A recent study by GoDaddy found that 59 percent of very small businesses (five or fewer employees) operate without a website. Yet this number is going to change very soon; over half of them report plans to launch a website in the next two years.
Some of Davinci’s customers find themselves in this category. You started a business and have been so busy growing it that you haven’t had time to build and launch a website. Others have a website, but you feel it needs improvement—that you can get better results than what you’re currently achieving.
The following are 10 things a small business needs to consider when launching—or enhancing—a website.
Whether customer meetings are hosted onsite or offsite, there are a number of things that can go wrong. Nearly every business professional has been witness to at least several of the following scenarios. Some may have simply been minor distractions; others may have been show-stoppers where deals were lost or service issues were left unresolved.
1. Obscure Address. Not every company is able to afford a location that is easy to find. While your office location may fully satisfy day-to-day business functions, it may not be the best location for a customer meeting. Indeed, beyond a late start to the meeting, having customers “frantically” searching for a hard-to-find address creates a bad customer disposition before the customer even arrives at your location. Tip – Davinci Meeting Rooms are Google optimized so they are easy to find and direct your clients to. Your client will always find the address as we already took the necessary steps to make Google aware of the location. Read more...
In our last Davinci 101 we talked about a few etiquette tips for meeting attendees. Since most of our clients are often on the other side of the table presenting, we picked 5 more etiquette tips, this time focusing on meeting organizers and presenters. While there’s a lot that goes into presenting and organizing a meeting, proper etiquette is a great way to make sure that your meeting is memorable for all the right reasons.
Start on Time
Just as everybody is expected to show up on time for the meeting, attendees expect the meeting to begin at the scheduled time. If you are still waiting on some people to show up, start the meeting and offer to catch them up on what they missed after the meeting. While you may not want anybody missing out on what you need to say, it’s unprofessional to keep people waiting around for you to start the show. Read more...
Organizing a meeting, especially with prospective clients, takes a lot of planning, consideration, and effort. For many small businesses owners, mobile entrepreneurs, and independent consultants, the meeting planning process is often a bit stressful. Davinci Meeting Rooms understands that the process can feel a bit overwhelming at times and has created a product that removes the stress and the hassle while providing a meeting space that is sure to impress.
In today’s environment, even small meetings can be pretty demanding from a technological standpoint. Internet access, audio-visual presentation tools, and video conferencing are just a few of the things we use to conduct meetings. Throw in catering and room preparation, and it’s easy to see how someone can simply feel overwhelmed by the meeting planning process. For as cheap as a few cups of coffee, Davinci Meeting Rooms can actually handle the entire meeting planning process, including room setup, room booking, and providing the necessary technology and tools for you and your clients. Read more...
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.
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. Read more...
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.
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. Read more...
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.
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. Read more...
Individuals normally look to the beginning of each New Year to make resolutions for personal improvement—to lose weight, to spend more time with one’s partner or family, to manage finances better, to learn a new language, to run a marathon…the list could go on for pages. Sometimes these initiatives are successful; sometimes they fail within a few weeks of the New Year.
New Year’s resolutions are also good for businesses. Taking a moment to reflect on the past year and consider new ideas and strategies for the coming year is a great exercise for every business—particularly small businesses. Well-thought business resolutions can help companies improve productivity, lower costs, and fuel growth.
Davinci offers easily attainable goals and is a great resolution starting point for many small businesses. To seed your thinking, here are 10 resolutions that you might want to consider for 2015; we’re calling it the list of “no mores….” Read more...