What Colour Should You Paint Your Office Space?

By |2019-12-23T16:50:34-05:00February 9th, 2017|Office Space, Team space|

When you are choosing to decorate your office space, you should consider the colour you paint the walls. The colour and shade you select for your office walls can affect how much work will get done between those walls. Paint industry experts say that for work spaces, neutrals and softer, more grayed hues are better for concentration and preventing eye fatigue. The also recommend that you do not leave the walls just bright white. Bright colours might not be the solution either, colours that are very saturated and not very bright (like emerald green and sapphire blue) generally promote an energy levels. Red might be your favorite colour, but it can have a negative influence in the workplace. So what colour should you paint your office walls to get more done, or at least to prevent the shade from impeding your work? This is different depending on they type of […]

Five ergonomics tips for creating a healthier office-space environment

By |2019-09-06T14:43:24-04:00February 1st, 2017|Office Space, small business advice|

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 theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance.” Basically, an office that is ergonomically set up can reduce the chances of employees […]

How to create a workspace that enhances productivity while reducing stress

By |2019-12-29T16:13:16-05:00January 25th, 2017|Business Centre, Office Space, small business advice|

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 when considering office furniture? What is the best kind of office chair? A good office chair will […]

Ten questions to ask before choosing office space for your start-up

By |2019-12-27T17:48:35-05:00January 10th, 2017|Building Amenities, Office Space, Serviced Office|

As your start-up business begins to take off, working from a home office may no longer be an option, and you require professional office space. You know that you need enough space for you and your current employees, but you might need a little more for a few additional staffers that may be full-time or part-time. 1. Location, location, location? Just where is the office space you are considering located? Is it a convenient location that your staff and customers can easily get to? (see our blog on office location) You need to know if it is close to mass transit and accessible by local buses and if there are bicycle routes nearby. Why the bicycle routes? Statistics show that more and more people in major centres are commuting by bicycle – and cities like Toronto are putting a lot of money into developing dedicated bicycle lanes and paths to […]

Tips for making your small business more successful in 2017

By |2019-12-27T13:32:05-05:00January 3rd, 2017|Business Centre, Office Space, small business advice|

Could 2016 have gone better for you? Now is the time to make 2017 more successful. While you may have already heard about some of the tips below, and may have already implemented some of them, what is the harm in revisiting them or trying a new approach? Review your business plan Not to be repetitive of some of our previous blogs, but one of the keys to the success of your business is in the planning. You most likely made a business plan before starting your business, and so far it has served you well. Remember that a business plan is vital for the success of a start-up business. Some of the reasons include testing the viability of the business idea as well as securing debt or equity financing. But it also helps to establish the market of the business and how to reach that market. So take some […]

How will gift card sales affect your business in January?

By |2017-01-02T23:40:39-05:00January 2nd, 2017|Day office, Office Space, small business advice|

Traditionally, January is gift card redemption month – and that is not just for retail businesses. These days, almost every consumer product or service-oriented business can sell gift cards for subsequent redemption. In fact, one of our office space tenants received a gift card for getting new marketing materials printed. If you’re like many small-business owners, you may spend considerable effort on selling gift cards, but not a lot of time thinking about redemption. You may have had a great December in terms of sales and gift-card sales, but the important thing you have to take into consideration is being prepared for the cost of redemption in January. It could mean high fulfillment costs during a month of much slower sales and revenues. It could also have some impact on your books, so your accountant must be prepared for this. This is because sales of gift cards don’t get officially […]

What are your small business plans for 2017?

By |2016-12-28T23:56:54-05:00December 28th, 2016|Office Space, Virtual Office|

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 […]

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

By |2016-12-19T06:09:19-05:00December 19th, 2016|Office Space, small business advice, Virtual Office|

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 does not cut it in today’s economy of skeptical customers. People have a tendency […]

Buying vs leasing vs renting office space – different perspectives!

By |2020-01-02T11:54:10-05:00December 15th, 2016|Office Space, office space for lease, office space for rent|

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 space is yours to set up as you like. Renting office […]

Happy Thanksgiving to our American tenants and blog followers

By |2019-12-31T15:51:56-05:00November 24th, 2016|Office Space|

We want to wish our American office space Toronto tenants and our American blog and social media followers a very happy and fulfilling Thanksgiving. For our Canadian blog and social-media followers, we wanted to give a quick explanation of why Canadian Thanksgiving is celebrated on the 2nd Monday of October, and why American Thanksgiving is celebrated on the 4th Thursday in November. The most common-sense answer is that, due to Canada’s northern climate, our harvest season is earlier – but that is a very basic answer. What is not commonly known is that English explorer Martin Frobisher hosted the first Canadian Thanksgiving in 1578, and that the first American Thanksgiving was not celebrated until 43 years later in 1621. It was not until 1941 that President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill into law making Thanksgiving a national holiday and establishing it as the 4th Thursday in November. In past years, we have […]

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