We are delighted to show our new video which shows how Hold Everything can help a wide range of businesses enjoy the prestige the of central London business location. Whether you are a freelancer working from home or a busy mum running her business around her childcare or a foreign company wanting a presence in the UK market, we have the solution.
The freelance community is huge and expanding rapidly as we move further into a connected world. There are independent financial advisers and web designers and PR consultants all working out of their homes or even a coffee shop – a ‘coffice’ – and they all need a prestigious address to put on their business cards and their letterheads. Clients can also register their company address at 207 regent Street and use it to receive all their business correspondence. We offer the possibility to rent a boardroom/meeting room at very reasonable prices.
Mother working in her home office
We also realise that women who need to combine a business life with childcare find that a virtual office is a great facility. Here at Hold Everything we answer your phone calls and act as a professional face to your business persona. Many of our female clients are successfully juggling the demands of motherhood with successful home-based work schedules whether as a creative or a business consultant and value the personalised support we can offer.
Last but by no means least, we are here to help overseas business owners and ex-patriots maintain a foot in the London business community with our virtual office packages which makes a top London contact address a realistic and inexpensive proposition. The range of personalised business services we can offer you is limited only by your imagination. We can handle routine business tasks and sort and forward mail according to your instructions.
We hope that this video created by the team at Zibadoo, will tell you more about Hold Everything in a friendly visual manner and that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you as a valued client.
When Is Your Next Meeting?
Friday, 09 August 2013 16:07
Need space for a meeting?
By having a virtual office, it is more than likely that your business is running from an out of London location.
Your location base appears as London, perhaps even your telephone lines appear as an inner London location this can often become a problem when client’s want to meet with you face to face.
The Regent Street office offers a prestigious boardroom within ‘your’ London office. This way you are sure never to miss an important meeting while holding up the foundation of your Central London presence.
Located less than a 2 minute walk from Oxford Circus station which is accessable via three different underground lines, our office is easily accessible and has lift facilities for disabled access.
So what we offer…
A 10 capacity boardroom that is self-contained with blinds for extra confidentiality comes complete with WIFI/PROJECTOR/FLIPCHART (on site scanner & printer facilities are also available).
Tea, coffee, water & other selected refreshments are available
Our meeting room is available from 9am-5pm Monday – Friday (other times are available at special request)
Make the benefits of having your virtual office work for you, without the cost and time consumption of renting an actual office.
To discuss more details contact the Regent Street team on 020 7580 4242
I’m too busy – a message from Richard Cooper
Friday, 26 April 2013 16:44
If you are too busy to read this then please scroll to the last paragraph of this blog:
Have you ever been on the end of a conversation where the other person is just constantly “too busy”? Are you constantly chasing a client who is too busy to email, speak or contact you?
In business we are taught specifically not to say “business is quiet”. It is perceived we are not successful as a business and have too much time on our hands. So surely then we have to be perceived as being “busy busy busy” all of the time? A busy company is a successful company isn’t it?
Well not always it seems. Being busy to the extent that your company looks effective and maybe has to call a client back or book a few days in advance is great, however here are three warning signs that your company MAY be portraying a “too busy” image that could be doing more harm than good.
1) Refusing meetings with a client because they are not worth the time: On the face of it you may be shocked that a company would do this? However many companies use email/phone or another medium to avoid having to see a client because they are just TOO busy or at least want to give that perception.
How does the client see it? Many clients will feel that they are not valuable and that if you are too busy for their business then maybe you don’t need it. There’s a difference between a small client who genuinely needs help and “energy vampires” who would have you in their office on tap if they could. I’m not saying spend all of your time going out and meeting every client but do be careful how it looks.
What to do? Can someone from your office meet the client on your behalf – especially if it’s a smaller client who needs reassurance? It doesn’t always have to be YOU. Can they come to your office? Can you Skype? There is always an answer and you never know when that small client will suddenly hit the big time!
2) I’m too busy to go networking: Many businesses say this all of the time. “I have enough business” is another line which I hear often. The thing is that we all use word of mouth as a way to gain new business. Not being part of your community will isolate you in the long term. There are groups for every budget but you must be involved.
How does the client see it? Whilst they may feel that you are concentrating on them, how about your OTHER clients – your suppliers, connections and contractors – remember these people are ALL customers to you. They may see it that you are happy to take business but not make the effort to go out and build relationships on your doorstep.
What to do? Can you send someone from your business? Can you go to one close to your business which isn’t commitment based. Look at your calendar and MAKE an hour a month at least to meet others local to you. Don’t judge a group by what others say, go and make your own decisions.
3) I’m JUST TOO Busy! Full stop: Really?? You seriously are too busy to be in business? Where are you spending most of your time? Is it with the people who pay you the most? Or is it on the small day to day stuff.
How does the client see it?That you are too busy for them, that you are ineffective and have poor time management skills. They may also see that you will place quantity over quality. That’s not a bad thing necessarily, but DO be sure that this is your business goal and that you have a very clear strategy on it if this is your vision.
What to do? STOP…… NOW….. Look around at where you should be growing your business. Hint: It’s not from doing everything yourself. You don’t need a big budget to outsource calls to a virtual answer service or to hire someone part time / commission based or even an apprentice. If you are too busy full stop then you must take action. Source someone to take the pressure off and seek a life coach …….. but if you feel like you cannot continue then it will eventually destroy you and your business.
Think about it. If you have taken the time to read this blog, you have already committed to changing your business. Even if you have scrolled down from the top, it has been enough to interest you. SO what action can you take NOW….. so that you DO have more time to grow your business successfully?
Until next time Richard Cooper – Virtual office visionary Follow me @holdeverything1
Friday, 09 November 2012 08:50
As London begins its Christmas lights switch on this week – Monday saw the switch on of Oxford Street lights. What was different this year was that it was a ticket only event. The organisers have taken a public street, sealed it off and issued tickets. Now before you all comment about profiteering, money making and the like, these tickets are free!
So why bother with all of the hassle? Well, think about it. They are creating an exclusive event. Anyone can attend but only if they have a ticket. It doesn’t have a monetary value, but yet it has created a desirable event and by the looks of the forums practically begging for tickets… its worked!
Similarly someone I know has recently had a break at Center Parcs. They have taken the concept of creating value and exclusivity and applied it to their business fantastically. The prices for their accommodation are not budget but one thing that is practically guaranteed is exclusivity. I had a really good look at their website and through networking also know a client who has worked with them.
You can’t just walk onto a Center Parcs village and you can’t even visit for a day (unless you pay and you are visiting someone who is on holiday there). They don’t hold public open days and even their fireworks display is strictly for their customers on site only. They have themes such as “winter wonderland” and events to tie in with the time of year such as Halloween, Bonfire Night and so on.
That’s why they can charge what they do and why people return year after year because they have the exclusivity and have created a product of value.
So, think about your business. Do you have a product launch or an event? Are you networking like crazy to get people through the door to buy your service or product?
My advice this week is to create exclusivity in your business. What do you do that you can make exclusive. I have a client who has completely changed one of her business models that she will only take on recommended clients and if you aren’t recommended directly by another client, then she won’t take your business. Sound crazy? That business is the most profitable it has been in five years! It’s also Financial Services, which is extremely competitive.
It may take some thinking. Many business mentors and coaches can support you with this, but if you are looking to grow your business, maybe its time to think “exclusive”.
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.