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Creative ideas for Home Offices

Telecommuting and operating out of a virtual office has become more and more popular with businesses today – especially for small businesses who cannot afford the monthly cost of a long-term lease in a traditional office environment. Finding creative ideas for home offices is important not only for function, but for style. For those who work for a business or even own a small business, finding that space or extra room for a home office is not always easy. Having to find or take up space that is already designated for another function requires getting creative on how the home office blends with the rest of the room or space. It might seem easy to find a nook to put a desk, but upon second consideration it might not fill your home office needs. You have to think of the other things you need ...

Cost Comparison of Different Office Solutions

Which office-space option is best for you and your small business? When setting up a new office space, one has several options to choose from – ranging from moving into a rented office, taking space in a Business Centre, sharing space with another company, or taking up a virtual office space option. Yes, the are quite a few office space options for any given business, and each one comes with several choices, their own unique costs, advantages and disadvantages. So how does one decide what is best suited for the needs of his or her small business? It is important to factor in the total cost as well as look at the total lifetime cost of the office space option that you are selecting. But it is more important to select an office-space option without hidden costs. Far too often, a businesses w...

How to Create a Productive Office Space

There is always room in every office to boost productivity – but finding the right balance and setting is not always that easy. You want your staff to focus on their tasks, but they also need to collaborate to bring better ideas and results to the projects at hand. This is the challenge of trying to create a productive office space. It is often thought that to have focus in an office means having a quiet space, but quiet offices are not always the best environments for collaboration. Collaboration requires a very different environment than one meant for solitude. Collaborative office space is where employees can brainstorm, bounce ideas off one another, and make phone calls without worrying about disturbing those around them. In trying to create a productive office space, a balance must be...

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The Advantages of Using Meeting Rooms Over a Virtual Meeting

In our previous blog “Tips for building a productive virtual office” we discussed the benefits of holding regular meetings. We talked about ways to have virtual meetings using technology and briefly talked about using actual physical meeting spaces. Now lets talk more about the benefits of using actual meeting rooms over virtual meetings. There is very little that employees can not do today in a virtual office environment that they could not do in a a physical office space, but sometimes an actual meeting in person trumps technology. There are many meetings that are best suited for teleconferencing, Skype or Google Hangouts for the sake of saving time bringing a team together for a meeting, but there are others that are best conducted in a meeting room or a conference room. Foc...

Tips for building a productive virtual office

A growing number of companies are allowing their team to work remotely from home, but still wonder what they can do to keep their virtual team productive. If you, like many small business owners, choose to run your company from the comfort of your home, we have some tips for you to keep your virtual office place productive. The most important thing about running a virtual team is keeping the communication channels open and equal. To keep the communications that are most important flowing, you need to be organized and have a plan. Your virtual workplace needs structure to have good record keeping of communications that can be searched for later use, and so that you know what your team is doing. Some of the various tools that you would utilize in a physical office to keep communications flow...

Tips for finding office space that works for your business

If you are reading this blog and think “oh, another self-promotion blog” you would be wrong! Yes, Telsec rents office space to entrepreneurs and small business, but our office solutions are not perfect for every business. Every small business has its own unique needs and requirements. They are not the same for one business as they are for another. The first step in finding office space that works for your business is to establish what your needs are, especially in terms of how you need to work to get your jobs done efficiently. Yes, you are reading this and perhaps saying “oh, that’s easy – I just need a place to put a desk and my computer on top of it.” Maybe you are thinking that any place will do. Well, you would be wrong! There are many factors you need to...

What are Your Business New Year’s Resolutions?

Happy New Year and welcome to 2016! Now what? Have you prepared a plan for the direction you want to take your small business this year? If not, why not? You make New Year’s Resolutions for yourself, so it’s time to make some for your business. Around our office, many of our office-space and virtual-office clients are making changes. We have some virtual office tenants that have been with us for years, who now want to rent office space with us primarily because it is the right time for their business. You say that you want to join a gym and get in shape as a New Year’s resolution, but is your business in good shape? Maybe it is time to bring in a personal trainer for your small business. We call them ‘consultants.’ The first step is to identify what part of yo...

Use Holiday Slow Time to get Some end-of-the-Year Work Done

During the holidays, many businesses experience a slow time between Christmas and the first few days of January. Some companies close during that time and others let some of their staff take vacation time. This helps to reduce payroll expenses during a slow period when not much work gets done. But there is work that should be done in preparation for the new year. Here are some things to consider getting done before the new year. Consider cleaning up your computer files before the new year. This will not only alleviate clutter on your computer, but it can also improve the performance of it as well. Look at the files that are on your computer and archive older files that are not in use. Portable USB hard drives can not only hold a great deal of files, but they can also keep files easy to acc...

Preparing your Virtual Office for the Holidays

More and more small businesses are running out of a virtual office, rather than physical office space. Companies large and small use virtual office situations so that employees can telecommute to work from where they live or even from a coffee shop. All mail and calls are routed through a central virtual office provider and forwarded to the appropriate person in the organization. But when it comes to the holidays, there may be something missing when it comes to only communicating online with management and coworkers. Christmas provides a great opportunity to build team morale and help alleviate one of the biggest issues for those of us working from home or a virtual workplace. People who go from a traditional workplace to a home based or virtual setting miss the feeling of being connected ...

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