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How to create a series of seminars

Over the past few decades, the seminar business has become quite big because the demand is high. The demand for seminars is not only important with some consumers, it has also become in demand by small businesses and giant corporations alike. As a small business owner, you might be able to get in the game to show off your skills and the skills of those around you. Conducting seminars could result in additional income for your business – because there are hundreds of thousands of people paying to attend meetings, seminars, workshops and training programs every year. Some of these people are sent to these types of events by their employer, while others attend them for personal growth and knowledge. There are thousands of topics being taught each year – from sales and management techniques to...

Virtual Office or Virtual Assistant?

Many people ask what the difference is between a virtual office and a virtual assistant, because some websites and articles use them interchangeably or in similar context. This makes it difficult for an entrepreneur or a small business owner to determine what it is that they really need to help them with their business. In order to help you better understand the differences and similarities, we will first tell you what each is, and then explain how you can get the best of both services from one provider. The term virtual assistant, sometimes called a virtual office assistant (or VA for short), refers to a person who is generally self-employed and provides professional administrative, technical or creative assistance to clients remotely from their home office. Typically, virtual assistants ...

Management tips gleaned from the Harvard Review

The Harvard Business Review (HBR) is a highly regarded general management magazine published by Harvard Business Publishing, an organization that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Harvard University. Harvard Business Review’s articles cover a wide and diverse range of topics that are relevant to different industries, management functions and geographic locations. A great deal of their articles focuses on such areas as leadership, organizational change, negotiation, strategy, operations, marketing, finance and managing people. Recently, Harvard Business Review released a book on their top management tips that were very insightful and should be shared. But the best tips were the ones that can easily be taken and put into action. While a lot of the tips may be more focused to managers of ...

Tips For Small Businesses to Appear Much Larger Than they Are!

Having one address at a prestigious location can be good, but what about having multiple location addresses with a 800 number to 1 location? Your small business can saves money and appears like have multiple locations for less than the cost of 1 office space with the 1 800 number meaning you only need 1 phone + address account. So how is this done? You can have virtual office locations with several Alliance business centers that are located around the world in over 80 countries. With several virtual office locations and a 800 number, your client or prospect will call you and ask to speak to the location nearest them, but the call will be forwarded to where you are working or to your Toronto head office location. When your small business has a live receptionist answering your calls with you...

3 Tips for a Small Business to Compete With Bigger Competitors

There is a great deal of business advice in books and on the internet, but much of it is not always intended or aimed at entrepreneurs or small business owners. There is even less advice on how a small business can compete with the bigger competitors who dominate the market. The advice you may get from a fellow entrepreneur might work for them, but there is no guarantee it will work for your small business, that is nature of small business. Here is some advice that does work for small business that you really need to hear. 1. Do not try to compete with the big box stores using price, they will always win Yes, the Walmarts, the Targets the Best Buys and even online giants like Amazon use pricing to draw consumers away from competitors, but as a small business owner, you will go out of busin...

How to Negotiate for Lower Business Expenses

Every expense that your small business has, ends up adding to your overall cost of doing business and can eat away at your bottom line. What is the answer? Lower your re-occurring costs by negotiating discounts and lower rates with your vendors. While small businesses have been cutting back on their spending over the past number of years, according to one report, costs for goods and services togrther can be has high as 28 percent of your small business’ budget, making those costs the second largest expense after payroll. It is true that some fixed expenses such as rent, office equipment and utilities can be more difficult to negotiate, but with the right amount of knowledge, you might find some alternatives or ways to get these expenses fixed. Knowing what your big expenses will be each mo...

The Real Differences Between Coworking and Business Centre Office Solutions

The flexible workspace sector is home to all types of different types of work spaces and combinations of places to conduct business. Those who are “in the know” about office situations understand the subtle differences between a coworking space and a shared office (a serviced office in a business centre). The differences between coworking and business centre office solutions are an often-debated topic between those who are using coworking facilities to run their businesses, and those businesses who have chosen to use the facilities and services of an office business centre. So let’s look at the similarities and the differences. Many will tell you that cost is the biggest difference, but in fact, some coworking plans will cost you upwards of $300 per month. Yet, you can ge...

Getting Virtual Teams Right

First let’s talk about “Virtual Teams” as some people do not know what the term means. Basically, Virtual Teams are people that work together on various projects, but are located in different physical locations. This concept of people collaborating from various locations is one that is on the rise and has become easier as internet and telecommunication technology advances. These dispersed teams rely on shared work spaces, public WiFi, libraries and other places that they can connect to the Internet and communicate with their coworkers. Basically, they can work from almost anywhere and still be able to interact with other team members. We don’t need discuss the appeal of this type of work environment for employees, or their satisfaction in working in a flexible envir...

Where to locate your business

It is often said that the three most important factors in making sure a business is successful are ‘location, location, location.’ Even if your business is not retail and does not rely on walk-in traffic, your location is important to your customers and prospective clients. Yes, you prospective clients will often research your small business to find out if you are local and if you at a real business address. You may not need to maintain a physical presence near your customers, but your business address should be where your customers are – or where they expect you to be. You could have a head office location at a prestigious business address and have a majority of your production or staff working from another location that better suits the work that is being done – or where you are paying l...

Seminars and Training Sessions Provide the Perfect Networking Opportunities

Whether you’re starting your own new business or trying to expand your current small business —networking can be your life support. Networking can propel your business to the next level professionally, while also simultaneously enhancing different aspects of your personal life. The trick to effective networking is to develop lasting relationships, so it is important to be genuine in all your actions. To do this you must listen, be patient, and understand the needs of others— while also understanding your own needs too and what you can benefit from others. Social media can be a great networking platform, but it is no substitute for face-to-face communication. Your local library will often offer free programs, seminars and workshops – on topics such as social media, taxes, the law, net...