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A recent article,  How has coworking evolved since its birth? What’s next? by Megan Noel says that the advent of the coworking trend has replaced the image of solitary business owners with a lively, dynamic environment of professionals working within a shared space. Evolution of coworking Starting as coffee house meetups into….
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A recent article,  How has coworking evolved since its birth? What’s next? by Megan Noel says that the advent of the coworking trend has replaced the image of solitary business owners with a lively, dynamic environment of professionals working within a shared space.

Evolution of coworking

  • Starting as coffee house meetups into innovative office spaces where entrepreneurs can rent a desk, share meeting rooms, and collaborate with other like-minded business individuals.
  • A workspace solution for freelancers without spending a lot of money for an office in a high rise.
  • Popping up of locations around the country– just type “coworking” along with your city like; co working office space Southpark Charlotte, into any search engine and  is sure to produce a number of local results.
  • Being embraced by many small-businesses and startups as a means to boost innovation and crowdsource motivation.

Coworking: A reminiscent of college days

Members of coworking spaces pay a monthly or annual fee to share a workspace and a dedicated workspace like meeting rooms for rent or Flexible Meeting Rooms to rent for an additional cost.

These coworking spaces are reminiscent of college study groups, where everyone is working independently on their own projects yet the environment is conducive to leaning over and asking the opinion of the person at the table next to you.

Passports: A new trend in coworking

If you become a member, make sure to check if they offer reciprocal memberships to other coworking sites. This popular feature accommodates the traveling business owner, by offering sister locations in different cities.

Conclusion

Gone are the days of the lonely entrepreneur and replaced with innovation centers packed with dynamic groups of professionals and freelancers. So, if you’re looking for a change of pace, consider joining YourOffice and experience worry- free workspace solution. YourOffice offers you a wide choice of office and workspace solutions: virtual office space, meeting room access, and coworking office space. 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 still working from home feeling alone?  Feel free to share your thoughts and questions below.  You can also get in touch with us on Twitter and Google Plus.

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The hiring process is not a one-way street. If you are in the hiring process, remember that while you are looking for the right employee for the job, employees are looking for the right boss to work for. Building a great team is not just about hiring the right people,….
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The hiring process is not a one-way street. If you are in the hiring process, remember that while you are looking for the right employee for the job, employees are looking for the right boss to work for. Building a great team is not just about hiring the right people, it is an ongoing process of cultivating relationships, casting vision, and championing the strengths of your employees.

Below are 3 team building strategies for you to consider.

  1. Know your team’s individual strengths

Expecting everyone on your team to be good at everything will produce nothing but mediocrity. Take the time to learn your team’s individual strengths, this will allow you to effectively delegate tasks to the right people. Not only will this give you and your business better results, but it will also give your employees success and a feeling of true accomplishment. If your team is small enough, a great way to discover their potential is to implement a Strengths Finder test. Once the results are in, you will have a much clearer and deeper understanding of who your employees are and how to best utilize their talents. Also, if your team is unaware of their strengths, this test will serve as an empowering and enlightening experience for them.

  1. Don’t expect your team to read your mind

            If you work with the same team long enough, they will begin to naturally know what you want, before you ask. But when it comes to building a new team or a large team, you must be clear, concise, and consistent in your expectations. You can’t expect a new team member to have the same understanding or information as a seasoned team member. If you want things done a certain way, you need to make your team aware of that from the beginning. Also, it’s important to extend grace to new team members who are adjusting to the culture of your workplace. “Your way” may not be the way they are used to and their previous boss may have trained them in a completely opposite way. A good leader sets their team up for success and is humble enough to consider new approaches, if their way isn’t working.

  1. Show your team that you have their back

            If you want to build a team of loyal and passionate employees, show them that you are worthy of their loyalty. Talented people will not waste their time and skills to follow a leader who undermines or undervalues them. If your team doesn’t believe that you have their best interest in mind, they will not believe in your vision for the company or support your endeavors. In fact, they will most likely be looking for a new job. While it is important to put the customer first, it shouldn’t be at the expense of your team. The fastest way to lose employee support is by throwing them under the bus. If there is a conflict between an employee and a customer, give your employee the benefit of the doubt and get to the truth of the situation of as quickly as possible. Be discreet in your disciplinary actions and make it a point to preserve the dignity of your employees.

Environment matters

Part of being a good leader is creating a work environment where your employees can thrive. If you are in the market for a new office building or are considering new office space solutions, contact YourOffice. 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.

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A recent article, Top 4 Resources for Veterans Who Want to Start a Small Business by Hiscox Blog says that for many veterans, life after an active duty is a great chance to join the private sector—the business world.  However, the transition to civilian business life isn’t always easy. Fortunately,….
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A recent article, Top 4 Resources for Veterans Who Want to Start a Small Business by Hiscox Blog says that for many veterans, life after an active duty is a great chance to join the private sector—the business world.  However, the transition to civilian business life isn’t always easy.

Fortunately, there are some resources available to help veterans start their own businesses.

  1. SBA- Small Business Administration

SBA offers programs like entrepreneurial training programs, financing and workshops on government contracting opportunities. Any veteran who wants to start a small business in a coworking office space should visit SBA. Find your local Veterans Business Outreach Center for assistance.

  1. ACP- American Corporate Partners 

ACP is committed to helping veterans in their transition from the armed services to the private workforce. It provides tools for long-term career development through mentoring, career counseling, and networking opportunities.   

  1. SCORE Veteran Fast Launch Initiative 

It provides free access to a highly experienced mentor to help you start a business as well as free or considerably reduced resources, like computer software, that can assist you run your business.

  1. OSDBU-The Veterans Affairs Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization

The office has several resources that veterans should take advantage of including:

  • gov – this is the VA portal through which your small businesses can be certified as veteran-owned, starting your company up to a wide variety of benefits.
  • Direct Action Program – works to ensure that Veteran-owned and other small businesses are ready to compete for and gain new business with the federal government and commercial corporations.
  • Opportunity Show Case –helps the small business owners gain a better understanding of the industry vision of future opportunities provided by VA and other Federal agencies.

Conclusion

Launching a small business for veterans is made easy by these top four resources.  If you’re looking for a place to start your own business, YourOffice can be your partner in launching your business. YourOffice offers you a wide choice of office and workspace solutions: virtual office space, meeting room access, and coworking office space. 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 a veteran?  Would you like to start your own business?  Feel free to share your comments and questions below.  You can also visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

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A recent article, Co-working and the sharing economy for business travel by Mark Dauner says that coworking is not just a typical place for virtual workers but in certain occasions it could be very beneficial to business travelers who need a quiet place to work for a few hours. There….
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A recent article, Co-working and the sharing economy for business travel by Mark Dauner says that coworking is not just a typical place for virtual workers but in certain occasions it could be very beneficial to business travelers who need a quiet place to work for a few hours.

There are various types of coworking solutions to choose from, but as a business traveler, a co-working space that allows you to reserve space by the hour or the day is much more conducive.

There are things you need to consider before getting work done in any co-working space. Here are a few of them:

  • Look for a coworking office space that is convenient and accessible. Is it close to where the client’s office is? Is it close to the convention center you’re going to? Is it near the bus, train or subway station?
  • Make sure the space offers features and amenities you need. Do you need to be on the phone or working with highly confidential information? Then perhaps you don’t want to be in a shared office space that is full of other individuals working. You might prefer an executive office space
  • Do you have the connectivity you require? Is the Wi-Fi safe, fast and stable? Are you able to print if you need to?

You should always remember these things wherever you’re working outside of the office, but it’s especially important in a shared space like this.

Conclusion

With coworking, business travelers can stay connected, productive and efficient while away from their head offices.  If you’re traveling for business, you should consider YourOffice. We provide an exciting workspace solution suitable for road warriors like you. YourOffice offers you a wide choice of office and workspace solutions: virtual office space, meeting room access, and coworking office space. You’ll have access to a complete array of office support and concierge services as well as state-of-the-art business technology.

Would you consider co-working when on business travel? Let us know your comments below. You can also visit us on Facebook and Google Plus.

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Every great business needs a great logo to serve as their trademark and calling card. Your business logo will eventually be the symbol that defines your products and services. Logos that are recognizable and memorable can become powerful marketing tools for your company. Below are a few tips to help….
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Every great business needs a great logo to serve as their trademark and calling card. Your business logo will eventually be the symbol that defines your products and services. Logos that are recognizable and memorable can become powerful marketing tools for your company. Below are a few tips to help you create the best logo for your business.

Be iconic
Customized font is a great way to make your logo stand out and give your brand some individuality. For example:

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This iconic font was created specially for the Walt Disney company and the distinct typography is just as recognizable as the signature castle logo.
A unique color scheme is also a powerful marketing strategy when creating your business logo: Tiffany’s is robin egg blue, Home Depot is orange, T-Mobile is magenta. These color schemes have become trademarked by the brands they represent.

Be Unique, but Relevant
The Evernote app is a great example of a clever logo with meaning. The little grey elephant amidst a bright green background is not only unique and eye-catching, but it pays tribute to the saying; “an elephant never forgets,” which is perfect for an app like Evernote, designed to help users record and remember things. Also, if you look closely, the tip of the elephant’s ear is curved over to resemble a note.

Keep it Simple
Successful logos don’t need to be complicated. For example, the Nike logo is a check mark, Mcdonald’s logo is a large, golden M. These logos are simple and easy to remember, which make them powerful marketing tools. While adding clever detail is desireable, it’s important to keep the design clear and clean looking, so don’t go overboard.

Match Your Business’ Personality
You don’t wear bedroom slippers with a tuxedo. If your business is considered an elegant business, then your logo should be elegant. If your business is playful, then your logo should be playful. For example, take a look at the following brand swap:

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Do these logos represent their respective companies well? If Lego is a building software for architects and Ray Ban is swim goggles for kids, then maybe. But since Ray Ban is a global eyewear company known for sophistication and Lego is a toy marketed to children (and the young-at-heart), both brands are better suited with their original logo designs.

Get People Talking
Creating a powerful brand logo goes hand in hand with creating a powerful marketing strategy. Customers need to know that your business is available and ready to serve, so put your business in the public eye and get people talking about it. The popular chicken restaurant, Chik-fil-a is famous for their “eat mor chikin” campaign, using signature cow characters to promote their brand on billboards, social media, and coupon calendars. Your business can use social media and other promotional tactics to increase brand awareness and start building a customer following. Consider contacting YourOffice, which provides everything from plug and play offices to full serviced virtual offices. They can help your business set up a virtual office, so you can manage social media accounts and better connect with your community.

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It’s hard to find a business that doesn’t give back to the community in some way. And that’s a really good thing. When businesses choose to use their resources to help people in need, they make a big impact in the world. Whether great or small, every business can make….
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It’s hard to find a business that doesn’t give back to the community in some way. And that’s a really good thing. When businesses choose to use their resources to help people in need, they make a big impact in the world.

Whether great or small, every business can make a difference. Below are three things for you to consider about becoming a business that cares.

Don’t overthink it
Establishing a philanthropic mission for your business can go hand-in-hand with what your business is already doing. Evaluate the various byproducts of your business that could benefit the community or even benefit others globally, and go from there. For example, Panera Bread partners with Feeding America and other hunger relief organizations, by donating their unsold baked goods. It was a simple and effective concept; instead of letting fresh food go to waste, let’s donate it. Helping others doesn’t always need to be an extravagant gesture, sometimes even the simplest of actions can make a huge impact.

Share your vision
Once you have chosen the mission that your business is going to support, make it part of your business model. Defining a philanthropic vision is not only about giving back, it’s about redefining your business, so that when employees join your team and customers support your business, they are fully aware of the mission they are also supporting. For example, when people buy a pair of TOMS shoes, they know that their purchase donates a pair of shoes to a person in need. The advertising for their brand is focused on increasing awareness about the company’s mission to care and provide for the poor. That is what people think of when they see an advertisement for TOMS. It’s a powerful marketing strategy that is good for the business and the cause.

Be more than a business
If you desire to have a company filled with hard working, passionate people, you must give them a passionate cause to work for. The day to day monotony of working for a seemingly insignificant business is stifling to creativity and soul-crushing to someone longing to make a difference. Creative people who want to make a difference in the world are amazing employees to have, so your business should be the kind that attracts those people, not the kind that holds them back. Show your employees and  your customers that you care about them and that you care about the world around them. By choosing to use your business as a vessel to make a positive impact in the world, you are also inspiring others to be part of the mission and giving them something bigger to be part of.

Manage and promote your mission virtually
An efficient way to run a growing outreach program is to set up a virtual office. Communications can be done anytime and anyplace that has internet access, and you can promote and track your cause on social media. You can also hire a virtual assistant to handle communications and donations between your business and the organization you choose to partner with. With a virtual office, you can successfully manage an outreach program and your business simultaneously. Contact YourOffice and ask about their virtual office packages. YourOffice offers 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.

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A recent article, 7 Things Successful People Do Before Every Presentation by Larry Alton  says that whether you’re presenting in front of large group of business leaders or just a few people you know, the content and delivery of your presentation make an impression that can make or break you…..
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A recent article, 7 Things Successful People Do Before Every Presentation by Larry Alton  says that whether you’re presenting in front of large group of business leaders or just a few people you know, the content and delivery of your presentation make an impression that can make or break you.

Here are some preparation tips for successful and impressive presentation.

  1. Know your audience
  • How many people will be in your audience?
  • Will they be male or female?
  • How old are they?
  • What positions do they hold?
  • What is their interest in your work?

With all these things in mind, it will help you craft the tone, the position and the direction of your presentation.

  1. Look at the venue

The venue should correspond to the size and kind of audience you’ll have. Look in advance for appropriate conference rooms for rent or Meeting Rooms for rent that provide complete array of technology and help you shape a successful presentation.

  1. Outline key points

Outline the key points you want to make during the presentation—this skeletal presentation framework will help you later in the process.

  1. Make a presentation and not a speech

Your presentation may include prototype, interactive demonstration or a PowerPoint presentation.

Remember that you’re creating the presentation elements, and not a speech–writing a full speech in detail may sound over-rehearsed.

  1. Practice until you feel confident enough to go live

During your rehearsal, ensure you touch on all the elements of your presentation, not just your speech. Focus on your posture, your body language and your tone.

  1. Get Feedback then revise

Ask your colleagues, mentors, family and friends to assess your work-in-progress.

This feedback helps you identify flaws you may need to revise and improve.

Conclusion
Your presentation success depends on how well you prepared beforehand. YourOffice offers venue like Flexible Meeting Rooms to rent Southpark Charlotte to help you arrange the room so you can focus on making the presentation and closing the deal. YourOffice is a leader in providing the most prestigious fully serviced office space and meeting 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.

Are you ready to for your presentation? Feel free to share your comments. We’d love to see you on Facebook and Twitter.

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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.

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