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.

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.

How a Virtual Office Can Benefit Your Business

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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

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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?

The Benefits of Learning to Code – Even in Non-Tech Jobs

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Web development is a very hot industry today. The median salary for a software developer is almost $100,000. From 2014 – 2024, the employment of software developers is forecasted to increase 17%, way faster than the average growth rate for all occupations.  However, even if you don’t plan on pursuing a career in programming, learning to code can have plenty of great benefits to your career no matter what it is. Here are a few ways it does that.

It Increases your Versatility

Learning any new skill while currently in a job is a great way to get noticed by your superiors. So why not learn something that could be useful to almost any company? Knowing how to code greatly increases your versatility in your job and gives you a much wider scope of tasks that you could handle. It also shows that you’re willing to accept challenges and learn new things, which look great when being considered for a promotion

It Will Enhance Communication with Teammates

Learning to code is learning a new language. If you learn French, you gain the ability to communicate with many more people that you could when you only spoke English. The same logic applies to computer code. When you learn a new code you gain the ability to communicate better to the tech team at your company as well as anyone else in the industry. This will lead to increased efficiency in completing tasks as well as greater respect from other members of the organization.

It’s Great for the Entrepreneurial Mind

If you have an entrepreneurial mind and have dreams of starting your own business, learning to code is invaluable. Have an idea for a new app? It’s one thing to tell the idea to someone and have them make it for you hoping for the best, but it’s another to create a simple prototype, which will help you can gain better financial support and hire more qualified people.

Even if we’re not talking about the tech industry, any startup business is low on funds, so knowing how to code your own website is a huge plus.

It’s Brain-Training

Learning to code also acts as a brain trainer. With all of the logic involved in different coding languages, it helps to enhance your logical thinking skills, which is important both in the workplace and in everyday life.

Learn a New Way to Think

Learning to code takes discipline and logic. It can increase your problem-solving skills, since you have to provide information and actions to a computer in steps, much like you would when training or explaining it to a new hire. It can also help you to start seeing patterns and relationships, how one little variable can greatly change the outcome.

It Could be your Hidden Passion

So you learned to code because of, but not limited to, the first four reasons in this post. It turns out, however, that you absolutely love it. The great thing about the times we live in is that it is so easy to explore different skills to find what you are truly passionate about. So why not give coding a try? You could find your next passion, and as mentioned in the opening paragraph, make a lot of money doing it.

Announcing Our Newest San Diego Location Del Mar / Solana Beach – Preleasing NOW!

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We are pleased to announce the opening of our newest location at 445 Marine View Avenue, Del Mar, CA in The Timbers building. The iconic Class A office building is owned by Hankey Investment Corporation and will be the 4th location that Barrister operates in San Diego County, adding to our robust portfolio of over 28 locations in Southern California.

The Timbers building has breathtaking ocean views and an expansive window line which provides maximum natural light.  We’re currently in the process of constructing the suite to provide high end finishes with an open space concept design for a creative office atmosphere (pictures coming soon!).  On-site amenities include 24-hour security, outdoor atrium area surrounding a koi pond, and free covered parking.

Ron Azad, Executive V.P. of Asset Management and Development at Hankey Investment Company commented: “Our firm has invested over $1.5 million in building improvements since acquiring the asset nearly 2 years ago.  We are excited to have a Barrister suite in the building. We’re familiar with their exceptional reputation as an Executive Suite provider, and knew that their business model would make an ideal fit for our building, as well as the local business community.”

We are looking forward to serving the beach cities business community in the north county region of San Diego. Local professionals will benefit from this convenient location and the wide array of services that our suite provides. Be sure to check out our:

This location is an excellent solution for local professionals who are looking to work closer to home, minimize their overhead expense, and maximize their company’s image. “It’s a bright and vibrant office environment where clients have more time to be productive and focus on their core business, and enjoy being a part of our thriving tenant community” said Carrie Gates, Vice President of Leasing and Marketing for Barrister. “It’s a really great place to come and work every day”

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Dressing for Success: It’s All About the Context!

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There was once a time when every professional, no matter his or her industry, put on a suit each morning.  Today, there are many interpretations of formal, business casual, smart casual, etc.  If you’re not aware of the environment you’re in it can be easy to look sloppy, and it can be equally easy to be over-dressed.

 

Dress Codes vs. Self-Expression

“Dress codes have most certainly relaxed over time, particularly since the introduction of ‘jeans Fridays’ and dot-com era casual attire,” says Judah Kurtz of BPI group, a human resources consulting firm in Chicago, Illinois. “What is considered ‘appropriate’ varies by company and culture, as well as what parts of the house are strictly internal versus client/public facing.”

“Dress code policies walk a fine line between portraying a professional image to clients and customers while allowing employees to be comfortable, engaged, and expressive,” said Kevin Sheridan, senior vice president of HR optimization at Avatar HR Solutions, also in Chicago.

While some have adopted casual dress code policies that allow for self-expressions, others believe it’s important to have dress codes with limitations of expressions.

Franki Brandt-Pethtel, the Director of Operations for Bond Jewelers in the Tampa Bay Area, thinks maintaining a proper dress code shows respect for your employer, clients and yourself.

“Would you purchase an expensive piece of fine jewelry from a woman with a green Mohawk and sleeve full of tats? That’s why I wear a suit to work every day. My personal expression can wait until my day off,” she said.

While it’s ultimately up to each organization’s culture to deem what is fit, various human resource professionals believe general dress guidelines are useful as they create some parameters and expectations around what is considered appropriate.  At the same time, allowing some freedom of individual expression can have positive impacts on company culture and employee satisfaction.

“You may be memorable, but make sure you are memorable for the right reasons,” said Kurtz. “Be yourself, but don’t let your appearance or behaviors detract from your selling points: your intelligence, accomplishments, strengths and experience.”

 

Business-Meetings

Before you decide on an outfit for any professional appointment, carefully consider your audience. If you’re meeting someone abroad, research what the locals wear for business meetings and dress accordingly. When meeting with a high-level executive, do your best to mirror what he or she will wear.

For men, putting your best look forward often comes down a clean, crisp look from head to toe. Svelte suit. Slick tie. Shined shoes. Spruced hair. For women, the same rules apply. An equally unfettered, conservative — basically safe — professional look is often the best choice for meetings, regardless of your gender. If you wear a skirt with your blazer and blouse instead of dress pants, double check that it’s not too short.

 

Tech start-ups

Startups are notoriously contrarian cultures; they are looking to change the status quo. Dressing in a suit represents the status quo, or at least, a caricature of it.

Silicon Valley has a peculiar and yet virulent bias against the suit. It’s even a euphemism for an overly conservative, corporate-buzzword-speaking, pointy-haired Dilbert boss. No one wants to work with an “empty suit”. Software engineers help strongly define the culture in Silicon Valley, and they overwhelmingly don’t wear suits, or in general they don’t want to work with people who do.

If you are meeting with a tech startup, business casual dress is often the way to go.

Source:  Entrepreneur.com

 

Employee in the Spotlight: Jacqui White Jansen

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Assistant Vice President, Barrister Executive Suites, Inc.

Jacqui White Jansen
Assistant Vice President, Barrister Executive Suites, Inc.

 

Meet Jacqui White Jansen!

 

Jacqui has been with Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. for 23 years, and currently serves as the Assistant Vice President.  She’s primarily responsible for the West Los Angeles region, where we recently opened our newest location: 233 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 400, Santa Monica.  With 8 locations in the Westside region, Jacqui is kept busy!

Having been born and raised in Manchester England, Jacqui immigrated to the U.S. at age 22. Jacqui has two children, Zoe and Zari, and she lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband, Skip.

Jacqui brings valuable knowledge, great energy and experience to everything that she is involved with. While managing the Westside area for Barrister, Jacqui is involved in the local community in many other aspects. She has been volunteering on the Oncology Floor at St. John’s Hospital every week for 6 years, and is a member of LACRA (the Los Angeles Commercial Real Estate Association).  She serves on the Planning Committee for the LACRA Broker Challenge, a day of fun taking place on September 21st, 2015 at the Beach Club in Santa Monica (see our post Calling all Brokers! for more information).

Stop by our newest Santa Monica addition and say hi! We will be hosting our Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Party on November 4th.  Stay tuned for more details.