5 office design tricks to increase productivity

5 office design tricks to increase productivity

By guest author Arron Hiddleston, contributor at smoothdecorator.com

Inspire and increase productivity

If maintaining peak productivity is difficult in a commercial office, it might seem next to impossible if you work from home. By implementing some simple office design tricks, you can create a work space which will inspire you and increase productivity.

In the digital world, many careers as well as complete industries are transitioning from commercial office spaces to home offices, as the rise of on-demand services grows in popularity.

Whether you’re a work from home freelancer, eCommerce business, writer, designer, lawyer or fitness expert, you’re most likely facing the challenges of maintaining a productive environment when working from your home office. Continue reading “5 office design tricks to increase productivity”

25 ways to ask for the sale

25 ways to ask for the sale

If you don’t ask for the sale, you won’t get it

As a business owner, making sales is the bread and butter of your success. The rule in sales is, if you don’t ask, you won’t get! Knowing how to ask for the sale is half the battle.

If you don’t make sales, you don’t have a business. No sales, no income. No income, no profits. Last week in part one, I wrote about how to spot a buying signal and this week in part two, I’m going to give you 25 ways to ask for the sale. Continue reading “25 ways to ask for the sale”

How to spot a buying signal

How to spot a buying signal

Waiting to be asked

When a customer makes a decision to buy from you, it’s likely they won’t come straight out and say it. As the business owner, it’s up to you to take charge of the buying process and know how to spot a buying signal from your customer.

Funnily enough, a lot of people don’t know how to say they’re ready to buy. They will give off hints, known as buying signals, and they’ll wait to be asked to buy.

If you’re not on the ball and you don’t ask for the sale, you stand a good chance of your customer walking away without buying. Continue reading “How to spot a buying signal”

Regret is a pointless emotion

regret is a pointless emotion

The choices you make are always the right ones in the moment

Have you ever had an “I regret that choice” moment? You beat yourself up for being stupid and you make yourself feel terrible. All of us have made bad choices in the past and you’ll make more bad choices in the future. But you’ll never know it’s a bad choice until after it’s made.

It’s easy to make mistakes in business. But it’s not your mistakes which threaten your success. Mistakes are inevitable. There’s no point having regrets. What matters is how quickly you resolve the mistakes and what you learn to avoid the same mistakes in the future.

I have a perspective about regret. Regret is a pointless emotion. That’s because, every choice you make, is always the right choice for you, at the time. You never set out to make a bad decision. Ever. Whatever decisions you make, are always the best ones for you in the moment. Continue reading “Regret is a pointless emotion”

9 lessons for business from the Tour de France

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Lessons for business

Tour de France 2017 started last weekend and it’s one of my favourite three weeks of the year. It’s on the top of my bucket list to take a trip to follow the Tour one day and soak up the atmosphere, the achievements and the excellence. When I watch the Tour, I recognise there are many lessons for business which can be learnt from the athletes. Continue reading “9 lessons for business from the Tour de France”

Seven reasons why you need to define your ideal client

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Can you think of that one ideal client you have who is a dream to work with? They buy from you without much effort at all. They love everything about what you do. This client is a perfect fit as far as what they need and what you have.

They see enormous value in your products or service and they tell all their friends about you. This person engages with you on social media, liking, commenting and sharing your posts without you having to ask. They happily give you glowing testimonials and reviews.

What if you could have an entire business filled with duplicates of this person?

One of the most important things in business is knowing who your ideal customer is. Defining your ideal client and knowing everything about them can help make your marketing much more effective and it can even help steer your research and development. Continue reading “Seven reasons why you need to define your ideal client”

Two reasons why business has changed forever

why business has changed forever

Two events, ten years and why business has changed forever

In the last decade, we have had two major, once in a generation, advancements in technology, which have completely changed the way people communicate and gather information. As a result, business has changed forever.

As a business owner, you must understand how these changes have made a difference to the way customers buy and what you need to do as a business to survive in 2017 and beyond. Continue reading “Two reasons why business has changed forever”

When you need to learn to say NO!

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The urge to please

The urge to please others is in built in all of us. One of the fundamental human needs is to feel loved and feel like we belong, therefore it’s natural to want others to like you and to include you. It’s easy to get stuck in a cycle of saying yes to please others. This cycle is neither healthy nor conducive to happiness. It’s important, as part of the journey to find happiness and success, to learn to say no! Continue reading “When you need to learn to say NO!”

Questions are the key to successful sales

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Two ears and one mouth

There’s a saying about being a good listener — you have two ears and one mouth for a reason; listen twice as much as you talk. This is highly relevant in the sales game. In my experience, the average salesperson talks over 80 percent of the time while they’re selling!

People buy because they have a need. The only way for you to uncover your customers need, is to talk less and listen more. Talking too much is a sure way to lose the sale. Continue reading “Questions are the key to successful sales”

From Fear to Fruition

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Guest Post by Ashley Brown of Sosocii

Do one thing every day that scares you. -Eleanor Roosevelt

What is fear and how does it manifest within a business setting?

Fear is a response activated by a perceived peril; either involving a risk of imminent danger, a threat to security or an overwhelming concern for a future event. Within the business world, these threats are more likely to be psychological rather than physical. There’s no denying that fear can in fact be helpful in certain situations and indeed help us in times of danger. However, when it comes to business, how you react can determine your success.

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