Every day throws up a new challenge for business owners and flexible workers. The better you handle a problem and quicker you deal with an issue, the more successful your business will be.
Steve Purdy, UK Managing Directorfor global workplace provider Regus takes a look at scenarios that might hold you back, and how to overcome them.
Problem: You’re a small business owner who wants to branch out to new clients but you work from home.
Solution: When starting out in business all you need is a laptop, phone and enough enthusiasm to take on the challenge of getting your business off the ground. However, as you grow and inevitably need more contact with clients and suppliers, inviting them to your house or a noisy coffee shop might not be the best option. Flexible workspaces give you the freedom to come and go as you need, and organise meetings or conferences in a professional environment.
Problem: You have a team of staff that need flexible working options but you’re concerned it won’t increase productivity.
Solution: Nowadays, most office workers can do their jobs remotely and as a result can reduce time and expense associated with commuting. But although we may be able to work from home, we don’t necessarily want to – with family distractions, lack of office facilities and the feeling of isolation.
Third place working can often be more convenient than working from an office (first place) or at home (second place). Instead, people are taking laptops, tablets or phones to places such as co-working hubs, business centres or libraries. They may base themselves here all day, drop in between meetings or choose third place over home working for a change of scenery. Business centreshave all the benefits of the office – space to work, think, print, scan and meet – at a location closer to home.
Problem: You’re a medium-sized business that wants to expand into global territories. How can you do this without breaking the bank?
Solution: Video conferencinglets you contact clients across the globe and finalise business over time zones. Flying from Asia to Europe for a strategy meeting can easily eat up two or three days. Do the same meeting by video and it could be over in a morning and save an estimated 30% on travel costs.
Problem: You’re a small agency, with clients around the country. How can you save money and improve productivity while travelling for meetings?
Solution: Traditional working hours were 9am-5pm; however, more people now need to work where, when and how it suits them. Whether you’re driving from one meeting to another, taking the train, or stopping for fuel or snacks, thanks to smart phone technology, free Wi-Fi and more dedicated business hubs, you can get work done more easily, anytime, anywhere. Business centres and lounges can now be found at train stations in France, Switzerland and the Netherlands. It won’t be long until they’re here in the UK – there’s already a new string of business hubs at motorway service stations nationwide.
Regus Businessworld gives you access to business lounges, offices and meeting space in 1,500 locations in 600 cities and 100 countries. Book online and you can get one month FREE on a 12-month membership. For more information, visit www.regus.co.uk