Category Archives for "Business Models"

Jun 19

What is the real value of a CEO? And how a bad one can kill you

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Business Models , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Ideas

[This is an excerpt from Don’t Back Down, the real story of the founding of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators and why big leagues count written by Sens founder Bruce M Firestone, PhD, available from, https://brucemfirestone.com/product/dont-back-down/] You have to laugh at the expectations of leadership in the US where they expect their leaders to have a […]

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May 18

Purrdy Paws innovative self-capitalization idea

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Business Models , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Firestone Institute , Ideas , PB4L , Sales & Marketing

Purrdy Paws Mobile Grooming Spa founder Jayme Montero started with nothing. A teen mom, she had a “crazy” idea—to start a cat grooming mobile service when almost no one thought it would work—not her banker, her friends, no one. Her plan was to somehow finance and acquire a Mercedes Sprinter cargo van (which is tall […]

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May 02

Downsizing Upsizing Right Sizing? That is the question

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Models , Design , Entrepreneurship , Family , Finance , Green for Real , Ideas , Investing , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

Traveling without moving, a new approach to downsizing Most realtors tell a person who is thinking of, say, downsizing, to list and sell their larger home and buy something smaller and presumably cheaper. This kind of talk is a bit self-serving because, if the client follows this piece of advice, the realtor gets another listing […]

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May 02

Pivot! Start your own business in just 3-months with practically no money down webinar

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Business Models , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Firestone Institute , PB4L , Real Estate , Sales & Marketing , Sports & Entertainment , Urban Economics

I woke up on the Easter long weekend thinking I could help people become successful entrepreneurs by offering a new online course called: Pivot! Start a business in just 3-months w/ practically no money down. “Hi Bruce, I just wanted to say that I was on your Pivot! webinar this afternoon and it was awesome. […]

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Apr 17

Staying afloat and getting ahead in a time of Covid-19

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Coaching , Business Models , Design , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Firestone Institute , Investing , PB4L , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

for LANDLORDS, INVESTORS (AND TENANTS) Here is a webinar in which Bruce M Firestone, PhD, and host Dave Dubeau talk about how to stay afloat during the Covid-19 era and also how to prepare for a hopeful future. Here’s what is covered: -snowbird real estate prices about to collapse? -big market correction coming #Gulp -buying […]

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Apr 09

Pivot! Turn Yourself into a Gigpreneur… start your own business in just 3-months with practically no money down

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Business Models , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Firestone Institute , PB4L

YES, I want to sign up for the Firestone Institute Pivot! Course: Turn Yourself into a Gigpreneur… start your own business in just 3-months with practically no money down for a ridiculously low one-time payment of $250 $195 + HST I’m fed up and want to take charge of my own future and not rely […]

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Feb 24

How to turn $7.2 million into half a billion dollars

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Business Models , Entrepreneurship , Family , Finance , Investing , Real Estate , Sports & Entertainment , Urban Economics

I spoke with my friend Victor Menasce about the Ottawa Senators, the NHL, real estate investment and more on his podcast… I explained how we purchased (in the early 1990s) 600-acres in the far west-end of Ottawa (Kanata) for $12,000 an acre ($7.2 million, if you are counting), plunked an NHL expansion franchise (aka, the […]

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Feb 03

Rent-to-own business model

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Models , Design , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Ideas , Investing , PB4L , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

I usually don’t really like rent-to-own (R2O) models either from an investor’s POV (point of view) or from a client’s POV. From a client’s POV, it’s an expensive way to buy property; they have to pay all of the costs of the property including mortgage payments, property taxes, insurance (tenant and landlord insurance), all repairs/maintenance, […]

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Dec 27

Animate a whole town

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Coaching , Business Models , Design , Entrepreneurship , Ideas , Investing , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

The story of Tamworth, a small town in Ontario “Animation” is a term I use to describe ways of adding new revenue streams to an existing property. For example, clients of mine are adding storage sheds, backyard workshops, basement apartments, backyard coach houses, play areas (things like outdoor ping pong tables), private patio areas, outdoor […]

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Dec 25

The last 3%

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Coaching , Business Models , Design , Ideas , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

Substantial completion (aka, substantial performance) in real estate is usually defined this way: When approximately 97% of work outlined in a construction contract is done. This milepost is crucial in this industry for a number of reasons: a) so, a contractor can get paid out without having absolutely everything done, b) so, an owner can […]

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