work smart | train smart provides services and tools to help you be productive and proactive during the start-up and operation of your business.

We offer targeted services that fall into three categories:


  • Customized training options for management and staff that focus on specific skill development that leads to positive contribution to the business' goals.
  • Courses and workshops targeted at individuals interested in personal and professional skill development.

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  • Organizational management tools to assist start-ups and small businesses with day-to-day functions.


  • Customized hiring support to help businesses understand the needs of the business and hire the right person, the first time.



Hello & Thanks for visiting!

My name is Jodi Laking and I started work smart | train smart with the goal of helping individuals and businesses learn the importance and purpose of training and hiring productively and proactively.

work smart | train smart is a collaborative resource providing needed services and tools to help business owners and staff.

A Little About Me ...

I have been an entrepreneur for over 15 years with my first business being a tutoring service that I started in high school. During university, I offered proofreading and writing services for students. Then, in my last year of university, I started a resume writing business which I operated for over 8 years.

In addition to the small businesses that I owned, I gained training, curriculum development and facilitation experience while working for public and private colleges, as well as an employment agency.

Engaging with other entrepreneurs gave me the opportunity to learn from other business owners, and paired with my own experience, identify services that are missing in the market:

  • Customized training for businesses isn't readily available.
  • Local training options are lacking.
  • Organization and time management tools are missing for start-ups and small businesses.
  • Business owners (especially new ones) need assistance when hiring staff.

work smart | train smart was born from these observations and my experience. My business name reflects my business philosophy. You will only be smart in business if you take the time to research, train and work smart.

Connect with me to learn more about how work smart | train smart can help you or your business today!

Thanks! I look forward to working with you.


[Bachelor of Arts - Business Communication Honours and Minor in Professional Writing from Brock University. 
Additional training includes Microsoft Office Specialist certifications; participant in Microsoft and Adobe training; and currently, training to achieve a French Competency Certificate through Mohawk College.]

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