3 Benefits of Working Remotely

Virtual Office Packages in Southern CA

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.

Most Sought After Amenities When Looking for A New Office Space

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Office location amenities and suite features play a big role when deciding which office is the perfect fit for your business. The demand for bigger and better amenities is on the rise and since it is 2019, some amenities should not even be a question when you’re on the hunt for an improved office space. More importantly, as a business owner, your time is precious and should not be wasted on administrative work like mail handling.

Outdoor Access

Having the ability to step outside and take a call or relax on your break is a highly sought-after amenity–it’s also proven to increase workday satisfaction. On top of that, when you are in your office, an incredible view of the Pacific Ocean or the California Mountains makes your day that much better. An added bonus to the location of an office can include shops, restaurants, salons and gyms all within walking distance to get your fresh air while grabbing a bite to eat or visiting a nearby shop.

24 Hour Access & Private Office Availability

Stingy landlords and many coworking options limit tenants’ accessibility to their office space. Few of us are in the office for a clean nine-to-five, and having 24-hour access is perfect for night owls who feel more productive at 6:00pm after email slows down. Along with that, coworking spaces tend to have limited options for private office space on demand. Leasing with Barrister at an Executive Suite means you have access to your own private office, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. After all, the office is yours. You will also enjoy access to meeting rooms and an online conference room reservation system to all 40 Barrister conference rooms.

Professional Receptionists

Professional reception services are highly sought after to keep a business running smoothly since they create a great first impression for your business. Part of this service offering should include mail sorting. As a busy, hardworking professional, your time should be spent doing your job, not worrying whether your mail gets back to you safely. In addition to this amenity, branded call answering by a live receptionist gives a business a personal touch that puts them a level above the competition.

Barrister provides tenants with these types of amenities and more so that business owners can focus on core activities crucial to their success, while also minimizing overhead costs.

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Top Lunch Spots to Check Out This Summer

The convenience of running out to grab a bite to eat on your lunch break or scheduling a business meeting over a meal requires you to be located near great restaurants. After careful deliberation, we have compiled a list of what we like to call the “top lunch spots” that are conveniently located just a short walk or drive away from a few of our Executive Suites.

Beverly Hills Office Space

Beverly Hills

  • Panini Kabob Grill – Mediterranean Food

When grabbing a bite to eat here, you can tell Panini Kabob Grill stands by their mission of serving their guests the “best of the best”. They do so by using the freshest, healthiest and highest quality ingredients out there.

  • Wally’s – Wine & Cheese

If you are looking to unwind after a busy day or a quiet place to have a meeting, Wally’s is perfect. During the day, it’s a bit more casual, but at night you’ll find people in suits and cocktail dresses, take your pick!

Check out where our Beverly Hills office space is located

 

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Del Mar Torrey Reserve

  • Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse – Legendary Steakhouse

Look no further if you are in the mood for superior service and an unforgettable experience. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is the place to be whether it’s for lunch, dinner or happy hour.

  • Poseidon – Seafood & Produce

Poseidon Del Mar provides a true ocean front dining experience. You can’t beat the view of the ocean and fresh, locally sourced seafood they serve. It has become a local favorite!

Check out where our San Diego Del Mar office space is located

 

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Woodland Hills

  • The Stand – American Classics

Awesome burgers, hot dogs, salads and sandwiches are in your future if you find yourself at The Stand on your next lunch break. The best part is the sunny, outdoor seating in the front or on the patio in the back. All you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy your grub!

  • TGI Friday’s – Appetizers & Happy Hour

Yeah, TGI Friday’s is nothing “special” or local, but it’s the place to be for happy hour and late-night specials—trust us.

Check out where our Woodland Hills office space is located

 

Brentwood Office Space

Brentwood (New Location at 12121 Wilshire Blvd is Now Leasing!)

  • Blu Jam Café – Breakfast & Lunch

At Blu Jam, they don’t use freezers or ingredients they can’t pronounce, like artificial flavors. High quality food and exceptional service is what they do serve.

  • Literati Café – Organic Soups, Salads & Sandwiches

Open all day, this café prides itself in listening to their customers and is continuously fine tuning their menu. Order from a variety of freshly prepared pastries, entrees and beverages.

Check out where our Brentwood office space is located

 

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Encino

  • Woodley Proper – Speakeasy & Sushi

Our favorite part of Woodley Proper is the Omakase Speakeasy in the back, Sushi I Bar, that serves sushi in 17 courses. You’ll want to make a reservation in advance for this unique experience before heading there. If you’re just looking for a great cocktail, the cocktail lounge is the perfect spot.

  • Claudine Artisan Kitchen and Bakeshop

Get this, they serve brunch all day, every day! It’s the perfect lunch spot that is focused on redefining the local culinary landscape through using fresh, seasonal ingredients to create tasty sweets and dishes.

Check out where our Encino office space is located

Mouthwatering lunch spots is just one of the perks of leasing a Barrister Executive Suite. Get in touch with us to learn about on-site amenities and how the Barrister difference could improve your business.

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What Your Workday is Missing: The Outdoors

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For many professionals, it is so easy to spend your day cooped up in an office without any exposure to the great outdoors. Well, after doing some research, we discovered that workplace greenery and access to a green outdoor environment can lead to a more positive workplace attitude. Lucky for our tenants, the Southern California weather and scenery is all around us and many of our locations feature spots to bring a laptop or meeting outside.

In one study, researchers considered access to an outdoor environment an asset for employees’ wellbeing and stress levels. Interestingly though, depending on whether the employee was male or female, the benefits were not the same. For example, females with physical and visual access to workplace greenery had a direct relationship with an increased workplace attitude and decreased level of stress.

Workplace greenery and perceived level of stress: Benefits of access to a green outdoor environment at the workplace by Lene Lottrup, Patrik Grahn, Ulrika K. Stigsdotter
Workplace greenery and perceived level of stress: Benefits of access to a green outdoor environment at the workplace by Lene Lottrup, Patrik Grahn, Ulrika K. Stigsdotter

The good news is that many of our office spaces have beautiful, breathtaking views of California’s beaches and mountains. Expansive window lines allow maximum amounts of natural light to create a bright, creative and pleasant atmosphere. Even better, we provide our tenants with access to terraces, courtyards and open outdoor spaces to relax on breaks in many of our locations. The majority of our locations are also in close proximity to shops, restaurants and parks.

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Barrister Executive Suites Valencia Location

The bottom line is that stepping outside to get a breath of fresh air and enjoying the view of bright green plants or the ocean probably can give you that extra boost of sunshine you didn’t know you needed. For those who aren’t a fan of the outdoors, you can always purchase a plant, real or fake, and keep it on your desk for similar effects.

Locations with courtyard access include:

If you’re interested in being able to get your daily dose of vitamin D while you’re at the office, contact us.

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Top Office Amenities You’ll Want After You Find Out They Exist

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Today’s business environment is becoming more demanding now than ever on professionals, leaving less time to take a moment and re-center yourself. If you’ve ever worked in an office with endless rows of gray cubicles and an uninspiring break room, you probably weren’t excited to get to the office each day. Your environment has a profound effect on your mood, mindset and productivity. What is your office missing that could help unlock your potential?

1. On-Site Gym

Working out elevates your energy levels and releases endorphins. This is exactly what you need to get pumped for a great workday, or to release frustration before heading home. Our Torrance office has an on-site gym for tenants to enjoy, and our Mission Valley & Del Mar Office have conveniently located fitness facilities as well.

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2. Dog Park

A growing number of workplaces are allowing therapy dogs in the office. An office dog can help reduce stress and improve morale. Having a dog park at the office, just as we have at our Los Angeles Airport office suites, is a huge perk for both you and your furry friend.

3. Proximity to Top Restaurants

In today’s business climate, a good percentage of meetings and deals happen outside of the office, making it a must to have nearby restaurants where these meetings can take place. Not to mention, grabbing a delicious lunch can be just what you need if you hit that mid-day slump. Here are a few of our favorite lunch spots near our Executive Suites.

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4. Relaxing Views

One of the most sought-after features when looking for the perfect office space in Southern California is the view. The sunset and expansive views from some of our locations are spectacular, making a hard day of work all worth it in the end. Love an ocean view? Check out our Santa Monica offices.

5. Convenience

Whether you are seeking a lifelong office space to call home or just need a space for a few hours, Barrister Executive Suites has it. Our offices come furnished or unfurnished and staffed with professional reception services and telephone answering, allowing your day to run smoothly. Most locations are located conveniently next to the freeways for easy access to and from airports. The offices are also equipped with state-of-the-art technology to meet all your business needs. In the spaces, you will also find common areas as well as an updated kitchen/break room. As a Barrister tenant, you will have 24/7 access to the space and access to conference rooms.

Allowing our tenants to enjoy the flexibility and convenience of both on and off-site amenities is why Barrister has been dazzling tenants for decades. We set the bar for exceptional customer service and take pride in each of our Southern California office spaces.

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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 office space 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.

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Why San Diego is the Spot for Small Businesses

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The beautiful city of San Diego is nestled in Southern California right on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, making it a great spot for tourists. What many don’t know is that it’s also a fantastic place to work and live—and even start a new business. CNBC released a list of The Top 25 Cities for Small Business in 2018 and San Diego came in at number nine, rising from the fourteenth spot in 2017. Known for their beaches, shopping and great scenery, San Diego also welcomes dozens of small businesses every year to the community. Shopping local is so important to the people who live in San Diego, and the whole city is benefiting as a result.

Small Business Saturday

Creator of Small Business Saturday, American Express, released some encouraging and hopeful numbers about small businesses in San Diego. Out of the 61% of shoppers that were aware of the day, 82% were going to participate in shopping small and local. Nationally, Small Business Saturday has become a great way for businesses to become involved in the community, and it’s improved their visibility and foot traffic.

Assistance and Incentives

When choosing where to locate and open a small business, there can be a lot of start up costs that come up during the process. Fortunately, out of California’s largest cities, San Diego’s Business License Fees are the lowest. The City of San Diego offers incentives and provides assistance to small businesses because they see the benefits of small businesses filling their city. Not only do the businesses create revenue for themselves and the city, but hundreds of jobs are created as well.

Looking to take your business to San Diego? Explore using Barrister Executive Suites for your full-service San Diego office space.

What is LEED Certification?

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) to rate and evaluate the environmental sustainability and performance of a building. A building earns credits by using environmentally friendly materials in construction, taking into account long-term sustainability through water conservation, efficient energy usage and more.

The goal is to offer a framework to encourage efficient resource usage and ensure a building has environmentally conscious elements.

Barrister Executive Suites is dedicated to supporting efforts to encourage environmental responsibility, which is why the majority of our office locations throughout Southern California are LEED Certified. Examples of Barrister LEED Certified buildings include:

Pasadena Office Suite: Pasarroyo, LEED Gold Certified (Pictured)

Marina Del Rey Office Suite: Marina Towers, LEED Silver Certified

San Diego Office Suite: Downtown San Diego in Procopio Tower, LEED Gold Certified

San Diego Mission Valley Office Suite: Hazard Center, LEED Gold Certified

Torrance Office Suite: Pacific Center, LEED Certified

In order to provide varying degrees of dedication to environmental sustainability, there are four different levels, which are designated by a points system:

  • Certified: 40-49 points earned
  • Silver: 50-59 points earned
  • Gold: 60-79 points earned
  • Platinum: 80+ points earned

Each point corresponds to a way in which the building is environmentally friendly, which can be anything from energy efficient lighting to reduced water usage.

To find out more information on LEED certification, visit new.usgbc.org/leed.

Fundamental Changes to the Way We Work

Fundamental Changes to the Way We Work

Once upon a time, work was a destination, not a verb, and the economy was built on regular, long-time employees.  A person took a 9-5 job in his or her 20s and stayed there until s/he was ready to retire.   Those days are all but gone!  Today’s workforce is far more fragmented, varied, and diverse. Sure – some people still hold some form of traditional employment, but many supplement it with other work.  Other types of work environments and arrangements are also quickly increasing in popularity, especially on-demand and freelance work.  In fact, 1/3 of the US workforce did some type of freelance work over the past year.

“The on-demand economy is but the latest spike in a 30-year trend toward increasing self-employment. The contingent workforce in the U.S. was 17 percent in 1989 and is forecast to reach 43 percent by 2020.” ~ from “Why the Self-Employed Will Finally Have a Bigger Voice in 2016” by Entrepreneur Magazine

The “on demand”, or “sharing” economy as it is sometimes called, has become a regular part of some people’s lives. Whether they’re offering professional services or consulting, whether they’re delivering or transporting something (or someone), or whether they are doing household errands or professional shopping, the share economy has become entrenched in our economy, especially in urban centers. The number of people working on-demand jobs is expected to grow from a current pool of 3.2 million Americans to 7.6 million by 2020.

Freelancing has become an essential part of the American economic landscape and there are a number of factors that have made freelancing so popular in recent years.

New technologies

Is Online Freelancing Right For You?

The internet has been a game-changer!  In past decades, individuals had to rely on print resources to find new work or clients.  Now they can find a job (or a new client) in significantly less time.  The pool of people one can reach also tends to be larger.   Finally, various technologies allow people to work from various locations or on-the-road.  Virtual offices are an essential part of freelancing and on-demand work.

Work-life balance
Work and life balance

Decades ago, it was rare to discover a working professional trying to obtain a “work-life balance.” The traditional – and normative – model of work demanded you put in your 8 hours, do what was necessary, deal with your commute, and then try to enjoy evenings and weekends off.  Today, more and more people want the flexibility to attend school functions during the day.  They also want to spend that commuting time doing something more productive.  Freelancing – and virtual offices – allows you to attend your child’s play even if it’s during the day.  It also allows you to complete some daily assignments instead of being stuck in traffic!

More money
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While there are no guarantees in the life of freelancing and on-demand work, some studies suggest that people earn more freelancing than through traditional jobs.  There are at least two reasons why this is possible.  First, the clients you obtain don’t need to hire you and incur the typical expenses (benefits, taxes, the costs associated with having a physical office space, etc.), so you’re in a position to charge premium rates and they’re in a position to afford to pay you more. This can be a real advantage to both companies and freelancers: companies get to bring in the best talent, and freelancers get paid what they’re worth for the jobs.  The second reason involves scope.  When working from a virtual office, freelancers can go beyond local-based jobs and extend themselves nationally – and even globally.  More jobs mean more income!

 

How Barrister fits in:

At Barrister Executive Suites, we offer virtual offices that provide a professional image, while allowing for the flexibility you need. Our virtual office programs include a prestigious business address, a place to hold meetings, mail and package handling (and forwarding), a live receptionist to answer your telephone and greet your clients, and so much more!

Barrister Suite Receptionist Virtual Offices

With our Emerald, Gold, and Platinum packages, we offer personalized call answering and screening, a local or toll-free number, call forwarding to the number of your choice, a private voicemail box, and voicemail notifications (email of transcription services).

Need meeting space? Our Silver, Gold, and Platinum packages offer 16 hours of conference room use included! Or choose to purchase time a la carte at any of our 28 locations around Southern California.

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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