We have often talked about the value of having a virtual office, but we have also discussed the virtues of having a cloud-based office too. Some recent events brought the two topics together and we knew we had to share them with our followers. Some are funny and others are not. A recent virtual office client told us why he decided to become a client with us – for security reasons. He had been running his online product sales business from his home and doing quite well at it, until a customer showed up at his door looking to make a direct purchase. He had put his home address as the return address on his packages, but did not think anyone would show up at his home. That is when he decided that he needed a real business address that was not his home address. Working from home, a coffee […]
When you are a solo entrepreneur running a small business, it can be very difficult to take a vacation or holiday. Even when taking a so-called holiday, many small business owners take work with them. An Angus Reid Survey from a few years ago said that “53% of Canadian professionals plan to work one to three hours per day during their vacation.” After reading this information, we went to our office-for-rent clients to see what they did. What we learned was that there were many different strategies for taking time away from work. A few of our office-space tenants told us that during the summer months, they will work 4 days a week and take a Friday or a Monday off. To compensate for not being in the office, they would inform their customers that they would be out of the office on that day but available in emergencies via […]
Searching for office space for your growing small business? Why not consider a flexible executive office space for yourself and have your employees telecommute? You can also think about a virtual office solution for your small business and have everyone telecommute. According to World at Work, there’s been a substantial increase year-over-year in the number of workplaces offering teleworking. In the USA and Canada, teleworking is offered to 42% of the nearly 2,300 employers surveyed – up from 30% in 2007. Teleworking is listed among more than 20 programs to attract and retain employees, ranging from the most popular (a signing bonus) all the way down to paid sabbaticals. Telus (a major Canadian telecom) has found that teleworking can increase employee productivity by about 20%, after reviewing a pilot project where 170 employees worked from home. Besides increased productivity and morale, it also saved 14,000 hours of time in traffic! […]
When international entrepreneurs are looking to open shop in Canada, they often will often look to an office business centre in the city that they want to open up shop in and make arrangements for an international mail service that will forward their mail to their home in the country they live. But what about that globe trotting entrepreneur that is exploring various places? The great part of having a centralize business address in Toronto at a recognizable and iconic business address is that it is a great place for international entrepreneurs to start up with in Canada. Recently, a new mail address client from Brazil, upgraded to a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) virtual office solution because they not only wanted a Toronto business address, but they also wanted a Toronto telephone number that they could be reached at regardless of where they were traveling. Our client from Brazil […]
When Foreign Businesses See 3 Canadian Cities in the top 3 in the World, They Will Follow the Real Estate Investors!
If you had read our previous blog “When Foreign Real Estate Investors See 3 Canadian Cities in the Top 3 in the World, More Will Follow“, you will recall that we mentioned that some foreign investors may not want to open a traditional office while exploring the market, but still want to have a visible presence in Canada. This is why they choose a serviced office or a virtual office in an upscale business centre. A serviced office means a foreign investor can have a physical office for his or her local representative without the need for capital investment into such things office furniture, telephone systems or business equipment – like photocopiers and fax machines. These investors also do not need to hire a receptionist to answer calls or support staff to help with secretarial services or office management. At a business centre, office management is taken care of and […]
Last summer when in the wake of the torrential downpour and subsequent flooding of various neighborhoods around Toronto, Telsec Business Centres received a great deal of calls from small businesses looking for temporary office space.
While small businesses that are innovative are providers of technology are always good, this article is about how small businesses can benefit from the technology and innovations that are currently in the marketplace.
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 hard drives to back up their essential files, some used […]
Companies who do not need a physical office space will often use a virtual office within an office business centre in order to have a prestigious business address to put on their business cards, letterhead, brochures and other business-related material. Some will choose to just have the mail service while others will choose the Mail and Telephone service to give them access to a live professional receptionist who answers their calls based on their instructions. Recently, Telsec introduced a new VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocols) that has an optional VoIP handset that can be used anywhere in the world (provided there is an internet connection). Here are some tips to help you use a virtual office service to its potential as well as some advice to help you find the right virtual office for you. Tip No. 1 – Don’t tell anyone it’s a virtual office. When clients call your […]