Top 5 Strategies to Have a Productive Business

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Staying productive during work hours is always important, but now it’s more challenging than ever to stay productive due to COVID-19. Many of us are working from home which means adapting to a new work environment and having to deal with way more distractions. If you are struggling to maintain productivity during this time, below are some tips on how to stay productive during the pandemic and also during a normal work setting.

1. Manage Your Workspace and Storage Area

This is important for COVID-19 work conditions as well as normal working conditions. If you are working from home, be sure to designate a spot specifically to work that is away from other areas of your home that are meant for other things like eating and sleeping. This will help to reduce distractions and keep yourself focused.
Always be sure that your desk and work area are neat and organized. Everything should have a designated spot and be easy to find so that you don’t waste time looking for the items you need to complete a task. Also make sure that your desktop is not cluttered so that documents are easy to find and that you do not get overwhelmed.

2. Be Sure to Set Boundaries

Make sure you have a strict start and end to your workday. At the end of your workday, put the computer away and stop checking your email. This may be hard to do while working from home, but make sure you are setting these boundaries to prevent burnout. Also, make sure you are getting outside during this time. Some people find that taking a short walk before and after work can replace their work commute and give them the time they need to get in and out of work mode.

3. Use Digital Communication Technologies

During this time of social distancing, digital communication technologies like Zoom and Google Meets are among the limited ways to maintain a visible connection to others. Access to these technologies has promoted connectivity and productivity when working remotely. As we reenter the workplace, assessing to what extent such tools will continue to be of value to your business is a worthwhile endeavor.
Phone calls take away from the body language, eye contact, and connection needed to have a productive conversation. If you are having frequent phone calls with clients, try offering them video chats instead to enhance your meetings and conversations.

4. Keep the Team Motivated and Keep a Positive Attitude

Times are difficult for many of us right now and the uncertainty of the future could be weighing on your employees. Be sure to check in with them frequently during this time, but also during normal working conditions. Your employees want to feel valued so make sure you are showing them that you care about their physical and mental well-being. Also, try your best to maintain a positive attitude and encourage your employees to do the same. Our perspective is our greatest power and it can either empower you or drag you down.

5. Be Sure to Do Your Research

In addition to staying apprised of pandemic news in general, be sure to avail yourself of industry-specific updates and reporting. An unprecedented set of circumstances demands a reexamination of existing business practices and pivoting to adapt to a new reality. Identifying and implementing innovative solutions will assist your business in emerging from the pandemic as a viable entity.

Barrister Executive Suites allows you to have all the benefits of working remotely while also having a physical business address through our virtual office packages. To learn more about the virtual office packages offered at Barrister Executive Suites, contact us today.

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.

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.

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

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.

Marina del Rey, CA Location

Bonnie T.

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.