What are internal controls and how do they affect my business?

As a business owner, you know it’s important to have systems and procedures in place to help protect your company from financial mismanagement, fraud, and other risks. These are what we call internal controls. In this blog post, we’ll discuss what internal controls are; outline the reasons why they are important to your business; and […]

4 Communication Styles in Business 

communication tactics in business

Communication makes your business go ’round. It helps you manage relationships, score clients, and engage your staff. Forbes describes intentional and purposeful communication as powerful enough to shift a business’s culture and engagement. However, they specify that while employees have some responsibility in communicating — that responsibility starts with leaders. If you’re a business owner or entrepreneur, […]

Fraud During Economic Recession: Why It Increases and What You Can Do

With the threat of a looming recession, businesses don’t only need to prepare for slower sales — they also need to anticipate and prepare for more fraud. In 2009, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) studied the relationship between economic downturn and fraud prevalence — the two had a positive correlation.    The study specified three […]

How to Pick a Profitable Niche for Your Online Business

how to pick a profitable niche for your online business

You walk into a restaurant, and the menu is eight pages long. It features Mexican, Italian, French, and American soul food. But you wouldn’t trust that place for authentic Mexican chilaquiles. Why? Because Mexican isn’t their niche. A restaurant chooses a clear niche will impress with specialty dishes much more than the all-around amateur. While we’re talking […]

What is a playbook and how can it benefit your business?


Think about the way you carry your business. You might have a clear picture in your mind about your company values, processes, goals, techniques, and intricacies — but your team won’t. Not unless you create a company playbook.  Here at Creative Clan, we help our clients file their taxes and document their brand guidelines, process […]

Types of Business Automation

Types of Business Automation Think of every tedious task on your to-do list. Responding to emails, scheduling meetings, approving social media posts — the list goes on and on. Today’s entrepreneur is bombarded by endless administrative chores that take up time they could otherwise spend on growing their business. The solution? Help, for starters. Outsourcing work to […]

What is the purpose of standard operating procedures?

What is the purpose of standard operating procedures? What does a typical day look like for an innovative business owner? If you’re an entrepreneur, you don’t need us to tell you how many moving parts there are. You’re managing cash flow, hiring staff, evolving your vision, managing client relationships, finding new business — and the list […]

14 Business Terms Every Entrepreneur Should Know

14 Business Terms Every Entrepreneur Should Know Do you ever get lost in business lingo? You know your stuff, yet feel lost when listening to industry speakers or chatting with a new client: Incubator? KPI? UVP? Huh? Do these buzzwords actually mean anything? Here at Creative Clan, we know how many moving parts a business […]

Canada contractor vs employee: Which is better?

Canada contractor vs employee: Which is better? Most entrepreneurs can’t scale alone, especially in creative industries like digital marketing, film, and design. Clients pile on and projects add up — next thing you know, time slips by faster than ice cream melts on a hot summer day. So, you need some support! The question is: How do I […]

What is a business plan?

When starting a company, an important first step is creating a business plan. This is especially true if you’re seeking financing or grants. Investors and lenders will want to see a well-crafted business plan before they consider extending a loan or investing in your company. However, a business plan is a useful tool for planning your startup or developing operations. Continue reading below to learn more about business plans and how they can help you.