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

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

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

Expenses to consider

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

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

Permits to secure

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

Location to consider

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

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

To rent or buy

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

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

Conclusion

Working from home is convenient and economical but as your business thrives, you need to consider a workspace solution that will help you with complete amenities. YourOffice offers you a wide choice of office and workspace solutions: flexible office space, team office space and virtual office packages. You’ll have access to a complete array of office support and concierge services as well as state-of-the-art business technology.

Are you ready to move your business from home? Let us know your thoughts below.  You can also visit us on Google Plus and Twitter.

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

  1. Review your plans regularly

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

  1. Find a mentor

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

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

  1. Create Social Media and blog

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

  1. Consider a better workplace solution

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

  1. Be a ‘Limited’ company

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

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

Conclusion

With goals and plans set in place, your business is ready to take off to the next level successfully. YouOffice is looking forward to help you with your growing needs. YourOffice has come alongside hundreds of business looking for everything from staffed flexible offices to agile office space. We know your business is unique, and your office space shouldn’t be any different. Let us match the perfect space or service to fit your business needs.

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

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.

Team Office Space

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.

Working from home can seem like a dream come true, and yes, every once in awhile, it’s amazing. However, the majority of us are not blessed with perfect, efficient and productive home offices. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Here are some tips on how to best use your smaller office….
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Working from home can seem like a dream come true, and yes, every once in awhile, it’s amazing. However, the majority of us are not blessed with perfect, efficient and productive home offices. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Here are some tips on how to best use your smaller office space.

No matter how small your home office is, there are simple things you can do to increase productivity, efficiency which will, hopefully, lead to financial success. Here at YourOffice, we came up with the following tips on how to optimize your home office:

The first things you need to do is to carve out a familiar and comfortable place to do your work. Working from home doesn’t mean finding the perfect place to fit your laptop (your kitchen table). You’ll be more productive and energetic if you have a familiar spot you use every day. It should be perfectly set up every morning for optimum efficiency. When looking for this area, make sure you find a spot where you won’t be disturbed (away from children, noise, etc.). This will help to avoid small business burnout as well.

Define your workspace and set up office boundaries. It’s imperative that your workspace has enforceable boundaries. How you define enforceable is up to you! Many small business owners can’t dedicate an entire room to their office space but it needs to be an area where other people leave you alone. Your children and your significant other need to clearly see the boundaries of your office. They need to respect your office space.

Your home office needs to be as efficient as possible. This means it has to be work friendly. For example, does sitting on the couch encourage you to work or does it encourage you to watch television? Your home office needs to have very few distractions. It has to be designed for optimum efficiency.

Say goodbye to the world outside of your office. Regular offices are full of distractions, and working from home might seem like a distraction but it’s not. Get the appropriate tools to get you into the “working zone” and forget about everything going on around you. Remember, taking breaks is good for you, and working from home means you have more freedom over when and how you take those breaks. You can take a few minutes here and there to visit YourOffice’s Facebook Page for some tips and tricks on how to run your business.

Talk to the People You Live With: Even though most of these rules say to ignore your family as much as possible, this is definitely not the case. Make sure you set aside time to interact with your children and spouse – this is why you chose to work from home in the first place right? After you finish chatting, remind your family and/or friends that you need to get back to work and stay on track.

Conclusion

Most of us dream of working from home. Don’t believe the hype. It’s easy to get distracted by family, the doorbell, or even the pantry calling your name (can pantries talk? Yes, they can). You’ll have the most success if you think ahead, prepare for distractions, and carve out a comfortable, well-defended place for you to settle in and be productive, and you’ll manage to get things done.

Contact Youroffice for information on flexible office space solutions. We will be happy to help you and we also offer full service virtual offices.

Read the original article on lifehacker by Alan Henry

How much of your budget is earmarked for marketing and business development? If you’re like most small business owners, the marketing section of your budget pie is pretty slim. According to Gordon Borzell, a good rule of thumb is to spend 2% of your gross revenue on marketing. This percent….
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How much of your budget is earmarked for marketing and business development? If you’re like most small business owners, the marketing section of your budget pie is pretty slim. According to Gordon Borzell, a good rule of thumb is to spend 2% of your gross revenue on marketing. This percent also depends on how many employees you have and what industry you’re in. Here are some simple and effective ways to market your business.

Social Media

Even if you’re personally against using social media (I know there are a few of you out there), your business absolutely has to use social media for marketing. Every single one of your clients, potential clients, referral sources and personal friends use social media. From Facebook to Instagram, every single social media platform can be used for small business marketing.

Chamber of Commerce

Each and every city has a chamber of commerce comprised of local business owners. For a small membership fee, business owners get to network with like-minded peers at various events. The best part is that everyone is there to further the interest in their business. There’s no beating around the bush. You’re there because you want to sell your product and/or service. Did you know the very first chamber of commerce was created in 1599 in Marseille, France? That’s a great fact to tell someone when you attend your first event.

Personal Network

The number one source of all business is referrals. People listen to people they trust. For example, if your child has to see a dentist and you want to make sure they are reputable, you would ask another parent. You wouldn’t just trust their yellow pages ad that says they treat children wonderfully. Another goldmine of referrals are your happy and satisfied customers. Small business owners are usually hesitant to ask current clients for referrals but they have to get over that fear. The best time to talk about referral business is when you’re in the midst of delivering excellent service according to Forbes.

Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a long-time business owner, there are always new and simple ways to approach marketing. Marketing doesn’t need to be expensive either. It’s a good idea to set aside a certain percentage of your profits towards business development as well. Using social media, joining your local chamber of commerce and mining your personal network are all great ways to get started.

YourOffice is a world-class network of business centers providing clients with fully serviced full-time offices, virtual offices and meeting rooms, all available with flexible terms and on-demand. Simply work with our team to create the office plan that’s perfect for your business.

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