Small business

September 06, 2021

Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

Although not everyone buys the idea, studies show that successful entrepreneurs share a number of common personality traits that are the predominant indicators of success, outweighing education, family ties, skill, and experience.

Could you be one of them?

There’s obviously no foolproof aptitude test that can tell you if you’re suited to entrepreneurship but you'd be wise to think about 'who you are' as you contemplate what you'd like to become. 

Which means, if you’re considering turning your hobby into a business, it’s worth asking yourself a few questions to determine if you have what it takes, says Barry Moltz, author of “You Need to Be A Little Crazy: The Truth about Starting and Growing Your Business.”

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May 13, 2021

Mortgage market tightening up for self-employed

You'd think being a self-employed professional or running an established small business would make someone an appealing prospect for a mortgage.

Truth be told, many successful individuals don’t fit traditional mortgage lending criteria.

Without an established stream of pay stubs or a confirmation letter from an employer, lenders have few of the traditional assurances that you can handle your mortgage obligations.

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Gordon PowersGordon Powers

A long-time fund company executive, Gordon Powers now heads up the Affinity Group, a financial services consulting firm. Gordon was a personal finance columnist for the Globe & Mail for many years, has taught retirement planning...

Jason BucklandJason Buckland

The modern-day MC Hammer of money, Jason can often be seen spending cash that isn’t his with the efficiency of a Wilt Chamberlain first date. After cutting his teeth as a reporter for the Toronto Sun, he joined the MSN Money team with...