Can Mindfulness Be the Missing Ingredient in Your Business Plan?
Monday, 21 October 2019 10:54
We all feel stress at work and this can often be a good thing in pushing us forward, but constant stress can also drain your creative juices. In this video we look at some tried and tested techniques for easing stress from your workplace and helping you boost your bottom line. Practising meditation and mindfulness has never been easier with a large number of smartphone apps you can download and try out. There are also many local groups of meditators that you could sign up with.
Enjoying time with family and friends is obviously a great way to shake off workplace anxieties and you should grab every opportunity to be with people who can nurture your life. Nobody ends their life worrying about a sales target they didn’t reach or a product launch that was a few weeks late. they are small problems in the greater picture.
One of the easiest ways to reduce your business stress is to ‘go virtual’ with a professionally run virtual office in one of London’s most prestigious areas – Regent Street, where all the big brands are like Apple corp who are our close neighbours. We check and forward your business mail for you and answer and screen your business phone-calls so that wherever your business takes you you are always in touch with your clients. So why not add our great business services into your stress reduction programme?
Re-energise Your Small Business to Stop it Going ‘Stale’
Friday, 30 August 2019 19:46
Even the most exciting business idea can start to get a bit stale over the course of time so in this short article we will make suggestions to pump new energy into your creation.
It might sound obvious but technology is constantly advancing. What was cutting edge 2 years ago is outdated now. As the saying goes ‘if it in stock its out of date’. So, have a look at the computers you are using and see if you can buy a faster newer more efficient model, hopefully your software is cloud-based SAS which constantly updates. If it is loaded on the machine itself check for latest versions. New advances in tech can change the way you do things, usually for the better. Maybe you have new staff who haven’t fully learnt to make the most of your software, so make them take time to do tutorials that come as standard with all software products.
Have a good ‘spring clean’ clear your desks and filing cabinets from dated or useless paperwork, use the paper shredder you bought but rarely used. Be ruthless on clearing waste and give yourself a nice fresh work environment to recharge your creativity. Choose a quiet moment and sit in your office chair and dream. Dream big and visualise the path you need to take to fulfil your dreams. Be realistic, set stages to your success that you can tick off as you accomplish them.
Maybe you realise that in order to reach your dreams more effectively you need to gain new skills. To obtain a position of respect in your niche you might need to network more, maybe learn how to speak at conferences, perhaps promote your ideas via podcast. these are skills you can learn and its worth doing it. You must also learn how to delegate tasks, that is why you have a team. You cannot do everything yourself, you are the creative spark in your business, let others get down and dirty with the fiddly admin and research.
So take a look at our video and gain insight into your personal business development. Remember you can always talk with us at Hold Everything, we have decades of experience in helping a business grow and we can take a lot of the routine work off your shoulders.
Some Great Tips To Expand Your Small Business
Sunday, 18 August 2019 11:09
We all look at our small businesses and think ‘how can we develop in a good, strategic way?’ A very interesting article in the entrepreneur site has some great suggestions for all of us. Here, then are 5 top tips from a world acclaimed source.
1. Develop a company culture.
A strong company culture is what will keep your small-business team together during times of exponential growth. If you’re not sure where to start, ask yourself and your team questions such as:
Why does our company exist?
Why do we do what we do?
What does our company believe in?
What are our values?
Where do we want our company to go, i.e. what’s our company’s vision?
When employees feel connected to your company, they’ll be more likely to stick it out through uncertain times. Plus, a strong company culture can actually attract new customers to your business, so be consistent with it and splash it everywhere, including your website, social-media platforms, marketing materials, etc. When your target audience can see the values behind your company, they can connect with your business on a deeper level.
2. Hire the right people.
The hiring stage is critical to growing your business successfully. It’s important to take your time and find the right people for the job. Do so and things will go swimmingly. Hire the wrong people, and all of your hard work will come crumbling down. To avoid the latter fate, consider recruiting people based on their technical skills and experience. You should also determine if they’ll be a good fit during this time of growth. For instance, you could ask a candidate how they interpret your company’s vision to see if they’ll mesh well with your team. Startup life isn’t for everyone, so find employees who will be eager to take on the challenge.
3. Focus on innovation … in the right places.
When expanding your small business, you might be tempted to spend a bunch of money on improving your product or creating/offering more products. Instead, focus on innovation in other areas. As one example, try innovating your onboarding experience or adopting new technology like live chat to scale your customer service, as with this savvy Petplan campaign. Innovating your current processes will take up less of your resources, and it’s critical when growing your customer base. Once you’ve achieved more stability, then you can think about introducing new products.
4. Build brand recognition.
When a consumer sees your logo, advertising campaign, product packaging or slogan, you want them to be able to recognize it as your company. This all comes down to building brand recognition. Take Nike’s Iconic “Just Do It” slogan. When consumers hear that phrase, they instantly know whose behind it. Your small business might not be able to reach Nike-levels of immediacy, but you can still work to become a well-known brand among your target audience. An easy way to do this is to start networking more often on social media. The more times consumers see you online, the easier your company will be to remember.
5. Don’t forget about existing customers.
Many small-business owners focus too much on getting new customers and not enough on keeping the ones they already have. In fact, according to statistics from Small Business Trends, just six percent of small businesses focus on customer retention. To make your existing customers feel valued, consider creating a satisfaction survey that allows you to gain insights on what your customers love about your business currently, what could be improved and what they’re looking forward to regarding your expansion. You can then use this feedback to improve your business and reduce customer churn. After all, customers who are happy with your business will be more likely to spend more money and recommend you to their family and friends.
How to Make the Most of Your Morning Energy and Be More Productive.
Sunday, 19 May 2019 20:29
Did you realise you could be letting the first few moments of your work day affect your productivity? It’s true, research has shown that many of us tackle rhe wrong jobs in the morning and then run out of important energy later on in the day. For example, many people avoid doing difficult and annoying tasks when they start their working day. There is an old saying that you should ‘eat a frog to start your day’ in other words get the nasty stuff done when you have lots of morning energy. Don’t waste your first 30 minutes reading all your email, just glance through and prioritise for later in the day.
Many of us think that it is time efficient to multi-task but recent research says this isn’t the case. It is much better to start your working day on one important project rather than flit from one to another. Importantly we should not let negativity spoil our super-productive mornings. It is easily done, holding on to the previous night’s aggravations or a difficult start with the kids. It doesn’t matter whether you work in an office or work remotely, you must still avoid becoming negative.
One of the worst energy draining things you can do is to schedule too many early morning meetings . These are basically ‘low energy’ events that are best scheduled later in the day when you have used up your morning’s energy most efficiently. And last but by no means least, try to get some natural daylight by sitting yourself near a window. Oh, and finally, don’t overdo the coffee before 11am it’s not good for you.
Avoiding Obstacles to Your Business Growth.
Thursday, 02 May 2019 10:18
When you start up your business it is one of the most exciting moments in your life. The future stretches out before you and you have a vision of what you might be able to achieve, in terms of prosperity for you and your family and the freedom to pursue your own personal and career goals. Yet building a business is not a simple matter and you will be faced with many choices along the road. You might, for example, decide that having a business partner would lighten your load and make expansion easier. Whilst an obvious temptation, it is not always the most effective path. The choice of a business partner should not be taken lightly. You need to find someone who has strengths to complement your weaknesses and will add extra dimensions to the business mix. Very often we choose someone who we just ‘get on with’ but cannot really offer the input you need. I would always suggest that you hold off on bringing in a partner until you have established the basic business and the search out someone who can add a complementary dynamic. If you are essentially a ‘creative’ then you should try to find a partner who is more a detail person and vice versa.
Many new entrepreneurs get easily discouraged, they view the business as a goal in itself rather than as a journey to be taken, this means that if your business goes through inevitable periods of slack you start to worry and get despondent. You need to remember that all businesses have their tough moments and that all successes have some failure along the way. Always keep in mind the reason you first set up shop, let the vision that drove you to register your company and open for business be a constant guiding light in your daily work.
In this short video we remind you of these essentials business truths. We have helped many young businesses get though their early stages by providing all the basic office services at a price that fits with the budget constraints of a new enterprise and allows them to focus on the bigger business picture.
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