Monthly Archives: April 2017

OfficeFinder’s Best Small Business Office Blog Award

office blog awardOfficeFinder just received an award as one of the best small business office blogs by Fit Small Business.com

They scoured the web for the most helpful blogs for small businesses and put together the list of the Best Small Business Blogs of 2017.

The blogs were selected because they provide relevant and useful insight that helps small business grow. Their decision was based on quality of the content, help-fullness of that content and the frequency of articles.

We are complimented to be recognized among them.

They divided their list of Best Small Business Blogs into the 10 categories below:

Fit Small Business focuses on the needs of small business owners. Their site serves existing business owners. The ones getting up early in the morning and asking themselves “how am I going to increase revenues and profits today?”

They provide lots of “how to” articles and  buyer’s guides which help small businesses make informed purchasing decisions.

They have an in-house staff of half a dozen writers (and growing) spend 8 hours a day asking the questions that small business owners want to know the answers to about how to run a successful small business. Visit them today.

3 Tips to Finding Office Space That Is Perfect for Your Business Needs

finding office spaceSearching for the ideal office space is a difficult task. The future of your company will depend on finding office space that will fit your needs. Here are some office space leasing tips to help you choose the right office space.

Procrastination Is Your Enemy

It’s important to start your search early. Don’t wait until the last moment, even if you’re very busy. Start searching for a new office space six to nine months in advance. This will give you more options and will prevent you from having the lower hand in your negotiations. Here is a general timeline you can use to determine when to start your process.

Make Precise Plans

Don’t procrastinate, but don’t rush too fast either. There are many things that you need to look at before signing the lease. How much collaborative office space do you need? How much private space do you need? Will the layout, both the inside and the outside, fit the image you want for your business? Do you hope to expand your business in the future, and will your leased space be able to accommodate that? These are all questions that you need to ask yourself. Office Planning Checklist.

Pay Attention to Small Details

It’s the small things that matter. Is the office close to shopping centers, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience stores, gas stations, and other useful establishments? Is it close to transportation methods, such as the subway or a bus stop? Is there parking space for your employees? Is there an available room that can serve as a break room for coffee breaks? What about other amenities? These small things do matter.

These are just a few of the considerations you need to take into account when finding office space.  It is what we do every day, day in and day out. We help business find and negotiate for office space. There is no cost to you for our service. It is free. You get a professional on your side to make sure everything goes as well as it can. No unexpected surprises and you get the best deal possible! For your perfect office space, just contact us.

The Rise of Live-Work Office Space

live-work balanceCoworking space has been on the rise, and now it is going a step further with live-work office space. Some luxury apartment and condo companies have caught on to the coworking trend and are now incorporating communal working spaces as one of their residential amenities.

Chron states, “The live-work unit is actually an old idea that has been modernized to meet the needs of entrepreneurs, small businesses and professionals.” The old setups are the familiar home, apartment, or condo sitting above a storefront or commercial space.

Live-work Office Space Benefits

Cost savings – Workers can easily return home instead of purchasing meals out, and they are not spending on gas for their commute.

Time savings – Time is not spent commuting to and from an office.

Flexibility – Flexibility of working hours to better allow for a work-life balance that has become so important in the workplace.

It merges these benefits with the changing face of modern workers who are entrepreneurs, freelancers, and remote workers. But it is also for the traditional worker who has an office space away from home. According to a Gallup survey, 43% of American workers spend some time working remotely. It also meets the strong desire for community that is often seen with the newer generation in the workforce.

These spaces look different than what you see in, for example, a hotel’s business suite with a conference room. These spaces are being designed to appeal to the modern worker. The New York Times describes these workspaces as having “the vibe of trendy start-ups with computer bars, comfortable seating and coffee stations.”

Today’s worker now has the option of the live-work space. They can enjoy the benefits of coworking space but only a few steps away.

If you are looking for office space, please contact us, and we can help you find what you need.

Tenant Tip: The Best Kept Secrets for Renting Office Space

renting office space secretsThere is no doubt that renting office space is an extremely important business decision. The space you lease 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. General location decisions take care of the coming and leaving issues, but what about the time you and your employees spend at the office? As a tenant representation firm, one of our challenges for our clients is considering what your experience is going to be once you’re operating your business in a chosen building.

The Little Things Matter

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. Makes sure to investigate how often you will receive janitorial services.

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.

The above features and much more enable you to direct your energy into your business, making more money and enjoying your 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 our Atlanta Rep. JGRE has been a proud member of Office Finder for 20 years.

If you would like assistance in renting office space and negotiating the best possible deal with all the little things considered, contact us. We have local reps who can help you free of charge throughout the US, Canada and many other locations world wide.