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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...

What Content are you Creating and What Content are you Sharing?

Creating new content for your blog or social media followers is not always easy, but it does not have to be hard either. The more you get to know your target audience, the more you will find out what types of information they are seeking and what they expect from you.

How Following Urban Legends can Harm Your Small Business Reputation

Just because someone you trust on the Internet posted it, does not make it true. The Internet is fast becoming a source of false information, rumours and urban legends. Your job as a responsible business owner is not to help spread false information and fake stories. It does not look good on you or your company to be perceived as perpetuating an urban legend or myth. Far too often we read a story that someone on our social media has told us about, and that story turns out not to be true. The stories that many people want to share with their friends, family and colleagues are those that hit us emotionally, but turn out to be fakes or hoaxes. When a small business owner likes or shares one of these false stories, their own credibility is taken to question by those who follow them. When a sto...

Getting Funding and Financially Managing Your Small Business

One of our Toronto office space for rent tenants was telling one of our office business centre staffers that he recently found funding for a second business he was starting and needed to have a second phone number for that business. Hearing about the new venture and the capital that was acquired for it, was something that got our blog writer curious. It seems that if you are you starting a new small business in Canada or operating one already, there are funding sources through the federal government and commercial banks. There are also ways of capitalizing on your existing small business to gain new investment or secure investment in a new business. When trying to gain new money to invest in your existing business, you should have professionally prepared financial statements. These stateme...

A Look at Some of the Popular CMS Platforms

Let’s look at some of the popular CMS platforms that some of our office space tenants at our business centre, as well as some of our virtual office clients, use as their CMS website platform. WordPress is currently one of the most popular CMS platforms and it was originally developed as a tool for blogging. While its main function was to provide an easy and fast way for users to write and publish new blog content, the functionality of WordPress has grown so significantly that it is now used to power millions of very different personal and small business websites. WordPress now offers the main function of a CMS with complete control over creating, modifying and publishing content. Having the ability to create static pages and e-commerce on the same platform as a small business blog, g...

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