Solopreneurs and small businesses are learning that permanent office space is no longer a requisite. They can use virtual address solutions to secure professional locations, for both their headquarters office as well as regional offices, that convey the right brand image.
When they need day offices, coworking spaces, and conference rooms, solopreneurs and small businesses can simply use temporary rented space. Though other use cases could be cited, the following are the more prevalent:
Working in an office setting affords solopreneurs and small business professionals with a chance to interact with other like-minded solopreneurs and small business professionals. This stimulates collaborative thinking and helps users to focus their attention on work-related tasks. Coworking spaces are great fits in these scenarios, though day offices can be the right choice in some cases. They also come with other services such as dog walking, on-site message therapists, upscale lounges, and other perks.
When it comes to meeting space rental, you can never ask too many questions. Take the time to consider all your needs. Understand any special requirements your attendees may have. And be sure to ask the seven questions below, along with any others you can think of.
Do you provide audio-visual equipment?
Most successful meetings these days demand visual props in the form of PowerPoint presentations, clever videos or imagery displayed on a large screen to help attendees catch the vision. Your meeting could be a disaster if you’re expecting your meeting space to have these elements and you show up to discover there’s just a white board, and a small one at that. Always ask specifically about the audio-visual equipment that’s on site—and the cost. You don’t need sticker shock when you get there. You need to know what you are waking into and what it the price tag is to hold your successful meeting. Read more...
Davinci Virtual Office Solutions reviewed year to date growth and usage statistics for its on-demand workspace reservation platform DavinciMeetingrooms.com. The company’s 2017 reporting review reveals several significant business trends that presumably translate into an even larger picture across the shared workspace and coworking industries.
SALT LAKE CITY (PRWEB) December 19, 2017
Davinci Virtual Office Solutions reviewed year to date growth and usage statistics for its on-demand workspace reservation platform DavinciMeetingrooms.com. The company’s 2017 reporting review reveals several significant business trends that presumably translate into an even larger picture across the shared workspace and coworking industries. Read more...
As we head into 2018, there is much cause for optimism. Stock markets are up, and economic indicators are all trending upwards. How you motivate and engage with your employees and customers plays a critical role in the success of a company.
Employee engagement remains a problem for most businesses. Gallup reports that only one-third of workers in the U.S. are engaged. The result is high turnover and diminished productivity. For businesses with engaged employees, they see better business outcomes—from better customer service, to happier customers, to better profit margins.
Much has been written on the subject of customer engagement in recent years. Unless customers are highly engaged and advocates of your company, products, or services, they could be here today and gone tomorrow. And you want to retain your customers; as reported in the Harvard Business Review, it is between 5x and 25x more difficult to acquire a new customer than to keep an existing one. Read more...
Holidays are supposed to be a time of family, friends, food, and fun. But for many business owners, it’s a time of pressure and stress.
A Healthline survey found that 65 percent of respondents from Generation X and 61 percent of Millennials feel some stress during the holidays. About 62 percent of Baby Boomers fell into the same category. If you feel stressed during the holidays, you’re certainly not alone.
“Stress is heightened during the holiday season,” Bill Scheinman, a San Francisco-based life coach who focuses on stress reduction, told Entrepreneur.com. “There is the existential stress that comes as the year nears its end. We assess the place we’re at in our lives and decide if we’re achieving our life goals or not.”
One of the biggest stressors is work. According to the American Psychological Association, work adds more stress to the holidays than home life. This could be in part because, during the holidays, people feel pressure to participate in holiday celebrations at work.Read more...
This is how my husband described the meeting space that was secured for the “leadership innovation meeting” he attended. There was no way that environment was going to act as the foundation for innovation or inspiring new thought. In fact, the moment the team walked into the room the life was sucked out of them. So, rather than hitting the ground running, they spent the first ten-minutes rebounding and re-motivating themselves
Noisy (people talking and the sound of milk foaming). Distracting. Confusing.
And, this is how my friend described the coffee shop where a consultant pitched her for business. My friend couldn’t engage, or follow the dialogue because the environment didn’t allow for it. The consultant didn’t win the business. And, the fact that he didn’t have the forethought to select the right meeting venue weighed heavily into her decision not to give him the business. Read more...
These on-demand, third-party services give small companies the ability to lower costs, drive efficiencies, build customer engagement and revenue. They can look and act like much larger organizations. There are numerous use cases when it comes to virtual services. For small businesses seeking ways to leverage virtual services, the following are some of the most compelling ones:
1. Virtual Addresses
Before the rise of virtual addresses, professional addresses were out of sight in terms of cost and simply a long-term dream entrepreneurs put on their list of targets. The same can be said of professional office and meeting space. Small businesses were relegated to permanent office space in subpar locations that made them cringe when clients and partners came to visit.
Virtual office solutions like Davinci Virtual Offices allow small businesses to secure professional addresses in highly desirable locations. And it doesn’t stop with headquarter addresses. Small businesses can seamlessly expand into new locations by leveraging virtual addresses. Read more...
In the “2017 State of Workspace and Communications Services” report TIRO Communications jointly published with Davinci Virtual at the beginning of the year, we noted that technology has disrupted how customers want to communicate with businesses. It does not matter if the business is a global enterprise or a small business; Customers have the same expectations in terms of engagement—in terms of both sales and service. They want to anywhere, anytime, and on any device. They also want multiple engagement options. Offering them a phone number to call isn’t enough.
When it comes to customers on your website, simply offering them static content no longer is sufficient. They expect to have personalized experiences served up to them; product recommendations and content based on their identity and browsing behavior. They also expect to have multiple engagement options—live web chat, email, phone, text, online knowledgebase, and social media. Read more...
Cross training. It’s a term that’s become popular in the health and fitness world, but it originated in the business world. There is some similarity though—cross training can make your business healthier and more fit.
Cross-training involves teaching an employee who was hired to perform one job function the skills required to perform other job functions, according to Inc. magazine’s encyclopedia of business terms.
While you can cross-train your employees across many lines, customer support is perhaps the most vital focus if you want to create an Amazon-like culture of winning with customers.
Think about the big picture. Good customer service is a quasi marketing tool that can drive extreme loyalty. Customers are actively engaging in word-of-mouth marketing over social media channels in the same way news is propagating in near real-time via Twitter. And listening, truly listening, to what your customers are saying can help you retain even the most disgruntled customers—and attract brand new ones. Read more...
Approach each customer with the idea of helping him or her to solve a problem or achieve a goal—not of selling a product or a service. So teaches motivational speaker and sales expert Brian Tracy.
That’s the baseline mantra of any good sales team. But that’s just the baseline. There are many factors that go into building a strategic sales team that drives your top line and ultimately enhances your bottom line. Here are six other considerations:
1. Hire the right people.
Without the “right” people on the team, the team will never see the “right” results. Although you want skilled salesmen in your pack, skills can be taught—motivation cannot. Don’t be afraid to create a team with a blend of seasoned high achievers and less-experienced candidates who are motivated and eager to learn. Read more...