Have No Regrets

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I’ve regretted the moments when I backed away from a bold, exciting risk. Regret makes you feel like you don’t belong somewhere; you’re here now, but you keep thinking, I should be over there. And so, when it comes time for me to take another risk, I force myself to relive that regret. I imagine feeling it again, a regret plastered to my body. I hate that feeling. I don’t want it ever again. So then I give myself an option: Feel that awful regret, or be free of it. Take a leap, and be free.

By Jason Feifer for Entrepreneur Magazine

Make A Bold Move

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People say they like to push boundaries, but they rarely push those boundaries. They like the idea of change more than they like change. They call themselves risk-takers but always play it safe. You know the difference between successful entrepreneurs and everyone else? They don’t just flatter themselves with talk of their bold hearts and daring intentions. They make hard, necessary, real decisions. They produce things nobody has seen before. They push and they scrape and make holes in the wall. They act.

by Jason Feifer for Entrepreneur Magazine

Leadership Tips…The Rules of the Game

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Establish the rules of the game.

There’s nothing worse than trying to play a game when you don’t know the rules or they keep changing in some arbitrary way. Not only isn’t it very fair, it can be extremely frustrating and a significant drain on employee morale and organizational performance. That’s especially true of hiring, performance reviews, and promotions.

When it comes to anything organization or company-wide: goals, strategies, plans, processes, culture, rules–whatever–establish them, document them, and communicate them. Then be as even-handed in your execution as you reasonably can without becoming overly bureaucratic.

by Steve Tobak for Inc.com

Office Furniture is Tax Deductible Under Section 179

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The end of the year means filing your tax returns is just around the corner.

We are excited to share the great news that office furniture purchases, financing/leasing is tax deductible under Section 179.

It is a use-it or lose-it write-off so you need to act now!

Acceptable Equipment List:

  • Equipment (machines, etc.) purchased for business use

  • Tangible personal property used in business

  • Business Vehicles with a gross vehicle weight in excess of 6,000 lbs (see Section 179 Vehicle Deductions)

  • Computers

  • Computer “Off-the-Shelf” Software

  • Office Furniture

  • Office Equipment

  • Property attached to your building that is not a structural component of the building (i.e.: a printing press, large manufacturing tools and equipment)

  • Partial Business Use (equipment that is purchased for business use and personal use: generally, your deduction will be based on the percentage of time you use the equipment for business purposes)

  • Certain improvements to existing non-residential buildings: fire suppression, alarms and security systems, HVAC, and roofing

Make sure you do your homework to verify that your company is leveraging the Section 179 Deduction this year. More info

7 fun ways to celebrate Halloween at the office without breaking the bank

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So you got the go ahead to do something at the office for Halloween. But what can you do that isn’t too disruptive and won’t break the bank?

Here are seven ideas:

1.Employees can bring in their favorite Halloween candy to share.

2. Have an office/cubicle decorating contest. Facebook followers or the boss can judge.

3. Allow employees to dress in costumes for $1.00. The money will go to a designated charity.

4. Play a Halloween music playlist.

5. Have a costume contest.

6. Bring in themed breakfast donuts for the team.

7. Allow employees to leave an hour early to get home in time to get their kids ready to trick-or-treat or themselves ready to party.

5 reasons to celebrate Halloween at the office

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Halloween is just one week away! Here are some reasons why celebrating in the office is a great idea:

1. Having fun together builds morale.

2. Group costumes promote teamwork.

3. It’s an excuse to bring in seasonal treats for the team.

4. Decorating/costumes promote interdepartmental collaboration.

5. It can reveal employee’s hidden creativity, talents and skills.

Lunch & Learn Series

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Another Lunch and Learn brought to you by Office Furniture Outlet.

Do you Schmooze or do you lose at networking? How to NOT waste your networking efforts.

BizConnect Hampton Roads Business Performance Specialist, Marcia Brodie (who is also the facilitator for the BizTools Workshop: Ditch the Pitch), will be presenting a fun and interactive lecture on the importance of strategic networking. She will cover important do’s and don’ts of networking and how to be a Schmoozer and not a Loser.

This is a free event with a complimentary lunch provided by Office Furniture Outlet. REGISTER NOW!

  • Tuesday, October 2 at 11:30 AM – 1 PM
  • Office Furniture Outlet

    5595 Raby Rd. Building 3, Norfolk, Virginia 23502

5 things to think about when moving your office

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An office move can be a daunting task. One that involves consideration of space, dimensions, budget and aesthetics. Here are 5 things to consider:

  1. Is the office conveniently located to clients, staff and other businesses?

2. Does the size of the office comfortably accommodate staff, communal spaces, break rooms and room for future growth?

3. Does the office adequately promote your image?

4. Is the building well maintained?

5. Does security and surveillance meet your company’s needs?