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Summer hours: Do they work for your company and your employees?

Most companies want to keep employees happy during the summer months, without losing productive hours from those same employees. One solution that many companies have found is offering workers the flexibility of having an early finish on Fridays. Workers either come in an hour early or stay an hour later 4 days a week, so they can work a 4-hour day on Fridays. The concept of having flexible summer hours sounds great in theory, but it does not work for every business model. For companies who are heavily contacted during regular business hours for sales and customer service calls, closing the office early on a Friday afternoon might not be an option. However, as much as you warn customers of early closings on Fridays, they still expect to have their calls answered when the need help at 4:45 ...

Types of entrepreneurs: What type are you?

Seniorpreneurs, Youngpreneurs, Minipreneurs, Mompreneur, Innerpreneur, Extrapreneur, Intrapreneur and Wantepreneur. What kind of entrepreneur best describes you? At Telsec Business Centres, we have a wide variety of professionals, including small businesses, large business, branches and entrepreneurs that either rent office space from us or have virtual offices. Someone asked us to define an entrepreneur, but in trying to define what one is, we found that there seems to be various types of entrepreneurs. Each type of entrepreneur has its own definition, so we decided to share the various types of entrepreneurs rather than create one generic definition. Let’s start off with Innerpreneur. These types of entrepreneurs are people who find their inspiration within themselves and start their bus...

Virtual Office Services Provide the Perfect Corporate Image

When you are starting a new business, you want to establish yourself with as much credibility and present the most professional image for your new business. Have a professional business address is one of the first steps in building your brand. Even if you cannot afford to rent office space when you first start out, a virtual office service can be a great place to start. Simply put, using a home address or a P.O. Box as your business address does not help in establishing your professionalism. These days, people are very weary of doing business out of a P.O. Box, because they worry that the business might disappear overnight. When you are trying to obtain business credit for your new venture, banks and other lenders will be more likely to take your application more seriously if they see that...

Are Business Centres the Office Workplaces of the Future?

The future of the workplace is more work and less place, especially given the impact of new technologies and the changing demands of a new generation of workers. Even with some employees working full-time or part-time at home or in other remote locations, there still needs to be an office for the business. One trend in corporate offices today is to have fewer and smaller individual workspaces and a greater portion of the workspace dedicated to interactive and collaborative uses. Companies are changing the functions of the workplace more toward intense interaction spaces. Office space is being optimized for all types of collaboration, including space to bring remote workers into the office on a schedule. Even having remote workers come into the office a few times a month for meetings and te...

How to Create a Fantastic Seminar/Training Session or Networking Event

Seminars are a powerful way to build awareness of your company, market your products or services, and possibly create a new revenue stream for your business. Regardless of what type of business you are in, you most likely have knowledge and expertise that others would find helpful and may also encourage potential attendees to use your services. Here is a checklist and some tips to make your seminars ‘fantastic’: Determine the cost of your event. This will help you decide if your content should be more informational or more sales oriented. You do not want a high price and a high-pressure sales event because you will likely discourage possible attendees. When scheduling your seminar, watch for potential conflicts that could reduce your attendance. You do not want to have your eve...

How to use Offshore Resources

While there is an abundance of outsourcing companies and freelancers in North America, sometimes, for more economical quality work, you may find your small business considering offshore contractors to fill your needs. When choosing to do business offshore, you need to consider the public relations implications. Some of your customers may find out that you use offshore resources, and this may in turn cause them to reconsider doing business with you. Whether it is having your website designed and built overseas, or having your call centre located in places like the Philippines, Jamaica or India, the cost savings for you and the customers you are serving can be great. Choosing the right provider in the right country is important, because some of the traditional offshore providers are no longe...

A Guide to Virtual Workplace Technology

In today’s business climate, a lot of companies are looking to save money on renting office space and have employees work from home or remote locations that are not situated in prime real estate areas. The head office or primary work location may be at a prestigious address, but all the workers do not need to work from there. To successfully have remote workers, just having them working from home is not enough. You need technology to help manage a virtual workplace. You have to decide on which technologies you’ll want to use to help your virtual workforce communicate, hold meetings, share documents, manage projects and track progress. The best virtual technologies are “cloud-based” services. So, you do not need your own servers, and your workers can connect from anywhere ...

Three questions all business leaders must ask about their office space

How important is good company culture to your business? Just ask the people at Deloitte University Press, who conducted a 2013 study on business culture and employee engagement. They found that 87% of organizations cited culture and engagement as one of their top challenges, while 50% called them a problem. This is a major factor that companies face in terms of the “Brain Drain” from their workforce. Top performing workers are the backbone of any company, especially in the tech sector where finding and retaining talent is challenging. One of the best ways that a company can satisfy employee engagement and satisfaction is having the right work space environment. A great work space is one that makes sure that the office space encourages collaboration, but also fuels play and crea...

Reasons why your business growth has plateaued – and how to fix that

Do you remember the story about the little train that could: “I know I Can, I know I Can.” Well, many entrepreneurs think that positive attitude is what will fuel the growth of their small business. Unfortunately, it is not not a lack of positive thinking that stalls business growth; it is not having the right business mindset to look within to change things for the better. The first step to continuing growth is to see and admit that your small business has reached a growth plateau – and the earlier the better. The second step is not to make uninformed decisions – such as throwing more money behind advertising, aggressive marketing and promotions. Also, avoid trying to pour more cash or investments into your business until you know what is really causing your plateau. You might...

Tips to Fill Your Seminar or Training Session

Your seminar is planned and you have a training room booked, now you just have to fill the seats and get people to attend. When you are setting out to create your first training session, your task is to get an audience and gather interest in what you are promoting or training. How are you going to fill your seminar or training session? Here are some tips to help you succeed in getting people to attend. Promote on announcement and Meetup sites! There are plenty of event announcement websites and most of them are free. Social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Google Plus have places to post and promote your event. Besides social media event places, there are sites such as Meetup where you can crowd-source and promote your seminar to people who share the common interest of your training...

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