Monthly Archives: January 2017

The Best Kept Secret to Renting Office Space

Best Kept Secret renting office spaceThere is no doubt that renting office space is an extremely important business decision.  This will often be your clients’ very first impression of you and your company. It is also where your employees spend the majority of their time working. You want to make sure there are no problems. That is what the best kept secret to renting office space is all about.

What is the best kept secret to renting office space?

The best kept secret to renting office space is to make sure you rent one that utilizes a property management company.

Why?

Managing an office building requires considerable time and knowledge, two things many landlords may have in short supply. For instance, renting out space involves going over tenant applications, screening them, researching companies, collecting deposits, taking care of maintenance and ensuring rent is paid on time.  Why would this be your concern as a tenant? Making sure your neighbors pay on time, have good credit and keep their surroundings tidy ensures the consistency and security of your own office space.  Not to mention, your clients and business associates will likely judge you on the general impression and façade of your office building.

Peace of Mind

No matter where your landlord is in the world, you can rest assured that you will be taken care of if they have hired a property management company. This means you won’t have to to worry about calls not being returned for days, and you get peace of mind that someone is there to take of whatever may go wrong.

The little things include cleaning the carpet, painting the walls and conducting small repairs before a business moves in, allowing it to start its tenancy with you on the right foot. Big things tend to include a general aura of professionalism, for example, with prompt response rates that make you as a tenant happy.

Ongoing maintenance helps keep your office space in tiptop shape.

Of course, not all property management companies offer the same standard of service. It’s important to go over the list of services a company provides and check their reviews from the other tenants.

Many Benefits, Some You May Not Have Unexpected

In a nutshell, renting an office space run by a property management company provides security in the following areas:

  • Legal issues – this in your best as well as the owner of the building. It’s always good to have documents clearly stating whose responsibility certain matters are and the time frame in which they need to be taken care of.
  • Administrative details – Need leasing paperwork for your taxes or to change your payment method? Now you have options in a timely manner.
  • Maintenance – need I say more? The property management company is obligated to resolve issues in a timely manner.
  • Marketing – Make sure your building is occupied and you are in a bustling center of commerce.
  • Tenant screenings and tenant evictions – Your neighbors are held to a high standard that reflects on your reputation as a successful business owner.

The above features and much more enable you to direct your energy into your business, making more money and enjoying your me time away from work not wondering when the landlord will fix damage to the entry way of your office; keeping your office in pristine condition and likely end up saving you money and stress in the long run.

Guest Post by: Patrick Rogers is the Principal Property Manager for Asurent Property Management in Eugene Oregon.

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The Importance of Flexible Workplaces

Flexible workplacesFlexible workplaces planning are important to the success of a business. Employees devote an average of 9 hours a day to their jobs and some many more than that. Why? To enhance their standard of living and fulfill their goals for life (www.bls.gov/tus/charts). Employers want an office environment to maximize employee engagement, productivity and morale. Employers need to be aware that their employees want an office that enriches the responsibilities demanded by their work; A place that is comfortable to work and where they can be productive. Retaining staff is important to maintain a healthy corporate environment. After all, high employee turnover is expensive and a morale reducer. The workplace has seen significant change over the past few years with the entry of Millennials and Generation Z into the workforce in addition to the Baby Boomers still in place. Keeping the multi-generational workplace productive requires a flexible officing strategy that has the flexibility to meet the needs of all.

Employee Engagement

Employers want employees to be engaged in their work and other employees. The workplace can produce relationships just as vital as a person’s natural family. Engagement is a key to establishing self-worth for employees. Contemporary offices are strategically arranged to promote interaction and to be a pleasant place to spend each day. It also will make it easy for employees to communicate with each other both for business and socially.

Increased Efficiency

Studies over time have shown that employees only spend about 40% of their time at their desk. Understanding this creates a need to develop an environment with a multiplicity of uses to combine privacy spaces with community spaces. Making the most of office space helps with work efficiency and deliberate use of company resources.

Affordability

The design of the work environment is usually dictated by the budget. When designing the workplace with a variety of uses, a business maximizes their return on investment. This includes limiting unnecessary energy cost and producing practices that reduce the ecological footprint of this generation. The open office has made a significant dent in the cost of tenant improvements. Fewer walls and fewer offices lead to improved affordability to provide other types of work spaces such as meeting areas and social areas.

Flexible workplace design is not complicated. With the help of a professional space planner and utilizing contemporary technologies purposed for building, will lead to an effective work environment. Contact us today to find office space that you can design a new innovative workspace your employees will appreciate for years to come.

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Office Space Buzz Words for 2017? “Flexible Workplaces”

Flexible WorkplacesAccording to a recent blog post written by Cindy Krischer Goodman, and published by the Miami Herald, one of the biggest movements of 2017 is likely to be the continued rise of flexible workplaces. Fueled by the Global Financial Crisis of 2008 and powered by a workplace now heavily inhabited by millennials — a group that strives for a work/life balance — the number of companies offering flexible workplace options for their employees is the highest it’s ever been.

In fact, Goodman notes, 80 percent of 375 companies recently asked, state that they offer some form of workplace flexibility. Many of these options include tele-work days, flex time, and shortened workweeks. However, other ideas being utilized by companies involve work-from-anywhere plans, and independent contract work. Videoconferencing is becoming a norm for companies that are escaping the traditional workplace, as are shared calendars and computer monitoring programs.

With a tightening market and employees that may have more than one job offer, the flexibility of the workplace is becoming an important benefit. By next year, Goodman explains, “agile” workers — those working in a temporary, contract, or freelance capacity — are expected to make up as much as 50 percent of the workforce in the U.S. This is all a part of the new “Gig Economy.” The word “Gig” is slang for a short term work engagement, similar to what a musician would have with a date to play music.

Enter coworking spaces. Somewhere between a coffee shop with free Wi-Fi and the business centre of the 80s, coworking spaces offer the combination of flexibility that agile workers require and the business culture that they need. A recent report from DTZ predicted that there will be close to 50,000 coworking spaces available by next year, providing benefits such as short-lease occupancy, remote working, and a simple solution for start-ups looking to focus more on their business offerings and less on their location. As we discussed a few weeks ago, Coworking spaces are not just for small businesses. Many Fortune 500 companies use them as a source for providing flexible workplaces to their employees.

Would you like to find flexible workplaces in your market or learn more about the benefits of coworking spaces? If so, feel free to Contact us!

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Honest Office Space Virtual Tours? We Do That!


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Interactive high definition 360-degree office space virtual tours are becoming more popular in the commercial rental industry. They provide an invaluable service to prospective tenants who want to ensure that buildings are a good fit before scheduling time consuming in-person walk-through tours. Virtual tours make it possible to achieve this goal – especially for the company that is relocating from another city or state.

Advantages of Virtual Office Tours

An online brochure for an office building provides you with the basics. It discusses square footage options, amenities, parking spaces, and nearby shopping as well as dining opportunities. you can find the same information on almost every listing website. Although plenty of these informative listing website pages also feature images, they nevertheless still make it difficult to get a feel for the property. For example, a large office image that persuaded you to visit a location can turn out to be little more than the result of wide-angle photography.

Honest Office Space Virtual Tours Save You Time, Travel Expenses, and Disappointments

An honest virtual tour does not need to set a stage for the right effect.

  • No manipulation of the atmosphere. Photographers who want to appeal to professionals in search of bright spaces will shoot the images during daylight hours; those who want to emphasize elegance do so at night. We do it when our experts are available.
  • No models in a photo shoot. Typically, spaces should be without workers actively about their tasks. That said, sometimes it is unavoidable that people will appear in the images. However, they are not models who are paid to provide ambiance. They are just hard-working folks.
  • No touch-ups. Honest virtual tours show you the property the way it is. There is no touching up of brown lawns, no artificial elimination of water-stained ceilings, and no heavy editing of the shots.

The OfficeFinder office space virtual tours save you time, travel expenses, and the disappointment of finding out that a wide-angle shot or the use of a mirror, to add depth artificially or create the illusion of a second window and tricked you. You can see our office space virtual tours of executive suite and coworking spaces live at:

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If you are looking for an office and would like assistance or advice at no cost to your, Contact us. It is what we do and would be happy to help.

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Great Metro Areas To Open An Office

Where in the world to open an officeThe famous dictum is that when you see an opportunity, you go for it. With the advanced technology taking over and the improved economy and living standards; the deep-seated idea of running their own business and where to open an office has taken a new turn among business people. When considering where to open an office, metro areas all over the world and the plus points they offer, can be considered since nearly every investor is ready to move to a high business potential area. This will not only help you get a great business start but also change your living style accordingly.

Even if you don’t have your business industry running in a metro area, having its headquarter in a city like Denver or Miami (not forgetting the pleasant and spot on sights of Miami of course) is like signing a very profitable deal. You’ll be able to hire qualified, talented and trained individuals in your firm, the labor cost would be affordable and the economy of the city itself will be quite supportive. Don’t you see a bright future for your office in a metro area?

Here are a few top picks of where to open an office:

  1. Miami, U.S:

With a strong tourist industry and its diverse population, the overall local economy of Miami is quite strong with the ability to uplift your business to a new level. The more crowded the area, the better are the chances for your startup to progress and prosper, and Miami offers it all. It is also considered as one of the best business incubators which provide assets to the interested investors as well. More Info.

  1. Denver:

Denver is chiefly known for the energy sources and mining potential which have attracted hundreds and thousands of investors so far. The metro population of the area is increasing day by day without an increase in the dependency ratio. This means, establishing an office here would not only bring success but also allow you to enroll the most competent individuals freshly graduated from the universities or those getting training somewhere. Many professionals are seeking interest in Denver. It’s surely a potential area that supports the line of business. More Info.

  1. Beijing, China:

It’s been a decade since China has sprung up on the world’s map as the richly dense country in terms of population, economy and competitive workforce. Nothing could stop them at the time of recession so what would put them down? Beijing is known for its highly affordable public transport, easy access to airports and number one in warmly welcoming the foreign investors. Setting up your office here would profit you in terms of having an easy to go lifestyle as well. More Info.

  1. Abu Dhabi, UAE:

Abu Dhabi is one of the largest seven emirates of UAE with the famous parks, gardens, sightseeing spots and UAE Islands. The metro area of this emirate is also known for having a good business potential. This area has the highest GDP per capita income owing to the largest hydrocarbon wealth. More Info.

  1. Atlanta, U.S:

The United States has a lot of different metropolitan areas but Atlanta is one of those states which mark its huge territory in the domain of business development. With headquarters of companies like Coca-Cola, UPS, and famous airline; Atlanta is the center of business attraction for many investors. More Info.

  1. Seattle, U.S:

When business industries start, they tend to go down or break as well. Seattle is known for giving birth to thousands of startup businesses and offices every year while the numbers of business shutdowns are low. As this metro area is responsible for the success of Microsoft, an amazing online network Amazon and the world’s best coffee named Starbucks; the investors who invest here look forward to having a similar fate. More Info.

  1. Provo, Utah:

Are you looking for the talented workforce? Everyone needs to hire workers to make their offices and business run. Hiring the qualified ones, of course, makes a difference. Provo is known for its private universities and the highly qualified graduates they produce. These graduates would soon look out for a job! Why not take advantage by investing here? More Info.

  1. Omaha, Neb:

This is another city of the United States known for its educational background, high economy and low unemployment rates. Although it is heavily dense with small business industries but it has the potential to support large industries as well. More Info.

Are you ready to start your business? Do consider the above mentioned metro areas list before you take any step. Starting and running your office are two different things. To run it, you need a skilled workforce, affordable labor cost, transport facilities and a healthy economic area. Make sure the location you have selected has it all!

Guest Post by: Rachel Stinson who has always had a knack for writing, food, fashion, and places. Blogging has combined all four for her with an added bonus of enthusiastic audiences. She expertly analyzes real estates and restaurants with respect to pricing and people involved and can express her opinions in an unhesitating, engaging manner.

If you need assistance in finding a location to open an office, We can help with our worldwide network of local specialists. Contact us today to find out more.

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Coworking Office Space Not Just For Small Businesses

coworking office space in SeattleAccording to a recent article from the San Francisco Chronicle, the notion of coworking office space isn’t just a consideration for small to medium sized businesses. The idea is catching on with large tech companies, as well.

IBM and Microsoft using outside Coworking Office Space

Companies such as IBM and Microsoft, which already have open office spaces for their employees, are reaching out to startups to share coworking space and — in some cases — share their inspiration. Large companies like to have their employees among entrepreneurs, the article stated, because it provides them with a real-life glimpse of what’s happening in the workforce and in the world outside of their company.

For the past two years, IBM has leased a coworking space in San Francisco, the article noted. Within that space, clients — some of whom are coworkers in the space — can meet with IBM employees to discuss its Bluemix cloud platform. According to Angel Diaz, IBM’s vice president of cloud and open tech, stated that the shared office space allows for a bouncing of ideas that likely wouldn’t occur in a traditional office environment.

Microsoft is also getting in on the coworking office space trend, the article stated, recently providing memberships for 300 of its employees to a coworking company that has space in San Francisco and other places worldwide. The arrangement allows for employees to use the spaces to meet with clients and gives them more flexibility as to where those meetings take place.

Other tech companies, including Google’s Mountain View location, are embracing coworking office spaces in a different way, the article noted, with them offering space within their own offices for startups to use. This coworking space allows startups to have the ability to make use of the expertise of Google employees.

Want to talk more about the benefits of coworking office spaces? It’s a conversation we love to have! Contact us for more information.

Here is an example of a coworking office space in Seattle in the South Lake Union area:

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