Feb 23, 2013

Business Services Worth Investing In

If, like me, you have aspirations of one day owning your own company and making a lot of money, something you need to know about before you get started is what type of services are most valuable to companies in the 21st century. In other words, which ones can you live without or economise on and which should you stretch your budget for if necessary? I have done a fair amount of research recently in anticipation of starting a small venture in the near future and have listed my findings below for my fellow entrepreneurs to peruse. I hope that you find them useful or at least vaguely entertaining!

1.   Location – perhaps you don’t think about the location of your company headquarters in terms of a service but if you choose to rent a fully equipped workspace in a building such as 1Union Square Seattle WA, that’s exactly what it is and it is well worth paying more for if necessary. In spite of the fact that more and more business is being conducted online nowadays, the physical location of a company can still make a really big impression on prospective clients. The great thing about renting serviced office space is that it often comes with a full complement of administrative staff and an ICT infrastructure already in place, meaning that you are ready to roll from the first day that you arrive. Furthermore, with short-term contracts and special offers freely available, you may end up paying far less for a prestigious location that you thought was possible.
2.   Accountants – yes I know, not a subject to set most people’s heart racing but if you want to make sure that your company turns a profit at the end of the year, you need to keep accurate records of all your income and expenditure and, more importantly, find somebody who can interpret all the figures and let you know which areas of your business are making money and which are not. Hire a cheap and inefficient accountant at your peril!
3.   Graphic designers – whether you are going to focus on promoting the goods and services that your company provides via a website or through a combination of traditional and digital media, it is vital to make a good first impression on your target audience. A corporate logo does not have to be flashy but it should make a bold statement about your organisation and leave customers in no doubt as to your intentions. It takes a skilled designer to pull this off without producing something that looks tacky and it is worth paying for the best if you want good results.
4.   IT support – almost all companies rely on computers and mobile devices to carry out their day-to-day activities in the 21st century so it is a good idea to hire a rock solid support team to make sure that the software and hardware in which you invest does not let you down at an inopportune moment. Telling potential customers to call back for prices because the system is down at the moment is sure to antagonise them and send them scurrying to find an alternative supplier.

There are bound to be other services that are critical to your particular business but these will depend on the industry and part of the world in which you plan to operate so you will have to make your own list to complement the one above. When you have finished, double check everything to make sure that you have not overlooked a really obvious service that could create problems for your new venture if you do not find a reliable provider.

About the Author

Peter is a company that aims to provide corporate services along with suitable permanent and temporary office space NYC to clients. For more information, refer to http://www.regus.com

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