Category Archives for "Business Models"

Feb 25

Want an instant home?

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Coaching , Business Models , Design , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Investing , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Sales & Marketing

My friends in Quebec at High Cube, led by Patrick Sauvé, build awesome container homes, offices, workshops and hunting cabins. Their model container home is now for sale for $79,995; that’s Canadian dollars (not USD). They’ll deliver the model to any place in Ontario or Quebec for free; ie, it’s included in the price. You […]

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Feb 24

Owning a pub after your pro sports career ends makes sense… at least if you are former Sens defenceman Chris Phillips

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Business Models , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Investing , Life Coaching , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Sales & Marketing , Sports & Entertainment

[This article originally appeared in Ottawa Business, Journal, https://obj.ca/article/opinion-big-rig-gaining-steam-microbrewery-biz.] What’s in a name? Well, if you are Ottawa Senators defenceman Chris Phillips and the other four founding partners of Big Rig restaurant and brewery, a lot. Mr. Phillips and his partners – Angelis Koutsos, Lon Ladell, Pierre Cleroux and Jimmy Zourntos – spent $5 million […]

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Feb 19

Just how crazy are entrepreneurs? Ask Queen Isabella

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Business Models , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Firestone Institute , Investing , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Sports & Entertainment

If you want to understand entrepreneurs, maybe you live with one or work with or for one, then read this excerpt (see below) from Don’t Back Down, the real story of the founding of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators and why big leagues matter, a book I wrote for the 25th anniversary of the founding of […]

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Feb 08

Elderly Couple Get an Income Boost

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Coaching , Business Models , Design , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Investing , Life Coaching , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Sales & Marketing , Urban Economics

As folks get older, they tend to earn less even before they officially retire. Many people will recall the “Freedom 55” slogan from an old advertising campaign. I tell young people I coach, “Don’t pay any attention to the idea of retiring any time soon… if ever.” Why? For two main reasons: I believe human […]

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Jan 30

What should your hourly billing rate be?

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Business Models , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Life Coaching , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Sales & Marketing

Whether you are a high-flying coach or consultant or a house cleaner, painter, handyman, what should your hourly billing rate be? I get asked that a lot. Here’s my answer: There has been a secular increase in costs in Ottawa and Ontario over the last few years. And not just in Ontario, but all across […]

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Jan 19

The case of the rich dentist and his perpetual motion machine

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

[This is an excerpt from an upcoming book I am working on called, Business Model Illustrations, Real Estate Investment and Personal Business for Life Mini Case Studies] David Leigh (not his real name) is a rich dentist, age 44 when he first comes to Firestone for coaching. He is a lean, polite married person with […]

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Nov 28

How to build an adaptive organization

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Business Models , Urban Economics

I’ve just finished reading Ron Wiens’ excellent book, Building Organizations: that Leap Tall Buildings in a Single Bound, 2012. If I understood it correctly, the role of a leader is to build an organization that (eventually) won’t need him or her to function effectively. You can do this, according to Ron, by building, EI, emotional intelligence, RI, relationship […]

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