Tip #2 – Home Business Entrepreneurs Have an Office

Hoping you are enjoying our home business tips series for individuals looking at starting a home business or the entrepreneurs actively operating one. In the first article, it was mentioned how we can use hardware that enables us to work our business from anywhere in the house and even tools that allow us to work when we’re away, but by no means should that undermine the importance of having an office (or work designated space) in our home. A home based business does imply having a home office. To the same extent we have specific rooms in our homes for eating, cooking and sleeping, a space does need to be delimited for working. Even if we may not choose to work from there all the time, it’s important to have an anchor point for your business; you may want to view it as “Corporate Head Office”. You may decide to work from remote offices such as the patio, the hammock, the gazebo, the hotel room or the pool chair at your favorite Waikiki beach resort but in the end you will always need to come back and re-group in the home office – Corporate Headquarters.

While it is quite possible to have a paperless home office should you choose to, there’s always going to be some sort of paper even if you’re not the one generating it. You will have to start maintaining a filing system so piles of notes, advertising sketches, financial statements and the likes do not start piling on your desk.

The home office is also the area you can revert to when you need peace and quiet when other areas of your home are busy with sounds of playful youngsters, teen music, TV sports games or barking dogs. While those sounds are very natural to the home environment, they are also distracting to the work at hand. There are times when you need to focus your attention on a specific matter, think strategically or carry out a phone conversation and you need a place that will allow you to do so.

For that reason, you are best advised to tailor that area so it reflects your personality. You want to feel comfortable, well equipped and productive. Keep an organized and clean desk. Have all your office supplies placed for quick access. A desk can clutter easily so always remind yourself frequently that a desk is not a storage area but a work area. Your work area should feel spacious and not cramped. When you sit at your desk you should not have to move or remove piles of paper in order to find a place to work. Do not allow piles to form and when the day is over, clean up your desk so it’s ready and fresh for the next use.

If at all possible, choose a room that has a window so you can have daylight and fresh air come into your office. Fresh air will oxygenate your office so your brain can think clearly and you don’t feel sluggish. The sunlight brings you vitamins, brightens your day and makes the room alive. Add to that some favorite colors to accent your room and you’re set. While some may go as far as painting the walls to their liking, there are other alternatives. Put up colorful pictures on the walls, post your life vision, print your favorite quotes on colored paper and stick them to the walls at random angles, post your life goals and you might also want to frame some pictures of the important people in your life. All these will quickly fill up your wall space and pretty soon the color of your walls won’t even matter. It will make your work environment vibrant, warm, comfortable and conducive to the empowering thoughts you need when you revert to your work alcove.

Plants and animal life are also a good idea. Plants will create oxygen during daytime while their color and appearance will make the place alive. A fish tank is another source of light, it brings busy aquatic life to your room and creates a soothing effect.

Another area of your office should be devoted to your personal and business development library. A considerable amount of time need to be devoted to your development and if you do not have a library in the works already, it’s time you start one. But that will be for another article. In the mean time, put your construction hat and work boots on, you have an office to design; an anchor to set, a Corporate Headquarters to establish. See you in the boardroom!

Entrepreneur Small Business Idea – Develop a Management Consulting Firm

This article will show you how you can start your own management consulting firm as an entrepreneur. Management consulting is a growing field, where you come in to a business with outside experience as a manager, survey the business and provide recommendations as to how the business needs to change its management structure. Read on to find out how you can start your own management consultancy.

If you have previous management experience, or you are a very avid student of management, this may be the right business for you to start. There are many businesses out there with fairly “green” managers that have come up through the ranks, but don’t have any formal training.

An organization is at the mercy of its management. If the managers are weak, lack in motivating or empowering employees, or they don’t understand the vision of the company, that organization may be in serious trouble.

As a management consultant, you will perform evaluations, observations of employees, look at overall structures of management, and finally give recommendations in multiple areas that require change.

You may need to tape record interviews with employees so that you can take notes later, and you will need enough management experience of some kind under your belt so that you can provide sound advice.

To get this business started you will need a computer, telephone, basic contracts and non-disclosure agreements. It is recommended that you start locally near your home, but ultimately this will be a business requires extensive travel as you visit businesses all over the world that need advice. As you get more clients you can expand your business to include multiple auditors that provide a company-branded report back to the client.

Start a Business – Entrepreneurs Here Are 4 Insider Secrets Guaranteed to Help Your Website

In today’s world, almost every type of business from home based business (with no technology or low technology) to large corporations (with high technology) has a website.

Websites are created for a number of reasons including establishing a brand identity, educating new and existing customers and selling your products or services online. In fact, many potential customers will visit your website to learn more about your products and services long before they contact you directly.

Unfortunately, you only have approximately 4 to 7 seconds to capture their attention. Adding personalization to your web site will help you keep them there with the “WOW” factor.

A website that is personalized will immediately develop trust and create confidence with your potential and existing customers. Here are 4 insider secrets guaranteed to help personalize your website:

  1. Add a signature – You can scan your own signature and create a graphic from that image. However for security issues like identity theft you shouldn’t use your real signature. As an alternative use software with some handwriting fonts to create your own unique signature.
  2. Add a picture – You can add a picture of you, your team or both. Adding pictures with a brief bio or a description increases website success which has a lasting effect that lead to higher sales. The trick with adding pictures is maintaining consistency with the size and shape.
  3. Add streaming audio – According to the experts buyers need to hear your voice in order to more effectively sell your products and services on your web site, buyers need to hear your voice, according to experts. There are many audio tools with functions that range from editing your audio files to converting MP3 and wav files. Though the idea is to keep it simple, most products minimum requirements include a microphone, software and training.
  4. Add streaming video – Allowing customers to see your message, products or advertising in a video format offers the same great benefits as with streaming audio. However this format can utilize more space or bandwidth which leads to getting billed extra from your hosting company.

These insider secrets add far more than just a personal touch to your web site. They set you apart which gives your site a leg-up over your competition. The benefits include:

  • showing who you are
  • connecting with customers
  • standing out in the crowd
  • impressing your customers
  • generating more revenue

Personalizing your website goes a long way by building long and profitable business relationships with customers. Adding a signature, pictures, streaming audio and video can increase the time visitors spend on your website.