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Interesting Innovation for People who Want to Sit or Stand While Working

This is turning into an interesting week. On Wednesday I attended the first day of a three-day event hosted by GCUC (Global Coworking Unconference Conference) Canada as media and I am looking forward creating a blog about it for next week. One of the things that made Wednesday interesting was meeting Tim Chung, the engineer who invented the “Lift Top: The Portable Sit-Stand Solution” that he hopes will revolutionize how we work. While attending the GCUC Unconference, Tim was looking forward to 1 PM when his Kickstarter campaign was scheduled to launch. While I had a little giggle as he told me about his Kickstarter lunching, I explained to him the coincidence of me just writing a blog article about crowdfunding and another article some time ago about standing and working. When ...

Crowdfunding is not Just for Raising Small Business Capital

Many small businesses (and larger ones too) are starting to realize that crowdfunding represents a unique marketing opportunity for forwarding-thinking companies to dramatically strengthen consumer ties with their brand.

Small Business Marketing Problems and how to Overcome Them

When your small business is one that is B2B (Business to Business), there are a number of problems that are faced, primarily marketing your small business. To help identify some of these problems, we talked to the small business owners who rent physical office space or have virtual offices and services with us. The primary problem that our office clients told us was identifying their target market, because their first instinct is that everyone is their target market. This creates a problem – because without targeting their audience, they are missing key opportunities from potential customers who want to hear from them specifically. In many cases, broad-based marketing does not work because it gets lost in the sea of companies trying to market to everyone. Once a small business defines its ...

Working From Home: It Sounds Great in Theory, but Will it Work for Your Small Business?

Many entrepreneurs and would-be small business owners dream about being able to work from home. They imagine themselves in their perfect little home office zipping through tasks while sipping a cup of Tim Hortons or Starbucks, being super efficient and getting the job done. But sometimes that is not the reality. While there are many types of businesses that can be run from home, success depends on many factors and the business model to make it work. Any small business that relies on in-person contact with clients and customers is probably not the best kind of business to run from home. Also, do you really want to bring people into your home who you really do not know? Yes, compared to the traditional office, a home office seems like an oasis, and you would think that you would get more wor...

Evolving Technologies are Redefining What Canadians Look for in a Workplace

Technology has dramatically reshaped the average workplace in North America over the past few decades. The office environment of the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s is no longer the norm. Instead, the office and work environment has been taken over by rapid technological advancement. Technology now allows workers to interact with a global market, and even work from home or take work with them while on the road. Advancement of technology has changed everything in terms of how we work and where we work too. Evolving technology has opened doors for innovation, efficiency, research and further education. Technology has become an integral part of how we work and how we deliver our products and services to our customers. The influx of new technologies that has been making an im...

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.

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