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Small Business Banking Tips

Many small businesses are usually focused on sales and working their business, but forget about equally important aspects like business banking. So we have gathered a few tips for small businesses to help you think about some of the things you should consider when doing your banking. Tip 1 – Bank deposits can take up to 3 days to be verified. Just because you deposited a cheque today doesn’t mean the funds are in your account. However, as of August 2012, you are entitled to withdraw the first $100 from a banking machine deposit. Tip 2 – Make sure you have the right loss and theft protection. If you’re using your business debit card for transactions, ask your bank what kind of protection it offers if the card is stolen or lost. Tip 3 – Get the right business account and fe...

Lest We Forget on This Remembrance Day 2013

Lest we forget all of those who laid down their lives for Canada! Now you ask why was the poppy chosen as the symbol of remembrance for all of Canada’s war dead? It is because the poppy became an international symbol for those who died in World War 1. It was a poet who first made the connection between the poppy and battlefield deaths. Prior to the First World War, very few poppies grew in Flanders fields. During the bombardments of that war the chalk-like soil became rich in lime from rubble, allowing those ‘popaver rhoeas’ to thrive. When the great war ended the lime was absorbed, and the poppy began to disappear again. I was not until Lieut-Col. John McCrae, a Canadian doctor who wrote the poem IN FLANDERS FIELDS, made the connection that the scarlet-coloured poppy quickly became the sy...

What the Term “Shared Office Space” Means to Different Businesses

The term shared space and share office space can sometimes have different meaning to different people, depending on the context of the type of office facility you are thinking of.

Who Needs Temporary Office Space Solutions?

There are many reasons why companies find themselves needing temporary office space. One of the most urgent needs for temporary office space occurs when a company is hit by a disaster, whether natural or man-made. The company cannot afford to just close up while they recover or search for new office space, so they look to business centres that have furnished offices that can be moved into within a few hours rather than a few days. So within mere hours, a company can be back to work and doing what it does. This is especially true if employees work on laptop computers and their files are stored on a remote cloud server. But there are other reasons why some companies seek out temporary office space, so lets explore them here. Some companies must wait to take possession of their new office spa...

What Office Space Amenities do you Expect When Renting an Office?

Office space amenities can be very important, but being able to get ones that are not included as a cost in the original lease can be even more important. Far too often when people are searching for office space, weather it be traditional raw office space or serviced office space at a business centre, they assume that certain amenities will either be available or they can gain access to them or install them on their own. Recently this writer moved into a new apartment unit that was created within an existing apartment building. I made arrangements to have an Internet company come and hook up my service. When I moved into the apartment, I noticed that there were plenty of electrical outlets, but there was no telephone jacks or cable outlets. Not having these outlets would make it difficult ...

Why Office Space Security Should be Everyone’s Concern

Office space security and personal security is not a topic that is often raised here in our blog or on other blogs. Until a recent encounter, this blog writer had not considered doing a blog entry about security within the office space, or about personal security, coming to or going from the office. As mentioned in previous blogs, I am not only one of the writers for this blog, I am also an office-space tenant at Telsec. As a freelance web designer, writer and photographer, I needed an office that offered flex time where I could meed clients 7 days a week at any time of the day. If I have clients visiting or meeting with me after hours or on weekends, I instruct them to call when they arrive at the office building and I will come down to let them in with my pass card. I also let them know ...

Who Uses Virtual Offices?

 In our last blog we gave a refresher on what a virtual office is and how companies use them to save money on traditional office space. Whenever we post about virtual offices, the one thing we are asked it “who uses them?” There are various types of businesses with various structures that use virtual offices – from small one-man operations to large companies. The early adopters of the virtual office were small home-based businesses and companies who primarily worked on the road and needed to have a business address to better legitimize their operations by having a prestigious business address (instead of their home address.) Some had used P.O. Boxes, but learned that their customers did not want to deal with a business that supposedly operated out of a P.O. Box. Another group o...

A Virtual Office Refresher

Most people who have read our blogs or visited our website understand that a virtual office provides communication and address services that allow users to reduce traditional office costs while maintaining business professionalism. So we wanted to point out some of the reasons businesses choose a virtual office for their base of operations. The virtual office idea came from a combination of technological innovation and the emergence of the information age. The virtual office concept is often said to be an evolution of the executive suite and small office business centre industry. Just as the demand for low-cost business addresses spurred the executive suite industry (because of the inflexibility of a traditional office space lease), the desire to work away from the office and still have a ...

Time to Talk About Nap’s – and Naps!

Back in April we posted a blog called When is it a Good Time for Small Business to NAP? But it was not the type of “nap” our readers were expecting to read about. The blog was about the importance of having your Name Address and Phone number (NAP) listed on as many relevant websites in order to help a business rank higher on Google Local searches – as well a to be more easily found on Google Maps and GPS devices. Having conflicting NAP’s on various source sites could work against a business due to the confusion. For the purpose of this blog entry, we are going to discuss the traditional nap, or as some call it “the power nap.” Study after study has shown that a 20-minute to 30-minute nap can help to regain short-term alertness during the work day. According to...

Tips for Renting Office Space or an Apartment

When people think about renting office space, the forget that finding a quality office space is similar to finding an apartment rental. But sometimes finding a good office space is a lot easier and comes with a lot less hassles. So here are some tips that can be applied to both office space rentals and apartment rentals. Tip #1: Location, Location, Location Ideally, you want to find an office space location that is both prestigious and convenient. A prestigious office location will tell your customers and potential clients that you mean business and that you have standards. But be careful not to choose a location that will intimidate your clients into believing your prices will be too high in order to afford this address. The location of your office space also needs to be convenient for yo...