3 Benefits of Working Remotely

Many people’s daily routine consists of waking up, grabbing some coffee, getting ready for work, and heading out to the office. However, with the rising popularity of working remotely, more people are finding themselves with a much less hectic morning routine. Remote work can have many benefits for people, and we discuss these benefits below.

Saving Time

Depending on where you work, daily commutes can be anywhere from five minutes to a few hours. One of the major benefits of remote work is that it could either eliminate or greatly decrease the amount of time spent on traveling. This saved time may allow you to sleep in a little later, spend more time with your family, or even start work earlier.

Unique Office Spaces

Working remotely allows people to create an office space where they feel most comfortable and one that accommodates all their needs. If someone has a disability that makes it difficult to leave their homes, working from home can help alleviate stress and help prevent injury. Although working from home is great for many people, working remotely doesn’t just mean working from home. A great benefit of working remotely is that the world is your office, or at least areas of the world that have internet connection. Whether it be a coffee shop, a hotel, a bookstore, or anywhere in between, you can make your office scenery different every day when you work remotely.

Increased Productivity

Working from home can create a more productive workday. If you have a designated place of work, all of the distractions, noise, and people in the environment cannot be changed. When working remotely, you choose your office space, and you decide what type of environment is best suited for you to have optimal productivity. Also, reducing the travel time to work allows the employees to have more time to buckle down into work.

Overall, working remotely helps many people have a better work-life balance. This work-life balance can help reduce stress and improve your life at work. 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.

How to Impress Your Customers With Your Office Space

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When a current or potential client or customer walks into your office, your business’s office space is their first impression of you. Everything from the art on the walls to the chairs they sit in is a representation of your company’s brand. An office space design that is functional as well as visually appealing has many benefits for your company, your clients, and your employees.

Avoid Overused Designs

There is a good chance that a potential client entering your office has either already been to your competitor’s office or will be going there after yours. In this case, you really want your office to stand out against the others and hopefully influence the client to want to return. One of the most overused design elements for offices are motivational quotes and inspirational messages framed and hung onto the walls. Depending on your company’s culture, this type of design element can be overwhelming to employees and clients due to the amount of clutter on the walls.

Although it’s important to make your employees feel comfortable at work, having gaming consoles, hammocks, slides and swings may create a negative image in a client’s mind. This type of office design may make the client feel that there is more relaxing going on in the company and less work being done.

One of the best choices you can make for your office space is natural light. Many of the office spaces at Barrister Executive Suites offer floor to ceiling windows with beautiful views of Southern California. Natural light can help your space feel more open and inviting and can make employees feel more alert and productive.

Allow the Employees to Customize Their Space

Allowing your employees to customize their work space can help them feel more relaxed, which in turn can increase productivity. Incorporating your employee’s own unique design elements can also help the office feel less sterile and more welcoming by creating a design variety in the space. When it comes to office design, it is important to remember that not everything has to be the same, because that can sometimes create a boring space.

Invest in the Quality of Your Décor

Most offices have commercial carpets and seating which are great for functionality, but not so great for unique, eye-catching office design. Investing in statement pieces such as abstract wall art or vintage rugs can elevate your design to the next level. Make sure that your office space is leaving a lasting impression on your all current and future clients and customers!

If you are looking for a beautifully designed office space that is budget-friendly, Barrister Executive Suites offers many office programs to fit the needs of your business and your employees. With 20 convenient locations throughout Southern California, our outstanding service and flexibility can help take your business to the next level.

What You Should Know About Virtual Offices

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Virtual offices are becoming increasingly popular in modern business. A virtual office allows your company to have a physical mailing address without having a long-term physical workspace. This gives your employees the flexibility to work from a remote location of their choosing and cuts down immensely on overhead costs. As technology continues to grow, it will only get easier to run an office remotely. Virtual offices will continue to be a great option for smaller businesses and startups looking to maximize time, resources, and efficiency.

Advantages of Virtual Offices

Cut Costs

The largest benefit of a virtual office is that it is much less expensive to operate than a traditional office space. It can be hard for a small startup to achieve their business goals if they are tied down by expensive leases and overhead costs that eat away at their bottom line. When operating a virtual office, you will have the flexibility of a month-to-month lease option at a very affordable rate. Barrister Executive Suites has virtual office packages that start at just $99!

Enhance Brand Image

Another important benefit of a virtual office is that it can enhance your brand image in the eyes of your clients. Many startup operators may choose to run their businesses from their homes while they grow and save for a physical workspace. However, a virtual office provides you with a physical business address and in turn can make your small business seem larger and more prestigious from the outside looking in. Having a desirable mailing address, coupled with a professional place to hold meetings further enhances brand image and credibility. Barrister locations feature beautifully appointed conference rooms and day offices. Clients have several different Virtual Office Programs to choose from that include varying amounts of meeting room space on an “on demand” basis.

Maximize Staff Efficiency

A virtual office is also more efficient for staff management. Since your employees are working remotely, you are not limited to local hiring and can truly find the most qualified candidates. Remote work also provides extra flexibility and comfort to your employees. Since they will not need to commute to work, they will have more time for work-life balance. This will increase employee productivity and retention, in turn helping your business grow to new heights.

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.

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8 Reasons Our Clients Love Their Virtual Office

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Virtual offices help create an exceptional first impression for your business. Barrister Executive Suites has virtual office and business address packages in 26 prestigious locations around Southern California. Choose from one of the five virtual office packages that we offer, and if you can’t find just one that is perfect for your business needs, don’t worry, you can mix and match too! Now, let’s get down to why our clients really love their virtual office.

1. Prestigious Business Address

Location, location, location. A prestigious business address leaves a lasting first impression. Certain neighborhoods have their own unique appeal and belonging to an upscale zip code elevates your business with a more professional, trustworthy and established image.

2. Mail and Package Handling

Mail and package handling should be the least of your worries throughout out your busy day and with a virtual office, our staff will make sure important deliveries are kept safe until you can retrieve them.

3. Live Receptionist

The first interaction between your business and a prospective client is important. All of Barrister’s virtual office packages include a professional receptionist to greet clients and visitors.

4. Internet Access

Barrister Executive Suites is equipped with enterprise grade internet. We know how critical and time-sensitive work assignments can be, and with enterprise grade internet, you’ll never have to worry about slow, unreliable internet again.

5. Conference Room Use & Online Meeting Room Reservations

The silver, gold and platinum virtual office packages include 16 hours of conference room use. This is great for those who may not need space like this every day, but just on special occasions! Online meeting room reservations are also available. When you need to meet with a client, you’ll want to avoid a loud, unprofessional setting like a crowded coffee shop. With the convenience of reserving your meeting space in a Barrister Executive Suite online, you’ll be able to plan out meetings with ease.

6. Access to Fully Furnished Private Office

Not only can furnishing a private office become expensive, but for those just in town for a meeting here and there, it’s just not necessary. Having access to a fully furnished private office for just a few hours is just what you may need.

7. Personalized Call Answering

Personalized call answering saves time for you and will point your client in the right direction, keeping them happy.

8. Local or Toll-Free Phone Number

A local phone number is a great way to have your business look more official and credible. This feature really allows your business to appear as part of the local community.

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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.

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

Barrister Suites Del Mar Solana Beach Coming Soon

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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Employee in the Spotlight: Jerome Chau, Technology Manager

Jerome Chau, Barrister’s Technology Manager

 

Meet Jerome Chau!

 

Jerome has been with Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. for 13 years, and currently serves as the Technology Manager.  Jerome oversees all aspects of the technology department including voice and data networks and IT infrastructure at all Barrister locations. Prior to managing all technology at Barrister, Jerome was a Suite Manager and Finance Manager.

Jerome has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from UCLA. He resides in Monterey Park with his wife Yvonne and two daughters Krystal and Kirsten.

Jerome has a unique skill set, holding previous positions in sales, finance and information technology during his 20 years in the real estate industry. Prior to joining Barrister, Jerome was a broker with CB Richard Ellis in the Central Los Angeles region.   Jerome and his wife Yvonne serve as Youth Leaders at First Southern Baptist Church of Monterey Park where they mentor high school kids to serve the church and the community.

Jerome is our behind the scenes super star! He jets from one property to another at a moment’s notice. Next time you see him around, be sure to say hi!

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

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

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.