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How To Impress Clients With An Up-To-Date Office Workspace

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First impressions are everything.
You never get a second chance to make a first impression.
And so on…

These well-known adages reinforce the importance of creating a positive image of yourself (and business) right from the off. In an increasingly competitive market, you must look as professional as possible to secure business deals – remember: there will always be another company ready to take on a deal you can’t clinch. Transforming your office into a stylish, tidy, and polished space can improve important client relationships no end.

Read on to discover what improvements you can make to your office today and identify just how they can benefit your business.

Your Office as a Reflection of your Mind and Capabilities

Ever heard that saying that a tidy office equals a tidy mind? Walking into a well-organised and professional space is without a doubt the best first impression you can have of a potential business contact. Knowing that you’re capable of maintaining order in your surroundings creates a sense of responsibility and can go some way to reassuring a client you are reliable and will get the job done.

What Do Your Design Choices Say About You?

In terms of the décor, it’s said that less is always more. However, having blank walls with no personality can look very bland and corporate, even suggesting you lack imaginative flair. Conversely, extreme decorations or gaudy colour schemes aren’t going to work in your favour or create a relaxing business environment. Creating a balance of professionalism and creativity could just manage to seal the deal – bear that in mind when choosing your new office scheme.

Show Your Client Just What You Can Do

Having a well-kept workspace is all well and good, but often clients will want proof of your achievements before they contemplate doing business with you. Having displays of your work in your office not only demonstrates your capabilities, but also shows that you take a sense of pride in meeting customers’ needs and expectations – it goes without saying that this can only promote your business image.

Taking (Tolerable) Pride in Your Achievements

Showcasing any awards or accolades you have received over the years is also a good way of reinforcing a sense of trust and professionalism. That said, there is a fine line between being proud of your achievements in a positive sense and being slightly too cocky or distastefully arrogant. Being confident is in no way a negative trait but displaying accolades in such a fashion that you seem a tad showy is not going to reassure a prospective client that you will be easy to work with.

Create the Perfect Business Conference Room

Calm and professional discussions should always be the aim of a meeting; therefore it is essential to incorporate a quiet place for negotiations in your office. Trying to talk business in a hectic environment with employees running here, there, and everywhere is hardly the polished impression you wish to create. Similarly, there should be minimal distractions so that the focus of your potential client remains on you and the task in hand.

Not only can the perfect office space improve client relations but it also provides you with a clutter-free area in which to work in a calm environment – ideal when those everyday stresses start to get you down.

Organise your office and improve your chances of success – what are you waiting for?

Have you noticed that an impressive office has helped with client relations? Would you agree that a tidy workplace is so vital? Share your comments and opinions below!

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Jade is an enthusiastic freelance blogger who enjoys writing on topics including travel, languages and the world around her. She writes for Applied Workplace.

 

 

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How Online Faxing Helps Real Estate Professionals

The housing market has been down in the dumps for over four years now. But the good news is that it has recently started emerging from the shadows of recession.

Investors and genuine home buyers are picking up homes that are available at rock bottom rates and housing starts are moving up. Rentals are doing well too.

All this rental and sale activity is keeping real estate professionals on their toes.

Now, you well know that real estate work involves heavy documentation. Deeds, agreements, documents, certificates, tax receipts, and many other documents have to be scrutinized by clients, lawyers, real estate agents, financial institutions and insurance companies. Every single real estate transaction involves a humungous amount of paperwork that must be faxed.

This is where online fax services step in to help the real estate professional.

Real estate professionals have ditched the Jurassic fax machine and switched to online faxing with a vengeance. They just don’t have the time and patience to manually fax each page of every single document. Can you imagine what it’d be like faxing all these records using the antiquated fax device? It would turn the brightest and most productive office workers into feeble and sleepy Rip Van Winkles.

Online faxing has made life very easy for real estate professionals. They can now email-to-fax documents across to all stakeholders and simply wait for their feedback. When feedback is received, real estate professionals can receive it in their email box and can view it by just opening the attachment. They can even send and receive fax communication while on the go by using their smartphones.

Another big plus is that real estate professionals can also, and very easily too, search for documents by feeding in names or topics or any other keywords related to a particular real estate deal. Online faxing also helps out in another important way – it allows digitized signatures to be added to faxed documents.

Here’s one cool example:

A Realtor can take a photograph of a real estate document with his smartphone camera and fax the document across to a buyer or his legal representative. The document is received on the client’s (or his legal representative’s) analogue fax machine. It is read and understood, and the client signs it and calls the real estate professional to come on over to collect the documents. All this happens with the help of online fax services. Can you imagine how much time would have been consumed if there was no such service around?

This is how online faxing is empowering the real estate industry.

Rosey Martenau is a freelance writer and tech geek who loves writing about ways to improve productivity. She recommends trying this online fax service  for your business.

 

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