Fail to plan and plan to fail. Seems harsh, but it’s true. Every business needs a business plan. A business plan establishes order and helps you get organized and focused on your business goals so that you maximize your chances for success. Even companies that have been in business for a long time should be updating their business plan at least once a year to refocus.
A business plan helps you streamline marketing and growth strategies, detail business objectives, and outline the next steps you need to take. Crafting a business plan is also helpful for defining your target audience.
If there’s one thing you should seriously consider, it’s getting an actual address for your business. Even if you do 95% of your work at home, in your underwear, propped up in bed, that’s okay. Your clients and partners don’t need to know the dirty details of how you serve them, only that you’re fab at it.
Keep it Separate
While it’s not unheard of to use your home address as your business address too, there are strong arguments against it, mainly centered around the issue of privacy. Public records will link to your address, and it’s much safer to have your business address listed publicly than your home address.
Congratulations, you’ve bitten the bullet and invested in your own private office. One of the glories of having your own office space is that you can make it your own. When someone enters your space, they should be able to tell exactly who they are doing business with.
We know its no easy feat in a location surrounded by other fellow entrepreneurs. When you’re renting a private office, you can’t exactly go for a major renovation, but there are plenty of ways to brand your space.
Entrepreneurship, freelancing, and remote work has been on the rise for years now. And with it, the trend of coworking has grown and become an entrepreneurial beast all its own, with various coworking locations opening up all over the world, catering to people who want the camaraderie of an office, without the commitment of an office.
With the increase in popularity, there are now multiple options of what kind of coworking space or office you want to rent. It’s no longer only about sharing a desk with people you don’t know. Coworking has gone mainstream and gotten an upgrade.
Keep reading for a brief breakdown of the differences between a private office and a dedicated desk. They are two of the most popular coworking options currently available and while they have some similarities, they are targeted at different folks, with different strokes.
So, you’re looking to move into your own office or coworking space. Congrats! However, choosing a place for your business to call home takes some consideration. You’ll want to confirm that you’ll be moving into a space that fits your business and your needs.
Before you sign on the dotted line, figure out exactly what you need from your new office space, and take a tour to confirm that the space is the right fit for you.
Here’s what to think about when touring a shared office or coworking space.Read More
Hold the phone, that’s money calling!
We all know that first impressions matter for every business. Simply put, if you make a poor first impression, you don’t get a do-over. That impression is for life and may drive new customers right into the arms of your competition.
What makes an impression better than excellent customer service? Part of excellent customer service is ensuring that when customers and potential clients call, someone answers the phone. If no one answers, people assume you’re just “not that into them” and the business they are looking to provide. So, they move on to another business.
If you haven’t heard, coworking office spaces are 100% a thing now. And not just a walking around barefoot, playing ping pong in your dorm type thing. Coworking is on the rise and is predicted to hit over 30,000 offices by 2022. This means more locations, more styles, amenities, and companies working to provide business owners like yourself the best.
Why is it so hot right now?
These days, choosing office space no longer means renting that empty brick building on the street corner downtown. There are more flexible options now, like virtual offices and coworking. Although both of these are very different from a traditional office, they are also very different from each other.
They are often thought of as the same thing when they most definitely are not. They appeal to two different audiences, two different types of business owners. So, how do you know which is right for you and your business? Keep reading, my friend!Read More