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Tips for Entrepreneurs on Finding new Customers

One question that is on the mind of entrepreneurs is often “where do I find new customers?” To some small business owners, this question keeps them awake at night. They may feel that they had a great business idea, but where are the clients who are supposed to be flocking to their doors? Some entrepreneurs forget that the old saying of “Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door” by Ralph Waldo Emerson, did not mention that if nobody knows you built it, how do they know where to come knocking at your door? As an entrepreneur or new small business owner, to get the attention for your product or service, it is important for you to find new ways of getting that attention. Many forget that they need to be proactive and need to get out there an...

Don’t Just Learn Effective Communication Skills – Practise Them!

Communication is something that most of we do instinctively just like breathing, but that does not mean we always do it effectively. While it may seem easy and we believe that we are doing it correctly, some small business owners forget that communicating effectively actually takes quite a bit of finesse.

Working From Home Sounds Great in Theory, but is it Easy?

How many people dream about being able to work at home? How many imagine themselves in their immaculate home office zipping through tasks while sipping a homemade espresso or blended natural drink? Some believe that compared to the standard office, a home office is a virtual oasis of a working environment where they do not have to work surrounded with constant interruptions. Well, it’s wake up time in the home office nursery! Working from home has its own unique challenges. Having a fully equipped home office is not always the answer to the success of a business. Let’s not forget about the constant distractions and ‘invaders.’ Is your home office necessarily a suitable place for small children and pets to play? You may not think so, but what do they think? Working from ho...

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 ...