Questions You Should Ask Before Acquiring Your First Office Space

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For first timers, renting an office space can be confusing and intimidating. Understanding how each type of office space works and which one is the right fit for your business requires asking the right questions when touring a potential office space. Here are the top four questions you should consider asking before committing to an office space for your business:

1. What are the Upfront Costs?

It is important to understand just how much your new office space is going to cost you. While the monthly rental cost may appear great on paper, you could find that once other expenses are factored in, your new space may not be so affordable. Be sure to ask about pricing for a security deposit, attorney fee, furniture, parking, and office utilities. Shared offices at Barrister Executive Suites come fully furnished and provide receptionists as well as administrative staff. Knocking these two expenses off your list can be highly beneficial for those who are first-time office renters.

2. What are the Policies for Moving in and Moving Out?

If you need to move into your new office space quickly, it is important to be aware of the workspace provider’s policy for moving in and moving out. You need to make sure you are not waiting for an extended period of time for the space to be ready and understand your responsibilities when moving out. If you are using a traditional office lease, make sure to note the length of your office rental lease. Most traditional office leases are on a yearly basis, while many shared office spaces offer month-to-month contracts.

3. What is Included in this Office Space?

Understanding the perks your potential office space offers is a huge factor in your decision-making process. If your business is in need of extra storage, conference rooms, after hours security, or a kitchen, it is important to be made aware of what will be included in your office package.

4. Who Else Works in this Space?

Lastly, it is crucial that you know if you will be sharing your office space with other businesses. If you are considering a coworking space, make sure your businesses can coexist in a professional setting, since it is important for the well-being of your business and your employees. Additionally, you want to make sure other businesses are not too loud or distracting for your company. If you are looking for a more private office space without the traditional long-term office lease, shared office spaces may be the right choice for you.

Barrister Executive Suites offers the exceptional service, flexibility, and convenience that their tenants need to run their businesses successfully. Visit our website today to learn about our special offers and affordable virtual office packages, full-time offices, and conference room rentals.

Shared Office Spaces: The Cost-Effective Answer

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Shared office spaces are one of the most popular office trends for 2020 and beyond. Millennials have adopted shared office spaces as a way to save money while still having access to common office amenities. These amenities include conference rooms, printers, kitchens, and more at a fraction of the price of traditional rental agreements. Here are some ways a shared office can help your business save money this year:

Fully Furnished

When renting a shared office space, you do not have to worry about common office furnishings including chairs, desks, or filing cabinets. Traditional rental office spaces are typically empty, and the cost of furniture can add up quickly. On top of the monetary cost of office furnishings, furnishing an office from scratch can take a lot of time, which if you are running your own business, you don’t have a lot of time to spare.

In-House Staff

Shared office spaces may provide receptionists and administrative staff, depending on the company. At Barrister Executive Suites, we provide receptionists, mail sorting & delivery, janitorial staff, and more. This is beneficial compared to traditional rental offices because your business does not have to pay wages for these roles. Tasks such as answering the phone and greeting clients are covered by the staff at shared office spaces.

Flexibility of Contracts

In shared office spaces, you do not have to worry about being tied to a lengthy and costly contract. Shared office spaces are typically rented at a month-to-month basis and are a fraction of the monthly cost of a traditional office space. This flexibility is priceless for startup businesses that are unsure of what the future holds. Also, the low cost of a shared office is a definite bonus for all businesses that use this service. Who wouldn’t benefit from lower overhead costs?

Barrister Executive Suites is a great alternative to traditional office leases for those looking for flexibility and lower costs. Check out the Barrister Executive Suites Office Suite Cost Comparison to see for yourself how much you could save when using a shared office!

Celebrating 30 Years as Barrister Executive Suites!

Vince Otte, owner and chairman of Barrister Executive Suites

Since 1990, Barrister Executive Suites has provided affordable options for those looking for an office space. With over 26 different office locations throughout Southern California, Barrister Executive Suites has served a large variety of clients from startups to international corporations. We strive to provide the top interim office experience throughout Southern California.

The History of Barrister Executive Suites

Barrister Executive Suites is a network of offices crafted specifically to provide a solution to the high rent, lack of convenience, and lack of flexibility of traditional office spaces. Since Vince Otte took over as chairman and owner in 1990, Barrister Executive Suites underwent many changes and now offers full-time offices, virtual offices, and conference room rentals. The massive changes made by Vince drove drastic growth for the company. In the 90s, our company began to expand to multiple locations, offer more services, and implement a higher level of technology within the office spaces. In just the past five years, we have added three brand new locations as well as expanded current locations we already had offices in.

Barrister Executive Suites Today

Today, we offer full-time, interim, and virtual office spaces to a large variety of clients throughout Southern California. We also offer a wide array of different packages in a strong effort to work with our clients and their office space requirements. Our unmatched flexibility has given us the edge that we need in the shared office space market and has ultimately crafted the business that Barrister Executive Suites is today!

Just like how Vince Otte transformed Barrister Executive Suites in the 90s, 2020 is going to bring some exciting new changes to our brand! We have exciting news to share with you about the future of our company, so stay tuned for more amazing changes!

If you would like to learn more about the office packages offered at Barrister Executive Suites, contact us today!

The 2020’s: The Decade of the Virtual Office

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Advanced telecommunication driven by ever-evolving technology creates a world where virtual offices are more practical than ever. Over the past decade, we have seen virtual offices grow into an entity that is more realistic than anyone in the early 2000’s ever imagined. Now we are entering a decade where it’s often a more economic and strategic decision to have your business’s address be a virtual office.

The Technological Revolution

What was once an expensive and complex activity is now as simple as the click of a button. Most people have the ability to take their phone out of their pocket and immediately be in a face-to-face meeting with a colleague in today’s day and age. Also, the price of long distance and international calls has dropped significantly which makes communicating with individuals who are far away simple and cost-effective. These inevitable conveniences make utilizing a virtual office a great choice for many businesses.

Why Choose a Virtual Office?

The always online nature of smart devices makes working away from the office easier than ever before. Running a full-scale business without a physical location is now feasible with the utilization of a business address via a virtual office. Having a virtual office gives clients the satisfaction of knowing they are working with a legitimate business with a physical address, while simultaneously providing the business owner with a cost-effective and practical choice for their operations.

Barrister Executive Suites offers a variety of virtual office packages starting at just $99. Our virtual offices provide businesses with a prestigious business address, professional front desk staff, mail & package handling, and much more. Contact us today to learn more about how a virtual office can better your business.

How to Have a Healthy Workday

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Having a healthy workday can be simpler than one might think. Surrounding yourself with healthy options rather than falling victim to the temptation of unhealthy choices could make the difference between a healthy workday and an unhealthy workday. It is easy to make unhealthy decisions when they are part of your daily routine, in order to combat this, set yourself up for success in a healthy manner with some of these tips.

Tips for a Healthy Workday

  • Stretch Frequently: Spend some time standing at your desk in order to increase blood circulation. Ultimately, standing up for 30 minutes or more a day while at work can boost energy levels significantly.
  • Invest in Healthy Snacks: Snacking is something that most employees do throughout the day. Instead of snacking on unhealthy items like chips, invest in some healthier options to leave at your desk. Fruits are a great option to keep around the office, or even something as simple as almonds could be a healthy choice.
  • Drink Plenty of Water: Keeping yourself hydrated is important for a healthy workday. Also, try to keep the coffee consumption down to remain hydrated throughout the day.
  • Don’t Forget to Breathe: Although this tip may be cliché, it is one of the most overlooked aspects of a healthy workday. Just taking a moment to stop and focus on your breathing can make you feel significantly better.

Barrister Executive Suites offers exceptional service, flexibility, and convenience that their tenants need to run their businesses successfully.

The Differences Between a Shared Office and Coworking

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In the modern digital world, traditional offices are becoming less and less important to businesses. With so much of the work being completed online, it is easy to see why so many businesses have begun to turn toward shared office spaces. Shared office spaces offer flexible office spaces that can often be a much more cost-effective and practical option for organizations of all shapes and sizes. Although shared office spaces and coworking spaces are both very pragmatic options, they have their own unique differences.

Details of a Shared Office Space

Shared office spaces are a fantastic choice for many businesses because they keep commercial real-estate costs at a minimum and offer some privacy simultaneously. They also can come with great benefits such as mail sorting/delivery and receptionists that will assist your business with standard operations. Some shared office spaces provide great amenities like fax and copy machines, printers, high-speed Wi-Fi, and more. Shared office spaces are also designed for professionalism and are sure to leave a strong impression on any client or customer that walks into your business. The biggest difference of working in a shared office space compared to coworking is the limited amount of networking and collaboration. However, the privacy of a shared office space is usually preferred over the networking opportunities.

Details of a Coworking Space

A standard coworking space usually offers conference tables, community conference rooms, and breakrooms that are useful for networking with like-minded peers, collaborative meetings, or brainstorming projects. However, the two biggest drawbacks associated with coworking spaces are the difficulty getting privacy as well as the high ambient noise volume, which can make completing time-sensitive work a hassle and concentrating on tasks almost impossible. In some coworking spaces, the membership fees are too high for freelancers or startups, and the services you pay for can sometimes be underutilized. Some coworking spaces don’t even provide any valuable services such as a receptionist to answer your phone calls or internet service. Having a receptionist available to answer your phone calls is an important feature for any business. Receptionists ensure that you will never miss a call from a potential client and that you will spend less time answering phones and more time running your business.

Deciding whether to use a shared office space or coworking space is entirely up to you and your business’s needs. If you are interested in learning more about the services offered at Barrister Executive Suites, contact us today.

Barrister Executive Suites offers the exceptional service, flexibility, and convenience that their tenants need to run their businesses successfully. Visit our website today to learn about our special offers and affordable virtual office packages, full-time offices, and conference room rentals.

The History of Office Design

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Contemporary office spaces are becoming more popular, with a focus on increasing workplace productivity and creativity. In modern business, the physical workspace arguably plays just as important of a role in shaping the organizational culture as the people do. However, office designs were not always as glamorous as they are today.

18th Century London

The first dedicated office buildings were created all the way back in the 18th century. In London circa 1726, the first office building was built to handle the abundance of Royal Navy paperwork and provide a meeting space. Afterwards, the idea became popular and many new office spaces began popping up around London.

Skyscrapers are Born

Fast forward to the 20th century, when more modern, open office spaces were created. The typical office design featured rows and rows of desks with many workers tightly packed together. The desks were surrounded by the managers’ offices so that they could easily observe the workers. At the same time, the first large skyscrapers were built in U.S. and U.K. cities due to the invention of electric lighting, air conditioning, and the telegraph system. Skyscrapers paved the way for an exciting new era of office design.

Open Floor Plans

As these large commercial buildings were built, workplaces became more spacious and tended to consist of open workspaces with individual offices and sometimes even kitchens. In the early 60’s, offices started to be designed with employee collaboration in mind. This style featured desks setup close together so that teams could interact more efficiently. In contrast, office spaces with private cubicles subsequently became popular with companies who did not value team collaboration as much.

Technological Development

As technology has grown, so has office design. Offices today are meant to break the mold, with a focus on mobility, bright colors, comfort, and leisure. The permanency of offices has also changed. Today, many people work from home or have shorter leases on office spaces.

Barrister Executive Suites offers the exceptional service, flexibility, and convenience that their tenants need to run their businesses successfully. Contact us today to learn about our affordable virtual office packages, full-time offices, and conference room rentals.

What You Should Know About Virtual Offices

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Virtual offices are becoming increasingly popular in modern business. A virtual office allows your company to have a physical mailing address without having a long-term physical workspace. This gives your employees the flexibility to work from a remote location of their choosing and cuts down immensely on overhead costs. As technology continues to grow, it will only get easier to run an office remotely. Virtual offices will continue to be a great option for smaller businesses and startups looking to maximize time, resources, and efficiency.

Advantages of Virtual Offices

Cut Costs

The largest benefit of a virtual office is that it is much less expensive to operate than a traditional office space. It can be hard for a small startup to achieve their business goals if they are tied down by expensive leases and overhead costs that eat away at their bottom line. When operating a virtual office, you will have the flexibility of a month-to-month lease option at a very affordable rate. Barrister Executive Suites has virtual office packages that start at just $99!

Enhance Brand Image

Another important benefit of a virtual office is that it can enhance your brand image in the eyes of your clients. Many startup operators may choose to run their businesses from their homes while they grow and save for a physical workspace. However, a virtual office provides you with a physical business address and in turn can make your small business seem larger and more prestigious from the outside looking in. Having a desirable mailing address, coupled with a professional place to hold meetings further enhances brand image and credibility. Barrister locations feature beautifully appointed conference rooms and day offices. Clients have several different Virtual Office Programs to choose from that include varying amounts of meeting room space on an “on demand” basis.

Maximize Staff Efficiency

A virtual office is also more efficient for staff management. Since your employees are working remotely, you are not limited to local hiring and can truly find the most qualified candidates. Remote work also provides extra flexibility and comfort to your employees. Since they will not need to commute to work, they will have more time for work-life balance. This will increase employee productivity and retention, in turn helping your business grow to new heights.

Barrister Executive Suites offers a variety of virtual office packages starting at just $99. Our virtual offices provide businesses with a prestigious business address, professional front desk staff, mail & package handling, and much more. Contact us today to learn more about how a virtual office can better your business.

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3 Helpful Tips for a Successful Startup Business

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Congratulations on starting your own business! This is an exciting time, but it can also be very nerve-racking. Opening a business can be a learn-as-you-go process and it’s important to start your business on the right foot in order to achieve success. Here are some tips that can help pave the way.

1. Be Open to Criticism

Listening to constructive criticism is key for your business to achieve success. Make sure you thoughtfully consider all that your friends, family, and other business owners have to say about your business idea. The honest opinions and feedback they give you can reflect how your consumers will think and feel about your business. Also, make sure you get as much information from expert business-owners. They know first-hand what it takes to successfully run a business and can help you avoid costly mistakes.

2. Keep Track of All Your Costs

Small expenses can add up quickly before you even get a chance to show your business to the public. Some costs that you should keep in mind include location, rent, and supplies. To be conservative, add up all the costs of starting and running your business and then try to plan for up to four times the amount you calculated. Just as life hits you with many unexpected moments, owning a business hits you with many unexpected costs. Always prepare to spend more than you expect.

3. Don’t Be Afraid to Speak Up

Do you suffer from glossophobia? Glossophobia is the fear of public speaking and it’s a very common fear. If you are shy and not comfortable speaking in front of a crowd, you now must step out of your comfort zone and do this very frequently. As scary as this may sound, new business-owners must constantly network and convince people to buy what they are selling. If you’re not outgoing, you must “fake it ‘til you make it”! It will get easier over time.

Barrister Executive Suites offers a low-cost solution to office space rentals that can help keep your overhead costs low. Our offices come equipped with the services that you need, at a price you can afford. The low start-up cost allows tenants to save more of their working capital and invest in their business. By allowing Barrister staff to handle the day to day operations, tenants can focus their time and energy on revenue generating tasks and growing their business.

Source: Forbes

3 Ways to Have a More Productive Workspace

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Many of us suffer from the occasional Monday blues, but it’s a problem when the Monday blues become the Monday through Friday blues. Although it may seem daunting, ensuring that your employees remain inspired and energized all week long can be done in a few simple ways.

1. Create an Open Culture

A culture that promotes honesty, transparency, and open-mindedness can get your employees back on a productive track. In this type of culture, it’s important for employers to be able to admit when they are wrong and take constructive criticism from their employees. When the entire company feels like a team and no one is trying to maintain their ego, then this will encourage everyone to be a team player, do their best work, and remain inspired.

2. Encourage Risk Taking

When there is a decision that needs to be made that has a 60 percent chance of success and a 40 percent chance of failure, then the employee should take this risk. Company cultures that meet failure with harsh criticism will not be one that takes risk. Why take these risks you may ask? Employees that are able to make risky decisions feel more confident at work and think more innovatively.

3. Acknowledge Good Work

This simple idea of telling your employees “good job” can have a major impact on their overall happiness and productivity at work. The acknowledgment of good work is the positive reinforcement that gives employees that little extra push to keep working hard. This is an easy way to boost productivity in the workplace and requires very little time.

Barrister Executive Suites offers the exceptional service, flexibility, and convenience that their tenants need to run their businesses more efficiently. Barrister’s suites provide clients with a professional and collaborative work environment, while still giving them their own space and privacy. By allowing Barrister staff to handle the day to day operations, tenants can focus their time and energy on revenue generating tasks and growing their business.

Source: Entrepreneur