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Your business is a dynamic enterprise. It can grow, build, change shape, and point in new directions in the blink of an eye. At Lakeside Executive Suites, this is how we approach office space. We don’t build boxes. We create workspaces that are as future-minded as the entrepreneurs who occupy them and that deliver the flexibility and technology required to operate on the cusp of tomorrow. Whether it’s a full-time office space, or just a meeting room for the day, we offer a range of options and services designed to help you conduct business your way.

Flexible Alternatives to Traditional Office Space: Coworking
Posted On May 18, 2021 Posted By: Ysel Hernandez

Many people associate coworking spaces with individual freelancers and boot-strapped start-up teams. While coworking hubs offer the ideal workspace for these workers, large corporations may also benefit from investing in coworking memberships for their remote employees.  

Statistics show that many major enterprise corporations such as Microsoft, General Electric, and Salesforce provide coworking memberships to their employees. Enterprise adoption of coworking spaces is on the rise, showing a 90% increase in utilization. (CNBC)

Increased Productivity

While working from home may offer an employee flexibility, it also offers many distractions and interruptions. Kids, spouses, and pets all compete for attention. Home-based workers can quickly lose track of time as they watch some TV, take a shower, clean the house, or cook a meal. Homes are for living in, and offices are where work happens. 

We’ve seen a lot of data lately about hybrid work being the future, a recent survey conducted by Zoom, found that 65% of respondents who have been working from home said that a hybrid work environment was their ideal work model. 

A coworking space provides employees the opportunity to work in a professional environment when needed while still giving them flexibility to work from home. Coming into the office preps the mind for work, and being surrounded by other like-minded individuals encourages focus. Higher profits are the result. 

Coworking Provides Flexibility

Traditional office space requires a lease agreement with 3-5 year terms and significant upfront expenses. Companies can reserve coworking space by the day or month. There are no long commitments or hefty deposits. If a worker takes a vacation or needs medical leave, there is no need to pay for space that isn’t in use. 

Coworking is also scalable. Companies have the option to rent private office space and meeting rooms on demand by the hour, day, week or month. Whether you need to assemble a team for a short-term project or a long term agreement, coworking offers the flexibility to grow with your business.  

Coworking Space Is Less Expensive

One of the key benefits of coworking spaces is that it is cost effective. Some workers require dedicated offices, but many do not. In today’s digital age, few people are responsible for paper files that they must keep under lock and key. Coworking provides 24/7 access to a workspace for remote workers. The spaces come ready-to-go with all the essentials, including furniture, internet connection, printing center and reception service all for a low monthly fee. If a worker needs to meet with clients they can book a private office or a meeting room. This type of work model significantly reduces overhead costs compared to a traditional office. 

Designing workflow to be compatible with a coworking environment allows businesses to save significant amounts of money. Profit margins will be much higher without the expense of traditional office space. Those savings can be pocketed or re-invested. 

Chances to Network Increase Sales

Marketing is expensive and time-consuming. The easiest and cost effective way to market is by leveraging your network. Word-of-mouth and referral clients are usually willing to pay more because they trust your reputation. These types of clients are also known to be highly loyal, which reduces your churn rate. 

A coworking space is a great place for networking.  It is easy to partner and collaborate with other members. Members who work in the same industry can team up to help tackle larger projects, and members in related fields can refer clients to each other. 

Coworking leads to increased productivity, decreased expenses, and may even bring you new clients. Lakeside Workspaces in Weston, Florida offers daily and monthly coworking options with 24/7 access, high-speed internet, and free parking. Contact us at 954-389-2511 to find out about all of the perks that we offer. 

3 Reasons to Bring Workers Back to the Office
Posted On April 19, 2021 Posted By: Ysel Hernandez

It has now been a year since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and it seems like the emergency is slowly coming to an end. With vaccine rollout already underway, businesses are starting to think about how they can encourage workers to come back to the office. 

Despite the fact that companies have realized that working remotely can work, the role of the office continues to be as important as ever. Moving forward, companies want to continue providing the flexibility that remote work allows, while still finding opportunities to bring workers together in person. 

Employers aren’t the only ones thinking about going back to the office; employees have figured out after a year that working from home is not all it’s cracked up to be. The reality of using an inadequate space as an improvised home office was soon reflected on declining productivity, inability to concentrate fully on tasks, a slow internet connection, and many other problems that made employees actually want to come back to the office.

If you are still unsure if you should bring your employees back into a workplace environment, here are 3 reasons why you should: 

Health and Wellbeing

It is true that the pandemic made us hyper aware about our own physical health, but less consideration has been made on our overall wellbeing including mental health. A study by Columbia University looked at the experiences of people around the world and found incidences of depression and anxiety across North America, Europe and Asia. This has been linked to the lack of social connections and  the distancing we’ve had to endure. 

Work is a place where we not only can connect with colleagues, but balance our work life and home life which seems to have blended in the past year. The opportunity to come back to work at an office, even if it’s a shared workspace, provides employees social interaction, variety and the opportunity to separate work and home. 

Improved communication

The internet and Zoom has made it easy for people to communicate with one another while working from home, however, it hasn’t been able to completely fulfill the benefits of face-to-face interaction. Remote workers quickly realized that their communication wasn’t as effective as what they had in the office, and with slower home internet, video conferencing has become quite frustrating. 

Having everyone back in the office, even if just part-time,  will definitely help improve not only communication, but will help increase employee engagement, create workplace harmony, and boost productivity. 

Strengthen company culture

No matter how hard companies try to maintain some sort of connection via virtual meetings, virtual chat rooms or virtual team building activities, employees working from home may start feeling completely detached from their employers. As humans, we tend to focus mostly on what is right in front of us which makes it difficult for business owners and managers to stay engaged with every employee. 

Working in an office on the other hand makes it easy for companies to build a strong company culture, as it is way more natural to build and strengthen relationships face-to-face. For companies that have decided to reduce their office real estate during the pandemic, shared workspaces such as executive suites and coworking spaces allow them the opportunity to book a meeting room for weekly or biweekly team meetings which can help strengthen company culture. 

Working from the office is never perfect, but neither is working from home. With the right workspace and business tools, flexibility at work can be a great option to workers back to the office. Lakeside Executive Suites in Weston, Florida offers workspaces designed with the flexible business in mind. Whether you need a private office, coworking space, or meeting rooms, we can help streamline your transition back to the office. Contact us today for more information.

Benefits Of Choosing A Flexible Workspace For Your Business
Posted On November 17, 2020 Posted By: Ysel Hernandez

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the way we work, and going back to what once was may be impossible. Companies around the world scrambled to continue with their operations as best as they could by implementing home office protocols, using new communication software, getting accustomed to video meetings, and attending or hosting virtual events and trade shows.

It was soon clear for both workers and organizations that working outside of the traditional office was not only possible but could also be very practical. 

Now this does not mean that working from home is the absolute best way of working. In fact, working from home can be far from ideal for most people and most businesses. For starters, the infrastructure is inadequate to say the least. In most improvised home offices there’s no ergonomic furniture, no private spaces such as conference rooms or calling booths, no completely reliable internet connection, even the atmosphere isn’t necessarily one that helps workers feel focused and productive. 

And just as companies and workers found out that there were so many solutions out there that made remote work much easier, it is time to find something that remedies the issues that come with the traditional office space itself. One such solution is getting an executive suite or flexible workspace for your business.  

Downsize Your Real Estate Footprint

For starters, using a flexible workspace helps you completely eliminate the need to invest in a large commercial space. As you may have experience during the pandemic, having a long and expensive lease on office space felt like a drain of resources that could have been put to better use. With flexible workspaces and executive suites you only use what you need, when you need it, and wherever you need it. 

This freedom not only helps you avoid lower costs but it can also enable you to look for new opportunities outside of your usual scope. 

No Long Term Lease

Another benefit of not having a long term lease on office space is that you are able to use a flexible workspace or an executive suite whenever it makes sense for your business. This could mean renting a flexible workspace for one hour every two weeks, using an executive suite twice a month, or spontaneously book a space whenever you need. 

This can also be a great solution for people that divide their work into projects of different durations such as designers, architects, developers, etc. For remote workers, a flexible workspace can serve as an HQ of sorts, where they can meet with their teams or collaborate with others in the organization. This helps create and maintain a strong sense of belonging among all workers. 

Flexibility to Scale Your Business

Additionally the flexibility that comes with this solution doesn’t only apply to workers, it can be very beneficial to your company as well. Now that business is slowly starting to pick back up, you may be considering the need to hire new employees and grow your company. 

A flexible workspace can help you scale your business by enabling you to easily add more offices whenever you need, for as long as you need. 

Flexible workspaces and executive suites can offer you the freedom you and your company need in these uncertain times. And the flexibility you find when working with these solutions can help inspire you to remain flexible yourself and find creative ways to successfully run your business. 

If you are a business looking for a flexible workspace, Lakeside Executive Suites in Weston, FL, is here to help. Reach out today to learn more about what we do and how we do it.

Five Best Podcasts You Should Be Listening to Right Now
Posted On June 17, 2019 Posted By: Jason Tiemeier

Podcasts are gaining ground in popular culture with topics that range from serial murder to sex to the mysteries of the universe and beyond. But with more than 750,000 podcasts and 30 million episodes to choose from, where do you start?

To help you save time in your day in the quest for discovery, here’s our hotlist of the five best podcasts you should be listening to right now:

1.    The Dropout (news, crime, politics)

The Dropout is about Elizabeth Holmes, America’s youngest self-made female billionaire, her rise and the plunging fall that ensued after it was learned that Theranos, her disruptive healthcare tech firm, was all based on a lie. Hosted by Rebecca Jarvis, a journalist who is known for her interviews with some of the biggest names in business and technology, this podcast takes the listener on a journey through the three-year investigation and includes interviews with investors, former patients, employees, and the deposition of Elizabeth Holmes. Available on ABC Podcasts.

2.    Monster: Season 1: Atlanta Monster; Season 2: The Zodiac Killer (crime, culture)

Season one of Monster takes a deep dive into the Atlanta child murders that happened in the late 1970s and early 1980s, looking back at the crimes, the killer, and the questions that remain. In the more recently released season two, the producers tackle the Zodiac killer, who terrorized the state of California in the 1960s and 1970s, a case that was never officially solved. If you love true crime, this is a knockout. Listen on iHeartRadio.

3.    Winnetka: A Memoir (culture, literature)

Back in the 1970s, Jessica Harper was a familiar face in feature films like Dario Argento’s cult classic Suspiria, as well as Pennies from Heaven, and Stardust Memories. Rather than writing a book, she has opted to reveal her story as an episodic podcast, named for the Chicago suburb where she grew up. Discover family secrets, social unrest in the Eisenhower era, and a genuinely fascinating chronicle of her life are set against Harper’s original musical compositions. Listen free on www.winnetkapodcast.com or Apple Podcasts.

4.    Rule of Three (comedy, culture)

Hosted by UK comedic writers Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris, Rule of Three talks to comedians and people who create comedy about things that are funny to them. The breadth and diversity of guests and the stuff they get into is brilliant, and it gives us a window into how some of the most talented comics and comedic writers of our time get inspired. Listen on Apple Podcasts.

5.    The Habitat (non-fiction, science)

Somewhere between Big Brother and Lost in Space, The Habitat is the true tale of six volunteers chosen to participate in a NASA experiment who are sent to a remote Hawaiian island to live out a year-long simulation of what it would be like to be astronauts, living in a habitat on Mars. Addictive, to say the least. Listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, and just about every other podcast service.

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Whether you listen on your commute, at the gym, or while doing repetitive tasks at work, podcasts can help you get through the day and learn a little along the way. Need more inspiration on productivity, business, or recreation in Weston, FL? Drop by for a tour today and let us show you how we can help.

Five Tips to Maintain a Healthy Relationship with Social Media
Posted On March 26, 2019 Posted By: Jason Tiemeier

The rise of social media has changed the way we view the world. More than 70 percent of Americans are actively engaged on at least one social platform, but if we’re talking about millennials, that number climbs to about 98 percent.

In business, these numbers are too significant to ignore. If every customer you want to reach is on social, it stands to reason you want to reach them in that way. It’s part of your marketing strategy, it helps you generate new leads, and it’s a way to stay on top of the competition.

And what about your personal social profiles? Everybody’s got a few. The average person in the United States maintains seven social profiles. At the end of the day, that’s a lot of time spent on social. At some point, if you don’t get a handle on it, it’s going to start to affect your real-world, terrestrial life.

But how do you turn away when there’s so much going on all the time?

The truth is, turning away will do you, your relationships, your productivity, and your psyche a lot of good. The problem is, that’s easier said than done.

Here are our five top tips for maintaining a healthy relationship with social media:

1.    Schedule your daily social media time

Determine a set amount of time to update your pages, post content, and respond to messages on social. Set the timer on your smartphone and don’t ignore it when it goes off.

2.    If you really want to talk to your friend, call them

Along with being a super-computer, a CMS, and a fabulous camera, your smartphone is actually an excellent tool for making phone calls. Miss that person? Give them a call! Don’t have their phone number? They’re probably not your friend.

3.    Disable social notifications

Notifications are a great way to kick your social media anxiety into high gear. In your settings, you’ll find that you can disable them. This way, you can check in during your allotted time (see #1) and otherwise just get on with life.

4.    Embrace the moment

Authenticity is cool. Authenticity is all about being who you are. However, you can’t be authentic if you’re always focused on what other people are doing. Take the time to revel in your own life. Make your own moments. Because there is nothing more authentic than just being yourself.

5.    Choose your social platforms wisely

In business, as in life, there’s no point in investing time into something that you’re not going to get any value from. Having too many social profiles dilutes your efforts, and if you aren’t active on them, it could actually do more harm than good. Choose the platforms that are most beneficial to you and delete the rest.

Do you have any great tips for maintaining a healthy relationship with social media? We’d love to hear about them! Drop by Lakeside Executive Suites for a tour and get some honest-to-goodness face time.

Why Larger Companies are Choosing Coworking Spaces
Posted On March 17, 2019 Posted By: Jason Tiemeier

Since their first appearance in the 1990s, coworking spaces and shared workspaces in general, have been disrupting the way we all get things done.

The fact is, many of the world’s top corporations, GM, IBM, and Microsoft among them, are renting coworking space. In 2018, big companies like these accounted for 30 percent of coworking’s monthly business.

Here are some of the reasons why larger companies are choosing coworking spaces today:

Coworking is more cost-effective for larger companies

Per square foot, a coworking membership is far less expensive than traditional office space

With more and more of the workforce opting to work outside of the office, coworking spaces are seen as a more viable choice, financially.

Coworking memberships give companies a way to offer their employees the tools and support they need without having to allocate permanent office space, workstations, parking spaces, and so on. It is also an easy way to scale up or down as the need dictates – and you’ll never have to worry about not having enough office space – or having a bunch of empty offices.

Coworking offers a better workplace experience

Trends aside, studies show that more than half of all employees of enterprise companies are looking for new jobs. Gallup’s State of the American Workplace found that 85 percent of enterprise employees are disengaged at work.

These alarming statistics are, in part, urging large companies to find ways to offer their employees a better workplace experience. Coworking spaces contribute to company culture in a positive way and chances are, if an employee is happy in their workspace, they may stay in their jobs longer.

Coworking offers proximity to innovation

With a booming gig economy, top talent is getting harder and harder to nail down. Coworking spaces, especially those that cater to the tech sector, are a hotbed of talent, giving larger companies easy access to the innovation they so dearly seek.

The collaborative element is so prevalent in coworking spaces that it’s relatively easy to connect with talent this way. Along with the cost savings and vibrant atmosphere, it’s a way to add value without taking on the expense of recruitment and full-time payroll.

Coworking helps large companies expand into new markets

For companies looking to expand into new territory, a coworking space provides a way to establish a base of operations and test the waters quickly. Companies save time by not having to secure office space in advance, and they save money by not having to invest in technology or other office amenities. It’s a turnkey situation from which just about every corporation can find benefit.

Are you interested in touring our coworking space? We’d love to show you the finer points of what we do. Drop by for a tour of Lakeside Executive Suites in Weston, FL, and let us show you how we can help.

Closest places to Florida to see fall foliage
Posted On November 16, 2018 Posted By: Jason Tiemeier

While we’ve got pretty much the best of everything here in Florida, one of the things we miss out on is the riot of color that the fall foliage brings to the northern climes. However, there are a few places within easy driving distance where you can drink it all in while it lasts – and some of them are right here in our state!

If you are hoping to experience the beauty of autumn foliage, we’ve got you covered. Head for the hills! Higher elevations bring cooler temperatures and that’s what nature needs to get those reds and oranges going.

Here are some of our top picks for the closest places in and around Florida for fall foliage:

Torreya State Park

Just west of Tallahassee you’ll find Torreya State Park. Its high bluffs overlook the Apalachicola River whose slopes are replete with Acer maples, sweetgum, and sourwood trees. Late October is the time to go if you want to experience fall color here in all its splendor. Note that currently the park itself is closed due to storm damage from Hurricane Michael, but surrounding areas of Bristol are still accessible to traffic.

Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Traveling south from Tallahassee, you’ll find plenty of maple trees in full regalia at Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park. Boat tours are available too, where you’ll be able to see the sights while touring some of the state’s deepest freshwater springs and discover places where dinosaurs used to roam free.

Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail

Here, you’ll get the best of the fall season in a uniquely Floridian way: imagine seeing colorful trees, dolphins, manatees, and whales all in the same excursion! The 30-mile loop takes you through some of the state’s oldest forests as well as pre-civil war plantations, lagoons, and more. Storm advisories recommend checking road closures before setting out.

Out-of-state fall foliage destinations

If you’re up for a slightly more ambitious excursion, you can always venture out-of-state. North Carolina, Georgia, and parts of Alabama are gorgeous in the fall – and what better excuse is there to get out of town and explore the majesty of the season?

Asheville, NC, in the western part of the state, is well-known for its fall foliage. The Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains feature 6,000-foot elevations, supporting one of the longest fall color seasons in the country. With a window that lasts up to five weeks or more, you’ve still got plenty of time to plan a long weekend trip.

If you’re looking for a little urban adventure to go with your nature-tripping, try Atlanta, GA, on for size. The landscape surrounding the city is blazing with color right now and you can spend your evenings discovering Atlanta’s nightlife or culinary scene.

Lakeside Executive Suites is dedicated to supporting local businesses in Weston, FL, with flexible office solutions that answer every need. Drop by for a tour today and find out how we can help you get things done.

 

 

Great customer service is essential. Here’s how to do it right!
Posted On February 7, 2018 Posted By: Jason Tiemeier

One thing is for sure – it’s easy to tell when a company wants your business and when it doesn’t. Customer service is the business equivalent of a sincere, mutually beneficial, caring relationship. When it is genuine, you know it. When it’s not, well, you know that too.

Some companies, small to medium-sized companies especially, may not even realize where they are falling short until it’s too late. And if you lose one customer to a misunderstanding or customer service oversight, it can ricochet into something much larger.

Customer service is always important but especially important when things go wrong for the customer. When they do, you need to be prepared to handle it in such a way that lets your customer know that you really do care. In the age of ratings, reviews, and social proof, this takes on even greater importance as one customer slighted can reverberate that negativity into the foreseeable future.

If one of your resolutions in this new year is to up your game to take you to a new level of success, this article is for you. Here are three actionable tips to help you make your new customers happy and keep your existing ones coming back for more:

1. Make customer satisfaction #1

The truth about customer service is that you don’t often get a chance to redeem yourself once things have gone south. Make sure that your customer experience is easy, intuitive, and responsive to avoid frustration. Resolve to fix any issues before you let the customer off the phone – because bad reviews can’t be removed and it may impact your business for years to come. Long wait times for support, a lack of empathy for the problem, and ambivalent support representatives are fuel for the fire. Ensure that the process of finding answers and getting help is an easy process for the customer.

2. Strive for clear and consistent communication

There is nothing more exasperating than having to repeat yourself several times in order to get the message across to the right person. If you have several people fielding support, ensure that your customer’s needs are understood before they are forwarded to a support agent. Alternately, if you outsource your support, map out an omnichannel solution so that each representative can view the result of the customer’s previous calls.

3. Waive return fees on defective equipment

It happens occasionally: you purchase a product, but when it arrives it simply does not work. It should be a simple case of return and replace. If this happens, don’t take it out on the customer by charging them return fees, restocking fees, repair fees, or asking them to pay for shipping. Regardless of what happened, it’s not their fault. Go the extra mile to ensure a seamless, easy return process. Sure, you will have to absorb the cost, but it really comes down to the cost of doing business. Guaranteed you will get it back many times over in customer loyalty if you do the right thing, so don’t gripe about it.

Do you have a customer service story you can share? We’d love to know what you do to keep your clientele coming back for more! Lakeside Office Suites in Weston, FL, is dedicated to supporting our small business tenants with flexible office solutions to help them grow. Drop by for a tour, or call today to find out more.

The Entrepreneurship Toolkit: A Beginner’s Guide
Posted On October 18, 2017 Posted By: Jason Tiemeier

Being an entrepreneur isn’t for everybody. However, for a motivated self-starter with big ideas, it could be the gateway to a bright future.

Getting there is a process, however. You must have a good understanding of what you’re good at, and it needs to be a viable service or product that solves a problem for an identifiable audience.

The good news is, you don’t have to have a business degree to be successful as an entrepreneur. But you will need a strong backbone and be willing to take a few risks.

Still unsure about whether entrepreneurship is right for you? Let’s look at some of the things you’ll need to figure out before you take the plunge:

1. What are you passionate about?

In the same way that an author shouldn’t write about subjects they know nothing about, you shouldn’t be in business if you’re working with a product or service you have no interest in or don’t understand. Of course, not all passions have business potential. Ask yourself:

– What subject do I know a lot about?
– What are my strongest skills?
– In a perfect world, what kind of work would I be doing?
– If you were to write a book, what would it be about?
– Have you got any hobbies that would translate into a business?

If the answers to any of these questions overlap at all, you just might be on to something. If you are widely considered to be an authority on wine, for instance, perhaps you should be in the business of wine consultation, becoming an online wine merchant, or developing an app that will solve the problems of wine drinkers everywhere. Explore the viability of your concept by seeing who your competition would be and what it would take to get to their level or surpass it.

2. Decide what type of business is best for you

The next step after you’ve zoomed in on an industry or niche is to figure out what aspect of that industry is best suited to your skills, your vision of the future, and what fits best with the lifestyle you are leading or want to lead. We’ll stick with the wine niche for now:

Services: do you design wine lists or recommend wine for collectors? Do you want to offer secure climate-controlled storage for their collections? Can you broker purchases of rare wines from agencies not generally open to the public? Can you take people on tours to wine country?

– Physical products: are you passionate about wine discovery? Can you envision yourself running a boutique wine shop in your community?

– Digital products: are you a wine educator, or do you have any interest in bringing wine education to the public? You might consider doing webinars or teaching wine appreciation courses online, or you might have an idea for an educational mobile app or one that helps people organize and value their wine collections.

– Expert advice: If you have a lot to say and share about your topic, you could position yourself as an authority by writing or blogging about it, or establishing a website devoted to giving advice on the subject.

3. Identify your competition

Once you have decided on your direction, you’ll need to establish who your competitors are. Identify the top contenders and see if what you plan to do overlaps in any way. Follow them on social media, and have a good look at their demographic to discover everything you can about what they are doing right and where they are falling short.

The best entrepreneurial undertakings have something that is unique, something that solves a common problem. Ask yourself what value you are bringing to the space you are entering, and whether you would be a customer if the shoe were on the other foot. If the answer is a resounding “YES!” then you might just have a winner.

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If you are an entrepreneur or small business owner, we would love to meet you. Our flexible workspaces provide everything you need to be successful in today’s competitive marketplace. Call today, or schedule a tour.

3 Reasons Why Your Home-based Business needs a Virtual Office
Posted On September 22, 2017 Posted By: Jason Tiemeier

With today’s predominance of remote working, freelancing, and entrepreneurship, working from home is more common than ever before. The advantages are numerous:

  • No more commute: save on gas, reduce your carbon footprint, spend more time actually doing productive stuff rather than traveling to the office

  • Most home workers can write off some of their housing costs on their taxes, as a portion of your home is dedicated to working.

  • It offers a better work-life balance, affording you more time at home with the family.

  • It opens up the possibilities of working with companies and individuals in other cities, states, or even countries.

And there’s more, but you get the picture. If it were ten or more years ago, this wouldn’t have been possible without a lot of effort. Access to better technology and the changing landscape of global enterprise has cracked the playing field wide open, helping us in equal measures to save our sanity and save the planet while we’re at it.

However, if you’re running a home-based business, there are some drawbacks that can’t be ignored. These include:

  • Constant distractions from family and friends

  • Ready availability of time-wasting activities

  • Children or pets vying for your attention

  • Door-to-door solicitations

On the business side, there are more serious concerns:

  • You are using your home address for your business, meaning it is published and anybody can just ‘drop by’.

  • You likely have no dedicated meeting space in case you have to meet with a client or a supplier. This means you’re relegated to meeting them at a local coffee shop or another public place.

  • You can’t grow your business; if you need to hire more people, where are you going to put them?

  • You will be using your personal, mobile, or home phone for business calls, which can be an issue if you share a line with your kids or somebody else in the house.

A virtual office can effectively solve all of these issues, and help you present a more professional image to the people you are trying to impress.

What is a virtual office?

A virtual office is just about exactly what it sounds. It is a physical place, a dedicated office building with real people staffing it that can handle a short list of your most basic business tasks, including giving you a business address, handling your business mail, taking and forwarding your business phone calls, and more.

The top 3 reasons why your home-based business needs a virtual office include:

1. Present a professional image: with a dedicated business address, you will look like the serious business you are, and not just “a person working from home”. While most of your clients might not care, it may limit who you do business with if you don’t have a solid business home base.

2. Admin assistance on-demand: Have your business line answered by a real person, who can either screen your calls or forward them to you wherever you are. Accept and send mail at/from the business address, and have a virtual assistant to take care of sundry tasks when you’re busy.

3. Meeting and conference space on-demand: If you ever need to meet with a client or supplier, your virtual office can accommodate your needs with meeting room rental by the hour, by the day, or by the week.

4. Have the ability to scale as needed: if your workforce suddenly grows, a virtual office gives you flexible options, with office space on demand, coworking space, and so much more.

5. Reduce overhead: No matter if you are just one person or a team, a virtual office helps you save money on office overhead by offering many of the great benefits of a corporate office without the lease, furniture, and equipment expense.

Conclusion

If you are an entrepreneur, freelancer, or small business owner, you know how important it is to stay lean. A virtual office allows you to grow your business without all the expense of a conventional office space, supporting your professional development with professional office services that you can afford.

If you live and work in the Weston, FL, area, drop by Lakeside Executive Suites for a tour today. We’d love to tell you more about our virtual office services, and how they can help you increase productivity and support your professional image.

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