What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Serviced Offices?

We have been told that while we promote the advantages for businesses to have an office space in a serviced office facility like our office business centre, we have not discussed the perceived disadvantages or the types of business that would not benefit from having a serviced office. First we will restate the advantages and then address the disadvantages that some critics have about them.

Cloud Backup Solutions For Small Business

In our previous blog about Cloud Storage Options for Small Business, we did not address the other type of cloud computing that is important to small businesses – back-ups. While it is easy to use a cloud storage and synchronization service for a small amount of files, it is not as easy to use them to back-up large amounts of data. This is the data that may not be used on a regular basis, but data that is still important to your business – typically files such as databases, product development records, historical data, old and archived files, and other files that are kept on your computer or server. So instead of doing our typical research, we asked some of our office space Toronto tenants what back-up services they use. While some claimed they still used back-up drives and portable h...

Cloud Storage Options For Small Business

If you are like many of our office space tenants, you have often found yourself at a meeting or working remotely away  from your office only to discover that you do not have the files you need. One of the best solutions for always having access to your files is cloud computing – specifically data storage and synchronization on a cloud server. It was pointed out that we previously posted a blog about Cloud Servers as a Possible Data Storage and Back-up Solution, but did not give some examples of cloud services or what they might cost for a small business. It is sometimes said that there are almost as many cloud storage services as clouds in the sky, but we want to focus on business-centric cloud computing options that are scalable for small businesses. It should be noted that many of these ...

Internet Security Tips For Small Buiness

Just as office security is important, the security of your computers, data and privacy are things that are very important to your businenes. The threat to small business today is one that is invisible and can often be prevented by taking the right steps to insure that cyber criminals, hackers and viruses do not get in the way of doing your business. This blog entry was inspired by one of our office space tenants that had his computer attacked, but luckily for him, he had everything backed up on a cloud server that was safe from the attack. In the early days of computer viruses, the attacks mainly came through an email from an unknown source with a file attachment. If you did not open the attachment, you were normally safe. Well those days are gone and as people got smarter, but so did the ...

What is Canadian Food? (Guest Blog by Ian)

as I was getting my coffee in the 18th floor kitchen today about "What is Canadian Food?" We all struggled with that and then later over a meal of Swiss Chalet festive meal deal I was inspired.

Our “Not So Secret Santa” Contest has come to a close – but wait until you see what’s next!

While not exactly a secret Santa gift, we are going to be awarding a few gifts today to some people who were entered into our draw for 1 of 3 Android Tablets. They were entered into the draw because they either started to follow us on Google + or commented or liked one of our social media posts promoting this “No So Secret Santa” contest. The management and staff at Telsec Business Centres want to wish everyone a very happy holiday, even if you do not celebrate this time of the year in a traditional manner. We wish you all the best and safe returns during this festive time of the year. We also hope that if there is another holiday you are celebrating, that you have either enjoyed it or will be enjoying it along with those you love. Recently at our annual Telsec holiday gathering for our of...

General Small Business Tips

So you want to start a small business, we have prepared a few tips to help your small business succeed. While these are just some simple tips, they are often the most overlooked details for starting and running a small business. General Small Business tip #1 – Make Sure You Are Your Ready for Entrepreneurship. It is easy to come up with an idea to start a business, but not so easy to actually launch and build a profitable business. Eighty per cent of businesses fail in the first five years. While planning your business, you need to budget for shortfalls in sales or economic downturns. General Small Business tip #2 – Prepare a Business Plan. By not preparing a business plan, you are preparing to fail in you business. Most small businesses that create a thorough business plan tha...

Small Business Social Media Tips

Social media has become one of the most important networking tools for today’s small business. Companies use social media to not only reach new customers and get exposure, they also use their social media channels to retain existing customers. By keeping your presence on social media, you are keeping your brand top of mind, compared to your competition. There are plenty of free or inexpensive ways to build your social media circles, first by engaging those you know to join your social media business page. Google Plus pages for business are important because these are the pages that Google bases your local information on. Small Business Social Media Tip 1 – Learn how to market your business on social media. Even if you intend to use traditional marketing avenues, social media is...

The Office Christmas Party for Small Businesses

Far too often people who own or work for a small business do not get the priviledge of enjoying that annual tradition of the company Christmas Party (or seasonal gathering for those more politically correct types), These types of events are not just a chance to celebrate a particular holiday, they are events to re-afirm comradship with the people you work with.

Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas? Which is Better for Your Small Business?

From a small business perspective, you have to decide if you want to follow the political correctness that many large businesses participate in by stating happy holidays on your business correspondence or Merry Christmas.