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When is it a Good Time for Small Business to NAP?

The key to local internet marketing these days is not just having a website and having it tagged with keywords , you have to let the the Internet world (particularly your potential local customers) know where your business is, starting with Google Plus Local Page.

What is Your Guilty Pleasure During Breaks at Work?

We are asking our followers to help us help them. Everyone needs a break and we want to learn and share their guilty pleasures are and how they use those break times.

Don’t Overpack or Underdress for Business Travel

The other day I was leaving my Toronto office space when I spotted an acquaintance who works for a company on another floor of the Toronto Star Building. He was dressed in a pair of jeans, sneakers and a t-shirt under a spring windbreaker jacket. He was dragging behind him a very large suitcase and a slightly smaller travel bag. From the way he was dressed and the amount of luggage he had, I assumed he was going on a vacation, so I asked him where he was traveling to. He then told me he was was heading out on a two-day business trip. I wanted to ask him if he may have over-packed and under-dressed. This got me thinking about some advice I have often read regarding how and what you should pack for a business trip. First off, you should choose luggage that is a size or two smaller than what ...

Big Data? What About Big Brother Canada or Office Space Big Boss?

This week we did a few blogs about Big Data that got some attention, but not as much as other series we have done. So we will look at other topics for future blogs. This writer was thinking about this while watching his guilty pleasure “Big Brother Canada” and thought it would be funny to see how the game would play out in his Toronto office space. The game of “Office Space Big Boss” would be a homage to our bloggers favourite reality show “Big Brother.” In “Office Space Big Boss” 10 entrepreneurs would be competing not for a large sum of cash or a job, but instead for a corner window office to run their business from for one year. These entrepreneurs would not be locked inside a Team Space office, but instead would have to just work in the o...

A Look at Big Data and How it is Collected

In our efforts to help entrepreneurs and small businesses understand big data, we wrote a blog called Big Data is Not Just for Big Business. In that entry we did not give a simple explanation of what big data was and how to explain it to those who are not that technically minded. That was until one of our Toronto virtual office clients pointed out to us that there is an upcoming big data learning event being held in 18 cities around the world that involves over 200 meet-ups for over 3,000 participants all simultaneously connected during the week of April 22 to 28, 2013. One of the Toronto events is a breakfast meeting called “Big data and what it means to my business.” This event is aimed specifically at executives who are trying to understand how big data will affect their bus...

Big Data is Not Just for Big Business

Have you ever been searching for something online and shortly after noticed ads about what you were looking for when doing other searches, or when visiting other websites? Those are called Hyper Targeting ads. Recently one of our Toronto office space for lease clients commented that he was looking up the statistics on a particular car for a family member and within a few days, he was seeing ads for that car when he visited some of his favourite websites. This was not a coincidence! The information was collected and sold by the site he had visited and searched, so that advertisers could mine that data and come up with a strategy to deliver ads specific to him. Some are saying that “Big Data” means less work for “Mad Men!” Yes, it is not just the name of a TV show, bu...

Content Creation and Sharing Your Content are Keys to Success

“Thank you for taking my content and sharing it. Just please be sure to give me some credit.” Yes, you heard that correctly! It used to be that people would come after you for taking content created by another person and sharing it (as a copyright infringement). But in this modern digital world content is often being created to be syndicated to as many people as possible. One of the best ways of spreading links to your content is with social media sites and RSS feeds. Over the years here at Telsec, we have learned that creating content that offers value not only to our long-time office space Toronto tenants, but also to those who might be interested in a Toronto virtual office solution, offers a distinct benefit. We try to deliver content that is not just about office space or ...

Glass Ceilings Are A Catalyst for Women Entrepreneurs

There is an economics term called ”the glass ceiling” which is “the unseen barrier that keeps women and minorities from rising to the upper rungs of the corporate ladder, regardless of their qualifications or achievements. This barrier is often sited as a reason for women, especially women who have spent a great many years climbing the ladder as a reason for starting their own business and finding their own office spaces or virtual office solution. According to, a study called “Paths to Entrepreneurship” was done by the National Foundation for Women Business Owners the Glass Ceiling was partly a motivator for self employment and was the most common reason women gave for hitting the exits. It is clear that when 44% of the 650 women business owners surveyed said they decided to start t...

It was Panda-Monium Around Our Office Space Toronto on Monday

Monday was an interesting day around our office space Toronto and maybe yours too. A number of our office space for rent tenants were watching live coverage of the arrival of a pair of giant pandas — sent by FedEx from China and signed for by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The arrival looked similar to the arrival of some rock star celebrities rather than the delivery of two bamboo-eating pandas. People were watching via their smartphones, computers, laptops and even some watched the event on television. It was actually more interesting to watch those who were watching than the actual pandas themselves. While it was kind of hokey that the Prime Minister signed the FedEx waybill accepting delivery, it did remind me how important it is to have someone who is able to sign for packages when yo...

Where Do You Business Network When You Work From Home?

In a recent blog about Balancing Work and Home Life When Working From Home, we discussed the need to be very careful to avoid distractions – such as household chores and television – when chosing to have a home office instead of an office space Toronto at a business centre. We also stressed the importance of taking regular scheduled breaks or even procrastination times. One of the suggestions we made was to try to schedule in a five or ten-minute break once every two hours by taking a walk outside of the home. In that same blog we made the suggestion about breaks and that another thing to use your break time was to check in on Facebook or or Twitter. We further suggested that you set a timer to let yourself know when your break is over. We suggested the timer so that you do not get allow t...

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