Analogue Updates: 6 Ways to Make Your Office More User-Friendly

Analogue Updates: 6 Ways to Make Your Office More User-Friendly

The following article is a guest post.

The office is the space where the magic happens.

It’s where the work occurs, and the money is made. It logically follows that your office needs to be a space where people can work safely, comfortably and easily.

Despite this obvious logic, many offices aren’t that user-friendly. Uncomfortable, beaten up chairs create strain on backs. Flickering monitors that are positioned too high or low and hurt eyeballs. Desks that are too high or low mean your staff have to stretch to work.

While it may sound like a big undertaking, a user-friendly office isn’t that difficult to create.

Let’s take a look at six ways that you can streamline your office into the productive machine that it should be.

Laptop Mounts

How many staff do you have who use a laptop?

How many of them use these small-screened computers at a desk? This is unhealthy for you, and can lead to significantly lower productivity as a result.

Hunching over a laptop, pecking out work on those tiny keyboards, squinting to see the screen – all are bad news.

One simple way to overcome this issue is to invest in laptop mounts for your staff using laptop computers. A nifty company named Colebrook Bosson Saunders craft high-quality laptop mounts and other ergonomic office adjustments.

This is an update that is in your best interests, considering the cost of workplace injuries.

Multiple Monitor Mounts

This is an update for those using good old fashioned PCs.

Using a single monitor can be frustrating, and more importantly for your business – a time and money sink. All those seconds staff spend minimising windows to respond to an email, then opening an app only to close it a second later to attend to a notification. Now imagine if that time was cut in half, and the savings that come from that. That’s where multiple monitor mounts come into the equation, allowing your team to drastically reduce the time they spend clicking and minimising.

Brainstorming Nooks

Pressed for space? Need somewhere to collaborate, brainstorm and innovate?

Sometimes finding a suitable environment to get together can be tricky.

It might be worth calling in the renovators to carve out some nooks from the existing architecture. That way, your staff can pop into a little space for a brainstorm and come up with those great ideas that make you money.

If you’re grimacing at the thought of renovations and the associated costs, think about converting some existing spaces into such an area.

Quiet Rooms

Sometimes your staff need to take private calls, or have a quick, private chat with a colleague.

Maybe there’s a HR issue that can’t be discussed in public, or a manager needs to have a performance oriented chat with someone. Why not designate a couple of “quiet rooms” for these purposes? That way, staff can duck in to take a private call or have a quick debrief without worrying about all those open ears.

Again, if you don’t want to spring for these to be built new, repurpose some existing rooms for this.

Standing Desks

Sedentary lifestyles are no good, and sitting may be slowly killing your staff.

Especially if they’re sitting down on the train or drive to work, sitting down all day at their desks, getting home the same way and then plonking on the couch to watch Netflix. While you can’t control how they commute or what they do at home, you can invest in some standing desks and create an energising and productive environment for work.

Ergonomic Chairs 

If people must sit, ensure they do it in comfort and style by investing in some comfortable and ergonomic office chairs.

Summing Up

Not all office updates need to be sleek and fancy new tech.

A standing desk, laptop mount, comfortable chairs and some new office spaces may be all that you need for a more user-friendly office.

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Becoming an Online Merchant: 4 Tips to Find the Perfect Product to Sell

Becoming an Online Merchant: 4 Tips to Find the Perfect Product to Sell

E-commerce is a booming industry and will only continue to grow in the coming years. That’s why it’s not so surprising that there are plenty of people who want even just a small slice of the proverbial pie.

But whether or not you are looking to establish a full-blown online store or would simply want to supplement your income by buying and selling items on the side, you have to pick a product to sell that would, well, sell.

With the right marketing strategy, one can argue that anything and everything can be sold online. However, the real challenge is finding a product that is conducive to success. How do you find that product? Here are a few pointers.

Finding The Ideal Product to Sell

1. Target Hobbyists and Collectors

You’ll be surprised by just how much money hobbyists and collectors are willing to spend to fuel their passions.

If you have a knack for finding rare items, you’ll be a big hit with collectors. Whether they’re interested in action figures and toys, lapel pins, first edition books, stickers, sports cards, or even antique dinnerware. Just make sure that everything is legitimate.

Meanwhile, there is no shortage of hobbies on which people willingly invest their time and money.

Some of the more popular ones include biking, fishing, knitting and crocheting, calligraphy, model building (including radio-controlled vehicles), and handicrafts. Look for a leisure pursuit where you can act as the product-based solution and you’ll easily enamor yourself to these customers.

2. Something Hard to Find or Can’t be Bought Locally

There are some things that can be easily found in a local grocery store or a specialty shop — say gardening or baking supplies. But what about specialty foods, magician’s accessories, eco-friendly products, and fandom items?

Most likely, people will go online to find these. You can enlist the help of Google Trends and Google Keyword Tool to get a glimpse of what kinds of products people are searching for online and use the results as a guide to pick a niche product to sell.

You can also try to sell products that can’t be bought or difficult to procure locally, like Japanese Kitkats, the “three-story” alfajor Oreos, or Asian beauty products. The latter, in particular, is a good place to start since a lot of products are only available in select countries or regions but are available through wholesale Asian cosmetics websites. Do the hard work of sourcing these products (and offer them at reasonable prices) and see just how much your customers will love you.

3. Star with The Accessories Before The Big-Ticket Items

When people buy big-ticket items such as 4K TVs, high-end smartphones, and gaming laptops, they buy them only once. Their next purchase of these kinds of products will probably be in the next two to three years.

These are big investments, after all, and people are much more reluctant to spend huge amounts so often. However, accessories are much more common purchases and people are relatively more agreeable to spending more often on these items. Especially when they’re meant to increase the performance or ensure the longer life of the bigger product.

Think about HDMI cables and switchers for TVs, charging cables and power banks as well as cases and protectors for smartphones, and gaming accessories like a mouse, a keyboard, and a good pair of headphones.

If you already sell the big-ticket items, then it’s a wise decision to add the accessories to your online catalog. If you’ve yet to choose what to sell on your online shop and/or you have a limited capital, you should consider selling these kinds of accessories first.

4. Consumables Mean Customers That Keep Coming Back

Consumables mean that you will have a steady customer base and a rather reliable revenue stream. What’s more, when people need to order products from you regularly, it’s much easier to build a loyal customer base.

Think about specialty cooking ingredients (Himalayan pink salt, anyone?), supplies for arts and crafts, and even cosmetics. Just make sure you’re able to deliver each and every time, since you don’t know when your customers will run out of their stock or order in bulk in advance.

Of course, choosing which product to sell is just one part of a thriving online business, since you should also take into consideration the demand, potential competition, and reliable suppliers, among others. However, it’s also undeniable that finding a saleable item is a huge contributor to your business success. Good luck on your journey as an online entrepreneur!

If you're into ecommerce, you might be wondering what product to sell on your online store. Here are 4 great ideas that are sure to make you money and bring you loyal customers: #ecommerce #onlinestore #makemoneyonline #sidehustle