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When Dave Geiss of Officescape left the corporate world after 24 years, he found it difficult to decide what to do next
“You’re kind of on your own as an entrepreneur and you have to do all these things that were done for you at one time by professionals … it becomes very distracting,” he said.
After some trial and error, Geiss and his business partner took a long, hard look at what exactly they thought someone with a home- based business needed to be successful.
They came up with an idea to create a business centre that would be more than just a real estate transaction.
This led to the founding of Officescape, a boutique style business centre located in Markham, Ontario.
Today, Officescape offers a host of services, including full-time office space, on-demand office rentals, access to meeting rooms with an hourly rate, virtual office services and more.
“We give your business a professional image beyond real estate. (We’re) the whole package,” Geiss said.
Whether you only need a business address to list online or you need a whole suite with room for ten employees, Officescape can cater to your needs. It doesn’t just offer standard plans, it works with each
client to find the solution that’s best for them.
Although Officescape offers all the typical things you would expect to see from a business centre, there’s one thing you’re unlikely to find anywhere else — a culture of sharing and support and a community of partners.
They’ve created an environment where everyone helps everyone. With multiple business centres in the area to choose from, it’s the people at Officescape that really make it stand apart from the rest.
They go beyond just offering standard office space to provide support directly to their clients. Officescape partners look after everything from bookkeeping to web development and hosting.
“We take on the back end of the business, so they can focus on the front end of the business,” Geiss said.
Even though the services may come from different vendors, Officescape clients receive one invoice a month which keeps things simple and enables people to get back to selling and creating.
Geiss said that launching something from nothing, and creating business, opportunity and jobs, makes all the effort worth it.
“Seeing small businesses flourish
… (when) they’ve really become successful and are growing, that’s the most rewarding thing,” he said.
With all the success Officescape has found, it is looking to expand in the near future and open more centres in the communities surrounding Toronto.
For more information about Officescape and the services it offers, check out its website at www.officescapemarkham.com