4 Ways to Up Your Networking Game

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The key to working smarter, not harder is using the tools at your disposal. To increase your business’s visibility and sales, it’s traditionally thought that face-to-face networking and relationship building is key. While this is still true, the way to meet new prospects and connections has evolved. Here are a few ways to network better.

1. Take Advantage of Your Local Chamber of Commerce

Becoming involved in the local Chamber of Commerce is a great way to meet other professionals who are serious about building business relationships. Before and after hour events can take place at local businesses, giving professionals a chance to meet and discuss their goals and experiences. The Chamber of Commerce acts as a cornerstone for professionals, providing a lot of opportunity and opening many doors.

2. Networking Apps

Imagine having the ability to swipe right in a professional setting. The networking app Shapr allows you to create a profile and connect with professionals who have similar goals, interests and experiences. Swiping right gives the users the ability to chat and set up a time to meet other professionals to further discuss career goals. Other apps are available such as LetsLunch and CityHour, which also allows the users to schedule a time to meet other professionals with similar experiences and goals. These apps are helpful because you can quickly identify new people to meet – even on during down time.

3. LinkedIn ProFinder and Facebook Groups

Compared to LinkedIn, Facebook’s Groups have a much more informal, relaxed feel to it. Introducing yourself in a Group is a great start to becoming involved in a niche group where you have an interest. There are countless Groups out there that range from general interests to industry specific topics. So, take your time finding a handful of groups, introduce yourself, engage and see where it takes you. Of course, LinkedIn has a more professional reputation, where you can connect, add your work experience, skills and update information that changes as you learn and grow as a professional. If you are a consultant or freelancer, check out LinkedIn ProFinder to hire, or be hired for a job.

4. Face-to-Face Interaction with Tenants in Community

Some may call this old-fashioned, but others might think that face-to-face connections are the most effective way to meet new connections. Barrister Suites leases their office spaces to a variety of local professionals who are worth getting to know when you interact in common areas. Choosing Barrister means you are becoming part of our tenant community. If you pass by the same few people every day on your way into your office, maybe pick up an extra coffee and use it as an ice-breaker to introduce yourself!

The efficacy of your networking efforts is what you make it, and creating genuine connections can have a lasting impact on your business. Thinking of joining our tenant community? Give us a call!

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Why Consultants, Startups & Entrepreneurs Choose Virtual Offices

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Leaving a corporate job to start a new business can be one of the most exciting and terrifying career moves a person can make. The barriers to enter an industry as a new player can be intimidating, and an entrepreneur needs to have a thick skin to ride out the first few years. However, starting a business today is not the same as it was before the rise of the internet. There are endless online tools that can support a business at an affordable price, and overhead can be dramatically reduced by taking advantage of them.

Revolutionizing Working from Home

One of the most important tools in an independent consultant, startup, or entrepreneur’s arsenal is a virtual office. When a services-based business is launched, renting office space is not immediately economical or necessary without a big team to collaborate with. Still, there is a need to impress clients and convey a level of professionalism. That is where a virtual office offers the most value: working from home with the benefit of a prestigious address and answering service can help the business appear larger than it is from the onset.

What a Virtual Office Includes

Having services like a professional receptionist answering the phone with the name of your business sends a message to the caller that the business is legitimate and even exclusive, since they aren’t directly contacting the CEO on the first ring. Additionally, virtual offices offer mail handling services where packages can be received in sought-after zip codes.

Time-Savings

Without a long commute in endless traffic, setting up shop in the home is a great way to optimize hours in the day. Not to mention inbound calls won’t slow the business owner down during a busy workday. In more premium virtual office packages, a voicemail notification system can be set up to transcribe messages left throughout the day.

Meeting Clients

When the time comes to wow a potential client, meetings in coffee shops just don’t feel professional. Meeting rooms by the hour and conference room use is a significant perk of having a virtual office. Typically, convenient access to a professional meeting area would cost thousands of dollars in rent each month. With a virtual office, many packages include conference room access at a significantly lower price point.

Finding the right virtual office services for your business can improve your image and elevate your brand. At Barrister Executive Suites, we have hosted hundreds of businesses over the years through our virtual office program. Contact us for more information on the right combination of features to meet your needs.

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Benefits of Working in The Burbank Media District

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Working in Los Angeles is the pinnacle of success for countless dreamers in show-business. In an attempt to make it in the entertainment industry, many people have made this bustling city their home. However, daily life in downtown L.A. isn’t for everyone. With the traffic and higher taxes in Los Angeles, businesses have sought out nearby areas to establish their business operations. Thus, the Burbank Media district was formed. Everyone from production studios, web developers, and all the support staff needed to run a renowned studio, work in the Burbank Media District, and for good reason.

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Establishing a business address in Burbank has so many benefits, and our recently renovated Burbank office suites have been updated to the excellent standards that our tenants have come to expect.  If you’re curious about making the move to the Burbank Media District, here are just a few of the many reasons to take a tour of our offices soon:

Proximity to the Burbank Airport & Local Studios

Barrister’s Burbank location is directly adjacent to the Warner Brothers main lot. This location has been home to thousands of writers, producers, developers and production companies that need space for a particular project or have “housekeeping” deals with one of the major studios in the area. The proximity to the studios is one of the major features that Burbank offers, with NBC, Disney, Universal and iHeart Radio close by. Musicians serenade Burbank, with local record companies like Sony Music, Atlantic Records, Elektra Records and Warner Brothers Music. Being just a seven-minute drive from the Burbank airport, our tenants love being in the middle of the action.

Restaurants

The Smoke House is an iconic restaurant in Burbank, California. For those who are unaware, the Smoke House sits beside the Warner Brothers lot and has had many television shows and movies filmed there. La La Land, Argo, The Office, and Scandal are just a few major productions that have scenes filmed at the Smoke House. It serves as a great place to have a lunch meeting with clients and business partners.

Grabbing a bite to eat for lunch at Whole Foods is great for those on-the-go. Whether you are headed to your next meeting or have afternoon plans, Whole Foods has a wide selection of foods to choose from, like salads, soups and sandwiches. If you are more of a sit-down and eat type of person, Whole Foods has that too. Within the store, there is a cocktail and wine bar, perfect for those casual lunch meetings.

If you are looking for a more formal, fine dining food experience, Castaway is a great choice. Overlooking the San Fernando Valley, Castaway was designed after the movie Castaway, starring Tom Hanks. Equipped with a full bar and brunch, dinner and dessert menus, Castaway provides the total fine dining experience.

Tax Advantage over Los Angeles

The City of Burbank is offering special business incentives for those who move out of Los Angeles and into Burbank. The most worthwhile incentive is businesses pay no city income tax. Additionally, there is no gross sales receipt tax, which can be huge for a growing business. Other incentives include rebates, recruitment and hiring assistance and a streamlined permitting process. Read more about these valuable incentives on their website.

Access to Public Transportation

The Metrolnk is easily accessible, just 3 miles away from the Burbank office location. Burbank also has its own bus service for commuters, known as the Burbank Bus, and the METRO bus is also available.

Real Estate in Burbank

Finding office space in the Burbank area can be competitive. The vacancy rate in the industrial market is now less than 1% and demand is only increasing. Due to this increase in demand, rental rates in the Burbank area have nearly tripled and are expected to continue increasing through this year. At Barrister, our Executive Suite concept keeps costs down, while providing convenient on-site amenities.

Check out our Burbank office space and contact us for more information:

What Business School Doesn’t Teach You About Leasing Office Space

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Finding a workspace that you love and look forward to working in everyday can be difficult. When you work toward your MBA, the topic of “inspiring office space” is seldom brought up, let alone how much a great office space can cut into your bottom line. Often, business owners find themselves working in a space that is dull and just gets the job done at a price that can be unreasonable in sought-after zip codes.

The Problem with Traditional Leases

When signing a lease with a landlord, businesses often enter into a period of negotiation to get the services and price they desire, and typically end up with less than they anticipated. Finding the right office can be a significant barrier an entrepreneur faces as they grow their company. That’s why many today opt for shared offices and coworking spaces, or even a virtual office instead. Barrister Executive Suites was one of the first to recognize this need and ended up revolutionizing office space in Southern California in the process.

Shared Offices, Coworking and Virtual Offices

After forty years learning what tenants like and dislike about their office space, Barrister perfected the Executive Suite concept. The tenant community that is fostered in the shared office locations is the cherry on top of a service offering that covers all of a business’s needs.

With accessibility 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, tenants have flexibility. The buildings are staffed by our dedicated team to support each location. Personalized telephone answering, mail sorting, and professional reception services are some of the reasons tenants stay year after year. To provide even more options for business owners, Barrister began providing virtual offices as well.

Real Stories

Hear first-hand from one of Barrister’s long-time tenants, Gerald L. Fogelman, who has been leasing his office at one of our Encino, CA locations for almost 40 years.

“I would recommend Barrister’s without hesitation,” Mr. Fogelman remarked, “as they provide so many services and things that I don’t have time to deal with. My years at Barrister have always been great and the friends I have made there, I still have today.”

Along with the exceptional service that Mr. Fogelman has received, he described Barrister’s staff as “excellent”, as they constantly make him feel a part of the family.

“I will appreciate all the support I received over the years from Barrister’s, even when I retire.” Said Mr. Fogelman, “I have colleagues who have changed law offices numerous times in their career. I chose the stability of Barristers to service my practice needs, and have never even considered moving out. Even when I retire, I would still maintain my relationship with Barristers as a virtual office, which it has an excellent package for.”

 

While some companies shutter at the idea of sharing anonymous reviews left online, the reviews we’ve received on Yelp over the years make us proud to do what we do.

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5-star rating 9/28/2017

“I have been renting office space from Barrister Executive Suites in Marina del Rey for over a year, and it has been such a joyous experience for me, that I wanted to share it.

“The minute I walked into the luxurious, modern reception area, clad in white, leather sofas and Barcelona-like chairs, I knew this was where I wanted to work. The glistening water in the Marina, as seen through the adjoining conference room windows, seemed to welcome me, as did the smiling faces of the staff at the front desk.

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“As the very amiable and knowledgeable Senior Suite Manager, Sarah Clemens showed me around, I took in the beautiful, and very clean environment with wonderful paintings of the ocean lining the hallways, and it all felt so airy and light. Everyone who passed us said hello. The whole place seemed to emanate a very relaxed, yet upscale and friendly vibe. I was in.

“The rent charged for my office was quite reasonable, especially considering the amenities which it included, that make my work life so much easier; the reception area is staffed by the amazing Assistant Suite Manager, Tiffany Phillips and Christian [Larranga]. They are always so pleasant and efficient, it makes the work environment a pleasure to be in.”

Read the full review here.

 

Making the switch to one of our shared office spaces has proven to be the right decision for both large and small businesses we’ve worked with over the years. Maintaining a sophisticated space with exemplary staff is paramount to each member of the Barrister family. If you would like to learn more about a full-time office, virtual offices, or meeting rooms by the hour, contact Barrister for more information.

A Look Inside Our New L.A. Location

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Here at Barrister Executive Suites, we are constantly looking for the best places to offer to our clients. Over the past year, we’ve remodeled and redecorated several suites, and now we’ve relocated our Los Angeles Airport office suites. For those in Los Angeles who are looking for a fantastic new office that’s near LAX and countless convenient amenities, explore our new executive suites!

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This L.A. office suite features a professional receptionist and mail & package handling. With a prestigious address on Century Boulevard, clients will immediately be impressed. Enterprise grade internet access and WiFi is available, as well as telephone service and equipment.

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Tenants have access to conference room use, as well as an employee break lounge stocked with free coffee and beverages. Offices come furnished or not furnished according to each business’s needs. Another perk of this location is that tenants have access to a discounted Lexis/Nexis membership.

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This L.A. office has convenient access to Glen Anderson/Century (105) & San Diego (405) Freeways. It’s a quick ride to LAX, and just a block from the new Metrolink LAX Line stop.

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If you’re a dog lover, you’ll be delighted by the dog park on-site! Other great amenities include the bicycle sharing program and the on-site cafe with outdoor seating.

Learn more about our Los Angeles office suite and contact us if you are interested in making this location your new office!

Why San Diego is the Spot for Small Businesses

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The beautiful city of San Diego is nestled in Southern California right on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, making it a great spot for tourists. What many don’t know is that it’s also a fantastic place to work and live—and even start a new business. CNBC released a list of The Top 25 Cities for Small Business in 2018 and San Diego came in at number nine, rising from the fourteenth spot in 2017. Known for their beaches, shopping and great scenery, San Diego also welcomes dozens of small businesses every year to the community. Shopping local is so important to the people who live in San Diego, and the whole city is benefiting as a result.

Small Business Saturday

Creator of Small Business Saturday, American Express, released some encouraging and hopeful numbers about small businesses in San Diego. Out of the 61% of shoppers that were aware of the day, 82% were going to participate in shopping small and local. Nationally, Small Business Saturday has become a great way for businesses to become involved in the community, and it’s improved their visibility and foot traffic.

Assistance and Incentives

When choosing where to locate and open a small business, there can be a lot of start up costs that come up during the process. Fortunately, out of California’s largest cities, San Diego’s Business License Fees are the lowest. The City of San Diego offers incentives and provides assistance to small businesses because they see the benefits of small businesses filling their city. Not only do the businesses create revenue for themselves and the city, but hundreds of jobs are created as well.

Looking to take your business to San Diego? Explore using Barrister Executive Suites for your full-service San Diego office space.

Pros and Cons of Working Near the Beach

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Working near the beach is as great as it sounds and makes working in an office all day ten times more enjoyable. Occupying an office that is right on the beach does come with its pros and cons as any location would but, the pros do outweigh the cons.

Pros

1. The view is easily the best part about Barrister’s Santa Monica Executive Suite (pictured above). It will be your motivation to get out of bed in the morning. Having a cup of coffee while looking out at the Pacific Ocean is a relaxing start to the workday. There is no better way to spend your break or lunch hour than by walking along the beach, listening to the waves, and smelling the ocean air.

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2. Working near the beach also means there are countless interesting shops around the office. Whether you are looking for a delicious meal or a place to shop after work, these types of establishments are usually found within walking distance. At our Santa Monica Searise Office Tower, you can find a fantastic Farmer’s Market close by.

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3. Along with the views, Barrister’s two Santa Monica office buildings are conveniently located to serve your needs, and both offer easy access to the Santa Monica Freeway and Pacific Coast Highway. Both locations are also within proximity to Los Angeles International Airport, in the event you need to catch a flight near the office.

Cons

1. Working near the beach means that you may become distracted by the beauty. Finding yourself day dreaming as you watch the waves can have a stress relieving effect, but it can also cause your mind to wander away from the task at hand!

2. The tempting foods that can be found at the beach may derail your diet—thankfully, the beaches by our Santa Monica office have a diverse selection of culinary treats, so you can choose when to indulge in something outside your diet plan.

However you prefer to work—near the beach or not—browse Barrister Executive Suites locations to find the perfect spot for your next meeting or office space.

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Our 3 Favorite Lunch Spots Near Barrister Executive Suites

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Barrister Executive Suites are not just a great place to work because of the inviting office spaces and fantastic amenities. They are also located nearby some fantastic restaurants that our tenants love! Here are just a few of our favorite local places to grab lunch with coworkers, clients and friends:

Encino Office—Larsen’s Steakhouse

If you’re a tenant in Encino, you’ve probably heard about Larsen’s Steakhouse. Not only is it nearby in Encino Plaza, but it has a lively happy hour atmosphere and a fantastic menu. After a successful day at the office, treat yourself to a decadent steak, but leave room for the warm bread and butter served at every table. Visit their Facebook for updates and specials:

Burbank Office—Olive and Thyme

Just a hop, skip & a jump away from our Burbank offices in Central Park at Toluca Lake is Olive & Thyme. With new specials weekly, you’ll never be bored with the menu. The variety offered at this restaurant means there’s probably a dish that you will absolutely love. Check out delicious updates from this Burbank favorite.

Westlake Village Office—The Stonehaus

If you’re looking for an outdoor, laid back atmosphere, the Stonehouse near our Westlake Village office location is the spot to be. The ambiance is gorgeous, with fire pits, lights hanging from the trees, and happy customers all around. The Stonehaus has incredible brick oven pizza and excellent meat and cheese platters. If you’re staying in the Westlake Village Inn for business, stop in for a delectable bite. Oh, and did we mention the wine? Find them on Facebook for recent updates.

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Father’s Day: Being A Working Father in 2018

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Trying to balance work and family time can be difficult, we get it. Now more than ever, we are always on the go, finding less and less time to spend with our families. Still, it is important to be able to step away from the computer and cell phone and really engage and enjoy time with the kids and family. After all, isn’t that why we’re really working so hard all the time? Being a working father in 2018 has its ups and downs; in honor of Father’s Day 2018, we’re breaking down what being a working father in 2018 is really about.

Balance and Composure

When a working father walks in the door after a long day at work, the kids are really looking forward to quality time with the phone nowhere in sight. Now more than ever, the responsibilities of parenting fall on both parents as gender stereotypes become less pervasive, so being present around the kids out of the office should mean that both parents are available. Fathers these days try to balance work and home life by really leaving work in the office, being completely present and in the moment at home.

Prioritize and Communicate

Working parents can understandably find it tough to find a work-life balance. When at work, it’s important to prioritize work and when at home, focus on family. Prioritizing and communicating effectively is an important part of that process. Taking more time out of the day for planning isn’t everyone’s forte, but it can help eliminate stress when it comes to shared duties like picking up & dropping off the kids at soccer practice.

Money and Success

As we all know, money is not everything. Although it can be comforting and what keeps a roof over the heads of loved ones, most fathers agree that their children are more important than how much money they make. A stereotype that is still at the back of many men’s minds is that they have to be the breadwinner. The result is that fathers overwork themselves to be able to provide for their families and feel successful. In reality, being a supportive husband and father in 2018 is more rewarding than getting a competitive promotion in the long run—when the kids look back on their childhood, chances are they are going to remember and cherish the times their father was present. Sometimes, something as simple as playing with the kids outside and teaching them something new can feel more rewarding than working overtime.

An easy way to cut down your time spent outside of the house is by working close to home. Consider checking out one of Barrister Executive Suites office locations to be your future workspace.

How to Nail an Interview

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Job interviews can be extremely nerve-wracking. Whether it be for your dream job at a new office or even just a stepping stone to your long-term goals, job interviews tend to make people feel anxious. Relax! Here are some great tips to nail that interview and ease your anxiety.

First impressions

Your first impression sets the tone for the rest of the interview. Be confident! Be sure to arrive in proper attire (this varies depending on the company or organization) and arrive 10-15 minutes early, to show that you are dedicated. While in the interview, don’t be afraid to ask questions or write them down to avoid interrupting the interviewer. It helps you appear engaged in what the interviewer is communicating.

Be prepared

Do your research on the company or organization you are meeting with. You want to be prepared to answer the obvious questions they might ask you, but you also want to have a clear understanding of what the company does and their core values. You also want to prepare questions to ask, as this shows your interest in the company. It can help you stand out from those who didn’t do their research.

Body Language

Be mindful of non-verbal communication—it plays a huge role in interviews. Be sure to portray good posture, stand tall and have a friendly smile. You’ll want to maintain eye contact and occasionally nod to show your interest and understanding of what the interviewer is saying. Mirroring can also help you appeal to the interviewer. Sitting in a similar stance or leaning forward when they do helps to create a sense that you are understanding each other.

Know your skills

Compare their company needs to what you can bring to the company. Know your skills and be confident that you can benefit their company. If you are certified in using a specific tool, brush up on your skills prior to the interview so you feel more comfortable speaking about it.

Keep in mind that as you search for a job, you might not be chosen every time. Hearing a lot of “no’s” can be discouraging, but remember, you only need to hear one “yes” to be on your way to pursuing your dreams.