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4 Tips for Efficient and Productive Staff Meetings

Being a freelancer or a solopreneur offers a lot of benefits such as: there’s no limit to the earnings, you can work where you want, you have the freedom to create your own opportunity, you can choose your own work schedule, so on and so forth. However, the sting of….
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Being a freelancer or a solopreneur offers a lot of benefits such as: there’s no limit to the earnings, you can work where you want, you have the freedom to create your own opportunity, you can choose your own work schedule, so on and so forth. However, the sting of loneliness while solopreneuring is inevitable and should not be overlooked, according to an article,  Use these Tips to Avoid the Sting of Loneliness While Solopreneuring. Loneliness can take a toll to your general well being and overall success.

Here are a few ways to combat loneliness, and keep you engaged and motivated as a freelancer.

1. Keep in touch throughout the day

Keeping in touch with family and friends throughout the day via text messages, Viber, Messenger or Skype can make you feel you’re not alone in home office space, but make sure it will not impede your efficiency and productivity in favor of socializing.

2. Consider Virtual Office Plan

For a change of atmosphere so you can breathe fresh air and also expand your network, you may want to consider virtual office plan that allows you to rent office space by the hour. This plan also includes a professional receptionist to answer calls “live” in your company’s name, voicemail, call transfer, a prestigious mailing address for your company business cards and letterhead to help you build a highly professional presence.

3. Set up video calls and personal meetings with your clients

As a freelancer, instead of communicating with your clients through email, arrange a video call or a voice call. Or once in a while you can also book a meeting room to meet your clients in person. This way you build relationships with your clients and at the same time alleviate the sting of loneliness and boredom being a solopreneur.  

4. Take a midday break and do some personal errands

To alleviate loneliness and boredom that can ruin your focus and productivity, take a break in the middle of your freelancing work. You can go to a nearby coffee shop to have a good sip of coffee with a friend, or eat your lunch at your favorite restaurant. This midday break will help you feel refreshed and rejuvenated when you go back to work as freelancer.

Conclusion

To fully enjoy the benefits of freelancing, don’t forget to follow these simple tips, working as a freelancer. In addition, if you’re looking for workspace solutions in Lake Mary to combat loneliness and expand your network at the same time, YourOffice Lake Mary offers you a wide choice of office and workspace solutions: virtual office space Lake Mary, meeting room access, and coworking office space Lake Mary. 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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5 Possible Reasons Why Business Fails

Starting a business always entails risks, and unfortunately not every business will thrive. A recent article, How to Rebuild After Your Business Fails by Mike Kappel says that according to research, roughly 30% of new businesses fail during the first two years of launching. Here’s why. Lack of research on….
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Starting a business always entails risks, and unfortunately not every business will thrive. A recent article, How to Rebuild After Your Business Fails by Mike Kappel says that according to research, roughly 30% of new businesses fail during the first two years of launching. Here’s why.

  1. Lack of research on market trends/demands.

Businesses fail because of lack of market demand for their product/service. It’s critical to carefully investigate and thoroughly research the market you are trying to enter when you launch your business.   Think outside the box by researching unsaturated markets and develop something new that will attract customers rather than trying to go into a crowded market.

  1. No concrete business plan.

One common mistake entrepreneurs make while launching their ventures in a commercial office space is not having a solid business plan. Starting a business isn’t just about your passion, but you should have a realistic and attainable business plan. It must be clear and concise and must contain sections of your mission statement, market analysis, details about your product or service, and business goals. It should also include possible problems and solutions for issues you may encounter.

  1. Insufficient Fund.

Many businesses launch with insufficient capital, so it might mean that your business can’t pay bills or loans on time. Plan your finances when you start your business, consider expenses such as office space rentals, insurance, supplies, salary and wages, etc.  to help raise enough capital and to keep you financially stable as you grow your business.

  1. Poor location and lack of internet presence.

Your location lends trust and prestige to your business reputation.  You must focus on your internet presence just as much as your physical business location. Create an inviting website that’s easy to navigate for potential customers. Your strong internet presence about your business’s product/service is necessary for customers researching and shopping online.

  1. Ignoring customer feedback.

Businesses that lose touch with their customers by ignoring customer feedback are most likely to fail.  Watch and observe customer trends and find out what people like about your product or service. Listen to customers feedback whether positive or negative and respond to them courteously and accordingly.

Conclusion

These are the most common causes why a business doesn’t prosper. So if your first venture failed, take time to recover and give yourself a financial and mental break to relax before you dive into another venture. When you’re ready to take another venture in Lake Mary, YourOffice Lake Mary features a network of world-class business addresses. Each location offers both beautifully appointed short term offices Lake Mary and permanent individual office space Lake Mary. Our offices are move-in ready and equipped with top furnishings and technology that are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

What are the lessons you learned from your first venture?  Let’s see your comments below.  You can also visit us on Facebook.

4 Actionable Tips to Hear Your Customers

As a product manager or a business owner, it’s always your task to listen to customer feedback (whether negative or positive), to have a better understanding of their wants and needs, and thereby improve your products or services. However, in an article, 5 Ways Product Managers Can Get Closer to….
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As a product manager or a business owner, it’s always your task to listen to customer feedback (whether negative or positive), to have a better understanding of their wants and needs, and thereby improve your products or services. However, in an article, 5 Ways Product Managers Can Get Closer to Their Customers in the Cloud by Megan Rees Ahigian says that methods like surveys, feedback forms, focus groups, etc. are oftentimes expensive and time consuming to prepare and manage.

Here are alternative ways to get your customer’s feedback to help improve your products or services.

  1. Meet your sales team. 

Your sales team have direct interactions with your customers almost every day, thus can quickly and easily provide you a comprehensive picture of your consumer’s attitudes, needs, complaints, issues, etc. Schedule a conversation with your sales team in a meeting space and listen to them about the features they want to improve or add in your products.

  1. Follow customers on social media.

Many consumers use social media like Instagram,Twitter and Facebook to share their comments and feedback to the public about their experience in your product or service. Thus, using this information will provide you a clear and consistent understanding of how they consider your product or service.

  1. Always Take time to Ask Why.

Sometimes customer feedback can seem irrelevant, inappropriate or immaterial, but remember, “Customer is always right”.  Take time to ask why before dismissing it.  Find out what’s their demand and ask why they want it. Their feedback will give you the idea to assess the necessity of their request.

  1. Patronize Your Own Product.

Patronizing your own product will give you personal experience about the product and you will understand your customer feedback objectively.  Using your own product will provide you honest feedback, and allowing you to give recommendations for improving it further.

Conclusion

Customer satisfaction is the core of your business, thus their feedback is essential to be heard and addressed.  If you’re looking for office space in Lake Mary to get closer to your customers, YourOffice Lake Mary is a leader in providing the most prestigious fully serviced office space Lake Mary and meeting space Lake Mary 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.

How do you get a word from your customer?  We’d love to hear from you. You can also see us on Facebook.

 

Are You Ready to Quit Your Full-time Job

A recent article, 4 Signs You’re not Ready to Quit Your Job by Taylor K. Gordon says that quitting your regular job and  to be a full-time entrepreneur should be taken with diligence. There are steps that need to be taken before you take the plunge. Here are 3 questions….
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A recent article, 4 Signs You’re not Ready to Quit Your Job by Taylor K. Gordon says that quitting your regular job and  to be a full-time entrepreneur should be taken with diligence. There are steps that need to be taken before you take the plunge.

Here are 3 questions you need to ask yourself before you launch your business and quit your job in a team office space.

  1. Do you have enough funds?

Running a business while struggling to make ends meet is an unpleasant situation. Therefore, before taking a leap, you should have enough funds and savings before leaving your job in case unexpected expenses come up or your business has a dry spell.

  1. Do you have solid business plans?

When you just want to work for yourself and become a business owner without solid business plans, you don’t have direction for your business.  You should know exactly where you want to be in six months, in one year, in five years.  How are you going to get there? If you don’t have solid plans, you’re not ready to quit your job.

  1. Do you have a system to get regular or new clients?

Some businesses in plug and play offices have regular customers while others don’t have, but they both thrive. However, regular customers make running a business a lot easier because you have steady or sure income.  If your business doesn’t have recurring clients, make sure you have marketing strategies and plans to get new clients; otherwise you’re not yet ready to quit your job.

Conclusion

You don’t have to quit your job hastily. The best thing you can do is to build a fully functional side gig and then you can make a smooth transition after covering all of the bases of preparation. If you need a prestigious business location in Lake Mary for your side gig to attract more clients, but don’t need permanent office space yet, YourOffice Lake Mary is a leader in providing the most prestigious fully serviced office space Lake Mary and meeting space Lake Mary 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 quit your job and start your own business?  Feel free to share your thoughts.  You can also visit us on Facebook.

A recent article, 8 Things Every Startup Entrepreneur Should Do by Nellie Akalp says that having a great idea for a potential business is awesome, but getting off the ground isn’t easy.  The process is stressful and daunting. Nevertheless, listed below are tips to make a successful launch. Discuss your….
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A recent article, 8 Things Every Startup Entrepreneur Should Do by Nellie Akalp says that having a great idea for a potential business is awesome, but getting off the ground isn’t easy.  The process is stressful and daunting. Nevertheless, listed below are tips to make a successful launch.

  1. Discuss your idea with trusted individuals.

Book a meeting room and discuss your business idea with family, friends, or mentors to get advice and feedback before you launch your business. Getting honest feedback is an indispensable step in turning your vision into a reality.

  1. Create a business plan.

A business plan defines your vision, gives you directions and provides detailed strategies to attain your goals.  It also helps you handle setbacks and difficulties along your business journey. Usually a business plan includes your company profile, market analysis, marketing and sales strategies, and financial projections.

  1. Choose your business structure.

Many small businesses start as a sole proprietorship or partnership since it requires less paperwork and fees.  However, starting a C corporation, S corporation or LLC (Limited Liability Company) provides better shield for your personal assets, makes it easier to raise capital, and provides considerable tax benefits.

  1. Secure financing.

Calculate how much money you need to start your business and how you would fund your new business. Usually most startups are financed by personal savings, but if you need additional funds, you can apply for business loans, bank loans, crowdfunding, etc.

  1. Choose your business location.

If you choose to start your business from home, create a designated office space to help you stay focused, but ensure to check local zoning regulations before you launch, otherwise you can rent office space by the hour.

  1. Secure the necessary documents.

Start with securing a tax ID number or Employer Identification Number (EIN). Then get your business licenses and permits and other requirements to start your business. Don’t forget to get trademark protection for your business name and logo.

Conclusion

Following these tips will help you avoid so much stress in launching your small business. If you need ideal workspace solutions for your startup in Lake Mary, YourOffice Lake Mary offers you a wide choice of office and workspace solutions: Lake Mary flexible office space, Lake Mary team office space and Lake Mary 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, How to Prep Your Online Business for Holiday Success  by Chonce Maddox says that for small business owners, holidays can either a hectic schedule or a lull season, but most of them wish to find a nice balance somewhere in the middle. Nevertheless, for many online business….
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A recent article, How to Prep Your Online Business for Holiday Success  by Chonce Maddox says that for small business owners, holidays can either a hectic schedule or a lull season, but most of them wish to find a nice balance somewhere in the middle. Nevertheless, for many online business owners, it can be almost impossible to find the time and motivation to unplug from their business and take time off.

Here are some tips to get your business ready for holiday success while enjoying this time of year.

  1. Start working in advance.

Make sure to start working in advance if you have consistent workflows and projects so you can take time off during the holidays.  Nevertheless, if you don’t plan to take a lot of vacation, working in advance is still a smart decision.  Why? Because some people you need to finish an important project before the year ends may wish to take a vacation this time of year and their absence could slow you down.

  1. Arrange networking activities ahead.

If you need to connect with potential partners or entrepreneurs, now is the time to book a meeting room and meet them before they get busy too. Or you can attend some networking events or online workshops to boost your business over the holiday season and the year to come.

  1. Send out teasers and marketing emails in advance.

Make sure to send out teasers or marketing emails in advance if you have a new product to launch or holiday sale or promotion so your audience will know ahead of time. Remember, November and December are ideal months for customers to shop online for holiday gifts and your early promotion could attract them to buy while they are already in the mindset of shopping.

  1. Automate Your Sales Funnels

Holiday season isn’t only a great time to sell, but it’s also a great time to gather leads and build connection and relationship. Forget not to automate your sales funnel for your online business as the holidays roll around. You can create or update your social media ad campaign to create a new holiday offer to attract more followers.

Conclusion

Use these practical tips to help keep your business running smoothly and your income flowing steadily while still enjoying the holidays. If you don’t need a permanent office space, but you need a prestigious address and impressive facilities in Lake Mary to meet your clients this holiday season, YourOffice Lake Mary offers you a wide choice of office and workspace solutions: virtual office space Lake Mary, meeting room access, and coworking office space Lake Mary. 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 holiday season?  Feel free to share your comments.  You can also reach us on Google Plus and Facebook.

A recent article, 5 Best Office Plants to Increase Team Productivity by Nicole Small says that the physical environment of your company has a great impact on your team’s overall output, and incorporating office plants is one great holistic approach to increase their productivity. Office plants help eliminate pollutants and….
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A recent article, 5 Best Office Plants to Increase Team Productivity by Nicole Small says that the physical environment of your company has a great impact on your team’s overall output, and incorporating office plants is one great holistic approach to increase their productivity. Office plants help eliminate pollutants and other toxins from the environment and serve as a mood enhancer to help your team stay engaged even during winter season or exasperating projects.

Here are 5 indoor plants perfect in designing office space to add some style and color to your workspace and at the same time help boost your team productivity.

1. Rubber Tree

It is one of the most common office plants and it is a great starter plant for your office space. The rubber tree is a richly leafy plant, and there are varieties of rubber tree with red undertone to bring extra color into the office. The rubber tree is incredibly durable and it thrives with little attention.  Water the plant once a week or whenever the soil begins to dry out. It can easily survive in low-light conditions.

2. Corn Plant

The corn plant or dracaena has a trunk-like stem with a crown of green leaves on top of it.  It is perfect to decorate your hallways, lobby, meeting space, etc. The corn plant helps remove a substantial amount of toxins from the environment which is great for office settings.  The corn plant is quite easy to grow although it will start looking unattractive when neglected.  It only requires a little sunshine and water only if the soil gets dry.

3. English Ivy     

It is a climbing vine, a sturdy, evergreen plant with spiky leaves and stretching tendrils. It is a low-maintenance plant with a little need of sunshine which makes it perfect for an office setting. English Ivy is great for purifying the air, especially in low-ventilated spaces where air pollutants can fester.

4. Peace Lily

The peace lily is an awesome office plant which produces beautiful white flowers.  It is a great way to brighten up common areas like reception area, waiting area or lobby.

5. Jade

The jade plant is a very attractive and popular succulent. With proper care it can thrive and continue to grow for decades. Jades need minimal sunlight and water only when the soil begins to dry.

Conclusion

These indoor plants can brighten up your workspace and help promote employee motivation as well.  So if you are looking for a workspace solution in Lake Mary to best suit your business needs, YourOffice is a leader in providing the most prestigious executive office space Lake Mary and shared office space Lake Mary 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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Martin Zwilling in his article 5 Principles For Working With Someone You Don’t Like says that in any business, one thing is sure–not everyone you have to work or deal with will be like you (no one is alike) or will like you.  These people may include an investor, a….
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Martin Zwilling in his article 5 Principles For Working With Someone You Don’t Like says that in any business, one thing is sure–not everyone you have to work or deal with will be like you (no one is alike) or will like you.  These people may include an investor, a key vendor, one of your business partners or even one of your best clients.  Nevertheless, you must reconcile these differences to attain shared business goals.

Here are five tips to help you bridge the gap with someone who doesn’t or isn’t like you.

  1. Focus on the business result you are looking for.

Bear in mind that you are doing business with them and so are they. Stay focused on the result you are looking for and what you are required to do to achieve it. You can have meetings in person with them in Lake Mary meeting space to come up with mutual agreement. Remember, success is about respect, cooperation, problem solving and collaboration.

  1. Don’t assume that everyone thinks like you. 

Remember, people working in different executive suites or short term offices come from different cultures and backgrounds, so don’t expect that their behaviors and outlooks will be the same like yours.  There are very few absolute rights and wrongs in business, so expect different opinions and don’t allow your differences push your buttons.

  1. Don’t attempt to change them – Be civil and diplomatic.

You can’t change people, so whatever their behavior or manner towards you or your business, stay positive and professional, and treat them with respect. Don’t let tension to shoot up, keep calm.

  1. Agree to disagree without being critical. 

Saying “I see it in a different way” is neither critical nor hostile, and it doesn’t mean you are trying to “win over the discussion” or convince the other person to change their judgment. It disperses tension and can lead to constructive conversation that allows you and your peers to work together productively.

  1. Know that they’re not trying to be difficult.

Business people you are dealing with in starting and running your business in team office space Lake Mary are just being who they are. Don’t let your emotion or theirs obstruct communication. Don’t take it personally!

Conclusion

These tips will help you bridge the gap between you and the people you deal with.  If you are looking for better workspace solutions in Lake Mary, YourOffice Lake Mary offers you a wide choice of office and workspace solutions: small office space Lake Mary, executive suites Lake Mary and meeting space Mary. 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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5 Indications that You Need to Relocate Your Home Office

A recent article, 10 tell-tale signs it’s time to move your business out of the spare room says that working from home is awesome; it has great benefits from keeping your costs down to sparing yourself from the hassle of a daily commute. Nevertheless, there will come a time that your business….
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A recent article, 10 tell-tale signs it’s time to move your business out of the spare room says that working from home is awesome; it has great benefits from keeping your costs down to sparing yourself from the hassle of a daily commute. Nevertheless, there will come a time that your business outgrows your home office and it starts to limit your productivity.

Here are some indications that you already need to relocate your home office.

1. You can no longer focus. It’s a sign that your home office is no longer conducive to running your business. There are many coworking spaces where you can rent office space by the hour for better efficiency and book a meeting room for clientele meetings.

2. Your family routine becomes a distraction to your team. It’s time to look for a team office space to ensure that your employees can work without distraction. It may incur additional costs, but it can be absorbed by an increase in productivity.

3. You need more visibility in your area. Having a prestigious business office location conveys a serious and established business to potential clients and investors.

4. You feel isolated. Working from home offers more flexibility, but working all alone day after day can be boring and lonely. Thanks to coworking offices and shared offices where you can work with other freelancers and meet new friends and potential clients.

5. Your relationships are suffering. This is perhaps the most critical reason to relocate. If the business is adversely affecting your family life, then it’s time to relocate and look for workplace solutions that best suits your business.

Conclusion

Relocating your home based business will definitely incur additional expenses, but it offers more benefits in the long run. So if you are looking for workspace solutions in Lake Mary, YourOffice offers you a wide choice of office and workspace solutions: Lake Mary flexible office space , Lake Mary team office space, and Lake Mary 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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Benefits and Downsides of a Remote Workforce

A recent article, Pros and Cons of Hiring a Remote Team by Jon Bradshaw  says that advanced technology provides business owners many tools to expand their workforce outside the limits of their designated offices. In fact, having a remote team is very common amongst startups. If you are planning to….
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A recent article, Pros and Cons of Hiring a Remote Team by Jon Bradshaw  says that advanced technology provides business owners many tools to expand their workforce outside the limits of their designated offices. In fact, having a remote team is very common amongst startups.

If you are planning to work with a remote team for your startup in executive office Lake Mary, you need to understand the benefits and downsides associated with doing so.

Benefits of a remote team

  1. More economical

You don’t need to rent office space for your remote team and pay for other related expenses like office supplies, maintenance and utilities so you can save money each month.

  1. Higher productivity

When hiring a remote workforce you most likely hire workers who are already expert in the field. This means they can easily take on board into the operation without too much time and money being spent on training or seminar in meeting space Lake Mary.

  1. Offer more flexibility

You can easily scale up or down whenever necessary when a large fraction of your team is remote because you don’t need to enter into a long term contract to lease commercial office space. You can create a remote team across the globe which allows you to have a 24-hour operation.

Downsides of a remote team

  1. Legal implications

As the business owner, you need to ensure that you are well informed and updated on all employment laws in each location you have employees. This includes general hiring practices, payroll tax rules, and required employee compensation and benefits.

  1. Management and communication issues

When your team is across the globe, there is usually a big time difference, so you may not be able to work the same time as your remote team. It’s a bit more difficult to have that same face-to-face connection as you can in team office space Lake Mary.

  1. Difficult to build team camaraderie

When the entire team is remote it’s very difficult to create a company culture that inspires the team on a daily basis. It’s much harder to get the team together for team-building activities when everyone is distributed across the globe. That said, you need to think of ways to build trust and confidence among your team. 

Conclusion

There are always pros and cons to any decision in business. Nevertheless, what is important is to understand if having a remote workforce is the best fit for your startup.  So whether you need a remote team in part or in whole, 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.

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