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.
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.
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.”
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