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Plan to Change Your Cloud Passwords Regularly

A recent article on CBC.ca stated that Russian hackers have stolen 1.2 billion user names and passwords in a series of internet heists affecting 420,000 websites. This is alarming and small business owners who keep their files in the cloud, should be worried and should be changing all their passwords regularly. Most big businesses have security protocols that require users to change their passwords on a regular basis, but small business owners think they will not be targeted by hackers and are often more lax. Here are some tips to keeping your small business secure and up to date: • Choose a day of the week to change your passwords and make it a routine. If you get into a routine of changing your passwords on a specified day, you will find that it takes very little time as it becomes secon...

Has Your Small Business or Start-up Considered Serviced Office Space?

A great deal of time is spent looking for the right office space for a small business or a start-up venture – but finding the right office space to fit your business needs should not be rocket science. You need to decide if traditional raw office space or serviced offices will work best for your business. By limiting your criteria for what best serves your needs and those of your customers, you will be more efficient in your office space search and will likely save money and time. You have to decide if you are willing to make capital investments on infrastructure required in traditional raw office space, or if you want to get down to business and focus on serving the needs of your customers and build your business in a serviced office environment. When you rent a traditional raw office spa...

Why Freelancers Should Consider Renting an Office

Primarily, freelancers work from home, especially when they are starting out. It makes sense to utilize space and resources that you already have. Besides being convenient to work from home , it cuts down on your start-up costs. But how do you know when it is time to move your business into office space specifically dedicated to your freelance business? Renting an office space outside of your home may seem frivolous and a waste of money for a freelancer. Considering that you can have a functional home office (that you already own or are renting), it is a cost-effective solution. But what if someone told you that renting a professional office space can not only be affordable, but can also help a freelancer do their job better? When should you consider renting an office space? Yes, most down...

A Cheap Day Office or a Cheap Meeting Room – Without Looking Cheap!

The reason most entrepreneurs or small businesses (who do not have a full-time office) will rent a day office is to impress a client or prospective customer. The trick is to find a cheap day office or cheap meeting room without looking cheap. You also do not want to find the most lavish looking day office that might scare a prospect off by thinking your product or service will be too expensive because of the perceived high-end office. The key to renting a day office is location, as it would be with renting a full-time office. This is especially true if your clients and customers you plan on meeting with (on the same day) are in a specific geographic area. But most often, a central downtown location is the most desired place to have your day office. Besides entrepreneurs looking to impress ...

Learning More About Virtual Offices Through Video

The Internet is full of information on various subjects. If there is a topic you need to learn about, most likely there is a website devoted to it. Sometimes a website might not give you all the information you need about a topic, or the website does not present information in a manor that best suits you. Videos have for some time been the best way to convey the message you need to get across or the topic you need to learn about. When you want to learn more about office space at Telsec, we have a Telsec Office Space Toronto video. While we are working on a virtual office video, there are plenty of others on YouTube such as this great video from ABC News. There are also plenty of videos on the Internet that will help you understand how a virtual office can work for you and save you money on...

No Hidden Costs and no Scams in Virtual Office Packages

No matter what product or service you are looking for, some person or company has likely created an Internet offer that sounds too good to be true. There are even some virtual office service products promoted on the Internet that are aimed at small businesses that are too good to be true – but they are still accepted by small business owners who do not challenge them. As an entrepreneur or  a small business owner, you have to ask your virtual office provider some questions before you sign that contract. Far too often, a small business owner will sign up for a virtual office without knowing what was outlined in the fine print of their contract, and later regret signing up. Signing up with a virtual office provider is supposed to help your business, not confuse you later on with hidden charg...

Office Space Options Mean you do not Have to be in the Office all Summer

As we look around our office space each summer, there are fewer and fewer people around. It is not because there are less office tenants or a lot of people taking vacations; it is because businesses are learning the benefits of flexible office business centres that allow them to work smarter. More and more smart business owners are realizing the benefits of better utilizing services of office-space providers. Having a live receptionist that is included with their serviced office not only saves them the cost of an employee, but gives them options as to how their calls are handled. Being able to change how their calls are handled with a quick phone call or an advance email, means that their calls can be re-routed or sent directly to their voice-mail when they are out of the office. Having op...

Be Sensitive About Scents in Your Office Space

Today you often hear about workplaces and offices that are going scent-free to help protect people with scent allergies and also for reduce stress caused by scents. Not all office places are scent-free, but you can help by being sensitive about scents in your office space and reducing their impact. Body sprays and other odour-masking scents are not new, but they are becoming more prevalent because of the availability of low-cost products with fancy names and appealing smells. The problem is that some people do not know how much is too much – and how much they effect other people. Scent sensitivity affects different people in different ways. Those with asthma or chemical sensitivities may find strong scents particularly problematic due to the allergy-like symptoms they cause. Others may exp...

Ten Ways to Keep Your Office Space More Productive

What can you do to make your office space more productive and reduce the stress level for you and your employees? We reviewed through tips that we had previously written about, and looked to the internet for more ideas. You will be surprised how many are common-sense ideas that many do not even consider. 1. Forget about 9 to 5 for you and your employees. Nothing helps reduce stress more than setting your own hours. Staggering hours to avoid commuter rush periods can really help you get the day started. With some employees starting earlier and leaving earlier and others starting later and leaving later, work gets done and you have a happier workplace overall. 2. Take your meeting for a walk! As we mentioned in our series on the negative effects of sitting and the potential health risks of s...

Who is Looking After Your Office Space When you are on Vacation?

Regardless of what kind of small business you have, not taking a vacation or recreational time away from your operation will hurt your small business. Almost every small business owner will tell you that they have not taken a vacation in years because their business will not let them. Even entrepreneurs with staff are afraid to take even a day away from the office for fear of losing a client. Far too often you hear about a business person who has had a stroke or heart attack caused by stress. Stress that can be managed and controlled by a number of factors. So try taking some time away from the stress and allowing your body and mind to not think about work or business. Even a “Staycation” in your own city can allow the body and mind to revitalize. A “Staycation” is ...