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.

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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.

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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.

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4 Reasons Small Businesses Don’t Succeed

Full Service Virtual OfficesA recent article, 4 Reasons Small Businesses Fail, by Yura Bryant, observes that the business owner’s ability to develop strategic plans and procedures leads to success. On the contrary, the inability of business owners to identify and correct their mistakes within business operations, will eventually lead to business failure.

The following are four mistakes that can cause a small business to fail.

  1. Lack of Strategy

Many entrepreneurs break into the business world without mapping out a plan of action. There are crucial steps to growing and maintaining a business. Without proper planning, a business will take root on a shaky foundation and not be able to withstand the turbulence of a competitive landscape.
Make sure that a working strategy is established and being carried out within the company. This enables your business to be more efficient and effective with time and money.

  1. No target market

Many businesses fail to attract a loyal base of customers because their marketing campaigns are too broad.
Save time and money, by identifying your target audience and direct your marketing endeavors toward that specific customer profile. If you try to reach everyone, you will end up reaching no one. Establish a core group of supporters and then expand from there.

  1. Failure to Prioritize Quality Service

Customer service should be a priority. A small business’ success is often a reflection of the service it provides to customers. If a customer is dissatisfied, chances are they will take their business elsewhere, and news travels fast.
Providing high quality service should be a daily commitment and expectation of your company.

  1. No Knowledge of Sales

Many new business owners are unknowledgable or timid when it comes to generating sales. The product and service may be excellent, but if revenue doesn’t grow, the business will crumble.
It’s crucial to generate awareness and interest about your business and track your sales. If generating money is not your strong point, seek out someone to put in charge of tracking and increasing your business’ revenue.

Conclusion
Understanding the reasons why some small business doesn’t thrive, will help you avoid the same mistakes. As the business owner, it’s up to you to decide what is best for your company, but don’t be ashamed to ask for help. There are countless resources available to help you build your business. YourOffice has come alongside hundreds of businesses looking for everything from plug and play offices to full serviced virtual office spaces. YourOffice offers professional and flexible workspace solutions with access to a complete array of office support and concierge services as well as state-of-the-art business technology.

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5 Reasons Sales is a Promising Career Field

Individual Office spaceA recent article, 5 Reasons A Career In Sales Is A GREAT CHOICE by Joe B. Gonzalez Jr., observes that while the average person doesn’t dream of a career in sales, it’s actually a very promising and rewarding job.

  1. Expertise

If you love learning, sales may be for you. The key for successful selling is expertise and confidence in the product you are offering.

  1. Many job opportunities

Failure to sell a particular product doesn’t mean you are not a talented salesperson. You may just need to move on to a different company or product. Turnover in sales is high, so there are many great opportunities in sales–find your perfect fit.

  1. Financial reward

Although working on commission may seem intimidating, it allows you to have complete control.

  1. Refining

In sales, having a negative attitude or disposition can hinder building a relationship with customers. As a salesperson, you are constantly refining yourself and the way you interact with different people.

  1. Opportunity to help others

Many customers think salespeople just want their money. But if you don’t care about your customers, it will catch up with you. Building sincere trust with customers will give you better results and be a much more promising and rewarding endeavor.

Conclusion
A career in sales can also lead to starting up your own business. 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.

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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.

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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.