6 Ways Augmented Reality Can Help You Close More Online Sales

Selling sure has changed over the years, especially with the advent of the digital age. Today, we’re seeing the emergence of exciting new technology that’s poised to forever change the world of sales across virtually every single industry. In fact, augmented reality, also called “AR”, is already making a significant impact on the world of retails sales. As it stands, AR technology is slated to generate nearly $140 billion in sales by the year 2021. That’s a huge slice of the market, so if you’re in retail sales, now is the time to stand up and pay attention to AR.…

11 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting Your Niche Online Store

Starting a niche online store is an excellent way to earn a living, but it’s important to remember that no two e-commerce presences are the same. All entrepreneurs who are in e-commerce have varying levels of success, based on a number of factors. When you are aware of the factors for e-commerce success and can honestly face the reality of the niche e-commerce world, then you have a much better chance of being a successful online entrepreneur. French Knot, Aussie’s premier homewares and home decor online store, shares these 11 questions you should ask yourself before starting a niche online store.…

How a Solopreneur Wins More Business: Start With Hiring a (Virtual) Receptionist!

In a world now filled with location independent vagabonds, entrepreneurs, and solopreneurs that are operating mostly or 100% in the virtual space, it’s more important than ever to ensure you’re completely available to your clients and partners 24/7, 365 days a year. While you might be the only official employee of your ecommerce empire, freelance operation, etc., you can’t be the only person running the show. It’s important to have the right support staff in place, such as virtual assistants to complete menial tasks, a dedicated receptionist or reception team, and even managers to guide staff members if time isn’t a luxury you have.…

How Does Your Business Address Impact Customers’ Perception of Your Brand?

Perhaps you are working up a business plan for your new company, or perhaps you’ve already established yourself as a startup. No matter what stage of your company’s development you find yourself in, you’re reading this article because you’re trying to figure out just how important an address really is to a company. As you likely already suspected, your business address has a big impact on the way customers see your business. Consider your own perception of other businesses. What are some things that stand out the most?…

How to Answer Business Calls Properly

There’s an absolute art to answering business phone calls properly. By now, most of us with any work experience at all know we can’t answer a professional call the way we would our friends and family. “Yeah, what’s up” just won’t cut it, if you’re looking to project a professional image. So, how then should business phone calls with customers be handled? Let’s dive into a few of the more important points in professional phone call answering etiquette we all need to be mindful of.…

Virtual Office vs PO Box: Which One is for Your Business?

  When your business isn’t ready for a brick-and-mortar office, or plain doesn’t need one; there are two basic options as to where you should register your business. You still need an address to register your business with the government and receive official mail at. It’s easy to rent a virtual office or post office box, but deciding which is best for your business can be a tough decision. A PO box is certainly the least expensive option, yet doesn’t offer nearly the benefits a virtual office does.…

Taking Your Business With You Wherever You Go? Hire a Virtual Receptionist

A virtual receptionist can save you loads of time, money and customers. They can take away nearly all the phone-related stresses related to your business, while saving tens of thousands a year in expenses over a physical receptionist holding down an office for you. A good physical receptionist will cost you anywhere between $60 – 70,000 per year when you add up their base salary, overtime pay, benefits and tax obligations paid to the government. If you’re a vagabond entrepreneur that runs your business from the road, renting an office is the last thing on your mind.…

Free Virtual Address: What’s the Catch?

If you’re a small business or startup on a budget, you might have considered taking advantage of one of the many free virtual addresses that have been popping up all over the Internet. Are they a good option? The simple answer is no. “The best things in life are free” does not apply to the place you choose to designate as headquarters for your business. A good virtual service provider should offer the following: Legitimate brick-and-mortar address located in an upscale business district.…

Digital Nomad + Virtual Services = Epic Digital Business

Do you fit the definition of a digital nomad? “Digital nomads are a type of people who use telecommunications technologies to earn a living and, more generally, conduct their life in a nomadic manner.” credit The ability to run your business while globe-trotting from one location to the next is a dream that’s been had by many, but realized by very few in days gone by. However, with the rise in affordable, quality digital services like digital offices, digital phone numbers, digital staff, and online business management software, there’s never been a better time to become a digital nomad.…

Forget Answering Machines: Use Live Phone Answering Services Instead!

  Answering machines and voicemail are so 2005! There’s really no smart reason to use either in this day and age. Why, you ask? Modern customers want to speak to an actual human being when they call a business. Machines are very informal, and usually leave callers wondering when, or if they can expect to hear back from you. Not to mention, your answering machine can’t get in touch with you when someone calls with a serious problem or other business “fire” that needs to be dealt with on your end immediately.…