When you think of coworking, you might think of communal business lounges and happy hours, but maybe the most valuable aspect of working in a shared workspace is the support staff that helps your business day-to-day. Here are a few ways that AdvantEdge’s Client Services team can provide the infrastructure where your business can succeed.
Did you know that September is National Self-Care Awareness Month? This month aims to shed light on different practices one can do to create balance in their life. Self-care can be about treating ourselves, but it is also about maintaining a healthy lifestyle that enables us to be our best selves at work. In a time where it can be hard to disconnect and easy to overwork oneself, self-care is more important than ever. Here are four reasons why you should incorporate it into your work life:
1. Prevent Burnout
With the challenges of the past year and a half, and uncertainty about the future, burnout is at an all-time high. Burnout at work affects one’s psychological and physical health, and can easily spill over and impact our personal lives as well.
Being part of a workspace that values your entire self is key to keeping burnout at bay. Look for spaces with a gym, outdoor areas, separate places to eat, and quiet rooms for when you need a change of scenery. When your company and space encourage healthy office habits, you’ll feel better and work better.
2. Be Aware
The pandemic has forever changed the way we work- including conducting meetings. Many realized that events they used to travel for could easily translate to a video call. On the other hand, others saw the challenges of not being together in the same room and struggle to replace the collaboration remotely. Whatever camp you fall into, there is a way to create better meetings that work for you and your team.
Over the past year and a half, the lines between our work lives and home lives have blurred. For many of us, our homes have actually become our full-time offices, even if we were accustomed to doing some amount of teleworking before. Just because you're working harder than ever shouldn't mean that you let your work-life balance fall to the wayside.
Over the past year and a half, almost everyone has been forced to create new routines in their personal and professional lives. We are all adapting to the ever-changing realities of the world, but that doesn't need to stop us from getting things done. As you continue to build your career, network, and skillset during these uncertain times, a Virtual Office plan could be a great option for you. Here are a few ways a Virtual Office can provide you with a low-risk, high-reward solution for staying productive.
Dreaming of a week fully unplugged from office life? While it may seem impossible sitting at your desk, a real vacation is more feasible than you think. Running a small business is challenging, and when you wear so many hats, it is complicated to disengage. However, with careful planning and the right workspace, you can achieve pure out of office bliss. Here’s how you can give your team the right tools to keep things running while you take a break:
At AdvantEdge, we understand that the search for new office space can be very stressful and time-consuming, whether you are in the process of starting a new company or relocating an existing one. Since we've been in the office space business for over thirty years, we'd like to offer some insider tips and wisdom to help you find the right office space. We have had the opportunity of working with countless clients who once were in this exact position, so we understand the concerns and considerations that come along with your office search.
Summer is supposed to be a season for relaxation and family time, but as a business owner, leaving your business behind while you travel can produce a lot of anxiety. When you work with AdvantEdge, you can take a little snooze in the sun or splash around in the pool or ocean while knowing your business won't miss a beat! At AdvantEdge, our team is truly your team; our Client Services staff will get to know you and the way you operate so that we can help run your business while you are away! Here are some ways we keep things running smoothly at the office while you are on vacation.
The business world is constantly evolving, and your organization needs to be flexible and efficient in order to keep up. When you have a strong support structure in place, your business is prepared to adapt and grow in moments of opportunity and crisis. AdvantEdge provides a variety of options and a willingness to customize service around clients' needs, coworking creates an ideal environment for organizations that want the benefits of flexibility without the extra cost. Here are a few ways that finding a coworking solution for your business will help you be prepared for any surprises.
How do members of the AdvantEdge Workspaces stay focused and energized throughout the busy workday? With snacks! Save time, money, and calories by bringing snacks and lunches from home to power your brain throughout the day. A little tummy rumbling doesn't need to derail you from being productive and positive! Here are a few healthy items to satisfy your hunger and help you get back to business when mid-day hunger strikes!
Over the past year and a half, many of our normal work routines have been upended and the boundaries between our personal and professional lives have blurred as more and more of us have turned to working from home. Some professionals are now returning to the office full-time, while others adopt a hybrid model that includes both remote work and physical office space. Whatever transition period you might be going through in your career or life, AdvantEdge Workspaces can provide access to a professional environment along with the flexibility to create your own schedule.
Coworking is becoming increasingly popular amongst psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals. AdvantEdge's facilities are fully furnished and serviced; perfect for solo professionals who want the resources of a larger entity, but only need one or two dedicated offices. Our outstanding client services team also makes it easy to meet with guests and patients in a confidential and comfortable environment.
Since AdvantEdge Workspaces was founded over 30 years ago, we have excelled in supporting DC-area professionals and local businesses with outstanding support services and top-notch office facilities. As a small local business ourselves, we are uniquely positioned to understand the needs of a growing organization and provide the infrastructure needed to thrive. Over the years, we’ve learned a few things about running a successful and sustainable operation.
Finding the right address for your office is vital to making sure that you have the foundations for sustainability and the tools for growth. It is important to find an office facility that will be convenient for you, your colleagues, and your clients. You also want a workspace that fits into your longer-term vision of durability and expansion for your company. Moving your office to a shared workspace could be the step your business needs; providing you with a prestigious Washington, DC address and all of the resources you'll need to thrive without the full cost of a traditional office lease.
To many people, the freedom and flexibility of freelancing are incredibly attractive. Leaving behind a corporate job and being your own boss can be a dream. Whether you want to have more time with kids, want to travel the world, or make another lifestyle change, freelancing can help fulfill those desires. However, many people who set out on their own find that the workspace situation isn’t all that it's cracked up to be. Working from home used to be more appealing, but after a year of it, you may be ready for a change of scenery, even though you work solo. If you’re loving the freelance life but missing some of the perks of a traditional office environment, then a coworking desk is the perfect solution for you!
It seems like every other week that we are reading about another corporate hack or data breach in the news. Advances in technology have allowed us to connect and work in new and exciting ways, but they have also revealed the vulnerability of our personal information. If major corporations like these are at risk of being hacked, smaller organizations and individual professionals who don't have the resources to implement complex security systems to protect their data are clearly at risk as well. Now more than ever, it is crucial that we are all mindful of protecting our personal data; here are a few simple security tips that will give you some peace of mind.
The modern workplace is constantly adapting and evolving to keep up with the circumstances of the world. Luckily for us, technological innovations enable added flexibility and productivity, allowing us to work on anything, at any time, wherever we happen to be. Today more employers than ever are offering some variety of teleworking or remote working options for their employees. At AdvantEdge, we have a track record of over thirty years of providing the physical and intangible support structure required for productive and positive collaboration at work!
With Memorial Day weekend behind us, summer is officially here! It can be hard to focus during the season, as warm weather beckons and the desire to have a lazy day is at an all-time high. The world is returning to normal, and this summer will feel much better as we can actually enjoy the seasonal activities we love. To ensure you have time to do what you want this summer, set yourself up for success in the workplace. Here is how a shared workspace like AdvantEdge Workspaces can help you thrive this season!
Many of us are just starting to return to the workplace. After over a year at home, it may be hard to decipher our needs. A shared workspace has many options so that your office space solutions can change alongside your needs. Sit at a coworking desk one day a week or move up to a private suite as your team grows. Wherever business takes you this summer, AdvantEdge Workspaces will have the office space for you.
While most aspects of normal life are coming back, many have adjusted to eliminating non-essential work travel. Virtual meetings are difficult, which is why meeting rooms at AdvantEdge are equipped with the latest technology- you won't even realize you aren't in the same room as your colleague! Diminish tech stress and seamlessly host meetings with people from all over the world, leaving more "me" time this summer.
Summer is a season of flexibility, and making your schedule work with activities and vacations is no small task. You need a workspace that is flexible and adapts to your schedule instead of creating another headache. Building access means you can work whenever you want, and community benefits, such as building upkeep and management, enable you to simply shut your laptop and leave without worrying about the space.
Whether a private office, a virtual office, or coworking is the right choice for you and your organization, AdvantEdge's outstanding Client Services Team is ready to back you up and keep your business running smoothly when you go on vacation! Leaving your work behind isn't as easy as it sounds, especially for those in positions of leadership. Even as you dip your toes in the pool or enjoy a beautiful mountain top view, your brain may wander back to the constant anxieties that come with running a business. Joining the AdvantEdge Community will allow you to breath deep and kick those feet up, here's how:
Over the past year, we have all had to adjust our routines and our mindsets, in both our personal and professional lives. In this new and constantly evolving landscape, it pays off to be flexible and open-minded. Luckily for you, AdvantEdge has over 30 years of experience in helping DC-area businesses manage transitions without a hitch!
Successful business leaders have both short and long-term goals for the growth of their organizations. You have probably thought of new ways of expanding the reach of your products or services and considered what resources that your company will need to access these opportunities. The fact of the matter is, in spite of your best preparations, it is sometimes impossible to foresee the obstacles and opportunities that will emerge in your business’ path, be it next year, next month, or even next week. Choosing a full-service workspace provides your company flexibility and peace of mind to change your office solutions and services at any time.
May is Small Business Month, but at AdvantEdge we celebrate and support small businesses each and every day! We know what it takes to keep a small business running on a day-to-day basis and to succeed in the long run; that’s because we are a small business ourselves!
A good leader in the workplace sets a strong example through his or her actions but knowing how to motivate your team is a crucial skill that they probably didn’t teach you in school. Every coworker or employee at your workplace requires their own leadership style and knowing how and when to press those buttons can empower your team and produce incredible results for your organization. It doesn’t have to be complicated; if you consider the personality types of the people you work with, you will understand how to connect with them, and get their best performance!
Many of us dream of going to work in a corner office, but goals don’t come to fruition overnight. As you continue to build your network and skill set and work your way up to that high-powered role, a Virtual Office plan could be a great option for you. Here are 5 reasons why a Virtual Office can provide you with a low-risk, high-reward solution as you grow in your career.
At AdvantEdge, we remind our community members that their personal health should be a priority and we work to promote healthy workplaces at our office and the home office! The true key to your success is yourself; taking care of your mind and body can be the crucial foundation for fruitful work life. You can implement a post-work yoga routine or even add twenty minutes of exercise and mindfulness to your lunch break. However you fit personal care into your schedule, yoga can bring about many benefits to help us be more productive and efficient in the workplace.
At AdvantEdge Workspaces, our main goal is to help you reach yours. We provide flexible workspace options with responsive customer service and we foster the ideal work environment to promote business growth and sustainability. Worried about not being able to grow when the time comes or stressed you won’t have enough help along the way? Have no fear! AdvantEdge promises to accommodate your evolving workspace needs and we provide a friendly and capable Client Services team that takes care of everything along the way.
Running your company with AdvantEdge Workspaces makes your life as a business owner much easier; we take care of all of the logistical details and allow you to focus on what is most important – guiding your business to success and growth. We know that meetings are what really take your business to the next level; we’ve designed our centers to provide professional meeting spaces that help you close the deal. All AdvantEdge locations offer a variety of meeting spaces built to accommodate anything from intimate weekly meetings to large full-company seminars.
One of the fundamental concerns in opening a new office will be deciding what physical location is best for your company. How will you find a space that is within your price range yet still meets all of your needs? Will this be a space that your company can grow into overtime or will you be forced to relocate within a year or two? Choosing to office your business with a shared workspace can be a valuable step towards jump-starting your entrepreneurial endeavor.
Spring is upon us; the season of rebirth, growth, and optimism! There's no better time to give your business a positive boost, so here are five simple ways to set yourself up for success this spring!
Like any work model, running your business from home has its pros and cons. Since working virtually removes the physical proximity to your teammates, work-at-home professionals must possess strong communication skills. In order to make the most of your virtual office, we propose a few tips for managing and communicating with your clients and co-workers.
Last year, businesses were thrust into a remote work model, needing to adapt on the fly as working from home became the safest option. As the world returns to normal, one must decide how to handle returning to the office. Some may choose to stay remote, while others will gladly come back full time. But what about both? The hybrid model is a combination of at-home and in-person office time. If your business is considering this option, here is what you need to know before implementing a hybrid work plan, and how a shared workspace can help you.
A hybrid work model is not without challenges and takes some planning to be successful. If you are part of a larger team, you need to coordinate schedules to ensure people have different days in the office, or that there is enough room for everyone to be safely distanced together. You will also need to take time to rearrange standing meetings. Plan group meetings for office days, and leave one-on-one calls for when you are in the privacy of your home. Each week, take a look at what is on your plate and determine which to-do list items are best suited for the workplace or home office.
Another consideration is your technology. Will you need a laptop to transport back and forth? Are all files uploaded to the cloud? What will be kept at the office or at home? Audit your work tools prior to beginning a hybrid plan to avoid frustration and delays. Implement services that are great for hybrid settings, such as Google Drive or Sharepoint, or buying a lightweight laptop.
A Space For Every Need
Hybrid work means you are not limiting yourself to one workspace solution. A shared workspace perfectly compliments this plan because of access to a variety of spaces. From meeting rooms to private suites to lounge areas, when in the office, there is a space for every need. Instead of needing multiple settings, all are under one roof at places like AdvantEdge Workspaces. The best part of a shared workspace is flexibility. In these uncertain times, you can confidently rent knowing you can size up or down depending on needs.
Although you might come to love your shared workspace enough to ditch hybrid, the reality is that having work-from-home days is still essential for many people. Hybrid work allows you to plan your schedule around your needs. This type of work fits around your schedule to create the perfect mix of shared and personal spaces.
Part-Time Schedule, Full-Time Support
If you're thinking of starting your own business, you probably already have a great idea and a lot of passion for your work! Now it's time to ask yourself these five questions in order to turn your business from an idea to a reality!
As a leader of your business, it's your responsibility to answer many crucial questions about the future of your organization. How can I best accommodate additional staff? What kind of office plan works for my business? What kind of message do I want to send guests and clients? By considering a private office suite in your shared office space, you may just find the answer to all these questions and more.
So you’ve done it: you started your own business. You’ve taken the leap. The next steps can be as exciting as they are terrifying but now that your organization has taken off, it and you will need to adapt on the fly. The name of the game is efficiency and that means spending money on the things you need and saving on the things you don’t. Young companies, in their eagerness to get to work, too often fall into traditional models of doing business which can trap capital, stifle growth and leave employees ill-equipped to do their job.
Yesterday, women around the world were celebrated and honored for International Women’s Day, which occurs every March 8th. The festivities and recognition should last year-round, but especially for the rest of March, as it's Women’s History Month. Women's achievements deserve celebration- particularly in the workplace. Bring your office together with these four ways to celebrate the women in your office all month long!
Is your organization planning on hiring any new staff members this year? Do you have the space and support system to help them feel settled and welcomed in a new office environment? When you work with AdvantEdge, our professional infrastructure and flexible space make onboarding a hassle-free experience!
Our lives are filled with appointments, to-do lists, errands, and calls; there's one crucial thing you need to accomplish all of these tasks... yourself! Taking care of your mind and body shouldn't feel like it's pulling you away from taking care of business, in fact, these are very closely tied to one another.
Last year, many people were suddenly thrown into the position of teleworking. While some have done it for years, for the majority of workers this was a completely new experience full of adjustments and sacrifices. Whether you are a teleworking pro or are still not convinced you can do it full-time, we are breaking down why you need the support and services of a shared workspace.
Teleworking provides you with the flexibility you need throughout the workday. But what about those office amenities, like a receptionist and a professional mailing address? Enter a shared workspace, where you can have a business phone number and address. With the latest technology, client services coordinators at AdvantEdge Workspaces can answer calls with a personalized message and route callers accordingly. With someone always around to receive packages, you can swing by when it works for you. Teleworking services can help you take back personal space from your home.
More professionals than ever are choosing to work from home; with over thirty years of experience in virtual administrative support, AdvantEdge Workspaces is ideally equipped to meet the transitioning needs of the business community in the DC area. As you continue to build your network and skillset and work your way up to that high-powered role, a Virtual Office plan could be a great option for you. Here are 5 reasons why a Virtual Office can provide you with a low-risk, high-reward solution as you grow in your career.
Transitions are Easy with AdvantEdge
Blogging began as a form of expression, an outlet for the online community to release their frustrations and joy into the universe. Channeling our thoughts and feelings via the written word has long been used to produce a cathartic effect, and blogging began as a public platform to do so. Since its inception, however, blogging has grown into something much bigger. Blogs are no longer merely an expression of thoughts; they now play an important role in business in terms of building, branding and promoting your company.
AdvantEdge Workspaces has been providing professional facilities with attentive and efficient service to the DC business community for over 30 years, so we appreciate the importance of consistency. The basis of a strong relationship with any client is trust, and that trust can only be established by following through time and time again with the promise of great service.
Many important facets of your business, from sales to team communication to customer retention, rely on building strong relationships. Whether you are providing exceptional customer service, facilitating a productive meeting or workshop, or hiring a new employee, your ability to create genuine connections will set you and your business apart!
Onboarding new employees is a necessity for all organizations, but sometimes it can feel like a drag. It doesn’t have to be that way! Of course, your new employees need to get trained and get comfortable with the way your business operates, and there are a lot of logistics to figure out as well. At AdvantEdge, we do our best to take as many of these worries of your plate as we can, so that your staff doesn’t miss a beat and the new team member is up to speed in no time.
We have always had many hardworking and successful teleworkers in the AdvantEdge Community, and their numbers have grown substantially over the past year as more people have decided to work at home. For over thirty years, we have built our reputation on providing top-notch infrastructure and support to allow professionals to work effectively and efficiently whether they are at home or on the road.
Data breaches at major global corporations in the past few years have have demonstrated how vulnerable all of our personal information can be. If major corporations like these are at risk of being hacked, individuals who don't have the resources to implement complex security systems to protect their data are clearly at risk as well. Now more than ever, it is crucial that we are all mindful of protecting our personal data; here are a few simple security tips that will give you some peace of mind.
Virtual events come with their own unique set of challenges. Planning one online is a very different experience from executing one in-person. Right now, meetings are still essential, and if you can’t put off holding it in-person any longer, going virtual is the right solution. How can you ensure that your event will have people ready to turn on their cameras and mics to participate? Follow the tips below to set yourself up for success!
Be Prepared with the Right Space
Even though your event is all online, the physical space that you are in still matters. Utilizing a serviced workspace can help you focus on what truly matters and leaves elements like the set-up to experienced staff members. You will have a professional backdrop for the event while having crisp audio and video. Renting a meeting room to get on a video call may seem counterintuitive, but it can be what takes your event experience to the next level.
We all have coworkers who seem to have it all together—including what seems like an impossible exercise routine. We imagine them waking up at 5 AM and tossing together a body and mind nourishing smoothie, heading out for a run while watching the sun rise, and still managing to arrive early at the office with the kind of glow you can’t pay for. Or maybe they use their lunch hour for a local yoga class, hit the gym for a session with a personal trainer after the day ends, or any other number of time-consuming fitness activities.
At AdvantEdge Workspaces, we don’t believe in ‘one size fits all.’ Each organization has unique challenges, strengths and processes. It’s our job to help find a workspace and administrative support solution to meet the needs of each community member! When we say ‘Your office, your way’, we truly mean it! A major part of daily business is conducted over the phone, so our team goes above and beyond to offer exceptional live-reception service. We will truly build our service around you; allowing you to create your own personalized phone greeting and forwarding plan that will best suit your needs.
Lately, many of the routines and procedures we rely on to manage our businesses have been upended. As more professionals than ever have turned to working from home, it’s crucial to keep our lines of communication open and our organizations running smoothly! AdvantEdge has over 30 years of practice in providing on-call support and flexible solutions to our community members; and our service has allowed them to keep working without missing a beat during these trying times.
The number of professionals relying on virtual office space has grown considerably over the past decade, and especially surged in the past year, with more people than ever working from home. The concept of virtual office space has become a sought-after alternative for many businesses that are looking to maintain or establish their own unique, professional image in a cost-effective manner. At AdvantEdge Workspaces, our virtual office space packages offer a robust infrastructure of administrative support and professional facilities that set the platform for any organization to thrive!
With a new year comes new trends for workplaces worldwide. Coming off of 2020, which changed the office landscape forever, it will be interesting to see where the workplace community goes in 2021. We have rounded up three trends to look out for that may impact how we work and live this upcoming year.
A new year can bring new opportunities and challenges for your business. Here are a few ways you can structure for success to set yourself up for a positive and productive 2021:
To say the office experience has changed this year is an understatement. No matter what industry, everyone had to rethink how we function at work and how our space serves us. As we head into 2021 still facing social-distancing measures, think about your office space and how it can best serve you. We often make personal resolutions for the New Year, but it is also the perfect time to make goals surrounding your workspace experience. Here are four goals you can set to have your best year at work yet:
Running a business requires a lot of attention and energy, as hard as you work you can't do it all by yourself! Investing in a Virtual Office will help reduce your stress, improve your productivity, and provide new growth opportunities for you and your business. AdvantEdge's Virtual Office service offers full-time live reception with customized mail and phone handling. You can take AdvantEdge of having this great support structure to be happier at work and home during the Holidays!
This year, the holiday season looks different in almost every way. At the office, December is typically a cheery month, filled with various festivities. So much of what we love about this time of year is how it brings us all together. In a time where we have to stay apart, there are still ways to celebrate your team and wrap up the year by getting creative with solutions to having a virtual office holiday party.
If you’ve been looking for a sign to take the business idea in your head to the next level, this blog is it! December is National Write a Business Plan Month and is the perfect time to put your thoughts to paper and take the first step in launching your idea. We’re breaking down the must-have elements so that you can craft a successful business plan.
Don’t let a busy schedule get in the way of your personal health! Self-care can consist of doing little things throughout the day to keep yourself sane, focused and happy. Find free moments throughout the day between meetings or emails to silence your email and do something for yourself. Taking care of yourself is crucial to a being productive and happy at work, so try these easy tips to practice self-care:
Like many aspects of our nation’s capital, a professional office space can be expensive, inconvenient or inflexible. AdvantEdge's Washington DC office centers are an ideal solution to this frustrating problem- offering executive offices for firms large and small seeking affordable and conveniently located representation in Washington, DC. For attorneys seeking to work from home without missing a beat, our Virtual Office service provides the ideal professional infrastructure!
A serviced workspace can help you through the busy holiday season. Between end of the year business and tying up loose ends before time off, you could use all the assistance possible! In a serviced workspace, the holidays can be an enjoyable time where you can truly unwind, instead of worrying if your office needs are taken care of. Here’s how your workspace can help make December the most wonderful time of year, even at work:
Whether it’s answering your own calls or scribbling your phone number on a cocktail napkin instead of being ready with a business card, professionalism can be a looming hurdle between new businesses and future growth. Acquiring virtual office space offers an inexpensive solution to such obstacles by providing professional services to emerging organizations. With a professional infrastructure and organizational assistance, virtualization can revolutionize the way your small business or startup. Here are 5 reasons you will be glad your business went virtual!
Over the past year, we've seen a major increase in the number of professionals working from home worldwide. This transition has presented its challenges, but also shown us new ways we can be productive in our work and collaborate effectively with others. As we continue to redefine the future of the workspace, business owners may see benefit from continuing to have their employees work remotely or semi-remotely. There are some challenges to managing a remote team, but with communication and structure your team can be more productive than ever!
“Holiday season” at work typically means decorations in the lobby, office parties, too many holiday cookies and several gift baskets from clients and colleagues. But this is also the season when we reflect on all we can be grateful for and take the opportunity to give what we can to those in need in our communities.
Today is #GivingTuesday, a day that originated as a response to the personal spending that occurs on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The idea of the day is to give money, time, or goods to organizations in need after you finish your holiday shopping frenzy. #GivingTuesday has grown in the era of social media and is often stylized with the hashtag because people share their activities across different platforms. Whether today or anytime throughout this season, take time as a workspace to give back to the community! We have five easy ways you and your coworkers can participate in #GivingTuesday.
It’s the season of giving thanks, and although holiday celebrations will look different this year, there are still things you can do at the office to get in the turkey day spirit! Whether you are back in your shared workspace all together or working remotely, we have five activities that any team can enjoy, no matter where you are in the world!
With Thanksgiving less than a week away, we are amidst the season of gratitude. This time of year, we pay special attention to the things in life that we are thankful for and think about ways to show appreciation for others. After a challenging year, it is more important than ever to express gratitude at work- for colleagues, the business, and even your workspace. Here are five ways to give thanks at work, not only during this season but all year round!
Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could customize your office space to suit the exact needs of your business, instead of trying to make your business fit your office? Now, more than ever before, you can—with flexible office space.
No one wants to work in a white box all day! Customizing office space can go a long way. It is more aesthetically pleasing, and physical surroundings can impact how one feels about their job and coming to work each day. Read below for four tips on how to add some personal and professional touches to your workspace!
As professionals turn to working from home now more than ever, you and your business have an immense opportunity to take your impact from local to global. In this age of high-speed and high-tech communication, your next customer or next business partner might be half way around the world! AdvantEdge's Virtual Office service can give you the infrastructure and flexibility to grow and thrive amidst the chaos.
Making the right impression can be the difference between critical investment and running deeper into the red. The global business world has brought buyers and sellers closer together, but there are many as many questions as there are answers. How can your business go global from day one? How can you be in three critical meetings in three different locations all on the same day? How can you operate on a limited budget but present yourself like an established player? This feature will discuss how virtual offices can provide you with the professional presence you need, all while keeping precious funds in your company coffers.
With Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, the holiday season has begun. This time of year is about relaxing, being with family, and of course, stuffing ourselves with festive treats. However, the period between Thanksgiving and the New Year can be hectic at work. Between time off, adjusted schedules, remote work, and end of year deliverables, the happiest time of the year can quickly turn into the most stressful. This year, plan to have a smooth holiday season- one where you can be productive at work and still have ample time for celebrations!
Yes, you can come back to work safely! Personal health is at the forefront of anyone’s decision to return to the office. At AdvantEdge Workspaces, we go above and beyond to prioritize your health. Our mission is to provide a safe and clean space that you can feel comfortable being in all day. We are staying healthy while still getting work done and enjoying the workspace community. As the winter months approach, feeling well at work is critical. Read below for four steps you can take to have a sickness-free season!
Let’s face it- every week in 2020 can feel like an entire year. With the weeks and days only feeling longer as we head into winter months, being able to decompress from the workplace is essential to our sanity and productivity. Taking time to recharge your batteries after a tough week will benefit you and your professional life in the long run. Not sure where to start? Here are five ways to wind down after a hectic work week!
Today, Americans are heading to the polls for the 2020 general election. Election Day can be a rollercoaster of emotions, and we have to face them while at work. Read below for three ways to support your team today!
It’s official: cool weather is here to stay. Right now, gathering outdoors is one of the safest ways to see people outside of your household. While stores already have their holiday decorations out, there are lots of fall activities still going strong. Now is the perfect time to gather your coworkers together for some team bonding before we hunker down for winter!
Meetings over video platforms are the norm these days, as people continue to work remotely. Sometimes a basic video call on your laptop just does not cut it. Professional video conferencing services in a shared workspace can take your meetings to the next level. You can conduct your meeting confidently, without interruptions, in the right setting. Here’s why you need to upgrade you video conferencing capabilities before sending out another calendar invite:
Halloween looks a little different this year, with activities like haunted hayrides and trick or treating in the neighborhood canceled. We are one week out from the spookiest day of the year, and although typical celebrations are paused, there are still many ways that you can celebrate the day with your coworkers! October is a tough month. The sunny days of summer are over, and we are not quite in the holiday season. Everyone could use a reason to let loose and enjoy themselves! Here are five safe and fun ways to celebrate Halloween at work:
Not every phone answering service is created equal! While you might find the time savings and the professional feel of live reception appealing, often times a lack of customization and personal attention can be its downfall. With AdvantEdge, your services are always customizable, our staff truly gets to know your company, and for most of our plans, these services are already included! Here are some reasons to look into an answering service for your company, and what about our service sets us apart.
Has your home office lost its appeal? Do you wake up feeling uninspired to sit at your desk? If so, you are likely in a work-from-home rut, unable to return to your typical office or to switch it up by sitting in a coffee shop for a few hours. Enter in coworking: a solution that will get you out of the house and elevate your working experience. Renting a desk for a day provides a much-needed change of scenery and offers access to workspace amenities that home offices typically lack, such as printing stations or phone booths for private calls.
Every October 16th is National Boss’s Day! While the holiday isn’t as widely celebrated as other appreciation days, in these times, it’s a reason to connect with your boss and show that you care. Even if you were unaware of the holiday until this moment, there are many last-minute ways to celebrate and make your boss feel special. No matter if you are in the office together or still working remotely, show appreciation for your boss today in these five different ways.
We all know to wear sunglasses outside to protect our eyes from UV rays, but most office workers nationwide fail to recognize the damage they are doing to their eyes inside the office. Inadequate care of your sight in the office can lead to serious eye problems such as dry eye, eye twitching, redness, and migraines. Reduce your eye risk at the workplace now to safeguard your vision later in life.
Today, it is not uncommon to hear of adults with full-time employment doing freelance work or other jobs on the side. “Side hustle” refers to any additional income streams that one has. For many Americans, especially millennials, bringing in an additional paycheck is almost the norm. Fortune.com writes that about half of the adults in the United States under 35 report having a side hustle. These can range from dog walking or driving for Uber as part of the gig economy, to consulting or digital work and everything in between.
If you have looked into leasing office space in the Washington, DC area, you have likely ran across the term “Class A,” but just what is Class A office space?
Class A designation depends on the local market, but generally Class A office buildings are the most prestigious buildings in a market competing for premier office tenants. Class A office buildings are equipped with high-quality construction and finishes, state-of-the-art technology systems, premier location, exceptional accessibility, and market presence. In addition to these exceptional features and amenities, Class A office space is generally professionally managed, energy efficient, and more expensive than Class B and Class C office space.
With 90 degree days in the rearview mirror, it is safe to say autumn is officially here in D.C. The leaves are changing, and we are all embarking on this new season while still navigating the unprecedented nature of this year. Embracing autumn at work may seem trivial at first, but in these times, even the smallest things can spark joy and are worth doing. Here are four ways you can enjoy all that the season has to offer at work:
“How do you want to work?” It’s not a question someone who’s searching for shared office space often asks themselves. However at AdvantEdge, the how is just as important as the where when it comes to the types of office solutions we provide.
For some of us, it has been months since we have gathered with coworkers. Those interactions, from organized team bonding to lunchtime conversations, have been sorely missed. While remote work or being back in socially distanced offices has its perks, nothing can replace hanging out with the team. This fall, take advantage of the remaining warm weather to gather and reconnect with colleagues. Here are three ways to see each other in a safe and distanced manner!
A YouTube channel can be a powerful marketing tool to leverage for your small business. Video content is appealing to potential customers, and the format provides an opportunity to show different aspects of your company. If you have not yet worked on a business YouTube channel, now is the time to round out your online profile with diverse content that gives you a marketing advantage.
Whether you have a start-up business or an established company, finding the perfect office space is key to your success. With so many of us working remotely at the moment, going virtual can jump-start your success and help your company evolve. Virtual office space in Washington, DC offers your business a professional address, phone number, and full administrative support without the expense and rigidity of a dedicated office.
Can you start the day without coffee? For most adults, having a cup of joe in the morning is essential for the workday ahead. It is about the ritual-brewing or stopping at your favorite shop, sitting down, and taking some time for yourself. Today is International Coffee Day, and we could not think of a better way to celebrate than by showcasing some of the best ways to indulge in our favorite drink!
No one wants to sit in a boring, white box all day. Office spaces should reflect the businesses and people who are there all day long. Decorating a space is important, and should consist of more than just a plant in the corner. Wall art can be used for aesthetic purposes, but it can also inspire creativity and even reduce stress by providing something relaxing for people to look at. This article from Forbes argues that by hanging art, you are showing pride in the company and workspace. Showing that you care about the environment people work in will increase the pride employees have for the company.
The podcast industry grows by the day, so why not start your own as well? Podcasts are a great way to connect and network with peers, reach new audiences, and grow your business. Launching one can raise your profile in your industry and provides a platform for discussing more long-form topics. Much like a blog or Instagram account, podcasts are another effective way for you to communicate with others. The best part? It’s incredibly easy to get started! Here are steps you need to take for launching a successful podcast:
A common piece of advice is to not care about what other people think. When it comes to growing a small business, this is only partially true. What clients put out on the internet can have a massive influence on growth and success. Positive reviews can confirm an outsider’s decision to chose a business while a negative review can steer them away. As a small business owner, it can be frustrating to have such a large part of your internet presence out of your control. However, there are many steps you can take to ensure that reviews become an asset to your business.
With more and more businesses using virtual and temporary offices, email has become the primary form of professional communication. Whether between co-workers or with a potential prospect, your emails should always be professional and concise. With many of us constantly on-the-go, it’s easy to shoot someone a quick email from your mobile sans proofreading. So here are a few reminders to ensure that your emails remain polished and pithy:
While many people are still not ready or able to be in the office full time, there may be situations where it makes sense or is necessary for your team to be together in person. Some discussions and projects are hard to accomplish virtually. A conference room rental package is the perfect solution for when you need to meet with others and do not already have a full-time office space to use.
Now in September, it is clear that in 2020, and for months to come, we will be in a new normal. Instead of waiting for circumstances to change, all businesses need to adapt to the current social and economic landscape. You can set up your small business for success in the era of the pandemic with these three steps.
Your logo is the visual representation of your business and its value, so it's imperative that it makes the right statement and evolves with your company. Whether you have a time-tested brand, or are just getting your start-up off the runway, here are some things to consider when reevaluating or creating a logo:
From bike share stations to swiping into the metro with your phone, it has never been easier to get to work at one AdvantEdge’s centrally-located workspaces! Your office location can impact every part of your life, from your evening schedules and time with family to how much you enjoy your job. When searching for office space, the location should be top of mind. Whether you live in Maryland, Virginia, or right here in the District, commuting to an AdvantEdge Workspaces location is hassle-free. No matter your preferred method of transportation, you can get to work easily.
Notice your associates yawning and reaching for their coffee or fiddling with their phones in the midst of your meeting? These are signs that something is amiss. Whether we're meeting online or in person, it's important to communicate clearly, get things done, and get back to work! We've highlighted a few key strategies that will assist in the execution of a more productive business meeting.
The majority of school districts have opted for online learning this fall, leaving many working parents with no option but to monitor schooling while trying to get their jobs done from home. As DMV area students return to school this week, parents have to choose to go back into the office, where they likely feel their most productive selves, or to stay home to supervise the school day. But what if every day was bring your kid to work day? At AdvantEdge Workspaces, full-time clients can do just that by reserving small private office spaces for their children to learn in, at no additional cost.
Last Wednesday was #NationalDogDay, and we celebrated everything that we love about our furry friends (as if we need an excuse)! While everyone adores their canine companions, did you know that having a dog may be able to improve your workday? A study from USC shows that having a four-legged roommate can decrease stress and increase happiness and productivity. Although many people have already seen working from home as the perfect time to get a pet, there are still opportunities to adopt or foster. Are you on the fence or have a partner who needs convincing? Here are three ways a dog can help improve your remote work experience:
“Teamwork is fundamentally social.”
As we live and work in unprecedented times, we have access to a variety of technological tools that allow us to continue to collaborate with our colleagues even though many of us are working remotely. Below are a few basics we suggest for any business seeking to organize a virtual team.
It’s time to gather your coworkers around a virtual bar! Many companies rely on happy hours to bring employees together to connect and have fun. Just because we are all still social distancing does not mean that we cannot partake in these events online. Here are three tips for hosting a successful virtual happy hour, no matter who your audience is.
Summer is winding down, but don’t rush in fall too early! There are still plenty of sunny days and warm weather activities to partake in. It can be hard sitting at work all day when you’re dreaming of the beach, but there are still ways to enjoy the season while staying on track at the office! Read on for five things you can do to enjoy the remainder of summer
Who doesn’t listen to podcasts these days? You can find a series for any interest, from classic movies to bird watching. While podcasts are often seen as a hobby, they can serve a crucial role in building up your brand and business. Podcasts, like any other marketing channel, help you reach unique audiences. Plus, they are fun to make! With a new recording studio at AdvantEdge Workspaces Chevy Chase, it’s never been easier to get going. Here’s why you need to start a podcast today:
Last week was International #Coworking Day! As a shared workspace, this holiday was a chance for us to reminisce about our favorite community events and what makes our coworking (aka pro-working) experience so special at AdvantEdge. What is your favorite part about coworking and being part of a shared workspace? Here is a peek at the community events that our team and clients love the most!
August is National Wellness Month, and as we go on five months of work from home or altered work schedules, practicing wellness is essential. Feeling well-rested, satisfied, and full of energy is key to having a productive workday. Plus, being in control of our health and wellness can be reassuring during a time when so many things are out of our hands. Here are three ways you can celebrate National Wellness Month by making your health a priority at work!
As people start to return to the office, it’s crucial that your space is well maintained, fosters productivity, and can serve as a refuge from working from home. Your workspace needs to be equipped to serve your employees, and this may mean seeking out new spaces that fit the times that we are in. After all, wasted space equals wasted money. These three solutions will help you make the most of your space and create an office environment that people look forward to being in each week.
Do you ever see a notification, sigh deeply, and think “not another Zoom meeting…”? Meeting fatigue is real, and for many, it has only gotten worse with the onslaught of video calls sprinkled throughout the work from home day. If you or others are experiencing “Zoom fatigue” (exhaustion from being on video calls all day), then it is time to reevaluate your meetings. Here are two simple questions to ask yourself before sending out another calendar invite:
Edge Talks is an AdvantEdge Workspaces lunch and learn series. It features leaders and experts in the D.C. area presenting on topics ranging from personal development to growing small businesses. This series is a way for the AdvantEdge community to grow together and learn valuable information from experts across diverse fields. So what does it take to be an Edge Talk speaker? Well, they are just like you- small business owners and entrepreneurs! To lead an Edge Talk, you need an area of expertise and the desire to help others through imparting what you know. Read on for why you should be the next (virtual) Edge Talks speaker:
If you’ve returned to work at AdvantEdge Workspaces on L Street, there are a variety of local restaurants to support when you want a quick bite for lunch or dinner to bring home to your family. Our downtown location is right in the mix of some of the best eateries. Plus, easy access to multiple metro lines and neighborhoods across D.C. and Northern Virginia means your food won’t get cold as you make your way home. Here are five centrally located spots that have a dish for any mood:
The restaurant industry has been hit incredibly hard by the pandemic. Even though some restaurants are open for dine-in, an easy and contact-less way to support your favorite places is by getting takeout. AdvantEdge clients love being in vibrant, central locations in D.C.- and the proximity to delicious food doesn’t hurt! Whether you’re back in the office or want a taste of your workspace at home, here are five locally-owned places with takeout options near AdvantEdge Chevy Chase that you can support!
No matter what field you are in, there is a shared workspace that will help your business thrive! From nonprofits to freelancers, we rounded up the top professions in shared workspaces to see how nontraditional office space solutions work for them:
As an entrepreneur, you’re likely a one-person show, tackling all the various roles for your business. AdvantEdge Workspaces is a small business too, founded by an entrepreneur over thirty years ago. We understand the challenges that all one-person operations face, which is why we have a variety of shared workspaces that align with the needs of entrepreneurs. Here’s why you need to check out our workspaces:
Many teams are working remotely for the foreseeable future. Not physically being in the same space changes the needs of your business and the way everyone works together. While there is an adjustment period, there are many incredible tools that lend themselves well to work from home lifestyles. Here are our five picks for the most valuable tools that will make remote teams happy:
Summer 2020 is anything but traditional, but many people are still taking vacation time this season, whether it’s going camping, spending time at the beach, or just recharging at home. Taking time off shouldn’t induce guilt- it’s necessary for your productivity and happiness. There are inherent stressors that come with being out of the office, such as missed calls, overflowing inboxes, and worrying about your space. However, with a serviced workspace, you can take guilt-free time off this summer! Read on to learn how:
Flexibility with your office space is crucial. If all the uncertainty in the world right now has you questioning what to do when it comes to your work set up, we have the answer. Enter in a shared office space solution! Places like AdvantEdge Workspaces exist so that you can stay flexible and adapt your space based on your needs. Read below to learn about which option is best for you!
Summertime is dotted with long weekends- Fourth of July, Labor Day, and “summer Fridays” all give us a chance to have more time off than usual. You’ll want to make the most of this upcoming long weekend and others by being able to decompress and not think about work. Here are three tips for having a stress-free time this holiday weekend!
Even though some of us are slowly returning to our workspace, chances are your full team will not be back in the same office for a while. While many employees love the flexibility of remote work, it can be hard to stay motivated when you are not physically with coworkers. Learn how to keep spirits and productivity high with these four ways to virtually motivate your team:
AdvantEdge Workspaces is excited to have welcomed back non-essential businesses into the office this past week! It’s been a long time since we’ve seen people walk through the doors, and it’s great to have the community together again. Here’s what our clients are looking forward to the most upon returning to their workspaces:
AdvantEdge Workspaces is so excited to be welcoming clients back and to see everyone’s faces- well, half of them that is! With Phase 2 of re-opening in D.C. commencing, non-essential services and workers can be back onsite. Everyone at AdvantEdge has been prepping with new safety measures and cleaning procedures in place. If you are heading into one of our two D.C. locations or are thinking about moving from remote work to a physical space soon, here are some tips for how to safely return to work!
In this edition of #InsideAdvantEdge, we are covering tips for practicing self-care during these times. We need ways to relax and recharge amidst a global pandemic and the uncertainty it has produced in many aspects of our lives. Self-care isn't just fancy skincare and binging Netflix shows (although that is nice!), it’s also proper work/life balance, establishing boundaries, and taking care of our mental health in meaningful ways. Read on for how AdvantEdge clients and staff are taking care while staying at home!
We'll admit it- working remotely is challenging, and we find ourselves missing the ritual of going into the office every day. At this point, everyone could use a change of scenery! On-demand meeting rooms aren’t just for large in-person conferences, they can be a respite for you during these times, and the solution to work from home fatigue. Read on for why you need to book a space today:
Over the past three months, a lot of us have had extra time on our hands while staying at home. AdvantEdge Workspaces clients and staff have been busy with a whole host of personal and professional projects! Below is a list of things our community suggests you can do to further your business, relax, stay productive, or help family and friends out:
There has never been a more important time to support local small businesses. COVID-19 has eliminated a lot of things from our normal lives, but it hasn’t impaired our ability to encourage one another throughout these times. Read on for ways you can support fellow D.C. small businesses!
Even as cities start to open up, many of us still will not be back in the office this summer. Work from home fatigue is real, and we all miss our coworkers and workspaces. However, as we stay strong throughout these upcoming months, AdvantEdge has you covered with tips and tricks to keep your energy up, boost morale, and continue to be productive from home workspaces everywhere!
To close out Mental Health Awareness Month, we are talking about how to feel your best at work. Mental health can be difficult to approach in a work environment, where often overworking is prized over taking care of ourselves. Feeling your best doesn’t have to come at the detriment of your work performance- in fact, you may even see an increase in productivity and efficiency. Here’s how to prioritize your mental health at work:
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and its important that we not only highlight resources for personal wellness, but also for the professionals who provide critical services and support. In-person services have dramatically decreased over the past two months, with many mental health professionals switching to telehealth. Despite the flexibility to work from home, one may still need (or want) workspace support. Whether you’re currently renting a space or have always practiced remotely, a virtual office can be the right solution to support your work, during these times and beyond.
Even before most people switched to working from home, the number of remote workers was growing rapidly. Nowadays, there are many easy ways to promote your business from home! Read below for tips on how to market yourself and increase your audience- all while staying on the couch.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. For the past month, the majority of us have been working from home and practicing social-distancing. This new world that we live in has brought a whole host of new challenges, and taking care of your mental health has never been more essential. With schedules out of wack, the inability to take part in most activities, and work life upended, we could all use a check-in with ourselves. Read below for five steps that you can take to improve your mental health while working remotely.
April is home to Earth Day and Arbor Day, two celebrations that implore us to be more mindful of mother nature and our personal impacts on the planet. Being eco-conscious can extend beyond our lifestyle and into the way we conduct our business. Read below for five environmentally friendly work practices that will help your business “go green”, from working from home to being back in your workspace.
Due to cancellations and other impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, some people are finding themselves with more free time during the workday. If you or someone on your team is in this category, now is a great time to work on long-term projects that used to fall to the wayside. Spending time on these will help set your business up for success after this period of quarantine ends. Don’t know where to start? We have you covered with five long-term project ideas that can benefit any business!
With all the distractions that come with working from home, we all could use a lift in our productivity levels. What worked for us in the office may not translate well to a home environment, where access to certain comforts and being surrounded by roommates, a partner, or family, can all aid in losing focus. We’ve created this guide of top productivity articles and tips from the AdvantEdge blog to help you stay concentrated from 9-5.
A lot of our community members have been teleworking with us for over a decade, so it’s no surprise that AdvantEdge provides top-notch infrastructure and support to allow these professionals to work effectively and efficiently at home. Here are a few ways that AdvantEdge makes it easy to run your business from home.
When forced to leave the comfort and routines of our offices, many of us are faced with less than ideal work set-ups at home. Couches become desks, and living rooms turn into conference centers. However, with the right tools, a home workspace can become just as user-friendly (or even more so) than the ones we have at the office. Keep reading for four ways you can upgrade your workspace at home!
The COVID-19 pandemic has created stresses and hardship for all of us around the World. The power of the human spirit prevails, and people have shown compassion and solidarity. Here are a few positive stories to give you a Friday boost!
Just because we are at home does not mean we cannot continue to hit our wellness goals! Take advantage of having more time to spend outdoors and a different daily schedule to stay fit while practicing social distancing and self-isolation. Below are three easy steps to moving more throughout your work-from-home day!
While at home, there are many ways to support others who have been dramatically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever, the DMV community is coming together to lift up small businesses, service workers, freelancers, and others whose stream of income has been eliminated. Below are seven ways you can contribute to your community during these trying times.
With the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. and restrictions that change hourly, the majority of professionals are now staying at home, working remotely for the foreseeable future. For those who have never been able to work from home and are used to coming into an office environment every day, the next few weeks will prove to be challenging as we practice social distancing while adjusting to a new daily routine at the same time. We’ve got you covered with some tips for a smooth transition to the remote work life.