11 Gift Ideas for Your Business Partners

Whether you’re looking for the perfect birthday or holiday gift for your business partner, or simply want to welcome them aboard with something special, it’s important to find the gift that says the right thing.

Business gift ideas

In this guide, our friends at French Knot, Aussie’s premier online homewares store, offer 11 great ideas that will make your business partner feel the love. Each of these items have been chosen for business professionals and will be sure to be a hit!

1. Mini Zen Garden

Mini zen gardens are inexpensive yet entrancing novelties. A mini zen garden offers the perfect mental escape from the rigor of the work day, so if you want to help your business partner take a quick breather after a meeting, conference call, or just for relaxation, then a mini zen garden is truly just the thing!…

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6 Benefits of Using Virtual Receptionist Service for an Online Business

Any business that takes itself seriously will make sure calls are answered within a ring or two and that callers feel their question or issue is (or will soon be) resolved before the call is disconnected. Unless you have a very close and trusting relationship with all your customers, it’s impossible to do this with calls going to the wrong staff member, or worse: voicemail; or worst: Missed altogether.

Virtual receptionist taking calls

Did you know that the true cost of a call unanswered or going to voicemail is around $50,000/year – even more depending on the volume and industry you’re in. That got you thinking, right?…

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Here is How to Hold a Meeting with Your Location-Independent Team Members for the First Time

Many people envision team meetings as stuffy office-based meetings between employees and management, but today’s economy is simply different. Whether you run an ecommerce business or a digital agency, you might be collaborating with a team across the state, country, or even the world. So, when it’s time for a team meeting, and your team doesn’t have a single location, what do you do?

Location independent team meeting

If this is your first time trying to put together a team meeting for your location-independent team, then we’re going to give you some tried and true tips for creating an exceptional and productive meeting experience by setting up a Virtual HQ.

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Sole Proprietors: How to Appear Bigger to Your Future Clients and Partners?

“The bigger the better” is a phrase we’re all familiar with. It’s true too, no matter how much many of us wish it weren’t so. The first thing you’re supposed to do when you see a bear in the woods is to lift your arms high, puff up your chest as big as you can, and yell as loud as your voice box will allow. Many in the animal kingdom have also learned this trick, such as the peacock who use their massive tail feathers to make themselves appear bigger to predators, and each other.

Appear bigger to clients

As humans, we’re told to “fake it til’ you make it” because it’s a well-known fact that if you can effectively pull off looking the part of a big shot, you might just get lucky enough to actually make it to the big time.…

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Phone Answering: In-house or Outsource?

A receptionist is usually the person who gives your customers and prospects a lasting impression of your business. Much like the greeter at an exclusive condominium complex, or delivery driver from your new favorite restaurant. A good impression makes it much easier to maintain relationships with customers, suppliers, and partners.

Phone answering service

A bad impression will obviously make running your business successfully much harder. Nearly any business, big or small, can benefit from a receptionist answering their calls. The choice really comes down to whether you need a physical person sitting at a desk in your office, or if outsourcing to a virtual receptionist or team of receptionists makes most sense.…

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How to Lead a Multi-National Business Startup Team

Leading a multi-national team after you’ve launched a startup is no easy task. You still get to deal with the day-to-day worries a regular business owner would. However, you also have thousands of miles separating your various team members, all of which speak their own language, and have unique cultural differences that need to be understood and respected.

Managing multi-national startup team using web conferencing tool

A multi-national company is a great challenge, and the opportunity for immense profits is very real. However, you have to wear many hats to successfully cross cultural barriers, and have the proper technology in place to make communication as instant and seamless as possible.…

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Virtual Office: Mail Service Only or Full-Fledged Service?

If you find yourself reading this, it’s likely you’ve been considering renting a virtual office for a while. Making the move to a virtual office is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly, just as you wouldn’t rent the first physical office your Realtor shows you. For all intents and purposes, the virtual facility you rent will be listed on your website, marketing materials, and government business registration profile.

Businesswoman working in a virtual office

Some CEOs rent a virtual office merely to legitimize the business, receive official mail, and have it forwarded from the virtual location to their actual location. However, that’s not all a virtual office service can offer.…

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How Much Can You Save when Using Virtual Office vs. Physical Office?

The goal of any business is to generate as much revenue as possible while servicing their customers to the very best of their ability. A virtual office is a great way to save tens of thousands of dollars per year in office expenses. Virtual office rental accomplishes this for many businesses by offering a physical office for important meetings, a private place to work as needed, and mail drop off/forwarding that adds a level of professionalism to any business.

Save money on staff

After all, where you reside says a lot to customers about how much value you can offer. Setting up a Virtual Headquarters, you get the prestige of the virtual location you rent, without all the expenses.…

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Virtual HQ in Australia: Sydney or Melbourne?

Ready for world domination? No business plan is complete without defining where your headquarters will be located. If you’re like many modern entrepreneurs, you’re interested in a virtual office. These virtual office spaces are hosted in physical spaces but offer a number of benefits that serve your business around the clock. It won’t matter where you are or what you’re doing; they offers Virtual Services you need to keep your company running 24/7.

Australia

You likely already have a list of reasons why you want a virtual headquarters, but now you’re delving into what could be your most serious decision yet. If you’re looking to put down a headquarters in Australia, you’ve undoubtedly got your eye on two of the country’s top cities: Sydney and Melbourne.…

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Does a Virtual Office Address Help Your Branding?

A Virtual Address definitely helps you to improve your branding efforts. The toughest part of running a lean SME is that you just can’t budget for an office in a prestigious area of the city. Also, when a business does have a great office location and it comes time to expand into new areas; lease expenses, among other things can become a huge hurdle.

Financial district in London UK

The big issue with leasing costs overall, is that money is robbed from other critical areas of the business that are most hungry for cash, like marketing and recruiting. I haven’t even mentioned the need for office equipment, furniture, utilities and maintenance yet.…

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