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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 ...

Does Your Virtual Office Have a Smiling, Professional Receptionist?

Yes, you did read the headline correctly! We asked if your virtual office has a smiling, professional receptionist, because some virtual offices do not have receptionists. Instead, your calls are answered by a call centre employee that is working nowhere near the physical reception area of your virtual office. He or she may be working from another city – or even another country! When choosing a virtual office, you want the person answering your calls to not only be in the same city or country as your virtual office address, but you want him or her to be answering your calls where you actually get your mail. Some virtual office packages will tell you they offer call answering for your small business, but they do not tell you where the person answering your call is located. An office busines...

How choosing the Right Office Space can Make or Break Your Small Business

Some business people will tell you that the right office space can make or break a small business. It is not always easy getting the balance between affordability and the perfect office premises, but not taking the time to do your research can be a costly mistake. Here is checklist of basic considerations for your preliminary search for new office space. It is important to understand that not every suggestion will be relevant to your business type or situation. 1. The location Is the office in an area that is known for doing business? Setting up in an area that is not considered a business area may give your clients a feeling that you are not that professional of an organization. A prime business location that is professional, such as in a downtown core, can have a positive effect on how c...

The #HiddenCash Phenomenon may be Good for Small Business

If you read our previous blog What is #HiddenCash? about the #HiddenCash phenomenon that is taking the Internet by storm, you would have since learned that it was started by a California millionaire from San Francisco who wishes to remain anonymous. The original creator of #hiddencash says that is going give away up to $100,000 over the course of the next few weeks or even months in hopes that people will take some of what they find and pay it forward. As this philanthropic story made its way around social media, mainstream media also picked up on it and the concept has inspired copycats to initiate the same type of campaign in other cities around North America, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. The interesting thing about this campaign is that the Twitter handle owners like @HiddenC...

What is #HiddenCash?

If you have not already heard about this latest Internet phenomenon #HiddenCash, lets us fill you in. On Friday, one of our office space Toronto tenants told our receptionist about this guy in California that is giving away money in a unique way. He or people who work for him are hiding money and tweeting clues revealing how people can find his #HiddenCash. This social media campaign is being done anonymously. This anonymous philanthropist started a twitter campaign telling followers about places they could find “Hidden Cash.” His Twitter followers began a scavenger hunt for cash that he has hidden in various cities throughout California. The person or entity that is @hiddencash that is behind this #HiddenCash project, is hiding money in various places and sending out tweets wi...

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