Category Archives: Entrepreneurs

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An Epic Formula for Becoming a Mobile Entrepreneur

You are an entrepreneur and owner of a budding new business. You want to expand your business’s reach, but you don’t want to spend a lot of money to do it. So, what is the secret? How can you be everywhere at once on a budget?

The secret to becoming a successful mobile entrepreneur is to take advantage of the many cost effective tools available to business owners all across the world. Companies that specialize in virtual office services have many solutions designed to increase your business’s flexibility:

Virtual Receptionist Services

A crucial part of increasing your mobility as an entrepreneur is hiring staff that work off-site. While being mobile gives you the flexibility to work wherever you want, it can present a problem when you begin to expand.

To free up more of your time as well as save money, you should begin by hiring a virtual receptionist to perform tasks such as call screening/forwarding, appointment scheduling, and responding to customer service inquiry.

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How to Get Rid of up to 50% of Small Business Operating Costs

It pays to cut costs and save as a small business owner. After all, what good entrepreneur doesn’t run on a tight budget? Follow these indispensable tactics to cut operating cost by up to 50% and increase profitability:

Capitalize on tax write-offs

When it comes to minimizing costs, a small business owner can save significant amounts of cash by fully understanding the difference between expenses and assets. The IRS grants businesses a certain amount of items that can be claimed as expenses as opposed to assets. Be sure you’re claiming enough to meet this allowance.

If a business is home-based and doesn’t pay for the usage of a full-time office space, portions of home mortgages, utilities, and cleaning and landscaping costs could be claimed as business expenses. For more information about this and what your business can qualify for when it comes to business expense tax write-offs, check with a qualified tax advisor or search the IRS website. Fully understanding the accounting differences between assets and expenses and how recording items as one or the other can significantly reduce business costs and boost profitability.

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3 Office Solutions to Incorporate into Your 2015 Business Plan

On average, only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions. That’s because many of the goals people set are too unattainable—goals that are often out of reach that require more sacrifice than people have the energy to exert. As a business owner or working professional, keep that statistic in mind when setting your 2015 goals. Here are a couple of goals that everybody should set:

  • Lower overhead cost
  • Increase profitability

You can do it! With a few key business tools, these resolutions aren’t out of reach. You can quickly become a part of the few 8%.

  1. Professional business address

Securing a professional business address for a smaller company is important when going up against larger corporate competitors. When a client can see that a business exists at an actual office location, the credibility of the offered services and level of professionalism are raised.

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5 Business Resolutions to Set in the New Year to Grow Your Business

New Year’s resolutions aren’t just helpful for personal growth, they are helpful when trying to improve your business as well. As you begin to strategize your business plan for 2015, it is imperative that you establish achievable goals to make the next year more successful than the last.

While it is good to aim high, New Year’s resolutions—both personal and professional—must be attainable. There are many small things you can do as a business owner that yield perceptible results to ensure your business’s success throughout the year.

Here are just five simple business resolutions you can set in the new year to help grow your business:

1. Go virtual

One of the easiest ways to save money in the new year is to go virtual. This is not limited to simply moving to web-based programs like Google Drive and Dropbox. All business tasks, such as customer care, order processing, and schedule management, can be handled digitally. And with virtual office solutions, such as live virtual receptionists and virtual office spaces, you can affordably create the professional appearance of a successful corporation even if you are based in the home.

Martin Senn, Davinci Virtual COO

Industry Expert Interview with Martin Senn

There is much to be said about business leadership and the virtual office industry, and whether you own a small business, firm, or growing corporation, it is important to learn what makes a leader great. So, we interviewed Martin Senn, Co-founder and COO of Davinci Virtual Office Solutions, to gain better understanding of his entrepreneurial success and the passion for his work.

Senn entered the virtual office industry in 2005 with his business partner, Bill Grodnik. Bill had spent much of his careers as a serial entrepreneur in the Office Business Center industry, during which time he collected a huge amount knowledge. Martin had a long history of involvement with an array of companies in the call center and travel reservation market segments. Add Senn’s experience serving on the industry’s association Board of Directors, and you have a unique set of tools for their venture—and it is this professional background to which they owe much of their success.

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The top entrepreneur websites for budding business owners

As an entrepreneur in today’s Web-based world, you have an endless reach of resources and insights to stay progressive. The only trick is, the Web is so big it’s tough to differentiate the good, reliable entrepreneur websites from the bad.

We want to share with you a list of the top entrepreneur websites—full of both tools and advice on topics such as legal, software, marketing, and more. All of these sites are focused on helping your business reach the level of successful you desire.

Inc.com

You might be more familiar with this site because they also publish Inc. Magazine. It provides various perspectives and extensive information for entrepreneurs looking to start or grow a business.

Forbes – Small Business Strategies

The Forbes site has a section specifically dedicated to small business strategies—sharing insights from industry experts about strategies targeted for smaller businesses. They’ll keep you informed on industry trends as well as share tips for overcoming timely obstacles current small businesses face.

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How to Prepare Your Business for the Holiday Season

As a small business owner, you have probably begun to prepare for the upcoming holiday season. As you anticipate a peak in sales as well as operating costs, it is crucial to formulate a strategy to ensure that your business performance is at its peak, too.

The holiday rush can open many doors of opportunity, including expanding your business’s reach by introducing yourself to new customers. To earn their loyalty long after the season ends, it is important to provide the best customer service possible—even when you are at your busiest.

It is easy to be overwhelmed by the holiday workload, but if you anticipate the challenges and properly prepare yourself, you can save a lot of time, money, and headaches.

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Nurture Your Team to ‘Super Agent’ Status

Today’s always connected digital experience enables consumers to search online for anything, at anytime, and access millions of results—then instantly make a transaction. This is where the brand challenges (as well as the opportunities) begin.

Being part of the digital ecosystem requires businesses to play by a variety of customer-driven rules of engagement. One of the most important rules of engagement is hiring and growing a team of talented chat agents. These employees are charged with personally nurturing customer relationships and providing a best-in-class customer experience. The benefits of an all-star agent team truly impact bottom-line business results.

Position your team for success

While the right technology enables success, your brand’s results will be only as good as your chat agents’ best efforts—this is where the human factor comes in! Chat agents are your frontline and can either make or break your customers’ experience.

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Four Things You Need to Know to Become a Successful Entrepreneur

Whether you are thinking about starting your own business, or you are currently a business owner, there are several things you need to know about becoming a successful entrepreneur.

Planning is key when starting a business; achieving your business goals requires a detailed roadmap for everything from budgets and time management to business strategy and marketing. Successful entrepreneurs often have a toolkit of resources that they use in their business planning to improve efficiency, reduce operating costs, and generate more revenue.

As you build your own toolkit, here are four things to consider:

  1. Plan how you will effectively manage your time

While it may be tempting to try to do everything yourself when you start a business, you may find that your performance will suffer as a result. By limiting yourself to fewer tasks, you increase productivity, quality of work, and overall satisfaction in your work, driving you to continue to succeed.

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Pros, Cons, and Solutions for Starting a Business from Home

More and more individuals are and taking the plunge and starting a home-based business. We’ll help you map out some of the advantages and disadvantages to starting a business from home. Not to mention, we’ll share valuable tools every home-based business should utilize.

Pros to starting a business from home:

  • You’re your own boss. Finally, you don’t have to report to anyone but yourself. No more feeling micromanaged, undervalued, and unappreciated.
  • Spend more time with your family. Since you’ll be working from home, your commute time will be lowered to a total of 15 seconds. The walk down the hall is so short you might be tempted to stay in your pajamas! Not to mention, you determine your schedule—100% of the time.
  • Enjoy greater tax benefits. You’ll begin to enjoy a list of tax deductions only available to those running a home-based business. For example, if you have an area in your home dedicated to your business operations, you can take a home office deduction.