Home Office or Office Rental – What do Your Clients Expect?
One of the first decisions new business owners must make is whether to operate their business out of their home or rent an office space.Inviting clients into your home and letting then see where and how you live can be tricky, especially if you do not have space you can devote to a home office. If you are unsure whether to create a home office or rent an office, here are some points to consider when making your decision.
Typically, people don’t like doing business with post office boxes.If something goes wrong with an order, or a shipment, or any number of situations associated with doing business, it’s small comfort to your clients and customers to know that they have a post office box they can consult in case of a problem or an emergency.If a home office is not feasible for you, UPS stores can give you with a street address where you can receive mail.
Having a home office without a dedicated space is possible.The challenge is to create boundaries between your family life and your business affairs.If you plan to use your living room or the dining room table for meetings, remove all family mementoes and keepsakes from walls and furniture.Remove toys and games from entryways and make sure that children are quiet and located in another part of the house that is quiet and as soundproof as possible.
If you have a designated office space, what message does your home office convey?Fill your home office with office furniture.Install a dedicated phone line(s).Choose fabrics and furniture that can withstand wear and tear as well as be comfortable for your clients and customers.Create a business atmosphere by clearing off filing cabinets and cluttered desk tops, silence all radios and televisions, close off as many family rooms as possible and utilize pictures and lamps to finish off the professional look of the office.
At the end of the day, let your knowledge of your neighborhood, your clients, your industry and your own business style guide your decision.
Coming soon!PART TWO:OPTIONS FOR OFFICE RENTALS
Success Is Driven By What You Do -- Not Just What You Know
As we kick off a New Year, it’s time to dust off that idea or business plan that has been sitting collecting dust and put it into action.However, it’s not enough to have a great idea or a great plan. You have to take ACTION and move on that plan or idea.This applies to start-ups and existing businesses as well.When was the last time you offered a new product or service to grow your business?
Many of us can espouse our knowledge on a great many subjects, but few of us put that knowledge into action.We KNOW how to lose weight, eat better, create new products and services or become the next great thing.The issue lies in our inertia and our lack of ACTION or “doing”.Our success can only come from DOING -- not just knowing.We don’t create TO-KNOW lists we create TO-DO lists.
Sometimes our lack of action is due to fear or a sense that the project before us is too overwhelming.“The journey of a thousand miles begins with just one step”.My mantra is “take baby steps”.If your dream is to open a retail store but the start up costs are out of reach, then start with placing your product at a non-competing but complimentary store on consignment.Remember that no matter what the product or service, there is a way to “take baby steps” to get started.It is important that you not equate baby steps with failure to achieve your goal.Rather, think of them as one of many steps on your journey to being a successful entrepreneur.DO it!
Another reason for our lack of “doing” is our uncertainty about the feasibility of our idea or plan. Don’t get caught up in analysis paralysis.You can gather knowledge, collect data, do research and analyze the research but until you take the step to DO something with all that you know, success will always be out of reach.You must find motivation within yourself to push beyond the uncertainty.I believe that if you “follow your passion, but play to your strengths” you can find that motivation.If you take the skills and knowledge you have gained through the years as a foundation, and incorporate your strengths into your plan, it will help overcome your sense of uncertainty so you can DO it!
As a side note, you must be passionate about your role in your business, not just the product or service.That means commitment to taking care of the “business end” of your venture, not just the creative side.If that is not your strength, then be prepared to hire someone to take care of it. Don’t let a great service or product fail due to a lack of focus on running the business.
The BAC offers an extensive array of classes and workshops to enhance your knowledge.The BAC also offers counseling, which can be the gateway to motivating you to take that first step.Sometimes we need a one-on-one conversation to help us take that idea or plan from thought to ACTION.That is exactly what the counselors at the BAC can offer you.It doesn’t matter what area of your business or what stage you are at, there are counselors that can get you moving in the right direction. So add “schedule a counseling appointment at the BAC” to your TO-DO list.
Make this the year you move from knowing to DOING and create the level of success you dream of.
Coletta Strickland is an entrepreneur and counselor at the Fort WorthBusinessAssistanceCenter
BAC Holiday Open House Celebrates More Than 10 Years of Commitment to the Community…and Going Strong
The Board of Directors of the BAC Education Foundation, Inc. and the partners of the Fort WorthBusinessAssistanceCenter welcomed over 150 clients, sponsors, community leaders and stakeholders to a festive open house at the BAC on Thursday, December 16th.Each of the complex’s offices offered holiday treats and distributed updates to the kick-off of an exciting new year of programs and services at the BAC.“We wanted to acquaint or re-acquaint the community with our facility and all of the great programs we offer”, said Ossana Hermosillo, Manager of the BAC.Over the past year, the BAC has made a significant difference in the lives of thousands of local residents, encouraging and empowering them to either start new businesses or grow existing business enterprises.
Susan Alanis, Assistant City Manger Laura Hunt, Total Spectrum William Johnson, Assistant Director Cheryl Jones, BAC Program Coordinator