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A message from Richard Cooper – Virtual office visionary

ON YER BIKE PT 1

What do you do when you want a challenge?

Well this year I cycled to Paris with my good friend Bern Gilbey and returned the same way but as part of a 42 strong team of riders to raise money for Crohn’s research.

Bern & I started from Radlett in Hertfordshire (near St Albans) cycled to Newhaven and then got the evening ferry to Dieppe. A few hours additional sleep and we set off early to Paris.

We then rode back from Paris as a team of 42 riders in aid of “Guts in Motion”.   I personally raised £3.5k , however collectively all riders raised over £100k.  My personal journey was a 380 mile round trip.

Why on earth did I do it?  Firstly I wanted a challenge and this was a fantastic one.  However the other big challenge was that I had never ridden a bicycle until last year. Yes, in 2011 I bought my first ever bike and in July 2011 completed Paris to London cycle ride with no experience of this kind of event.

I’m not the type of person to do things by halves, and I knew that if I was going to do this then I was going to do it properly.  No half hearted attempt and an hours cycling here and there.  It was all or nothing.  So that’s what I did.

Having seen a dear friend of mine suffer with Crohn’s Disease and the effect it had on their quality of life – this cycle ride was something which I was determined to do.   It’s this attitude that I carry with me everywhere.  It’s who I am and I feel a massive factor into why my business enjoys the success that it does.

Always remember that your personal values will determine the type of business owner that you are. Do you set yourself challenges? What can you do that sets you apart from the rest and makes you stand out?

In Pt 2  I will be sharing my challenge for 2013.

Until next time

Richard Cooper – Virtual Office Visionary

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More Perspective?

Many of our clients are small businesses and something that I feel particularly passionate about is perspective.

Whilst we have an established team here are Hold Everything HQ, many business owners work alone and the thing about this is that often, there is a different level of perspective.

I remember when I was starting out alone in business. It was me against the world.  My business was my life (and in many ways still is!).  The trouble was that because I worked only with one part time member of staff,  sometimes the pressure of everything all at once felt a little bit too much.   I would feel alone and that there wasn’t anyone I could turn to.  

As the business has grown, this has become less of an issue, however when I speak to a client who is wound up about something that really isn’t as bad as they think it is, I remember being there.

My top tips for you if you ever find that things are getting a little too much are:

1) Take a five minute break.  Sounds obvious?  Sometimes just moving about and taking a deep breath can make that difference. Ask yourself “in the great scheme of things is this really as bad as it seems.

2) If you have received a “bad” email, message or voicemail – wait 24 hours before responding. Your replies are permanent. Don’t do damage by biting back, no matter HOW tempting.

3) Find other businesses in your position.  I met numerous great businesses through business networking.   If you’re just starting out there are many that are free to go along to.   Having others to talk to really helped me to realise that things aren’t as bad as I sometimes thought.

If you are a bigger business dealing with smaller companies:

1) Remember that just because something that isn’t important to you, it doesn’t mean that it’s not essential to someone else.

2) Can YOU take five minutes to listen to a small business? What are your business doing to support start up mentoring?

3) Stay professional at all times regardless of how someone else is behaving to you and if you have been in that position, remember how it felt.

There are so many terrible events going on in the world and sometimes we need to step out and see the bigger picture.  Theres always an answer.

This week our thoughts go out to those affected by the awful events in the USA.

Until next time

Richard Cooper – Hold Everything
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What does your business address say about your business?

Your business address is not just a place where you work; it is part of your brand, it can help define the image of your business and it can be the difference between you and a similar company.

Not all businesses require the same things to form their image. For instance, if you are working in finance you may opt for a virtual office in Canary Wharf, which will look much more professional than if your address was your personal address or if you were working on an industrial estate as this would not reassure your clients that you were the right company to go for and it probably wouldn’t match up with the brand identity that you had in mind.
But if you were a tradesman, an industrial estate or a personal address is probably what is expected from your clients and would be the ideal location.
Why use a London virtual address to create the perfect image?
A financial advisor doesn’t necessarily need an office in Canary Wharf to do their job, they can easily do the job at home. The address doesn’t change the actual work that they are doing; it just changes the perception of the company. That’s why it is cheaper and easier to opt for a London virtual office, where you can have the dream address for your business, whilst keeping costs low and avoiding the time consuming commute.

If you are interested in a London virtual office, contact Hold Everything.

Virtual Office Users Miss out on Rail Fare Increases.

Millions of commuters are facing more misery after rail bosses announced that rail fare prices would see an average increase of 6%, with some fares increasing by 11%. The rise in fares, which is far above inflation looks like it is going to hit commuters hard but there is an alternative that is being embraced by many small business owners to save costs and to give employees more trust and flexibility.
The alternative of course, is a virtual office. A virtual office is designed around convenience. You can be based wherever is ideal for you, in the home office, living room or in a cheaper local office space but you can still operate from that London address that would cost so much to travel to everyday.

Not only will employees save money, they’ll also save time and this can help to improve their work productivity.

If you want more information on a London virtual office, contact Hold Everything.

Cut your operating costs with a virtual office

According to a new piece of research study from Servcorp, a virtual office can cut monthly operating costs by more than 50%.
The study looks at the savings from virtual office users who are utilising the full range of virtual office services available, including mail forwarding, virtual receptionist and boardroom hire.

Some of the biggest savings include hiring a dedicated phone line and virtual receptionist rather than employing a part time secretary to do a similar job, which would cost, at the very minimum, at least 3 times more.

If you want more information on how you can save money by using a virtual office, contact Hold Everything.