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:

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.

Thanks for keeping our clients fueled!

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.

How the Right Office Can Make Employees More Productive

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A company’s culture shapes the day-to-day operations and impacts the type of people you work alongside. Giving the right impression by providing an inviting office space can enhance a company’s culture and ease stress on the employees. The right office can further motivate employees and impact their performance. Here are some ways an office can be enhanced to make employees more productive:

1. Natural lightingStudies have shown that sunlight exposure is associated with productivity by providing vitamin D and increasing alertness and motivation. Having an office that provides lots of natural light can feel more inviting. Employees often feel more at ease when they can get a break from blue light from computer screens and florescent light bulbs.

2. Comfortable Seating – No one wants to have to work seated on an uncomfortable chair all day. Having the right chair at your desk can help decrease lower back pain and improve blood flow. Providing comfortable chairs for the entire office can actually increase productivity because employees feel that they can comfortably sit at their desks for longer periods of time.

3. Up-to-date Technology – No matter what industry you work in, access to the internet is imperative. A network that responds quickly and reliably keeps the company’s operations flowing. Having a slow internet connection can be both frustrating and inhibiting to creativity. When your tools don’t move as fast as you do, your entire day is stymied.

4. Break room – An inspiring break room can help foster a community that encourages creativity and high energy. A comfortable break room can encourage employees to meet and communicate to share ideas with each other.

Making minor changes in the workplace can have huge impacts on the company as a whole. When employees feel more comfortable, morale can improve as well. If you are looking for an office upgrade, Barrister Executive Suites makes sure each of their offices are fully furnished and ready for your business. Learn more about full-time office space in Southern California.

Cookies for the Brave!

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In remembrance of our fallen firefighters and countrymen on 9/11, Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. staff presented their South Bay firehouse heroes with some delightful treats.  Spearheaded by the Corporate Volunteer Council of South Bay, we are proud to have Terry Ray, Barrister’s Area Manager, serving as Treasurer. Barrister staff from all 26 locations wrote “thank you” notes to the firemen and women to accompany packages of cookies, contributed by Ana Blaisdell, Barrister Suite Manager, and other local bakeries, which were decoratively displayed on a fire hydrant (pictured above).

 

Terry Ray, South Bay Area Manager and  Sarah Clemens, Suite Manager of Marina Del Rey personally hand-delivered these gifts to 20 local fire stations within the South Bay area including Torrance, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes and San Pedro.

 

“This is a great opportunity for us to recognize the heroic efforts of our local firemen,” says Sondra Hollis, Suite Manager of Barrister’s Brentwood location.

 

“We thank them for their amazing effort, dedication, and heroism,” says Bonnie Ogilvie of Barrister Executive Suites, Inc.’s corporate office.  “They really are heroes for risking their lives on a daily basis in order to save the lives of others.”

 

Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. is proud to acknowledge the brave efforts and contributions of our local heroes, and share in the community spirit to remember the many brave souls who sacrificed themselves on this day 13 years ago.

 

Please click here to see all the photos!

Thank you for joining us in West LA!

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Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. thanks all who attended the Business Networking Mixer on Thursday, August 21st.  Barrister revealed the beautiful renovations to Suite 400 on the 4th floor of 11500 Olympic Boulevard.  The reception area and main conference room were reconfigured with glass to enhance the entry with natural light, new artwork, furniture, carpet, and reception desk.

 

The turnout was wonderful. It was great to see so many familiar faces.  Barrister thanks the West LA Chamber, brokers, other local professionals and tenants for showing their support by attending the event.  

 

While attendees enjoyed some great business networking, food and cocktails, Barrister had a raffle drawing.   Congratulations to our friends and raffle prize winners: Robert Donin, Gene Fisher, Molly Smulian and Jaime Alvarado. 

 

Click here to see all the photos of the party!

 

“This was an excellent event. We were very pleased with the outcome.  Business networking is just one more way that Barrister adds value to their tenants’ business. We’re very pleased to be partnered with the Barrister team.”  Said Mark Hazan of Ramcal Management, Inc.

 

If you were unable to make the party, please feel free to stop by anytime to tour the property.  For more information, or to refer a client, please contact Dawn Thompson, Suite Manager, at (310) 312-4540 or email dthompson@barrister-suites.com.  We welcome you to visit in person or via our website: www.barrister-suites.com to view our portfolio of Class A locations.    Barrister Executive Suites, Inc., 11500 Olympic Blvd., Suite 400, Los Angeles, CA 90064.

 

The Grilled Cheese Truck is coming to YOU!

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On August 6th, The Grilled Cheese Truck will be located outside of our very own

Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. in Ventura!

 

Be sure to make your way for a deliciously cheesy lunch!  This is open to all!

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Where: 1500 Palma Drive, Ventura, CA 93003

When: August 6, 2014 |  11:00am – 2:00pm

 

 

Visit www.thegrilledcheesetruck.com to see the mouth-watering menu.  For any questions about the location of the truck or Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. in Ventura, please call Ashley Hutchins at       805-654-0600 or email ahutchins@barrister-suites.com