Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Katheleen Conti Globe Staff May 10, 2018 A walk along Cambridge Street in East Cambridge can feel like taking a stroll back in time. The neighborhood’s commercial strip features squat buildings that are home to decades-old family businesses — two fishmongers, a butcher shop, a Portuguese bakery, a local plumber, an electrician.The enclave endures, even as in recent years many other small businesses throughout the Boston area have been driven out — or under — by soaring rents and the relentless push of new development. But this section of Cambridge Street has for the most part resisted such displacement. A big reason: Most of the neighborhood’s proprietors own the buildings they occupy. Not having to worry about rent increases or eviction threats is priceless, they say. “It’s peace of mind,” said John Levantakis, who … [Read more...] about In the shadow of large-scale developments, East Cambridge small businesses brace for impact
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Kista, sometimes called the 'Silicon Valley of Sweden'. File image: Regus This content was paid for by an advertiser and produced by The Local's Creative Studio 1 February 2016 09:10 CET+01:00 Downtown Stockholm is brimming with hip startup hubs and snazzy international headquarters. But as the city's tech scene is soaring to new heights and the business climate gets hotter than ever, interest in the Swedish capital's easily accessible inner-ring suburbs is on the rise. Take Kista, for example, just a short drive away from downtown Stockholm. “Kista is the IT mecca of Sweden,” says Patrik Ölvebäck,country manager for Regus offices in Sweden, referring to a tech cluster just north of downtown known as the ‘Silicon Valley of Sweden'. “There are lots of international companies in the area, and they are attracting other large international companies but also small companies, one-person companies, consultants, and so forth. It's … [Read more...] about Kista: The best office space in Sweden?
We’ve finally gone there. People are now renting out their homes during the day. That’s the notion behind new startup Hermit Offices, which aims to enable startups and other small businesses to set up office in residential homes and apartments in central London when the owners are at work or otherwise away.Here’s how it works: Entrepreneurs and small businesses peruse the properties open for renting on Hermit’s website — the current offerings range from £600 (about $750) to £1,800 pounds (over $2,200) per month and can accommodate four to seven team members. The renters pony up a month’s rent as a deposit, and Hermit takes care of rental payments, month-to-month leases, supplementary insurance, and identification verification. The property owners agree not to occupy the space during their scheduled rental, such as when they are at work, and to provide a work surface, broadband Wi-Fi internet, a place to sit, a bathroom and ideally a … [Read more...] about The new frontier in London office rentals: Your home
Empty office space litters skylines, freeways and office parks. Once-busy hives of cubicles have become empty steel and concrete caverns. Their previous occupants met with a variety of fates: Some were victims of a deep recession; others were washed away by tsunamis of cheap labor in foreign lands; still others were unleashed by virtual technologies. Only the last group of former office dwellers have freed themselves willingly. They did so by exchanging their physical presence for a virtual existence."My partner and I have run the business from a lakeside dock in Canada and a hotel in Barcelona, for around US$200 per month for all the necessary tools," Stephanie Pakrul, cofounder of TopNotchThemes, told the E-Commerce Times. "Our virtual assistant wakes up on the East Coast, checks the mail, checks for voicemail, answers support emails, and I get a report of anything pressing by the time I'm awake in Pacific time," explained Pakrul.The TopNotchThemes team uses the following tools to … [Read more...] about How to Run a Business Without the Office Space
In an effort to attract users from the small business arena, eBay has forged a deal with office outsourcer Regus to help businesses find and rent equipped offices.The new service is part of eBay Real Estate, an online marketplace for realestate-related properties and services that was launched in August 2000.Office space is the latest addition to eBay's online marketplace, which already features residential homes, time-shares, foreclosures, land plots and industrial properties."As the percentage of small- and medium-sized businesses continues to grow, services like those provided by Regus will continue to increase in demand," said Doug Galen, vice president and general manager of eBay Real Estate. "By working with one of the best-known brands in the industry, we are helping business owners lower their occupancy costs."The Regus office space featured on eBay Real Estate is available in advertising format rather than as auction-style items. This lets each seller receive leads from … [Read more...] about EBay Targets Office Rental Market