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How to Onboard New Staff Remotely

By |2022-11-29T11:20:24-05:00November 29th, 2022|Growth & Innovation, Virtual Office|

When new hires receive proper employee training from the beginning, they have more chances of becoming successful in their position. However, as most managers know, training employees online can be stressful to say the least. You will need to do more work than you normally would when onboarding someone in person. Training new employees online is more than giving them some documents to read and sign. To properly onboard a new staff member, you need to start with how you run the interview. From there, start introducing them to their mentor, initiate relationships with the broader team, communicate with extra clarity, and have frequent check-ins. 1. Meet the team interviews Although most companies hold interviews where the interviewee gets a chance to meet current staff members, this type of interview is especially important with companies who work remotely. With in-person jobs, new hires typically get the chance to meet everyone [...]

Starbucks offers meeting room, but do they give you a professional look?

By |2022-11-29T10:45:17-05:00November 14th, 2022|Boardrooms & Meeting Rooms, Virtual Office|

Some Starbucks coffee shop locations have private meeting rooms with WIFI access. And while it sounds like a great idea to go to a local Starbucks and reserve a private meeting space, we can’t help but wonder how professional that will seem to your clients. Remote Workers and Coffee Shops Working from home every day can become tiresome. With the distractions of family members, chores, and pets, your work productivity tends to suffer. For people with remote jobs, working at a coffee shop can seem like a pleasant experience, as it’s a chance to get out of the house and avoid distractions. However, coffee shops are only a temporary solution since they come with their own set of drawbacks. The amount of traffic can be unpredictable, so you never know how loud it will be or if you will be able to find a spot to sit. This kind of […]

Google My Business and Virtual Addresses

By |2022-07-29T09:35:27-04:00July 29th, 2022|Virtual Office|

Google My Business is a valuable marketing tool that will bring your business to the forefront of people’s search queries. However, if you don’t have a physical address, you may have given up on the hope of using Google My Business in your marketing strategy. We are here to tell you that there is still hope. What is Google My Business? Google My Business is a free tool that enables you to create a listing for your business on Google. You create a profile stating what products or services your business offers, where your business is located, your phone number, etc. If a person makes a search query and Google deems that your business offers what this person is searching for, it will bring up your business at the top of its business listings results. For example, if Anne is looking for an ice cream shop in Toronto, she would [...]

How to start a home-based wholesale or manufacturer distribution business

By |2022-08-29T15:15:03-04:00May 29th, 2022|Growth & Innovation, Shared Office Space, Virtual Office|

Before explaining how to become a distributor from home, it is important to explain what a distributor is. Basically, a distributor is a middle person that serves to move products from the manufacturer to the market. While some distributors are retail and sell directly to end users, others are merchant-oriented and sell and move products from the manufacturer to wholesalers, that in turn sell to retailers. Understanding what is a wholesale business The practice of wholesale distribution is a true buying and selling game and can involve risk. It is a game that requires good negotiation skills, a nose for sniffing out the next “hot” item in the particular category you are known for, and good salesmanship to find the right buyers. The basic premise is to buy the product at a low price, then make a profit by tacking on a low enough dollar amount that it still makes […]

Virtual Assistant Services: Should Business Professionals Use Them?

By |2022-06-28T15:50:49-04:00April 22nd, 2022|Growth & Innovation, Virtual Office|

Currently, many businesses use modern technology like virtual offices and telecommuting to get more done without physically being somewhere or meeting someone face to face. Small business owners and entrepreneurs can also take advantage of this convenient and flexible way of work with the use of a virtual assistant. But what exactly is a virtual assistant and how can they help your business?  Learn what a virtual assistant is, what business tasks you can outsource to them, how much it will cost you, and the benefits and downsides of hiring a virtual personal assistant. What is a Virtual Assistant? A virtual assistant is an individual hired to take care of recurring tasks and business administrative responsibilities. Small business owners, self-employed individuals, and managers hire virtual assistants to help free up their time for other personal and business-related tasks. This individual works remotely, using the internet and phone to conduct their [...]

Why is a Mail Forwarding Service Better Than Post Office Change of Address Mail Forwarding?

By |2022-04-22T11:14:21-04:00April 21st, 2022|Mail Forwarding Service, Virtual Office|

When you are just starting out your small business, or when your business begins to grow, you will probably need to change your business address. You might need to change it once, twice or even more times – depending on the type of business, the type of location, or what your future office space needs and requirements are. With that in mind, it’s essential to understand how to protect your business from losing mail after conducting a post office change of address service. Sometimes, clients will use your old address without realizing you have moved, and your mail will get lost in the process. But using a mail forwarding service can stop this from happening. Learn how to forward mail in Canada, how to complete a post office change of address in Ontario, and why third-party mail forwarding services are better than Canada post mail forwarding services. What is a […]

What is Telecommuting in a Virtual Office Space?

By |2022-02-15T15:05:01-05:00February 10th, 2022|Virtual Office|

Many experts say that excessive traffic congestion on roads and surging infrastructure costs in almost all the major business cities of the world are forcing companies to adopt “virtual office” models in order to telecommute to work. So what is a virtual office and what is telecommuting? What is a Virtual Office? According to Wikipedia “A virtual office is a combination of off-site live communication and address services that allows users to reduce traditional office costs while maintaining business professionalism. Frequently the term is confused with ‘office business centers’ or ‘executive suites’ which demand a conventional lease, whereas a true virtual office does not require that expense.” One problem with the Wikipedia explanation is that the author is mistakenly trying to compare a virtual office Toronto to a Toronto office business centre – the author does not take into account that the top Toronto virtual office locations operate out of [...]

Virtual Telephone Services

By |2022-02-15T15:05:10-05:00February 8th, 2022|Growth & Innovation, Virtual Office|

If you find yourself dreaming of a virtual receptionist because you're staying glued to one location in order to avoid missing important calls – you may want to look into virtual phone services. They would be a great addition to your virtual office, and can simplify the way you connect with your clients and team members. All while experiencing dozens of additional benefits along the way. What are Virtual Telephone Services? A virtual telephone system is a cloud based phone system. It’s a type of phone service that allows you to receive and make phone calls or texts using an internet connection. When you use this cloud-based system, you’ll get a virtual phone number that’s tied to an account — rather than a device or location — which means accessing your business number is as easy as signing onto a desktop, web, or mobile app with an internet connection. Virtual [...]

Benefits of Virtual Office Space during the Pandemic

By |2022-01-19T16:50:03-05:00January 19th, 2022|Business Trends, Downtown Toronto Office Space, Growth & Innovation, Virtual Office|

The pandemic has forced organizations and start-ups to move operations to the virtual world. This has increased the demand for virtual office spaces, especially in the start-up and small business community. Virtual office spaces have helped small businesses and start-ups immensely during the pandemic. Through virtual office spaces, these companies can have a physical address and office-related services, thus helping the companies to save money they would have to spend for an office lease and administrative staff. Virtual offices give the company employees the freedom to work from anywhere, and in the meanwhile the company can still have a physical mailing address. Moreover, the company can also have a professional receptionist answering company calls and redirecting them to the intended employee. Virtual office spaces also come with perks such as quick access to meeting rooms and videoconferencing. Who Can Use Virtual Offices? People working from home requiring a professional presentation [...]

Advantages and Disadvantages of Virtual Offices

By |2022-09-29T10:30:38-04:00January 14th, 2022|Virtual Office|

Being that we write about the advantages of virtual offices all the time,it is quite easy for us to point out the various and many advantages of a virtual office. When it came to finding disadvantages to virtual offices, so we had to scour the internet looking for disadvantages. The disadvantages we found were mostly in respect to employees that telecommuted through a virtual office.

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