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Do you feel unhappy at work? Do you lose sleep over work stress? You’re not alone. According to a recent NIOSH Report, 40% of employees reported that their job was very stressful. Additionally, 25% viewed their jobs as the number one stressor in their lives. Here are a few tips….
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Do you feel unhappy at work? Do you lose sleep over work stress? You’re not alone. According to a recent NIOSH Report, 40% of employees reported that their job was very stressful. Additionally, 25% viewed their jobs as the number one stressor in their lives. Here are a few tips to reduce stress while at work.

  1. If you’re feeling stress, take three to five slow deep breaths. Concentrate on pushing air out of your lungs when you exhale. This breathing method improves stress immediately.
  2. Sit down while eating and eat in the company kitchen if possible. Do you eat on the way to work? Do you eat while working at your desk? Stop! Focus on relaxing and talk with colleagues while eating. You can ignore your coworkers if they focus on gossiping.
  3. Listen to enjoyable music/podcasts on the way to work. During your drive or commute to work, put your headphones on and listen to something enjoyable. Look for motivating podcasts and/or audiobooks. Listen to your favourite music as well!
  4. Focus on the moment. Live today as if it were your last day. This can be tricky but if you really focus on it, this can drastically improve your mood.
  5. If you receive a negative email, don’t immediately respond. Most Americans obsessively check and respond to work email. In fact, the average worker spends 28% of their workday checking email. A 2013 survey found that 81% of Americans check their work email while away from work.
  6. Change your stress perspective. Your body releases hormones like cortisol and epinephrine when it feels stress. This process actually makes your body become faster and stronger. Continued stress is unhealthy as long-term exposure to these hormones can trigger numerous health problems. Instead, you have to work on your relaxation response. This can include exercise, journaling, gardening, meditation and yoga.

Numerous studies indicate that job stress is a major source of stress for most Americans. Increased stress can lead to a greater chance of suffering heart attacks, hypertension and other detrimental disorders. The above tips are meant to stop your stress, increase your happiness and help improve your work performance. Do you have any tips to share? Please feel free to share them in the comments section below.

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Take a look around you. The birds are chirping, you can smell the spring blossoms and people are shedding their bulky winter coats. It’s Spring! According to recent statistics, 72% of Americans partook in spring cleaning in 2013 (10% up from the previous year). There isn’t data regarding how many….
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Take a look around you. The birds are chirping, you can smell the spring blossoms and people are shedding their bulky winter coats. It’s Spring! According to recent statistics, 72% of Americans partook in spring cleaning in 2013 (10% up from the previous year). There isn’t data regarding how many people clean up their office space each year, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it! Here are some spring cleaning tips for your office.

Change your passwords. Has it been 90 days since you last changed your online passwords? If the answer is yes, make sure you change them. A strong password contains upper and lower case letters, numbers, symbols and is at least 8 characters long. There are a variety of online apps that can help you create strong passwords.

Get rid of old papers on your desk and in your drawers. Take some time and go through all of the paper in your space. If you haven’t looked at it in the last month, chances are you don’t need it right now. Don’t throw it away but itemize each item in a filing cabinet.

Organize the files and folders on your computer. There are so many places to store your online data: on your computer, in Google Drive and DropBox. Chances are, you’ll probably be using all three in one way or another. Choose one system and stick with it. Organize your folders in an easy to understand way so that everything is easy to find.

If you have a home office, it’s important to separate your business from pleasure. Keep your office free of distractions and encourage family members to steer clear. Set business hours and stick to them. Your routine is vitally important.

Our last tip regarding spring cleaning your office is to slow down. Don’t try and be “productive” all the time. Take time to complete one task at a time. It’s Spring. Take some time to enjoy nature; you could even take your laptop outside and do some work in the sunshine.

Overall, Spring is the time when most American clean up their house. Don’t forget to clean up your office space too!

According to Dictionary.com, a perfectionist is an individual who adheres to or believes in perfectionism. He or she will also demand perfection of himself, herself, or others. My best friend used to be a hiring manager at a large law firm. She always told me to answer the question, “What….
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According to Dictionary.com, a perfectionist is an individual who adheres to or believes in perfectionism. He or she will also demand perfection of himself, herself, or others.

My best friend used to be a hiring manager at a large law firm. She always told me to answer the question, “What is your biggest weakness?” with, “I’m a perfectionist.” This personality trait translated to a loyal employee who would move heaven and earth to finish a task on time and, of course, perfect. Interestingly, I claimed perfectionist status during a few interviews and I always got the job.

Fast forward to today. I would never tell a hiring manager that my worst trait was being a perfectionist. Perfectionists suffer from failed businesses, relationships and goals. The perfectionism plague doesn’t discriminate. New business owners are especially prone and it can even kill their business dreams.

A common perfectionist trait is to become paralyzed when a certain business task doesn’t work out the way it’s supposed too. Instead of rolling with the punches, a perfectionist will do everything possible to complete the task as described. There’s no thinking outside the box. If they can’t do it perfectly, they won’t do it at all. For example, let’s pretend you always print your business cards on a certain paper type. Prior to an event, the printer tells you that they ran out of that paper. Instead of choosing a new paper, you’d pout and not attend the event. In other words, you’d be missing out on business opportunities due to your perfectionism.

If the perfectionism plague is affecting you or a loved one, don’t fret. The first step is admitting you have a problem. After that, you need to tell yourself that done is better than perfect, use obstacles to your advantage and focus on what you want instead of what you don’t want. You should also delegate tasks you don’t enjoy and take as many breaks as possible. Perfectionism tells our brains to go, go, go! We have to slow down and go one step at a time.

I used to be proud of my perfectionist ways. I would stay up late working, forget meals and miss my family to get the job done. Luckily, I dropped this behaviour early on in my career. The above steps will help curb your all-or-nothing thoughts.

Do you have any tips to share about avoiding perfectionism? Please share them in the comments below.

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Does marketing technology fascinate you? Do you become so enchanted that you forget the basics? Whether you are using a traditional campaign or a digital one — business owners should always keep marketing basics top of mind. “You always need to keep the basics in stock. And no matter how….
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Does marketing technology fascinate you? Do you become so enchanted that you forget the basics? Whether you are using a traditional campaign or a digital one — business owners should always keep marketing basics top of mind.

“You always need to keep the basics in stock. And no matter how fancy you’re getting, the basics still matter”,Drew McLellan’s grandma used to say, author of “Don’t forget the marketing basics”.

We are all guilty of jumping on the latest marketing bandwagon. As a result, we overlook business development fundamentals:

Vital Marketing Basics

  1. Marketing Plan and Budget

You need to have concrete plan and a sufficient to market your business in serviced office space consistently.  A plan helps you stay on course, even when you’re short-handed or swamped. Marketing success does not happen by accident.

Without a budget, a concrete, viable plan is a pipe dream. Let’s face it, a million dollar marketing plan would do significantly better than a $5,000 plan.

  1. One Advertising Message

Some business owners get excited and want to start multiple marketing messages fearing they might never get another round at the audience from plug and play offices. We know that ineffective ads are self-fulfilling prophecies.

Regardless of the marketing approach you employ, ensure you have one captivating message. Focus on that point and nothing more.

  1. Marketing Timing

Just like the wise advice about investing – you should give up any hope of being able to precisely time your marketing. Very limited businesses in full service virtual offices can forecast with even a modicum of certainty when someone is going to become a customer.

You need to be creating consistent marketing “deposits” so that whenever the market rises, a prospect is ready to buy – and you’re there and top of mind.

  1. Focus on Your Existing Customers

Going after new leads is never wrong; however, marketers should always remember that a big portion of their sales come from existing customers in full service virtual offices.

Statistics prove current clients are more likely to purchase more products from your company.

Conclusion

Knowing the marketing basics while keeping up to date on the latest trends is the very foundation of a flourishing business.

YourOffice is a world-class network of business centers providing clients with fully serviced full-time offices, virtual offices and meeting rooms, all available with flexible terms and on-demand. Simply work with our team to create the office plan that’s perfect for your business.

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A company that produces smartwatches with a week-long battery life just broke two of kickstarter’s records. According to CNN, during Pebble Time’s month-long driver for funding, it rose $1 million faster than any other company and it became the most-funded company a week later! For those of you who aren’t….
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A company that produces smartwatches with a week-long battery life just broke two of kickstarter’s records. According to CNN, during Pebble Time’s month-long driver for funding, it rose $1 million faster than any other company and it became the most-funded company a week later! For those of you who aren’t familiar with Kickstarter, it’s a global crowdfunding platform to help projects get funding. It has raised more than $1.5 billion in funding from 7.8 million people. Here are some tips we can learn from Pebble Time’s success:

1. Dedicate yourself to your product and dig your heels in for the long haul. Pebble Time has been around for a long time and they’ve been continually searching for funding. They never gave up.
2. Create a new and improved version of your product. Pebble’s second smartphone version was 20% thinner than it’s predecessor. It also contained an updated screen. Is there any way you can build on your current product and/or service? Do some market research and devise a strategy.
3. If you’re going to listen to just one of these tips, this is it: Build a solid community around your product and/or service. Pebble Time has an enormous following online and that following is why they were able to break Kickstarter records. If you haven’t already, create a Facebook Page, Twitter Account, Instagram Account, and any other relevant social network. Listen to what people are saying about your products online and join the conversation. Reward your followers. Ask them for help. You’d be surprised at how loyal they can be.

The days of searching high and low for investing are coming to an end. Even though you’ll always need to have a remarkable product to offer, cool sites like Kickstarter are able to offer small businesses a new way to gain capital. Pebble Time, a neat company that creates smartwatches, recently broke two Kickstarter records: they rose $1 million the fastest and they became funded by the most people. Pebble Time’s success can teach small businesses some very important lessons: 1) stick with your product and dig in your heels for the long haul 2) look for new ways to improve your product and 3) build a community around your product.

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Small business owners can look to a variety of sources for entrepreneurial information. From books and blogs to podcasts and radio shows, there are many different sources for motivation. A recent article by Small Business Trends summarizes these lessons nicely: Business Blogs Offer Great Advice Business blogs authored by successful….
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Small business owners can look to a variety of sources for entrepreneurial information. From books and blogs to podcasts and radio shows, there are many different sources for motivation. A recent article by Small Business Trends summarizes these lessons nicely:

Business Blogs Offer Great Advice

Business blogs authored by successful business owners are a great source of business inspiration. The inspiration for this blog post, Seek Inspiration from Your Small Business Community by Small Business Trends is a great blog to follow.

Don’t Forget How Important Sales Are

Some small business owners become distracted by sales and business processes. And these entrepreneurs may forget the simple importance of bringing in sales to make a business a success. Maintaining business success and financial freedom is very important.
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Saint Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching. How will your business utilize St. Patrick’s Day this Tuesday, March 15th, 2015? Even if your business has nothing to do with Ireland or you detest marketing, there are a number of ways you can celebrate and raise sales at the same time. Check….
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Saint Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching. How will your business utilize St. Patrick’s Day this Tuesday, March 15th, 2015? Even if your business has nothing to do with Ireland or you detest marketing, there are a number of ways you can celebrate and raise sales at the same time. Check out our St. Patrick’s Day sale ideas:

Emerald Green

There are creative marketing ways to use the color green to market your small business. Bunker down with your marketing team to develop St. Patrick’s Day sales and discounts. Don’t forget, the first day of spring is March 21. Traditionally, this is the springboard for major spring retail promotions.

Luck of the Irish

Using the traditional term, “Luck of the Irish”, is a great opportunity for all sorts of contests. You can utilize social media apps such as ShortStack to create Facebook contests that tie in St. Patrick’s Day nicely. You can also utilize the Irish phrase to tell customers it’s their “lucky day” to take advantage of various sales.
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Starting a new small business is a lot like getting a dog. Not only do you have to prepare your house for your new arrival and prepare your family, you have to determine if you have the commitment necessary to business success. You also need to determine if you have….
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Starting a new small business is a lot like getting a dog. Not only do you have to prepare your house for your new arrival and prepare your family, you have to determine if you have the commitment necessary to business success. You also need to determine if you have enough capital to start a small business.

Here are three ways to determine if owning a small business is right for you:

Responsibilities: When deciding if owning a small business is right for you, you’ll have to ask yourself if you’re willing to take on numerous responsibilities. When you’re an employee at a larger corporation, you only need to focus on your niche area. When you’re an entrepreneur, you have to focus on every area.

Stamina – Owning your own small business means you’ll be working much more than the average 40 hours per week. You’ll be working seven days a week and you might lose touch with friends. You might have to give up on certain activities as well. It’s easy to get burned out when you aren’t in touch with friends and family all of the time.

Passion – Are you passionate about your service and product? Facing the prospect of your small business possibly failing can bring you down, but, if you’re passionate about your offerings, you’ll work harder and you’ll push forwards when times are tough. Working around the clock won’t also seem as bad when you love what you do.

Starting your very own business requires taking on multiple responsibilities, having a lot of stamina and passion about your products and services. Having these three talents will help you down your entrepreneurship road.

Do you have any tips to share? Please feel free to share them in the comments section. We look forward to hearing from you.

Working from home can seem like a dream come true, and yes, every once in awhile, it’s amazing. However, the majority of us are not blessed with perfect, efficient and productive home offices. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Here are some tips on how to best use your smaller office….
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Working from home can seem like a dream come true, and yes, every once in awhile, it’s amazing. However, the majority of us are not blessed with perfect, efficient and productive home offices. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Here are some tips on how to best use your smaller office space.

No matter how small your home office is, there are simple things you can do to increase productivity, efficiency which will, hopefully, lead to financial success. Here at YourOffice, we came up with the following tips on how to optimize your home office:

The first things you need to do is to carve out a familiar and comfortable place to do your work. Working from home doesn’t mean finding the perfect place to fit your laptop (your kitchen table). You’ll be more productive and energetic if you have a familiar spot you use every day. It should be perfectly set up every morning for optimum efficiency. When looking for this area, make sure you find a spot where you won’t be disturbed (away from children, noise, etc.). This will help to avoid small business burnout as well.

Define your workspace and set up office boundaries. It’s imperative that your workspace has enforceable boundaries. How you define enforceable is up to you! Many small business owners can’t dedicate an entire room to their office space but it needs to be an area where other people leave you alone. Your children and your significant other need to clearly see the boundaries of your office. They need to respect your office space.

Your home office needs to be as efficient as possible. This means it has to be work friendly. For example, does sitting on the couch encourage you to work or does it encourage you to watch television? Your home office needs to have very few distractions. It has to be designed for optimum efficiency.

Say goodbye to the world outside of your office. Regular offices are full of distractions, and working from home might seem like a distraction but it’s not. Get the appropriate tools to get you into the “working zone” and forget about everything going on around you. Remember, taking breaks is good for you, and working from home means you have more freedom over when and how you take those breaks. You can take a few minutes here and there to visit YourOffice’s Facebook Page for some tips and tricks on how to run your business.

Talk to the People You Live With: Even though most of these rules say to ignore your family as much as possible, this is definitely not the case. Make sure you set aside time to interact with your children and spouse – this is why you chose to work from home in the first place right? After you finish chatting, remind your family and/or friends that you need to get back to work and stay on track.

Conclusion

Most of us dream of working from home. Don’t believe the hype. It’s easy to get distracted by family, the doorbell, or even the pantry calling your name (can pantries talk? Yes, they can). You’ll have the most success if you think ahead, prepare for distractions, and carve out a comfortable, well-defended place for you to settle in and be productive, and you’ll manage to get things done.

Contact Youroffice for information on flexible office space solutions. We will be happy to help you and we also offer full service virtual offices.

Read the original article on lifehacker by Alan Henry

How much of your budget is earmarked for marketing and business development? If you’re like most small business owners, the marketing section of your budget pie is pretty slim. According to Gordon Borzell, a good rule of thumb is to spend 2% of your gross revenue on marketing. This percent….
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How much of your budget is earmarked for marketing and business development? If you’re like most small business owners, the marketing section of your budget pie is pretty slim. According to Gordon Borzell, a good rule of thumb is to spend 2% of your gross revenue on marketing. This percent also depends on how many employees you have and what industry you’re in. Here are some simple and effective ways to market your business.

Social Media

Even if you’re personally against using social media (I know there are a few of you out there), your business absolutely has to use social media for marketing. Every single one of your clients, potential clients, referral sources and personal friends use social media. From Facebook to Instagram, every single social media platform can be used for small business marketing.

Chamber of Commerce

Each and every city has a chamber of commerce comprised of local business owners. For a small membership fee, business owners get to network with like-minded peers at various events. The best part is that everyone is there to further the interest in their business. There’s no beating around the bush. You’re there because you want to sell your product and/or service. Did you know the very first chamber of commerce was created in 1599 in Marseille, France? That’s a great fact to tell someone when you attend your first event.

Personal Network

The number one source of all business is referrals. People listen to people they trust. For example, if your child has to see a dentist and you want to make sure they are reputable, you would ask another parent. You wouldn’t just trust their yellow pages ad that says they treat children wonderfully. Another goldmine of referrals are your happy and satisfied customers. Small business owners are usually hesitant to ask current clients for referrals but they have to get over that fear. The best time to talk about referral business is when you’re in the midst of delivering excellent service according to Forbes.

Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a long-time business owner, there are always new and simple ways to approach marketing. Marketing doesn’t need to be expensive either. It’s a good idea to set aside a certain percentage of your profits towards business development as well. Using social media, joining your local chamber of commerce and mining your personal network are all great ways to get started.

YourOffice is a world-class network of business centers providing clients with fully serviced full-time offices, virtual offices and meeting rooms, all available with flexible terms and on-demand. Simply work with our team to create the office plan that’s perfect for your business.

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