Category Archives: Virtual Office

Looking at Your Concerns about Virtual Office #2

In our previous blog post we looked some the concerns potential clients have raised such as ‘team spirit’ and controlling a remote workforce.  We have shown these fears to be unfounded. In this video we look at other issues, especially concerns about suburban or provincial phone numbers when running your business from home.   Once again, a virtual office is a perfect solution since at hold everything we answer your telephone calls in a professional  manner, carefully screening callers for you as you have instructed our team to do.

All in all, we have found that clients and business associates look very favourably on companies that use a modern set up with a virtual office.  They can see that you are a smart operator and not willing to throw working capital around on heavy office rents.  In fact they will view you as a sound and reliable business partner.  So, if you been worrying on how potential clients will view your office structure you can relax, an office on London’s Regent Street will make you look really businesslike.

Virtual Office? We Put Your Fears to Rest. Watch Our New Video.

Prospective clients often express to us their misgivings about using a ‘virtual office’ rather than rent a regular business premises.  These fears are understandable, yet they are usually misplaced.  In this video we will explain to you, why having a virtual office is a great business solution, especially if you are a business start up, or an overseas organisation.

There is too much to deal with in one video so we have split our discussion into 2 parts.  We will be uploading part 2 shortly so if you subscribe to our YouTube channel you can be sure not to miss it.  In this first episode we allay your fears that a remote office is a ‘lazy’ office.  If an employee is working from his home, will they keep their mind on the job or will they be easily distracted.  We explain how advances in business technology can allay these concerns and let a remote workforce work smoothly and profitably without the need for expensive business premises.

We have extensive experience in guiding clients on how best to structure a virtual office scenario and we would love to have the chance to talk it through with you and reassure you just how advantageous it can be.  We are very easy to visit on Regent Street in the centre of London and we would be very happy to show you our boardroom and our other office services.

 

Why Using a Virtual office in London Makes Good Business Sense.

One would imagine that in this virtual world you never had clients meetings face to face.  Vendors of software such as gotomeeting.com would certainly say that.   But for all our virtual advances there are still times when you have to welcome a client to your place of work. That real life meeting is a good opportunity to show you and your business to its best advantage.   But what if your office is a branch of Starbucks or your brother’s garage?  You will not look as smart or as cool as your website or brochure.

Luckily, you have a virtual office package with us on Regent Street and as part of that package you have use of our boardroom/meeting room whenever you need it.  You just book and turn up.  The receptionist and secretarial will treat you with the respect accorded to a serious business client and will make sure that you and your associates have all you need for your meeting.

If you are giving a presentation then you can turn up with just your laptop because we will provide the overhead projector and the whiteboard and, of course, a fast secure connection.   Your client will see you as a serious business executive and this will increase trust – the basis of any business relationship.

So, as you can see, Hold Everything is more than just a mailbox or a phone answering service it is a full service basis for everything you wish to achieve in your business life.

Worthy Recognition for London SME’s at Evening Standard Awards 2018.

I love it when small businesses get the recognition they deserve from major media outlets.  The London Evening Standard has always supported the Capital’s business community and with George Osborne at its helm it is certain to do so on a continuing basis.  Our latest weekly news report features the 2018 awards and the recognition given to Asif Qasim, a hospital consultant turned app developer.   Dr Qasim came up with the idea for Medshr which is a sort of social network for the medical community and allows doctors and researchers to share results and techniques across the globe.

We also concern ourselves with the continuing threat from cyber crime that affects all of us, both as businessmen and as online users.  At last the police are taking cyber crime more seriously and have set up Operation Cyber Griffin to target hackers in the Square Mile.  We read all the time about hackers and teams of criminals getting away with outrageous heists when people transfer money for house purchases into bogus accounts.  These are not ‘victimless crimes’ and we need a police force that is intellectually equipped to combat this trend.

We hope you check out our weekly news report that we have been running for 4 months now.  We try to give you snippets of business news that might have escaped your attention – the information overload is so overwhelming these days that we try to curate things you might find useful.

Do remember that we have more 30 years of experience in the London business sector and we can help and advice on everything concerning company registration and UK business regulations.  We work for a wide range of clients scattered across the UK and the rest of the Globe so most problems we have dealt with at one time or another.  This is what makes Hold Everything a personal servic e rather than just another business centre.

 

Tips To Evaluate Your New Business Idea.

An idea isn’t enough. First, ideas aren’t businesses; they’re just ideas.  It is all too easy to confuse an idea with a result.  We all make this mistakes sometimes.  We have a great idea and then daydream it though to fruition.  But then as we start working the idea we often realise that it is impractical, unprofitable or a Google search reveals too much competition . in the market.  You might also realise that there is some piece of legislation that prevents the project coming online or being scaled.  It is then that you realise why no one else is doing this business.

No matter how good your idea is, success is a matter of execution.

Businesses take hard work, persistence, cash management and all the other things that go into the day-to-day running of a business.

Solid business operations beat great business ideas every day of the week. An idea is just an idea until you do something with it. Execution is key. Psychologists always say that we fall into different business personalities – the creative and the practical, a successful enterprise needs both.  So if you are great at ideas but can’t use a spreadsheet you need to look for someone to join your team who can provide this expertise.

You don’t need a great new idea to be successful. In fact, most good, profitable businesses are developed from existing, rather mundane ideas.

Nestle did great product innovation when they launched the Nespresso machine but many companies are flourishing selling compatible coffee pods online. Apple invests vast amounts in product design but many entrepreneurs live very well importing and selling Chinese accessories for Apple phones.

Who are your customers?

A healthcare product might be targeting standalone health clinics or large hospital systems.  Your product might be suitable for both markets but maybe not.  The distribution channels might be very different, so time spent honing your target market is time well spent.

If your product is a football-oriented mobile game catering to 18- to 24-year-old “gamer” males, be clear in your planning,. Stating that your potential customers could include anyone with a mobile phone is too broad and nonspecific be targeted!

What is your customer’s unmet need? The original iPod made music portable and personal. The need was met and fortunes were made. From the need to budget flexibly, the spreadsheet was born.

Ask how are your customers addressing this need today? For example before antilock braking systems, drivers pumped their brakes manually.

 

Your idea can be too new. It’s easier to get a piece of an existing market than to create a new one. many venture capitalists, prefer investing in companies that were “second” because creating a new market is risky, difficult, time-consuming and expensive.

Remember, the person or company who first invents a new product or service spends a lot of time and money figuring it all out. You’ll find it much easier and cheaper to get established if there’s already an infrastructure — such as suppliers, distributors, trade organizations and solid historic data.

Do your research. This is why savvy businesses run focus groups before launching their product or service.

Entrepreneurs, especially those creating new products or new technologies, often become so excited about the product that they aren’t focused on the realities of their market. So test it first before committing serious funds.

Staring out with a virtual office rather than an expensive office rental could be a good move. Talk to the team at Hold Everything.