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What are your small business plans for 2017?

This is not the time of year that people are focused on their small business. They are instead focused on family and being together with the ones they love. But this can also be an important time for you to reflect on your business and make plans to improve or make key changes in the upcoming year. Think of business planning as the seeds that will help the next crop of business ideas bloom and take shape to move your business forward. You need to put a plan in place and give it the continued attention that is needed. You need to make certain that your business is going to continue to grow stronger and better. Remember, not planning is making a plan to fail. Also remember that not every idea that you plan for your business will be a winning one. But the mere act of coming up with a plan may...

Our holiday may not be your holiday – but we’re always open!

Our office space and virtual office clients do not always celebrate the same holidays as we do. But rest assured that our office space is always open to them 24/7. Yes, our reception staff and administrative staff are celebrating Christmas (Boxing Bay) and Chanukah (Hanukkah) with their families, but our office tenants still have access to their offices whenever they want. Any day of the year, our office space tenants have access to their offices where they can get work done at their own pace. The holiday  season is often a great time to do some catching up, clean their offices or just come in and relax after a few hectic days of shopping for the Boxing Day (actually more like Boxing Week) bargains. Our staff returns to work on Tuesday, December 27. However, many of our tenants have taken ...

If you want to a have true impact as an entrepreneur, there are things you need to master.

Truly radical and influencing entrepreneurs like Bill Gates and Elon Musk not only built empires, but they made their mark on the world around them. They created solutions that people not only needed, but openly embraced. So how can you make your mark as an entrepreneur? The first thing that you as an entrepreneur need to do is to establish your purpose and goals. Maybe you are not about to create a non-government space agency or create software that will simplify virtually everything for people, but you have an idea that will make a task or a problem a thing of the past for your customers. This could even mean that you are just taking an existing problem-solving product or service and improving upon it. If so, this just might be your legacy and your own path to success as an entrepreneur....

Four ways to know that it might be time to quit your day Job

Starting a home-based business is nothing new for many entrepreneurs, but deciding when to take it full-time without the safety net of a full-time job can be quite scary for most first-time entrepreneurs. That home-based business is great way to supplement your income and can be done for years. But there may come a point where you need to cut the ties and make the business your-full time job. Before we discuss the reasons you should finally cut the “umbilical cord” and quit your full-time job, lets discuss some of the steps you can take leading up to making your business a full-time commitment. The legitimacy of you business and the professional image your business needs to have is important to its success. Having your home address or a P.O. Box address for your business just d...

Buying vs leasing vs renting office space – different perspectives!

When a growing small business reaches that point where operating from a home office is no longer an option, the owner is faced with the choice of buying, leasing or renting office space. There are plenty of other articles on the Internet to help you through the legal and financial options of leasing over buying, but most do not address the potential of renting office space without a lease at an office business centre. For the purposes of this blog, we will define the three options more practically. Buying office space: This would be space within an office condo complex or a business complex, but it could also be a stand-alone building that is not in a business area. Leasing office space: This refers to traditional raw office space that is in an office building or tower, meaning that the sp...

Ten tips that entrepreneurs young and old should follow

It is often said that being an entrepreneur means that you’ll often have to blaze your own trail and find you own way. Being an entrepreneur means not having career guides, counselors or road maps that will guide you from one step to the next. Sometimes you will just have to make it up as you go. For this reason, whenever possible, up-and-coming entrepreneurs are encouraged to seek out established entrepreneurs to request their help through mentoring. There are many established entrepreneurs who want to help the next generation of entrepreneurs who are seeking insight and insider education. Here are 10 tips that you will often hear veteran entrepreneurs share with the next generation of business leaders. 1. Keep your focus on the big picture. Far to often, fist-time entrepreneurs are...

Can corporate use coworking space to accelerate growth, innovation and collaboration?

When most people think of coworking office space, they usually think of a large open space filled with millennials, freelancers, one-person or two-person small businesses and start-ups looking to get off the ground. Some small business owners and corporate business executives might be a little concerned by the fact that their employees are hanging out with other businesses’ employees and holding sensitive telephone conversations just a few feet away from a potential competitor or someone looking for a new idea. Along with worrying about how employees are using their time, corporate privacy, intellectual property loss and potential security issues are some of the reasons why many corporations have been reluctant to place their team or a sub-team from utilizing coworking space. The pro...

How to start a retail business from home

This blog is the third in a series about home-based profitable businesses that you can start without having to carry large inventories or to have a full-time presence in a physical office or storefront. It is often mentioned that small businesses employ more people than all large businesses combined. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) play a major role in the Canadian economy. Industry Canada says that 99% of businesses in Canada have fewer than 500 employees and they employ 64% of workers in the private sector. A great deal of those businesses are retail based. In the USA, the retail industry provides a way of life for the more than 24 million people who earn their livelihood from it. Regardless of the type of retail business you want to start, you cannot ignore the power and reach...

Top Eight Consulting Businesses

Consulting business are fast becoming the most popular businesses that semi-retired, retired and disenfranchised employees are looking to get into. So lets talk about what consulting businesses are in most demand. This can help you to decide what type of consulting business that you may want to start from home. Accounting Consultants: While every business needs good accounting help and have good inside accountants, many are hiring accounting consultants to ensure that their accounting practices are delivering the best results and forecasting data that a company needs. Advertising Consultants: With the price of advertising and the new types and and channels for advertising these days, it is no wonder that advertising consultants are in great demand. Now more than ever before in the history ...

How to start a Consultant Business from home

Setting up as a self-employed consultant has become a popular move for people in a broad range of industries and sectors. But becoming a consultant is not as easy as just getting business cards for very little money at Vistaprint or your local office supply store and saying you are a consultant. The very term consultant denotes someone who is authoritative and knowledgeable on a particular subject, and that experience and know-how are something that other organizations need and are willing to pay for. In fact, the dictionary defines a consultant as “an expert in a particular field who works as an advisor either to a company or to another individual.” You can find hundreds, if not thousands, of Internet citations and articles about becoming a consultant with a few simple Google ...