The impact of mobile is far-reaching when it comes to how work is performed. A recent study reveals that 44 percent of workers check their mobile devices at least 40 times each day for email and to pick up incoming phone calls. And while the majority of workers indicate mobile improves their productivity and saves them one to two hours a week in time, they also note that they work outside of the office one to two hours every day. And while about one-third believe their mobile devices improve their work-life balances, about the same percentage believe they actually have negative repercussions.
U.S. workers logged 455 million trips for business in 2015, a number expected to increase by nearly four percent in 2016. Remote work is certainly becoming the norm and not the exception. For road warriors, they may spend only 10 to 15 hours per week in their office, with the rest of their time spent traveling and meeting with prospects and customers.
So for employees who are on the road, when does the majority of office work take place? For the most part, it takes place between flights and meetings. And where does this work occur? It occurs at busy airports, noisy coffee shops, and cramped and uncomfortable hotel rooms. However, these less-than-ideal settings are often the last place you want when crafting a winning business proposal, writing and designing compelling content, or assessing and compiling recommendations for strategic clients and business proposals.
Needing a Day Office
OK … so many of us are now into an agile & mobile, work anytime/anywhere, work-life balancing way of living. Got it. And, since we’re no longer Headquarter or CCR (Centrally Commuted Office) centric, we also have found all kinds of cost-effective, clever ways to satisfy our spontaneous workspace needs … thanks in great part to the growth and popularity of Virtual Office Plans. But what about when you need a Meeting Room — from a reliable, basic space to sit with a few people face-to-face, to maybe a locale that can accommodate hundreds of people with all the accoutrements and IT & AV gadgetry, plus catering, copying and other services that you need?
I’m writing this blog post on an airplane. I travel a lot and I’ve had to learn tips and tricks to stay productive while I’m in the air, on the road, or otherwise out of the office. After nearly two years of living a hard core road warrior lifestyle, I’ve come up with these seven tips to keep you productive just about anywhere you happen to be.
- Always Fly Wi-Fi-Enabled Planes: Virtual office and mobile technologies help—but not if you don’t have Wi-Fi. Delta has the largest fleet of Wi-Fi-enabled planes but other airlines have this feature also. Be sure to ask about Wi-Fi when you book, especially if you are taking a flight over two hours. You can get a mass amount of work done from the comfort of your economy seat.
Question: When should a meeting also be used as an opportunity to motivate employees? The answer is simple … Always! Put another way, all meetings should have a primary or secondary objective and outcome of motivation and inspiration — be it to have attendees walk away with a new sense of clarity, purpose, or dedication to the success of the assignments, goals, results and/or the standing of the organization and its management.
In other words, if a physical meeting doesn’t make every attendee’s task easier and more tangible, or raise the level of performance in pursuit of greater results, then maybe there shouldn’t have been a physical meeting in the first place? If it’s just to keep everyone in-check and on course, with no added element that makes an attendee walk away with a feeling that the physical meeting was worthwhile and added to the individual and overall effort, then maybe a phone call, or better yet, a trackable memo or on-line exchange among the congregants would have been sufficient — and a more efficient usage of everyone’s time?
So you’ve set revenue goals for your business. Congratulations! You are well on your way to hitting your target just by taking the time to write down your goals.
Of course, now you have to execute a plan that carries you to the finish line—and staying motivated on down weeks can be a struggle.
“You never know what is going to happen. Just the other day I had a one call close. It can happen,” says Alison Powell, a sales rep at the inbound marketing firm HubSpot. “Don’t slow down because you never know if you are going to get that prospect on the phone who can buy right then and there because the timing is perfect.”
Dean Robinson, CEO of Redmans, a family business advisory firm based in Sydney, Australia, says setting goals for revenue and growth in any small to medium business is much like trying to lose weight. He suggests three rules:
Making money and profits … saving money …. and working lean – 3 of the key, guiding objectives of today’s businesses; from Fortune 50, multi-national conglomerates, to the solopreneur dreamer. It’s also the driving force behind why Virtual Officing and Remote Working are such a popular, booming work-way alternative these days.
You simply may not need to have a CCO (Centrally Commuted Office) or Headquarters space anymore, as an absolute ‘must’ to legitimize a business and impress clients, and/or to keep an eye on the workers the way a commanding officer traditionally keeps an eye on his troops (traditionally from 9:00 to 5:00 at most companies) to make sure they’re toeing the line, following rules and procedures, and producing results. In fact, CCO-ing and hierarchal vigilance are fast becoming a fading artifact leftover from the standard, disciplined, militaristic model of running a business and supervising employees that businesses routinely mirrored for centuries.
The number one thing to do when you want to receive a tax refund next tax season is to start planning as soon as possible. The choices you make today impact how much you’ll owe – or, hopefully, how much you’ll get back – next year, so the sooner you start accurately documenting your deductions and using sound financial planning strategies, the better prepared you’ll be whether you owe Uncle Sam or are owed a return. Below are some tips to help you get ready for a big tax refund next year.
Seek Advice from a Tax Accountant or CPA
You’ve decided to get your taxes together and organized this year so you can get a big tax refund next year. That means no more pulling your hair out while trying to look for receipts and paperwork. It’s an excellent idea to start a file in which you keep everything and anything that could be remotely related to your taxes.
Running a small business can be a lot of work. Many small business owners have not trained specifically to run a business, and for many it is also the first business that they’ve owned. Without past experience running a business, even the smallest details like creating your business cards can become sticking points and threaten to trip you up and disrupt the flow of your business.
That’s where consultants come in: consultants can allow a small and inexperienced business owner to make strategic and prudent decisions. However, hiring the wrong consultant can be an expensive and time consuming mistake. We’ve outlined the steps that you need to consider before you hire that business consultant in order to minimize the chances of losses and mistakes.
Step one: do your research