From Bedroom To Boardroom: Moving To Your First Commercial Premises

Starting a new business often involves spending sums of money on expenses like equipment and staff. For many new companies, one cost that can be too high to bear at such an early stage is leasing some premises. The idea of paying a lot of rent for some commercial office space or an industrial unit can be a scary one. That is particularly the case for entrepreneurs that are “down to the wire” from a financial perspective!

 

With that in mind, many new startups literally create their enterprises from their bedrooms! However, as their companies grow and evolve, there is a real need to leave home and fly the nest! Moving to “proper” business premises can be an exciting time in any new entrepreneur’s life. Of course, there is the right way and the wrong way of doing that. Keep reading today’s article to learn how to do the former.

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Look for the perfect location

 

Before you start discussing color schemes, you first need to consider where is the best physical location for your first commercial premises. Does it make sense to be in the middle of the city, right at the heart of the action? Or would you prefer more rural settings that afford you the option of future expansion without a hefty price tag?

 

And, most important of all, which areas or region do you serve the majority of your customers? If you need to service your clients from a physical location, it goes without saying that your commercial base should be central to your target audience.

Negotiate a long lease in exchange for cheaper rent

 

You might not think it, but many property developers and real estate agents are happy to lower their lease asking prices if you decide to stay for a long time. That’s because they can guarantee their rental income from you and keep their operating expenses down.

 

When seeking out commercial premises to rent, never pay the asking price for your lease! Always talk things through with the property owner or manager so that you can come to a mutually agreeable price.

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Make sure it is safe for your requirements

 

The last thing you want to do is work in a dangerous building. Nor do you want to expose your employees and visitors to any safety risks that could potentially prove fatal! That’s why you need to carry out a risk analysis of your future commercial abode before you move into it.

 

For instance, if it has an accessible roof, do you need to install guardrails on the edges to protect people from falling? Or does it need the installation of fire extinguishers and sprinkler systems? Taking the time to carry out a risk assessment will ensure the safety of everyone that works at your premises.

Ask about parking

 

One final consideration to make is whether there is ample parking available for your staff and visitors.

 

It’s crucial that your future business premises are accessible, especially to those that require wheelchair access. If on-site parking isn’t available, find out whether you can do a deal with a nearby parking garage for your staff and visitors.

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That way, people don’t have to pay to park their vehicles when they visit your premises.
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Hotels From Hell?

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A job in a hotel can often seem like the perfect thing for someone who loves to travel. How else to share the love than by helping others enjoy their time away? You get to surround yourself in that fun holiday atmosphere all day, every day. But, that doesn’t mean it will be all fun and games. In fact, hotel work is a lot tougher than you might realize. We’re going to look at a few of the realities before you decide this is the career for you.

THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT

We’ve all heard this old saying. Most of us who have worked in a customer facing role know that it’s rarely the case. Even so, we’re providing a service, so we smile and agree to the most absurd accusations and claims. When working in a hotel, this phrase will come back to haunt you. Mainly because you’re dealing with customers for extended periods of time. They don’t enter your space for half an hour; they move in. Worse, everyone will have a different idea of how things should be. You’ll soon reach the stage where you realize that the customer is never right, but you have to please them anyway. Of course, some of your guests will be easy going. But, some will become your nightmare. They’ll expect you to read their minds, and will let you know if they aren’t happy. Some will take insult if their towels aren’t folded the right way. And, you’ll have to grin and apologize. If you want help preparing for this, it might be worth getting some experience. Browse hotel management courses to see if any suit. If you can’t beat them, you should at least know how to deal with them.

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DISCRETION IS ESSENTIAL

 

Hotel work may not seem like the juiciest career option, but you can guarantee you’ll see some sights. That’s why discretion is important for the role. It may be that you hear heated goings on in some of your rooms. You may even have to check in men with women who are quite obviously not their wives. But, you have to let it wash over you. Even gossiping about these things with colleagues is a risk. You don’t want the guest in question to overhear you! You need to let these things go over your head. You are there to serve, not judge.

 

THE WORK NEVER ENDS
To guarantee great reviews for your hotel, you will need to be on call at all times of day. It may seem unfair, but your guests are there all the time, and they won’t see why you can’t be. This is a full on job. Of course, just how full on depends on your role. But, if you’re in an important position, you’ll be expected to drop everything if a guest requests it. Even if it is your day off. Remember, the customer is always right. If they say you should be there, it must be the case.

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What Do You Need When Your Family Is Getting Bigger?

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We all have a pretty good idea of what to expect when you’re expecting, but there’s something of a lack of information for exactly what it is you need when your little bundle of joy actually arrives. The thing that a lot of books and movies seem to forget is that as hard, uncomfortable, and exhausting as pregnancy and birth can be, they’re the easy part! The hard part is when you’re suddenly expected to take care of this tiny, fragile person, often with absolutely no idea what you’re doing. It can be a terrifying experience that can often get in the way of what you really want to be doing, which is revelling in the joy of the new addition to your family. To help you avoid falling into a total panic, here are some things that you should think about before your new addition arrives.

 

Do you need a new car?

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You might be incredibly attached to your car. Maybe it’s one you’ve had for years and has always taken care of you, or maybe you saved up and finally bought the sports car of your dreams. Sadly, when you have a baby, your priorities are going to have to change a little bit. You beloved old heap of junk may not seem so charming when safety becomes a serious issue, and your sports car isn’t going to do much good if you can’t fit anyone into the back seat because the engine has taken up half of the car. An SUV is often the car of choice for many families because of the space and comfort it offers. Cars like the Ford Escape are perfect for families who want to be able to drive in comfort and style, with plenty of space for all the stuff that you need when you’ve got a little one. See if you can find any Ford dealers, or any other dealers with high-quality SUVs near you and give one a test drive. Hopefully, you’ll find one that is stylish enough to take away the pain of having to say goodbye to your beloved sports car.

 

Is your home ready?

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You might assume that baby proofing isn’t something that you’re going to have to worry about for a while. After all, when they’re first born, babies aren’t able to do much other than cry and look adorable. However, those first few months have a nasty habit of racing by and before you know it your little one is going to racing around causing all kinds of trouble. Even before they can crawl, babies are able to roll to where they need to be, and you’d be amazed what skilled climbers they can often be. For your own peace of mind as much as their safety, make an effort to baby proof all the cabinets, keep anything unsafe out of their reach and lock away anything that they might be tempted to put in their mouths. Spoiler alert: babies will be tempted to put everything in their mouths.

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Educating Yourself Without Spending A Penny

Educating yourself is one of the best things you can do if you want to improve your life. By educating yourself, you could make sure you get that promotion at work, start your own business, and do a number of other things. At the very least, it’ll make you a wiser, happier person! But usually, educating yourself means spending a fortune on higher education. Not anymore! Now, there are so many resources you can use to learn without spending a penny. Read on to find out how!

 

Use Online Courses

Online courses are your friend when you want to educate yourself. Some of them can cost a bit of money, but this will be nothing compared to what you’d spend on a course at a college or university. Some of the courses online you can find for free. There are many different sites you can find these courses on, but two of the most popular are Udemy and Skillshare. With Udemy you can find free courses and buy courses one at a time, depending on what you want to do. On Skillshare you sign up and pay monthly, where you can then access every course on the site. It’s up to you how you want to do it! With many courses you get support and people who are also doing the course, so you can share ideas and things.

 

Make YouTube Your Best Friend

YouTube is another fantastic resource. Whether you want to figure out how to make something from scratch or build a business from the ground up, YouTube has some inspirational content that could help. Why not listen to a video while you get ready in the morning, or watch something while you’re on a treadmill at the gym?

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Read As Much As Possible

Make sure you read as much as possible to educate yourself, from self-help books to interesting current events articles that will keep you up to date with the world. If you struggle to read or you don’t always have time, downloading podcasts and audiobooks to listen to can be just as beneficial. You can listen to these before bed, in the car on the way to work, or while you’re running/walking. If you utilize this time to listen to a podcast or audiobook, you’ll improve faster than you realize!

 

Do Things To Support Your Learning

Make sure you do things to support your learning, and you’ll retain this information and improve at a much faster rate. There are lots of studies out there that can clue you in, but a few of the things you should be doing are as follows:

  • Sleep – getting at least 7 hours a night will make you more creative and productive the next day! Get into a good routine.
  • Mediation – learn how to observe your thoughts rather than entertain every one of them and you’ll be less stressed, as well as able to learn new things much faster. You might just find yourself brimming with new ideas too!
  • Eating – eating nourishing foods will strengthen your body and brain. When you eat junk, you’ll feel like junk. This will make you reluctant to sit and do what you have to do to learn!
  • Exercise – exercise will give you confidence and make you feel happier in everyday life. You can double up your exercise with podcasts and audiobooks, or you can just sit down to study after a sweaty session. You’ll likely feel more focused!

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When Tech Attacks! Is Your Home at Risk?

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The technological revolutions many of us are seeing in our home lives, or have seen over the past decade, have brought about a lot of benefits. But there are also a number of disadvantages. Your home safety may actually be at more risk than you think when you have a home with a lot of tech in it. We’re going to take a look at the most prominent risks in home tech and what precisely you can do about it.

 

Overpowering

 

The average home has more electricity running through it than ever. With strong technology cheaper and more accessible ever, many of our homes have several computers, at least one television, some games consoles, several smartphones… if you have all of these plugged in frequently, then you risk overloading your system. Of course, most homes have very sturdy electrical infrastructures. But you need to think of individual outlets, as well as the extension methods you’re using. Most people use very cheap multi-outlet solutions, as opposed to paying about $10 or so for a surge-protected one. If you’ve got a lot of electrics in your home, invest in good outlet solutions – or you risk overloading and causing fires.

 

Wires everywhere

 

Even in our supposedly wireless age, we’re still, well, using an awful lot of wires. These present a problem because they pose a fire risk if they get worn out or if you have way too many bundled together in the same location (which is something a lot of people do in modern homes), but also because they’re a tripping hazard. Where you can, you should look into wireless solutions for things. Even something as simple as finding the best wireless keyboard and mouse can help reduce the wire count to an important degree. Other peripheral items such as speakers are also becoming wireless, and even some PC monitors.

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Data breaches

 

You may have heard of ‘smart homes’. Not all of us have what some would call smart homes, but many of us certainly have items that are making our properties lean in that direction. The Internet of Things gives us more use for data than ever – but it also provides a lot of entry points for cybercriminals. If they can access your WiFi – and this is much easier than you may think – then they may be able to access personal information such as payment details or even medical information, should you have those on your computers. Make sure your home is properly protected against external cyber threats.

 

Heavy objects

 

A lot of us have pretty big televisions now. It used to be that only very rich people have televisions that were sized beyond the 28-inch mark, but these days more people have televisions in the 40-inch region – precisely because they’ve become more affordable than ever. It’s worth remembering, of course, that these present safety risks because they’re so darn big. If you have small children or pets on your property, then you really need to give this some very careful though. Making sure such items are properly affixed to their surfaces, and that those surfaces are themselves properly affixed to the wall or floor, is an absolute must.

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Why Businesses Are Going Green

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The environment has become a bigger and bigger talking point over the past few decades, and an increasing number of businesses are taking the hint. It seems that almost every brand in the world is exhibiting the fact that they’re “going green”, and as you’ve probably figured, it’s not always out of the goodness of the CEO’s heart! Here are some of the key motivating factors that are prompting businesses to be more environmentally friendly.

Great PR

The most obvious reason that pushes businesses towards a greener way of doing things is it’s a great method to help their PR. Any brand that makes a big point of how environmentally friendly they are can gain the sympathy and loyalty of like-minded customers. More and more, we’re seeing companies that are making green changes, like recycling and reducing their waste, using recycled materials in their manufacturing, and applying processes that are better for the environment. Additionally, many companies are making large, public donations to environmental causes, like conserving endangered species, or setting up sustainable farming projects in developing countries. Whether the higher-ups at these brands care that much about the planet or not is always debatable, but the pressure from consumers is certainly having a positive effect!

Major Savings

Companies that make a point to reduce their energy consumption, and make their processes easier on the environment, not only help the planet, but also themselves in the form of reduced expenses. If you were to tell a modern farmer about how much agriculture is straining the world’s water supply, many of them would be liable to shrug it off. On the other hand, if you offered a way to check your irrigation water usage, and save a small fortune on your water bills, they’ll be much more interested! Large manufacturing firms are jumping on this bandwagon more than any other niche, due to the huge amount of carbon emissions they typically have to produce. For these companies, billions of dollars can be saved each year by investing in eco-friendly changes within the organization. Even smaller businesses, which may be struggling to keep their profit margins up, can have greatly reduced energy costs, simply by using energy-saving light bulbs and turning off computers when they’re not in use.

Government Incentives

We may be hearing about it more now, but the biggest shift towards green business occurred in the wake of the recession in the late nineties. The Obama administration’s economic stimulus plan provided a range of incentives for businesses to be more environmentally friendly in the form of tax credits, which freed up more of their capital. While Trump has promised to roll back a lot of Obama’s green policies, there are still various tax credits available to businesses that show eco-friendly practices, such as using solar power, or using hybrid or fully electric vehicles for their fleets and outsourced logistics. The immediate future of these incentives is uncertain, with the leader of the free world taking a lot of the environmental pressure off. However, it’s very unlikely that we’ll see green government incentives totally disappear.

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