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Can’t find a networking event that suits you? Create your own networking event business!

So you have gone to a few business networking events and they did not turn out to be what you expected. Maybe you ran into the challenge of being taken seriously by more seasoned business people. Here is an idea: host your own networking event and build up your credibility. By planning and sponsoring a networking event, you’re suddenly transformed into a business leader in the community. You are bringing entrepreneurs and small business owners together to talk shop – and many believe that only a leader does that. The added bonus is that you also bring extra exposure to your business and brand. Here are some tips on how to pull off successful networking events: 1. Choose your event venue wisely. You do not want to choose a venue that is not easy to get to and not centralized. Many people wi...

The Monday after the Super Bowl: what is it like at the office?

Food giant Kraft Heinz thinks that the day after the Super Bowl should be a holiday and have decided to give all of its employees the day off. Kraft Heinz is not paying millions of dollars for a Super Bowl ad. Instead they have been advertising their petition in the weeks leading up to the big game and it is getting them a lot of attention. Many of the points that Heinz makes are valid and make sense to business. According to CNBC, The Workforce Institute found in a January 2016 survey that 16.5 million people across the USA were expected to call in sick or planned (by booking the day off) to miss work on the Monday after the Super Bowl. Another 7.5 million told the surveyors that they might show up late to work at their office space. While there are no statistics for Canada, the proportio...

Five daily strategies to be a better leader

A year and a half ago we did a blog (Being the “Leader” of Your Small Business Rather Than Being “The Boss”) that talked about the differences between a leader and a boss. So today, we decided to share some tips that you can implement every day to be a great leader. 1. Learn to praise employees – and not just in private. Most leaders understand the importance of employees, but most do not know that the best way show to truly their appreciation is publicly. This does not mean calling the media and holding a press conference; it means calling out and praising employees in front of their work peers. Publicly praising employees sends a signal to others on the team that they too could get rewarded in the same manner. Another way to publicly recognize an employee for an accomplishment is to publ...

Five ergonomics tips for creating a healthier office-space environment

We have done other blogs on creating productive office space environment that reduce stress, but one of our virtual office clients is an ergonomics consultant and suggested we do this blog. Most business owners think that having healthy employees is about offering sick days and offering to subsidize gym memberships. But they forget that an ergonomic office environment contributes greatly to the physical and mental health of employees. Before we give you the tips, we should probably explain what ergonomics is. The International Ergonomics Association defines ergonomics or human factors as follows: “Ergonomics (or human factors) is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theo...

Spam, clickbait, scams, hoaxes and malware – how do they affect your business?

We have all seen examples of spam, clickbait, scams, hoaxes and malware, but how do they affect your small business? Some of these are obvious money wasters, but what should you and your staff know about all of these Internet annoyances. Actually, annoyances is a very soft word to describe the costs to your business. Since the beginnings of the world wide web and access to the Internet came to the masses, spam or unsolicited emails started filling up people’s inboxes. The more prevalent that spam became, the more people and businesses looked for ways of blocking it. The early methods worked – but then spammers became more advanced and it became harder to block. This caused people to have to spend more time (and therefore money) sifting through these emails or spending even more money...

How to create a workspace that enhances productivity while reducing stress

Entrepreneurs and small business owners are always looking to enhance productivity, so the question they need to ask themselves is “Am I comfortable where I am getting my work done”? You might have a private office or shared office space that is a cumbersome or not spacious enough, or a home office that is full of distractions. But your comfort level can be an important factor in increasing your productivity and happiness. There are a number of things that you can do to ensure that the space where you work is comfortable – and therefore promotes productivity. 1. Consider the furniture. As obvious as this sounds, many people do not think about how their choice in office furniture will increase their comfort level and enhance their productivity. So what should you think about whe...

Mental health issues in your business workplace

Bet you did not see this blog coming, but it is one that is very important. As a business blogger and social media content creator, I keep my personal issues out of the content I create. But there is something that I need to confess to readers of this blog. I suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), which is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons. I go through some real lows in the winter months when the days are short. So enough about me. Let me explain why I am writing this blog and what you can do to help your staff who may suffer from any types of mental illness. Did You Know? (according to the Mental Health Commission of Canada) On any given week, more than 500,000 Canadians will not go to work because of mental illness. More than 30% of disability claim...

An entrepreneur’s glossary to some common business terms

We compiled a list of common words and acronyms related to entrepreneurship and small business. Some you may know and others you may have heard, but did not know what they mean. Advertising. A paid public method of gaining attention to a product or business by paid announcements on radio, TV, print or electronic media such as internet PPC (pay per click). Advertising is not to be confused with marketing, public relations or SEO (Search Engine Optimization). There are entire websites devoted to just advertising terms and vocabulary. Angel Investors. An angel investor (also known as a business angel, informal investor, angel funder, or private investor) is an affluent individual who provides capital for a business start-up, usually in exchange for convertible debt or ownership equity while t...

Serviced office and business centre FAQ’s

Because our blog is more about offering advice to small business and less about the services that we offer, we often get people asking us questions about serviced offices and office business centres. So we decided to create this blog to answer some of the questions that people ask us on social media. To start, we should answer the most asked question: “What is a serviced office business centre”? A serviced office is a situation where office space is rented and there is nothing you need to bring. The office is furnished with modern office furniture and fully wired for phones and internet. All you need to bring is your files and computer. There is even a connection to a network printer and you have a live receptionist who answers your calls. The biggest question that is constantl...

Tips for business growth: Reading, planning and wasting money!

Did you know that reading, planning and wasting money are three things that you may not have thought of when trying to grow your small business? When is the last time you picked up a book on business or even a biography of a successful business person? I am not talking about sitting down and reading a book cover-to-cover, but reading key chapters that could influence you on ways to improve your business. This could be a book that is new to you, or one that you want to re-visit and learn more from, or simply to get another perspective that you did not get the first time you read it. While my preference is reading a printed book over reading an e-book, the options of available online e-books can sometimes be more convenient. Purchasing a physical book or an e-book can be great, but also cons...