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How to Create the Perfect Space for Your Home-Based Business

How to Create the Perfect Space for Your Home-Based Business

Making the decision to work from home can be a big one, and it comes with a lot to consider, not the least of which is where you’ll get the work done. Creating a home office can be a challenge, especially if you don’t have much space or are on a tight budget. Fortunately, there are several options these days for home-based entrepreneurs. You don’t have to limit yourself to a small room in the basement if you need to spread out; you can simply create a space for your work using a shed in the backyard. Designing and decorating can eat up your funds, but with a few careful decisions, you can turn any room into an envious office space without breaking the bank.  

 

Consider Buying 

 

If your current home doesn’t have the space for an office or workroom, consider leveling up and buying a new home that will accommodate you and your business. This comes with considerable advantages, including tax write-offs, but you’ll need to think about the details before making a move. Make sure you search online for homes in your price range (Orange County homes have sold for $275,000 over the past 180 days), but before you do that, think about a realistic budget that won’t leave you with regret down the road. Next, find out how to get pre-approved for a loan and research different fixed-rate loan options (conventional loans, FHA loans, etc.) so you’ll have peace of mind, and look for a real estate agent who will be easy to work with and understands how COVID-19 has changed the market. Your agent will be a major asset, so he or she should be experienced and able to meet your needs right off the bat. 

 

Build It 

 

If moving isn’t an option but you don’t have much space in your home for a business, consider building a shed on your property that will give you all the room you need. The average cost of erecting a shed ranges anywhere from $1,000 to $15,000. Many entrepreneurs are going this route because it’s an affordable way to create space and stay close to home. The right shed will keep you cool in summer and warm in winter and will have ample room for your office, plus some storage solutions if you need to keep inventory on hand. One of the major benefits of building a shed to use for your business is that you’ll be afforded some privacy, which is important if you have a family and want to keep your private and professional lives separate. 

 

Use a Spare Room 

 

Turning an extra room in your home into an office or workspace can be a challenge, especially if it doesn’t have much square footage. Take into account the location of the room within the home; if it’s near an area that gets a lot of use by the family, you’ll likely regret your decision to turn it into an office. The room should have a door, access to the internet, and plenty of light. Keep in mind that even a small space can be turned into an office if you have the right equipment; there are many different kinds of organizational tools and furniture on the market these days that will allow you to function easily no matter how big the room is. 

 

Make It Work for You 

 

Remember that not all home office spaces are made equally. You don’t have to model yours after another; it should be specific to your needs and accessible to you and anyone involved in your business. Many disabled individuals choose to work from home because it’s much easier for them to do so, and if you’re living with a disability, make sure you design your home office to work for your needs. You deserve a space to create and work that is a perfect fit! 

Creating the perfect space for your home-based business is a very personal thing, so take your time and do a little research on your options before making any decisions. Be realistic about what you require and how much you can afford from the very beginning. 

Why wait another minute?

REALLY is a referral processing utility that makes exchanging referrals fast & easy.  Business Professionals who send lots of referrals usually receive lots of referrals.  Use REALLY to make you and your business well known. 

Special thanks to our Co-Author Tina Martin from ideaspired.com.

Working By Referral: Thoughts and Tips

Working By Referral: Thoughts and Tips

Working By Referral

In a world that is trying to get up on its feet during a time where the day-by-day turns seem impossible to navigate, growing your business may likely be the very first and last thing on your mind (all at the same time). Many businesses and professions have taken MAJOR hits as the economy struggles. Because of this, it is important for any Agent or Professional to consider ways to leverage the relationships that they already have. Additionally, it is important to consider how to create new connections that will also benefit you. One thing we are deeply passionate about here at REALLY, besides our amazing Community, is working by referral.

Referrals through REALLY

REALLY is a great way to generate referrals. When using your favorite referral network, you build relationships with online Professionals that allow you to generate money. And, REALLY makes it fast and easy for any Professionals to exchange referrals.  There are times when you have a client to refer and you know just the right Professional with whom to connect them.  Other times, you might know two or three solid Professionals that could get the job done.  And, then there are instances when you need a little help to find the right Professional for your client. REALLY is able to help in all three scenarios. For clarity’s sake, let’s detail those:

  1. Direct Referral – When you know just the right professional.
  2. First-Come, First-Serve – When you know a few good professionals.
  3. Open Referral – When you need a little help to find the right professional for your client.

All three methods are executed using the same form.  Just tap the “Send a Referral” button to get started. The ease with which to use REALLY and your ability to instantly connect with other Professionals within your marketplace and beyond allows you to create more connections that you can use. So, be sure to use and join REALLY to have a platform that allows you to grow your sphere of influence and income.

Relationship Retention = Referral Growth

Generating more referrals happens when you retain the relationships that you have with your clients and grow relationships with others. According to Agent-Broker Geoffrey Green of Green Team Realty, “if we spend the most amount of time, energy, & resources with people who are most likely to refer clients to us, we will make the most amount of money, in the least amount of time and have the most amount of FUN!” Green encourages his Realtors to build their own program.

Why wait another minute?

REALLY is a referral processing utility that makes exchanging referrals fast & easy.  Business Professionals who send lots of referrals usually receive lots of referrals.  Use REALLY to make you and your business well known. 

Quick Tips:

How can one do this? It does take work, but here are a few simple things you can do to help people to think of you when it comes time for them or their loved ones to buy or sell.

Handwritten Notes

This seems like such a simple and even silly suggestion, but a handwritten note bodes well for business. Think about how many emails you receive daily that prompt you to pay attention, give a response, or to purchase something. A handwritten note offers a personal touch and goes straight to an underutilized way to personally market – through the mailbox or at their doorstep. According to Laura ColeBusiness and Finance author, it is a powerful way to impact business.  Additionally, according to Handywryttenthere are some solid numbers that back up this very notion.

Client Appreciation Parties

Even though this is something that cannot happen at this very moment, this is something worth planning and scheduling for a future date some time this summer. Most people have been holed up in their homes for months at this point and are looking for things to look forward to this summer. Why not plan a client appreciation party for sometime over the summer? This gives you reason to be in contact with your clients and offers a great, positive energy charged into an otherwise bleak time. According to Wealth Management, clients that feel appreciated are likely to “stick with you in a down market.” “Happy clients mean a stronger, easier business…so show those clients how much they mean to you and reap the benefits.”

Virtual Parties

Additionally, you can even host virtual Happy Hours or Virtual Client Appreciation parties via Zoom or Google. Do a pop by and bring local clients mini-bottles of wine or other spirits. You can get small bottles at your local liquor store or via websites like Drizly. Drop off a mini-bottle on a Monday to twelve to fifteen special clients with a note for a Zoom meeting for a Friday. The gift coupled with a meet time will surely engage most. Check out this Virtual Party Timeline from Buffini and Company to help plan your next party.

 

Referrals Grow When you Keep Them Watered

You need to make sure that you keep your Sphere of Influence watered if you want your referrals to grow. Tend to relationships and give them time, resources, your attention, and you will see a positive result. Additionally, be sure to network online while you also network in person. Maintaining and growing connections on REALLY will only increase your chances of receiving referrals.

Looking to receive a referral?

Well, look no further – just install the REALLY app on your mobile device, enable notifications, and claim open referrals when they get posted.

As you just learned by reading this page REALLY has three referral exchange methods.  Regardless of which one is used all Members are notified in two ways about referrals:

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Push Notifications

Email Notifications

Click here to learn all about referral notifications.