BNI Group

A recent article, 6 Reasons NOT to Join a BNI Group by Ivana Taylor says that (BNI)Business Network International is a membership organization that purports to  help improve any small business by providing it with a steady stream of new leads. While BNI membership seems to be ideal for a small business….
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A recent article, 6 Reasons NOT to Join a BNI Group by Ivana Taylor says that (BNI)Business Network International is a membership organization that purports to  help improve any small business by providing it with a steady stream of new leads.

While BNI membership seems to be ideal for a small business success, here are things you should know before joining the BNI group.

1. There is a membership fee of $500 per year plus hidden costs.

Hidden costs include:

To sum up, you may end up paying from $750 to $1200 annually.

2. It will consume your time and effort.

Seemingly, you will only have to meet for about two hours per week; however, you will only get the most of your membership if you attend the weekly meeting and meet with other members outside the regular meeting religiously. Your attendance, referrals you’ve made, guests you’ve invited are closely monitored (this activity leads to getting referrals through reciprocation).

3. The BNI works well with traditional small businesses.

  • plumbing
  • accounting and bookkeeping
  • pest control
  • real estate
  • Other small service providers.

However, it is not best fit for advanced, technologically savvy businesses like internet marketing, and graphics design. Your time will be better spent generating your leads online.

4. You must have a referral system strategy.

You have to share your referral guidelines with your BNI group so that it would be easier for them to search/look  for ideal clients and gives you a process that you can use to draw great referrals.

Conclusion

BNI is a great  organization that will help your small business succeed if you are prepared to pay the cost. Likewise, if you need an office in Philly , YourOffice Philadelphia offers you a wide choice of office and workspace solutions: small office space Philadelphia and executive suites Philadelphia. You’ll have access to a complete array of office support and concierge services as well as state-of-the-art business technology.

Are you ready to join BNI and leverage your membership to its fullest? Feel free to share your thoughts. You can also see us on Twitter and Facebook.

Business

A recent article, 4 SEO New Year Resolutions to Keep You On Top This 2017 by Al Gomez says that a new year means new beginnings, a great opportunity to start anew and make resolutions and goals for a brighter and more successful business. Here are three goals to start….
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A recent article, 4 SEO New Year Resolutions to Keep You On Top This 2017 by Al Gomez says that a new year means new beginnings, a great opportunity to start anew and make resolutions and goals for a brighter and more successful business.

Here are three goals to start 2017 on a positive note.

1. Bring new experience.

It would be nice if you introduce something new to your clients, audiences and staff, but you don’t need to alter everything about your brand or services. Enhancement or modification in your business logo would be great to showcase a different persona to better reflect your company’s vision or hire an in-house marketing professional to redesign the newsletter. Or maybe you consider designing office space for a more flexible and collaborative environment for your team.  

2. Optimize mobile website.

Mobile is Google’s priority not only in 2017, but for years to come, so it’s about time to make your website mobile friendly.  Book a meeting room and schedule a brainstorming session with your web development team to discuss how you can make the mobile experience better for your clients and their customers and to improve overall site performance.

3. Be more consistent with content.

Aim to be consistent in creating and distributing high-quality, engaging content. Being consistent with creation and distribution results in:

  • Building expectation with your audiences/followers.
  • Gradually giving you authority on the subject/topic.

Conclusion

It’s not easy to achieve your goals or stick to your new year’s resolutions; nonetheless you and your team’s positive attitude, dedication and skills will keep you thriving in 2017.  YourOffice is looking forward to help you achieve you goals in some aspects. YourOffice features a network of world-class business addresses. Each location offers both beautifully appointed short term offices and permanent individual office space. Our offices are move-in ready and equipped with top furnishings and technology that are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

What are your goals and New Year’s resolutions to stay competitive in 2017?  We’d love to hear from you! Feel free to see us also on Twitter and Google Plus.

Partnership

A recent article, 5 Mistakes to Avoid – and One Thing You Should Do to Build Successful Partnerships by Jeff Charles  says that good partnerships and networking are essentials to business success.  The purpose of any partnership is to always benefit both parties.  Nevertheless, every partnership is different, and even the….
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A recent article, 5 Mistakes to Avoid – and One Thing You Should Do to Build Successful Partnerships by Jeff Charles  says that good partnerships and networking are essentials to business success.  The purpose of any partnership is to always benefit both parties.  Nevertheless, every partnership is different, and even the best partnerships can go wrong.

Here are tips to have successful partnerships.

1. Have several partners/backups

Most deals will not bring exactly what you expect, so if you feel anxious about a deal working out, it is time to start calling on other partners.

2. Look for various means to collaborate with your partners.

Sticking to a plan is fine, but missing other significant collaborative opportunities may prevent your partnership from thriving. Think of other ways you can collaborate with your partners in plug-and-play Offices.

3. Set up something significant to get started.

Get started to build momentum. For instance, a simple tweet about your plan to work with a certain partner, a timeline of actions, or a booking in a conference room for rent to discuss ideas with long a distance partner.

4. Offer something beneficial to both parties.

Making it convenient and easy for people to work with you is the key to building long-term relationships. For instance, you can offer a free gift of your product/services, a database or some research you can share with your partner. Your partner wants this alliance to work as much as you do, so giving a little bit of trust can go a long way.

5. Always ensure you have open communications.  

Constant communication is the key to moving forward in any partnership and it also helps you build a better reputation. So when your business is facing crisis, don’t go AWOL without a word.

Conclusion

These tips will help you succeed in your partnership and your new venture. Looking for a prestigious business office? 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 associate with other businesses?  Let’s see your comments. We also invite you to see us on Twitter and Google Plus.

Google’s Mobile-First

A recent article, 4 Easy Tips to Beat Google’s Mobile-First Index by Adam Frankel says that the majority of consumers are now using smartphones, thus it requires mobile-friendly individual pages aside from a mobile-friendly website. With this shift, Google’s indexing priority will be mobile-optimized pages. Here are four tips to adjust your….
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A recent article, 4 Easy Tips to Beat Google’s Mobile-First Index by Adam Frankel says that the majority of consumers are now using smartphones, thus it requires mobile-friendly individual pages aside from a mobile-friendly website. With this shift, Google’s indexing priority will be mobile-optimized pages.

Here are four tips to adjust your web pages to the change in indexing.

1. Mobile-friendly configuration.

2. Get rid of clutter.

3. Localize user-friendly mobile pages.

4. New snippets

  • Choose dynamic serving where the URLs will be the same, but the HTML copy will adjust to the device being used so mobile users download a smaller version of the original content which makes loading faster.
  • Don’t use robots.txt file, signaling to Google that individual pages are optimized for mobile, and a rich user-experience.
  • Pop-ups: These are annoying and mobile users usually face difficulty locating the close button icon.
  • Flash: It is old school, instead use Javascript and HTML5.
  • Unintentional taps: Fix scrolling hiccups and simplify the layout to avoid accidental taps.
  • Large images: Use compression software to resize the image.
  • Codes and pages: Eliminate unnecessary codes and doorway pages that can trigger unnecessary redirects.
  • Include the state, city and zip code info in the title tag.
  • All tags and all other meta tags should have city information.
  • All pages should have business contact info (e.g. address, phone, fax and email).
  • For various locations, the contact details must vary while the content should be the same.

Google is updating and tailoring featured snippets for mobile users. As a business, anticipate that people search using names of areas and places. Optimize your site by targeting areas and places to make it look mobile-friendly.

Conclusion

Following these tips will prepare you on your way to a properly mobile optimized site. While preparing your business to beat Google’s Mobile-First Index, you might also be looking for furnished offices for rent in Lake Mary; YourOffice Lake Mary features a network of world-class business addresses. Each location offers both beautifully appointed Lake Mary short term offices and Lake Mary individual office space. Our offices are move-in ready and equipped with top furnishings and technology that are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

Are you ready to beat the Google’s Mobile-First Index?  Let’s hear your thoughts.  Feel free to visit us also in Twitter and Facebook.

Business

A recent article, Figuring Out Why Your Business Stopped Growing by Augustus Franklin says that when it comes to your own business, taking it easy is the worst thing you can do and will make your brand stop growing. Here are three reasons why your business is beginning to lose….
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A recent article, Figuring Out Why Your Business Stopped Growing by Augustus Franklin says that when it comes to your own business, taking it easy is the worst thing you can do and will make your brand stop growing.

Here are three reasons why your business is beginning to lose its momentum.

1. Customers don’t connect with your brand anymore. Your customers might like your brand and even trust you as a company, but you when don’t nurture your customers and you don’t have an emotional connection with them it will not spur a sustainable response.  

So, it’s time you find the emotional motivators that drive your customers. Here are four steps in the customer’s “emotional connection pathway.”

  • being unconnected
  • being highly satisfied
  • perceiving brand differentiation
  • being fully connected

2. The market becomes saturated and you’re running out of concepts. Perhaps, you see yourself trapped in an oversaturated market–no way out.  Remember, it’s not just about presenting a relevant content, but it’s also about researching and investing in the right tools that work best for you.

Don’t quit until you’ve explored every option. Find your niche using the following tools.

  • Yoast- to optimize your content for SEO
  • Buffer- to promote your content across social media
  • Yesware – to manage outreach
  • Hiver- for collaboration

3. Your business might use a marketing strategy that is getting steady traffic. Generating content that is intended for the right audience is one of the essentials of content marketing, however, if you aren’t getting the conversions, it’s about time  to improve/revamp your marketing strategy –don’t just wait passively and get stuck without conversions.

Conclusion

Learning why your business stops growing will enable you to make necessary actionable plans to save your business.  If you’re looking for a workspace solution to help you focus on the core of your business in Ballantyne, YourOffice Ballantyne has come alongside dozens of business 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.

We hope this article has been an informative one and we’d love to hear you comments.  You can also see us on Twitter and Facebook!

Focused

cent article, Working From Home: How to Fight Distractions by Pejman Ghadimi says that working from home is a good thing, but requires self discipline to remain focused and productive.   Here are four key things to help you make working from home more productive. Make a schedule and follow it…..
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cent article, Working From Home: How to Fight Distractions by Pejman Ghadimi says that working from home is a good thing, but requires self discipline to remain focused and productive.  

Here are four key things to help you make working from home more productive.

  1. Make a schedule and follow it.

Consider tasks or assignments to accomplish a requirement and not an option.  Prepare a to-do-list each day and follow it.  Consider your home office no different than you would a commercial office space.

  1. Stick to your timetables.

It is very important that you respect your own time, and treat all your activities on your schedule of equal importance. Remember that your work life is separate from your personal life, so make sure to be honest with yourself and honor the commitments you’ve made. If it’s time to work, then work as though you’re in a shared office space Philly and accomplish what needs to be done.

  1. Designate a workspace.

Designate and design an executive office space Philly style workspace where you can work quietly without interruptions or distractions, and you’ll see how much more you get done than even when you were in your office outside of your home.

  1. Takebreaks outside of your home.

Working from home can be lonesome so take breaks outside of your home to get refreshed and rejuvenated.  Try to take a short walk and breathe some fresh air.  Grab a coffee from a nearby coffee shop or meet a friend.  Or you can try to work at least once a week in coworking spaces for freelancers to meet new friends.

Conclusion

Working from home is a dream come true that offers flexibility and autonomy. Following the tips discussed above will help you work from the convenience of your own home more productively and efficiently. Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a prestigious business address to add value to your brand, YourOffice features a network of world-class business addresses. Each location offers both beautifully appointed short term offices and permanent individual office space. Our offices are move-in ready and equipped with top furnishings and technology that are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

How do you stay focus at your home office?  Feel free to share your story.  You can also see us on Twitter and Google Plus.

Employee Disengagement

A recent article, The 3 Reasons Why Your Employees Are Disengaged by  Maren Hogan says that while being disengaged at work is a problem in our workforce, certainly  it’s not entirely the leader’s fault, but employees are partly responsible for it.  Just remember, leaders can guide employees to engagement, but….
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A recent article, The 3 Reasons Why Your Employees Are Disengaged by  Maren Hogan says that while being disengaged at work is a problem in our workforce, certainly  it’s not entirely the leader’s fault, but employees are partly responsible for it.  Just remember, leaders can guide employees to engagement, but ultimately it’s the employee’s choice to engage.

Here are three reasons for employee disengagement and tips to help them get back on track.

1. They clash with your company culture

Employees may not have paid attention to cultural cues during the recruitment/interview process or fail to understand personal work values.

To help with this problem, during the recruitment process use a personality/psychology test or work matching algorithm to help you identify who will actually work well in your company.

2. They are passive

If a worker is in an organization purposely to build a career, then certainly they will get engaged.  Engagement at work can revolve around many things. For instance, more engaged employees have friends at work and receive recognition for their work. Disengaged employees miss the opportunity to grow in the company.   

Provide opportunities for your staff to bond and promote camaraderie and trust, but consider that some people will never be interested in taking charge of their own career.

3. They don’t feel valued

If employees feel like their recognition is being robbed by their manager, they won’t be motivated to work hard.

Make sure you give credit where credit is due. But remember, if everyone is validated for everything they do no matter how small, affirmation will begin to lose it’s value in your workplaceBe specific with your recognition and keep on providing constructive feedback as well.

Conclusion

Disengagement at work can be alleviated by understanding and recognizing the value of your team as a professional, and by providing tools and opportunities to build their own careers.  Of course, their happiness matters, so if your business in Philly needs a workspace solution to inspire your team to show up every day, 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.

Any other reasons why employees are disengaged?  Feel free to share your thoughts.  You can also see us on Facebook and Google Plus.

A recent article, 10 Year-End Tax Planning Actions by Barbara Weltman says that it’s almost closing time for the calendar year 2016 and it’s the perfect time for planning to reduce your taxes due for 2016. Here are some tips for year-end tax planning for your business.

A recent article, 10 Year-End Tax Planning Actions by Barbara Weltman says that it’s almost closing time for the calendar year 2016 and it’s the perfect time for planning to reduce your taxes due for 2016. Here are some tips for year-end tax planning for your business.

Business Year-End Tax

A recent article, 10 Year-End Tax Planning Actions by Barbara Weltman says that it’s almost closing time for the calendar year 2016 and it’s the perfect time for planning to reduce your taxes due for 2016. Here are some tips for year-end tax planning for your business. Meet with your tax professional….
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A recent article, 10 Year-End Tax Planning Actions by Barbara Weltman says that it’s almost closing time for the calendar year 2016 and its the perfect time for planning to reduce your taxes due for 2016.

Here are some tips for year-end tax planning for your business.

Meet with your tax professional

Schedule a meeting in meeting space Orlando with your tax professional to review your business cash position and expenditures through the year so you can decide what steps to make before the year ends.  For instance, your CPA can advise you to buy some supplies needed for next year to maximize your deductions for this year.   

Award year-end bonuses

Consider to share your good year with your team in executive suites Orlando to convey your gratitude for their loyalty. Factor in the cost of payroll taxes on the bonuses in determining how much to give.

Have a retirement plan

You can sign the proposal for a profit-sharing plan or other qualified retirement plan by the end of the year if you don’t yet have one, so you can make deductible contributions from your tax returns for 2016. Find rules about retirement plans from the IRS.

Make donations to charitable institutions

The amount of deductions varies with what is being donated (e.g., cash, inventory, appreciated property). For instance, C corporations’ deductions are up to 10% of taxable income.

Purchase equipment and machinery

If you need to purchase new machinery, furniture and equipment (e.g. computer, tables and chairs) to replace the old ones, then you’ll probably be able to write off the cost  even if you finance the purchase in whole or in part. Find rules about deductible equipment purchases from the IRS.

Conclusion

Now is the time to make a year-end review.  Know how your business ran over the past twelve months and review what needs to be improved.  Your team may need better workspace solutions for a more productive year- 2017.  YourOffice is a leader in providing the most prestigious executive office space and shared office space 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 plan for your business year-end tax?  Let’s see your comments below.  We’d also be glad to see you on Twitter and Facebook.

Small Business

A recent article, 10 Ways to Increase Your Small Business Sales by Annie Pilon says that if you want to get more sales in 2017, then you need to improve your sales to keep your business thriving. Here are tips to help increase your sales in the coming year.  Happy selling!….
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A recent article, 10 Ways to Increase Your Small Business Sales by Annie Pilon says that if you want to get more sales in 2017, then you need to improve your sales to keep your business thriving.

Here are tips to help increase your sales in the coming year.  Happy selling!

  1. Content marketing

One of the great ways to increase your business sales is content marketing.  However, fancy strategies can bring confusion  and divert attention from the real purpose of your content, so make it simple and realistic.

  1. Effective headlines and titles

If you’re using content marketing to promote your business and increase sales, you need great copy to draw the attention of potential clients. For instance, brainstorm with your team in Southpark Team Office Space to come up with the most effective titles.

  1. Use video for your business campaign

Video can be a great means to increase your small business sales. So, you can book a meeting room for your team in Southpark Flexible Office Space to discuss with them what ideas you need for your videos that will work appropriately for your business.

  1. Utilize online forms

Online forms help simplify the sales process and nurture leads and make sales.  These forms enable you to engage with customers easily.

  1. Utilize upselling strategy

When selling, persuade the customers to buy more or to buy an upgraded version of the product they’re looking to purchase. However, make sure the upsell is beneficial to your customers and your business.  

  1. Improve your personal effectiveness

Improve your own personal effectiveness to have effective business strategies.  Your personal habits and behaviors are essential factors to a successful business.

  1. Set business goals

Set business goals that are significant, realistic and attainable.  This means that your business goals should be attainable within a specific time frame and have a powerful impact on your audience.

Conclusion

These marketing tips will help your business thrive in 2017.  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.

Any plans to improve your sales in 2017?  Let’s hear your story.  Feel free to visit us also on Facebook and Twitter.