4 Jan 2013

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A tax preparer is urging small business owners and entrepreneurs throughout Canada to claim business expenses when filing their taxes. Dalton Green, owner of Green Financial online, says no matter how small the expense, even if its a stapler, should be expensed in order to reduce their tax bill each year, the Toronto Star reported. Another ideal way to cut down on business costs is by forgoing office rent altogether. Self storage units are available to house many small businesses, replacing the expensive cost of office space with affordable storage units. Green encourages owners not to be shy with expenses. "There's advertising, supplies, travel, rent," Green told the news source. " It's all valid, and many times people don't think of them in that way.You're giving money to the government for no reason." Small business may also achieve some cost savings by implementing LinkedIn to their business models. The social media tool helps businesses network, find suppliers, hire employees, advertise…

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3 Jan 2013

Baby boomers in Canada are going against the societal grain and deciding to work through their retirement. “Whether it’s a part-time job to make extra cash or charging ahead with a completely new career, people today are turning the stereotype of retirement on its ear,” Gerald Bramm, co-founder of Gray Matters, a research firm focusing on aging population issues, told the Toronto Star. Many Canadians are turning to entrepreneurialism during retirement. Small business owners are encouraged to save where they can, whether they plan on retiring soon or not. Self storage is available to maintain business operations and cut down on costs. While small business owners are encouraged to plan finances for the long term, a boomer starting his or…

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31 Dec 2012

Small business in the Toronto area are encouraged to be proactive when it comes to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Making businesses accessible to everyone is not only a way to empower the community but it is also a smart business move as it will increase the amount of customers. Entrepreneurs in the area should also consider running their business operations out of Toronto self storage, as units are available to supplement the high cost of office space. Under the AODA, business are required to create a plane for disabled people with service animals and devices that offer assistance, like wheelchairs or canes, providing easy accessibility or even alternatives like deliveries or carry-outs. The Toronto City…

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28 Dec 2012

There are many free tools small business owners should be utilizing to streamline their business.Small business owners in the Toronto area are taking advantage of self storage as a cost-cutting measure. Many businesses are avoiding high rent prices by running their operations out of an inexpensive self storage unit.Other tools, like LinkedIn, allow small business owners to skip out on advertising costs and speed up sales."It’s such a powerful tool,” said Jody Steinhauer, owner of Bargains Group in Toronto, said, in an article appearing in the Toronto Star. "It doesn’t just lead to more sales, it shortens the sales cycle, because deals happen faster."Steinhauer added that she uses LinkedIn to network, find suppliers, stay up on business trends and hire…

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26 Dec 2012

Many small business owners give employees holiday bonuses this time of year, but experts say it may benefit employees and businesses more to dole out bonuses in small increments throughout the entire year.Small business owners looking to save money, in order to give out more bonuses or increase profits, should use self storage to streamline business operations and cut costs on office rent.According to Michael Levy, president of online-rewards.com and an adviser to governments and Fortune 500 companies on incentive programs, Christmas bonuses are not what keep employees around, but rather appreciation of work throughout the year.“If you look at the statistics around exit interviews, the No. 1 reason that people leave is a lack of recognition or appreciation for…

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26 Dec 2012

The holiday shopping season often means extra stress for Canadian small business owners, as the time of year can make or break services. Small business owners can shed some of the holiday stress by using money-saving tools such as self storage units and online business planning calculators.Another option might be to look into Zillidy, a lender that allows small businesses to access short-term capital with assets they already own, according to a contributing article to the Toronto Star.“It lends itself to the (entrepreneur) who owns a retail store and needs to buy inventory, hire staff, make payroll or buy something for the business,” Steven Uster, a Toronto-based investment banker and founder of Zillidy, said in the article. Entrepreneurs are also reminded…

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24 Dec 2012

To be successful in the robust small business sector in Canada, entrepreneurs need to utilize all tools available to them. That includes clothing.The Toronto Star recently reported that impressing a client often means dressing well. To keep themselves looking the part, entrepreneurs may want to polish their shoes, keep their hands clean, wear fitting clothing, stand up straight and keep scent to minimum.In addition to looking good, having a positive, leadership mentality will help inspire employees and attract more clientele. Another tool small business owners in the Toronto area should look into is self storage. Units are available with climate-controlled settings that allow for the storage of valuable, one-of-a-kind documents that may be damaged if left in extreme temperatures.As the…

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21 Dec 2012

A recent report by Statistics Canada indicated that the average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees increased to $909 in October, up 0.9 percent from September and up 2.8 percent from October 2011.The report also showed that the average hourly work week increased to 33.2 hours, up from 33 hours on a year-over-year comparison.Small business owners in Toronto may want to consider moving business operations to self storage units as a means of reducing costs. A number of small business owners are deciding to forgo traditional office space for a much more reasonably priced self storage unit.Statistics Canada did show that retail sales increased for the fourth consecutive month, up 0.7 percent in October 2012 from October 2011, encouraging growth…

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20 Dec 2012

Retail experts recently told the Toronto Star that small businesses need to find a balance between a festive atmosphere and annoying their customers with decorations.“The biggest challenge any retailer has is trying to anticipate what type of atmosphere in their stores is going to resonate with their customers,” Paul Beaumont, director of retail consulting for PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada, told the Toronto Star.Small business owners should look into self storage in Toronto for seasonal items, like Christmas decorations, which are only used a few weeks out of the year.While many businesses try and do everything they can to maximize profits during the holiday shopping season, it is equally important to listen to customer feedback and act upon it. Knowing your customer base…

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18 Dec 2012

Many small business owners that feel pressure to remain open during the holidays should know that they can take time off.Businesses in the Toronto area are encouraged to obtain self storage in order to secure one of a kind documents that pose a liability if they are not secure. Small business owners are given peace of mind knowing a document is safe from a flood, fire or other risk, with climate controlled self storage units.Owners can also relieve stress by traveling during the holidays, if they give customers a few common courtesies before taking off. The Toronto Star reported that small business owners could benefit from letting their customers know two weeks in advance that they are taking off, consider…

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18 Dec 2012

Individuals starting their own businesses run into initial challenges that often make or break their entrepreneurial spirit. In an effort to curb this effect, Spin Master has partnered with the Business Development Bank of Canada and the Canadian Youth Business Foundation in order to bring the Spin Master Innovation Fund to its third year.Entrepreneurs looking to get ahead and save money in the early stages of their business should consider Toronto self storage. Units are available to house business operations and supplement the high cost of office rent.The Spin Master Innovation Fund will give up to 10 Canadians, 18 to 39, $50,000 to grow their small businesses. They also spend a day at workshops with Spin Masters executives.“We've had our…

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17 Dec 2012

Nearly 60 percent of Canadians choose to do their Christmas shopping online, according to a recent Angus Reid survey. Many small business are aligning their business models to meet the online shopping demand. The amount of consumers heading online for shopping only increases when just 18 to 34 year-olds are considered. The survey showed that 73 percent of that particular age group plan to do Christmas shopping online.Small business owners in the Toronto area should also consider streamlining their business models by implementing self storage. Facilities can be used to cut down on office clutter, which will free up space for any number of business ventures.Stratford, Ontario, was recently put on top of the seven international cities that have embraced…

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14 Dec 2012

High rise building in Toronto is leading the Western world. According to a recent study by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, tall building construction is beating out every other city in the Western Hemisphere. Toronto has nearly 15 skyscrapers 45 stories or higher currently being built.Small business owners looking to avoid the undoubtedly high prices to open office space in these high rises should consider Toronto self storage. Units are available to conduct business operations at a much lower cost that won't break the bank.The council said that by 2015, Toronto is expected to have 44 skyscrapers that are more than 150 meters high, up from only 13 in 2005.“There’s no doubt that Canada is at the…

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14 Dec 2012

While holiday business parties are supposed to increase this year from last year, one business owner is giving the money to a different cause.Small business owners are encouraged to use self storage in order to save on costs of operating a business as who knows where that money could be going.Roy Wasley, president and founder of Stagevision, an audio-visual company in Mississauga, hosts a holiday party where Santa comes around and gives presents to employees’ children.This year, however, he has decided to give the money he usually spends on the presents, which amounts to nearly $3,000, to the Santa Claus Fund.Earlier this month, 75 volunteers organized bags of food that will be given to 12,000 families throughout the Greater Toronto…

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11 Dec 2012

The Toronto Star recently issued some offbeat job interview questions that can help small business owners find the right fit for their companies.These same business owners are encouraged to utilize the money saving option of self storage. Facilities are available in the Toronto area for small business owners and entrepreneurs to store critical documents that are at a liability being left around the home or office.According to experts, unconventional questions can help employers find the right person for the job."It's all about the “fit factor,” Chris Kulbaba, career development practitioner with the London, Ontario, told the news source. “It's a way an employer can look at the behaviours or attitudes or values of a job seeker.”Offbeat questions include "If you…

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10 Dec 2012

Businesses are rejoicing in the current economic climate and holiday parties are an indication of this. A recent survey by Challenger Gray Christmas showed that 83 percent of businesses plan to have a Christmas party, up from 68 percent last year.Small business owners are encouraged to build morale with a holiday party. They can make up for the costs later on by utilizing the benefits of self storage. Units are available to clean out an office and streamline business operations.While holiday parties are not the strongest indicator of an improving economy, experts do say it's a good sign.“Consumer confidence is a big part of what happens economically, and the holiday party is the canary in the mine shaft for consumer…

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10 Dec 2012

Following weak gains in October, Canada's job market recovered as November posted the highest gains in eight months. According to Statistics Canada's Labor Force Survey, the economy added 59,300 new jobs in November and the jobless rate fell to 7.2 percent, down from 7.4 percent in October and accounting for the lowest level since March. The economy only added 1,800 jobs in October.With many Canadians starting their own businesses, contributing to the uptick in job creations, small business owners are encouraged to utilize the money saving options of self storage to help continue the positive economic trend.According to the report, service sectors created 65,700 new positions, only to be offset by the goods-producing sector losing 6,200 jobs and the manufacturing…

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7 Dec 2012

Sheldon Schwartz has a two year waiting list for his handmade guitars that cost between $8,500 to $12,500, according to the Toronto Star. Sheldon can only have help in some aspects of making the guitar but the "nitty gritty," has to be done by him, so he can only sell about 10 a year.Small business owners, like Schwartz, looking to cut down on their own costs should consider the money saving options of self storage in Toronto. Units can streamline office operations, while making them look more attractive to customers.“When you start building guitars, you can simply go by the 'standard' dimensions and thicknesses,” Schwartz told the Toronto Star. “But if you really want to refine the sound and the…

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4 Dec 2012

Three Toronto theaters are asking taxpayers to dig into their own pockets and cover $4.3 million to keep them afloat as business is slow.Cheap storage in Toronto is available for small business owners who are worried about their own tight budget. Units are available to streamline office efficiency and cut costs in more ways than one.The three theaters asking for help are the Sony Centre, the Toronto Centre for the Arts in North York and the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. The theaters are claiming they are doing what they can but the demand for their service is just not there.“Corporate events are becoming a major part of our business,” Dan Brambilla, of the Sony Centre,  told the Toronto…

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