Why Social Responsibility is Key for a Successful Business

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Whether it’s helping those in need, environmental conservation, or advocating for those with developmental disabilities, consumers want to know that the companies they buy from are practicing social consciousness. Not only is corporate responsibility beneficial to the world, it can benefit businesses in multiple ways.

Improve Brand Image

Doing work in the community or contributing to charity conveys your company’s corporate values. When you humanize your brand, people feel more confident putting their trust in you. Let your customers know your company’s values and what you are doing to change the world for the better.

Increase Employee Engagement

Companies could not exist without their employees, so their happiness is very important. One way to keep your employees happy is through creating time for volunteerism and charity. When you feel like you are making a difference and helping others, it can give you a sense of purpose. Also, teamwork amongst all levels of employees can create a bond that isn’t easily done in a normal work setting. When employees feel good about the company they work for, they are more likely to stay with the company.

Increase Customer Engagement

Just like your employees, customers want to feel like they’re giving back to those in need. Giving your customers the opportunity to join your volunteerism and charitable efforts can allow you to build a relationship with them. Creating long-term relationships with your customers is how you can keep your existing customers, and meet new ones.

At Barrister, we know how important it is to live our values as an organization. Learn more about the charities we give back to and why.

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How to be Professional on a Budget: The Benefits of the Shared Office Approach

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Office space rentals can be very pricey and inconvenient for you and your business. The shared office approach gives you the professionalism and structure of an office without breaking the bank. As the shared economy grows, the shared office space approach has become more popular. Here are just a few reasons why:

1. Flexibility

The shared office approach allows for more flexibility for your business. You can choose from short or long-term leases and full or part-time programs. Your business is unique and constantly changing, and shared office spaces can change with your needs.

2. Services

Shared offices provide services and amenities a traditional lease wouldn’t include. Some of the full-time office services that are included at Barrister Executive Suites are convenient access, professional receptionists, and conference room space. These services come standard with the monthly rent and can help alleviate some stress from the day to day operations.

3. Work Environment

Access to high-quality buildings in some of the most desirable areas of Southern California can be expensive, and the shared office approach addresses this. With the shared office approach, these beautiful buildings are affordable and create a professional first impression and a productive work environment for businesses.
Barrister allows its tenants more flexibility and convenience in their office space rental through the shared office approach.

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You Can Still Work at Home with a Virtual Office

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Some business owners find that working from a home office is a great fit for them, but their brand is weighed down by that “home office” label. When a physical office space is not appropriate for your business, consider a virtual office. A virtual office helps your business make a great first impression while also giving it a more professional image. Here’s how.

Prestigious Business Address

When a customer or client wants more information on your business, a business address is one of the first things they’ll look for. A prestigious business address helps make a lasting impression and builds trust between you and the client.

Mail and Package Handling

At Barrister, a convenient amenity included with all of our virtual office packages is mail and package handling. This allows you to focus on the needs of your business and not worry about having to be present to sign for a package. Our clients also enjoy the convenience of mail forwarding for mail sent to their home or another location.

Live Receptionist

The first point of contact between a client and a business sets the tone for the rest of the professional relationship. Included in all of Barrister’s virtual office packages is a live receptionist available to greet clients and visitors.

Conference Room Use

For those with a business that requires more than the standard amenities mentioned above, consider the silver, gold, or platinum virtual office packages. With one of these packages, you will enjoy 16 hours of conference room use and online meeting room reservations. This is perfect for those who don’t need this type of space every day, just on occasion.

Our Virtual Office Packages offer varying combinations of the services you need. You can choose from any of our packages to find the right combination to fit your needs.

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When Your Startup Should Begin Renting Office Space

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As your startup begins to grow into a small business, you’ll find that running your business from home is getting in the way of real growth. You’ll start expanding your team, needing more equipment and space, and you’ll need help with administrative tasks like inbound calls and mail. A separate office space will also help you balance work and home life.

Cost of A Traditional Office

Cost is something to consider when looking for the right office space. At first, renting an office space can feel like an unnecessary, significant investment in overhead. If the timing is right, you’ll see how the benefits of an office offset the costs. With an executive suite or shared office, you can find a great space at a lower price compared to a traditional lease. As an entrepreneur, that could be the right option as you aim to minimize overhead costs and focus on growing your business.

Space You’ll Need

Another signal that you should begin renting office space is that your team has grown, and you simply need a space to meet and collaborate. Remote work can work for some businesses, but there’s no denying that communications become more streamlined working with others in a dedicated office space. Consider your need for cubicles, conference room access, and a break room.

Receptionist Services

Transitioning to an office space is an exciting time. Amenities like mail sorting, professional reception services, free access to meeting rooms and a lobby area may not seem necessary at first, but you’ll quickly grow to consider them to be essentials to your business. These kinds of amenities in an office setting will allow you to focus on the things that matter most to your organization.

Barrister provides tenants with these types of amenities and more so that business owners can focus on core activities crucial to their success, while also minimizing overhead costs.

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Most Sought After Amenities When Looking for A New Office Space

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Office location amenities and suite features play a big role when deciding which office is the perfect fit for your business. The demand for bigger and better amenities is on the rise and since it is 2019, some amenities should not even be a question when you’re on the hunt for an improved office space. More importantly, as a business owner, your time is precious and should not be wasted on administrative work like mail handling.

Outdoor Access

Having the ability to step outside and take a call or relax on your break is a highly sought-after amenity–it’s also proven to increase workday satisfaction. On top of that, when you are in your office, an incredible view of the Pacific Ocean or the California Mountains makes your day that much better. An added bonus to the location of an office can include shops, restaurants, salons and gyms all within walking distance to get your fresh air while grabbing a bite to eat or visiting a nearby shop.

24 Hour Access & Private Office Availability

Stingy landlords and many coworking options limit tenants’ accessibility to their office space. Few of us are in the office for a clean nine-to-five, and having 24-hour access is perfect for night owls who feel more productive at 6:00pm after email slows down. Along with that, coworking spaces tend to have limited options for private office space on demand. Leasing with Barrister at an Executive Suite means you have access to your own private office, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. After all, the office is yours. You will also enjoy access to meeting rooms and an online conference room reservation system to all 40 Barrister conference rooms.

Professional Receptionists

Professional reception services are highly sought after to keep a business running smoothly since they create a great first impression for your business. Part of this service offering should include mail sorting. As a busy, hardworking professional, your time should be spent doing your job, not worrying whether your mail gets back to you safely. In addition to this amenity, branded call answering by a live receptionist gives a business a personal touch that puts them a level above the competition.

Barrister provides tenants with these types of amenities and more so that business owners can focus on core activities crucial to their success, while also minimizing overhead costs.

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Top Lunch Spots to Check Out This Summer

The convenience of running out to grab a bite to eat on your lunch break or scheduling a business meeting over a meal requires you to be located near great restaurants. After careful deliberation, we have compiled a list of what we like to call the “top lunch spots” that are conveniently located just a short walk or drive away from a few of our Executive Suites.

Beverly Hills Office Space

Beverly Hills

  • Panini Kabob Grill – Mediterranean Food

When grabbing a bite to eat here, you can tell Panini Kabob Grill stands by their mission of serving their guests the “best of the best”. They do so by using the freshest, healthiest and highest quality ingredients out there.

  • Wally’s – Wine & Cheese

If you are looking to unwind after a busy day or a quiet place to have a meeting, Wally’s is perfect. During the day, it’s a bit more casual, but at night you’ll find people in suits and cocktail dresses, take your pick!

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san diego del mar torrey reserve office space - blue skies, palm trees and office building with green landscape

Del Mar Torrey Reserve

  • Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse – Legendary Steakhouse

Look no further if you are in the mood for superior service and an unforgettable experience. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is the place to be whether it’s for lunch, dinner or happy hour.

  • Poseidon – Seafood & Produce

Poseidon Del Mar provides a true ocean front dining experience. You can’t beat the view of the ocean and fresh, locally sourced seafood they serve. It has become a local favorite!

Check out where our San Diego Del Mar office space is located



Woodland Hills

  • The Stand – American Classics

Awesome burgers, hot dogs, salads and sandwiches are in your future if you find yourself at The Stand on your next lunch break. The best part is the sunny, outdoor seating in the front or on the patio in the back. All you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy your grub!

  • TGI Friday’s – Appetizers & Happy Hour

Yeah, TGI Friday’s is nothing “special” or local, but it’s the place to be for happy hour and late-night specials—trust us.

Check out where our Woodland Hills office space is located


Brentwood Office Space

Brentwood (New Location at 12121 Wilshire Blvd is Now Leasing!)

  • Blu Jam Café – Breakfast & Lunch

At Blu Jam, they don’t use freezers or ingredients they can’t pronounce, like artificial flavors. High quality food and exceptional service is what they do serve.

  • Literati Café – Organic Soups, Salads & Sandwiches

Open all day, this café prides itself in listening to their customers and is continuously fine tuning their menu. Order from a variety of freshly prepared pastries, entrees and beverages.

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  • Woodley Proper – Speakeasy & Sushi

Our favorite part of Woodley Proper is the Omakase Speakeasy in the back, Sushi I Bar, that serves sushi in 17 courses. You’ll want to make a reservation in advance for this unique experience before heading there. If you’re just looking for a great cocktail, the cocktail lounge is the perfect spot.

  • Claudine Artisan Kitchen and Bakeshop

Get this, they serve brunch all day, every day! It’s the perfect lunch spot that is focused on redefining the local culinary landscape through using fresh, seasonal ingredients to create tasty sweets and dishes.

Check out where our Encino office space is located

Mouthwatering lunch spots is just one of the perks of leasing a Barrister Executive Suite. Get in touch with us to learn about on-site amenities and how the Barrister difference could improve your business.

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The Workplace of the Future

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The workplace of the future may be here sooner than you know it, and it’s important that your business doesn’t fall behind. Artificial intelligence, architecture, and communication & productivity tools are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what the workplace of the future will encompass. To some, these changes and innovations may seem like ideas that won’t come into fruition in your lifetime, when in reality, these changes are already here and will be commonplace within the next few years. Here are some of the biggest transformations to watch out for:


The most notable change is the technology your business relies on for almost everything. When we say technology, this encompasses artificial intelligence (AI), automation, mobile first, communication & productivity tools and much more.

AI is expected to transform the workplace in more ways than one. There is a strong focus on how humans and machines will interact in the near future because after all, humans do need human interaction. Big companies are pushing AI to cut costs and increase profitability & efficiency. AI also has the ability to help employees grow and develop through coaching, feedback and evaluation capabilities.

As communication and team collaboration becomes increasingly reliant on technology platforms to keep employees connected and on the same page, it’s important to be in a positive, well-lit and inviting environment. Having the ability to relax in an employee lounge, sit outside, or walk to nearby shops and restaurants will be important to maintain employee’s workplace attitudes and productivity levels. There may come a time when too much technology has diminishing returns on employee attitudes.


In today’s world, working no longer means going to one designated physical office 5 days a week for 8 hours a day. Professionals travel around the world, working from home and conducting business outside of office headquarters.

For many businesses, a full-time office is still a good fit. Virtual offices and meeting rooms by the hour are highly sought after for those on the go or who are looking for the benefits of a physical office at the fraction of the cost. The workplace of the future will almost certainly have a mixture of both, as shared offices and coworking are growing in popularity.

Location is often the deciding factor when it comes to settling on a physical workplace. Nearby amenities like restaurants, gyms, shopping plazas and hotels are all a must for many professionals today, and will be in the future. Barrister Executive Suites has dozens of locations throughout Southern California, including our brand-new Brentwood executive suites on Wilshire Boulevard. This location will have an on-site café, salon, car wash and a beautiful patio seating area. All of this, plus the stunning views of the Santa Monica Mountains, Hollywood Hills and the Pacific Ocean can make your work day a tad less stressful and a whole lot more enjoyable.

Now Pre-Leasing at Barrister’s Brentwood Executive Suites!

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Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. Announces Newest Brentwood Executive Office

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The new location, Brentwood (West Los Angles), California will add to Barrister Executive Suite’s extensive portfolio of 24 locations.

Mitchell Stokes with Madison Partners represented the Class A office building, while Seth Wellisch and Dan Gallup with Cresa represented Barrister in the transaction. Seth Wellisch said, “We were pleased to represent Barrister once again. Their exceptional service provides local business professionals with a great place to work.”

Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. will occupy Suite 810 of Wilshire Bundy Plaza. Barrister is building out the suite with high end finishes and an open space concept design that will include individual private offices as well as team collaborative spaces.

Barrister provides small to medium-sized businesses with a wide range of workspace solutions including:

  • Full-service offices
  • Virtual offices and meeting rooms
  • Reception services and on-site management
  • 24/7 suite access
  • Furnished or unfurnished offices
  • VoIP telephone system
  • Enterprise grade high speed internet and WiFi
  • Networked color copy center
  • Break room with free coffee and beverage services

The shared space allows tenants to cut overhead costs dramatically and reduce risk with flexible lease terms. Executive suites are an excellent solution for professionals who are looking to lower spending without putting their business’s image or operation in jeopardy. “By taking advantage of the features and services provided by our team, tenants gain more time to focus on their core business and enjoy working in a productive and friendly atmosphere,” said Carrie Gates, Vice President of Leasing and Marketing for Barrister.

Barrister is actively preleasing offices now and is also offering a full range of Virtual Office Packages which start at $99. Virtual Offices are a cost saving way to give your office a professional image without risking how your company is perceived by clients or potential clients. Full time and virtual office lease opportunities will be available May 1, 2019.

To schedule a tour and to learn more about our Brentwood Office Space for rent at 12121 Wilshire Boulevard, please call Jacqueline Jansen at 310-556-9681 or email jwhite@barrister-suites.com.

About Barrister Executive Suites, Inc.

The originator of the executive suite concept, Barrister was founded in 1966 as a cost-effective alternative to traditional office space by providing turnkey office space, virtual offices, meeting room facilities, and administrative support services. Independent business practitioners, small start-up companies, and national corporations benefit by having more time to focus on their core business with less financial risk. Today, with 24 locations throughout Southern California, Barrister operates with a foundation of longevity and financial stability in providing its tenants with a business-friendly environment coupled with exceptional customer service. Additional information on Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. is available at barrister-suites.com.

Carrie Gates

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What Your Workday is Missing: The Outdoors

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For many professionals, it is so easy to spend your day cooped up in an office without any exposure to the great outdoors. Well, after doing some research, we discovered that workplace greenery and access to a green outdoor environment can lead to a more positive workplace attitude. Lucky for our tenants, the Southern California weather and scenery is all around us and many of our locations feature spots to bring a laptop or meeting outside.

In one study, researchers considered access to an outdoor environment an asset for employees’ wellbeing and stress levels. Interestingly though, depending on whether the employee was male or female, the benefits were not the same. For example, females with physical and visual access to workplace greenery had a direct relationship with an increased workplace attitude and decreased level of stress.

Workplace greenery and perceived level of stress: Benefits of access to a green outdoor environment at the workplace by Lene Lottrup, Patrik Grahn, Ulrika K. Stigsdotter
Workplace greenery and perceived level of stress: Benefits of access to a green outdoor environment at the workplace by Lene Lottrup, Patrik Grahn, Ulrika K. Stigsdotter

The good news is that many of our office spaces have beautiful, breathtaking views of California’s beaches and mountains. Expansive window lines allow maximum amounts of natural light to create a bright, creative and pleasant atmosphere. Even better, we provide our tenants with access to terraces, courtyards and open outdoor spaces to relax on breaks in many of our locations. The majority of our locations are also in close proximity to shops, restaurants and parks.

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Barrister Executive Suites Valencia Location

The bottom line is that stepping outside to get a breath of fresh air and enjoying the view of bright green plants or the ocean probably can give you that extra boost of sunshine you didn’t know you needed. For those who aren’t a fan of the outdoors, you can always purchase a plant, real or fake, and keep it on your desk for similar effects.

Locations with courtyard access include:

If you’re interested in being able to get your daily dose of vitamin D while you’re at the office, contact us.

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Why Office Parties Are an Integral Part of the Barrister Tenant Experience

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At Barrister, tenants at our Executive Suites expect responsive customer service, a clean workspace, and time-saving, convenient amenities. Aside from that, they always come into work to see a smile from one of our receptionists or suite managers.  We take pride in the fact that we create the atmosphere that enables our tenants to get their jobs done. We believe an important part of that is throwing fantastic office parties!

Are office parties really that important?

YES! We feel that celebrating events like Valentine’s Day, Winter Holidays, birthdays, and milestones help our tenants feel appreciated. Office parties lighten the mood and help break up the workday – everyone gets break time, why not spend it smiling with your coworkers once in a while?

Over the years, our tenants have told us how important being part of the Barrister community was to their days spent at work. Interactions with others in the break room, passing in the halls, and especially our holiday parties help form what we think of as the Barrister family.

The positive atmosphere at each location is fostered by organizing these celebrations for our tenants. Not only does it brighten their day, but tenants use it as an opportunity to meet their neighbors and network with others in the suite. Here are a few of our favorite office parties!

Every Valentine’s Day we show our tenants just how much we love them!


Our Halloween mixer in Sherman Oaks got people out of their comfort zones and into conversation-starting costumes!


Some of our tenants have been with us for decades, like Frank and Gary who have worked in our Executive Suites since 1975! This groovy party commemorated their milestone and expressed our gratitude for their time with us.


Nothing wrong with an office party that’s just for fun! This spring fling party got tenants out of their seats and mingling to learn more about each other’s businesses.

We know that pairing excellent service and amenities with a tenant community atmosphere is a recipe for creating a stellar workplace experience. Want to join us? Explore our locations and get in contact with us when you’ve found your perfect work space!