Making Your Business Feel More Like Home

Making a business feel more like home is sometimes the exact opposite of what we want to do. We go to the office or the lobby or the shop floor to work, and then when we get home again we have the ability to relax in our own space. And it works for most of us! However, when you’re an entrepreneur, and you’ve got your own company on the tab to look after, you’ve got to make sure you want to spend as much time in it as you do your own living room.

When we’re at home, we’re comfortable, and the same should go for our business as well. You see, when we’re comfortable, we make better decisions and do a lot more for ourselves when it comes to succeeding, and that’s important for staying at the top of your game when you’re working for your own company. You need advantages here there and everywhere, and it’s hard to gain such an edge when you’re a small time business in an otherwise big business world. So without further ado, let’s get into some of the techniques.

 

This office looks picturesque and feels very productive at the same time…So why shouldn’t yours? (Source)

 

Start with Your Office Walls

Your office is the place where the bulk of your work gets done, and whether it’s the center of your business or just the backroom off of the main shop, it’s the hub of your company. So it needs to be the place you go to first to make sure you’re doing your best work.

Think on the decorating first, as the colors of the wall and floor of your office are going to have a much bigger impact on how you feel than you think. There’s been a lot of research into how the different primary and secondary colors on the spectrum affect us, and you should use these facts to your advantage to try and make yourself go the extra mile each day. Blue is a prime example here; it does a lot for your mind to make it stay awake and keep chugging through, which is why a lot of social media apps and websites base their color scheme on it.

However, lighter or more saturated colors like that of yellow and orange are the best for making sure you’re happy to keep on going. So mix your color scheme together for better harmony and much more of a balance in your work life. You’re going to need all the tricks you can get to work and constantly be comfortable at the same time with the long hours!

Setting Up Furniture

The furniture comes next on the list, and it’s the next thing you shouldn’t underestimate in your strive to make sure your office is as much a home as your real home. Furniture really completes both the look and the practicality of your working environment, so don’t skimp on any of the prices if you feel one chair or desk would be better than another.

If you’re working on a budget, as small businesses often are, try a second-hand or thrift store first. It’s a great place for someone like you to find a lot of hidden gems at discounted prices, and you don’t have to sacrifice any comfort in your search for the best use out of your office. After all, it can’t be sold in these places unless it’s both been well-loved and still in good use nowadays.

Seeing as you’re going to be behind a desk for most of the day, you need to make sure you’re not putting your health at risk. And that involves keeping your back supported and upright for all the time you’re typing way. That means you need to get a chair with lumbar support, and good ergonomics. Humans weren’t meant to be sedentary after all!

Speaking of, it’d be a good idea to get a standing desk as well, as the height can be adjusted based on whether you feel like sitting down or standing up at the time. When you legs need to be stretched out, and you’ve already been at the computer for a couple of hours already, standing up will be the best thing for you at the time.

Turn to Your Employees

Your employees should be like a mini family to you, and communication between the whole lot of you is essential for a good work environment. And that doesn’t come easily, as a lot of employees don’t know how to talk to their boss and vice versa. So make sure you immediately work on this as soon as you hire one or two people on.

Communication and personalization in the workplace is the best thing for establishing an internal brand, and it’s something a lot of people forget about when all they’re focused on is the external world. This is where your money comes from after all, but you wouldn’t make nearly as much as you do now without the people who work for you. So feel free to customise a uniform to help people feel like they belong in your business, and then do their best work for you. You can click here to shop now for patches to stick onto an employee’s sleeve to help show off what you offer, or you can come up with a sales tactic that always includes the slogan of your business.

People need to be reminded who you are after all, in order to ensure they think of you when they leave the shop. Being exposed to something at least 7 times is what makes people think of you again and again, and this is a great way to give your shopping experience a stronger sense of branding.

Starting to Feel Like Home?

Hopefully this post has shown there’s a lot of good ways to make sure you feel just at home in your own office; a home away from home if you will.

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Pimp Your Ride – For Less

Buying a new car is one of life’s great moment. The feel, look, and even the smell of a brand new set of wheels is a simple pleasure everyone loves, and almost the start of a new relationship and journey. However, the experience is not without issues. Once you get hold of those keys and drive your new car away, that uniqueness you felt on the test drive might not be markedly different after all.

The truth is that unless you can afford the huge expense of buying an incredible car, you can pretty much guarantee that thousands – maybe even millions – of other people are going to be driving the exact same model. And you might start to feel like you are driving something a little more run-of-the-mill than you first thought.

The good news is that there are plenty of ways of standing out. All it takes is a little customization to personalize your vehicle to your liking, and it won’t cost you a fortune to do it! In today’s guide, I’m going to go through a few of your options and reveal how to pimp your own ride for less.

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Getting started with the basics

First and foremost, let’s talk about personalization. Ultimately, there’s a right way of doing it, and plenty of ways of overdoing it. You want to attract the right kind of attention, of course, but it’s very easy to go too far and end up with a vehicle that is noticeable for all the wrong reasons. As an example, let’s discuss blacked out windows. Sure, your new car is going to look sleek – and also keep the sun’s glare out of your eyes. But in terms of getting noticed, your darkened windows will attract attention from all kinds of people – including law enforcement officers. It’s the same principle for exhausts – the only thing you will be doing is annoy people, and, most probably, attract the attention of the police again. To conclude, be careful! It’s OK to look cool in a car, but be aware that it is all too easy to overdo it.

Personalized license plate

Now, personalized plates are something of a ‘love/hate’ thing. And let’s be clear, they can be incredibly tacky in the wrong hands – not to mention expensive. In fact, something like the A1 or 1A plate could set you back up by millions of dollars. And of course, there are plenty of rude and inappropriate plates that you can buy – which aren’t recommended for public display! But you don’t have to spend a fortune. With a little ingenuity, it’s possible to find a personalized plate that doesn’t cost the earth but also reflects your name or an aspect of your personality. Check out the license plate specialists online and see what you can find.

Painting

Bored of your standard silver? Tired of the boring black paint job on your car? Well, why not take the DIY route, or pop to your local spray center and choose your own color? The reality is that if you want a funky color for your car, it can be expensive – and difficult – to find the perfect shade when buying new. But you don’t have to settle for what you have – you just need to find a professional bodywork shop to spray your ca to perfection. And as for the choice of color, it’s totally down for you. Bright pinks, gun-metal grays, matt blacks – the decision is yours, depending on whether you want to portray an element of fun, gravitas, or whatever you feel suits your personality type.

Sound systems

If you buy a standard car, the chances are that the stereo system that is fitted in the vehicle is pretty average. Car manufacturers just don’t worry about it, and although it might come complete with touchscreen and GPS, the sound quality is often poor. Why? Well, there’s an element of car drivers not being fussed about in-car sound quality, and manufacturers have to cut costs somewhere to make their vehicles affordable. However, if you love music and use it to express your personality, then you will need to upgrade. So, look for a great site for car stereo DIY info and product advice and consider getting that upgrade. Car stereos and speakers can be found for reasonable prices, and you can pump out your tunes of choice to your heart’s content.

Seats, wheels and tires

Your car will also come with standard seats, wheels and tires – unless you are willing to pay a premium. However, it’s possible to find some exceptional deals on all three of these car products when you buy from elsewhere. Whether you want to install alloys, buy some chunky tires with better grips, or upgrade your car seats with racing or heated seats, there is plenty of choices out there to reflect your personality.

Bumper replacement

Here’s one that not many people realize they can do – replace your bumper! Doing this particular task can make an instant impact on the look of your car, and you don’t have to spend a fortune to achieve a sporty or classic look. You can choose between rough-and-ready all-terrain style brackets or super glossy chrome-plated bumpers – ultimately, it’s your choice.

The little things

There’s plenty more you can do with your car, at very little cost. Bumper stickers can be a great way to show off your interests, from the football team you support to a local charity. Antenna toppers are cheaper than a pack of chips and come in a range of styles and colors you can use to complete the look of your car. And even air fresheners can add a nice fragrance to your car, so find a flavor that sings to your nasal senses.

As you can see, there are plenty of ways of upgrading your car that won’t cost the earth. It’s all down to a matter of choice. Ultimately, even if you buy the most popular, mainstream vehicle on the roads these days, there is nothing stopping you from turning it from an average set of wheels to a ‘pimp my ride’ classic.

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Effective Ways To Communicate With Your Customers

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If you want to run a successful and reputable business you need to make sure that the way you communicate is at the forefront of your mind at all times. Communication is one of the most basic human needs and will be instrumental in how you come across to your audience and whether or not you will build those lasting relationships you want. If you want to learn how to communicate to your customers more effectively this year, here are some ways to get your started.

Listen

The easiest way to communicate with your customers better is to make sure you listen to them and what they have to say. As a business owner the most important thing you want to know is what your audience wants and what they like. This is why we conduct market research in order to get to know our customers and know how to sell to them best. Make the effort when talking to your customers to not say too much and let them speak their mind. This could be incredibly important for you and allow you to make great improvements to your business.

Ditch the jargon

People hate it when you use fancy jargon to describe something which is relatively simple. If you are trying to explain how your product works or what your service is: make sure that you use concise sentences and say things plain and simple. There is no point getting technical with people if they won’t know what you mean.

Be professional

As a business professional it is important to remember that you are not simply conversing with your friends at the local pub. You need to always use correct English in your marketing and when you speak to your customers. Think about downloading an app such as Grammarly which will check your work for errors after writing. This will allow you to come across as professional and smart.

Positivity

The way you talk about yourself and your company can have a pretty massive effect on how they perceive you as a whole.  Are sure that when you are selling your product or service, you focus on what problem it can solve. People want to hear what your product can do for them and how it will make their lives much easier: make sure you always focus on this rather than dwelling on what it cannot do for them.

Forms of communication

There are a lot of different ways you can contact your customers these days, and it is crucial that you give them the option of how they would prefer to be contacted. For example, many people might be happy for you to send texts with TextBetter: however some may prefer you to simply email them. Many people are happy with you sending information through the post, and others may like to chat on the phone. Giving your customers the option will allow you to give off a better vibe and build a good reputation as you won’t be seen as pushy.

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