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How To Handle Returning To Work

October 23rd, 2020|Comments Off on How To Handle Returning To Work

How do employees feel about coming back to the office? Nervous, excited, worried? What’s your plan for keeping people safe and keeping your business profitable? There is a divide between returning to the office and [...]

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Helpful Tips To Simplify Your Small Business Life

September 17th, 2020|Comments Off on Helpful Tips To Simplify Your Small Business Life

Business owners are always looking for new ways of streamlining everything they do, to save time, money, and energy. If being busy has dominated your life, it’s time to regain control. Below are some helpful [...]

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Transitioning To A Virtual Office

May 21st, 2020|Comments Off on Transitioning To A Virtual Office

Preparing to transfer your business to a virtual office So you have decided to make the switch from your traditional office space to a virtual office. This is a great way to save some money, [...]

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What is Your SEO Location Strategy?

March 28th, 2019|Comments Off on What is Your SEO Location Strategy?

Generally when you think of a location strategy it is for a bricks and mortar business. The bricks and mortar location strategy is a plan to determine the best location for a business based on its needs and objectives. Depending on the business their SEO location strategy could be far more important than the physical location especially if lead generation or sales is dependent on the web. Local SEO and Location The most important component of any local SEO campaign is the NAP (Name, Address and Phone) that is listed on GoogleMyBusiness (GMB), local directories and elsewhere. Google search uses these citations to associate an entity with a website and business. There are many scenarios where a business might change its address to accommodate growth or a more professional appearance. Managing NAP’s with Citation Services Managing the elements of the NAP is not always easy. Consider that with every change […]

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Overcoming the Pitfalls of a Virtual Office

March 18th, 2019|Comments Off on Overcoming the Pitfalls of a Virtual Office

The virtual office has come a long ways since Telsec Business Centres’ was established in 1980. A business using a P.O. Box for its address was not really looked upon as a negative and several Fortune 500 companies used a P.O. Box for customer enquiries and transactions. The remote office and workforce has become widely accepted as major corporations begin to adopt coworking office space as their primary means of providing employees’ a workspace and support staff. Coworking leverages the flex time (employees choose their working hours) component and ability to do some work at home that millennials are favoring. This has saved these companies a lot of money in real estate and support staff costs. Why a Virtual Office? A virtual office takes coworking to a whole new level with the ability to have all work done by a remote workforce. Many digital marketing companies use a virtual office […]

An Era of Unlimited Rhino Horns

January 2nd, 2018|Comments Off on An Era of Unlimited Rhino Horns

We have entered the era of unlimited replica rhino horns. I’m not sure I’ve ever written as silly a serious sentence but it is true. In an interesting attempt to discourage the ivory trade, a Seattle based biotech firm named Pembient has created a synthetic rhinoceros horn using keratin and a 3D printer.  Keratin is the substance hair, fingernails, and rhino horns are made of.  The goal is to produce a biofabricated horn that is indistinguishable from the real thing on all but a cellular level and to thus save the endangered rhinoceros. Welcome to 2018, the year of good people doing good things with the grace of knowledge, talent and technology available to them. This might seem redundant but it is constantly amazing how much knowledge and technology is available for free to anyone with an Internet connection. One can earn a university level education by taking courses available […]

On Killing the Goose that Lays Golden Eggs

November 22nd, 2017|Comments Off on On Killing the Goose that Lays Golden Eggs

Trump appointed Federal Communications Commission chairman, Ajit Pai, is about to cancel the Obama era protection that regulates the Internet as a public utility in the United States. The end of an open and free era will soon be behind us. Sometimes people confuse theory and ideology with tradition and practicality. This mistake usually leads to disastrous outcomes. Human societies have existed for thousands of years and have evolved over time to think, act, and function in ways that tend to be the most efficient and useful, hopefully for the largest number of people. They might structure around different systems but systems that work are invented, innovated on and evolve and to help people survive. In North America, we have representative democracies. Modern democratic societies are built of and by people. They are you and you can know them if you want to. Opportunities for the advancement and betterment of […]

The Rise of the Digital Nomad

August 25th, 2017|Comments Off on The Rise of the Digital Nomad

A growing number of people have decided to ditch the daily grind and live a life more traveled. They call themselves digital nomads and much like the hitchhiking hippies who thumbed their way around the globe well into the 1980s; their world is an open road waiting to be explored. Advantage Access Today’s digital nomad has a huge advantage over previous generations of working travelers that can make a life of constant travel more economically sustainable than trying to dig roots back home. The advantage is constant connectivity. From near universal ubiquitous WiFi to always-on mobile data, digital nomads can live in the same Internet environments no matter where they are on Earth. Access to high speed Internet is the greatest lifestyle game changer since the invention of cheap airline tickets. It, along with  If you have a laptop and can find work helping other businesses online, you have the […]

Working from home has its challenges, but looking professional does not have to

June 1st, 2017|Comments Off on Working from home has its challenges, but looking professional does not have to

As the writer of this blog, I primarily work from home and only go into the office a few times a week. Today was a great weather day (well until it got cloudy) and I took my laptop outside and did some work in front of my apartment building. While I was out there, one of my neighbors (who also works from home) came out to get some fresh air and take a break from his work. My neighbor Blake is a hair stylist who works on films, creates wigs for movies and live theatre as well as takes on cutting hair for private clients in his apartment (yes, he has a professional hair studio set up in his apartment).  Today Blake was stressed out, but by work.  His stress came from a friend who could not understand that because he was home, that he was still working and could […]

Why Move from the Burbs to Downtown Toronto Office Space?

May 30th, 2017|Comments Off on Why Move from the Burbs to Downtown Toronto Office Space?

Many companies are choosing to move their offices downtown and away from the suburbs. Lets discuss why this is happening and what are the advantages of the downtown location for customers, colleagues and employees. In the past several years, a handful of North America’s largest corporations like Microsoft, Google, Yahoo and even McDonalds have joined the exodus from their suburban headquarters and campuses to new office space that is located downtown, and millennial’s seem to be the driving force. Yes, many companies chose to accept the usually higher cost of downtown space opposed to what they are paying in the suburbs, because they help attract younger workers. These workers want the chance to walk to nearby amenities and areas with a sense of place, rather than a generic business park campus or driving to a nearby shopping mall. This is also because these same workers want to be close to […]

Does your start-up really need a private office space? Here are some questions to ask yourself.

May 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Does your start-up really need a private office space? Here are some questions to ask yourself.

The first few months (or even years) of a start-up are often executed from the owner’s garage, basement or kitchen table. But as the business grows, it’s time to move. However, where you go is just as important. Your location can affect your company’s productivity, creativity and community – not to mention budget. Insiders agree that choosing the right environment depends on the work that’s being done and the people who are doing it. Some entrepreneurs are taking the plunge, either buying or leasing commercial office space to give their start-ups credibility and authenticity. Is opening up in your own office space a smart move early on for a new business? If you’re considering leasing traditional private office space, you should curb your enthusiasm long enough to ask yourself these questions. What will it cost to lease office space other than the monthly rental payments?  When you’re considering leasing office […]

Seven tips for starting a successful small business or start-up

May 16th, 2017|Comments Off on Seven tips for starting a successful small business or start-up

The biggest fear of starting a small business is failure, but there are things you can do to limit your chances of failure and increase your potential for success. While most of the advice here is not new, we are going to remind you of them and try to put a new angle on them so they make more sense. Have passion for your work. Having passion for your work does not mean that it is your only calling, but you need to be excited about it to the point where others see your passion. Starting a small business is not easy, and if it seems too easy, you might be doing something wrong. It is important that you enjoy what you are doing, because it will take a lot of work and personal energy to ensure that your small business venture has a chance of being successful. There are […]

The Many Benefits of Virtual Offices

April 25th, 2017|Comments Off on The Many Benefits of Virtual Offices

At Telsec, we not only offer office space, we also have a variety of virtual office solutions that can help to efficiently manage your business regardless of your physical location. But what are the actual benefits of virtual offices? Technology now allows people to work from anywhere, so much so that many companies realize that they do not need to be paying rent on office space that they do not utilize. When a small business needs a professional business address without needing physical office space, virtual offices are the best solution for that particular business. If you have a home-based business and want to engage a virtual office solution, a virtual office provider can give you a physical address without having to rent a physical office. And your home address will remain private. Business centres that offer virtual office solutions can also provide you with a phone and answering service, […]

Small business and start-up time management tips

April 14th, 2017|Comments Off on Small business and start-up time management tips

Everyone always say that “Time is Money” when it comes to your small business. But you need to know how to manage it so that your time is used wisely and productively. You cannot get time back that has been lost, so we compiled some tips that will help you to identify and rectify the way you spend your time. Audit your day by creating a time log. We are not suggesting that you log every minute and hour of every day. You just need to create a log that sets a benchmark for a how your time is used on a typical day. This may require you to log your time for a few days if your schedule is different over those particular days (eg. Monday is spend in the office, Tuesday is spent on the road, Wednesday is spent in the factory or warehouse, etc). Once you have […]

When does a home-based business need a location?

March 24th, 2017|Comments Off on When does a home-based business need a location?

If you have to work for 80 hours a week just to keep your business afloat, then you are not profitable. Some entrepreneurs blow through the earliest stages of their company’s growth by putting all their energy and time into their businesses at the expense of their own health and personal relationships. Part of the reason for this is that they are working from home – and the line between home time and work time often becomes blurred. The fact remains that two out of three companies begin in a spare bedroom, garage, basement or sometimes even a bathroom (we did not ask about this one when we were told about it). Sometimes the choice of operating your business from home is taken away from you by zoning bylaws. Many cities and many counties have zoning ordinances that limit, to one degree or another, whether you can operate a business […]

Business tips inspired by Barbara Corcoran

March 14th, 2017|Comments Off on Business tips inspired by Barbara Corcoran

Barbara Corcoran is the real estate contributor for NBC’s TODAY Show where she regularly comments on trends in the real estate market. But most people know her as one of the sharks on ABC’s reality hit show Shark Tank. If you really want to question her business knowledge, consider that she turned a $1,000 loan and parlayed that loan into a $5 billion real estate business. Then in 2001, she sold that business for $66 million. This shows that she knows a little about building a business. Here are some of her best tips for small-business owners from an article on the Forbes website (followed by our comments): “Don’t be afraid to make big mistakes. All the best things that happened in my business happened on the heels of failure. Don’t be afraid to fail; it’s proof that you are meant to be a successful entrepreneur. The only difference between people who […]

The differences between a mail-forwarding service and a P.O. Box

March 7th, 2017|Comments Off on The differences between a mail-forwarding service and a P.O. Box

P.O. Boxes are usually offered by either the Post Office or a “CMRA” which stands for Commercial Mail Receiving Agency. It all depends on the services offered by the Post Office or CMRA that you are working with. A mail-forwarding service is typically offered by an office business centre that rents office space to small businesses and also offers virtual office solutions. The first real differences between a mail forwarding service and a P.O. box is that a mail forwarding service provider offers you a real street address. This is ideal, especially if you are a running a small business that needs a more professional image than a conventional P.O. Box number. Another factor is that a P.O. Box cannot accept packages for you, especially when they are being delivered by a third-party courier company that requires a signature. A mail forwarding service provider can act as your commercial mail […]

Time-management tips for inbound business phone calls

February 15th, 2017|Comments Off on Time-management tips for inbound business phone calls

Do you know how to handle incoming telephone calls so that they do no waste your valuable time? It is a fact that Inbound telephone calls can consume a great deal of time and eat into your productivity level by taking you away from tasks that are more profitable. There are ways of cutting down the time you lose speaking on the phone, without being curt or rude to the person calling you. 1. Have your calls answered and possibly screened by a live professional receptionist. Let her or him route the calls to the right person, department or extension. For some calls, such as those from salespeople looking to sell your business a product or service, those calls can be sent to a voice-mail extension to be reviewed later. You can even have an extension with outgoing messages for general questions such as hours of operations and locations. Even […]

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

February 8th, 2017|Comments Off on 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 will suggest you host your networking event at […]

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

February 6th, 2017|Comments Off on 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 proportions in […]