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.
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
Cut your operating costs with a virtual office
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 13:12
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.
Avoid the Olympic traffic with a London Virtual Office
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 15:27
As the London Olympics draws closer, we can’t help thinking that traffic in the capital is going to be the busiest ever. Many office workers in London have been told to expect a transport nightmare during the event and TFL have already released a “get ahead of the games” travel pack, offering transport advice to the millions of people that will be affected.
We believe the best way for office workers to get around the travel chaos is to take advantage of some of the virtual office services available during the Olympics. Existing regular offices can take full advantage of services like mail forwarding and telephone answering as they would allow employees to work from home, where they wouldn’t have to face the traffic hell. Not only will employees be able to start work earlier, they also won’t arrive to work recovering from the stress of battling the morning traffic
Virtual offices are more common than ever and many industries are using virtual office services to cut their costs and to improve & expand business.
We looked at some data from Choregus relating to virtual offices and we were surprised to see which industries are using virtual offices the most.
We were quite surprised when they reported that 40% of virtual office users were companies in the banking and finance sector. The banking and finance industry having a huge percentage of virtual office use. Other industries that had a big percentage of virtual office use included business services and consultancy that followed the finance sector with 16% and 14% of virtual office use respectively.
Another interesting statistic that was reported was that 57% of companies that use virtual office services use the full virtual office package that is offered.
Are you considering taking full advantage of virtual office services? Contact Hold Everything for more information. We hoped you liked this information and it gave you a little insight into virtual offices.