What To Consider When You’re Setting Up A New Office

It is a sure sign of steady growth when your business demands the need for a new office. There are few clearer indications that things are going well, and it is always cause for celebration. However, setting up a new office can be a real challenge, even for the experienced business owner. There is a lot to consider when you are in the process of moving things around in your business. If you have found yourself in this situation at the moment, then this post might help you out. In this post, we will look at some of the top considerations for when you are setting up a new office. Some of these you might have already considered. Others still might come as something of a surprise. Either way, they are all worth considering. Without further ado, let’s take a look at what you need to think about.

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Location

This should be the number one concern for anyone wanting to expand into a new office. There are a few things to bear in mind here. First of all, you want the location of the new office to be relatively close to the old one. What’s more, you want to ensure that any employees who need to get there, can do so easily. It is not always possible, or necessary, for the two offices to be in close proximity. But regardless, you should aim for them to be as close as possible. Of course, with modern technology being what it is, this is not as important as it used to be.

Space

The amount of empty space in the office has a huge effect on how workflow happens within that office. If you want your employees to be happy and productive at work, then you need to make sure that the office space is laid out well. You want a good mixture of empty space, and different kinds of working areas. Do your best to cater to all types of personalities. That way, your business is much more likely to flourish in the long run.

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Equipment

It goes without saying that you need to fill your office with the correct equipment if it is to function at its peak. With that in mind, be sure that you do your best in sourcing the finest equipment and machinery that your employees need. If you think you might struggle financially, then it might be worth looking into securing equipment financing. That way, you can be sure that you can afford everything you need.

Communication

One of the major things you need to consider when you are setting up office is the communication side of things. It is likely that different teams will need to communicate in your business. With that in mind, you need to ensure that the communication is as easy as possible. Of course, this is somewhere else where technology comes in handy. But it also affects the layout of the office, so bear that in mind when you are planning it out.

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Book Review: Tailored for Trouble by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Tailored for Trouble (Happy Pants, #1)Tailored for Trouble by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

***ARC kindly provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***

I REALLY, really enjoyed this book. There was a lot going on, but it all worked so well. The pacing was excellent and the characters drew me in from page one. They were well-developed and had strong voices.

Taylor Reed, our female MC, has a witty and funny voice, which often made me laugh out loud and empathize with her. She has strong opinions but is understanding and really wants to change the business world for the better.

Bennet Wade, our male MC, is very intriguing and complex, and it’s interesting to keep finding out why he is the way he is as the story unravels. Everything he does has a good reason behind it, even if Taylor doesn’t think so. I thought he was delicious as a book boyfriend and thoroughly enjoyed him.

These two had me rooting so hard for them, and I think the ending tension worked really well. Also, I want to eat those delicious love cookies from the story! 😉

It takes a lot of effort to get 5 stars from me, so I can confidently say that I was impressed with this book. I would definitely read more by this author and look forward to her other stories.

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Freelance Writing: Tips For Beginners

Whether you’re starting a home business or traveling the world, freelance writing can be a fantastic career to start. As well as helping you financially, it can provide you with a creative outlet where you can share your ideas and help others. Almost anyone with writing talent can do it; all you need is a laptop and a wifi connection. From magazine articles to blog posts, there are countless writing opportunities just waiting to be ceased. But with ever increasing competition from other writers and so many options to choose from, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. So to help you relax and start your writing career in the best way possible, follow these tips for beginners.

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Find your passions

It’s always far easier to write about subjects that you are passionate about, rather than ones you have little interest in. Choosing to write a piece about something you dislike, just because it pays well is not a good tact. You’ll find that you procrastinate throughout, and every word will be a struggle. Knowing what you like writing about and what you don’t will help you narrow down your potential job opportunities. This will help you feel more in control and less overwhelmed. It will also help you find your niche within the market. Write a list of subjects that you are interested in. It could be anything from eco-living to graphic design. This should give you a clear indication of what you should be writing about.

Get some experience

Unless you’ve had a career in writing or journalism before, it’s unlikely you have a wealth of writing experience to draw from. But that shouldn’t discourage you. Many blogs, small magazines, and journals will accept work from writers with little experience and training. Bloggers in particular always need fresh content ideas. This work will not always be paid, but it could give you the experience you need. While also helping you to improve your writing and editing skills. It will also provide some insight into what freelance writing entails and whether it’s the right career choice for you. To get you started, do a google search or use this website to find guest blogging opportunities.

Take a writing class

It’s no secret that you will face immense competition from other freelance writers from around the world. So it’s important that you make yourself stand out with impressive work that is compelling to read. One of the best ways to do this is by attending a writing class. This is again, particularly important if you’ve got no experience. These classes can help you improve your skills, connect with other writers and find your preferred style of writing. You can also gain feedback on your work which will help you develop into a more competent writer all round. Look online to find a suitable writing course or visit your local library.

These tips should help you start to build your confidence, both in yourself and your writing abilities. If you’re willing to put the time and the hard work into it, there is no reason why you can’t make a lucrative career out of your writing.

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Things I Wish I Knew About Employees When First Starting A Business

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Starting a business is exciting but scary. However, you don’t have to face those fears alone. With the support of a great team, you’ll instantly remove a large portion of those problems.

When embraced in an effective manner, the staff can be your biggest asset. However, actively getting the most out of your team isn’t necessarily easy. There will be a learning curve before you realise the very best methods. However, you can give yourself a serious advantage by appreciating the most important aspects in advance.

Here are some key lessons that will help you on your way. Take heed of them immediately, and you should see stunning results.

It’s Not Just About The CV

Recruitment is one of the most important tasks you’ll ever face as an entrepreneur. Get this step right, and your business will be virtually guaranteed to thrive. However, it doesn’t all come down to their skills. You must also be sure that they boast the right personality to represent your company.

Personality screening is a great way to gain a clear indication in those very early stages. You need to know that employees will be motivated. This is especially true when you rely on those staff members to follow leads and gain clients. After all, lacklustre performances here could cost converted sales.

Likewise, it’s important to remember the importance of the team. A group of personalities that fit together will always work harder, and that can only mean great news for the company.

Work Environments Are Key

They say a bad workman blames his tools. But if the workplace isn’t equipped with the right facilities, your team will never produce great results.

Business moves forward at a rapid rate, and embracing modern facilities is key. New technologies can save time and money while increasing the quality of products too. Perhaps more importantly, though, the team needs to interact with their surroundings in a suitable manner. Health & Safety seminars are a great way to reduce the threat of personal injuries. Furthermore, they’ll improve the overall atmosphere throughout the company too.

Essentially, your employees are only human, and you must cater to those needs. As long as you do this, the mood and workflow of the entire place should take an upwards trajectory.

They Need Leadership

No matter how strong those candidates are, it’s impossible for them to produce perfect results without a helping hand. Therefore, you need to ensure that you’re always there to provide it.

Encouraging a positive employer-employee relationship is vital. However, they also need to see that you’re leading the team in the right direction. If they have doubts about your qualities, then they will inevitably start to falter. Strive to be the best you can be, and it will influence them too.

Meanwhile, you need to communicate effectively too. Even if you have workers split over several locations, this shouldn’t be an issue. Video conferencing and other tech facilities can help you stay connected at all times. Doing this will avoid confusion, which will reduce wasted time. Considering time is money, this is crucial to getting the most out of your team.

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Let’s Celebrate YA Week!

Happy Monday, and a Happy May to you all, dear readers!

If you don’t already know, it’s YA Week. My publisher, Cosby Media Productions, is running some specials this week, and my books are included. Hooray!

My first book, Spirit Lake, is priced at the regular, low price of $2.99, and this week only, my second book, The Wrong Fairy Tale is just $0.99! Grab it HERE and NOW while you can! This deal will only be available this week!

You can also check out books and specials from my fellow authors at CMP by clicking HERE. Some of the books are discounted or FREE—yes, FREE! Grab them now while you have the chance. 

If you’re unfamiliar with my books, here are the blurbs and covers below. Would love to have some reading love in celebration of YA week. 😉

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Spirit Lake

Six teenagers from Northern California are assigned a group project for their sophomore English class. Little do they know, this project will literally take them on a journey out of this world. Cantelia appears much like Earth, until the teens realize magic is as plentiful as the danger surrounding them. A dark and evil ruler has placed a curse on the tribal people of Sikuku Island—the same island where the teens have been transported. Now, they must help the tribal people break the curse if they ever want to see their own planet again. Alex and her companions quickly learn that there is so much more beyond their comfortable lives in Pollock Pines and its legendary Spirit Lake.

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The Wrong Fairy Tale

Being a hero is not such an easy job after all.

It’s junior year, and Alex and her friends are just trying to survive high school: boring homework, detention, crushes…and a fateful journey through a portal to another planet—you know, the usual. Despite being average California teenagers, this group of six finds themselves on a return trip to the strange land of Cantelia, where their Spirit Guide, Goden, has sent them. This time, they appear near the Alfaran Forest: a place, where, once again, many inhabitants claim these kids are the Chosen Ones and that they will help to find a solution for ridding the forest of a new kind of horror.

Will the teens have the courage to fight the real enemy? Or will they be forever trapped on Cantelia?

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Remember, you can purchase my eBooks by going to Amazon. Click HERE for Spirit Lake, and click HERE for The Wrong Fairy Tale. 

Also, if you have Kindle Unlimited, you can read my books for free! Super cool, right?! I would love to have some more reviews, too, so help a girl out—yeah? 🙂

Tomorrow, I’ll have another post, highlighting a fellow author and his books. Stay tuned, and happy reading! 

xoxo