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The Greatest Places to Work Outside of the Office

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If you are like many other entrepreneurs, you are probably used to working remotely. Sometimes you must be creative when brainstorming places to conduct your work, and whatever location you choose, it must meet a certain set of criteria:

  1. It must encourage productivity.
  2. It must be reasonably quiet.
  3. It must have WiFi.

Chances are that, as a mobile professional, you regularly rely on one or more of the most popular locations to work remotely because they meet your criteria and offer a more relaxing workspace than your office:

  1. Coffee Shops

Coffee shops, by nature, are known for being a hub of creativity. It’s no surprise that mobile entrepreneurs consider them to be such great work environments. Not only is it easier to focus when you are removed from office interruptions, the atmosphere of coffee shops is conducive to productivity. Coffeehouse music, generally, is soft and not distracting, and access to endless coffee is enough to keep you focused for hours.

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5 Meeting Room Etiquette Tips for Meeting Attendees

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Business meetings can be held for a wide variety of reasons, but the impression you make on others is often the most memorable part of the event. As business partnerships are usually built on trust, making positive impressions in every meeting can help your business grow. Below are a few small tips for maintaining proper etiquette during meetings where you have been invited to attend.

  1. Be on Time!

Perhaps the most important thing you can do to prepare for a good meeting is to be on time for the event. People often operate on tight schedules, and if you cause delays, everybody is going to feel put out if the meeting ends with unresolved items. Always plan to be early to every meeting so potential delays won’t be much of an issue. If an emergency or an unavoidable problem arises that causes you to be late, try and notify each attendee that you’re running behind and let them know that they’re free to start the meeting in your absence.

5 Tips for Entrepreneurs Looking to Grow Their Brand

5 Tips for Entrepreneurs Looking to Grow Their Brand

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1.  Project a Professional Brand Image

If your brand doesn’t exude a professional image, it simply won’t grow. Professionalism inspires confidence in clients, partners, and employees. For a one man shop or a small business, it can be a little challenging to look as professional and capable as the industry giants. In order to keep up and prove that your brand deserves to sit alongside more established veteran offerings when you meet with clients, meet with them in a professional meeting space. Don’t settle for busy coffee shops, noisy restaurants, or distracting public spaces. With Davinci meeting rooms you have the availability of meeting room rentals across the world.  There’s always a great place to hold a meeting that will represent you and your brand in the most professional manner possible.

2.  Seek out Mutually Beneficial Business Partners

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The ‘Mouse That Roars’ Inside Of Us: The Dreaming, Winning Entrepreneur

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As the old book and movie ‘The Mouse That Roared’ reminds us, the little guy that dreams big can win big. In fact, all victories start with the firing up of the imagination.  Inside of us, we all have a mouse ready to roar. The trick is how to make that roaring dream become a reality.

The road to success takes different paths. Sometimes it’s a burning desire that was triggered by an unexpected motivating experience, or maybe it’s getting a kick out of receiving recognition and being heralded for something that felt great when you did it. It’s the child who made people laugh and grew up to be a brilliant comedian, or it’s the accomplished designer, doctor, race car driver or anyone else that experienced a spark, and dared to dream that someday they’d reach loftier heights by pursuing more of that magical touch that made them feel victorious.

How To Use Meeting Room Rentals To Make Your Business Stand Out – Infographic

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HOW TO USE MEETING ROOM RENTALS TO MAKE YOUR BUSINESS STAND OUT

As an entrepreneur, you are always looking for a variety of ways to make your business stand out, grow, and succeed. What if we told you that one solution can offer you all of those benefits? Follow along to discover how to use a meeting space rental as a cost-effective solution to make your business stand out.

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PROFESSIONAL MEETING SPACE = CORPORATE IMAGE

According to an article on Entrepreneur.com, 95% of business professionals believe that face-to-face meetings are key to successful client relationships. While inviting clients to a home office or coffee shop are options, nothing says “professional” like a legit office space in a high-rise building. Meeting rooms can be rented for as low as $10 an hour and offer that corporate image and face-to-face meeting place you need.

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How to Utilize a Seminar Room For Expanding Business

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Is hosting seminars part of your marketing strategy? If you are like many small businesses, you probably haven’t considered the value of using seminar rooms to expand your business.

Seminars are a proven way to increase your business’s exposure, establish your business as a leader in the community, and strengthen relationships with business partners and clients.

Whether you have a conference room available or rely on conference room rentals, there are several events you should be hosting to make your business grow:

Seminars on a specialized topic

If your business specializes in anything at all, such as a certain product or service, you are in the right position to host a seminar. Seminars are educational events held by businesses to educate clients or other people in their industry on a specific topic. Experts gather to speak and teach the community about a variety of topics. From law practices to health care technology, the range of possible topics is endless.

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Learn How to Hire Your own Leonardo da Vinci

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In a recent article on Business Insider, Drake Baer took a look at Leonardo da Vinci and pointed out why successful people often develop their career paths in a similar way as the original Renaissance Man did. The article pointed out that da Vinci wore several different job hats at one time, essentially making himself, to use today’s terminology, a portfolio worker. Any employer, especially a small business owner, would love to have a modern Leonardo da Vinci on staff, but it can be a little tricky trying to identify the kinds of people who can be that sort of employee.

But how do you hire an employee that can turn into somebody special within your company? How do you know who to target? It’s common to hire people based on their skill set, but there’s another way to measure applicants that might help you better identify high potential talent. Rather than reading lists of skills and wondering how they’ll translate to the job you’re looking to fill, look at personality traits. Most often skills that an individual develops are born out of their personality traits.

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How to Compete as a Small Business in a Big Business World

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No matter what kind of small business you own, you’re bound to have larger competitors. It isn’t a question of “if,” but rather a matter of “when.”

When a big business emerges in your market, it can be challenging to compete with them when you are on a small business budget. After all, you have very different business structures and resources at your disposal. However, this doesn’t mean that your potential is restricted. There are many things you can do maintain the success of your small business in a big business world.

Emphasize what makes your business unique

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How to Master the Art of the Elevator Pitch

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Most sales pitches don’t take place in a prearranged meeting space. Frequent opportunities to make a sales pitch are brief and bound to happen unexpectedly.

You never know when you might be bumping shoulders with potential high-profile investors or clients, whether it’s at a convention, networking event, or simply a location that’s always brimming with business activity. For this reason, every entrepreneur should have a detailed business plan, and with that includes a well-crafted elevator pitch.

What is an elevator pitch?

An elevator pitch is an extremely brief and incredibly persuasive sales speech or presentation and an effective sales tool that all entrepreneurs should have ready.

Imagine the length of an elevator ride, approximately 30 seconds. This is the length of time you have to make a strong impression while communicating all of the most important and interesting aspects of your business, providing just enough information to communicate you have a solution, but leaving enough questions unanswered to prompt your audience to make inquiries themselves.

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Client Success: In the Light Magazine

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This month’s client success story is brought to us by Tyree Reeves in our Davinci Meeting Rooms department.

In the Light Magazine has been booking meetings with Davinci Meeting Rooms for a year now. Last month, Brittney with In the Light Magazine needed an office for an interview. She reserved a day office at the Madison Office Suites in New York City, NY. Brittney noted “At first I was slightly skeptical, but Davinci exceeded my expectations. The building itself: from the lobby, the elevators, the reception room, and day office looked so much better than the photographs I had seen online. The security guard and the receptionist were very sweet, helpful, and professional. As an online-based organization, my client was highly impressed. I am planning to book again either as this location (or try a new one just for fun) very soon. I’m so glad Davinci exists and makes this possible for small non-profits such as mine.”