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6 Questions to Ponder Before Launching Your First Business

A recent article, 11 Questions to Answer Before Quitting Your Job to Start a Business by Kenneth Burke says that today, it’s easier to start a business than before.  However, entrepreneurship is not for everyone. Take the time to answer the following questions honestly and carefully before you quit your….
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A recent article, 11 Questions to Answer Before Quitting Your Job to Start a Business by Kenneth Burke says that today, it’s easier to start a business than before.  However, entrepreneurship is not for everyone.

Take the time to answer the following questions honestly and carefully before you quit your job and start your own business.

1. Why do you want to start a business?

 If you’re just trying to flee from issues with your present job in an agile office space then starting a business will be a wrong move.  Nevertheless, if you have the passion and idea, then you’re on the right path.

2. Do you have potential market?

Do some research, if there’s no one interested to buy the product, don’t try to force it!

3. Do you know how to start a business?

You need to prepare yourself before diving in. Here are a few things to consider.

  • How will you acquire/create your products?
  • What kind of business structure do you need?
  • What are the legal requirements?
  • How will you promote your brand?
  • Will you need to hire an employee?
  • Will you need to lease commercial office space?
  1. How much support will you need along the way?
  • How will you support yourself/family as you start your business?
  • Do you have adequate funding to start your business?
  • Will you hire a mentor or learn everything on your own?
  • Who will encourage you to keep going when times seem hard?
  1. Are you ready to handle failures/setbacks?

Do you have the courage to keep going through setback after setback? Can you handle challenges confidently?  If yes, that’s awesome!

  1.  Is the commitment your business will take worth it to you?

If you think your sacrifices will be worth it, then go ahead and start your own business.

Conclusions

These are some of the most important questions you need to consider to guide you in the right direction.  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 ready to start your business?  We’d love to hear your comments.  You can also visit us on Twitter and Facebook.

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A recent article, Five ways taking breaks can improve productivity by Regus says that in today’s workplace, it’s common for employees not to take breaks because of the heavy workloads.  However, did you know that taking breaks in your daily routine can actually boost your productivity and efficiency? Here are….
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A recent article, Five ways taking breaks can improve productivity by Regus says that in today’s workplace, it’s common for employees not to take breaks because of the heavy workloads.  However, did you know that taking breaks in your daily routine can actually boost your productivity and efficiency?

Here are five simple ways to make the most of your breaks to boost productivity.

  1. Have a quick walk.

Sitting and staring at  the computer all day long is tiresome. Take a quick walk around your workplace in Lake Mary Team Office Space or it’s even better if you can walk outside to detach yourself from your work physically and refresh your mind. Going on a quick walk regulates your blood flow and allows your mind to have some rest from any stress you’re experiencing.

  1. Take healthy snacks.

Taking healthy snacks such as fresh fruits like banana and apple, nuts, fresh vegetables, tuna sandwich and cereals can increase energy level and boost productivity. Avoid snacks from vending machines that contain much sugar which impair cognition.

  1. Meditate and relax.

Meditating at work can relieve stress and increase focus. Find a quiet place in your office in Lake Mary Flexible Office Space where you can relax for a little while and have a few moments of reflection. According to a study, those who meditate can stay on task longer and were less distracted.

  1. Have a quick chat.

Conversing with coworkers during breaks offers a great opportunity to build strong ties in the workplace–it can boost productivity and help employees enjoy their work more.

  1. Take a power nap.

Taking a 20-30 minute nap helps restore mental alertness and increases energy levels. It helps performance without leaving you feeling sleepy or interfering with nighttime sleep.

Conclusion

Ensure that you take your breaks and follow these simple tips to help you stay productive and efficient in the workplace. YourOffice has come alongside hundreds of business looking for everything from staffed flexible offices to agile office space. We know your business is unique, and your office space shouldn’t be any different. Let us match the perfect space or service to fit your business needs. 

How do you spend your breaks in your workplace?  Let’s see your comments below. Feel free to visit us also in our Facebook and Twitter.

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A recent article, 12 Tips for a Wildly Productive Home Office by Ashley Coolman says that staying productive at your home office can be hard with the distraction of your comfortable bed that keeps calling your name, TV and Netflix attracting you and many others. Here are tips to stay….
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A recent article, 12 Tips for a Wildly Productive Home Office by Ashley Coolman says that staying productive at your home office can be hard with the distraction of your comfortable bed that keeps calling your name, TV and Netflix attracting you and many others.

Here are tips to stay productive at home:

Create an exclusive space for work.
You should have an area in your house that you exclusively use for working so that when you go there, your mind will build an association between that space and your work.

Set up a space you enjoy.
Create a home office that makes you feel happy and comfortable when you enter. Think about what environment makes you feel most productive and then keep it for your space.

Get a practical desk and comfortable chair.
Your home office will be where you spend the most of your time so find a comfortable chair and suitable tabletop space you need.

A communication app
If you have team members in flexible office space, you’ll be needing communication tool for group chats like Skype, HipChat, and Google Hangouts.

A cloud storage solution
Storing all your files in the cloud like Google Drive and Dropbox means that when your computer crashes or if you need to access a file while attending a meeting, you can always access it using mobile apps or the browser on a different computer.

A collaboration tool
A collaboration tool allows you to remotely work with colleagues or clients, and keep everyone in the loop on task progress without drowning everyone in emails.

A website management tool
If you have your own business, you no longer need to outsource your website design. With the creation of tools like WordPress and Wix, you can create and completely customize your website.

Conclusion
Following the simple tips above, working from home can become more productive.  While you’re thriving with your career, a business location is highly recommended. YourOffice features a network of world-class business addresses. Each location offers both beautifully appointed short term offices and permanent individual office space. Our offices are move-in ready and equipped with top furnishings and technology that are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

How do you stay productive at your home office?  Tell us on the comments below.  You can also see us on Facebook and Twitter.

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A recent article, 10 Essential Things to Do in January to Beat Your 2016 Sales Goal by Leslie Ye says that whether you hit your sales quota or fell short in 2015, you have a clean slate starting January 2016—meaning a new quota and another round of great opportunities in….
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A recent article, 10 Essential Things to Do in January to Beat Your 2016 Sales Goal by Leslie Ye says that whether you hit your sales quota or fell short in 2015, you have a clean slate starting January 2016—meaning a new quota and another round of great opportunities in doing business.

Here are tips to guide you in making 2016 a fruitful year for your sales career:

  1. Set personal goals.

Your career goals will characterize everything else you do this year. For instance, look for leadership opportunities in addition to selling this year if you aspire to be promoted. But if you have your visions set on a more senior individual contributor role, you should concentrate on the activities that will best equip you for those transitions.

  1. Refresh your collateral.

Go through your files and remove any obsolete files, and ensure you’re only sending your prospects new, fresh material from here on out.

  1. Review your total performance last year.

Appraise and evaluate your biggest wins and losses from 2015. The more closely you recognize your own failures and successes, the more familiar you’ll be with what works and what doesn’t.

  1. Filter out your pipeline.

Eliminate every deal that’s not going to materialize; whether it’s a deal that’s been pressed for six months or a potential client asking for too much discount. Enter January with a clear sense of how you’re doing.

  1. Ask for referrals from your loyal customers.

Ask for referrals from your loyal customers who have had proven success using your product and see if there are any companies in their circle that could use your solution. Chances are, they’ll be glad to help.

Conclusion

These steps will get you ready to hit your sales goal in 2016 and YourOffice is looking forward to assist you with your business needs and inspire you to make 2016 a year of doing greater business. 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.

What are your business plans for 2016? Let us know your thoughts. We’re also looking forward to see you on Twitter and Google Plus.

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A recent article, 5 Ideas for staying fit at work by Elizabeth Funk says that keeping in shape while achieving professional goals is not easy— working hard is often at odds with working out. Inactiveness is bad for your health, so finding ways to move frequently throughout the office can….
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A recent article, 5 Ideas for staying fit at work by Elizabeth Funk says that keeping in shape while achieving professional goals is not easy— working hard is often at odds with working out.

Inactiveness is bad for your health, so finding ways to move frequently throughout the office can help you keep active and motivated.

Here’s how.

  1. Do quick exercises throughout the day.

Whether you’re walking while chatting with a colleague in your team office space, getting your heart rate up with a brisk 5-minute workout or just doing the dishes— quick bursts of exercise are proven to help control appetites and improve your heart health.

  1. Stimulate yourself with some simple habits.

Provide yourself a healthy reason to get up regularly.  Drinking from a water glass that has to be replenished often, stretching while waiting for a file to download or stand up during a video conference in your flexible office space; these frequent breaks will regulate blood sugar and help focus your mind on the day’s work.

  1. Work face-to-face.

Instead of sending a quick inquiry by chat or email, you can walk around your Agile Office Space to talk to your colleagues, having a more fruitful conversation and helping you get over a mid-afternoon slump.

  1. Invest in ergonomic office furniture.

Invest in an ergonomic chair to provide a healthier sitting routine. There are multiple choices for fitness-inspired office furniture like desk bikes, adjustable desks, ball chairs, kneeling chairs, leaning/standing stools, which can stir up even the most sedentary office.

 Conclusion

Keeping in shape while at work can be easily achieved by these simple tips.  Apart from these simple tips, working environment is an important factor that influences employee motivation and happiness. If you’re looking for a workspace solution to meet your needs, 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.

How do you stay fit in your workplace?  We’d love to know your comments below.  We’d also be glad to see on Facebook and Twitter.

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A recent article, How to Keep Your Computer’s Desktop Clean & Organized: 7 Helpful Tips by Carly Stec  says that accumulation of files on your PC not only makes it provoking to find what you need when you need it, but it can also compromise the performance of your computer…..
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A recent article, How to Keep Your Computer’s Desktop Clean & Organized: 7 Helpful Tips by Carly Stec  says that accumulation of files on your PC not only makes it provoking to find what you need when you need it, but it can also compromise the performance of your computer.

Below are four helpful tips to keep your desktop spick and span and staying productive.

1. Make a folder system
On a Mac

  • Right-click on your desktop and chooseNew Folder from the menu.
  • Right-click on it and chooseGet Info to change the folder’s name.
  • Under the Name & Extensionsection you’ll find a text box where you can insert a new name.

In Windows

  • Right-click on your desktop and selectNew > Folder from the menu.
  • Click on it, type a new name, and then pressEnter to rename the folder.

When you’ve created your folders, you can start to split up your files. How you organize your folder system will depend on your particular role in a team office space.

2. Use a desktop customization tool.
There are a couple of cool desktop customization tools available to improve the functionality of your desktop.

3. Utilize a cloud storage solution.
You may use cloud application like Dropbox that offers cloud storage and file synchronization to better manage your files.  Instead of dragging everything onto your desktop, simply store it in Dropbox where you can swiftly and easily search for it whenever you need it.

4. Schedule cleaning on a regular basis.
To get rid of anything unnecessary, set a weekly or monthly event on your calendar to remind you to do desktop maintenance.

Conclusion
Typically, your computer desktop serves as a hub for your work-related needs, thus keeping it clean is vital for easier access and computer performance.  Likewise, your office space is the center of your business functions; YourOffice can help you with choosing the right one. 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.

How do you manage your desktop? Let’s hear your suggestions. You can also see us on Twitter and Facebook.

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A recent article, 19 Secrets to Hiring the Right Virtual Assistant by Shubhomita Bose  says that every business has mundane tasks that can be delegated so you can concentrate on the core functions of your business. Then, who can handle these tasks?  Well, get a virtual assistant! A virtual assistant….
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A recent article, 19 Secrets to Hiring the Right Virtual Assistant by Shubhomita Bose  says that every business has mundane tasks that can be delegated so you can concentrate on the core functions of your business. Then, who can handle these tasks?  Well, get a virtual assistant!

A virtual assistant can handle items that cause pressures and get them done behind the scenes so you can keep working on the more significant business matters.

Below are some tips to hiring the right virtual assistant.

Compatible with your personality
Find someone whose personality is compatible with yours. You must have full understanding of the qualities you are looking for in a person who you won’t meet face to face each day.

Clear communication   
To have complete transparency in communication at all times, look for a virtual office plan which includes a professional receptionist to answer calls “live” in your business’ name, voicemail and call transfer.

Industry experience
Have substantial knowledge about the kind of products/services you offer to help identify what the consumers really need.

Excel on trial project     
Try a trial project to test waters, if the small project goes well, you can trust the assistant with bigger projects.

Share suggestions
Have confidence in their talents and experiences to share suggestions that can help their work and benefit your company.

Possesses time management skills
Know how to prioritize different projects and multi-task without missing the deadline.

Keeps you updated
Give updates to keep you informed about progress and help prevent miscommunication.

Have an eye for detail
Understand the significance of a detailed report to track the project’s status, progress and areas of improvement.

Accept mistakes
Take responsibility for mistakes made at work so they can do better in the future. They value their work and their contributions to your success.

Conclusion
Considering these tips will help you choose the right kind of virtual assistant for your business. As your business thrives, 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 looking for the right VA or you do already have one?  Feel free to share your comments below. You can also visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Would you like to go virtual this year? Well, give it a try! A recent article, Annis: Switching to a virtual office? 6 things to consider by Jim Annis gives you things to keep in mind when considering going virtual in whole or in part. It can be a game-changer….
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Would you like to go virtual this year? Well, give it a try! A recent article, Annis: Switching to a virtual office? 6 things to consider by Jim Annis gives you things to keep in mind when considering going virtual in whole or in part.

  1. It can be a game-changer

Switching to virtual office cannot be done hastily, abruptly and without the analysis from your core team as to whether it is the correct thing for you to do. This can be a game-changer—you may win or lose.

  1. What is the need for a customer base?

Ask yourself the following significant questions.

  • What does my customer base require?
  • Is there a need for a building?

For instance, if you want to keep the charm about the Santa’s Workshop alive, then going virtual is not possible.

  1. Staff communication

Going virtual requires a strong commitment to a communication plan because you need to collaborate with staffs who may be thousand miles away.

For example, you may consider HD Video Conferencing rooms for rent or Video Conference rooms for rent to help you conduct seamless meetings and retain vital links with the people who help make your business flourish.

  1. Adapting your team

Allowing your workers to work at home rather than in a team office space will enable you to distinguish who is efficient and who is not, and then make decisions from there.

  1. Adjusting virtual leadership

You have to adapt with a virtual setting to be effective in showing the way, motivating shared vision, challenging the process, allowing others to act and encouraging them.

You can institute a virtual whiteboard where everyone shares their insights/ideas and live chatting, allowing everyone to comment.

Conclusion

Going virtual depends on the kind of  business and how it works.  Nevertheless if you are considering switching to virtual in whole or in part, YourOffice is looking to help you with appropriate solutions for your business requirements. YourOffice offers you a wide choice of office and workspace solutionsflexible 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 decided to go virtual?  Feel free to share your comments below.  You can also visit us on Facebook and Google Plus

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Focus on do’s, instead of dont’s You can set clear expectations for your team in a way that is encouraging, as opposed to burdensome. Even if people agree with a “don’t” statement, over time, the use of negative statements as a training technique, will take a toll on your employees…..
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Focus on do’s, instead of dont’s
You can set clear expectations for your team in a way that is encouraging, as opposed to burdensome. Even if people agree with a “don’t” statement, over time, the use of negative statements as a training technique, will take a toll on your employees. It will be much harder to inspire your team toward what they can achieve, if you are a leader that is known for always saying “don’t do this” or “don’t do that.” Of course, there are times when a don’t statement is necessary, but try to use it sparingly. You will be much more likely to raise up resourceful leaders by focusing on what you want from your team, rather than what you don’t want.

Monthly check-ins
The interview should not be the last time your employee has a one-on-one meeting at your business. Employees who feel valued at their job, are much more likely to stay motivated and dedicated at work. Also, the more your team is able to grow and develop skills, the better your business will run. Therefore, you need to check in with your employees on a consistent basis. If your company is too large, or spread out over multiple locations, delegate check-ins to a trusted leader. Elect or hire a department chair or team lead that can oversee each division of  your company and serve as an advocate for your employees. It is important to choose division leaders that are knowledgeable about the division they are serving. Check-ins should be in a private meeting room and allow time for the employee to ask questions or express concerns. If the employee needs more training or is experiencing trouble in the workplace, the division lead can inform you, so that you can action.

 Implement team building strategies
This can be can be as small as putting together a Secret Santa gift exchange during the winter holiday, or as big as organizing a company retreat. Choose the strategies that work best for your team dynamic. It’s important to create a positive work environment for your employees and team building is a great way to establish a culture of teamwork and community within your company. Many businesses that boast a healthy turnover rate, are businesses that have put in the effort to create a comfortable work space for their employees.

You know your business best
An important part of being a great leader and a great boss is knowing how to set your team up for success. If your business environment or location needs a change, consider partnering with YourOffice. YourOffice has come alongside hundreds of business looking for everything from plug and play offices to full service virtual offices. Your business is unique, and your office space shouldn’t be any different. Contact YourOffice and let them match the perfect space or service to fit your business needs.

Holiday Party

A recent article, 5 Tips to Prepare You and Your Business for the Holidays by Joshua Sophy agrees that the holiday season is the busiest as well as the best time of the year for small business sales. However, while the holiday brings more sales, it also brings steep competition….
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A recent article, 5 Tips to Prepare You and Your Business for the Holidays by Joshua Sophy agrees that the holiday season is the busiest as well as the best time of the year for small business sales.

However, while the holiday brings more sales, it also brings steep competition among businesses; therefore staying ahead is very crucial.

Listed below are four tips that will help your business get ready for the holidays.

  1. Substantial inventory of saleable products

Consider the last year’s sales to know the products that sold best with customers and what didn’t. Remember to have sufficient inventory of products based on customers’ demands.

Having shelves filled with inventory that’s not moving is a loss.

  1. Offer holiday promotions

Focus on providing holiday promotions specific to your products and services. Once you’ve created special offers, here are some options to get them in front of potential customers.

  • Email marketing
  • Social media
  • Ad campaigns through major search engines like Bing and Google
  • Brick-and-mortar shops should consider offering local in-store promotions
  1. Delegate administrative tasks

As a small business owner, you should take advantage of the countless technologies that facilitate the burden of handling mundane tasks and help you focus on the core of your business (your customers). For instance, virtual office provides a professional receptionist to answer calls “live” in your business’ name, voicemail, call transfer, mail and package handling.

  1. Keep your momentum

Every penny should be accounted for at the end of the season. Organization, proper tracking and planned tactics set in advance are significant to a fruitful and successful holiday season.

Conclusion

These tips will help your small business get ready for the holidays.  If you need some assistance to focus your effort on sales, YourOffice is looking to be your partner in equipping you with several solutions. 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.

How do you prepare your business for the holidays?  Feel free to share your comments.  You can also see us on Facebook and Google Plus.