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Holiday season is the season of giving and perhaps you’re now thinking what gifts you can give to your team.  A recent article, Clever Holiday Gift Ideas for Employees by Annie Pilon says there are plenty of unique and bright gift ideas to consider that will really appeal to your team….
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Holiday season is the season of giving and perhaps you’re now thinking what gifts you can give to your team.  A recent article, Clever Holiday Gift Ideas for Employees by Annie Pilon says there are plenty of unique and bright gift ideas to consider that will really appeal to your team members.

Here’s a list of inexpensive but bright gift ideas that you can give to your team members this holiday season.

Desk Calendar

Every can use a desk calendar and it can help your team members find something new to celebrate each day. So calendars can make awesome gifts for your team in Denver Team Office Space.

Planner

It’s really helpful for managing everyday tasks so, it’s a great gift you can give to your team.

Laptop Keyboard Skin

If you have employees working remotely from their home or in a coworking office like Denver Virtual Office Space and use laptops, laptop keyboard skin is an ideal gift to protect laptop keyboards.

Bag of Coffee

Coffee lovers on your team will truly appreciate this simple gift  to satisfy their caffeine cravings.

Hot Chocolate Canister

Or you have employees who are not fond of drinking coffee; give them another hot beverage like hot chocolate.

Personalized Mug

It’s a simple and inexpensive gift that’s still something your staff can use every day.

Gift certificate

Your staff will really appreciate receiving a gift certificate to a local grocery, a coffee shop or restaurant.

Coloring Books

Coloring books are not just for kids but can be a stress reliever for your staff who loves arts and colors.

Scented Candles

Look for a unique scent or design so your staff can enjoy the fragrance and flickering glow of these candles with their family.

Conclusion

Gifts don’t have to be expensive but something that your team will really appreciate because you care.  A convenient and comfortable workspace is a great way to show that you truly care about them. 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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4 Tips to Meet Your Deadlines as a Freelancer

A recent article, Freelancer’s Guide to Getting Paid Online by John Rampton says that more than 70%  of freelancers have reported having trouble getting paid for their services. Are you one of them? Here are three tips to help you avoid the issue as a freelancer. Investigate a client before….
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A recent article, Freelancer’s Guide to Getting Paid Online by John Rampton says that more than 70%  of freelancers have reported having trouble getting paid for their services. Are you one of them?

Here are three tips to help you avoid the issue as a freelancer.

Investigate a client before starting a project

If you’re a freelancer working from home or in  coworking offices like Denver Shared Office Space or Denver Virtual Office Space, do a research before accepting projects from a new client. Check his/her website or social media profiles to see how legit this client really is.  You can also Google the client’s name to know if the client has a good reputation or a track record of skimping on payments to freelancers who have worked for them in the past.

Set up an agreement with the client

Make an agreement with the client that covers payment terms, the scope of the work, timelines, ownership of the work, disclaimers and provisions and cancellation terms. The agreement should primarily cover your payment terms which explain how and when you will be paid for your services. For instance, you expect payment fifteen days after you sent the invoice and get paid via PayPal or Wire Transfers.

Always ask for a deposit

Don’t hesitate to ask for a down payment, it’s normal in the industry.  It will help you pay for your expenses as you work on a project and reduce the risk if the client holds back the final payment. It’s a common practice to ask for 50% down payment, 25% when the project is half done and 25% when the project is complete.

Conclusion

These tips will help you get credible clients that will reasonably and promptly pay for your services.  As a thriving freelance worker, you may be looking for a workspace solution to give you a prestigious business address and help maximize your efficiency. 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.

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Dream Business

Are you tired of your day job, planning to quit and quickly start your dream business?  Wait! A recent article, 3 Ways Doing Your Day Job Well Helps Launch Your Dream Business by Mike Taylor says that your day job can fuel your dream business if you know what to….
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Are you tired of your day job, planning to quit and quickly start your dream business?  Wait! A recent article, 3 Ways Doing Your Day Job Well Helps Launch Your Dream Business by Mike Taylor says that your day job can fuel your dream business if you know what to look for and how to use it to your advantage.

Here are three ways your day job can help you succeed in your new endeavor.

Learn from your day job.

Having a day job while launching your own business in small office space Orlando might seem difficult, but it can be your personal free training ground. Learn as much as you can while you have a regular paycheck and find out what works and what doesn’t before your own business experiences the same. However, make sure to stay efficient and do your best to improve your day job in order to maintain your credibility and good relationships with your bosses.  

Make your day job your own personal project.

Make a list of concerns/issues you notice in your present job and write down the ideal solution/ improvement to each of those problems (your business might encounter the same problems in the future).  For instance, if you see tardiness/absenteeism among your colleagues in Orlando Day offices is rampant, make it your personal duty to bring the problem to your boss and discuss possible solutions with them.

Build relationships/connections in your day job.

Build and nurture relationships with your coworkers and bosses so that when you launch your own business, they can be your first customers and can be your business brand advocates. Getting referrals from friends and former colleagues is easier than cold calling.

Conclusion

Step back, and look at the real reason why you still need your day job at least in the short term. Looking for workspace solutions to start your business? 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.

We hope this article has been a helpful one.  We’d love to hear your comments and also we’d be glad to see you on Facebook and Twitter.

Business

A recent article, Going Up? 5 Steps to Your Perfect Elevator Pitch by Michelle Van Slyke encourages small business owners to have their Elevator Pitch ready — this gives you the ability to communicate in a concise and persuasive way and cause others to be interested in what your business….
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A recent article, Going Up? 5 Steps to Your Perfect Elevator Pitch by Michelle Van Slyke encourages small business owners to have their Elevator Pitch ready — this gives you the ability to communicate in a concise and persuasive way and cause others to be interested in what your business idea is.

Here are simple tips to get your pitch elevator-ready.  

  1.  Make a draft of your elevator pitch.

Here are two important things to remember when making a draft.

  • In the first thirty seconds of your encounter with consumers, they don’t need to know all the details, but they need to really understand the benefits of your offerings to their lives.
  • While the basic principle of this tool is to make a quick but compelling conversation with someone, that might even happen in an elevator, remember that you can use elevator pitch anywhere.  You can use it at conferences and networking events in meeting space Charlotte or executive suites Charlotte. Your pitch should convincingly present your offerings and kindle further conversation.
  1. Clearly communicate your value proposition.

When drafting an elevator pitch, identify the issues/concerns of your target audience and have a ready solution that delivers specific benefits that make you unique from the competition.

  1. Say your elevator pitch aloud and time it.

The elevator pitch you have written can look short at first but can actually be lengthy as you finally rehearse it. Practice your elevator pitch until you feel confident and comfortable with it.

  1. Wrap up your pitch by asking for the sale.

You should always have printed marketing materials like a business card, a brochure/ flyer or product sample, present them in a professional way to leave a lasting impression and ask for their business card in return.

Conclusion

Always be ready to deliver your perfect elevator pitch that could lead to the next big step for your business. YourOffice has come alongside hundreds of business looking for everything from staffed flexible offices to agile office space. We know your business is unique, and your office space shouldn’t be any different. Let us match the perfect space or service to fit your business needs.

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5 Meeting Blunders You can Easily Fix

Holiday season is just around the corner and many consumers begin their holiday shopping before Halloween each year. A recent article, 5 Strategies To Prepare For Holiday Season by Seshu Madabushi says that holiday season (November and December) is the busiest season of the year and the highest volume of sales….
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Holiday season is just around the corner and many consumers begin their holiday shopping before Halloween each year. A recent article, 5 Strategies To Prepare For Holiday Season by Seshu Madabushi says that holiday season (November and December) is the busiest season of the year and the highest volume of sales for many businesses. In fact the average retail sales during the holiday season over the past ten years is around seven hundred billion dollars.

Here are tips that will help make your holiday season fruitful and merry.

Plan ahead

  • Plan out and organize with your team in Ballantyne Team Office Space the specials and events you like to have to attract more shoppers like Halloween contests, Black Friday and cyber Monday deals and Christmas specials.
  • Check your inventory to make sure that you have substantial stocks for your events and specials.
  • Start hiring and training additional employees if needed to handle the holiday season rush. You can rent a space in Ballantyne Day offices to train these employees to handle calls and inquiries for the specials and events.

Engage with customers

  • Use social media like Facebook and Twitter to promote your specials and events.
  • Decorate your store with posters, lights and other kind of décor to give the festive look.
  • Distribute flyers and discount cards to people visiting your store.

Join a local charity

  • Find out a local charity that your clients are associated with and join them (it’s a great way to help people in your community while promoting your business).
  • Organize a fundraising or special event like gift-giving or Thanksgiving party for less fortunate families or underprivileged children—holiday season is highly considered as the season of giving.

Conclusion

Following these simple tips will help your small business to have a fruitful holiday season.  Looking for a better workspace for your business?  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.

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Outbound Marketing

A recent article, Why Outbound Marketing Still Works by Elena Prokopets says that outbound marketing is not dead; in fact it still attempts to go after a broad general audience through conventional methods in order to develop leads – leads that can be nurtured and followed up upon. Outbound marketing still works….
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A recent article, Why Outbound Marketing Still Works by Elena Prokopets says that outbound marketing is not dead; in fact it still attempts to go after a broad general audience through conventional methods in order to develop leads – leads that can be nurtured and followed up upon.

Outbound marketing still works

What happens if marketers reach a certain level in which inbound marketing is no longer getting the statistics they want? Well, then, they have to go knocking directly on the consumer’s’ door, to start a conversation by spreading the word that a product or service exists. That’s the work and aim of outbound marketing.

Types of Traditional Outbound Marketing

  • TV/radio commercials
  • Telemarketing/Cold Calling
  • Press Releases
  • Newspaper Advertising
  • Trade Shows
  • Direct Mail – flyers, brochures, catalogues
  • Branded Products – key chains, pens, etc.
  • Door-to-Door Canvassing

Who Responds to Outbound Marketing

  • Older generations who have difficulty with new technology.  
  • Outbound marketing is also effective for B2B marketing. 
  • Companies that market high-end or “exclusive” products.

Use of both outbound and inbound marketing for Greater Revenue

Some businesses with a strong online presence can still advertise their “exclusive” products using traditional outbound strategies. For instance, an online company with satellite offices in executive suites Charlotte and executive suites Ballantyne that produces custom ladies shoes and bags can start using television to advertise their products, targeting programs that women are inclined to watch. Potential customers are directed by the TV ad to the company website/social media where they can use their smartphones to get their sizes/colors/styles and order their items. This is a great way to use both outbound and inbound marketing to target an audience and get consumers into the sales funnel.

Conclusion

Companies that can combine inbound and outbound marketing will be way ahead of those that think they must focus on one or the other. Looking for another satellite office for your thriving business? 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.

We hope this article has been an informative one.  Feel free to write your comments. You can also see us on Facebook and Twitter.

Increase Your Productivity

A recent article, How to Clear Your Head—and Boost Your Productivity by Rick Goodman says that running a business or leading a team is overwhelming, your mind is preoccupied with so many things- goals to achieve, people to connect with, obstacles to overcome, etc. These things can clutter your mind and adversely….
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A recent article, How to Clear Your Head—and Boost Your Productivity by Rick Goodman says that running a business or leading a team is overwhelming, your mind is preoccupied with so many things- goals to achieve, people to connect with, obstacles to overcome, etc. These things can clutter your mind and adversely affect your focus and creativity.

Here are some tips to declutter your headspace and increase your productivity.

Don’t check email first thing in the morning. 

Give yourself time in the morning  to accomplish at least a few things with a clear, fresh mind before you allow email communications to meddle. The volume of email can be intimidating so make it the fifth, sixth, or seventh item on your to-do list.

Turn off all electronic alerts. 

Disable all electronic alerts so you free yourself from the constant onslaught of distractions.  Instead, set a particular time during the day to check your phone, tablet or laptop and see if there is a text message, email or a Facebook message.

Break larger goals into smaller ones.

Big projects can be intimidating, so make sure to determine what matters most and prioritize which are most significant. Break them into smaller steps, perhaps just one or two reasonable goals for each day or meet your team in meeting space Ballantyne and discuss with them what to do to accomplish these projects in timely fashion. This is a great way to manage all that noise in your head.

Take regular breaks. 

Constantly focusing your thoughts on big tasks and projects can be devastating, thus it’s very important to allow your mind to rest in order to regain focus. Have a quick walk outside your office in executive suites Ballantyne, meet a friend in a nearby coffee shop or simply take a power nap. Do something to relax.

Conclusion

Following these simple steps will keep your sanity and increase your productivity in spite of a hectic schedule.   Looking for a better office?  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.

How do you keep yourself organized?  We’d love to hear your comments. Feel free to visit us on Facebook and Google Plus.

Product Managers

A recent article, 5 Ways Product Managers Can Get Closer to Their Customers in the Cloud by Megan Rees Ahigian discusses that the primary responsibility of a product manager is to have an extensive understanding on how to keep customer satisfaction through surveys, feedback forms, advisory boards, etc.  but usually these….
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A recent article, 5 Ways Product Managers Can Get Closer to Their Customers in the Cloud by Megan Rees Ahigian discusses that the primary responsibility of a product manager is to have an extensive understanding on how to keep customer satisfaction through surveys, feedback forms, advisory boards, etc.  but usually these methods are costly and time-consuming to prepare and manage.

Listed below are alternative steps to obtain high quality information of your customer’s perspective to help improve your products or services.

Leverage your sales team. Your sales team in Philadelphia Team Office Space has direct interactions with customers every day so by discussing with them, you can quickly gain insights into the way customers use your products, and you’ll be able to find features that need improvement. For instance, you can rent a meeting room in meeting space Philly and invite your team to product planning meetings and let them join the ones they find significant. They can identify what features win in demos, during implementation, and during ongoing customer use.

Follow customers on social media. Nowadays, customers are using social media to share/tweet their feedback about a product or service they are using, so follow your customers on social media to get a clear and consistent understanding of how they consider or experience your product.

Always ask why. The customer feedback/request is sometimes irrelevant or inappropriate, but don’t ignore it.  Try to find out the reason behind the request and ask for suggestions—how it will benefit them and how they would use it. That will provide you the perspective you need in order to assess the true worth/value of their request.

Conclusion

Customers are the essence of any business and therefore a prestigious business address speaks prominence that can attract customers. 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 maintain your customer satisfaction?  Let’s hear your thoughts and comments below.  You can also visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

Resume

A recent article, 5 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Own Resume by Amanda Clark believes that the job market is really tough, and many people are competing over the same open positions.  Therefore, if your resume is weak, you’ll be missing your opportunity to be on the shortlist and losing the chance….
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A recent article, 5 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Own Resume by Amanda Clark believes that the job market is really tough, and many people are competing over the same open positions.  Therefore, if your resume is weak, you’ll be missing your opportunity to be on the shortlist and losing the chance to get hired.

Here are three simple mistakes that can weaken your resume and job search in executive suites Orlando.

  1. You don’t have a clear picture of who you are.

Your resume doesn’t have a strong summary of qualifications that shows your best personal traits and characteristics and how they match up with the position and company culture. You need to create a comprehensive resume describing clearly who you are and what you can do to help attain the business goals in office space Orlando.

  1. You’re lacking context. 

While you want to have a concise resume, you also have to provide enough information that the reader will understand. Keeping your resume brief and concise is important, but don’t sacrifice context. Make sure you’ve included significant details about your skills, accomplishments and experience. Tell about each item that has significance in the job position you’re applying for.

  1. You didn’t carefully proof it.

Wrong grammar and spelling show lack of attention to detail or perhaps convey negligence—it can leave a very poor impression.   Take time to proof your resume well (you can use spell/grammar check) or let others proofread your resume to catch additional errors.

Conclusion

Learning these simple mistakes will help you create a resume that places you in a positive light and highlights your strengths, skills, accomplishments, and experience—an impressive resume that stands out.  If you’ll be working in a company that allows working remotely, 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.

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Self Motivation

A recent article, 10 Keys to Staying Motivated by Martina McGowan believes that self motivation is a learnable skill which is the fundamental to success. Here are some tips to help lift your motivation to the critical level essential to get you moving again. Choose happiness. Focus on the positive things….
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A recent article, 10 Keys to Staying Motivated by Martina McGowan believes that self motivation is a learnable skill which is the fundamental to success.

Here are some tips to help lift your motivation to the critical level essential to get you moving again.

  1. Choose happiness.

Focus on the positive things that you’ve experienced and on the wonderful things that are happening in your life to fill you with gratitude and inspiration.  

  1. Accept your mistakes and learn from them.

Don’t be disheartened when you commit mistakes, use them to your advantage. Mistakes are part of growing up, the more mistakes you make, the more you will learn.

  1. Take a short break regularly.

Take a short break every hour to recuperate and increase your productivity. For instance, have a short chat with your colleague in Philadelphia Agile Office Space or take a quick stroll through the local neighborhood.

  1. Rent a coworking office space.

If you work from home, boredom and loneliness can kill your motivation and productivity.  To get inspired and regain your momentum, try at least once a week to work in  coworking offices like Philadelphia Shared Office Space so you can interact with other freelancers and meet new friends.

  1. Read inspirational quotes.

Spend a few minutes reading inspirational quotes from those people who have achieved great success and be inspired.

  1. Reward yourself.

Learn to give yourself a meaningful reward when you finish an important project. For instance, go out for a dinner and watch movie with your friends and enjoy life after a hectic schedule.

  1. Avoid procrastination.

Putting off things can result to a long trail of unfinished tasks that can dampen your enthusiasm to begin another. Stop procrastination so you can complete your task on time and be ready for the next project.

Conclusion

Harnessing the power of self motivation yields high efficiency and productivity.  As you thrive in your business and career, 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.

How do you keep yourself motivated?  We’d love to hear your story. Feel free to visit us also on Twitter and Facebook.