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Whether you are looking for advice on motivating employees or great ideas to upgrade your workspace, our Ideas Center is designed to educate and inspire.

While starting your own business is incredibly exciting, launching a new company involves tons of details and decisions. At Office Depot, we’re here to assist entrepreneurs. From tips on buying the right technology to ideas on attracting customers, our Ideas Center is full of practical information to help get your business going. Explore the resources below and learn more about getting your own business off to a good start.

Ideas & Solutions

Ideas are the key to innovation. Without them, there isn’t much to execute as a result execution is a key to learning, modern thoughts are vital for making any kind of change. The purpose of generating new ideas is about improving what already exists as well as coming up with something new… READ MORE

Productivity

Productivity–a ratio of production output to the input required to produce it–is one measure of production efficiency. Productivity is defined as a total output per one unit of a total input. Control management must implement control processes to maintain or improve productivity.

Productivity growth is important to a business because it controls the real income means needed to meet obligations to customers, suppliers, workers, shareholders, and governments (taxes and regulation)…READ MORE

Technology At Work

At its most basic level, technology allows you and your employees to be more productive and efficient. Whether you’re using a word processing program that allows you to edit with ease or an electronic bookkeeping system that pulls data at the touch of a keystroke, technology makes life easier.

Technology is such an integral part of the 21st-century workplace that any business without some level of technical savvy will likely fail. It is that critical. If you’re intimidated by hardware, software and all the interconnectedness of the internet, you may look for excuses to stay offline, but don’t! Here’s why…READ MORE

Build & Grow Business

Generating new business by growing your customer base is important to your business’s success. However, it can sometimes be very challenging.

Let’s face it. Scaling your business is hard. It takes considerable effort. In the beginning, it means wearing different hats. It means dealing with sales and marketing. It means understanding taxes and corporate compliance. It involves having to interact with customers on a daily basis. And so much more. At the end of the day, it takes its toll on you.

Turning a small business into a big one is never easy. The measurements are horridInquire about proposes that as it were one-tenth of 1 percent of companies will ever reach $250 million in yearly income. An indeed more tiny bunchfair 0.036 percent, will reach $1 billion in yearly sales…READ MORE

Work-Life Balance

Balancing your professional and personal life can be challenging, but it’s essential. Here’s how to improve your work-life balance today. Often, work takes precedence over everything else in our lives. Our desire to succeed professionally can push us to set aside our own well-being. Creating a harmonious work-life balance or work-life integration is critical, though, to improve not only our physical, emotional, and mental well-being, but it’s also important for our career.

What is work-life balance, and why is it important?

In short, work-life balance is the state of equilibrium where a person equally prioritizes the demands of one’s career and the demands of one’s personal life. Some of the common reasons that lead to a poor work-life balance include:…READ MORE

Sustainability At Work

Sustainable organizations strive to balance the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit to achieve long-term success and viability. This means that organizations cannot be sustainable without protecting the safety, health, and welfare of their most vital resource: workers.

Sustainability makes good business sense.  Creating a culture of sustainability gives your employees a reason to feel good about their job and “brag” to friends and family about the good things your company is doing.  This in turn supports recruitment efforts – people want to work for a company that is environmentally responsible.

Sustainability is not just about what is done, but how it gets done. It is a mindset that requires leadership; not settling for second best in any aspect of operations; setting and achieving goals beyond regulatory compliance…READ MORE