3 Ways a VA can Help You Reach Nirvana

vaIf you run a small business online or offline, then you already know what it means to not have any time on your hands.There are no doubt hundreds of things that you could (and should) be doing at any given time. This is why so many business owners are miserable, and when you’re miserable, your business suffers. You don’t have to languish in misery however; you can take advantage of a VA.

You may have considered a secretary, but decided that your life is too busy to have someone following you or hanging around in an office. You may even run a business without an office. If that’s the case, it’s hard to imagine how an administrative assistant would be anything but a hassle most days.
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The Room with a View: 3 Reasons Renting Hourly Meeting Rooms is better than Bringing Clients to Your Business

meeting roomAnyone who has their own business has experienced situations where they need to meet with important clients. These meetings are often incredibly important, so you want to do everything you can to make the best impression possible. One factor that has a lot of impact on how your clients perceive you is the place you choose to meet them.

In the past, it was common for offices to have meeting rooms to accommodate visiting clients. However, in recent years, many business functions have shifted to the internet. Offices are getting smaller and there are many more opportunities to take advantage of meeting rooms that are rented hourly. You may know that rentals are an option, but you may be unsure what advantages this option offers you.
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How Firing Troublesome Clients Can Increase Gross Revenue

Firing Bad ClientsFor a long time, it’s been a business rule that you should never tell a customer “no” and that the customer is always right. We have grown into an age where businesses no longer feel that that is true. In fact, telling certain customers “no” and sending them along their merry way to another business is sometimes to the best thing that you can do for your company. The reason for this is because of the 80/20 rule, also known as Parato’s law.

What is Parato’s 80/20 Law?

If you have never heard of the 80/20 rule that is commonly used for business and life, it is a logic that is put to use that can help you better see the more important areas of your life. The rule states that 20% of your input makes up 80% of your output. In business, this translates to 20% of your efforts make up to 80% of your outcomes, or 20% of your customers make up 80% of your revenue. It can also refer to 20% of your employees providing 80% of your business productivity. [Read more...]

How Many Employees Does An Internet Business Really Need?

Internet BusinessStarting any kind of business is a major commitment. You can do a lot by yourself, but if you are successful, you will reach a point where you are wasting time and losing money because you don’t have anyone to handle trivial tasks. Employees, even if they are only contractors, can allow you to develop a larger and more stable business. Employees are also a major expense however, and major expenses can be very threatening to new businesses. Employees can be a huge drain on your budget, and a source of significant legal trouble if you make mistakes. [Read more...]

Top 3 Online Business Tools That Cut Out the Middlemen

Top 3 Online Business Tools That Cut Out the MiddlemenSmall businesses don’t have the large amount of resources that larger corporations have, which means they usually have to use a middleman to help run their business. This would include hiring recruiters, marketers and using expensive credit card processing companies. Today, there are a variety of available resources that can be used to cut out high-charging middlemen, making running business much cheaper for entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Paypal

Everyone knows about Paypal. It’s tied with a lot of online merchants like the giant EBay. [Read more...]

3 of the Top Home Office Furniture Suppliers

3 of the Top Home Office Furniture Suppliers
There is an overwhelming amount of the population that works from home these days. When you make the move to working from home instead of traveling to an office each day there are a number of elements that you need to keep in mind every day. There is going to have to be a space that you identify as your workspace. This will but down on the time you spend figuring out where you are going to set up your work related items each day. In your workspace you will need to have a set up that is conducive to accomplishing your business goals each day.
In order to ensure that you will have the items that you need to accomplish your business goals each day you should list out the tools that are necessary to do so. Some of the tools you will definitely need are a desk, computer, printer, pens, paper, a chair, etc. Where can you find all of these items for a reasonable price? Remember you are not traveling to an office anymore so there is no “stock room” for you to pull items from. The best places to find all of these items in one stop are Best Buy, OfficeMax, and Staples! These stores have literally everything that you could possibly think of for a home office. These stores are organized in a way that you can locate all of the necessities in a logical order. Once you have all of your items, you can head home and have your office assembled in record time!
Remember if you are working from home, and need home office supplies, check out Best Buy, OfficeMax, or Staples!

3 Elements of a Virtual Office That Will Enhance Your Work Space!

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Working form home is a luxury that many people get to experience everyday. No commute, no traffic, no uncomfortable business suits, and no getting distracted by other workers every five seconds. Your home office can be your sanctuary if you want it to be. Sure, your office should have a desk, computer, and printer; however, what could you add to your office to take it to the next level? There are so many options of items you can use to make your space unique; however, here are three items that you can start with.
The first item that you can invest in is a plant. It seems like a plant would strictly be used for decoration; however, you can make your space look nice with the plant while improving your health. It is clinically proven that plants improve the environment that you occupy in a physical and aesthetic way. The next element would be investing in a music streaming service, or using one of the free online services. Since you work from home, you do not have to tolerate the music choices of others anymore, you can listen to your favorite tunes all day. Listening to your kind of music will help to improve you mood and make you more productive. The third element that you should look into including in your home office is wall art. Wall art can help to soothe, and engage you in your environment.
Since you work at home, you cannot have the goal of winning the “corner office” but you can set goals to upgrade your home office with each milestone. This is a fun and unique way to reward yourself.

The Brass Tacks of Entrepreneurship: What Does It Take to Be an Entrepreneur?

The Brass Tacks of EntrepreneurshipThere are certain characteristics that you must have to become a successful entrepreneur. Without them, your business could easily fail within the first year, along with many of the other thousands of businesses that are started each year. Entrepreneurship sounds like a dream to everyone, but not everyone is cut out to be an entrepreneur. This is definitely not a path for everyone. Let’s take a look at what it takes to become an entrepreneur.

You Don’t Need to be Taken Care of

The difference between an entrepreneur and a 9 to 5 worker is that an entrepreneur doesn’t mind not having a steady, stable income stream coming in. [Read more...]