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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.

Team Office Space

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.

Plug and Play Offices

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.

Shared Office Space

A recent article, 5 Timesheet Best Practices Your Small Business Should Implement by Curt Finch says that the right choice of time tracking software is one of the toughest issues many businesses face. Trying to be productive and compliant to some government regulations. With so many available options, it can….
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A recent article, 5 Timesheet Best Practices Your Small Business Should Implement by Curt Finch says that the right choice of time tracking software is one of the toughest issues many businesses face. Trying to be productive and compliant to some government regulations.

With so many available options, it can be difficult to determine the right software, the right methods and the best practices to implement company-wide.

Here are some tips for implementing time tracking software for your company.

Implement time tracking company-wide

When the leaders value and use time tracking themselves, and apply the same rule company-wide, it can be a powerful motivation for everyone involved.

Provide the necessary training

Making sure everyone understands the necessity of correct time tracking can change the way your employees respond to your new timesheet policies. If they don’t understand what is involved, it can lead to mistakes and lost information on timesheets.

Automate the process

Automating your processes will not only alleviate that data risk, but will also help keep you compliant. If you’re properly training your staff with the timesheet system, your company will be able to make the most out of it.

Move to hourly employees

Move all employees to hourly pay, where each party clearly understands what’s expected (on productivity and efficiency) and there’s far less room for one to take advantage of the other.

Record your time everyday

Make sure everyone in the company is recording their timesheet at least once daily to maintain good records and best practices.

To promote daily time record, make sure the process is not so complicated. Recording a timesheet should only take few minutes each day.

Conclusion

Following the basic rules listed above with proper implementation of  the new systems will surely help you run the business smoothly and efficiently. A workplace with complete facilities can be your partner in implementing the systems. 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 timesheet are you planning to implement?  We’d be glad to hear your comments below. You can also visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

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What does it it mean to “go global” with your business? Is it expanding your product and services overseas? Networking with international client bases, and vendors? Increasing global awareness and understanding of cultural diversity? The answer is, all of the above. Below are a few strategies to help prepare your….
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What does it it mean to “go global” with your business? Is it expanding your product and services overseas? Networking with international client bases, and vendors? Increasing global awareness and understanding of cultural diversity? The answer is, all of the above.

Below are a few strategies to help prepare your business for international expansion and prepare you to be a global leader.

Scout the location
Take a business trip (or a vacation) and go visit the location you are considering expanding your business to. This is will give you a first hand account of the people you will be doing business with and any cultural or governmental barriers your business will face.

Assess the market
Ask, is there a large consumer base to receive what your business has to offer? “If you build it, they will come” may have worked in Field of Dreams, but when it comes to being an entrepreneur, a viable market must be established first. In other words; “if you build it…they need to already be there.” If there isn’t a pre-existing market available, or if it seems too small to put your confidence in, don’t give up. Networking is an invaluable resource when it comes to expanding your business, whether it’s local or international. The more connections you make with overseas associates, friends, and business partners, the more opportunity you have to raise awareness about your business and increase your market.

Research the culture
When bringing your business to a foreign country, you need to be familiar with their culture and customs, to know whether or not your business will be well received. For example, when McDonald’s expanded to India, they had to make some major changes to their menu…such as removing the Big Mac from it. The cow is sacred in the Hindu religion, so a fast food restaurant that prides itself in selling beef hamburgers will not be a popular (or even permitted) establishment. In order to “go global,” Mcdonald’s had to forfeit their namesake meal and change their patty recipes to vegetarian ingredients only. The company was willing to make those changes, but you need to decide ahead of time what sacrifices and adaptations you are willing to make.

Be a bridge-builder
Evaluate whether your business will be a benefit to the community or direct competition for local merchants and vendors. Becoming a global business leader means building bridges that enhance cross-cultural relationships. Your success overseas will be a reflection of your ability to work with the culture and people your business is serving. Running local artisans out of business is certainly not a positive way to expand your company, especially if you desire to gain a loyal following of customers. A successful international business model is one that provides opportunity and resources for the people it serves.

Go global
Going global with your business is more than just expanding to the international market, it is a mindset that every business leader should strive to develop. Becoming more globally aware will allow you to do business better. If you are considering expanding your business internationally and want to increase your ability to network and test out the market, consider partnering expanding to a virtual office. YourOffice has come alongside hundreds of  businesses looking for everything from plug and play offices to full service virtual offices. Contact YourOffice to help you create a flexible and customizable business model that will allow you to spend more time building relationships and gaining cultural experiences.

Virtual Office

A recent article, Co-working spaces are the trend, but do more colleagues mean more problems? by Lydia Dishman believes that co-working space is ideal for many startups –it is  a professional space to meet clients and confer with staff. Collaboration and sociability are other factors why many prefer the co-working….
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A recent article, Co-working spaces are the trend, but do more colleagues mean more problems? by Lydia Dishman believes that co-working space is ideal for many startups –it is  a professional space to meet clients and confer with staff. Collaboration and sociability are other factors why many prefer the co-working route.

However working side by side can have its downsides. Here are few issues that may arise in a coworking space.

  • You don’t get to select your neighbors.
  • When noise and activity from other occupants becomes too distracting, a communal environment can be challenging,
  • Entrepreneursare prone to “high highs and low lows”– sometimes in the same hour.
  • Because of the communal space there is a possible threat of theft.
  • There is always a new class of startups moving in.
  • Other entrepreneurs and freelancers who share the space may be more careless.
  • Some people are there for the fun – they focus on showing off as opposed to showing up.
  • Losing or slow internet connection is an inevitable problem for members of a coworking community.

Conclusion

Hearing and learning the downsides of co-working spaces may change your mind to consider moving in. However, there are other workspace solutions you can choose from.  You can visit and see offices in Lake Mary Executive Office Space and Ballantyne Individual Office space.  Agreement terms and office plans are flexible, ensuring the proper set-up for your startup and various options to support future growth. With offices that are carefully designed for maximum productivity, you can select the ideal mix of space and services to suit your business. 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.

We hope this article has been informative one and we’d love to hear your comments and questions below. You can also get in touch with us on Twitter and Google Plus.

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A recent article,  4 Ways Companies Foster Productive Co-Worker Friendships by Matt Straz believes that a positive employee relationship is the foundation of business success. Employees are the backbone of your company, thus strong relationship amongst them helps your business thrive. After all, employees who get along together, work well….
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A recent article,  4 Ways Companies Foster Productive Co-Worker Friendships by Matt Straz believes that a positive employee relationship is the foundation of business success. Employees are the backbone of your company, thus strong relationship amongst them helps your business thrive. After all, employees who get along together, work well together.

Here are some ways to build a culture that inspires workplace friendships.

  1. Encourage Peer Feedback

Motivate employees to recognize one another and give feedback. Teams need to feel safe working together. A compliment from a close team member on a job well done means so much, creating more efficient and productive teamwork.

  1. Create Bonding Experiences

Create more opportunities for the team or entire company to share great moments, whether it’s over a meal, company outing, team building or volunteer project. Invite employees to events, and while work conversation may take up a bit of the outing, leave the actual bonding to the company’s great individuals.

  1. Provide a Social Newsfeed

Provide a social platform or a team forum where employees can share updates, memories and daily activities and experiences. Not only can employees get in touch more easily, they can also use this to share ideas, congratulate others and make special announcements.

  1. Encourage Support and Collaboration

It might be an indication of stress or feeling overworked when employees seclude themselves or seem to be unusually quiet. This is when an employee needs support the most. Be careful when assigning projects and that it’s the right group for the job. Make sure you elect who will support whom in different areas of the project.

Conclusion

With these four tips, the company becomes your employees’ second home and family, in friendship and unity. If you need a place for your growing business and to provide your employees with better collaborative workplace, 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.

What others steps can you suggest to inspire office friendships?  Feel free to share your thoughts and comments below.  You can visit us on Twitter and Google Plus.

Individual Office Space

Is your business ready to branch out? It’s an exciting time when the business you have built is thriving and reading to expand to new locations. But expanding your business comes with the similar expenses and hassles of starting a new one-rent/lease payments, office supplies and amenities, maintenance, etc. There….
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Is your business ready to branch out? It’s an exciting time when the business you have built is thriving and reading to expand to new locations. But expanding your business comes with the similar expenses and hassles of starting a new one-rent/lease payments, office supplies and amenities, maintenance, etc. There is a more cost effective option to expanding your business, consider going virtual.

Below are a few perks of expanding your business via virtual office space

Flexible location
When choosing a new business location, a virtual office gives you the flexibility to test the market without signing a lease contract. Instead, give your business a virtual address which includes a prestigious address, mail and package handling, and access to office amenities.

Employ with ease
A virtual office allows employees to work remotely, which is an attractive benefit to many job seekers. You can hire the best people for the job, without worrying about commute distance. Also, you can hire a virtual receptionist to handle calls, voicemail, fax, and call transfers.

Pay for what you need, when you need it
If your business requires an office space you can rent an individual office space that is private, professional, and fully equipped with comfortable furnishings, state-of-the-art technology, and high-speed internet. Instead of going through the hassle and expenses of renting, setting up, staffing, and equipping a full office, just the rent office space you need.

Customizable
A major perk of having a virtual office when expanding your business, is that you can customize it to fit your business’ needs as it grows. Once your new location takes off, it may be time to hire more employees and with that you may need more space. You can rent team offices for your employees to use, with flexible agreement terms and amenities included. You can even rent meeting rooms by the hour. Yes, the hour. If your business doesn’t require a daily meeting space, why pay for it? With a virtual office, you can do business and add amenities as you need them.

Shut-up and take my money
A virtual office allows you to expand, promote, and conduct your business anywhere, while eliminating the hassles and costs of operating from a physical location. If you are looking to expand your business and think a virtual office space may be right for you, check out YourOffice for an array of office and workspace solutions: flexible office space, team office space, and virtual office packages.They provide office support, concierge services, state-of-the-art business technology, and a network of prestigious business addresses.

Your business is unique, and your office space should be too. YourOffice can help you expand your business effectively and efficiently by finding the perfect space or service to fit your business’ needs.

Virtual Office

A recent article, 5 Reasons You Definitely Need to Take That Lunch Break by Sarah Landrum  tells that keeping yourself productive and competitive are keys to  success, therefore your lunch breaks seem to be neglected in the interest of getting more done. Lunch breaks should not be taken for granted…..
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A recent article, 5 Reasons You Definitely Need to Take That Lunch Break by Sarah Landrum  tells that keeping yourself productive and competitive are keys to  success, therefore your lunch breaks seem to be neglected in the interest of getting more done. Lunch breaks should not be taken for granted.

Here are five benefits of a lunch break:

Time to Relax

Lunch break rejuvenates your tired body and mind.  For example, take a walk around the area near your workplace in office space Charlotte. Physical activity stimulates endorphins, which boost the mood.

Helps You Eat Better

Try out some microwave-friendly slow cooker recipes that you can have on your lunch break. The preparation method tends to bring out the flavors of meat and vegetables, which might give you a fresh  appreciation for familiar cuisines.

Gets you out from behind your desk

It’s time to discover the exciting experiences outside the doors of your office— an ideal opportunity for community engagement.

Be social

You might work at a Full Service Virtual Offices that offer amenities to specifically reach out to fellow coworkers who are assigned to other tasks.

Allow you to do some personal errands

Your lunch break offers a convenient time to do some errands that could only be done during common workplace hours, like going to the bank or post office. Using your lunch break wisely helps you save time on personal errands while also taking a break from the stress of a typical work day.

Conclusion

Taking your lunch break should not make you guilty but worthy with all the benefits it brings–it’s not a waste of time but worthwhile to keep your momentum.  YourOffice is a great place where you can work comfortably and spend your lunch breaks comfortably. 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.

How do you spend your lunch break? Let us know in the comments below. You can also visit us on Facebook and Twitter.