals for around $30 a month and upwards for lines that have fax capability as well.

Website

Speaking of being online, your business absolutely must have a website. If you aren’t technical like me, there are many companies out there that build your site for you or offer templates for drag and drop functionality like Go Daddy. If you need any images for your website, you could buy a subscription to a company that sells images for use on websites like iStockPhoto, which won’t cost you too much and will be worth the money you spend to make your website look professional. Bargainmoose has an exclusive coupon to get a discount on this service, which is always worthy to take a look.

Promotional Materials

You might not need to many promotional materials for your business – it all depends on the type of business and the type of exposure you need. The most important hard copy promotional item is a business card. I think everyone, even stay at home moms, need business cards. They are a great way to keep people remembering you and able to find you. I actually need to get on making these for myself! Vistaprint is fabulous for this, and sometimes they even have promotions on for free business cards with promo code! Watch for it.

Social Media

You should also take advantage of all free social media outlets to get your name out there, like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Social media is so important to businesses today and the Financial Post wrote this great article on how to use social media to your advantage with your small business.

Bookkeeping

One thing I find daunting is the bookkeeping for my business. I was lucky to find someone who could show me how to invoice when I started, but I just have to be diligent in recording my invoices into a spreadsheet and recording all expenses and keeping receipts. For me, I rarely have receipts, but for those who do, you might need some kind of service to help you along. Quickbooks  is great for doing accounting online, including payroll if you need to do that. As always, check our Quickbooks coupon page first for coupons before you purchase online services. You may opt to get an accountant to do your taxes at year end, but I have always done my own business taxes, which has saved me a ton of money. Software like Turbo Tax for Home & Business is great, because they have lots of tips and tricks and easy navigation for entering in expenses, income and other relevant business items. And again, Bargainmoose has a coupon for that. Why wouldn’t we?

Communicating

The days of spending a ton on long distance are gone. There are so many ways to communicate for free and with a lot of people. Here at Bargainmoose, we use Skype to communicate with varying groups in different departments of Bargainmoose. Because many of work remotely, this is an amazing and free way to talk to the entire group, or to individuals, at any time of day. We can call each other or just send messages, including attachments.

Bargainmoosers, what do you absolutely need to run your small business and how do you save money on it?

Photo Credit: Sergio Alvarez

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October 15

Staples Canada: 50% Off Business Tools

Posted by on October 15, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Staples Canada: 50% Off Business Tools

Staples is having a business tool savings event, with 50% off select tools for business.

I actually need a few business items for a conference I am attending with Bargainmoose tomorrow. We just need some small items like pens, markers, adhesive and the like. If you are setting up a small business, it pays to have stocked desk. I don’t know how many times a day I go looking for a pen in my house. The funny thing is, when the kids are doing their homework, all we can ever find is pens – no pencils! Time to stock up on both!

Since I have a very feminine office, this Scotch stiletto shoe tape dispenser would look perfect on my desk. Was $13.23, now $9.26.

I know there are many times I wish I had a stapler handy and this Swingline easy touch lever professional stapler will do even the heaviest jobs. Was $41.76, now $29.26.

You’ll get free shipping when you spend over $45.

(Expiry: 22nd October 2013)

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April 10

GoDaddy Canada: Up to 30% Off Your Order

Posted by on April 10, 2013 at 5:00 PM

GoDaddy Canada: Up to 30% Off Your Order

GoDaddy.com has some great savings going on right now, with 30% off your order over $130, 20% off your order over $100 and 15% off your order over $60.

Click here to shop @ GoDaddy.com

  • Coupon Code: GD3418BC
  • Discount: 30% Off $130+
  • Coupon Code: GD3418CC
  • Discount: 20% Off 100+
  • Coupon Code: GD3418DC
  • Discount: 15% Off $60+
  • Expiry: 21st April 2013

If you are considering building your own website, GoDaddy is the place to start. Here you can register a domain, build your site and get hosting, all in one spot and now for a discounted amount.

From only $9.99 (before coupon code savings) you can register your .ca or .com domain name, plus a ton of free extras like personalized email, photo albums and status alerts.

Their website builder starts at a very low $1 a month (before coupon code savings) and has easy website building tools like drag and drop and you don’t need to know code or have any technical skills at all. This means even I can do it! There are hundreds of professional themes to choose from and your site is automatically converted to be mobile-friendly. You can also easily integrate your site with social media so you get the most bang from your buck.

Web hosting starts at $2.99 a month (before coupon savings) and you’ll get unlimited storage and bandwith.

They even have 24/7 email and phone support with estimated wait times posted right online. Right now you’ll wait only four minutes to get someone on the phone and only five hours to get an email response.

 If you have a business, but don’t have a professional website, say goodbye to so many potential customers. If cost or lack of skill was stopping you, Go Daddy could be the answer you were looking for in building or increasing your business.

Check the Bargainmoose coupon forum frequently for more GoDaddy.com coupon codes.

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March 13

Vistaprint Canada: 33% Off Everything

Posted by on March 13, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Vistaprint Canada: 33% Off Everything

Vista Print has a great sale on right now with 33% off everything on their site. This deal can only be activated by clicking the link below. It will not work if you just go to the Vistaprint site.

Vistaprint has everything custom-made that you can think of that you’d need to print, including marketing materials, photo gifts, business cards, signs and banners, invitations and stationery, clothing and much more. They also have very easy-to-use templates for building your website.

With baseball season fast approaching, custom caps are a hot commodity. You can get yours done at Vistaprint starting at only $10.05, regularly $15.

These Mommy cards are super-cool! Ever met someone at the park or at a playgroup and wanted to pass on your information for future get-togethers? Well, these mommy cards make it very easy for you to do so. Being a mom is a full-time job, why not have a business card? Get 25 for only $3.74, regularly $6.

Wedding season is almost here and have you invited your guests to your big day yet? You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars and many hours looking through books to get the perfect invitation. Vistaprint makes it so easy with many styles to choose from, including the simple, the funky and the downright elegant. Starting at only $6.49 for 10, regularly $10.

Shipping starts at $7.49, but allows you to get however many items you want for one flat-rate.

(Expiry: 18th March 2013)

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May 24

Staples Canada: 50% Off Sage Simply Accouting Pro 2012 Today Only Now $99.99

Posted by on May 24, 2012 at 1:00 PM
Staples Canada: 50% Off Sage Simply Accouting Pro 2012 Today Only Now $99.99

Get your small business finances under control with help from Sage Simply Accounting Pro 2012 Software. Today only, you can save 50% off the regular price, making this software only $99.99 (reg. $199.96).

With Sage Simply Accounting Pro 2012 you can manage all of your financial transactions, cash flow, budgeting and inventory as well as prepare and track bill payments, invoices, and federal and provincial taxes. Many customers have said that it’s easy to use and is an essential for a small business.

You can find this deal at Staples online or in store, today only. Limit of one per person.

Expires: 24th May, 2012

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