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Organizing Your Office Space Also Includes Time Management

This past week we discussed organizing your small business and organizing your office space. Now we want to talk about getting you organized with some time management tips and strategies. For small business owners who find themselves wearing many different hats and performing various jobs and tasks within a single business day, time management skills and techniques are very important to staying productive and organized. ‘Unlearning’ bad time management habits can be harder than leaning new productive ways of managing the time you have in your office space. Forget about how you spend your day in a frenzy of activity and then wonder why you haven’t accomplished much. Realize that time is not the problem, you likely are! Small business owners and entrepreneurs often talk abo...

Keeping Your Office Organized is More About Mental Organization

It seems everyone wants to get organized, but no one knows quite how to do it. There are plenty of articles about ‘de-cluttering’ your home or home office, but very few about organizing your office space. So we decide to gather some of the best ideas. Of course, we found plenty of practical suggestions about filing, eliminating junk mail, paper, time-management etc., but few that actually addressed changing your way of thinking and feeling about clutter. Computers have a great deal to offer organization in terms of paperless storage, but their power is often underutilized and misapplied. Even when we get bigger hard drives, better searches and even better organizing software programs, we still get computer clutter. Clutter-proofing your business is about changing people, not th...

Keeping Your Office Space Organized is Important

Organizing your office is not something too many small business owners do, even those who have a small business office in a professional office business centre. It often strikes you when you cannot find a file or that software license and declare: “where the heck did I put that?” As overwhelming as it may seem, keeping your office space organized can be as simple as 1, 2, 3. Ok, maybe there are few more steps to organizing your office, but lets start with 5. Purging, clearing the bulletin or message board (better yet, purge it too!), clearing your desktop, and choosing a file drawer to clearing and organizing a desk drawer (one at a time). When you look around your office space, there must be a few items that are just taking up space. These are things you have acquired and plac...

More Reasons to use a Mail Service Rather Than a Home Address for Business

Every business needs to start somewhere, whether from your kitchen table, the spare room or even your bedroom. Finding suitable office space can take a while and is a big investment when you’re only just starting up. Whether you are a lawyer, a web or graphic designer, a photographer, freelancer, or any number of other professions, you may have found that renting out a separate brick-and-mortar office space is not an expense that you would like to take on. So what are your options? Perhaps you’ve found that you are perfectly happy working out of your home office. Then you realize that this may create a conundrum when you are asked for a business address. Do you really want to give out your home address? Or are you considering using a mail service that gives you a more professional im...

Summer is not Over – but Summer Break is!

Today is the day that the summer break is over for the kids and they go back to school. It is also this time of year that office space vacancies at business centres that offer serviced offices are lower.

Office Business Centers Make it Easier to Budget Your Office Space Expenses

Small business owners know that in order to survive, they need to have a budget and stick to it. There are capital costs, fixed costs and variable costs that need to be considered. The less capital costs that a start-up needs to budget for often means more working capital can be channeled into fixed costs until the start-up generates significant cash flow. Office expenses can overwhelm you and your budget if you aren’t careful. The beginning of your start-up isn’t the time to be extravagant in furnishing and equipping your office. You best do it “on the cheap” or at no expense at all. No, you don’t want a cheap-looking office, but you do not want to have your office consume all of your budget. This is why many start-ups and emerging small businesses will look ...

Why Millennials are Choosing Virtual Offices and Office Business Centres

Millennials or Generation “Y” are the next generations of consumers, but they are also the generation that is fast becoming today’s small business owners. They have never known life without the Internet or mobile devices. They are constantly connected, but they are also demanding when it comes to overcoming time challenges. They look to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and other social media for their information. They are also primarily using their mobile devices to connect to social media outlets. Millennials understand and accept that their data will be tracked, but they are more willing to click on social ads over traditional banner ads on their desktop or laptop computers. Small businesses who decide to embrace social engagement marketing strategies in an all-out manner ...

What is a Toronto Mail Service?

Even though we explain what a Toronto mail service is (in two places) on our website (including a FAQ page), many people still want to know the benefits of using a Toronto mail service. First let us say that “A Toronto Mail Service is NOT a P.O. Box.” It is a professional business address at a prestigious business centre in a well known, historic Toronto office building. Unlike a Post Office Box, a Toronto mail service at a professional business centre is a place you can physically meet a potential client or prospective customer at and have an on-site meeting by renting an affordable boardroom or just meeting them in the reception area before taking the meeting off-site, if you wish. Your client can be given the impression that you have a physical office there, instead of seein...

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...

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