Remote work has risen in popularity over the past couple of years as technology has made it easier for professionals to work from anywhere, at any time. The number of freelancers and self-employed professionals has likewise increased, and flexible work options have become one of the most coveted benefits workers seek from a company.
While some remote workers might choose to work from home, others find it beneficial to work from a serviced workspace or a coffee shop. Still, regardless of whether you are self-employed or part of a company team and you are working remotely, in order to be successful as a remote worker, it is extremely important that you always present yourself in a professional manner. Here are four way to be successful while working remotely. Read more...
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.
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...
Let’s face it, BCs and Serviced Workspaces are smack dab in the middle of the High-Hospitality industry — and in fact it’s the highest of the High-Hospitality business models since it serves its clients for days, weeks, months and years on-end. This is not just for an hour, or a day or two here-and-there, such as what Hotels, Car Rental agencies, airlines, restaurants and even resorts like Disney do.
And with the territory of being the premier High-Hospitality industry comes the responsibility to show appreciation at any, and every turn. It’s more than just providing service — more than fielding and fulfilling customer service requirements. ‘Hospitality’ requires initiating a friendly interaction. It’s pro-active, whereas customer service is re-active. It’s extending a helping hand or compliment, and not waiting for the client, guest, tenant, member or neighbor to initiate or be left hanging expecting it. And the centerpiece … the fuel that drives the engine of an ongoing, fruitful, professional, winning relationship at any business, and especially at a High-Hospitality business such as at a Business Center or Serviced Workspace — is demonstrating appreciation. Read more...
Mobile usage continues to skyrocket. Last year, 33 percent of web traffic was generated from mobile devices, a number that is projected to hit 39 percent this year.
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. Read more...
In business, saving money is as good, and sometimes more critical, than making money. That’s always been a prime business axiom, but perhaps never more so than today, when more than ever before, solopreneurs and dreamers are launching their start-ups, thanks to the proliferation of affordable workplace and work-way alternatives out there – with the delicate yet critical mandate of trying to stay the course, while not allowing mounting expenses to outpace income and get the best of them.
Most businesses require a run-up to mature to the point where they are profitable. Most savvy business owners realize that opening up a business is a risk — one that drains financial resources through (sometimes substantial and personal) necessary investment and start-up costs. Very, very few businesses hit the ground running and start fattening up bank accounts from the get-go. Read more...
You may not be struggling to make payroll, but you don’t necessarily have a heap of cash to spend on every new idea business pundits say you should execute either. So where should you spend your money? Here are four smart ways to spend some of that cash on hand.
Hire a business coach: When I maxed out the potential of my business, I made the investment in a business coach and following the advice he gave me took me to the next level. My coach challenged my ways of thinking, helped me set up new systems, pushed me beyond my comfort zone, and more.
“Business coaches have one goal: to make your ideas into a reality,” Miles Jennings of Recruiter.com, told Inc. “Although you may have many brilliant ideas for your company, sometimes it’s hard to know where to start and what to tackle first. Business coaches will evaluate your plans, assess if they are realistic or will be successful and set out a way that you can implement them correctly.” Read more...
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.
Nothing boosts morale like a good celebration. So throw a party for your office, but makes sure to keep it reasonable. Go ahead and tell your employees to invite their loved ones as they’ll be considered tax deductible as well. Fun activities such raffle-style door prizes are another way to add to the fun without going bust.
*One thing to be aware of is independent contractors. You may only be able to deduct 50% of their costs.
Relax to the Max
Bring in a massage therapist, yoga instructor, or other professional of the like to conduct a therapeutic session. An over-worked and stressed out work force can lead to poor performance and bad health. Boost morale by adding a change of pace with this 100% tax deductible activity. Read more...
In the first post of this two-part blog series, “Customer Service Encounters the New Digital World,” we discussed how digital disruption is transforming customer service. This presents both opportunities and challenges to businesses of all shapes and sizes. And without some of the same legacy encumbrances of their larger business counterparts, small businesses can embrace digital technologies faster and with greater agility.
Of course, this doesn’t mean small businesses are doing so. One in four still don’t have a website, and of those with a website only half are responsive and thus deliver good user experiences on mobile devices.
Crossing the Digital Divide
Once a small business has an established digital presence (e.g., website, social media channels, etc.), other aspects of the digital age need to come into focus. Customer service is most certainly a critical part of the digital landscape, albeit one that many businesses miss. Read more...