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How to add Wow to your business without packing up and moving

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Having your clients visit your office is a great way to connect with them and make a lasting impression. Your client’s first impression of your office can make or break your future working relationship with them, therefore it’s important to impress.

You’ve worked hard to gain your clients, so it’s essential that you deliver on their expectations and more in order to keep them. When it comes to impressing your clients, however, there’s no need to up and move office. Here are some ways you can add the wow factor to your business.

 

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Always have a clean and tidy office

It might go without saying but maintaining a clean and tidy office space is an obvious way to impress office visitors. A dirty or unhygienic office could make clients disappear, as well as give your business a bad rep. So, it’s important to keep your office clean at all times, including desktops, bathrooms and kitchen areas.

However, a tidy office goes beyond cleaning. Is the paint of the walls chipped? Are tatty, outdated magazines left around your lobby? The visual aspects of your office are just as important to creating a welcoming and impressive environment, therefore, you should keep on top of your office’s appearance and make sure it looks fresh.

 

Make the visit personalised

When it comes to your clients, you want to make them feel valued. If you have an appointment arranged with a client, adding personal touches can go a long way. For example,thebalancesmb.comrecommends displaying a lobby board that welcomes your visitor the moment they arrive.

Employees should also be aware of visitors coming into the office and give a warm welcome to guests. You want to communicate to your client that they are valued within your business, so it’s important to be consistent.

 

Offer self-serve refreshments          

Another way to impress clients is by offering them high quality refreshments and snacks. Invest in a coffee machine and water cooler that your visitors can use and serve themselves whilst they wait. Have fresh fruit or healthy snacks on display for clients too.

For any existing clients, you can use your past experiences to personalise their experience further and provide them with refreshments you know they like, such as a green tea. This observation shows clients you care about them and provides an added touch to their experience.

 

Recognise the importance of a receptionist

First impressions are important when it comes to winning business. A receptionist plays an important role in how your organisation is perceived by visitors and are often a first point of contact.

However, as a smaller business, you might not have a receptionist in place. In fact, you might not even have a “professional” office. There’s no need to fear though, as having a Virtual Office in London allows your business to simply book an office or meeting room without having to rent physical space. This is a great way to wow clients and give a good impression of your business, all the while being cost-effective.

 

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Blogging essentials for new bloggers

This blog post is all about blogging essentials for new bloggers. When it comes to blogging successfully, it is important to have certain items in place to make the whole process fun. When I started blogging in 2012, I had most of these blogging essentials in place already because I was kind of into technology and gadgets, and I spent many hours online. So it was easy to get cracking on making these items do the work to grow Fashion and Style Police.

 

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Here are some of the blogging essentials you will need if you are thinking of setting up a blog –

 

A Reliable Laptop

Now this goes without saying, but I will say it anyway. You need a laptop to blog. Desktop won’t work long term as the whole idea of blogging is to be able to blog from anywhere. Tablets and phones are great blogging essentials as well, but to write comfortably, you will need an actual laptop eventually. I use MacBook Pro and it is the best laptop I have ever used. It changed my blogging life completely and I am glad I finally got rid of my old and tired HP laptop. That laptop was so old and unreliable. For you to blog conveniently you need a good laptop.

 

A Good Camera

If you are going to blogging about personal topics like fashion and style, products reviews and travel, you will need a good camera. A point and shoot camera is ok to start with. I started with those and they did the work for many years. As long as the quality is ok and you know how to use it, there’s no need to invest in an expensive camera when you are just starting out.

 

Beautiful Journals/Notebooks

I have various journals for many blogging relating jobs. I like to write a to do list for each day and I also love jotting blog ideas before I forget them. Sometimes I do these jobs on my iPhone but my good old journals always come in handy. Good to have a few ready for when you plan to start blogging regularly. They come in very handy. Plus I find beautiful journals/notebooks very inspiring. They put me in the writing mood.

 

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Plagiarism and SEO Tools

Beginner bloggers should set up an account on Copyscape to check articles are unique. This is very important especially when you start accepting guest posts. The last thing you want is to be penalised for having duplicate content on your blog. There are other plagiarism checking tools like Duplichecker, but Copyscape is the one I recommend because I use it quite regularly. It is not a free service but it is worth every penny in my eyes.

For SEO tools, I use the free Yoast plugin and it helps me optimised my posts as much as I can. When it comes to growing your new blog, SEO is the most important bit. The faster your blog posts rank, the faster your blog grows.

 

Social Media Accounts

It amazes me how many bloggers refuse to have a presence on certain social media platforms. This could be for various reasons but it is not the smart way to go. You should have an account on all social media platforms. Every platform is a social media essential even though you don’t use it. You never know what would happen a few years down the line, so it makes sense to set up an account with your blog name on all social media platforms.

 

 

Do you blog? What are your blogging essentials? Please sound off in the comments section below. You can also get in touch to find out about my blog coaching service.

 

 

 

 

How to protect your money as a high earner

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Financial security is what almost everyone strives towards.

For high earners it is of particular importance — to try to protect the money they are earning — as there is more to keep safe.

But, how exactly can we achieve this?

 

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If you want to make the most of your assets, take a look at three of our top tips:

 

  1. Careful budgeting

Some high earners feel that they don’t need to budget. Frugality, after all, has long been associated with people earning a low income.

However, budgeting can benefit everyone — however much they earn. Monitor your money, and you’ll be less likely to face unexpected shortfalls in the future.

By creating a weekly or monthly cash flow on a simple spreadsheet, you can plan your outgoings and lifestyle in advance. Better still, carry your cash flow with you as an uploaded document on your phone or tablet, and you can look at it whenever you feel the urge to overspend.

You don’t just stand to protect your assets; you could become more confident in financial handling, too.

 

  1. Contingency funds

Budgeting isn’t just useful — it’s essential. If you put aside a certain amount of money each month, you can be prepared for any financial situation, including emergencies and changes of circumstance.

Though nobody wants to face a costly surprise, they can occur at any time. Building a contingency fund means you will be able to deal with it much better.

It could be particularly helpful if you need to take unpaid leave from work, for example. That way, you won’t have to worry about covering bills and maintaining your usual lifestyle during that period.

Equally, a fund may come in handy if you ever face redundancy. You’ll then have enough money to tide you over while you secure new employment.

Prepare well, and you can always remain financially secure.

 

  1. Pension plan

You’ll no doubt know the value that a pension plan can offer. As a high earner, you will have garnered a state pension through national insurance contributions as well as building a private or corporate pension along the way, too.

At state pension age (currently 65), Brits have the opportunity to either claim or defer their acquired sum. A deferred pension, for example, increases by a small amount, once its owner has retired. A private pension can be drawn earlier – usually around the age of 55.

Although you may be a long way of retirement age now, it’s useful to plan ahead and decide on the best option for you long-term. You can then start to save effectively. You could always consult a financial adviser to work out the best route for your retirement.

You work hard for your income, so it’s only right that you want to protect it. Follow the right steps, and you can secure your finances, both now and for the future.

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