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Kill The Rent Grow Your Biz: Five Simple Steps To Cut Costs, Attract More Clients & Improve Your Bottom Line is a nonfiction business/finance book written by L.D. Howard. Howard is the founder of Howard Corporate Centre, LLC, a Serviced Office Space provider, as well as a college professor and a licensed real estate agent. While the Small Business Administration considers small businesses to be those hiring up to 500 employees, Howard cites federal government data that shows that most small businesses hire 10 people or less, which it describes as micro-businesses. Unfortunately, while small businesses are a major part of the US economy, there are few funding options available to those micro-businesses, especially those individuals who are self-employed.
One big obstacle to the success of small businesses is the necessity of having a traditional brick and mortar address. Even if your work can be easily accomplished at your kitchen table, there are a number of reasons why you may not want to leave it at that. For one thing, investors or prospective customers will generally have more confidence in a company with a real commercial address rather than a Post Office box or home address. Likewise, they will be more impressed meeting you in an office rather than in your home, library or local coffee shop. Office space can take a major chunk out of your income, however, especially when the leases offered are triple net. Serviced Office Space offers an affordable, professional and effective alternative for the small business owner.
Kill The Rent Grow Your Biz is a well-written and persuasive introduction to the concept of the Serviced Office Space. Howard eloquently points out both the obvious and hidden costs of working from home, as well as the challenges faced by small businesses in attempting to rent traditional office/business space. Howard gives the reader a thorough walk-through of the different options offered by SOS providers and includes The 3 C’s of Service Office Space Evaluation Grid to guide readers in selecting the space and amenities that best suit their needs. Howard also offers case studies of business owners who have been able to improve their businesses through their use of a SOS setup. Anyone who has a small business or is considering self-employment should read this book as it addresses some fairly crucial aspects of having a successful business. Most highly recommended.