The Best Holiday Gift Guide For Your Home Office

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A recent article, A Home Office Holiday Gift Guide by Eric Grevstad  says that holidays are the best times for gift giving. It’s easy to get excited in the retail swirl that builds up around the holidays, surrounded by bargains.

Don’t get overwhelmed, here is a gift guide for holiday gifts to help your home office be more productive.

The most wish list in 2015

Microsoft Surface Book:

  • 3-pound laptop
  • 5-inch Windows 10 tablet
  • 6 pound second battery pack, 15-hour unplugged life
  • Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of solid-state storage at $1,699
  • Core i7 with double the memory, storage, and discrete graphics—but nearly faultless in both laptop and tablet modes at $2,699

Dream Desktop:

HP’s Envy 34 Curved All-in-One:

  • 34-inch, 3,440-by-1,440 wraparound monitor
  • Core i5 chip at $1,800
  • Core i7 model at $2,000

Dream Ergonomic Chairs:

The most important piece of home office furniture in which you spend eight or more hours a day in; here are some sites where you can purchase.

The Gift of Safety:

  1. My Passport Ultra– portable external hard drive available in four colors, from 500 GB up to 3TB capacities. You can take all of your pictures, videos and music with you wherever you go.
  2. Acronis TrueImage 2016– file and folder backup with full disk imaging that can save various system states, or even restore your system to a different machine. It’s $79.99 for three PCs or $159.99 for one year of True Image Cloud—which combines local and online backup so you can access your files on any device from anywhere.

The Gift Of Storage

  • USB 3.0 flash drives- 128GB for $119.99 at SanDisk and Best Buy.

Conclusion              

These are perfect home office gifts that will surely be appreciated. If you’re still looking for more gift suggestions, YourOffice is looking forward to offering you lots of exciting gift in workspace solutions that will fit every businesses needs. 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.

What’s in your wish list? Feel free to share your comments below. You can also visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

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.

4 Steps to Improve Customer Service

A recent article, 4 Steps for Enhancing Customer Service Solutions by Lauren Thomson, observes that customer satisfaction is the fundamental aspect of business growth. Customers are the source of income in every business and their satisfaction can determine a business’ growth and profitability.

Below are four simple solutions to improve customer service for your customers and your business.

Assign a customer service team

As your business grows, the direct contact method with your growing clients may become difficult. In this case, one solution involves narrowing customer interactions through a direct support team. A customer support staff can provide assistance for the majority of your customers, allowing your employees to focus on the customers that need additional or specific support.

Keep up-to-date on technology

Connect with your customers through various platforms like social media, email, chat or text. Also, a customer-accessible knowledge base (KB) is essential to any customer service foundation. By recognizing common customer queries, you can create resolution templates that your representatives can use as a quick reference.

Provide a self-service option

You can create an online support system that enables customers to find answers to simple questions. This is just one effective and simple solution to fill in the gap when representatives are not available.

Keep customer needs in mind

When designing or revamping your customer service method, address the needs of your customers first. There are many options for customer service, it’s important to choose the one that provides the best service for your customers and is possible for your company to implement with success.

Conclusion

Taking good care of your customers through efficient and innovative customer service will increase your company’s success. If you are in need of an office location to receive customers or seeking a virtual receptionist, YourOffice can help. YourOffice offers 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.

Any other thoughts to improve customer service? Please write your comments below. You can also find us on Twitter and Google Plus.

You can stay on top of your customers’ needs by continually adapting your processes, priorities, technology and policies. The quality and speed of solutions is the distinction between a responsive helpdesk and an emotionless, unpleasant customer response team.

 

Top5 Coworking NetworkingTips

22222Joining a coworking office space has many benefits. One of the best perks is building positive business relationships with the other companies and organizations within your space. Even though you might feel like blending in to your coworking space like a wallflower at a school dance, you need to break out of that cycle and start networking like the pros! Here are our top five coworking networking tips:

  1. Get to know your receptionist. Most coworking spaces share one office receptionist. He or she is a goldmine of business development information. They will know who’s been there the longest, who knows who, and even a little office gossip. Tell your receptionist about your business and what kind of clients you’re looking for. Obviously you should wait until the right time to tell her these things. You need to build an authentic relationship first.
  2. Don’t be afraid to peek over your office divider and strike up a conversation. Even though everyone has work to do, almost everyone loves to grab a cup of coffee and/or tea. Ask your neighbor if he or she wants to join you at the local coffee shop. Ask them about their business and find out exactly what they do. Tell them about your business in a casual way.
  3. Be a connector. After you get to know everyone in your coworking office, think about your business contacts and you coworking neighbors. Would anyone in your network benefit from knowing each other? Can you connect the dots for them and increase their business development opportunities? If so, make introductions and get people talking. They will thank you and remember your services should the opportunity come up.
  4. Keep your coworking neighbours up to date on the latest office trends. Did you find a neat app that tracks hours and billing? Maybe you found a cool transit app that calculates your miles travelled. Is Facebook offering a new marketing service for small businesses? Keep your finger on the news pulse and share regularly. Sharing your knowledge will make you look intelligent and in the know.
  5. Trade services. Would your coworking neighbour benefit from your business services? Could you use theirs? When you encounter someone who offers a service you need, figure out if they need your service too. The benefits of this coworking networking tip is that other people in the office might hear about your services too!

Moving into a coworking office space is fun and exciting. You get to meet new people, hang out in cool space and even get to do a little networking. Getting to know your receptionist, sparking conversations, being a connector, staying up to date on the news and possibly trading services are all great ways to do a little business development while on the job.

 

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.

Tips and Tricks for the Aspiring Entrepreneur

Full Service Virtual OfficesA recent article authored by Social Media Week, 6 Suggestions for an Aspiring Startup Founder, had a lot of valuable information regarding the startup journey. Here’s a brief summary to wet your appetite:

  1. Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment

You should always be thinking of the next project. If you’re not already doing a side project, start thinking about what you can do to improve your company. Side experiments can complicate your schedule so plan accordingly. You may need to hire extra hands but it’s well worth it.

A popular misconception is that to be successful you need to focus and put all your eggs in one basket. That’s not the case for a lot of successful startups.

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