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Famous Quotes to Motivate You in Work and Life

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Famous quotes by famous people to help motivate you in work and life

 

The insight of others is a valuable source of inspiration and motivation. Learning from successful leaders and entrepreneurs is a fantastic way to grow. There’s much to learn from others’ challenges as well as their successes. Let’s take a look at some of their wisdom condensed into quotes to get energized and inspired at work and in our personal lives.

 

Best Quotes of All Time

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. -Mother Teresa

When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on. -Franklin D. Roosevelt

Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. -Margaret Mead

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. -Robert Louis Stevenson

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. -Eleanor Roosevelt

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. -Benjamin Franklin

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched — they must be felt with the heart. -Helen Keller

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. -Aristotle

Whoever is happy will make others happy too. -Anne Frank

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, ‘I’m possible!’ -Audrey Hepburn

“You become what you believe.” -Oprah Winfrey

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Famous Quotes About Life

You will face many defeats in life, but never let yourself be defeated. -Maya Angelou

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. -Nelson Mandela

In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. -Abraham Lincoln

Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game. -Babe Ruth

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. -Helen Keller

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. -Thomas A. Edison

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. -Dr. Seuss

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Road to Success Quotes

Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts. -Winston S. Churchill

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. -Henry David Thoreau

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. -Walt Disney

If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time. -Steve Jobs

The secret of success is to do the common thing uncommonly well. -John D. Rockefeller Jr.

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. -Thomas Jefferson

The real test is not whether you avoid this failure because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere. -Barack Obama

If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. -Jim Rohn

 

Find Inspiration

Quotes can be a huge motivator. Pick one and put it in your office, stick it on your refrigerator or bathroom mirror– someplace you will see it every day. Live the words and keep them as your mantra. Those who keep learning and growing often find success. Where will your next success lie?

Compiled by Leslie Radford
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How to Leave Us a Review

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Learn why customer reviews are important, how you can leave one for NuvoDesk, and tips for leaving an informative review

When someone wants to buy something, they ask friends and relatives for recommendations, they research the brand online. HubSpot Research found that customers trust recommendations from friends and family over any type of online marketing and advertising your brand can create. 

According to BrightLocal, 85% of consumers trust online reviews are much as personal recommendations — the single most trustworthy and credible source of “advertising” out there.

HubSpot Research also found that 60% of consumers believed customer reviews were either trustworthy or very trustworthy — meaning that businesses that can accumulate positive reviews had a good chance of them helping a customer make a purchase decision.

Why Are Customer Reviews Important?

Customer reviews are important because they help with SEO (Search Engine Optimization), especially if you are a local business. Having reviews on popular review sites like Google lets you own more SERP (Search engine results page) real estate for branded search terms. In essence, the more reviews you have, the more people are going to see your business online.

Reviews are crucial for your company. They have a huge impact on the buying decisions of your prospective customers. As consumers and prospects have turned more to self-guided research, they rely more on the opinions and experiences of other customers in reviews when evaluating options and making purchasing decisions. Research also confirms that “customer proof” is the most important factor when a consumer is researching your business.

Having positive reviews helps build trust and confidence in your business and its products/services.

As you can see, reviews are vital to a business’s growth and success. And NuvoDesk would like to ask a favor of you: Please leave us a review!

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How to Leave NuvoDesk a Review

Were you impressed with NuvoDesk Coworking and want to spread the word? With a few clicks, you can leave a Google review to inform others about your experience. Leaving a Google five-star review helps others in need of a flexible working space that fits their budget. 

Leaving a five-star review is easy! Tell everybody about NuvoDesk by following these simple steps:

Sign in at Google.com. If you don’t have an account, please create one

Go to our Google Maps listing: NuvoDesk Coworking

Find the left sidebar and scroll past our review summary.

Click “WRITE A REVIEW”.

Click the star farthest to the right and type a review about your personal experience with our coworking services.

 

Tips for Writing an Awesome 5 Star Review

Whether you have a shared desk, a dedicated desk, an office, or only visited us for a day or two, we want to hear from you

Do you want to leave a five-star review but don’t know how to start? You can write a compelling five-star Google review by following these simple tips:

Tip 1: Share something special. Did NuvoDesk exceed your expectations? Be specific when describing your positive experience. Describe what others can expect as well.

Tip 2: Write with personality. Be creative and thoughtful in your review and express what impressed you most about our service to you.

Tip 3: Include variety. Write about a wide range of aspects of your positive experience with our services, from our customer service to how our office space made you feel.

We value each and every one of our coworkers and dedicate our business to helping yours grow. Leaving a review shows your support and greatly appreciate it! See more examples here

 

By Leslie Radford
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What is a Flexible Office Space?

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Learn how flexible workspaces nurture productivity

 

Unlike traditional offices with fixed and assigned desk positions, workers in a flexible office space can choose the area of the office that best suits their work style. A flexible office space is designed to provide workers with a variety of different places and ways to work. 

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What is Flexible Working?

Flexible working is a term used to describe any working pattern that falls outside of traditional office hours or locations (i.e. working in different spots around the same office, working from home or at a remote desk, or working part-time or staggered hours).

Workers who have the flexibility to work in different areas of the office are able to spend more of their time and energy doing great work, and they’re generally happier and even more productive than their seat-specific-bound colleagues. They have the option of sitting outside on a cool morning for a zoom call, typing up documents from the couch, collaborating with a team around a conference table, or working at the kitchen table while having a snack.

Not only does flexible working provide individual employees with the option to work in a way that suits their specific needs and tasks, but it also helps companies reduce costs by maximizing available space. With fewer people in the office at any given moment, it becomes easier to create common areas where teams can spontaneously come together and collaborate, or for workers to spin off into quiet zones with a laptop to concentrate on a particular task.

 

Important Aspects of a Flexible Workspace 

There are a number of basic elements that you’ll find in most flexible spaces that promote versatility and collaboration.

Versatile office spaces. An existing office can be transformed into different layouts. 

Open-plan designs. The open-plan office concept is a fundamental aspect of the flexible workspace, allowing for free-flowing collaboration between disparate departments.

Quiet areas. Unfortunately, a side effect of open-plan office design is an increase in ambient noise. Having a quiet area can allow an individual to break off to work on tasks individually. For instance, NuvoDesk offers an open space in a quiet corner of the building and private, sound-insulated phone booths to accommodate workers when they need to focus without interruptions.

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Adaptable workstations. Flexible office space often includes non-traditional styles of workstations. Standing desks in common areas promote the idea of moving around to use the space in different ways. In relaxed corners of the office, such as coffee bars and reception areas, comfortable chairs and natural lighting create flexible and inviting spaces where people will want to work.

Shared amenities. When tethered to a single spot in the office, people naturally tend to store the things they need to get things done on and around their desks. A flexible space centralizes these resources and makes them available to everyone who needs them. These shared utilities can be things like office supplies, printers, and snacks, or entire spaces, such as conference rooms or informal common areas.

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Be More Productive

A flexible workspace removes many of the barriers to productivity presented by a traditional office workspace. All the work is done in a stationary space, from collaborating with coworkers to working on individual tasks to meeting with clients. 

With a flexible office space, people can choose a workstation that makes the most sense for the job they’re doing at that moment. That could mean working from a laptop in a quiet area where they can concentrate, using a casual shared space to catch up with other team leaders over coffee, or using a conference room to collaborate with a large group. A well-designed flexible workspace gives employees the breathing room they need to do their best work on their terms.

A good office layout is one that optimizes for safety, comfort, and functionality. A flexible office space enhances productivity by providing teams with access to the shared spaces and the resources they need to get things done. When workers are supported by an office layout that fosters creativity and responds to their changing needs, they find it easier to meet their objectives.

 

NuvoDesk provides dynamic, flexible, and beautifully designed workplaces that nurture the needs of workers. Find your groove at NuvoDesk.  

 

By Leslie Radford
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Small Business Saturday Ideas You Can Use To Sell More This Year

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Small Business Saturday – what it is, how it came to be, how to support a small business, and some ideas you can implement into your small business to help it grow.

 

If you think about it, every business started out as a small business. Even Amazon started in a garage as a small business! Small businesses become larger businesses because consumers like what they had to offer. 

Small Business Saturday is Nov. 27 this year. Let’s take a look at what it is, how it came to be, and some ideas you can implement into your business to help it grow.

What is the Purpose of Small Business Saturday?

SBS encourages consumers to keep it close to home when buying gifts this holiday season. Spending money locally helps everyone in the community prosper.

History Of Small Business Saturday

American Express, a U.S. corporation with $37 billion in revenue in 2018, started Small Business Saturday in 2010. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) joined as a co-sponsor five years later. SBS has become an important part of how many small businesses launch their busiest shopping season.

According to the 2018 SBS Consumer Insights Survey, the total reported spending among U.S. consumers who said they shopped at independent retailers and restaurants on the day reached a record high of approximately $17.8 billion. The same survey reported that more than 70% of consumers are now aware of the Small Business Saturday initiative. Based on this annual survey over the years, SBS spending has now reached a reported estimate of $103 billion since the day began.

 

Most Popular Things To Buy Local

According to one study, the following are things consumers are most likely to buy from a small business.

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Small Business Saturday Statistics

99.7% of all U.S. businesses are small businesses

64% of new jobs created in the U.S. between 1993 and 2011 were from small businesses

Small businesses donate 250% more to non-profits and community causes

Small Business Saturday Activities

Here are some things you can do to support small businesses:

Go On A Local Shopping Spree

Many shoppers opt for big box stores on Black Friday, knowing that there’ll be sales on common holiday gifts. Small businesses sometimes offer many similar discounts — but without the marketing dollars to display the price cuts, they’re often left out in the cold. If you were planning on purchasing a TV this holiday season, try calling your local electronics store to see if they’re offering any discounts first.

Talk About It

Social media is a wonderful way to share our daily lives with friends, but sometimes, letting them know about a good deal from an e-commerce giant or a big box store can feel like advertising. With small businesses, it’s different: Instead of contributing to some corporation’s bottom line, you can rest easy knowing that you’re helping a neighbor succeed.

Make It A Habit

Small Business Saturday only lasts for one day, but you can get acquainted with your local shops. Don’t let another year pass before your next visit! For small businesses to succeed, they need our support throughout the year.

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6 Small Business Saturday Ideas You Can Use To Sell More This Year

According to one survey of 5,000 consumers, 72 percent of people said they will make more of an effort to support small businesses this year. Use these simple ideas to make sure you’re a part of the big day.

1) Own your identity as a small business

Customers want to shop small this year so highlight your identity as a small business. Tell your story of how and why you got started. Remind your customers of ways you’ve gotten involved in local community efforts. Share what makes your products or services special and personal. Don’t be shy about talking about what makes you different from the big box stores. 

2) Craft a compelling Small Business Saturday offer or discount

It’s so important to have a great offer to help your business stand out from the crowd. Start thinking about your audience and what would appeal to them. What is your store known for? Has anything worked particularly well in the past?

Here are some examples of offers you might want to consider:

  • 15 percent discount on all new items
  • Free coffee and cookies for guests while they shop
  • Free gift with any purchase over $50
  • 20% off your next purchase when you spend $40 or more
  • Free gift wrapping

3) Send out an email series

Email marketing is a tool that helps you reach your customers and prospects, directly in their inbox. (Click here to learn who NuvoDesk recommends for help with email marketing.)

When people sign up to your mailing list, they’re interested in what your business has to offer and are interested in supporting your business. Let people know why shopping small is important for your community. You can include a special offer or exclusive content to promote Small Business Saturday.

Consider partnering with other local businesses in order to promote each other. Let your email readers know where they can shop local on Small Business Saturday. It’s recommended that you use a series of 3 emails to remind people to shop with you. This time of year is busy, so these emails are a great way to remind people and get them to take action to support your business:

Email 1:  Send an announcement email as soon as possible. Let them know that Small Business Saturday is coming up and why they should shop locally. Include the details about your offer.

Email 2: Send a reminder email a week before. Remind them of the deadline and your offer so they don’t forget.

Email 3:  A day or two before Small Business Saturday, send a last-chance email so they don’t forget to shop with you and use your offer.

4) Reach interested customers on social media

Social media is a tool that will help you expand your reach to even more potential customers. Start by sharing similar content used in your email series on social media. Use the content and offer you’ve added to your email campaign to promote the idea of shopping small.

Create a series of three social posts, just like you did with your email series; an announcement, reminder, and last-chance reminder to keep the buzz going. (We partner with these guys to make sure our social media makes an impact.)

5) Prepare your physical store (if you have one)

Now that the word’s out, make sure you’re stocked and staffed for success. Think about your staff and what their strengths are, then assign tasks to each member to cut out any confusion when your store is filled with eager shoppers.

You could also print out an email sign-up sheet ahead of time and encourage shoppers to share their email addresses to stay in touch throughout the rest of the holiday season and into the new year. Don’t forget to snap a few photos to capture the excitement in your store. Share them on social media.

6) Keep the momentum going

As exhausting as the day might be, don’t overlook the importance of follow-up in the week after Small Business Saturday. A small thank you can go a long way, and it will only take a few minutes to create. Depending on how many photos you took, you could share an album on Facebook, or simply pick the best one to share with your fans via SMS.

You can keep your text simple — try something like, “Thanks to everyone who stopped by to #ShopSmall this Saturday. We appreciate your support and hope to have you back again soon!”

Next, add your new email subscribers to your list and send out a quick email.

In any follow-up message you send, your goal should be to remind your customers of their great experience with you and entice them to visit again soon. Include an image to make the thank you more personal and include an offer to bring people back into your store before the end of the year.

 

Encourage Your Customers To Shop Small This Year

Even if you don’t have a brick-and-mortar store, you can take some of these ideas to use for your service or products. Partnerships can go a long way. Referrals are extremely important, so start telling your friends and neighbors to #ShopSmall.

 

NuvoDesk supports small businesses just like yours!

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