Ongoing Planning has Never Been More Important to Your Business Success

June 16th, 2015|Comments Off on Ongoing Planning has Never Been More Important to Your Business Success

Whether your business is home-based or a fortune 500 enterprise, no individual and certainly no business can predict the future. Especially in these volatile times, businesses must prepare for unforeseen circumstances and have a plan in place well in advance for disaster recovery. A shocking reminder of this is the Boston Marathon bombings. Not only did innocent people lose their lives with hundreds injured, all businesses in that area were forced to close down for an undetermined amount of time. And let’s not forget about the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Sandy along the U.S. east coast a few years ago. Home-based businesses and SMB’s working out of their home need to have a plan for building a business or creating a good job for themselves. If you only see your business as providing a job, then the plan is simpler than if you are going to grow into office space […]

When you own a Small Business, Every Week Should be Small Business Week!

May 4th, 2015|Comments Off on When you own a Small Business, Every Week Should be Small Business Week!

May 4th, 2015, the official start of “Small Business Week” in the United States, yet in Canada Small Business Week is in October. Every year since 1963, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. In fact, every year since 1963,  the President of the United States issues a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. Having a week of recognition for small business is important because every day, small business owners are working to grow their small businesses to create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and continue to increase North America’s global competitiveness. This week across the United States, National Small Business Week events will be held in multiple cities. While some larger cities will feature one day of events during […]

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

April 29th, 2015|Comments Off on Why is a Mail Forwarding Service Better Than Post Office Change of Address Mail Forwarding?

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 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. If you choose to have Canada Post or the U.S. Postal Service forward your mail each time you move, it will: Cost you hundreds of dollars. Last for only 12 months. Provide no in-person presence or alternate “forwarding methods.” Require government-issued photo ID and authorization to act on behalf of the business. Mail forwarding with Canada Post or with the U.S. Postal Service may not be the best for your business because: Many of your present, past and potential customers may not try to contact you within a year. If a customer “drops by” after referencing an out-of-date […]

Small Home-Based Businesses are Moving into “Shedquarters” – but What Does That Mean?

April 19th, 2015|Comments Off on Small Home-Based Businesses are Moving into “Shedquarters” – but What Does That Mean?

For many years, small businesses have been started and run from home, but then there comes a time when that business outgrows the home office or finds it too distracting, so owners seek out office space for rent. But now there is a relatively new trend, “Shedquarters”, that allows small businesses (especially those with more than one employee) to have a home-base office without actually being in the home. The concept of using a converted shed as a place to work is not new to handymen, artists and musicians – but they are now becoming popular with home-based businesses who want to separate their home from their office. The size of the Shedquarters is only limited by the amount of backyard space the home/business owner is willing to give up, as well as any local building variances and codes. If you do a Google Image search on Shedquarters, you will […]

Another Reason why a Virtual Office Works Better Than a P.O. Box

April 13th, 2015|Comments Off on Another Reason why a Virtual Office Works Better Than a P.O. Box

While we have often told our readers about the benefits of virtual office arrangements over using a P.O. Box, this week we learned of a lost business opportunity caused by a small business owner that uses a P.O. box. One of our newest office-space rental prospective clients told us of a recent incident whereby his sister-in-law experienced running her home-based business through a P.O. Box. Seems that this entrepreneur made a major deal with a new supplier and then did not get the contract because the P.O. Box provider would not sign for the receiving of the confirmation letter from the originator of the contract, but instead sent it back to the sender marked “undelivered.” This ended up causing them to have to re-send the contract to a friend’s business address. Having to get a vendor, supplier or a potential customer to send mail and packages to a third-party address […]

Virtual Office Space is not Just for Small Businesses That are run From Home

March 3rd, 2015|Comments Off on Virtual Office Space is not Just for Small Businesses That are run From Home

If you are regular follower of our blogs and social media postings, you will have heard us talk about the virtues of having a virtual office space as an alternative to using your home address or a P.O. Box. But this post is going to be a bit different. Inspired by a recent client’s requests and activity, we found a use that we have not really talked about. A relatively new VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocols) virtual office client of ours is an independent small business owner that represents the products of a foreign manufacturer throughout North America. Being the sole representative for this product, he is often traveling around to trade shows and industry events promoting and selling these products. The client does not carry inventory (except for samples) as everything he sells needs to be shipped from the manufacturer. Because of the large values of the orders, certain […]

Why Millennials are Choosing Virtual Offices and Office Business Centres

August 26th, 2014|Comments Off on Why Millennials are Choosing Virtual Offices and Office Business Centres

Millennials or Generation “Y” are the next generations of consumers, but they are also the generation that is fast becoming today’s small business owners. They have never known life without the Internet or mobile devices. They are constantly connected, but they are also demanding when it comes to overcoming time challenges. They look to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and other social media for their information. They are also primarily using their mobile devices to connect to social media outlets. Millennials understand and accept that their data will be tracked, but they are more willing to click on social ads over traditional banner ads on their desktop or laptop computers. Small businesses who decide to embrace social engagement marketing strategies in an all-out manner for their brands, are the most likely to come up winners – with Millennials as customers! Millennials, being 18 to 34 years old, are not looking for stuffy offices; […]

Learning More About Virtual Offices Through Video

July 20th, 2014|Comments Off on Learning More About Virtual Offices Through Video

The Internet is full of information on various subjects. If there is a topic you need to learn about, most likely there is a website devoted to it. Sometimes a website might not give you all the information you need about a topic, or the website does not present information in a manor that best suits you. Videos have for some time been the best way to convey the message you need to get across or the topic you need to learn about. When you want to learn more about office space at Telsec, we have a Telsec Office Space Toronto video. While we are working on a virtual office video, there are plenty of others on YouTube such as this great video from ABC News. There are also plenty of videos on the Internet that will help you understand how a virtual office can work for you and save you […]

No Hidden Costs and no Scams in Virtual Office Packages

July 17th, 2014|Comments Off on No Hidden Costs and no Scams in Virtual Office Packages

No matter what product or service you are looking for, some person or company has likely created an Internet offer that sounds too good to be true. There are even some virtual office service products promoted on the Internet that are aimed at small businesses that are too good to be true – but they are still accepted by small business owners who do not challenge them. As an entrepreneur or  a small business owner, you have to ask your virtual office provider some questions before you sign that contract. Far too often, a small business owner will sign up for a virtual office without knowing what was outlined in the fine print of their contract, and later regret signing up. Signing up with a virtual office provider is supposed to help your business, not confuse you later on with hidden charges and extra fees or charges that were not […]

Tips on Finding the Right Virtual Office Location Before you Sign up

June 23rd, 2014|Comments Off on Tips on Finding the Right Virtual Office Location Before you Sign up

Many different virtual office providers offer various products with the same name. What one provider calls a virtual office package may be different than what another provider offers. It is up to you to find out what each company that offers virtual offices is actually offering you – before you can start to compare prices. A virtual office can mean a business mailing address service with mail forwarding, mail service and telephone answering, co-working access, discounted day-office rentals, discounted meeting room access or a combination of all these types of virtual-office solutions. Knowing your virtual office needs and comparing them to the structured plans of service providers can often get confusing. Make a simple checklist with all of the virtual office needs of your small business – including the amount of meeting room time or day-office time that you truly believe is realistic. Present your list of needs to the […]

More Reasons for Small Businesses to use a Virtual Office

June 16th, 2014|Comments Off on More Reasons for Small Businesses to use a Virtual Office

We have talked a great deal about the benefits of having a virtual office on our various blog postings, but we were encouraged to give people more reasons to consider a virtual office solution. So, here are some more reasons for small businesses to use a virtual office. Image matters. Small businesses should be careful to choose the location of their office with their customers and clients in mind. The location and address of your office conveys an image of your company. It also creates a first impression as soon as you hand a prospect your business card. It really does make a difference if your business card does not have a business address because your prospect will assume that your business is run out our your residence or a P.O. Box. It is more important to them if you have a known office address in a prestigious business location, […]

Does Your Virtual Office Have a Smiling, Professional Receptionist?

June 9th, 2014|Comments Off on Does Your Virtual Office Have a Smiling, Professional Receptionist?

Yes, you did read the headline correctly! We asked if your virtual office has a smiling, professional receptionist, because some virtual offices do not have receptionists. Instead, your calls are answered by a call centre employee that is working nowhere near the physical reception area of your virtual office. He or she may be working from another city – or even another country! When choosing a virtual office, you want the person answering your calls to not only be in the same city or country as your virtual office address, but you want him or her to be answering your calls where you actually get your mail. Some virtual office packages will tell you they offer call answering for your small business, but they do not tell you where the person answering your call is located. An office business centre that offers offices for rent as well as virtual office […]

What Content are you Creating and What Content are you Sharing?

May 29th, 2014|Comments Off on What Content are you Creating and What Content are you Sharing?

Creating new content for your blog or social media followers is not always easy, but it does not have to be hard either. The more you get to know your target audience, the more you will find out what types of information they are seeking and what they expect from you.

A Look at Some of the Popular CMS Platforms

May 22nd, 2014|Comments Off on A Look at Some of the Popular CMS Platforms

Let’s look at some of the popular CMS platforms that some of our office space tenants at our business centre, as well as some of our virtual office clients, use as their CMS website platform. WordPress is currently one of the most popular CMS platforms and it was originally developed as a tool for blogging. While its main function was to provide an easy and fast way for users to write and publish new blog content, the functionality of WordPress has grown so significantly that it is now used to power millions of very different personal and small business websites. WordPress now offers the main function of a CMS with complete control over creating, modifying and publishing content. Having the ability to create static pages and e-commerce on the same platform as a small business blog, gives businesses a single place manage their web presence. Another popular CMS is Drupal. […]

When Foreign Businesses See 3 Canadian Cities in the top 3 in the World, They Will Follow the Real Estate Investors!

April 29th, 2014|Comments Off on 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 […]

Office Space Sedentary? There is an App for That!

April 23rd, 2014|Comments Off on Office Space Sedentary? There is an App for That!

As we continue this week’s theme of discussing “Sitting is the New Smoking,” through our research we are uncovering more information that we wanted to share with our followers. It is most interesting that the battle against a sedentary lifestyle has even reached the app world, and developers keep finding new ways to keep people active and productive while at work. While for awhile there have been apps to help those who want to stay active and stay fit, the newest apps for increasing mobility in the office space have names like “Office Fitness”, “Office Fitness Free”, “StandApp”, “Limitless”, “Health Time Pro”, “Health Time LT” and “Sedentary work PRO”. These apps can range in price from free to $3.99 – but even at a higher price they would be a great investment in your health. Then there is “SmartMove” , USB rechargeable insoles, which can go in any shoe. The […]

Stay Active Even While Sitting

April 23rd, 2014|Comments Off on Stay Active Even While Sitting

In our previous blog “Sitting is The New Smoking,” we talked about the health problems associated with working all day sitting down. One of the options we told you about was to work standing up. When publishing that article we fully understood that working standing up may not always be an option for you in your office space. However, you can still exercise at your desk! Here are some ways you can get exercise while working at your desk. One of the best ways to take on the sedentary effects of sitting all day is to make a point of standing up every 20 to 30 minutes, even if is to just take a stretch or to read a memo – or try standing while on you are the phone. Keeping note of how long you have been sitting is also very important. Another way to stay active while sitting […]

Tracking Your Online Marketing

February 13th, 2014|Comments Off on Tracking Your Online Marketing

It is great that you are now marketing your product or service online, but what are you using to measure what is working?