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

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.

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Learn How to Hire Your own Leonardo da Vinci

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

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

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

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.”

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Davinci 101: Same-Day Meeting Room Booking for the Mobile Entrepreneur

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Business moves faster today than it ever has. Digital communication technologies and search engines have helped businesses to connect and align their business goals more easily than in any previous decade. Adam is a mobile entrepreneur. Working out of his home, Adam uses virtual office services to maintain a professional business address, a live receptionist team to keep his business running smoothly, and meeting room rental services to close deals and maintain a personal relationship with current and potential clients. Adam not only keeps pace with business in today’s world, he’s staying ahead.

Quite often as Adam is working on leads and following up with clients, the need to set up meetings on short notice presents itself. Without a permanent meeting space, Adam uses Davinci Meeting Rooms to book conference rooms by the hour, and due to Davinci’s ability to provide rooms on a next-day or even same-day basis, Adam is able to satisfy his clients’ demands in impressive fashion.

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10 New Year’s Resolutions for Small Businesses

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….”

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Business Resources: Get location-centric business tools with meeting rooms and day office rentals

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Businesses are becoming leaner in order to stay competitive—some consisting only of one or two employees. Although this is a growing trend, these business owners don’t always want to let on that they’re a one-person shop. Every entrepreneur wants to be perceived as professional and credible, and in order to do so, they need the technology, support, and image that larger firms and corporations can afford. That’s where booking meeting room rentals can be a great advantage. Booking a meeting room makes you look prestigious and gives you all the capabilities of a big business without breaking your budget. There are five business resources that you can take advantage of when booking meeting rooms and office spaces.

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A Better Meeting Room Motivates Employees

Rather than focus on quotas, businesses can go a long way toward actually accomplishing them by first raising the level of enthusiasm at work. I know that whenever I am handed a quota, I roll my eyes, even if it’s only in my head.

The fact is that companies are made up of people, not machines. We’re not robots or computers – and if we’re made to feel that way, eventually we become resentful – and that is not productive. No company can afford to have every employee only do enough to get by. That’s why work environments are so important. A successful business all begins with a motivating business environment.

164And yet, companies today are more likely to invest in marketing campaigns than their own staff. Businesses should realize that their first marketing spend should be in-house. Much like Inbound Marketing has become the darling of the online universe to boost business, internal marketing can do wonders for business. I mean, if your staff isn’t excited about your products and services, how can you expect the public to be?

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Grow Your Business By Bonding With Clients

One of the more critical and yet less focused upon skills for any kind of success in business is understanding how to communicate with prospects and customers. When it comes to clients, bonding with them is the best way to establish a level of trust. We have found that the best way to do this is by taking the time to really get to know their needs. Then establish ways to meet those needs on as personal a basis as possible.4589

I know it sounds archaic, but back in the day, business people met regularly with their customers. They were accessible and went out of their way to make personal calls on their business establishments. Given the level of competition today, most any business can get a leg up on the competition if they make the effort to actually spend time with their prospects and customers.

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