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Small Business Tips: Five Ways to Lower Office Costs in 2015

Small business owners understand too well the need to cut costs wherever they can. As a growing business, you need to increase profit as much as possible to stay ahead. Saving money, even in small increments, can make a huge difference with trying to reduce overhead.

Overhead costs can include everything from marketing, salaries, equipment and supplies, office leases, and utilities. Many business owners struggle to maximize revenue when they are paying for so many expenses, many of which may not be necessary. Luckily, there are simple things you can do as a small business owner to lower office costs in the new year.

1. Work from home

Most businesses in today’s market conduct business virtually, making a physical storefront almost obsolete—giving small business owners a huge advantage. You can save hundreds of dollars a month simply by opting to work from home instead of chaining yourself to an office or storefront lease.

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5 marketing ideas for small businesses

Successful and active marketing practices are the key to staying in the game when it comes to building your business. Follow these five simple, but critical, marketing tips- perfect for reaching potential customers and building your clientele.

  1. Analyze content success

Take time to reflect on past efforts. What content worked and why? If your business uses a website, dive into the site’s analytics and learn what customers like to see. On that note, is you site fresh with relevant content? Make it a resource for your clients whether you frequently update a news section of your site or maintain a blog with new/trending insights for your industry. Fresh content is key—not only for grabbing the audience’s attention, but also for giving your site more value in the eyes of Google and other search engines. The fresher, more relevant your content is, the more likely a user searching for your services, will see your site in search engine results.

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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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How to Avoid Costly Small Business Operating Expenses With Virtual Office Solutions

As a small business owner, you enjoy the perks of running a small company. It’s nice being your own boss, making your own schedule, calling the shots, and avoiding corporate politics, but it isn’t always easy.

Running a small, one-person business comes with greater responsibilities. You are now the head of accounting, customer service, business operations, marketing, and the list goes on. On top of that, you feel the pressure of managing your small business operating expenses. It never feels good to see money come out of your pocket to cover overhead expenses. Hiring help to manage important tasks and leasing space to host meetings doesn’t always feel cost effective, but at times it’s absolutely necessary. Luckily, finding help or holding meetings doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg.

10 Ways a Virtual Receptionist Differs From a Virtual Assistant

This post was originally posted on our Davinci Live Receptionist Blog.

Davinci Receptionist Services is proud to present this infographic guide that showcases ten ways that a virtual receptionist differs from a virtual assistant. Contact Davinci Receptionist Services to learn more about what a virtual receptionist can do for you today.

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Small business and entrepreneurship: How to Run a One-person Business

Not everybody is willing to take the leap to starting up a one-person business. Running a single-person shop means playing all roles—accountant, sales, customer service, receptionist, etc. And though it seems tough, it also has its major benefits. You’re free to schedule your own hours and have more flexibility in making time for other opportunities, such as vacations or personal appointments.

As your business demands that you play so many roles, you will need to become an expert time manager to ensure that all the needs of your business are satisfied. And just because you’re the only official employee, it doesn’t mean you can’t have help. There are several must-have tips and tools every small business and entrepreneurship should know about:

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How to efficiently run a small healthcare business in the age of mobility

In today’s evolving business landscape running a company has become more challenging than ever before, especially if you’re in the healthcare industry. With so many rules and regulations, it’s nearly impossible to stay up-to-date with all the changes and requirements. And on top of that, you still have to ensure that the day-to-day operations of your business are running smoothly. As an owner, you know the importance of growing your business by meeting client objectives and closing new deals. If you’re everything by yourself, you simply might not have the time to focus on the big picture for your business. In the age of mobility, there are cost-effective solutions, such as meeting room rentals and virtual healthcare receptionists that your business can take advantage of to grow successfully.

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5 Myths Keeping You From Starting Your Own Business

There are a lot reasons why you might be hesitant to start your own business, and many—if not all—of those fears are rooted in outdated myths. The business world is becoming increasingly more digital, and with that comes a lot of perks. If you are looking to start up a company, there are many virtual and remote services available to help you along the way.

With so many services at your disposal, it is easy to dispel the myths that are holding you back. Here are just five myths about starting your own business and how virtual office solutions disprove them:

  1. You must have a physical location

The Pros And Cons Of A Physical Office [Infographic]

Thanks to today’s technology, employees are able to work from home or on the go.  As an entrepreneur, you have the same option with your business. Forego office leasing as well as equipment fees and increase the flexibility of your business with a virtual office. It is the best of both worlds. Don’t believe us? Find out the pros and cons of a physical office with this infographic. You can also learn more in our blog post, “Small Business: The Pros And Cons Of A Physical Office.”

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How the right area code can give your company a competitive edge in business

In today’s competitive business world, perception is everything. You have to make the right first impression and maintain a favorable image in every aspect of your business, no matter how small you think that aspect might be. Even something as simple as having a recognizable area code can make a big difference when it comes to credibility. A familiar area code or toll-free number makes your company look more professional and reassures consumers that you’re running a legitimate business. And according to a Business Insider article, “800 numbers make your small business look bigger,” which can be crucial when you’re going up against big competitors. However, if you’re a small business owner, chances are you’re taking a lot of the calls right out of your home and are using your personal number or cell phone. There’s a better way. With Davinci’s virtual office services, you can get a phone number with the right area code as well as hire a live virtual receptionist to answer all your phone calls.