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Office Space Ice Bucket Challenge

Videos of the ice bucket challenge to benefit the ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Association have been making their way throughout the sports world, Hollywood, politics and more importantly everyday people. The ice bucket challenge started to get popularized in the United States in June of 2014 when the Golf Channel Morning Show televised a segment about this now social media phenomenon and performed a live, on-air ice bucket challenge. It quickly spread as golfers and more sports figures took up the challenge. According to ALSA, as of Monday, August 18, the Association had received $15.6 million in donations because of the ice bucket challenge. This compared to $1.8 million during the same time period last year. These donations have come from existing donors and over 300,0...

Serviced Offices can Offer More Than Office Services

When you rent a serviced office, you should expect a furnished office with access to boardrooms and meeting rooms, a professional receptionist, quality office equipment, a modern telephone system and a clean office space. But what other services should you want? Some serviced office providers will also offer other office services such as secretarial services and administrative support services such as bookkeeping at an additional a-la-carte rate. However, other business centres that rent serviced offices are able to offer more than office services. What other office services can a serviced office offer? To begin with, desktop publishing and binding services. Yes, while most presentations are done using computers and large presentation screens or large TV screens, there is often still a nee...

Consider Using a Commercial Real Estate Agent for Your Office Search

So you are looking to rent or lease office space and you are not sure whether you want to conduct the search yourself or engage a commercial real estate agent. Conducting a search for an office and making the right choice is very important to your business. But engaging the help of a commercial real estate agent’s expertise could be an even more important decision. Here are some key points to help you decide: Commercial real estate agents know the office space market.  Not only do commercial real estate agents know the market, but they can help steer you toward office rental properties that fit your needs and budget. By knowing the the trends in office space and knowing the properties and landlords, they can potentially save your company from making a bad choice in office space. Thin...

Location, Location, Location – But What About Having More Than One?

In the world of business (not just real estate) you often hear the phrase “location, location, location.” This is because where your business is located is not only important to how your business runs, it is important for the convenience of your customers. Depending on your business and your need to be in multiple markets, you could have multiple business addresses without needing to staff them. A virtual office situation could make you appear local, even when your head office is actually on the other side of the world! The concept of having a head office in one city or country and smaller branch offices in other cities or countries is not new to big business. But what about your small business? Small business owners are realizing that a virtual office at a business centre with...

Plan to Change Your Cloud Passwords Regularly

A recent article on CBC.ca stated that Russian hackers have stolen 1.2 billion user names and passwords in a series of internet heists affecting 420,000 websites. This is alarming and small business owners who keep their files in the cloud, should be worried and should be changing all their passwords regularly. Most big businesses have security protocols that require users to change their passwords on a regular basis, but small business owners think they will not be targeted by hackers and are often more lax. Here are some tips to keeping your small business secure and up to date: • Choose a day of the week to change your passwords and make it a routine. If you get into a routine of changing your passwords on a specified day, you will find that it takes very little time as it becomes secon...

Has Your Small Business or Start-up Considered Serviced Office Space?

A great deal of time is spent looking for the right office space for a small business or a start-up venture – but finding the right office space to fit your business needs should not be rocket science. You need to decide if traditional raw office space or serviced offices will work best for your business. By limiting your criteria for what best serves your needs and those of your customers, you will be more efficient in your office space search and will likely save money and time. You have to decide if you are willing to make capital investments on infrastructure required in traditional raw office space, or if you want to get down to business and focus on serving the needs of your customers and build your business in a serviced office environment. When you rent a traditional raw office spa...

Why Freelancers Should Consider Renting an Office

Primarily, freelancers work from home, especially when they are starting out. It makes sense to utilize space and resources that you already have. Besides being convenient to work from home , it cuts down on your start-up costs. But how do you know when it is time to move your business into office space specifically dedicated to your freelance business? Renting an office space outside of your home may seem frivolous and a waste of money for a freelancer. Considering that you can have a functional home office (that you already own or are renting), it is a cost-effective solution. But what if someone told you that renting a professional office space can not only be affordable, but can also help a freelancer do their job better? When should you consider renting an office space? Yes, most down...

A Cheap Day Office or a Cheap Meeting Room – Without Looking Cheap!

The reason most entrepreneurs or small businesses (who do not have a full-time office) will rent a day office is to impress a client or prospective customer. The trick is to find a cheap day office or cheap meeting room without looking cheap. You also do not want to find the most lavish looking day office that might scare a prospect off by thinking your product or service will be too expensive because of the perceived high-end office. The key to renting a day office is location, as it would be with renting a full-time office. This is especially true if your clients and customers you plan on meeting with (on the same day) are in a specific geographic area. But most often, a central downtown location is the most desired place to have your day office. Besides entrepreneurs looking to impress ...

Learning More About Virtual Offices Through Video

The Internet is full of information on various subjects. If there is a topic you need to learn about, most likely there is a website devoted to it. Sometimes a website might not give you all the information you need about a topic, or the website does not present information in a manor that best suits you. Videos have for some time been the best way to convey the message you need to get across or the topic you need to learn about. When you want to learn more about office space at Telsec, we have a Telsec Office Space Toronto video. While we are working on a virtual office video, there are plenty of others on YouTube such as this great video from ABC News. There are also plenty of videos on the Internet that will help you understand how a virtual office can work for you and save you money on...

No Hidden Costs and no Scams in Virtual Office Packages

No matter what product or service you are looking for, some person or company has likely created an Internet offer that sounds too good to be true. There are even some virtual office service products promoted on the Internet that are aimed at small businesses that are too good to be true – but they are still accepted by small business owners who do not challenge them. As an entrepreneur or  a small business owner, you have to ask your virtual office provider some questions before you sign that contract. Far too often, a small business owner will sign up for a virtual office without knowing what was outlined in the fine print of their contract, and later regret signing up. Signing up with a virtual office provider is supposed to help your business, not confuse you later on with hidden charg...

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