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A recent article, 7 Things to Ponder Before Getting Small Business Financing by Melinda Emerson says that if you have bright idea for a business and you think that financing is the best option to get started, then be careful. Immediately seek small business financing rather than bootstrapping it with your….
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A recent article, 7 Things to Ponder Before Getting Small Business Financing by Melinda Emerson says that if you have bright idea for a business and you think that financing is the best option to get started, then be careful.

Immediately seek small business financing rather than bootstrapping it with your personal assets can be risky— it brings its own crop of distractions.

Here are things to consider before pursuing small business financing.

1. You might appear as a beggar
You don’t have financial track record if you’re a startup.  Therefore, your potential investor has the power over you and puts you at a disadvantage by charging you a higher cost of capital.

2. You could undervalue your company
When you seek financing, you need to assign monetary value on your company based on its assets and intellectual property —it’s easy to commit substantial mistake that you’ll be able to calculate afterwards.

3. You might get the wrong partners
You put your business at risk when you partner with an investor hastily. The proposal to finance your endeavor seldom comes without strings, so ensure you understand your financier better than you understand your spouse otherwise you may not be ready to take the leap.

4. You’ll be sidetracked from building your customer base
Building a customer base needs motivation and commitment; acquiring financing needs the same. Once you divert your interest from your clientele to pursue funding, you will be sidetracked from building your clientele which is the essence of your business.

5. You Could Lose Control of Your Company
You’ll have to appoint a Board of Directors that will have financial and board control.  Backers don’t know you as a fresh entrepreneur and may vote to disregard you as the CEO.

Conclusion
A true entrepreneur sees business opportunity as a way to hone talents and instincts that yields long- term success rather than quick cash. As a startup, YourOffice can help you launch your business by ensuring the right setup for you. 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.

Would you like to launch your business?  We’d love to hear your thoughts below.  You can also see us on Twitter and Facebook.

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A recent article, What is Canva and How Do I Use It For My Business? by Matt Mansfield says that oftentimes, the most difficult  part of an effective content marketing campaign  is creating content that engages your targeted prospects. Canva enables you to create that content swiftly and smoothly, even….
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A recent article, What is Canva and How Do I Use It For My Business? by Matt Mansfield says that oftentimes, the most difficult  part of an effective content marketing campaign  is creating content that engages your targeted prospects. Canva enables you to create that content swiftly and smoothly, even if you have little or no graphic design skills at all.

What is Canva?
It is a tool with enough easy-to-use features that anyone can produce a variety of engaging content that can be shared.

Features and Functionality

Create Many Types of Content
From pre-sized social media image and header templates to marketing materials, documents, presentations, invitations and ads or you can make a custom project.

Lots of Images and Fonts to Use
Provides photo editor where you can change the appearance of your image easily using settings that include filters, tint, brightness, and more.

Collaboration
Makes it easy to collaborate with your team in Flexible Office Space about designs in two ways- ask for comments and open to edit.

Drag-and-Drop
Combined with search, this feature makes it easy to find image elements and to include the ones you like.

iPad App
Offers a full-featured and easy-to-use as the online version.

Price
It’s free! The only time you’ll have to pay is when you use one or more of the premium images that they sell for the low price of $1 per image.

How Do You Use Canva for Business?
The principal way to use Canva for business is to create and publish engaging content that will attract your targeted prospects both online and off. It helps you create remarkable content that catches on.

Conclusion
With Canva, your small business can create eye catching marketing content easily and will surely reach your target audience and convert them to buying consumers. YourOffice can also help you with workspace solution that provides the design you’re looking for. 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.

We hope this article has been useful one and we’d love to hear your comments and questions below. You can also visit us on Twitter and Google Plus.

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A recent article, High Levels of Quality Communication by Chris LoCurto says that good communication skills are keys to success. If you want to be successful leader, you need to be a good communicator. Here are some qualities of  good communication skills. Respect and understand  You have to respect people….
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A recent article, High Levels of Quality Communication by Chris LoCurto says that good communication skills are keys to success. If you want to be successful leader, you need to be a good communicator.

Here are some qualities of  good communication skills.

Respect and understand 
You have to respect people in all manners- their emotions, time, and situations.
You have to be aware of other people’s emotions. It’s important to understand and it’s something that you need as an interpersonal skill.
See how they are–what are people experiencing. If you’re the leader, what are they experiencing with the work that you’ve lay on them? Have you done too much or too little? Think about these things.

Self-Control
You have to be in control of your emotions. You have to discern the situation and know the appropriate behavior.
There are times where you could be totally discouraged with a team member because of something that’s going on. You don’t have to get angry or crazy, understand what’s happening.

Self-confidence
If somebody’s trying to control or manipulate you, then you should  go ahead and be assertive. Set a good healthy boundary and display self confidence that you fully understand what you’re saying.

Identify and solve problem
You have to identify exactly what the problem is. Don’t just talk but gaining great perspective by listening and then create strategies or objectives to solve the problem.

Responsible and Accountable
If you say that you’re going to do something and you don’t, then be responsible and accountable if something clashes or fails because of something you did or did not do.
Apologizing and accepting your mistake; not only make you a great communicator, but yield trust and loyalty.

Conclusion
Good communication skills are one of the key elements of good leadership. Having a good leader and workplace where team collaborates will surely yield success. 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.

Would you like to give your view on good communication?  Feel free to share your thought.  You can also see us on Twitter and Google Plus.

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A recent article, Some Tips Before Moving a Home-based Business to Commercial Space by Allen Buchanan says that many businesses like yours were started with two things— a great idea and a corner from home. As your business grows, you are thinking that moving from home to Agile Office Space….
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A recent article, Some Tips Before Moving a Home-based Business to Commercial Space by Allen Buchanan says that many businesses like yours were started with two things— a great idea and a corner from home.

As your business grows, you are thinking that moving from home to Agile Office Space would be a wise decision.

Here are some issues to consider as you move your business into a commercial real estate location.

Expenses to consider

You have little overhead with a home-based business. However, once the business leaves the home, you’ll need to consider paying a commercial rent plus utilities such as light, water, internet, phone and janitorial.

Most commercial landlords will entail a lease term of one year or more, therefore your business is committed for this amount of rent.

Permits to secure

Your business will require occupancy permits to operate the business from a commercial location. If the operation involves a manufacturing process, plan on this taking some time to get this permit as well.

Location to consider

Working until 2 a.m. is not as easy as staying up past your bedtime at home if you move your business to an off-site location.

You cannot work in your pajamas – and go to work in the spare bedroom anymore. You must dress up, drive, and potentially greet employees. Find a location as close to home as possible. This will save on your commute time.

To rent or buy

You don’t want to commit yourself to a location that you could outgrow in few months, therefore to lease a virtual office or coworking office space is recommended.

Buying a location makes sense but not right away. Lease a spot, get the business stable, hire some workers, make some more money, and look to buy down the road.

Conclusion

Working from home is convenient and economical but as your business thrives, you need to consider a workspace solution that will help you with complete amenities. YourOffice offers you a wide choice of office and workspace solutions: flexible office space, team office space and virtual office packages. 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 move your business from home? Let us know your thoughts below.  You can also visit us on Google Plus and Twitter.

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A recent article, 7 Awesome Tips to Take Your Start Up to the Next Level by Cormac Reynolds believes that your business will not always be a start-up but will level up eventually, thus goals setting and planning is vital to your success. Here are 5 tips that will help your….
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A recent article, 7 Awesome Tips to Take Your Start Up to the Next Level by Cormac Reynolds believes that your business will not always be a start-up but will level up eventually, thus goals setting and planning is vital to your success.
Here are 5 tips that will help your business get to the next level.

  1. Review your plans regularly

Review and re-assess your goals regularly to see what is working well and what is not. For example, are your plans still applicable? Are you still going in the right path?  Treat your goals and plans as a “work in progress document”.

  1. Find a mentor

A mentor is the perfect person to help in getting your business to the next level. They have adequate experiences and skills to advise and help you on the best approach to take.

Once you’ve found the mentor that agreed to help you, you can rent a meeting room and make a schedule for meetings.

  1. Create Social Media and blog

Social Media and blogging are great marketing tools. You can get an expert to help you in building an online presence and build up your reputation online.

  1. Consider a better workplace solution

A workspace solution like Team Office Space or Agile Office Space with complete amenities to collaborate with your team is a great boost to efficiency and productivity.

  1. Be a ‘Limited’ company

In a limited company your assets and liabilities are protected within the umbrella of the company—a limited umbrella protects you and your business from financial risks.

Some advantages of a limited company are reduced risk, flexibility and improvement in reputation.

Conclusion

With goals and plans set in place, your business is ready to take off to the next level successfully. YouOffice is looking forward to help you with your growing needs. 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.

Are you ready to take off to the next level of your business?  Feel free to share your thoughts and comments below.  You can also visit us on Twitter and Facebook.

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A common misconception held by new business owners is that starting an independent business, means doing everything alone. Many successful businesses have proven that just the opposite is true; your business can increase revenue and marketing  through a strong brand partnership. Brand partnership, or co-branding, is when two companies work….
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A common misconception held by new business owners is that starting an independent business, means doing everything alone. Many successful businesses have proven that just the opposite is true; your business can increase revenue and marketing  through a strong brand partnership.

Brand partnership, or co-branding, is when two companies work together to market and improve their products. Below are a few examples of co-branding and how they can benefit your business.

Ingredient co-branding
This is when two (or more) businesses merge their materials to create one product that features  components of both. For example; Betty Crocker’s Premium Brownie Mix with Hershey’s or Carvel producing a line of limited edition Nutella ice-cream.

This is a great technique for small businesses to consider when trying to raise awareness for their product. It’s akin to a independent film featuring one well-known celebrity. Consumers are often wary of new products, without a familiar source that they deem “credible.”

National to local co-branding
When a local small business partners with a national brand or network to reach local consumers. Your small business can benefit greatly from a strategic partnership with a bigger business because it gives you access to shared resources;  advertising, product development, technology, branding, and more. Your business can leverage a partnership with a larger company to compete with other businesses that would otherwise be on a different playing field.

Joint venture co-branding
In this form of co-branding, two or more companies form a strategic alliance to create a product that promotes and benefits both businesses and gives extra perks to the customer. For example, the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express, offers 30,000 bonus miles for new cardholders, 1 mile earned for every purchase, priority boarding, first checked bag free, and discounts on in-flight food and entertainment.

Partnering with other companies to create a single product with multiple benefits gives your business the opportunity to increase sales and advertise your company name. The customer gets a great deal and each business gets a slice of the pie.

Synergize
While there are certainly many benefits to brand partnerships, it is critical to choose a business that complements your own.  In order to form a successful brand partnership, both businesses must be willing to work together on an equal level, sharing resources and marketing strategies. Division of responsibilities must be made clear and communication is vital.

If you are considering moving forward with a brand partnership, consider contacting YourOffice to help you communicate with business partners anytime and anyplace. YourOffice offers a wide choice of office and workspace solutions: virtual office space, meeting room access, videoconferencing tools, and coworking office space.

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What does a dry-cleaning business in Massachusetts, a marketing company in San Francisco, and a custom shelving business all have in common? They all sponsor community service projects. Owning a small business gives you the opportunity to get involved in your community and help people in need. Not only will….
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What does a dry-cleaning business in Massachusetts, a marketing company in San Francisco, and a custom shelving business all have in common? They all sponsor community service projects.

Owning a small business gives you the opportunity to get involved in your community and help people in need. Not only will this strengthen your customer relationships and establish integrity for your company name, giving back to the community gives your business a greater mission than just corporate success.  Establishing a philanthropic vision with your business will create a culture of passion, dedication, and service, that will improves work environment and employee moral.

Below are a few ways that your business can get involved with community service and outreach projects.

Sponsor
Donate a portion of your sales to a local charity or sponsor a local organization, like a little league team or an arts program. It can be as simple as purchasing a banner to hang in a stadium, or an advertisement to post in a program. Find something that enriches the community that your business can support.

Donate
Donations don’t necessarily need to be monetary. Your business can donate some of it’s products to benefit a community event. For example, if your company specializes in healthy granola bars, water consider donating them as snacks for a charity run. Your business could also provide gift baskets for auctions or other fundraising events.

Host
If your business has enough space, you can host community events and fundraisers. Hosting holiday events is a great way to get your business involved in the community. Most Publix branches host a free Haunted House for families to attend during October. This event includes free food samples from local businesses, live music, raffle drawings, face painting, and more.

Partner
If there is a local business that compliments yours, consider partnering with them to share each other’s products and co-sponsor events. For example, your granola bar business may be in the same area as a loose leaf tea business. Consider providing free samples of their tea to pair with free samples of your granola bars and vice versa at their establishment. Find ways to work alongside your fellow business owners, to better serve your community and increase rapport with customers.

Choose your location wisely
The community where your business resides will contribute to the success of your business or the decline. When choosing your business’ location, be aware of opportunities to participate in community events. If you are in the process of scouting out an office location for your business, or if you are looking to change your current location, contact YourOffice. YourOffice features a network of world-class business addresses. Each location offers both beautifully appointed short term offices and permanent individual office space. Offices are move-in ready and equipped with top furnishings and technology that are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

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A recent article, Understanding the small business VoIP transition by Katherine Finnell says that many of small and midsize businesses (SMBs) are still using the legacy phone services but majority are considering small business VoIP transition to solve business problems and support a growing mobile workforce. Smaller SMBs (50 employees….
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A recent article, Understanding the small business VoIP transition by Katherine Finnell says that many of small and midsize businesses (SMBs) are still using the legacy phone services but majority are considering small business VoIP transition to solve business problems and support a growing mobile workforce.

Smaller SMBs (50 employees or less)
For smaller SMBs, traditional phone system problems include:

  • Lack of mobile integration.
  • Difficult system management.
  • Call-quality issues.

Smaller SMBs tend to lack in-house IT staff and are more cost conscious.

Midsize SMBs (51 to 250 employees)
Midsize SMBs, encounter problems such as:

  • Lack of capacity to add users.
  • Lack of advanced features.
  • Difficult system management.

Midsize SMBs have more IT experience and prefer traditional providers and telecom equipment providers since they offer more complete solutions.

Important UC features growing in small business VoIP
While smaller and midsize SMBs purchase from different providers and look to solve different business problems, cost is still the main issue for a small business VoIP transition. They want a product that’s strong and feature-rich, but don’t want to pay a whole lot for it.

SMBs are starting to realize the need for unified communications (UC) features in their VoIP systems as more employees use personal devices for work. According to the report, more than 70% of SMBs said they would consider a provider that offers UC features like presence and mobile clients.

VoIP provides businesses with the platform to put all their business applications together into an integrated experience for employees.

Conclusion
Communication is very important to business success, therefore transitioning to VoIP with UC features is a significant consideration to take. However, if your business is not yet ready for VoIP transition, a virtual office is great to provide you an in-bound fax number and telephone number, a professional receptionist to answer your calls “live” in your business name, voicemail and call transfer. YourOffice offers you a wide choice of office and workspace solutions: flexible office space, team office space and virtual office packages. You’ll have access to a complete array of office support and concierge services as well as state-of-the-art business technology.

Do you want to go ahead with VoIP? We’d love to hear your comments below. You can also see us on Twitter and Facebook.

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A recent article, Are You Making These Body Language Mistakes? by Ceren Cubukcu believes that being aware of your body language is important  to avoid misunderstanding and conflicts –actions speaks louder than words. Here are some gestures to avoid at work in order to give a professional image to others…..
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A recent article, Are You Making These Body Language Mistakes? by Ceren Cubukcu believes that being aware of your body language is important  to avoid misunderstanding and conflicts –actions speaks louder than words.

Here are some gestures to avoid at work in order to give a professional image to others.

Breaking eye contact
Avoiding eye contact when speaking with an audience or with a coworker in coworing office space shows lack of interest or that you’re hiding something. You should always keep eye contact especially when you are making a point in order to avoid this kind of impression.

Crossing Your Arms
Crossing your arms is generally perceived as a defensive position— it shows coldness and indifference. Keep your arms open in order to give others a warm, affirmative feeling. You can keep your arms on the table if you are sitting.

Watching the Clock
Watching the clock from time to time gives the impression that you’re either in a hurry or have some where else you rather be. Therefore, when you’re in a meeting or speaking to your coworkers don’t look at the clock.

Slouching your shoulders or neck
Slouching or drooping body posture indicates that you’re bored and uninterested in what is going on around you.  Sit up straight or stand straight when speaking to somebody to show that you’re confident and professional.

Weak handshake
A weak handshake displays lack of confidence or uncaring attitude towards that person. Try to greet the people with a sincere and firm handshake.

Conclusion
Your gestures speak so much about you, therefore learning and avoiding the body language mistakes discussed above prevent you from being unprofessional. Your workplace also expresses how your business is doing. Working in offices like Lake Mary Serviced Office Space and West Raleigh Team Office Space can give impression that you’re a successful entrepreneur. YourOffice has come alongside hundreds of business looking for everything from plug and play offices to full service virtual offices. 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 helpful and we’d love to hear your comments and questions below.  Feel free to see us on Facebook and Twitter.

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The captain of a ship is only as good as his (or her) crew. To build a successful business, first you must establish a work environment and leadership style that gives your employees the best opportunity to succeed. Below are 7 tips to help you be a leader who inspires….
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The captain of a ship is only as good as his (or her) crew. To build a successful business, first you must establish a work environment and leadership style that gives your employees the best opportunity to succeed.

Below are 7 tips to help you be a leader who inspires excellence in your employees.

  1. Don’t micromanage

            Excessive supervision or trying to do everything “your way” is not the mark of a good leader. An effective leader delegates tasks to their employees and entrusts them to complete it, without standing over their shoulder, or worse, swooping in and taking control. If you undermine your employees by micromanaging them, your business will either have a high turnover rate or be filled with lackluster employees, who have lost the spark of innovation.

  1. Put family first

Your family should come before your business and the same courtesy should extend to your employees. Of course, you and your employees will need to reach a compromise and there are times when sacrifices will need to made, but family should be a priority. A good leader looks out for the best interests of their team, not just their business. Don’t make your team choose between being a good parent or spouse and being a good employee. Choose benefit packages that allow your employees to take care of their families, with healthcare provision and paid vacation time.

  1. Think before you ask

It’s easy to send a quick email and make requests of your employees when projects come to your attention, but be careful not to overburden your team. Delegation only works if the task can be completed in a realistic timeframe, not just when you want it done. Good employees will do everything in their power to meet deadlines, but to set them up for success, you need to be aware of the logistics of what you are asking of them. Blindly assigning projects that overlap and cause conflict with other project deadlines will make employees question your management skills.

  1. Make training a priority

Company training sessions don’t have to be torturous. In fact, training should be the time that you pitch the vision of your business and get people excited about working for your company. If the training process for new employees is boring, mismanaged, and insignificant, what will that say to employees about the value of their jobs? A training session done right should engage, encourage, and ensure that employees gain a strong understanding of their job description and expectations.

  1. Create a positive work culture

Actions really do speak louder than words. If you want a team of hardworking, loyal, and passionate employees, you and your leadership team must demonstrate those qualities to the best of your abilities. There is nothing more frustrating than working for a boss who dictates one way and acts another.

  1. Extend grace

People make mistakes. People have bad days, sometimes bad months. A main aspect of being a good leader is recognizing talent. So when good talent suddenly starts to slack, a constructive response is to get to the heart of the issue, not come down harder on that employee. Perhaps something difficult is happening in their personal life, or maybe they have been given tasks that don’t fit their talents.

  1. Leverage their strengths

Don’t just choose the right people for the job, choose the right jobs for the people. If you notice that an employee excels in interpersonal communication, maybe their current role of stocking merchandise or sitting behind a computer isn’t the best use of their talent. Allow flexibility in work procedures, so that you can make adjustments to fit the talents and strengths of your staff. Be on the lookout for new opportunities and ways that your employees can move up within the company.

Be the kind of boss you would want to work for

Behind most innovative and thriving companies is a leader who values the well-being and of their employees. A business that supports the staff and sets them up for success has a higher chance of gaining a loyal following. Customers want to do business with businesses that have a high reputation. The more effort you put into championing your team to success, the more popular your business will become in the industry and the market.

If your new business is looking to attract job seekers, consider offering the ability to work remotely. Consider the option of using a virtual office or renting an executive office space, it provides more flexibility for you and your employees as well as the option of customization. Instead of paying for an entire office building, you can just pay for the specific space or services your business needs. For more information, contact YourOffice. YourOffice has come alongside hundreds of businesses looking for everything from plug and play offices to full service virtual offices. 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.