Go forward faster, with WESK Business Advising.
Starting, buying or growing a business? WESK Business Advisors are your rocket boost forward! And, as a WESK member, you get unlimited one-on-one appointments FREE. Your experienced advisor helps you navigate, problem solve and achieve your business goals.
You can meet with a WESK Business Advisor at our office in Saskatoon or Regina or by phone or email. Is your business Francophone-owned? You may wish to connect with our friends at la Conseil de la Coopération de la Saskatchewan.
Meet with a WESK Business Advisor
It’s as easy as 1,2,3!
- Sign-up for a WESK membership and create your new WESK account (remember to jot down your username and password!)
- Click “Account” and log in to our Member Dashboard
- Select “Business Advising” and fill out the application
While you’re logged in, be sure to update your member profile to be listed in the MyWESK Member Directory. A WESK Business Advisor will be in touch within 3 business days. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“My WESK Business Advisor was extremely encouraging and always a fountain of suggestions to draw from.” – Andrea Norberg, Andrea Norberg Photography
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a business plan?
We highly recommend it! A sound business plan:
- helps you become a better decision maker
- helps you anticipate problems so you can be prepared
- lays out a timetable for crushing your goals
- expands business options
- helps determine contingency plans
- helps you explain why certain objectives have or haven’t been achieved
- can be used as a selling tool to attract financing and investment
- plots a long-term course and keeps you focused on the big picture
Can someone write my business plan?
We don’t recommend it. Writing a business plan takes time, discipline and a lot of research. Even though you can hire someone to write your plan for you, it’s vital you participate — after all, this is your business! Knowledge is power and the more you know about your business, the greater your chance of success.
Should I incorporate?
The three most common business structures are sole proprietorship, partnership and corporation. Corporations are closely regulated as separate legal entities. Benefits include limited liability, possible tax advantages, ease of raising capital and transferable ownership. Offset all of that with higher start-up costs, possible charter restrictions, yearly reporting and extensive record-keeping requirements. It’s best to talk to a lawyer before you decide to incorporate. Great news: You can meet with a lawyer for just $50/hr. through our WESK All Access Expert program!
Do I need a GST/PST number?
If your gross revenues over a 12-month period don’t exceed $30,000, GST registration is optional. But your decision shouldn’t be based solely on revenues. Your customers may need you to have a GST number. Not sure? Your local Canada Revenue Agency office can help you decide.
If you sell tangible goods or operate as a contractor selling your services in Saskatchewan, a PST number is a must. Contact the Saskatchewan Ministry of Finance at 1-800-667-6102.