Why Small Businesses Are Switching From Physical to Virtual Offices
June 2, 2016 | Jennifer Goodwyn
Because great physical office spaces are so expensive, and great locations are so competitive, there is usually a huge amount of risk involved in renting office space. One way that small businesses are dealing with this is by switching from physical offices to virtual offices.
Virtual Office Q and A: Answers to Your Virtual Office Questions
May 5, 2016 | Jennifer Goodwyn
With Servcorp, a virtual office includes perks like a business address, professional mail management, a receptionist, reservable offices, and other amenities. Having a virtual office lets you work from anywhere in the world, while maintaining a professional image. Here's some questions that you may have, and our best answers!
Because virtual offices enable businesses to present a professional appearance to potential business partners or customers, they help entrepreneurs take their businesses to the next level without facing the high costs that are typically associated with a dedicated office space.
The convenience and low cost of home offices make them accessible and effective, while the professional address and access to a receptionist make virtual offices a great choice. Below you'll find the top benefits of home and virtual offices so you can make a decision about which is right for you.
The Best Cloud Tools for Managing Your Virtual Office
April 21, 2016 | Jennifer Goodwyn
Collaboration is so conducive to a successful company that many companies create a virtual environment that promotes the type of collaboration that comes naturally in a traditional office setting. By utilizing the cloud, you can connect employees in real time and keep all of your work central, organized, and accessible.
Everything You Need to Know About Renting an Executive Suite
April 20, 2016 | Jennifer Goodwyn
The benefits to having an executive suite including having your own office space, 24/7 access to premium office technology, and a dedicated receptionist who will answer the phone in your company's name.
Looking forward twenty years, the workplace will evolve into so much more than the office we know today. Cubicles will be replaced with more open spaces, offices will be filled with natural light, and there will plenty of seating where teams and groups can collaborate on projects and meet with other colleagues.
Different cities offer different benefits to the remote worker, from the low cost of living to advanced public transportation. If you are a remote worker, here are some of the best cities to live and work in remotely.
How to Make Coworking Spaces Work for Your life (& Budget)
March 30, 2016 | Jennifer Goodwyn
If you are sick of being tied down to a desk, but you do not want to bring your work home with you, what are your options? Lucky for you, coworking has continued to grow as an office alternative and is now available in cities all over the world.
Why Your Virtual Office Should Think Carefully About Its Business Address
March 29, 2016 | Jennifer Goodwyn
One of the most important steps to take if you have a virtual business is to have a business address that is different from your home address. From organization to privacy, to professionalism, keeping these two separated can work wonders.
Better Than Siri: What Your Virtual Assistant Can Do For You
March 29, 2016 | Jennifer Goodwyn
Staffing takes time and money, and keeping a staff requires space. So, what if you want an assistant but don't want to go through the hassle of finding and hiring them? The solution is to hire a virtual assistant, and no we are not talking about letting Siri run your business.
More and more people are ditching the office and moving towards virtual office platforms. By breaking out of the strict sense of the word "office," businesses can reduce operating costs and attain talent from around the world.
5 Types of People Who Benefit from Coworking Space
March 4, 2016 | Jennifer Goodwyn
There's been an increase in the number of professionals working outside of the conventional office environment. The most common alternative is working from home. While working from home has many benefits, some are finding it to be an isolated and counterproductive way to work. It is for this reason that many independent professionals are starting to use coworking spaces...
The word "office" means different things to different people. To some, an office is just a small room in a building with a desk, a phone, and a computer. To others, an office is a spare room in their home where they keep their laptop. Regardless, it's important to realize that the idea of what an office is has expanded over the last few decades.
Ready to Incorporate? Choosing Between an LLC, S-Corp, and C-Corp
July 15, 2016 | Jennifer Goodwyn
As your business grows, you will get to a point where you have to choose your path to incorporation. LLCs, S-Corps, C-Corps- the legal jargon can get confusing, so we took the time to break it down for you.
How to Enhance the Credibility of Your Small Business
July 8, 2016 | Jennifer Goodwyn
When you are looking for new investors, partners, or clients, having credibility is key. You want people to be able to trust you. Otherwise, they will not take you seriously. Since most startups do not have years of experience, you will have to find another way to show people that you are trustworthy and serious about whatever you are trying to do. Here are some tips to help your business build the credibility it deserves.
Remote Working: The Best Medicine for Burned Out Employees
June 4, 2016 | Jennifer Goodwyn
Lack of engagement and interest, higher levels of stress, and increased procrastination all lead to a significant reduction in productivity which can severely harm your business' ability to operate. While there are some common ways to help alleviate employee burnout, such as encouraging employees to take regular breaks or increasing benefits, one of the best ways is for employers to adopt the remote work model.
When you first start out, you may feel like you can do it all. It is the blessing and the burden of a startup. At some point, things pick up, hopefully, and you start getting pulled in a thousand different directions at all hours of the day. At the end of the day, none of us can be experts in everything. One of the most effective ways to combat this is to take advantage of outsourcing.
More and more, there seems to be a lacking of top skills across the board. Where are these skilled workers and how can you find them? Here're some tips on how to turn the tables in your favor and get top talent into your company.
How to Handle Reputation Assaults in the World of Social Media
May 13, 2016 | Jennifer Goodwyn
Reacting to attacks on social media is somewhere between science and art. You have to be creative and approach it with the right mindset to not make it worse that is already is or could be. Here are a few tips to approach reputation assaults in the world of social media.
Defining the Modern Concept of a Business Professional
April 13, 2016 | Jennifer Goodwyn
When you think of a business professional, you might imagine a well-dressed person working out of an office between the hours of 9 and 5. For decades, this has been the standard. In the last few years, however, this concept of a business professional has changed dramatically.
Does Your Business Need a Professional Answering Service?
March 10, 2016 | Jennifer Goodwyn
When you cannot be around a phone 24/7, but you also don't want to miss an important call from a client, how can you find a happy medium? No customer wants to hear a machine pick up their call and ask them to leave a message. With an answering service, your clients can talk to a human who is ready to help them at any time of the day. So what can a professional answering service do for you?
For decades, the majority of startup culture seemed to focus on the activities of businesses based in Silicon Valley. From Listia to Evernote, Silicon Valley is a hotbed for some of the today's most popular tech companies. While Silicon Valley is filled to the brim with resources, it is also very expensive and over-saturated. If you want to provide your startup with a strong foundation without having to move to Northern California, consider the following cities. From Austin to Seattle, you are sure to find the perfect space to launch your small business.
Strategies for Telecommuting That Will Save You Money
March 7, 2016 | Jennifer Goodwyn
Telecommuting, or working outside of a conventional office setting, is steadily growing in popularity among American professionals. Of the many reasons for this growth in popularity, the most important one is that telecommuting saves workers and businesses money. If you work from home, you should consider these strategies for saving money while telecommuting.
The world of financial planning is often crowded with advice. This noise can sometimes make it difficult to understand an already complicated area of business. However, general awareness and understanding of today's financial planning trends can be extremely beneficial for young professionals and small business owners alike.
Working from home, or telecommuting is a growing trend in the business world. For individuals, it is seen as a chance to spend more time with loved ones without having to relocate or commute. For businesses, an increase in productivity levels and talent combined with a decrease in overhead costs associated with leasing a particular office location makes the work-from-home model increasingly attractive. While working from home continues to grow in popularity for many reasons, the most important for individuals and businesses alike is that it can help save money.
While some entrepreneurs are able to obtain financial backing from friends and family, most entrepreneurs aren't as fortunate. Here's a round-up of some ways you can finance your small business from the ground up.
While the growth of technology in the workplace makes distance a non-issue, a new issue businesses are facing is being able to manage remote employees. You trust your employees, but any good business has to be able to keep up with progress and keep everyone on track. If you're managing remote employees, here are some ways to keep tabs on them.
How to Make Your Company More Attractive to Gen Y Employees
April 18, 2016 | Jennifer Goodwyn
Gen Y employees have grown up in a different world than Gen X employees, and therefore have different workplace expectations and goals. The 9-to-5 can no longer be the standard as we see the growth of coworking, virtual offices, and other flexible working options.
People come to positions of leadership in different ways. Some work for years climbing the corporate ladder, putting in time and hoping they'll get the chance to contribute in a more meaningful way. Others take a leap of faith based on little more than an idea and an opportunity and start their own company. Regardless of the circumstances, when people find themselves in a position of leadership for the very first time they often wonder what qualities make an effective leader.
Being able to take advantage of business travel time is important to staying on top of your game. From before the trip, to the flight, to how to spend your days before the trip, here are some tips on how to stay productive during business travel.
Increase Productivity in Your Coworking Space with These Tips
May 7, 2016 | Jennifer Goodwyn
Small business and startup owners from all over the world use coworking spaces whether they are at home or traveling. Using a coworking space correctly can boost your productivity, so here are some tips for using a coworking space to get on top of your game.
The Top Habits of Highly Effective Remote Employees
May 4, 2016 | Jennifer Goodwyn
More businesses are electing to have employees work remotely. Businesses are finding that remote employees are more productive and more satisfied than employees who spend all their time in an office. Remote employees that want to be highly effective should make developing a few of these important habits a priority.
5 Ways a Virtual Assistant Can Save You At Least 2 Hours a Day
April 28, 2016 | Jennifer Goodwyn
For smaller startups, having an in office assistant may be a space and financial issue. The solution is a virtual assistant. They can save you hours each day, and let you attend to what you need to get done.
Despite all of the benefits of remote work, there are a few pitfalls. The freedom that remote work provides an employee can sometimes cause them to be less productive. This is largely due to the lack of inherent structure with remote work. Fortunately, many remote workers have established some strategies for success by creating routines.
Not everyone can be a morning person. Think back to those 8 am college classes you were forced to take: they never got any better, right? For many, mornings can be one of the most valuable times of the day, and getting a good start in the early hours can determine the productivity of the rest of the day. If you are not a morning person, yet wake up early in the morning for work, here are some tips for making the most of your mornings.
Working from home offers many benefits. Whether you are a solo entrepreneur, part of a start-up, or work for a large corporation, working from home provides you with the luxuries of saving more money and working more efficiently. As the number of people who are working from home has increased in recent years, several pitfalls have emerged. Fortunately, many strategies for success have been developed to deal with them. From managing distractions to improving your technical literacy, the below tips will help you be more productive while working at home.
5 Expert Tips for Getting Your Business Started on Social Media
July 26, 2016 | Jennifer Goodwyn
In today's world, it is expected that everybody and everything will have a presence on social media. Whether it is a big business or a local market, consumers often utilize social media to engage with companies.
How Technology Can Ease the Transition to Becoming a Remote Employee
June 6, 2016 | Jennifer Goodwyn
For both employers and employees, there are many benefits associated with transitioning to remote work. Employers find that remote employees are more productive and have a higher morale, while remote employees enjoy an improved work/life balance that stems from being able to spend more time with friends and family, as well as not having to commute.
Meeting Rooms of the Future: The Best Video Conferencing Software
March 18, 2016 | Jennifer Goodwyn
Today, videoconferencing is one of the most important technologies to have in a meeting room. The ability to conference with anyone, no matter where in the world they are, in real time, is important in conducting business. By utilizing video conferencing, you can prevent unnecessary travel costs that could bankrupt a small business.
Essential Office Technology You Need in Your Boardroom
March 12, 2016 | Jennifer Goodwyn
Efficientworkspaces start from the ground up, and no room's importance should be discounted. So often, the boardroom is seen as just a place to gather around a table for meetings, but the modern boardroom is so much more than that.
Is Your Company Getting the Most out Of Its Information Technology?
January 20, 2016 | Jennifer Goodwyn
Technology is designed to make things easier. Whether you are streamlining internal processes or trying to improve customer experience, properly investing in the right technology can be crucial to the success of your business. Periodically, you should take the time to evaluate whether you are getting the most out of your current technology or if there is room for improvement.
The Liberty Bell & Independence Hall: Must-See Attractions in Philadelphia
July 19, 2016 | Jennifer Goodwyn
You better be ready to debate the best Philly cheesesteak if you are planning a trip to, or renting a virtual office in, the city of Philadelphia. Also referred to as the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia is just a short ride away from New York and one of the absolute highlights of the East Coast.
The Best Restaurants in San Francisco's Financial District
July 9, 2016 | Jennifer Goodwyn
San Francisco is known for more than its fog; it is also known for the incredible food you can find all over the city. Whether you are in between meetings, looking to grab a drink and a bite after work, or seeking to show off the city, there is a restaurant for you.
A Look at Servcorp's Avenue of the Americas Location
July 5, 2016 | Jennifer Goodwyn
How could you find a better office location than steps away from Central Park, right next to the Museum of Modern Art? On lunch breaks, you can step out into the city, or take a coffee break and stroll through the park. On sunny days you can have your meetings at a local outdoor cafe, and have an air-conditioned office waiting for you in one of the most expensive addresses in the world.
In the past few years, Washington D.C. has grown to be more than just the capital of the United States. It becomes a cosmopolitan hub of business, food, art, and culture. Since there's more to D.C. than the museums and the White House, exploring Washington D.C. should be on your bucket list if isn't already.
Welcome to Miami: The Must-See, Must-Do in Downtown
May 22, 2016 | Jennifer Goodwyn
Miami is a world of its own: it is a multicultural hotspot full of great food, art, sun, and, best of all, fun. It is stretching sandy beaches welcome visitors and residents alike, and year round sunshine is one of this South Florida spots biggest perks.
New York is the city that never sleeps, and Lower Manhattan has more than enough to keep you occupied 24 hours a day. From bars to restaurants to museums, here are our favorite spots around One World Trade Center.
Everything is bigger in Texas, and Dallas is no exception. It may not be known as the #1 tourist location in the US, but there is great growth in the city. Professionals from around the world are moving here and falling in love with everything Texas has to offer. A trip to Dallas should not be missed and here are some of our favorite spots in the city!
Working out of New York will keep you on your toes. Park Avenue is an amalgam of professionals, creatives, and every other type of person. Having an office on Park Avenue will make clients want to come to you.