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Bicycles are Becoming More Popular as a way to get to the Office

Many places around the world have seen large numbers of people commuting to work via their bicycles. But now this is becoming more and more popular in North American cities. Pleasure pathways are fast becoming the next commuter congestion areas. The city of Toronto has over 286 “bikeway trails” and there is a call for more trails and more dedicated bicycle lanes. Even websites like Business Insider have published articles back in 2012 called “13 Reasons You Should Bike To Work“. One of the reasons (besides health and fitness gains) they site is the fact that the cost of owning, maintaining and insuring a vehicle keeps rising. While they also mention missing the morning traffic congestion, they did not take into account the new problem of bicycle congestion on the ro...

Why Your Small Business Needs Both Virtual Office and Cloud Office Solutions

We have often talked about the value of having a virtual office, but we have also discussed the virtues of having a cloud-based office too. Some recent events brought the two topics together and we knew we had to share them with our followers. Some are funny and others are not. A recent virtual office client told us why he decided to become a client with us – for security reasons. He had been running his online product sales business from his home and doing quite well at it, until a customer showed up at his door looking to make a direct purchase. He had put his home address as the return address on his packages, but did not think anyone would show up at his home. That is when he decided that he needed a real business address that was not his home address. Working from home, a coffee shop,...

Temporary Office Space During The Canadian National Exhibition

One of our virtual office space clients who lives outside of the city needed a ‘touchdown’ office space while he was vending at the Canadian National Exhibition. So guess who they called? It was a no-brainer – they were already using Telsec for their virtual office and mail forwarding service. The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is unlike most consumer product shows – because instead of a few hundred or thousand potential customers, companies can have their product or brand exposed to millions of visitors during this three-week event. Small business owners selling consumer products can not only get exposure, but they can potentially sell a great deal of their product at the CNE. According to Wikipedia “The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), also known as The Ex, is an...

How to Make Your Business Attractive Before Selling

Today we are blessed with advice from Peter Watson of Bizlistings.com.au on preparing to sell a business. If you want to get the maximum return on the sale of your business, then you need to make your business as attractive as possible to buyers. Some of the more important elements of making a business attractive to buyers include: Streamlined business methods Innovative use of technology Growing customer base Making sure bookwork and financials are up to date Renovating your shop front, corporate offices, staff, computer systems and website Before you get caught up in the details of enhancing the image of your business, you first need to attend to the basics. By implementing methods that will put your business ahead of the competition and keep costs down, you can significantly increase th...

Is Telecommuting Right for Your Company?

More and more businesses are starting to experiment with telecommuting. Whether it’s a set day a week or a flexible schedule, new technologies now allow employees to stay connected even when they're not physically in the office space.

Business Challenges for Women

Recently, while attending a conference, there was a lot of discussion about the difficulties that women face in business. The challenges range from the social bias that women encounter to the dual role that many have as homemakers and primary caregivers. As we plan what content we should include in our upcoming learning centre, we decided to include content that helps our woman members to overcome these challenges. The video below is a YouTube playlist of excerpts from our “Entrepreneurs Interview Series” where we ask all the women what challenges they have encountered as women in business. In the past we have written a few posts especially for our women members: Women Entrepreneurs and the Challenges They Face Glass Ceilings Are A Catalyst for Women Entrepreneurs More Senior W...

How do Entrepreneurs Take Vacations? Many Don’t!

When you are a solo entrepreneur running a small business, it can be very difficult to take a vacation or holiday. Even when taking a so-called holiday, many small business owners take work with them. An Angus Reid Survey from a few years ago said that “53% of Canadian professionals plan to work one to three hours per day during their vacation.” After reading this information, we went to our office-for-rent clients to see what they did. What we learned was that there were many different strategies for taking time away from work. A few of our office-space tenants told us that during the summer months, they will work 4 days a week and take a Friday or a Monday off. To compensate for not being in the office, they would inform their customers that they would be out of the office on...

Back to School is on the Horizon – but is Your Business Taking Full Advantage?

Every year in August we see TV commercials that promote back-to-school specials. Most come from the big box stores or the business supply stores that are always looking for ways to get you to visit them. It’s called marketing. Yes, not all small businesses are selling products related to returning to school, so how can they cash in on this marketing opportunity? There are lots of ways you can attract back-to-school shoppers to your products and services and increase your back-to-school sales, even if you are not selling to this specific market. If your products or services have no obvious back-to-school tie-in, you can still create one. Your small business has something to offer the parents of children going back to school. Remind them that you are still there for them and maybe they shoul...

How Telecommuting can Work for Your Small Business, Even During Vacation Time!

Searching for office space for your growing small business? Why not consider a flexible executive office space for yourself and have your employees telecommute? You can also think about a virtual office solution for your small business and have everyone telecommute. According to World at Work, there’s been a substantial increase year-over-year in the number of workplaces offering teleworking. In the USA and Canada, teleworking is offered to 42% of the nearly 2,300 employers surveyed – up from 30% in 2007. Teleworking is listed among more than 20 programs to attract and retain employees, ranging from the most popular (a signing bonus) all the way down to paid sabbaticals. Telus (a major Canadian telecom) has found that teleworking can increase employee productivity by about 20%, after revie...

Trying to do Business With Canadian Companies on August 3, 2015?

Calling a Canadian supplier or customer this August 3rd? You might not get through to them if they work in a non-retail business or for the federal government because it is a holiday. Then again, not all provinces have it as a holiday. Public holidays in Canada, known as “statutory holidays,” are legislated at the federal, provincial and territorial levels. Many of these holidays are observed nationwide, but each province and territory in Canada has its own holidays as well. The Civic Holiday falls on the first Monday of August. This holiday is commonly referred to as the “August Long Weekend.” In Ontario, most retail stores are open on the civic holiday across the province, but most other non-retail businesses and organizations are closed. The Civic Holiday is also...

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