Tips for finding office space that works for your business

January 7th, 2016|Comments Off on Tips for finding office space that works for your business

If you are reading this blog and think “oh, another self-promotion blog” you would be wrong! Yes, Telsec rents office space to entrepreneurs and small business, but our office solutions are not perfect for every business. Every small business has its own unique needs and requirements. They are not the same for one business as they are for another. The first step in finding office space that works for your business is to establish what your needs are, especially in terms of how you need to work to get your jobs done efficiently. Yes, you are reading this and perhaps saying “oh, that’s easy – I just need a place to put a desk and my computer on top of it.” Maybe you are thinking that any place will do. Well, you would be wrong! There are many factors you need to take into consideration. When looking for office space, […]

Use Holiday Slow Time to get Some end-of-the-Year Work Done

December 28th, 2015|Comments Off on Use Holiday Slow Time to get Some end-of-the-Year Work Done

During the holidays, many businesses experience a slow time between Christmas and the first few days of January. Some companies close during that time and others let some of their staff take vacation time. This helps to reduce payroll expenses during a slow period when not much work gets done. But there is work that should be done in preparation for the new year. Here are some things to consider getting done before the new year. Consider cleaning up your computer files before the new year. This will not only alleviate clutter on your computer, but it can also improve the performance of it as well. Look at the files that are on your computer and archive older files that are not in use. Portable USB hard drives can not only hold a great deal of files, but they can also keep files easy to access if you need them. […]

The Holiday Spirit is Alive and Well at 1 Yonge Street

December 17th, 2015|Comments Off on The Holiday Spirit is Alive and Well at 1 Yonge Street

Just last week in the reception area and reception boardroom, Telsec treated its office-space tenants to some holiday cheer and some amazing catered hors’douvres by Daniel et Daniel. It was great for tenants to have a chance to gather and be around other office tenants. Some took the time to talk to familiar faces they had seen or talked to in the hall, while some of the newer tenants got a chance to meet some of the other office tenants who have been around for a while and do some networking. On December 16th at the Toronto Star Building, all of the building tenants and Toronto Star staff were treated to a holiday breakfast in the main-floor lobby of the building. It was not a simple breakfast. They had a various selection of food, breakfast deserts and different beverages. Some of the food included western omelet, scrambled eggs, sausages, biscuits […]

Why Your SMB Should Consider an Alternative Office Space Before Getting Locked Into a Lease

December 8th, 2015|Comments Off on Why Your SMB Should Consider an Alternative Office Space Before Getting Locked Into a Lease

It is no big secret that money is a major concern for many start-ups and small businesses. Office space can be a drain on resources for any business, large or small. Office space can put a lot of strain on the principals, since most landlords of commercial real estate will demand 3-year to 5-year lease terms and personal guarantees when trying to rent or lease an office to a small business or company with a short history and a short track record. This is not a decision new companies who are looking to grow can afford to make without looking at all the office-space solutions available. Generally speaking, any business that has office space will find that its office space is one of the highest fixed costs that they have each month. As a small business trying to get started, they need to be thinking creatively about what their office […]

Team Space: Who can Benefit From it and Why!

November 26th, 2015|Comments Off on Team Space: Who can Benefit From it and Why!

Alternative office-space solutions are the fastest growing trends in the office space industry today. This growth is fueled by changes in: 1. Employees’ expectations of their workspace and workplace 2. The millennial effect within the workforce 3. Technology, which has made remote officing, flexible hours and telecommuting much easier to maintain workflows and information exchange Depending on the industry, there is often an expectation of the workplace and workspace. In the past, an office or workspace was a symbol of status, achievement and position within the organization. The new generation of workers have different expectations of their workspace, partially because they are more accustomed to using technology – and to a lesser degree their education has changed their attitudes towards status and achievement. The next generation of office workers changed what they valued, so they now use different symbols for status and achievement. An physical office is less of a […]

The Hidden Costs of Owning Your Office Space

November 24th, 2015|Comments Off on The Hidden Costs of Owning Your Office Space

Many small business owners have often considered buying a commercial space instead of handing over rent to a landlord. The problem is that the idea may sound wonderful, but what about the hidden costs of owning your office space? Yes, there are some positives to owning your office space, such as giving your small business stability and adding a sense of certainty. As the owner, you know that you will not encounter an unpredictable rent hike or be forced out at the end of a lease. With the proper planning, you will know in advance how much your monthly costs will be, long in advance. As the owner of your office space, you alone decide what type of office culture and set-up your business will have. For example, you get to choose an open concept, cubicles or even where the walls for individual offices should be. This sounds like a […]

Finding Office Space With no App Required

October 29th, 2015|Comments Off on Finding Office Space With no App Required

You are always hearing people say "oh, there is an app for that" about almost everything. But do you really need an app for that?

Having an Emergency Action Plan in Your Office Space

October 5th, 2015|Comments Off on Having an Emergency Action Plan in Your Office Space

Planning how you are going to recover from a disaster is very important, but knowing how you and your staff are going to react to a disaster when it is actually happening is far more important.

Small Business Marketing Problems and how to Overcome Them

September 10th, 2015|Comments Off on Small Business Marketing Problems and how to Overcome Them

When your small business is one that is B2B (Business to Business), there are a number of problems that are faced, primarily marketing your small business. To help identify some of these problems, we talked to the small business owners who rent physical office space or have virtual offices and services with us. The primary problem that our office clients told us was identifying their target market, because their first instinct is that everyone is their target market. This creates a problem – because without targeting their audience, they are missing key opportunities from potential customers who want to hear from them specifically. In many cases, broad-based marketing does not work because it gets lost in the sea of companies trying to market to everyone. Once a small business defines its true target market and knows the actual size of that market, it has gotten to a place where it […]

Working From Home: It Sounds Great in Theory, but Will it Work for Your Small Business?

September 8th, 2015|Comments Off on Working From Home: It Sounds Great in Theory, but Will it Work for Your Small Business?

Many entrepreneurs and would-be small business owners dream about being able to work from home. They imagine themselves in their perfect little home office zipping through tasks while sipping a cup of Tim Hortons or Starbucks, being super efficient and getting the job done. But sometimes that is not the reality. While there are many types of businesses that can be run from home, success depends on many factors and the business model to make it work. Any small business that relies on in-person contact with clients and customers is probably not the best kind of business to run from home. Also, do you really want to bring people into your home who you really do not know? Yes, compared to the traditional office, a home office seems like an oasis, and you would think that you would get more work done if you didn’t have to work surrounded by […]

Bicycles are Becoming More Popular as a way to get to the Office

September 1st, 2015|Comments Off on Bicycles are Becoming More Popular as a way to get to the Office

Many places around the world have seen large numbers of people commuting to work via their bicycles. But now this is becoming more and more popular in North American cities. Pleasure pathways are fast becoming the next commuter congestion areas. The city of Toronto has over 286 “bikeway trails” and there is a call for more trails and more dedicated bicycle lanes. Even websites like Business Insider have published articles back in 2012 called “13 Reasons You Should Bike To Work“. One of the reasons (besides health and fitness gains) they site is the fact that the cost of owning, maintaining and insuring a vehicle keeps rising. While they also mention missing the morning traffic congestion, they did not take into account the new problem of bicycle congestion on the roads and cycling paths. The City of Toronto is developing a new 10-year plan for growing, connecting and renewing Toronto’s cycling network. The […]

Temporary Office Space During The Canadian National Exhibition

August 24th, 2015|Comments Off on Temporary Office Space During The Canadian National Exhibition

One of our virtual office space clients who lives outside of the city needed a ‘touchdown’ office space while he was vending at the Canadian National Exhibition. So guess who they called? It was a no-brainer – they were already using Telsec for their virtual office and mail forwarding service. The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is unlike most consumer product shows – because instead of a few hundred or thousand potential customers, companies can have their product or brand exposed to millions of visitors during this three-week event. Small business owners selling consumer products can not only get exposure, but they can potentially sell a great deal of their product at the CNE. According to Wikipedia “The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), also known as The Ex, is an annual event that takes place at Exhibition Place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, during the 18 days leading up to and including Canadian […]

Is Telecommuting Right for Your Company?

August 17th, 2015|Comments Off on Is Telecommuting Right for Your Company?

More and more businesses are starting to experiment with telecommuting. Whether it’s a set day a week or a flexible schedule, new technologies now allow employees to stay connected even when they're not physically in the office space.

How Telecommuting can Work for Your Small Business, Even During Vacation Time!

August 5th, 2015|Comments Off on How Telecommuting can Work for Your Small Business, Even During Vacation Time!

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! […]

Why Working in an air Conditioned Office can be Awesome!

July 28th, 2015|Comments Off on Why Working in an air Conditioned Office can be Awesome!

I primarily work from home, but on hot summer days there is nothing like going into an air conditioned office. Fact is that my apartment does not have air conditioning and most days I do not need it. But the heat and humidity over the past few days have taken their toll on my ability to work from home. I tried to work from the library for a few hours with my laptop and their wifi, but other library patrons were bothered by my cellphone ringing and my telephone conversations. So what was next? Starbucks, McDonald’s or Tim Hortons? They all have air conditioning and welcome customers with free wifi – but still not the greatest places to get work done. During busy periods, most fast food and coffee chains are not that receptive to customers who are buying a single beverage and taking up space for a few hours. […]

Bassem Ghali of Green Lotus Video Interview

July 22nd, 2015|Comments Off on Bassem Ghali of Green Lotus Video Interview

  Bassem Ghali of Green Lotus Interview A few weeks back we interviewed Bassem Ghali of Green Lotus as part of our “Meet the Telsec Business Centres Community” program. Our hope is that through these interviews we can provide some business tips and networking opportunities for our current and future clients. Transcript 0:10 Ian: y Your name and your role in your organization? 0:13 Bassem Ghali: My name is Bassem Ghali. I’m the founder and head of clients strategy at Green Lotus. Green Lotus is an online marketing company. The major benefit of using Green Lotus service are the insights and strategies that we provide for our clients. The most important thing that we do is track and measure every conversion and every lead from every source that we get – so that at the end of the day our clients have a clear insight of the performance of their big […]

Canadian Entrepreneurial Trends: The GEM Global Entrepreneur Monitor

July 20th, 2015|Comments Off on Canadian Entrepreneurial Trends: The GEM Global Entrepreneur Monitor

I often find myself reading long reports such as The GEM Global Entrepreneur Monitor in order to gain insight into markets I am working in – especially if it is an industry I am not familiar with or I am looking for a need not currently being be met. As the online marketing and community manager for a business centre, entrepreneurs are an important target audience for most if not all of Telsec’s services. This yearly report is based upon over 16 years of data consisting of 200,000+ interviews a year. The GEM website provides more information about the report including: “GEM began in 1999 as a joint project between Babson College (USA) and London Business School (UK). The aim was to consider why some countries are more ‘entrepreneurial’ than others. Sixteen years on, GEM is the richest resource of information on the subject, publishing a range of global, national […]

Pan Am Games and the effect on Toronto Small Business.

July 13th, 2015|Comments Off on Pan Am Games and the effect on Toronto Small Business.

Today’s blog was supposed to be about entrepreneurial trends and list some statistics, but instead we are going to talk about some issues that our office space clients are talking about regarding the Pan Am Games in Toronto. With the Pan Am games in Toronto, many of our office clients have chosen to either work from home or to take public transit to the office. This is mainly due to the added road congestion caused by the temporary HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) lanes on the Don Valley Parkway and the Gardener Expressway. The intent of these lanes is to allow official Pan Am Games vehicles, buses, taxi cabs and vehicles with more than 3 persons to move along the roadways faster and avoid traffic. One of our office space tenants mentioned this morning that they would try using an Uber car to get to work, but they quickly found out that […]