Tips on How to Manage Your Mental Health During Quarantine

During this time of social distancing and isolation during quarantine, many of us are finding it difficult to maintain our mental health. This sudden shift in the way we live our daily lives is hard to adjust to and it can feel like you are living one continuous day. It is always important to practice self-care and to improve your mental health, but it is especially important during these trying times. If you are struggling with your mental health due to the effects of quarantine, below are some tips on how to practice self-care during this time.

Establish a Daily Routine

Keeping a daily routine can help keep a sense of normalcy and can help you stay productive. Be sure to start your day like you would any other workday to help you stay focused and feel like you are in an “at-work” mindset instead of an “at-home” mindset. Also, be sure to designate a spot solely for work that is away from areas that are meant for other activities such as eating and sleeping. This designated work area can help you stay focused by minimizing distractions and can help lower anxiety.

Stay Connected to the Outside World

Be sure to keep in touch with friends and family not only to reduce boredom, but to also reduce the feeling of isolation. Take advantage of the numerous digital communication technologies at your fingertips and call your family, text your friends, or video chat with your coworkers. Humans are social beings who need social interaction to be happy and healthy so make sure you are fulfilling this instinctual need.

Focus on Your Physical Health

Mental health and physical health go hand-in-hand. In order to have optimal mental health, you need to also focus on maintaining your physical health. Be sure you are eating healthy foods, drinking a lot of water, and keeping yourself moving. Take advantage of the numerous workout videos on the internet and use them to stay active.

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.

Barrister Executive Suites Announces New Beverly Hills Location

Barrister Executive Suites new Beverly Hills Location

We are very excited to announce our third Beverly Hills location at 9440 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 301, in the Bank of America Building! This new suite now adds to our portfolio of 25 Southern California locations. The addition of this new, beautiful office space will allow us to better serve our tenants by offering them yet another 90210 office suite option. This will help them decide which office building location is best for their business and clients.

Amenities

Located in the highly sought-after Golden Triangle location, this striking building has a wide variety of property amenities. Some of the amenities include:

  • Class A Building w/ Floor to Ceiling Windows
  • Large Private Terrace Overlooking Los Angeles
  • On-Site Car Wash/Auto Detailing & Banking
  • Free On-Site Client & Visitor Valet Parking
  • Convenient Access to Santa Monica (10) & San Diego (405) Freeways
  • 14 Miles to Los Angeles International Airport
  • Banks, Theaters, Health Clubs, World-class Shopping, Hotels & Restaurants Nearby

Suite Features & Services

This location is loaded with features and services that will benefit you, your clients, and in turn, your business. Some of these features and services include:

  • On-Site Management
  • Professional Receptionist
  • Personalized Call Answering/Screening
  • Online Conference Room Reservation System
  • Mail & Package Handling
  • Telephone Service & Equipment
  • Enterprise Grade High Speed Internet & WiFi
  • Employee Lounge/Break Room
  • Janitorial Services & Utilities

This office suite is set to open June of 2020 and is now available for pre-leasing! Whether you are looking for a full-time office, virtual office, or conference room rentals, this building is the perfect location for your business. If you are interested in learning more about the new Beverly Hills office suite or any of the other locations that Barrister Executive Suites offers, please contact us today.

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!

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.

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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How a Virtual Office Can Benefit Your Business

Virtual offices offer startups, entrepreneurs and established professionals the ability to amplify their position in the industry in which they compete. Though there may be a small team behind the work they produce, there is nothing small about their passion to constantly improve. A virtual office can give your business the boost it needs to thrive–for many reasons. Here are a few ways a virtual office can benefit your business:

Eliminate the Commute

The traffic in Southern California can be egregious, putting you in a terrible mood just as the morning begins. Cutting out a commute can give you a longer morning to relax with a cup of coffee, giving you a sunnier disposition to start the day. If a long commute is standing in the way of breaking into a new geographic market, a virtual office enables you to work remotely with a team, right from your home.

Mailing Address Without the Rent

Location, location, location—it’s important even if you’re not there physically. All established businesses have a professional mailing address that’s not in a residential neighborhood. You can improve your business’s reputation with a prestigious mailing address, especially in upscale or trendy neighborhoods like Beverly Hills, Pasadena, or Woodland Hills. A huge advantage of a virtual office is that it costs far less than a month’s worth of rent for a similar location. Barrister Executive Suites offers varying levels of features for virtual offices, each with professional mail and package handling so you don’t miss a thing.

Free Your Budget to Expand Your Business

Stop paying exorbitant rent, utility, and office overhead fees that are a drain on your profitability. Managing your team remotely, collaborating using employees’ own company-approved technology, can put thousands of dollars back in your pocket each month. Reallocating your budget to what really matters can grant your employees, your business, and yourself huge benefits.

Professional Receptionist

Having an answering service is one thing, but a professionally trained receptionist warmly greeting clients and associates creates an incredible first impression. The personalized answering service offered by Barrister Executive Suites is one of the features clients enjoy the most, as it gives their business an increased level of professionalism.

If you’d like to learn about more features of Virtual Offices, visit Barrister’s Virtual Office Space.

Work/Life Balance Goals

How are your 2018 New Year’s resolutions going? If you’re a type-A workaholic, you probably smashed your work-related goals back in February. For others, life might have gotten in the way of your resolutions and they may have faded into the background–and that’s okay, life happens. The new year can usher in a fresh start to meeting your goals in both your personal and professional life. It’s all about balance, though it can be easier said than done. If you have started losing track of your New Year’s resolutions, here’s how to get those work/life balance resolutions back on track.

Take Time to Get Organized

Organization probably doesn’t make it into your checklist, rather it’s something of a necessary evil as your desktop and email clutter beyond the point of what you can handle. In the beginning of a new week, schedule just five to ten minutes per day before or after your workday to straighten things out, file things away, and get yourself ready for the next task at hand. Writing this step down on a checklist makes you more likely to complete it, and it can help you maintain a more efficient workday. Imagine how great it’ll feel to go into a new day with email folders and a clear desktop that will help keep track of obligations! This can also limit those nights spent burning the midnight oil on last-minute work instead of spending time with loved ones.

Meditation and Mindfulness

Have you ever spent time with your family without really being present? Sifting through emails and stressing about deadlines instead of appreciating the company of those right in front of you? It’s common to do that from time to time, always being near a smartphone. To truly disconnect from technology out of work hours, begin practicing mindfulness. Not a pro at meditation yet? Start by focusing on your breath, and begin noticing what each of your senses are feeling. Beginning the day with meditation, whether it’s a workday or a weekend, can help reduce stress over time. Apps that track and guide meditation can help motivate you to continue this practice.

Shift Your Thinking About “Yes” and “No”

How often do you find yourself saying that you can complete a project, no matter the deadline? Saying that you’ll take care of something, when your planner is already bursting at the seams? Compare that to how you approach questions asked of you at home, by your children or spouse. For many, saying “no” to family is somehow easier–no to your six-year-old insisting to wear her Halloween costume to school in March, no to a last-minute dinner with friends–do these responses really improve your quality of life? Reevaluating what you say “yes” to at work and “no” to at home is a great way to shift your perspective and determine what really matters. Work assignments can always be delegated or reprioritized, and really, what’s the harm in letting little Sally wear fairy wings to school?