A Helpful Checklist for New Small Businesses in Canada

Congratulations, you’re starting a new small business! It’s an exciting time, and you want to make sure you get things right the first time around. From the required paperwork to considerations around .ca domains, here are some of the things new small business owners in Canada need to know to get started.

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Virtual Office for Legal Professionals

Law firms (large and small) and solo legal practitioners alike can use virtual office services and spaces to run their entire legal operations or as a supplement to a home office or traditional brick-and-mortar offices. Virtual office services can be particularly useful during trial preparation
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Where to Set Up Shop in Toronto: Choosing a Virtual Office in the GTA

The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is the second largest financial center in North America... which makes it tricky to pick a spot to do business. That’s why the Intelligent Office (IO) team has put together this quick guide — with several locations throughout Toronto and Ontario, we understand what business owners need from a virtual office.

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Traveling Entrepreneur

As business people and entrepreneurs continually strive to grow their business, doing so frequently involves traveling around the country to attend networking or tradeshow events, meeting clients and prospects on their own turf, and getting some face-time with colleagues, contractors or employees who may operate in a remote location. Preparation
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How to Get More Done in Less Time

In today’s bustling world, work demands are high and the distractions are never-ending whilst down time may be limited. With so much to do in every single day you need to ensure maximum productivity to keep up with your busy schedule. This means you need to more with less time, here’s how.

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Virtual Office Eguide

Have you ever wondered why some small businesses are successful and others are not and what do these successful companies do to gain an edge over their competition? Through our years of experience
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4 Steps for Giving Effective Feedback

If you want your employees’ performance to improve and for them to overcome previous errors, you must continually give them feedback. They rely on your input to gauge their performance. When provided with the right information, employees can thrive and outperform themselves. Feedback is therefore essential, however a poll commissioned byInteract revealed that 37% of managers were uncomfortable giving feedback, and 69% reported being uncomfortable communicating with their employees in general. These figures show that it is crucial to learn how to give good feedback so that you can be the best manager possible. Here’s how:

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What is the SBA & How to Leverage it For Success Part 1

For entrepreneurs and small business owners, navigating the tricky terrain of creating a sound business plan, forecasting for growth and developing an operative growth strategy can be a major challenge. Fortunately, American entrepreneurs and operators have access to one of the most effective resources in the worldwide market...

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What Makes an Entrepreneur?

Entrepreneurs can be distinguished by certain factors from the rest of the population, such as a certain drive that motivates them even when the going gets tough and everybody else would quit, or by their can-do attitude that flies in the face of pessimists. Some people refer to the specific characteristics of entrepreneurs as the “it” factor. But what is this “it” factor? And how can you tell if you have it? What makes an entrepreneur an entrepreneur, and are you a natural born entrepreneur or not? Here’s how to tell.

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What is the SBA & How to Leverage it For Success, Part 2

Navigating the complex terrain of creating a sound business plan, forecasting for growth and developing an operative growth strategy can be a challenge for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Fortunately, American entrepreneurs have access to one of the most effective resources in the world via the Small Business Administration (SBA).
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Working Remotely: What Tech do you need to Work from Home?

Any telecommuting position, whether you work remotely from home, a coffee shop, or a co-working facility, will mean that workers need to be able to communicate at all times and have specific tools for the job. Depending on the role, you may need different technology, but there are some key tech tools that anyone who works remotely will need. This article tells you what tech you generally need.

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What is the SBA & How to Leverage it For Success, Part 3

Congratulations! You have gotten your small business up and running. Now what? This part of our four-part series on leveraging the Small Business Administration to help you launch and manage a small business will focus on the operational aspects of running a business. Whether you need leadership strategies, day-to-day decision making skills
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7 Top Tips for Public Speaking

Any public speaking event has the potential to cause stress, and when you get stressed, you may mumble, mispronounce words, blush, fidget or engage in other behaviours that reveal your anxiety. However, this need not be the case. This article will teach you some basic tips and tricks for engaging and confident public speaking.

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What is the SBA & How to Leverage it For Success Part 4

Understanding marketing and sales as well as the technical complexity of our Internet-driven society gives entrepreneurs a distinct advantage over the competition. This final segment of our four-part report will take a deeper dive into the logistics and philosophy of marketing and sales and their impact on your business success.
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Where to Sit in Meetings

Believe it or not, where you and your team or clients sit at a table during presentations plays a factor in the conversation flow and meeting energy. Here's how to strategically plan meeting seating arrangements.

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DIY Marketing Tools

If a business isn’t marketing, its potential customers are not finding it. Small to medium size businesses often struggle with spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on marketing. New DIY marketing tools, however, have eliminated the need to spend astronomical amounts on online and traditional marketing. These tools
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How to Be A Hardworking Professional Without Sacrificing Your Personal Life

In a world of hyper-communication, when having a mobile phone, PC and other such hi tech devices means you never really leave the office, as emails and other data sweep in from your office constantly even when you’re at home, it’s hard to detach from work. Increased responsibilities, competitive corporate environments and intense job demands means it is often hard for employees to stop working, relax and take time to have their own personal life, dedicating time to the hobbies and people they love. Here’s how to be hardworking but not sacrifice your personal life.

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