3 Turnaround Tips for Your Business

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Is your business going through tough times–struggling? A recent article, Three Essentials to Mastering the Turnaround by T. Scott King  says turning around your business isn’t as easy and direct as fixing operations, stabilizing finances and containing costs but goes well beyond basic business issues.

Here are three turnaround tips to help your business stand and thrive:

  1. Be realistic

Seeing your struggling business through rose-colored glasses can waste valuable time. When you deal in reality, you address issues directly and promptly. You cut costs and streamline your budget to fit the business trend.

Exhibit leadership and build trust by laying out business realities and the tough steps that need to be taken.

  1. Be honest

Don’t keep bad news hidden. As you enter into the turnaround phase, it is important to be direct.

Build confidence, alignment and support by presenting the recovery plan.  Ask for your team’s support and ideas. Chances are most of your team will rise to the challenge.

Honesty, openness and directness can build confidence and gain the level of support that you need to restore positive momentum.

  1. Be strategic

You need to be planning for growth while cutting costs.

Evaluate and redefine your business structure –get insights from team members to create the final idea. Also, external resources can help facilitate focused collaborative “ideation” sessions–this can be motivating when conducted correctly; it can break down obstacles and galvanize an organization that has gone through tough times.

It also can build “shared advocacy” for the way ahead and lead to creating an important and effective  strategic plan that includes realistic timelines, roles and responsibilities and of course, financial benchmarks.

Conclusion

While cutting costs and planning for future growth form part  of your business recuperation, YourOffice offers flexible agreement terms and office plans, ensuring the right set-up for your struggling business and different options to support future growth. YourOffice offers you a wide choice of office and workspace solutions: flexible office space, team office space and virtual office packages. You’ll have access to a complete array of office support and concierge services as well as state-of-the-art business technology.

Has your business gone through tough times and how did you survive and thrive? We’d be glad to hear your comments. You can also visit us on Twitter and Google Plus.

6 Ways to Lose Your Customers…Guaranteed

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A recent article, 7 Effective Ways to Drive Customers Away by Melissa Thompson says that the consumer purchasing power has significantly increased in 2015. Which means, this is a great time to be in business and to widen your customer base.

However, to ensure great sales, beware of the following business practices that push away customers.

  1. Arguing with clients is the worst thing you can do to drive them away. You can either be right all the time, or you can keep your customers happy.

Listen and learn from your customers.

  1. See how much you can squeeze out of your customers is a detrimental way of doing business.

No hidden charges should be charged. The short term gain you may have will never match your long term customer loss.

  1. A sales clerk who interacts with customers with memorized phrases shows uncaring and insincere attitudes.

You and your staff need to be aware of the time, date, and context of your interactions with customers.

  1. The kind of phone system you use tells a lot about your business, and your readiness to help clients. Clients who have to jump through hoops in order to talk to a real person on an automated system are not likely to call back again.

A virtual office plan that offers a professional receptionist to answer calls “live” in your company’s name can help your with the issue.

  1. If you can’t be honest with basic consumer information then you should not try to run a business.

Transparency is a good thing in business.

  1. Cutting costs at the expense of customer’s health and safety.

Never settle for second-best or questionable products.

Conclusion

Customer satisfaction is the very essence of your business success. Providing your customers with a good place to transact business is beneficial, too. YourOffice features a network of world-class business addresses. Each location offers both beautifully appointed short term offices and permanent individual office space. Our offices are move-in ready and equipped with top furnishings and technology that are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

How would you keep your customers satisfaction?  We’d love to hear your comments.  Please visit us on Twitter and Google Plus.

How Hobbies Can Help You Get Hired

Team Office SpaceDid you know that your hobbies can pave the way to landing a job and elevating your career path? A recent article, 8 Ways Hobbies Can Help You Get Jobs, by Sarah Landrum, says that a growing body of evidence verifies the positive impact of “non-work creative activity” on work-related performance.

Below are 3 ways that hobbies are helpful for your professional growth.

Widen your network

Connect with people that can recognize your talent and value. For instance, if you’re an athlete you can join sports league in your community or you can join a mountain bike racing club.

Whatever path you choose, these hobbies build and strengthen connection through healthy competition. Therefore, having a wide circle can increase the range of your network when job hunting.

Better Health

Generally, people who have hobbies are cheerful and fit. Hobbies like jogging, swimming, and dancing keep you physically active while gardening, cooking, and art develop your mental and emotional health.

Strong character traits and special skills

Hobbies can describe your character traits and important skills that employers are looking for. For example, gardening shows self-discipline, diligence and patience. Employees are looking to hire may come in handy at your next interview.

Conclusion

Nurture yourself by discovering hobbies that will improve your state of mind and increase your talents. A company that has a positive work environment and encourages employees to cultivate their talents, is a company you want be part of. Perhaps you are looking to start that kind of company. YourOffice has come alongside hundreds of business looking for everything from plug and play offices to full service virtual offices. We know your business is unique, and your office space shouldn’t be any different. Let us match the perfect space or service to fit your business needs.

What are your hobbies that help you stand out?   Feel free to share your thoughts. We’d be glad to connect with you on Twitter and Facebook.

How to Regain Momentum at Work after a Vacation

Virtual OfficeA recent article, What To Do When Vacations Are Over, by Ceren Cubukcu, observes that returning to work after a relaxing vacation can be depressing. However, there are a few simple things you can do to help yourself ease back into the work week.

Below are 4 tips to help you resume your routine and boost your productivity.

  1. Give yourself an extra day to recuperate

Try to avoid returning to work the day after you get home from vacation. Giving yourself an extra day will help you rest from your trip and get some household chores accomplished, so you can be ready for the week. If you plan to return on a Sunday, request Monday off ahead of time, so you only work 4 days during your first week back. Returning to a shorter work week can be a much easier transition.

  1. Check email prior to going back to work

Returning to work with a full inbox of emails can be overwhelming. Give your inbox a quick scan to delete spam and mark the ones that need your attention before you go back to your office.

  1. Be watchful with your eating habits

Weight gain is common during a vacation, so you can use your return to work as motivation to get back into a healthy eating routine. Also, avoiding junk food and sugary drinks will help you not feel sluggish at work.

  1. Start planning your next trip

Back to work means the opportunity to save money for another vacation! Instead of lamenting the end of your vacation, start planning a new one to look forward to.

Conclusion

It’s not easy to get back into the swing of working, after a wonderful vacation. But a good vacation can also help rejuvenate you for a more productive time at work. It’s also an easier transition if you have a good workplace to come back to. YourOffice has come alongside hundreds of business looking for everything from plug and play offices to full service virtual offices. Let us match the perfect space or service to fit your business needs.

What other tips can you suggest to regain momentum at work? We’d be glad to hear your thoughts and comments below. You can also reach us on Google Plus and Twitter.

7 Ways to Make Your Small Business Look Bigger

how-to-make-your-small-business-more-efficientA recent article, Small Business Checklists: Size Matters by Stefan Töpfer points out that when it comes to landing contracts, appearance is everything.

You know your business is high quality, but if you’re a startup or small business, the reality is that without bolstering your biz up a bit, potential clients will just walk on by.

Below are some tips to help give your business that extra boost to be as competitive as possible.

  1. Business address

A PO Box number is not really the way to instill confidence in your business nor is an address like “21, Foxtrot Ave.” Instead use a convenient business address service, which will forward all mail to you.

  1. Sharing is Caring

Look for other businesses that are willing to use shared office space, equipment, storage, etc. This will obviously cut the bill and give you more space to work in.

  1. Virtual Receptionist

Leaving the phone unattended is the biggest faux pas small businesses make in regards to their appearance. Find a service that provides a virtual assistant or an answering service. Not answering your phone may cost you a good client.

  1. Online presence

If you are not online you are way behind the competition. Keep a well maintained website and social media accounts- including an up-to-date blog! Always have your own domain, to use for your email. Leave gmail for the kids.

  1. Branding

Create and maintain your own branding to promote your business products or services.

  1. Conference rooms

If you have a meeting with a prospective client or group/team conference, always use high-quality meeting rooms in a professional business center.

  1. Be aggressive

Say “YES” – figure out how to do it later. Small businesses can be more flexible than bigger competitors-  focus your energy on accommodating your clients and say “yes” as often as possible!

Conclusion

A small business can still be a big competitor. Here at YourOffice, we want to help you maximize your business to its full potential. If you are looking for facilities or services to help bolster your business, we offer a wide choice of office and workspace solutions: flexible office space, conferencing and meeting spaces and virtual office packages. You’ll have access to a complete array of office support and administrative services as well as state-of-the-art business technology.

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How to Rock Your LinkedIn Skills Section

A recent article titled, The expert trick to hone your skills section on Linkedln, by Joshua Waldman shares some of the most popular skills that got people hired in 2014. Techies took first place for most of the top skills.

How You Can Rock your Skills Section Even if You’re Not a Techie

The skills you show on your profile are important and affect your search rankings. Linkedln recently improved its’ search engine optimization so that skills on a user’s profile can be filtered. Now, instead of just guessing what to list or just waiting for a friend’s endorsement to get employed in serviced office space; you can follow the below tips:

  1. Find Out What Universities People Who are In Your Dream Job Attended

Using the LinkedIn University Finder tool, choose your filters such as companies you want to focus on, locations similar to office space orlando where you want to work or functions you desire.

For example, you choose Google as the target company and if you prefer advertising. Your list of schools should include Stanford, University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard. Mark these schools down to reference in step two.

  1. Find the Students!

Now, select any of those top schools from step one and go to their University Page, and click on the ‘Explore Careers’ link. A search interface should come up similar to the one in step one — but this time you can see a list of skills graduates have on their profile.

Using this example, you pick the target company, Google, and your function, advertising. What appears is a list of the top skills that alumni who are working in advertising at Google have on their profile. Jot down the top 10 in a spreadsheet, then move on to the next University Page. Remember, filter by company and function, and record the skills until there are at least fifty in your list.

  1. Choose the Most Common Skills

Go through at least 5 to 10 schools for each preferred company and function, and record them in your spreadsheet.

Now using the data recorded, look at the frequency of these skills, rank your own skills accordingly and list them in your Linkedln profile. Make sure you can speak to them in an interview setting and have proof to back up your claims if called upon to do so by a potential employer in executive office space.

Conclusion

Updating your skills section on your Linkedln profile will help you hit your career goals!

YourOffice offers you a wide choice of office and workspace solutions: flexible office space, team/conferencing/meeting spaces and virtual office packages. You’ll have access to a complete array of office support and concierge services as well as state-of-the-art business technology.