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Happy Canada Day 2014

As our followers and office clients know, it may be a national holiday in Canada, but not where all your business partners are. While reception services may be closed for the holiday, all of our office-space clients have full access to their office space and boardrooms. Our administrative staff has even left out coffee and filters for our clients to brew some fresh coffee on their own. Why are we open on this important holiday? While it is a holiday here, it is not a holiday everywhere. Many of our office-for-rent clients do not work exclusively with Canadian customers – they work with customers from around the world. Most of our international client’s knew that they had to have the receptionist auto direct their calls straight to their office extension today, so their customers coul...

Office Space Photo Contest – Summer 2014

Telsec is running a summer-long photo contest with four bi-weekly theme prizes and two overall grand prizes. Starting July 1, 2014 you can upload a photo to the Telsec Google Plus page or post your photos on Telsec’s Facebook page. To make the entry official, just send an email to social@telsec.net so that we have an email address to contact you. The contest is simple. We want you to post photos within the themes listed below on our Facebook and Google+ Pages (posts on Google Plus Page will get two entries). Comments and links to the photo you enter will also get additional entries in both the weekly and overall draw. We will award bi-weekly prizes for the photo that best suits each theme. Whether you win the bi-weekly theme contest or not, you are still eligible to win the Grand Pri...

Semi-Private Office Space may be a Better way to Share Office Space and Save Money

Small business owners who are looking to show their customers that they have a real office usually will not settle in until they can afford a private office space. Sometimes they will rent an office that may be private and totally theirs and fits their budget, but it is not in a location that best suits their clients. Finding an office solution that suits their budget and their business image does not need to be a struggle. A shared office (or co-working office space) with many different companies sharing the same room as them may work to have the desired business address. But it may not work as a place to get their chores done. Having to use a different desk each time they visit can sometimes take a an adjustment period, thus costing them productivity time. A semi-private office that they...

Happy World Pride to our LGBT Office Space and Virtual Office Clients

This week the world’s largest global LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered) celebration is taking place in Toronto. Toronto will be the first WorldPride celebration ever held in North America, and the 4th such festival in the world. World Pride is an event that promotes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered issues on an international level through parades, festivals and other cultural activities. WorldPride brings people together from around the world to honour the past, celebrate the present, and inspire a better future for LGBTTIQQ2SA* communities everywhere. See more at: worldpridetoronto.com. Because of the diverse nature of business owners and their employees being from many nations, ethnic and religions groups and cultures, and having different sexual preferences, office bus...

Tips on Finding the Right Virtual Office Location Before you Sign up

Many different virtual office providers offer various products with the same name. What one provider calls a virtual office package may be different than what another provider offers. It is up to you to find out what each company that offers virtual offices is actually offering you – before you can start to compare prices. A virtual office can mean a business mailing address service with mail forwarding, mail service and telephone answering, co-working access, discounted day-office rentals, discounted meeting room access or a combination of all these types of virtual-office solutions. Knowing your virtual office needs and comparing them to the structured plans of service providers can often get confusing. Make a simple checklist with all of the virtual office needs of your small business –...

Office Business Centres Renting Office Space are Working to Offer More Natural Light

Studies have shown office spaces that use natural light often have lower absenteeism rates and increased productivity levels from employees, so office business centres that offer window offices and more economical interior offices are always looking to find better ways to get natural light to interior offices and corridors. The logic is that if employees of bigger businesses work better with natural lighting, then wyy not small business owners and their employees? In a typical office business centre there are a limited number of offices for rent that are window offices, so the challenge is to get the natural lighting to flow through to the interior offices without window office tenants feeling like they are working in a glass bubble. One way this is accomplished is to install small glass p...

Flexible Office Space is not Just About the Terms and Size of the Office

Often when we have talked about flexible office space, we have referred to the flexibility in the lease term and the size of the office. We have also talked about the fact that renting office space in an office business centre and having options such as short-term rentals and the ability to upgrade to a larger office or move into a smaller office in the location is ideal – without having to change your address or business telephone number. But we now want to talk about the other ways a business centre can be flexible. One way is the a-la-carte services they offer as well as the physical size and configuration of the actual office space. But often that is not enough for some small businesses. More needs to be done, so some office business centres offer ways of sharing office space and co-wo...

More Reasons for Small Businesses to use a Virtual Office

We have talked a great deal about the benefits of having a virtual office on our various blog postings, but we were encouraged to give people more reasons to consider a virtual office solution. So, here are some more reasons for small businesses to use a virtual office. Image matters. Small businesses should be careful to choose the location of their office with their customers and clients in mind. The location and address of your office conveys an image of your company. It also creates a first impression as soon as you hand a prospect your business card. It really does make a difference if your business card does not have a business address because your prospect will assume that your business is run out our your residence or a P.O. Box. It is more important to them if you have a known off...

Your Small Business Meeting Room is Important to Your Customers

In this day and age, when most small business meetings are conducted over the phone or via online meeting sites like GoToMeeting or Skype, there are still plenty of business transactions and meetings that are done face to face in boardrooms and meeting rooms. Many small businesses who do not have dedicated boardrooms or even a full-time office will frequently look for alternatives. But sometimes those alternative can be detrimental to their business. Small businesses without dedicated meeting rooms or even professional office space will sometimes choose to hold an important meeting in a coffee shop or a hotel lobby. What they fail to understand is the poor impression they are leaving their customer with. The customer who chooses an in-person meeting is looking for the wow factor of the pro...

Toronto Office Space Day Offices & Other Business Travel Necessities

Travelling to Toronto for business? Have you made the proper arrangements regarding where your are going to conduct your business while in Toronto? Some of the things you want to consider when finding an office business centre for your office away from home are the location and amenities of the office space. Finding an office space while you are in Toronto on business is quite easy. It is simple as searching for “Day Offices Toronto.” But that is only the first step. You want to make sure that it is close to downtown and easy for your clients to get get to – yet not in a location that will get them trapped in downtown traffic. An office business centre like Telsec is ideal because it is located downtown, but south of the Gardener Expressway at One Yonge Street. Conveniently ...

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