101 Secrets to Running a Successful Home-Based Business in Toronto

Originally posted by Sara Wilson According to the Small Business Administration, more than 50 percent of small businesses are home-based. Home-based businesses offer low overhead, helpful tax incentives, and the opportunity to work in your pajamas, among other benefits. But before you get started, there are some things — 101, to be precise — that you should know about running a company from home. Here is our list of top tips, lessons, pitfalls, and more to get you on your way. Getting … [Read more...]

Keep your office space in Toronto organized with these 25 tips

25 Tips to keep your office organized and running smoothly by Janet Taylor  1) Clean out each desk drawer, to free up even more valuable storage space. 2) Clear off the top of your desk, then wipe off the surface of the desktop. 3) Keep essential items on your desktop (computer, phone, fax, card file). 4) If you work with more than one person create an in box for each person. 5) Have a master to-do list for each day at your desk. 6) Pre-Sort the mail.  To-File, To-Read, … [Read more...]

Tips every startup can use

FAST GROWTH IS A GOOD PROBLEM, BUT WITHOUT GUIDELINES AND STRUCTURE, CAN BE A DETRIMENT TO YOUR NEW STARTUP. HERE'S HOW ONE FOUNDER GREW HIS COMPANY, AND WHAT HE LEARNED IN THE PROCESS. BY MATT EHRLICHMAN Over the past eight months our company has tripled in size, expanding from 25 employees to 125. During this time we transitioned from working in the basement of my home to a 17,000-square-foot office in Seattle, outgrowing two other temporary spaces in the process. Growing so … [Read more...]

5 non-digital tips for business growth

5 NON-DIGITAL TIPS FOR BUSINESS GROWTH BY Frances Dickens SMEs are constantly searching for the next technological advancement but digital isn’t the sole driver of business success. Here are five non-digital tips for growing your business. 1. Stay true to your values Clients and consumers want to do business with companies whose values they can respect and share in. Work out early what your company’s values are and make sure they underpin everything you do. This includes being … [Read more...]

Tips for fast and focused meetings in Toronto

5 TIPS FOR FAST AND FOCUSED MEETINGS. NO MORE CROWDED ROOMS OR RAMBLING OPINIONS -- MEETINGS CAN EASILY BE SPEEDY AND PRODUCTIVE WITH THESE FIVE TIPS. By Sam Harrison   If you slowly feel your soul draining and your mind turning to mush right now--and if you're reading this on your smartphone--there's a very good chance you're currently sitting in on a truly unproductive meeting. Rather than getting bogged down in any more overcrowded and underproductive business meetings, … [Read more...]

How to be more productive in the meeting room

5 TIPS FOR MAKING MEETINGS MORE PRODUCTIVE  - Lou Orfanos Whether taking place over the phone, online or face-to-face, meetings are where deals are made, decisions agreed, and relationships with clients and colleagues strengthened. Yet, despite offering many benefits, they can also be a big drain on workers’ time if they aren’t managed effectively or organised with a clear purpose. A study by Epson and the Centre for Economics and Business Research suggests that less than half of … [Read more...]

Marketing tips for small businesses

BE IMAGE CONSCIOUS AND FLEXIBLE: MARKETING TIPS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES. IT IS ESSENTIAL YOU THINK CAREFULLY ABOUT THE IMAGE YOU WANT TO PROJECT AND SPEND TIME ON A MARKETING PLAN - BY JAMES CAAN Marketing is essential for the success of any business. It doesn't matter how great the product or service you are offering is if nobody knows about it. You need to market every strand of your business – and that includes yourself. Businesses are built by people and their success is dependent on the … [Read more...]

Meeting Room Special: Book One, Get One 50% off

    After a long and dreary winter, we are ready to celebrate SUMMER. We are excited to be offering a summer special for meeting room reservations. Book your meeting online with one click! During July and August, when you book one meeting room, you get the second one for 50% off.  Simply book both your meetings at the same time and get 50% off the second one. Please note that the discount is applied to a second meeting reservation of equal or lesser value and does not … [Read more...]

Hiring For Small Business — Overcoming Challenges And Tips For Success

By Jason Whitman (Huffington Post) According to the most recent ADP employment report, small businesses added 82,000 jobs to the U.S. economy in April. Also, according to the Small Business Administration, small businesses provide more than half of all jobs in the U.S. But, as every small business owner knows, each and every one of these individuals within your business makes a difference and has the opportunity to move the needle depending on whether that individual is the right fit for the … [Read more...]