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Three Most Important Reasons You Should be Networking for Your Small Business

Three Most Important Reasons You Should be Networking for Your Small Business

By Leslie Radford

Key Takeaways

Business Leads and Referrals

Connections

Visibility

There are many reasons networking is important to your small business. It can help you build leads, get referrals, make important connections with people in your industry or community, build your confidence in connecting with others and, so much more. Networking can also help you identify opportunities for partnerships, joint ventures, or expanding your business. 

Here are the three most important reasons you should be networking for your small business. 

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1. Business Leads and Referrals

It is vital to your business’s success that you acquire business leads and gain referrals. Without them, you do not have a business. You should use every social and professional opportunity to meet and connect with new people and use them to open doors for additional business opportunities.

People want to help others so make sure to communicate professionally when you follow up on leads and not badger them for business. Be sensitive to timing and use common courtesy when following up with contacts. When they discover you have value, are courteous, and feel they can trust you with their own network of people, then these connections will be more likely to send you referrals. These referrals will get you higher quality leads compared to the leads you get from marketing, and thus increasing your business. Remember, you’re in the business of building relationships first. 

2. Connections

Networking can open the door to talk to highly influential people that can help grow your business. But it’s not just about who you are networking with directly either – that person will already have a network you can tap into as well. With the help of these connections, anytime you need something, you can easily call them to get some help that is needed. Whether you need a residential plumber, a business accountant, or anything else, somebody will know someone who can help you. Also, these people can give you advice on various matters that might help in improving your business.

3. Visibility

Meeting and communicating with potential clients and business partners on a regular basis will help maintain your business relationships. Attending networking events raises your personal profile and can help keep you front and center in the minds of the right people. You can build a reputation for yourself as a supportive, reliable, and knowledgeable person by offering tips and useful information to others.

When you have earned respect from everyone, you will get referrals much more easily. If you’re not out in your community spreading the word about you and your business, you will not be top of mind to those who may need your services or connections. 

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How to Successfully Transition to a Coworking Space from a Home Office

How to Successfully Transition to a Coworking Space from a Home Office

By Leslie Radford

Key Takeaways

Get to Know Co-Workers

Set a Routine

Set Up Your Desk

Take Time for Yourself

Transitions can be awkward – new places, new faces, and new ways of doing things. These tips will help you make the transition from a former work environment effortlessly:

  • Make the effort to introduce yourself to your fellow co-workers. Get to know who you are working with. They can offer support during your change.
  • Set a routine as soon as possible. You’ll have more flexibility in a co-working space, so it’s important that you are conscientious of your time. Learn how the office ticks and you’ll be able to set your routine more easily. 
  • Make your desk feel like home. Experiment with different areas of the shared working space and see what works best for you. Organize your workspace in a way that makes you comfortable and able to work efficiently. If you have a private office, decorate it with things you love.
  • Get to know the office manager. Having a good relationship with them will make it easier to get help from them if something goes awry around the office or if you need to borrow things you may have  forgotten at home.
  • Learn how to deal with distractions. There’s a lot going on in a coworking space. Headphones or ear plugs may help. Also be aware of the amount of noise you are making as to not distract others.
  • Eat away from your desk and take breaks out of the office. In many co-working spaces, everything is under one roof, so it can feel like there’s no need to get out. It’ll do you good to occasionally step out, get some fresh air, or try that restaurant around the corner.

NuvoDesk provides a great shared office and coworking environment for people ready to move out of their home offices. We are here to help you transition into your new space.

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Five Office Solutions for a Hectic Schedule

Five Office Solutions for a Hectic Schedule

By Leslie Radford

Key Takeaways

Make a Schedule

Work in Blocks

Manage Tasks

Set Boundaries

You get to the office with every intention of slaying the day. You make your to-do list, and get to work on the first few items.

But a couple hours in, the interruptions start coming and the next thing you know it’s almost quitting time and you somehow have more things on your to-do list than when you started.

Consider these tips to calming your hectic day:

 

Schedule Your Week in Advance

Plan your week before it gets here. Know what appointments you have and when. Review your week the day before it starts so you know what needs to get done and there are fewer surprises.

 

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Break Your Work Day into Smaller Blocks

By breaking up your workday into smaller blocks that allow you to be a parent, a solo-preneur, and have self-care time, you have flexibility to work your schedule that fits your lifestyle, and get it all done.

 

Task Management

Task management software can make tracking progress on essential tasks easier. There are so many to choose from. Do your research and pick one that works for you. Or the old-school to-do list can be prioritized in to manageable tasks. Only place a few important things to accomplish for the day. Once you complete those, you can add new ones. Don’t overwhelm yourself.

 

The Pomodoro Method

The Pomodoro Method helps you commit to one task for a manageable amount of time, about 25 minutes. Studies have shown that most people can only focus on one task with a high level of performance for an average of 45-50 minutes. By multi-tasking, we are actually taking longer to complete a task and the quality of work is poorer. Get a cute kitchen timer or whip out the timer on your phone.

Set Clear Boundaries

All those interruptions you receive may be because you allow them to happen. It’s okay to say “no” every once in a while. People will understand that you have certain blocks of time that you need to work and certain blocks of time that you can attend to them.

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Small Business Ideas that are Easy to Get Started​

Small Business Ideas that are Easy to Get Started

By Leslie Radford

Key Takeaways

Create Digital Products or Courses

Sell Print-on-Demand Posters, Greeting Cards, and Prints

Other Ideas

At NuvoDesk, we cater to entrepreneurs. We know that starting a business can be exciting and stressful. We’ve compiled a few business ideas that are easy to start and have low overhead and risk. These are some of the businesses that flourish in our facility: The beginners, the boot-strappers, the innovative thinkers.

Create Digital Products or Courses​

You can create digital products like music, courses, videos, and templates where there aren’t recurring manufacturing or shipping costs to worry about. Your margins will be high, making it the best business to start.

Just ask yourself, “What is useful enough that people are willing to pay to download it?” 

You could provide informational videos, teach a subject, compose your own music, or create downloadable templates.

NuvoDesk has a media production room that provides equipment perfect for podcasts, photography, and videos. Take advantage of:

  • Green Screen Wall
  • Camera
  • Lights
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Sell Print-on-Demand Posters, Greeting Cards, and Prints

If you’re artistically inclined or know your way around a camera, you can dropship using a print-on-demand business model.

You can turn your work into products such as posters or framed wall art, even greeting cards. There are plenty of digital templates and mockup generators like Placeit you can use to showcase your products without having to print out each item and conduct your own photoshoots.

Etsy is also a great place to sell your downloads or take orders for shipping. Use a local printing company to print larger items to be shipped.

NuvoDesk can provide a scanner for many needs you may have, a physical address for your business, and high-speed internet to do your work.

Other Ideas

Other business ideas that will flourish at NuvoDesk with little overhead and start-up costs:

  • Freelance Writer
  • Freelance Graphic Artist
  • Life/Business Coaches
  • Travel Planner
  • Consultant

We support our entrepreneurs with all kinds of services at NuvoDesk to make sure you are prosperous with your new business. These are just a few great ways to get started doing something you love.

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Investment Panel

Looking for investors for your business?

NuvoDesk has something unique to offer you and your business.

We have a panel of investors who would love to hear about your business and big ideas.

There are many smart entrepreneurs out there who have life-changing ideas, but do not have the funds and proper support to get their big idea off the ground.

With our NuvoDesk Investment Panel we want to help make your dream a reality.

The NuvoDesk Investment Panel members range from silent investors to hands-on investors.

Anyone who uses our facility will have access to pipelines and potential funds that are needed to fund your big idea.

That big idea could be anything from a new product, improving an existing product, a new service, new software, or a software improvement idea, the opportunities are endless.

Whether you are working at our NuvoDesk location for an hour or for twelve hours, we want to help you with your big idea.

At NuvoDesk, we want to change the world and our entrepreneurs are the key in doing so.

Support will not just be financial.

It will range from the legal aspects in the starting phase with protecting your idea to finding the right manufacturing and marketing solutions for a quality product.

Additional support will include help with utilizing the right distribution channels needed to make your concept a success.

Let NuvoDesk assist you in the tools needed to make your big idea a successful one.

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