When the Coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S. earlier this year, many of us retreated into our homes to work remotely. While working from home has its perks, it’s not ideal for everyone — and it can be especially challenging for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and start-ups.
Luckily, there are some great options that can help to improve and augment the work-from-home experience. Let’s explore some remote work styles and how each one can benefit you and your business needs.
The past few months have seen businesses reconsider how and where they work. Staff members are working from home, logging on outside the traditional Monday-Friday 9-5, or even sitting out for weeks or months as companies adjust to a rapidly changing future. Unsurprisingly, for many small or mid-sized businesses, the enormous overheads associated with a full-floor or full-building office no longer make sense.
Whether you’re an independent contractor, startup, or SME your goals are the same: to maximize growth and profits. That means spending more time on high-value areas of work such as client acquisition, contract management and project delivery, and less on handling office admin. If flexibility, ROI, and simplicity matter to you, then a coworking space or virtual office service should be on your radar. Once you’re part of a coworking ecosystem, you’ll be able to reclaim plenty more time and resources for building your business.
Here are just some of the benefits of a coworking space.
While the spread of COVID19 has been slowed, remote work continues to be the norm, and it is not going away anytime soon. This means that virtual meetings and chat rooms are here to stay and if you’re in the job market or looking to hire then this means virtual interviews! Virtual interviews can be clunky and awkward without pre-planning, so we’ve gathered our top tips for both conducting and participating in them. Hopefully, these tips will take your virtual hiring and job search process to the next level.
Remote work has quite suddenly become the new normal. Luckily with technology, it’s not as hard to navigate as one might assume. With Slack, Zoom, and various remote tools, your company is at your fingertips, and work is getting done efficiently. However, there are still lots of challenges that can directly affect employees and how they feel about their jobs.
What does collaboration look like in business?
Is it your team together in a room, drawing all over a whiteboard, talking back and forth to solve a problem? Or presenting new ideas, meeting with different departments, or getting feedback from the desk next door?
Whether your business is working remotely due to Covid-19 concerns or you’re set up remote teams regularly, collaboration looks a little different.
Businesses develop when someone somewhere realizes there’s a need or a problem that needs to be solved, and they have a way to provide the solution. The core of any business is seeing how you can do something for someone and then making it happen. When the workforce wanted the option to work from home, industries responded with opportunities to work remotely, growing the need for more remote services like co-working and virtual offices.
Now with Covid-19 changing the face of our everyday lives, we are seeing how virtual offices have proved to be beneficial under unpredictable climates, as well as regular climates.
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.
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.
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