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Negative Thoughts

A recent article, How to Overcome Bad Impressions by Holly Skinner says that there will be embarrassing or awkward moments where you made a professional gaffe or mixed up your words from time to time particularly early in your career.  Nevertheless, learning how to overcome negative impressions is a significant skill for success in the….
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A recent article, How to Overcome Bad Impressions by Holly Skinner says that there will be embarrassing or awkward moments where you made a professional gaffe or mixed up your words from time to time particularly early in your career.  Nevertheless, learning how to overcome negative impressions is a significant skill for success in the workplace.  

Workers lacking in soft skills may, at times, give negative impressions of themselves around the office. Here are three ways to overcome bad impressions in the workplace.

  1. Kind gesture

When you have been in a disagreement with a coworker during a team discussion in a team office space, find a way to make peace with them instead of shooting sideways glances and mumbling under your breath for the rest of the day.   For instance, bring them snacks the next day, or compliment them explicitly at the next team meeting. By showing respect for them, you’re conveying a message that a disagreement can remain in the past and doesn’t affect your view of them.

  1. Approach

If you’re anxious about a possible impression you’ve made, just approach the person and talk to them. Say something like, “My sincere apology, I realized after we spoke yesterday that I did a mistake. I didn’t mean it that way. What I really meant was… ”.

  1. Apologize

It’s not easy to apologize, but sometimes it’s important to accept that you were wrong and apologize for what you said.  Honesty and humility are good signs of emotional intelligence, an essential skill for success in the workplace. Don’t forget to listen, too. Speaking honestly about negative feelings can allow both parties to move forward. Paying no attention to negative emotions can grow deeper either on your own mind or leave a negative impression to someone else.

Conclusion

Soft skills are basically important for lasting career success. Likewise, a well designed office space promotes more productivity and efficiency. YourOffice Ballantyne has come alongside dozens of businesses looking for everything from office space Ballantyne to meeting space Ballantyne. We know your business is unique, and your office space shouldn’t be any different. Let us match the perfect space or service to fit your business needs.

How do you develop and nurture your soft skills?  Feel free to share your story.  We’d also be glad to see you on Twitter and Facebook.

Competition

A recent article, 6 Ways to Foster Healthy Competition at Work by Rieva Lesonsky says that a workplace competition can help increase productivity and engagement of your employees.  Nevertheless, not all your employees are born competitive and to some, it may only cause stress and resentment. Here are some tips to create healthy competition….
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A recent article, 6 Ways to Foster Healthy Competition at Work by Rieva Lesonsky says that a workplace competition can help increase productivity and engagement of your employees.  Nevertheless, not all your employees are born competitive and to some, it may only cause stress and resentment.

Here are some tips to create healthy competition at work while avoiding any detrimental effects.

1. Team competition

Competition among individuals can be detrimental where everyone is vying to be number one. It can lead to a dog-eat-dog environment. Instead, compete in teams to encourage teamwork, and give each member the chance to learn from each other while competing.

2. Add fun element

The work itself in your agile office space is already challenging, so don’t make your workplace competitions too severe; instead keep a lighthearted and fun element to the contest.

3. Observe the effects

Monitor the effect of your workplace competition, both in your business and your employees. If a competition seems to create conflict and tension, talk about the problems and, if necessary, stop the competition.

4. Focus on the ultimate goal

It’s great when employees get excited about the competition, but ensure they will not forget about the ultimate goal—productivity and engagement.

5. Provide a reasonable reward

The prize for workplace competitions depend on the nature of the competitions, your business and your staff. For example, the winning team might be happy to receive a recognition certificate or a simple trophy at the regular meeting in a meeting space, or some employees will need more tangible and bigger rewards like bonuses and vacation packages for bringing in more sales.

Conclusion

Following these simple hacks, your workplace competitions can be both beneficial to your business and team members. Are you looking for more collaborative workspace solutions in Philadelphia? YourOffice Philadelphia offers you a wide choice of office and workspace solutions: small office space Philadelphia, executive suites Philadelphia and meeting space Philadelphia. You’ll have access to a complete array of office support and concierge services as well as state-of-the-art business technology.

How do you cultivate healthy workplace competition? Feel free to share your comments below.  We’d also be glad to see you on Twitter and Facebook.

Employees

A recent article, 7 Strengths of Likable Leaders by Mike Michalowicz  says that owning a company doesn’t necessarily make you an inspiring, respected leader.  It takes effort to earn the trust and respect of your employees. In fact, being an inspiring leader means being the best leader you can be.  Here are five leadership hacks….
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A recent article, 7 Strengths of Likable Leaders by Mike Michalowicz  says that owning a company doesn’t necessarily make you an inspiring, respected leader.  It takes effort to earn the trust and respect of your employees. In fact, being an inspiring leader means being the best leader you can be. 

Here are five leadership hacks that will not only benefit your business, but will also gain your employee’s loyalty.

  1. Be thankful

Take every chance to shower deserving employees with public praise, and you’ll earn loyalty and constant support from them. 

  1. Be Kind

Spend some time to learn about your staff’s concerns, their stresses, and their families.  Find ways to make a connection between personal and business goals. This will build an environment of success for you and your employees.  

  1.  Empower your Staff

If you want your employees to support your company like their own, then you must empower them and allow them to be part of decision making.  You may have to accept some gaffes along the way, but engaged and responsible employees are worth it.

  1. Be approachable

Be always ready to listen, to advise, and to guide.  For example, you can book a meeting room and schedule a regular meeting for discussion, brainstorming and training to help your staff learn to solve some work issues on their own.

  1. Call your employees by name

Calling and addressing your staff by their names suggest connection and respect. Learning the most basic piece of information (their names) about your employees makes them feel important and boost their morale.

Conclusion

Leadership isn’t just a simple role but a mindset. Following these leadership hacks will help you earn employees trust and respect to help your business thrive. Likewise, a well designed office space is a reflection of how you value your employees. YourOffice Denver has come alongside hundreds of business looking for everything from staffed flexible offices Orlando to agile office space Orlando. We know your business is unique, and your office space shouldn’t be any different. Let us match the perfect space or service to fit your business needs.

Any other tips to make you a respected leader? Let’s see your comments below. We’d also be glad to see you on Facebook and Twitter.

Pitfalls

A recent article, Here are Three Reasons Why Salespeople Fail to Close Deals by Renzo Costarella says that sales is a game of resilience —you’re going to hear the word no over and over again. There’s no single solution to close the deals, but there are three common reasons why….
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A recent article, Here are Three Reasons Why Salespeople Fail to Close Deals by Renzo Costarella says that sales is a game of resilience —you’re going to hear the word no over and over again. There’s no single solution to close the deals, but there are three common reasons why salespeople fail to close deals.

Here are three mistakes to avoid to increase your chances of closing deals.

1. Inability to address the buyer’s needs.

A buyer is looking for a solution. So that solution is what you need to sell to them. During your sales pitch in a meeting space, a buyer will begin to gather information to help them make their decision.  You need to ensure you are addressing those needs otherwise they won’t be able to justify the purchase.  

2. Inability to create personal connections.

Sales is about relationships. Try to match up with their personality and engage in conversation outside of business. The more you can build relationships with them, the better.

3. Inability to express basic knowledge about the business.

In sales, trust is essential. You’re not expected to be an expert, but at least you need to express basic knowledge. For instance, if you work for a technology company, you need to know the basic technology well enough to start conversations about technical integrations. Inability to express this knowledge will cause the buyer to lose confidence in you and your offering.

Conclusion

Sales is a tough job, so make sure to avoid these mistakes to be a successful salesperson. If you are looking for an appropriate and  comfortable venue in South Park for executive meetings and high-end sales presentations, YourOffice South Park is a leader in providing the most prestigious fully serviced office space South Park and meeting space South Park for any size business. Convenient, hassle free, and move in ready- our offices, meeting rooms, and conference rooms are designed to meet your business’ every need.

How do you prepare for a sales presentation? Let’s see you comments below.  You can also visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

Successful Business

A recent article, 6 Ways to Create a Powerful Business Presentation by Sam Davtyan says that making your business presentation powerful is extremely important.  Being able to give a business presentation that leaves a lasting impression on your audience can help your profile become remarkable in your industry. Here are some….
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A recent article, 6 Ways to Create a Powerful Business Presentation by Sam Davtyan says that making your business presentation powerful is extremely important.  Being able to give a business presentation that leaves a lasting impression on your audience can help your profile become remarkable in your industry.

Here are some tips to help you create a powerful business presentation, whether you’re presenting a new plan for your company, providing training at a seminar in different conference rooms for rent, or presenting a keynote address at a local or national event.

1. Identify Your Audience

Present the information differently, even if the subject of your presentation is always the same. Knowing your audience would allow you to clarify what information is going to be more significant to the audience members and modifying your presentation so that they get the most potential benefit.

2. Be Clear About Your Audience Takeaway

Once you identify your audience, figure out what they’re going to learn and get from your presentation and then tell them immediately.

3. Present the Right Material for the Allotted Time

Even if the subject presented is the same, the presentation itself will have to be abridged and modified to fit in the allotted time.

4. Be Ready For Q & A

Be ready for questions that people might ask if your presentation has a Q&A session. It’s also ideal to be ready for a few opening questions– questions that you can ask yourself and then answer. This allows your audience to think over the subject, and see if they do have any questions before everything wraps up.

5. Second Closing Prepared

Your presentation should end with a powerful closing.  However, if you have a Q&A after the presentation, it’s vital to have a second closing prepared. This will be shorter, touching on your overall topic, the takeaway points, and appreciating your audience presence.

Conclusion

Creating and delivering a powerful and professional business presentation entails time and experience. Likewise, the success of your business presentation also depends on functionality and ambiance of the meeting space. YourOffice features a network of world-class business addresses. Each location offers beautifully appointed day offices and team office space that are fully wired and ready for you to move in and start working.

How do you create a powerful business presentation? We’d love to hear your thoughts. You can also see us on Facebook and Twitter.

Online Business

A recent article, 4 Tips To Protect Your Online Business by Cosette Jarrett says that starting an online business is very easy nowadays, thus lots of entrepreneurs are allured to start their own online business venture.  However, if you are really serious about building a successful online business, here are some tips to protect….
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A recent article, 4 Tips To Protect Your Online Business by Cosette Jarrett says that starting an online business is very easy nowadays, thus lots of entrepreneurs are allured to start their own online business venture.  However, if you are really serious about building a successful online business, here are some tips to protect you and your business from possible risks.

  1. Secure your online business from cyber crimes.

Online businesses and cyber crimes are emerging simultaneously, so make sure you have a robust defense against them.  You can seek help from IT expert to build a system that will protect your site and back up plans should an attack happen.

  1. Sign up for business insurance.  

It’ very crucial that you invest in business insurance to cover any possible damages and liability issues that might transpire as you get your business up and running in an individual office space.

  1. Create a Limited Liability Company (LLC).

LLC is a flexible business set up that protects business owners. Here are some of the advantages of LLC:

  • Personal and business assets are separate
  • Limited liability for business debts
  • Increased credibility
  • Name protection
  • Tax flexibility
  • Deductible expenses
  1. Seek help and advice.

You cannot successfully run your business all by yourself.  You need a mentor to help you build and expand your business, an accountant to file business taxes, or a virtual receptionist to answer phone calls on behalf of your company so you can focus on the core of your business.

Conclusion

Following these tips will help you reduce possible risk as you grow your online business while YourOffice offers office plans and options to support your future expansion.  YourOffice has come alongside hundreds of business looking for everything from staffed flexible offices to agile office space. We know your business is unique, and your office space shouldn’t be any different. Let us match the perfect space or service to fit your business needs.

How do you protect your online business from possible risks? Let’s see your comments. You can also visit us on Facebook and Google Plus.

Business

A recent article, 3 Things Small Business Owners Should Do Before Filing Taxes by Bruce Hakutizwi says that tax time is exhausting, particularly with the passage of new tax legislation in January.  Even established small business owners feel more stress this year as they prepare to file. As a new small….
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A recent article, 3 Things Small Business Owners Should Do Before Filing Taxes by Bruce Hakutizwi says that tax time is exhausting, particularly with the passage of new tax legislation in January.  Even established small business owners feel more stress this year as they prepare to file.

As a new small business owner in shared office space Ballantyne, here are three things you can do to get your business ready for filing taxes.

1. Identify what tax return/form you need to file.

  • Sole proprietorships – Form 1040 (U.S. Individual Income Tax Return filing).
  • Partnerships and limited liability companies (LLCs) – Form 1065 (U.S. Return of Partnership Income).
  • Corporations – Form 1120 (U.S. Corporation Income Tax Return).
  • S-Corporations – Form 1120S (U.S. Income Tax Return for an S Corporation).

2. Prepare your Financial Statements.

Prepare a correct and complete balance sheet and profit and loss statement for your business to allow you or your tax professional to easily complete the returns.

3. Identify Your Allowable Business Expenses.

Here are some of the allowable business deductions.

  • Equipment purchases.  These can be deducted in a year, instead of depreciating the cost over several years.
  • Business expenses. These include business insurance, advertising expenses, legal fees, professional services, rent (office space rental and meeting rooms rental) and utilities, salaries and wages, professional association membership dues.
  • Auto expenses. The IRS provides business owners the option of deducting actual business-related auto expenses or claiming a standard mileage deduction.
  • Meals, Travel and entertainment. Under the new tax legislation, entertainment is no longer deductible, while meals are limited to a 50-percent deduction rate. Business owners can also deduct ordinary and necessary expenses incurred while on business travel.

Conclusion

These preparatory steps will reduce some of the stress and anxiety related to tax time.  Are you looking for workspace solutions in Ballantyne for more productivity? YourOffice Ballantyne has come alongside dozens of businesses looking for everything from office space Ballantyne to meeting space Ballantyne. We know your business is unique, and your office space shouldn’t be any different. Let us match the perfect space or service to fit your business needs.

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Competitors

A recent article, 6 Things Your Competitors Can Teach You About Your Business by Candace Huntly says that as a business owner, learning your competitor’s strategy and why it is working for them is a great tactic for your business growth.  Nevertheless, it’s not about stealing ideas, but adapting some ideas to match….
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A recent article, 6 Things Your Competitors Can Teach You About Your Business by Candace Huntly says that as a business owner, learning your competitor’s strategy and why it is working for them is a great tactic for your business growth.  Nevertheless, it’s not about stealing ideas, but adapting some ideas to match your unique brand and style.

Here are five things your competitors can teach you about your business in a commercial office space.

  1. Improving customer experience

Listening to what your competitor’s audience is saying about them and to them can help you improve your customer experience.  For instance, if you learn that they are not satisfied with something, solve the issue in your own business. By creating a solution for your competitor’s audience dissatisfaction, you are making your business more attractive.

  1. Building customer trust

If your competitors are trusted and respected in the industry, you should strive for that status and you can build your customer trust by knowing what techniques they are using to build that trust.  Sometimes it’s as easy as making themselves more available for public-facing opportunities.

  1. Using social media

Browsing your competitors’ social media profiles helps you see what they are doing to attract followers.  For instance, do they offer specials for social media followers? When and how often they post and what content has gained the most engagement?

  1. Interacting with your audience

Knowing how your competitors interact with their audience and how they build customer loyalty allows you to enhance your customer services. Learn how quick they respond and solve customer problems and complaints or what social media they utilize to efficiently interact with their followers.

  1. Being more careful.

Learning your competitors’ faux pas will prevent you from committing the same mistakes. This allows you to be more careful in your decision making.

Conclusion

Learning from your competitors allows you to improve your business. Looking for better workspace solutions for your business in Philadelphia? YourOffice Philadelphia offers you a wide choice of office and workspace solutions: small office space Philadelphia, executive suites Philadelphia and meeting space Philadelphia. You’ll have access to a complete array of office support and concierge services as well as state-of-the-art business technology.

What are the things you learn from your competitors?  Let’s see your comments below. You can also see us on Twitter and Facebook!

Business Loan

A recent article, Should You Take Out Debt for Your Business? by Taylor K. Gordon says that we all want to be free  from debt. However, in business, sometimes you have to borrow money to make money or to take your operation to the next level. If you consider taking….
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A recent article, Should You Take Out Debt for Your Business? by Taylor K. Gordon says that we all want to be free  from debt. However, in business, sometimes you have to borrow money to make money or to take your operation to the next level.

If you consider taking out a loan for your business, here are tips to do it wisely and effectively.

  1. Ensure you fully understand the potential earnings on investment. 

Remember, your aim is to make back your investment plus more.  So, for instance, if you’re going to borrow money to open a second location in Virtual Office Space Orlando, ensure that you have already an action plan on how you are going to make back the money you borrow.

  1. Don’t be overzealous with the borrowing, particularly in the beginning.

Avoid borrowing money for your business that has nothing to do with your bottom line. Focus on generating revenue first and doing what it takes to make your business profitable before investing lots of money in other stuff.

  1. Come up with a pay off plan strategy before borrowing money.

Personal or business loans have a fixed rate for a fixed term so it would be easier to come up with a pay off plan. However, credit cards have no term and you can revolve a balance, so don’t get caught in a credit card trap. You can book a meeting room to discuss with your finance officer or accountant how you will be paying off the credit card.

Conclusion

Debt isn’t bad if you plan and use it carefully and properly. Borrow money with a plan of action so you won’t be a victim of debt traps. If you’re looking for workspace solutions for your second location in Orlando, YourOffice Orlando features a network of world-class business addresses. Each location offers both beautifully appointed short term offices Orlando and permanent individual office space Orlando. Our offices are move-in ready and equipped with top furnishings and technology that are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

What action plan do you take when borrowing money for your business? Let’s see your comments below.  You can also visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

Home Office

A recent article, 7 Tips to Set Up Your Home Office by Kathleen Olson says that to be able to work from home is such a wonderful thing. Nevertheless, you need a right space for your home office to be productive and comfortable at the same time. Here are some tips to help you….
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A recent article, 7 Tips to Set Up Your Home Office by Kathleen Olson says that to be able to work from home is such a wonderful thing. Nevertheless, you need a right space for your home office to be productive and comfortable at the same time.

Here are some tips to help you set up an ideal home office.

1. Know Your Needs.

The first thing you have to do is to think about what you need. These include things like a computer, printer, desk, telephone, filing cabinets, or a meeting space to receive your clients. Knowing what you need in advance makes it easier to get everything set up for your new home business.

2. Choose the most appropriate space.

Look around your home and find out what is going to be the most appropriate space for your home office. Perfect space is an extra bedroom, basement or even garage if it’s with heat insulation.  Also consider the area, lighting, privacy and location (as much as possible near the main door).

3. Use the Right Tools.

There are many tools you can use that will help make operating a home business more efficient and professional. For instance, you can avail of Virtual Office solutions so you can have a prestigious business address and a virtual receptionist to answer phone calls “live” in your business name.  

4. Set and follow office hours.

Just because you work from home, you can have all the time to attend to personal things. Bear in mind that you’re working just like anyone else working in a commercial office space, so ensure that everyone observe and respect your office hours to keep you working without distraction to get a lot more done.

Conclusion

These simple tips will help you create a suitable home office for you.  However, there may come a time that you need an office in Ballantyne where you can expand your operation. YourOffice Ballantyne has come alongside hundreds of business looking for everything from staffed flexible offices Ballantyne to agile office space Ballantyne. We know your business is unique, and your office space shouldn’t be any different. Let us match the perfect space or service to fit your business needs.

How do you set up your home office space?  Feel free to share your thoughts. You can also see us on Twitter and Facebook!