25 Oct 2012

Square available for Canadian businesses

The many small business owners in Canada will be pleased to know that Square, the mobile payment system created by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, has launched in Canada.Small business owners should also consider a Toronto self storage facility as an office building, in place of the high price of rent required to run operations out of a traditional space.Square is a device that can be attached to an iPhone, iPad or Android device and has the ability to accept credit card payments, streamlining business operations.“We are focused on making commerce easy for everyone," said Alyssa Cutright, vice president of International for Square. "Square builds free tools for local businesses of all sizes and types to thrive. We’re thrilled to introduce Canadian businesses and their customers to the most seamless and enjoyable way to do business.”Jiffy offers businesses plenty of options for Toronto storage, whether one needs to store filing cabinets or office supplies. What's more, the company is currently holding…

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24 Oct 2012

According to the study conducted by Michelle McQuaid, a world leader in positive psychology interventions in the workplace, 65 percent of American and Canadian workers are either somewhat or completely dissatisfied at their jobs. With so many Canadians opening their own small businesses, it is important they start today and ask for help.Small business owners on a tight budget should consider trading the expensive cost of office space for the cheap price of self storage, as many business operations can be conducted with smaller space.Canadian entrepreneurs are encouraged to start with a clean slate and keep mistakes in the past where they belong. They should also not be discouraged when they have to ask for help.“Buy your weakness and sell…

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23 Oct 2012

With small businesses increasing rapidly throughout Canada, a great way to cut down on employment costs is to hire unpaid interns.Toronto public storage can also be used in place for office space, especially for small business owners looking to get rid of the expensive cost of rent.Many younger individuals, in college or recent graduates, are quick to jump on unpaid internship positions, as they can offer experience that will set them up for a job later on.“Everything that I'm gaining – working with some of the city's top editors, seeing how a weekly magazine operates on a daily basis – is pretty invaluable for someone my age and at my stage in life," Sara Harowitz, an unpaid intern at Toronto…

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19 Oct 2012

Home prices in Canada have been increasing for some time. This does not bode well for the many individuals throughout the Toronto area looking for office space. But there are other solutions, although some are questioning the source setting the value on homes throughout the country.Self storage units in Toronto can be used in place of office space, allowing small business owners to save money on the housing market, driving up their up their costs and down their profits.Mortgage insurers, banks and appraisers more recently raised concerns about the margin for error in the database that sets home prices. The system sets values to homes without having an appraiser visit the property.Nonetheless, data from Statistics Canada showed that new home…

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18 Oct 2012

Canada is seeing a large number of people starting their own businesses. As more people enter into the entrepreneurial marketplace, they need to be aware of what it is they are committing to and do their homework when it comes to purchases.Those starting their own businesses have low overhead. A storage unit can serve as a place to run business operations, replacing the high cost associated with office space, especially in the expensive Greater Toronto Area.With many Canadians opening franchises, Steve Goldman, a layer and frachise experts, warns that buyers need to know a franchise isn't a sure thing.“It seems like a safer way of doing business, and that’s the big attraction,” Goldman told the Toronto Star. “However there are…

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15 Oct 2012

Kicking off Small Business Week, the Toronto Star is offering advice from Greater Toronto Area entrepreneurs who have promising small businesses.For small business owners looking to cut down on costs, a cheap Toronto self storage facility can be just as adequate for running a business as expensive office space, freeing up money to spend elsewhere on the business.Successful small business owners had the following advice:“It might be outside of your comfort zone but, you can achieve it if you think bigger,” Ann Kaplan, president and CEO of iFinance Canada, told the Toronto Star. “My a-ha moment came from self-evaluating. I have certain skill sets but there was a point where I thought, ‘I‘m thinking too small."Jen Agg, owner of The…

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12 Oct 2012

According to a recent CIBC report, Canadians age 50 and older have nearly doubled the amount of startup businesses in last 20 years. Statistics Canada showed that  during the recession, employment for those in that age range increased by more than 100,000 people.Entrepreneurs in Ontario should look into Toronto self storage for all their small business needs. A storage unit can even be used in place of an office, saving money on the high price for rent. More than half of boomers in their 50s plan on working beyond the retirement age.“Without a doubt, when we’re looking at those demographics, we’re seeing older workers interested in taking advantage of the skills and expertise they built in their careers,” Ben Brunnen, chief…

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11 Oct 2012

Entrepreneurs considering expanding or moving their small businesses to other provinces need to conduct extensive research before doing so. A different province has different government programs, credits, incentives and corporate and payroll tax rates.Small business owners in Ontario should consider Toronto public storage for help with any moves or expansions and could even use the storage space as office space, in order to save on the high costs for office buildings."Different provinces have different ways of doing businesses and different marketing approaches that resonate," Shane Lawrence, associate vice president, sales & service, TD Business Banking, told the Toronto Star. "Business owners should factor in the local culture and norms [to] decide whether to customize their sales and marketing approach for…

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8 Oct 2012

Youtube videos are increasingly being utilized as a marketing tool to increase Search Engine Optimization, growing a website's Google rankings, and therefore helping boost a company's attention. Boosting online traffic is particularly important for small business owners looking to get their company's name out there.Toronto self storage is another option that can save small business owners money, helping them spend that money elsewhere, like on a Youtube marketing campaign that will help get their name out to consumers.When posting a video on Youtube, the title is crucial in attracting a broad audience. It is also important to use keywords in the title to increase the ranking of a video in search engines, helping consumers locate specific products easier.The description placed…

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5 Oct 2012

Freelancer.com, an eBay-style website for the labor market, recently launched in Canada and could be a useful tool for the high amount of self-starters and small businesses throughout Canada.Small business owners moving offices should consider cheap storage to help ease the burden of relocating. It is also advantageous to consider forgoing the the high price of an office building and instead conduct business operations out of the storage space.Freelancer.com is the world's largest outsoucing and crowdsourcing website, accounting for more than 3.6 million register users across 200 countries. Small businesses are encouraged to get into freelancing. They are able to post a project, requiring special skills or service, on the website and hire a freelance with expertise for the job,…

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4 Oct 2012

The value of a small business is worth what the market says it's worth, no matter how much an owner thinks it may be worth.For small businesses looking to cut costs, Toronto self storage can be used in place of expensive office space.For an entrepreneur looking to get the maximum buyout on their business, it is important to first do a review of the company. This means assessing management teams to ensure the company is capable of standing on its own after being sold. In addition, this means ensuring accounting information is accurate and reflects finances properly, the Toronto Star reported.Business owners also need to know they can't just up and leave the business behind after it's sold either.“You can't…

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4 Oct 2012

Sales of new homes were down 21 percent in the Greater Toronto Area on a year-over-year comparison, according to the Toronto Real Estate Board. Despite the significant drop in sales, prices are still setting record gains, up 8.5 percent in September on a year-over-year comparison.Any small business owners considering a real estate purchase in the high-priced market for office space should use self storage instead, to save on cost."While sales have been lower due to stricter mortgage lending guidelines, we continue to see substantial competition between buyers," Ann Hannah, Toronto Real Estate Board president told CBC News. "The months of inventory trend remains low from a historic perspective, which explains the strong price increases we are experiencing.”The condominium sector, which…

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2 Oct 2012

StartUp Canada is currently touring Toronto to support, celebrate and provide solutions for entrepreneurship. The grassroots initiative stated there is no one-size-fits all solution for a more effective entrepreneurial ecosystem but  for various elements, like vision and leadership.Portable storage containers are available in the Toronto-area for small businesses transitioning from one office space to another, or for those who want to run their business and forget about paying office rent altogether.“We ask people to think like entrepreneurs and find doable, innovative solutions to local, regional and national-level challenges,” Rick Spence, a Startup Canada Advisor and former editor and publisher of PROFIT, The Magazine for Canadian Entrepreneurs, told the Toronto Star. “In Ontario, we collected some great new business ideas, from…

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2 Oct 2012

Fluctuating gas prices have a lasting impact on many small businesses throughout Canada, and luckily, the news is good, for now. Prices decreased in May, after the record high of $1.35/litre average hit in April.Small business owners looking to trim costs, especially with wavering gas prices, should consider cheap storage in place of expensive office space. The money freed up from rent can be placed toward getting a business's name out there.“But when you find other areas to make small savings – such as cutting back on your phone plan or investigating how much you’re really spending on bank fees – that combination of savings can truly add up,” Kim Inglis, investment advisor and portfolio manager at Canaccord Wealth Management…

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1 Oct 2012

Canadians are increasingly becoming entrepreneurs and with that enlivened spirit, many are wondering what they can do to keep up with the technological aspects of their small businesses. When attempting to stretch a budget, it is crucial these small business owners are assessing everything they can to gain a competitive edge.Toronto Storage solutions are available for startups looking to replace the high cost of renting office space with the low cost of portable storage containers.In addition, utilizing numerous tools the internet has to offer will make sure a brand is getting its name out there. One is UberFan, which monitors activity on Twitter, allowing companies to make an offer to an individual based on a Tweet that UberFan identified as…

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27 Sep 2012

The 2013 edition of the Business Outlook from BMO Bank of Montreal showed that Canadian businesses are becoming more reliant on trade with the United States. The report showed that 39 percent of Canadian business owners said they were reliant on the U.S. for trade, up 18 percent on a year-over-year comparison.For small businesses owners looking to save on the high rents associated with office space, portable storage containers are available to conduct business operations."Canadian businesses are showing a growing level of confidence in the prospects for the North American economy, and they continue to look for opportunities to grow beyond our borders," said Cathy Pin, vice president, Commercial Banking, BMO Bank of Montreal. "What is most interesting is that…

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27 Sep 2012

With the entrepreneurial spirit returning across Canada, innovations are bound to be successful. This means that many self-starting Canadian business owners will be faced with the decision of selling what they built.Obviously a decision like this should be well thought out and small business owners need to plan accordingly. For many self starters looking to obtain cheap office space, a self storage container can serve the same purpose without the high cost."There is a lot of naivety amongst sellers," said Tom Deans, an entrepreneur-turned-speaker whose family has successfully sold businesses worth over $100 million. "They actually think they will negotiate the sale, get a cheque and never have to return and deal with all the issues of running a business…

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26 Sep 2012

Google recently issued its eTown Award, designed to recognize towns where small businesses are investing in online tools and resources to expand their business, to five Canadian cities to improve operations and find new customers.Small business owners in the Toronto area should consider portable storage containers as a venue to conduct their business operations, in order to avoid the high costs associated with office buildings."We're delighted to recognize the accomplishments of the small businesses embracing the web in each of these cities," said Chris O'Neill, managing director of Google Canada. "We know that the Internet is going to contribute massively to Canada's economic growth, so these eTown awards are designed to showcase those communities leading the way forward."Google reviewed thousands…

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26 Sep 2012

A recent report by Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce shows that Canada is becoming a country of entrepreneurs, as it showed a sharp increase in the number of Canadians starting their own businesses. The report found that during June, a record number of more than a half million Canadians said they had started their own business over the past two years.For those entrepreneurs looking to save on numerous costs associated with an office building, affordable self storage in Toronto is available for extra space, or can even be used as a place to run a business.More encouragingly, 80 percent of those new owners said they opted to start a business voluntarily and not because they couldn't find a job. Currently,…

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