Happy Birthday TMDS!

Has it been a year already? According to the date on my Electronic Master Business Licence, the hard launch wasn't until September, but the soft launch of TMDS was exactly one year ago.

I have learned so much since securing my Business Identification Number. Running your own business isn't just about providing quality service to clients, it's also:

  • Time Management
  • Sales
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Accounting
  • Project Management
  • Marketing
  • Discipline

Looking back, I don't think I could have gained this wisdom without having done it. There's really no shortcut to experience.

I just filed my HST remittance for the second quarter. A year ago, that sentence would have been completely foreign to me. Since I don't pay taxes until the spring, I've set up a handy system with my business account to ensure there are no surprises. When you run your own business, you learn to avoid surprises like the plague. I've learned so much, particularly in the fields of Sales and Accounting, two realms I had never really worked in before. I've come a long way, but it really feels like I'm just getting started.

So happy birthday TMDS! You're definitely one of the very best things I've done in my life.

If anyone wants to chat about how TMDS can help with your brand and/or business, here's the bat signal.


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James Edgar

Congrats Mike may you have continued success!

July 11, 2019 @ 10:40 AM

stephen marks

Congratulations Mike, not surprised as you seem like the type of guy who wouldn't fail. I looked back at some of the posts just before the launch to see what type of business advice Mike received:

Bob McCown: "Knowledge, brand awareness, cash flow, and a large storage facility"

Gord Martineau: "This, this right here is what's most important in business Mike"

Ann Rohmer: "Have a plan and stick to it"

Greg Brady: "Surround yourself with people who trust you and have your back"

George Strombo: "If you're replacing an existing business make sure that business is dead, finished and will never return to unseat yours"

Kawhi Leonard: "Loyalty Mike"

Ron MacLean: "If a new competitor comes along don't sweat it, just hang around until they fail then slide right back in like nothing ever happened. I learned this from Jay Leno, a great businessman"

Doug MacLean: "Three words Mike, 'other people's money'"

Mike Bullard: "Look Mike, in business you need to study the competition. Use surveillance if you have to. Drive by and see what your competition is up to. Phone them to see who answers then hang up. You need to know what is happening at all times"

July 11, 2019 @ 10:52 AM


Congratulation on your first year of TMDS.
On a side note,
I read an online article at Barrie Today that Wil Dunlop of Orillia is going to do a documentary on Martin Streek.

here is the link if you are interested


July 11, 2019 @ 12:03 PM

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Oh yeah, I've been talking to him for years.

July 11, 2019 @ 12:48 PM

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@stephen marks

That was great!

July 11, 2019 @ 3:20 PM


@TorontoMike Maybe you could get Wil Dunlop in to do a Pod Cast, and talk about this Project.

July 12, 2019 @ 3:54 AM


@TorontoMike Maybe you could get Wil Dunlop in to do a Pod Cast, and talk about this Project.

July 12, 2019 @ 3:54 AM

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