Tag Archives: co working office space

Office Space

Choosing an office space for your business should not be done in haste. There are many considerations that need to be made, before signing that contract. Below are 5 questions to consider, when choosing an office space. What are the hidden costs? The rent is only the tip of the….
   Read More

Choosing an office space for your business should not be done in haste. There are many considerations that need to be made, before signing that contract. Below are 5 questions to consider, when choosing an office space.

  1. What are the hidden costs?

The rent is only the tip of the iceberg. You must also factor in; utilities, moving expenses, and other costs that the space may require. Will you need to make any repairs or improvements? Is the space lacking in any amenities that you may need to pay for later?

  1. Is the parking convenient?

This little detail is actually more important than you may think. For instance, let’s say a client is arriving for a meeting at your office for the first time. Let’s add that they are also commuting from an inconvenient distance with heavy traffic for the entire drive. They finally arrive at the office building, with less than a minute to spare and all of the parking spaces are full, because the parking lot isn’t big enough. Or the parking garage is four blocks away from the office building. Or your business office shares a lot with Bumblebee Bakery and the only available spaces have signs that say; “parking for Bakery customers only.” If any of these are the case, your client’s first impression of doing business with you is not going to be a positive one. Most likely they will enter your office flustered and agitated, which is not a great way to start your meeting.

  1. Is there room to grow?

If you are anticipating fast growth within your business, then the office space you choose should allow for that. If the office space only meets requirements for your current size, consider either choosing a more flexible office space, or choosing a short-term contract.

  1. Does the location benefit your business?

Consider the location and surroundings of the office space. Is it easy to access and find on a map? Are the surrounding businesses potential competition for your business? You may find a great office space, but if the location isn’t right, your business could suffer. It’s important to take into account whether or not the location will attract the age and demographic of your target audience.

  1. How much freedom do you have?

If you are renting a space, be sure to get in writing exactly what changes you are permitted to make. It will be difficult to make the space your own, if your rental agreement doesn’t allow you to paint or implement other desired changes.

Consider all the options
Perhaps your business would benefit more from a more unconventional office setting? YourOffice is a leader in providing the most prestigious fully serviced office space and meeting space for any size business. Convenient, hassle free, and move in ready-their offices, meeting rooms, and conference rooms are designed to meet your business’ every need.

meeting Space

A recent article, High Levels of Quality Communication by Chris LoCurto says that effective communication is very important and beneficial to success in many areas of your life. Here are some tips to help improve your communication skills. Verbal Communication You first have to recognize the person you’re talking to. ….
   Read More

A recent article, High Levels of Quality Communication by Chris LoCurto says that effective communication is very important and beneficial to success in many areas of your life.

Here are some tips to help improve your communication skills.

Verbal Communication

You first have to recognize the person you’re talking to.  You have to start by understanding how they receive information. Here’s some advice:

  • Keep calm in the process.
  • Focus on the things that you’re saying.
  • Be polite.
  • Be cautious about matching the emotion/mood of the situation.

Speak clearly and politely to avoid misunderstanding and conflict.

Non-Verbal Communication

You’ve got to understand that your body language speaks a lot. Understand your non-verbals– all of your facial expressions, your eye contact, your posture, and your gestures with your arms and legs.

Ensure that your entire body language radiates positive vibes.

Listen

If all you do is talk without listening, then how will you ever know if you’re communicating effectively?

If you’re going to communicate well, you have to listen really well.

Patience

Your patience has to correspond with the thing that you’re trying to teach; if you want to make a team member successful. For example, if you’re trying to teach them how to make coffee, then a little ounce of patience is needed. If you’re trying to delegate large tasks, then you need a lot of patience–allow them to ask questions and make sure that they understand the large projects you’re assigning to them.

You need patience and ensure that it’s parallel to the content that you’re communicating.

Ask Questions

Make sure you’re asking relevant questions to gain perspective and lot of information. Care enough to find out. The more perspective you have, the greater decision-making process you have.

The more you ask questions, the better you’re going to be at communicating.

Conclusion

Learn to be effective communicator and be a successful leader by applying all the tips discussed above. If your business requires collaboration, then team offices are the perfect solution for you.

YourOffice features a network of world-class business addresses. Each location offers beautifully appointed day offices and team office space that are fully wired and ready for you to move in and start working.

We hope this article has been informative one.  We’d love to hear your comments below.  You can also visit us on Facebook and Google Plus.

 

office space

A recent article,  How has coworking evolved since its birth? What’s next? by Megan Noel says that the advent of the coworking trend has replaced the image of solitary business owners with a lively, dynamic environment of professionals working within a shared space. Evolution of coworking Starting as coffee house meetups into….
   Read More

A recent article,  How has coworking evolved since its birth? What’s next? by Megan Noel says that the advent of the coworking trend has replaced the image of solitary business owners with a lively, dynamic environment of professionals working within a shared space.

Evolution of coworking

  • Starting as coffee house meetups into innovative office spaces where entrepreneurs can rent a desk, share meeting rooms, and collaborate with other like-minded business individuals.
  • A workspace solution for freelancers without spending a lot of money for an office in a high rise.
  • Popping up of locations around the country– just type “coworking” along with your city like; co working office space Southpark Charlotte, into any search engine and  is sure to produce a number of local results.
  • Being embraced by many small-businesses and startups as a means to boost innovation and crowdsource motivation.

Coworking: A reminiscent of college days

Members of coworking spaces pay a monthly or annual fee to share a workspace and a dedicated workspace like meeting rooms for rent or Flexible Meeting Rooms to rent for an additional cost.

These coworking spaces are reminiscent of college study groups, where everyone is working independently on their own projects yet the environment is conducive to leaning over and asking the opinion of the person at the table next to you.

Passports: A new trend in coworking

If you become a member, make sure to check if they offer reciprocal memberships to other coworking sites. This popular feature accommodates the traveling business owner, by offering sister locations in different cities.

Conclusion

Gone are the days of the lonely entrepreneur and replaced with innovation centers packed with dynamic groups of professionals and freelancers. So, if you’re looking for a change of pace, consider joining YourOffice and experience worry- free workspace solution. YourOffice offers you a wide choice of office and workspace solutions: virtual office space, meeting room access, and coworking office space. You’ll have access to a complete array of office support and concierge services as well as state-of-the-art business technology.

Are you still working from home feeling alone?  Feel free to share your thoughts and questions below.  You can also get in touch with us on Twitter and Google Plus.

Team Offices

A common misconception held by new business owners is that starting an independent business, means doing everything alone. Many successful businesses have proven that just the opposite is true; your business can increase revenue and marketing  through a strong brand partnership. Brand partnership, or co-branding, is when two companies work….
   Read More

A common misconception held by new business owners is that starting an independent business, means doing everything alone. Many successful businesses have proven that just the opposite is true; your business can increase revenue and marketing  through a strong brand partnership.

Brand partnership, or co-branding, is when two companies work together to market and improve their products. Below are a few examples of co-branding and how they can benefit your business.

Ingredient co-branding
This is when two (or more) businesses merge their materials to create one product that features  components of both. For example; Betty Crocker’s Premium Brownie Mix with Hershey’s or Carvel producing a line of limited edition Nutella ice-cream.

This is a great technique for small businesses to consider when trying to raise awareness for their product. It’s akin to a independent film featuring one well-known celebrity. Consumers are often wary of new products, without a familiar source that they deem “credible.”

National to local co-branding
When a local small business partners with a national brand or network to reach local consumers. Your small business can benefit greatly from a strategic partnership with a bigger business because it gives you access to shared resources;  advertising, product development, technology, branding, and more. Your business can leverage a partnership with a larger company to compete with other businesses that would otherwise be on a different playing field.

Joint venture co-branding
In this form of co-branding, two or more companies form a strategic alliance to create a product that promotes and benefits both businesses and gives extra perks to the customer. For example, the Gold Delta SkyMiles® Credit Card from American Express, offers 30,000 bonus miles for new cardholders, 1 mile earned for every purchase, priority boarding, first checked bag free, and discounts on in-flight food and entertainment.

Partnering with other companies to create a single product with multiple benefits gives your business the opportunity to increase sales and advertise your company name. The customer gets a great deal and each business gets a slice of the pie.

Synergize
While there are certainly many benefits to brand partnerships, it is critical to choose a business that complements your own.  In order to form a successful brand partnership, both businesses must be willing to work together on an equal level, sharing resources and marketing strategies. Division of responsibilities must be made clear and communication is vital.

If you are considering moving forward with a brand partnership, consider contacting YourOffice to help you communicate with business partners anytime and anyplace. YourOffice offers a wide choice of office and workspace solutions: virtual office space, meeting room access, videoconferencing tools, and coworking office space.

Co-working office space

The captain of a ship is only as good as his (or her) crew. To build a successful business, first you must establish a work environment and leadership style that gives your employees the best opportunity to succeed. Below are 7 tips to help you be a leader who inspires….
   Read More

The captain of a ship is only as good as his (or her) crew. To build a successful business, first you must establish a work environment and leadership style that gives your employees the best opportunity to succeed.

Below are 7 tips to help you be a leader who inspires excellence in your employees.

  1. Don’t micromanage

            Excessive supervision or trying to do everything “your way” is not the mark of a good leader. An effective leader delegates tasks to their employees and entrusts them to complete it, without standing over their shoulder, or worse, swooping in and taking control. If you undermine your employees by micromanaging them, your business will either have a high turnover rate or be filled with lackluster employees, who have lost the spark of innovation.

  1. Put family first

Your family should come before your business and the same courtesy should extend to your employees. Of course, you and your employees will need to reach a compromise and there are times when sacrifices will need to made, but family should be a priority. A good leader looks out for the best interests of their team, not just their business. Don’t make your team choose between being a good parent or spouse and being a good employee. Choose benefit packages that allow your employees to take care of their families, with healthcare provision and paid vacation time.

  1. Think before you ask

It’s easy to send a quick email and make requests of your employees when projects come to your attention, but be careful not to overburden your team. Delegation only works if the task can be completed in a realistic timeframe, not just when you want it done. Good employees will do everything in their power to meet deadlines, but to set them up for success, you need to be aware of the logistics of what you are asking of them. Blindly assigning projects that overlap and cause conflict with other project deadlines will make employees question your management skills.

  1. Make training a priority

Company training sessions don’t have to be torturous. In fact, training should be the time that you pitch the vision of your business and get people excited about working for your company. If the training process for new employees is boring, mismanaged, and insignificant, what will that say to employees about the value of their jobs? A training session done right should engage, encourage, and ensure that employees gain a strong understanding of their job description and expectations.

  1. Create a positive work culture

Actions really do speak louder than words. If you want a team of hardworking, loyal, and passionate employees, you and your leadership team must demonstrate those qualities to the best of your abilities. There is nothing more frustrating than working for a boss who dictates one way and acts another.

  1. Extend grace

People make mistakes. People have bad days, sometimes bad months. A main aspect of being a good leader is recognizing talent. So when good talent suddenly starts to slack, a constructive response is to get to the heart of the issue, not come down harder on that employee. Perhaps something difficult is happening in their personal life, or maybe they have been given tasks that don’t fit their talents.

  1. Leverage their strengths

Don’t just choose the right people for the job, choose the right jobs for the people. If you notice that an employee excels in interpersonal communication, maybe their current role of stocking merchandise or sitting behind a computer isn’t the best use of their talent. Allow flexibility in work procedures, so that you can make adjustments to fit the talents and strengths of your staff. Be on the lookout for new opportunities and ways that your employees can move up within the company.

Be the kind of boss you would want to work for

Behind most innovative and thriving companies is a leader who values the well-being and of their employees. A business that supports the staff and sets them up for success has a higher chance of gaining a loyal following. Customers want to do business with businesses that have a high reputation. The more effort you put into championing your team to success, the more popular your business will become in the industry and the market.

If your new business is looking to attract job seekers, consider offering the ability to work remotely. Consider the option of using a virtual office or renting an executive office space, it provides more flexibility for you and your employees as well as the option of customization. Instead of paying for an entire office building, you can just pay for the specific space or services your business needs. For more information, contact YourOffice. YourOffice has come alongside hundreds of businesses looking for everything from plug and play offices to full service virtual offices. We know your business is unique, and your office space shouldn’t be any different. Let us match the perfect space or service to fit your business needs.