Your office is meant to facilitate your business- to make it easier, more efficient and comfortable for you and your employees. This means that the biggest downfall for your business could actually be the space you are in! Inflexible workspaces can stifle creativity, make expansion difficult and impede employees from doing their best work. But most importantly, wasting space means you are wasting money. These four solutions will help you make the most of your space and create an office that people look forward to working in.
When we think of apps, we mostly think of them as an entertaining way to waste our time. Candy Crush, HQ, social media… while fun, they can also be incredibly distracting. But what about apps that can actually improve our time management and efficiency? Apps go way beyond the smartphone games we know and love. Especially when at work, apps can make our lives easier. Check out these apps and be on your way to a more productive work day!
Everyone struggles with staying on task… but add in a shared workspace environment and boy, can it be tough. However, there are things to look for in a shared workspace or coworking environment to ensure that you have the community you want without sacrificing productivity. These five tips will help you get on track, stay on schedule and love the space you are in!
It’s 1988. The Washington Redskins are Super Bowl champions, Michael Jackson was looking at the “Man in the Mirror,” but most importantly, AdvantEdge Workspaces was founded. Thirty years ago, Founder and CEO Prakash Gavri saw a gap in the workspace industry. He noticed business owners were bogged down with office maintenance and basic but time-consuming administrative tasks.
On February 1, 2018, AdvantEdge celebrated its 30th anniversary as Washington, DC's premier workspace provider! For three decades, we have remained one of the few owner-operated and managed office space providers in the District.
Couldn’t make it to our 2018 kickoff EdgeTalk? No worries! In this post we recap the three main takeaways from Dawn Shuler’s presentation: Turn Your Customers Into Raving Fans. Shuler is the CEO and founder of The Shuler Group, a consulting firm that works to help clients achieve their goals through team building, employee engagement, sales training, and communication.
AdvantEdge Workspaces is excited to ring in the New Year with SEVEN new Client Services Coordinators across our two DC locations! The position of Client Services Coordinator is the glue that holds AdvantEdge Workspaces together. From the bright smiles that greet each of our clients and their guests daily to the competent and supportive personal service that they provide, our Client Services Coordinators are integral to the success of our shared workspaces.
We hear “technology” and think about our smart phones or the latest computer program. What don’t we think of? Reproductive health. Cycle Technologies is a social impact company that uses technology, like smartphone apps, to create effective and accessible family planning tools. Their products have been used by six million people around the world, resulting in millions of planned or prevented pregnancies. AdvantEdge Workspaces sat down with the founder (and our client), Leslie Heyer, to discuss family planning, where the field is going and how Cycle Technologies is making an impact here and abroad.
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Do you ever feel like you’re throwing money down the drain with the many additional expenses your company requires like furnishings, buildouts, infrastructure, utilities, reception, etc.? Are you tired of paying 100% of the costs for services you only use a fraction of the time?
Don’t let a busy schedule get in the way of caring for yourself. Self-care can be doing little things throughout the day to keep yourself sane, focused and happy. A commute or free moment during the day is the perfect time to silence your email and do something for yourself. Taking care of yourself is crucial to a successful career- try these six easy tips to practice self-care:
For some, New Year’s resolutions are a chance to turn over a new leaf, while others see it as a pointless exercise in making promises that will be broken come February. This year, let’s vow to make practical and meaningful resolutions that can be kept. When the clock strikes midnight on the 1st, we don’t magically change who we are. Big resolutions will not change anything, so focus on making smaller, targeted New Year’s goals that can actually be implemented.
The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, but not everyone can simply leave their office worry-free. While we all wish to leave our work at the office, the holiday season poses a challenge to companies, and especially small business owners, everywhere: how can I leave work for a week and keep the business going?
Not only is the holiday season the most wonderful time of the year to show your friends and family how much you love them through the process of gift giving, it’s also the perfect time to show your colleagues how much you appreciate working with them every day. While seeing a smile on the faces of your co-workers after giving them a thoughtful present is very rewarding, it can also easily become very expensive. However, gifting at your office doesn’t have to break the bank, and there are several inexpensive options out there. Here are a few ideas to consider when thinking about what to get your co-workers this season.
“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 season should be so much more than dealing with an overserved coworker at the holiday party or helping yourself to another gingerbread man that Mary from HR made.
Thanksgiving is a day filled with cooking and eating until you need to lay down. You promise to never eat again… until you realize the pounds of food that are left over. Everyone loves leftovers, but there are only so many days that you can eat turkey, stuffing and potatoes for lunch and dinner.
No two businesses are alike- so why should offices be the same? A workspace should be reflective of the business in it. A unique space can take a business to the next level. Everyone has seen typical “cookie cutter” offices that rarely reflect the work style or atmosphere of the business in the space.
There are many different types of workspaces to fit one’s needs, but determining the best fit for your business can be overwhelming. We have gathered the essential facts- now it is your turn to see which of the five workspace profiles fits you the best!
In an ideal world, staff meetings would be an exciting event that your colleagues attend eagerly, every time. They would jump at the opportunity to share their ideas. They would be open and receptive to changes that the company wants to facilitate. They wouldn’t play Candy Crush on their phones while pretending to pay attention during presentations. But do you ever wonder why this may not be the case for your team?
Can commuting be enjoyable? Most people wouldn’t even dream of putting those two words in the same sentence. They picture sweating on the metro or sitting in gridlock traffic as precious time ticks by. Well, it is time to take back your commute! These six tips will help turn your commute into an exciting part of the day.
Situated on the border of Maryland and the District of Columbia, Friendship Heights is a neighborhood that has it all. It is a hidden gem of the DMV and locals swear by its location, amenities and atmosphere. Those who live and work downtown are missing out- Friendship Heights has plenty to offer and is a location that can no longer be overlooked!
Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), which takes place every October, is an opportunity to increase awareness about the signs of domestic violence. It is a month for empowering survivors, connecting advocates, and coming together to stop the violence that affects one person in the U.S. every 20 minutes.
Fall is a truly beautiful time of year. The smell of Pumpkin Spice is in the air. The leaves are changing. The mornings are cool and brisk. With all the beauty that Fall brings, unfortunately you may also find yourself getting sick more often. As we make the transition from summer to fall, here are the top 3 reasons why you may be feeling under the weather and some important tips to keep you healthy.
Not all meeting spaces are created equal. When renting a space, it is important to have a full-service experience at the right price.
Here are 10 essentials to consider before planning your next meeting:
Guest Author: Beth Kotz
Small business owners are pros at doing “more” with “less.” When you’re at the helm of your own enterprise, efficiency is key, and every dollar spent must yield new opportunities.
With the rise of smartphones and streaming music services, the effect of music on workplace productivity has become a subject of popular debate. Many people claim that it increases focus, while others consider it an unnecessary distraction. Luckily, there now exists scientific research to help answer the question- and the results may surprise you!
AdvantEdge Business Centers, a leader in the Washington, D.C. executive office suites and shared office space industry for over 29 years, is elated to announce its rebranding as AdvantEdge Workspaces.
It is no secret that the shared office space market is growing and evolving. For AdvantEdge, a long-standing leader in the industry, rebranding is a proactive step that reflects the distinctive and customized workspace solutions that it has offered since its establishment, but in a new light.
It's no surprise that more and more businesses are jumping at the chance to own “DC virtual office space” rather than shelling out thousands for rent on a physical office. Virtual office space offers the impression of having an office at an upscale location without the need to be physically located there. Below are just some of the benefits that a virtual office space provides for your growing or already established company.
Employee Appreciation Day may have been on March 3rd, but we like to color outside of the lines here at AdvantEdge and celebrate our associates when it feels right! It is not every day that a team decides to celebrate and commend one of its own without a push from upper management or the occurrence of a holiday, but the AdvantEdge crew recognizes a star when one is amongst us and we do not hesitate to show appreciation!
Waking up is hard to do! We set our alarms with the best of intentions, only to get up 40 minutes later after hitting snooze seven times before realizing what time it is. Then comes the stress of finding something to wear (which hopefully doesn’t require ironing!), packing food for the day, and preparing for that dreaded commute to work.
Viewing parties, good-natured competition among colleagues, and basketball mania galore highlight life at AdvantEdge Workspaces during March Madness. Like most of the nation, we have dove head first into the "Madness" of March Madness! Surprisingly, only 11% of employers support March Madness in the office, stating that it inhibits productivity. As we celebrate our sixth year of inter-office bracket challenges and social office events, our shared workspace begs to differ!
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The way we do business is ever-changing; and whether you’re expanding, downsizing, or just starting, the type of office space in which you choose to work is a major decision for your company. While the perks of a serviced, shared office space are numerous, below are the top four most appealing incentives for those considering shared workspaces.
Small business owners do everything from marketing to accounting to finance. With so much resting on the shoulders of these small business owners, who has time for taxes? These eight tips are sure to save your small business time AND money!
If 2016 taught us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected. At some point, your business will face a crisis, and it’s important to have systems in place for when that happens. How proficient are your employees in diffusing a crisis with tact and speed? Who takes charge if your point person is unavailable?
Whether you’re "working for the weekend" or you genuinely enjoy your job, happy hour is your chance to breathe and truly get to know the people you work with. Whether bonding, networking or venting, those dimly-lit hours after work belong to you! Not sure where to go? We've got you covered.
When shopping for office space, it’s easy
to get so wrapped up in conference rooms and amenities that you lose sight of one of the most critical aspects to consider: where the building actually is! There could be a chocolate fondue fountain in every office but that doesn’t mean anything if your building is hidden in some dull office park in the middle of nowhere.
A good office space is like a good employee: no hidden strings, no excuses, and ready to start working for you immediately. Shell space, in the world of workplaces, can seem similar to the employee who trumped up their resume. Unfurnished and unfinished, shell space takes on all the responsibility without any of the qualifications; often leaving you on the hook for more work than expected.
As with the rest of society, modern technology has changed the way we do business. We work through clouds now; we communicate via dropboxes and video conferencing. Our new digital tools make it so easy to connect remotely that face-to-face interactions, and putting on a tie or makeup to do so, can seem more like a chore than a necessity. Not all companies are created equal and not all employees interact with clients (or each other) on a daily basis. The ease of remote accessibility has led to a spike in telecommuters and many young organizations are taking note of the advantages.
Last week, the nation’s National Park Service turned 100 capping off a century of
conservation, recreation, and historic preservation. Without our national parks, the District of Colombia would feel less like a historical hometown and more like a place where interns congregate in the summer. The District’s unique parks provide a balance to the city, they provide lush green spaces and attractive waterways in a city of marble and monuments. From forests to colonial homes, the National Parks of the District are accessible before work or after and are a stone’s throw from the city’s major business centers.
AdvantEdge Business Centers, a leader in the Washington, D.C. executive office suites and shared office space industry for over 27 years, is excited to announce its second expansion at 2101 L St. NW within a 3-month period.
On the heels of a 23,000 sq. ft. expansion in May of 2016, Founder and CEO Prakash Gavri, has continued the growth streak at 2101 L St. NW by adding an additional 5,000 sq. ft. of office space. This latest addition will bring Gavri’s holdings to an impressive 78,000 sq. ft. at the 21st and L Street center.
Think You Don’t Have Enough Time to Exercise? Try These 4 Quick Ways to Work Fitness into the Busiest of Days
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.
Summer is underway, which means the city is swimming in recent graduates and interns. If your small business is looking to expand (or finally alphabetize those files) then additional summer help can be the perfect way for your company to move forward. But the job market is a big sea with a great many college-educated fish which is why we’ve compiled this list of tips to ensure you lure the right candidates.
The Pomodoro Technique is a technique designed to bolster productivity in a way that won’t leave you exhausted and cuddling the coffee pot in the break room. Most people can only work for so long before walls pop up and obstacles combine in the mind and create anxiety. The Pomodoro Technique allows you to come up for air and keep a clear head by prioritizing natural human behavior and health.
In business, appearances matter. 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. From an air of legitimacy to organizational assistance, virtualization can revolutionize the way your small business or startup is perceived.
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.
We are thrilled to announce that the expansion of our Downtown (L Street) location is officially complete! Along with this expansion, AdvantEdge has ended operations at our flagship West End location after nearly three decades of business. However, the majority of our West End clients relocated to our expanded Downtown center, and we are excited to open new doors as this one closes. Our newest suite has been freshly refurbished, tastefully decorated and totally supplied with the latest and greatest executive accommodations.
In a country where only one in three workers take a lunch break (away from their desks) it’s easy to forget basic dining etiquette when on the job. It’s even easier to forget how to carry ourselves at happy hours or out of office meals with the team in a work culture where socialization and work-life balance often go to the wayside.
For nearly half a century companies have been learning about the numerous advantages business centers have over traditional office spaces. Encouraged by low overhead, networking opportunities and flexible terms, crafty business owners everywhere are joining the co-working movement.
It’s March, which means two things: NCAA basketball is about to own the airwaves
and you’ve probably already received an invitation to your office’s bracket pool. While some of us look forward to the Madness (s’go Buffs!) and others simply tolerate it, recent studies reveal the quantifiable hit businesses take on when their employees take a time out as opposed to keeping their heads in the game. According to the research, 50 million American workers will participate in an office pool (including the President) and companies stand to lose $1.2 billion as a result of unproductive hours spent researching or watching games. While employees will undoubtedly get caught up in the drama of conference rivalries and underdog upsets, loyalty to one’s alma mater over their company’s bottom line can put businesses in a sticky spot. Avoid a technical foul by adhering to some simple office etiquette in this holy month of March.
At AdvantEdge, we’re constantly exploring innovative ways to manage our schedule and organize our day. While we used to be confined to the tools that could physically fit on a desk (your rolodex, your calendar, your calculator, your mimeograph), the technological revolution utterly changed the way we work. The right tool makes every task easier so hacking your workday is as simple as equipping yourself with the tools you need to succeed. The following smartphone apps are guaranteed to fix any persisting problems plaguing your office life. Plus, as an added bonus, they’re all free!
While hotels and convention centers have long been used by businesses for large seminars and meetings, business centers are rapidly becoming the first choice of venue for a wide variety of professional events. Why? Cost, support staff, and customizable packages are the most often cited reasons for heading to a business center; particularly among small businesses.
Faced with a full schedule of appointments, meetings and errands, the majority of us tend to prioritize simply completing our list of to-dos as opposed to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Looking at these two goals as an either/or scenario is a common mistake and one that the most successful among us avoid through discipline and strategic time management. Reconcile your routine with these techniques proven to boost your physical and professional performance.
Sitting in the same office space all day, ever day, can make it abundantly clear why finding an environment that strikes a balance between productivity and comfort is crucial to the health of your employees and your business. As employees feel more obligated to be “plugged in” and “contactable” outside of the normal 9-5 routine, it is also critical for a business to find meaningful ways to promote the physical and mental health of its employees outside of the office as well. Shared office spaces and the ever-growing number of amenities they can provide are one solution that can keep your company happy and healthy without sacrificing efficiency.
More than eighty percent of Americans are sitting at least 8 hours per day, and this pattern is taking a monumental health toll on our bodies. Your office components- the furniture, the color, and even the lighting - each make a difference and leave an impact on your short term, and long term mental and physical wellness. But it’s not all bad news, and with some simple steps, you can make your office a healthier place to work. Here are 3 ways you can take a stand (sometimes literally) against the harms of sedentary working:
For early-stage companies reliant on outside funding, the massive up-front costs of acquiring your own office space can prove a seemingly unsustainable burden. When trying to exercise as much financial prudence as possible, the last thing you want to do is take on a long-term liability, but with a traditional lease, you’re left with little choice. Your company has to work somewhere, but how can you manage cash flows appropriately while still getting the environment you need? Shared office space can prove the perfect solution for startups, keeping costs low over time, and even lower up front.
For over 27 years AdvantEdge Business Centers has provided the best quality personal service and flexible workspace to small businesses in Washington DC. As a part of continuing that history of excellence, while always looking to address the workplace of the future, AdvantEdge has unveiled a new website and new look. Rich with new features and interwoven with the story of AdvantEdge, our new site blends modern features with our tried and true practice of delivering the best in client service.
Not every phone answering service is created equal, and 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.
Companies are always trying to find new ways to be smart about the liability of workspace, and increasingly traditional leasing options are becoming a hassle of the past. Shared office space may have been taboo a decade ago, but in recent years collaborative workspace has become the hallmark of savvy startups thanks to noncommittal terms and a number of added perks. With benefits and services molded to companies in their “right now” phases of growth, space at AdvantEdge is hard to pass up - here are a few reasons we think you’ll agree.
Expanding your network can have obvious personal and professional benefits. The expansion of social media and the widening of the app landscape have made coming together to enhance your connections easier than ever before. At the intersection of physical space and networking technology is coworking, which as a movement has helped bring diverse professionals together to work in an atmosphere that encourages the sharing of ideas. By widening your potential networking pool to goal-achieving and driven entrepreneurs and business owners- doors are opened for everything from collaboration, to inspiration.
While we have seemingly endless apps and websites available to use as a resource for just about anything, with so many resources at our disposal, a task like finding office space can quickly become quite daunting. Because physical office space is such a large expense, educating yourself as much as possible and starting early are vitally important. Not only do you need to determine the needs of your business at present, but you also have to consider its future. AdvantEdge can help assist along the way and ensure you make the best decision for both your company and your employees.
When it comes to determining the office space needs of your business, it’s most important to stay realistic. Try not to over- or underestimate - your business’s future capacity by allowing yourself enough time to evaluate the needs of your employees, your future business plans, and by doing your research thoroughly. Once you’ve nailed down the roadmap of your business plan, a good place to turn to amidst your search are the tried and true resource of real estate brokers. While you can search for space on any site or app, brokers understand the current conditions of the real estate market for your city and can help you make better informed choices about a building or market than you would be able to on your own. This is particularly helpful if you’re trying to set up an office in an area that you may be unfamiliar with. Online reviews and social media, when mixed in with expert opinions from your broker, are also good resources for getting the feel of a space. These tools can provide insight into the quality of the customer service you would receive, building amenities, and current tenant satisfaction.
The adage “location, location, location” may be overdone, but deciding where to work is as much about personality and feel as it is nuts and bolts. All of our centers offer amazing professional space and services in high quality locations, but there are still a few things that set each of them apart. Below we highlight each of our centers and outline their benefits beyond the space itself:
Considering how much time you spend in the office each week, you deserve an aesthetically appealing space that inspires productivity, efficiency, and even peace of mind. And while personal touches are vital, the space should also do its best to reflect a company culture as well as your own taste. More than ever before, how your office looks carries increased importance for clients and coworkers alike, but thankfully there are a growing number of resources to help you hone the perfect workspace image.
Preparing for taking vacation time can often nullify the stress reducing benefits of time away from the office, but what about when your work requires that you travel? With structured itineraries and sometimes less than glamorous destinations, can you expect to find any time at all to relax after you meet your obligations? We’ve put together some tips to help you travel smart and stress free for work, while also making the most of time away from the office:
How do our staff and clients at AdvantEdge Business Centers stay focused on growing small businesses? With snacks! Save time, money, and calories by bringing snacks and lunches from home to power your brain throughout the day. Below are some combos that help us stay on our toes when mid-day hunger strikes! Grab some snack containers, here are just a few ideas you can use to satisfy your hunger and get back to your growing business.
Are you giving yourself enough breaks during the workday? Often we can’t help but work long hours in order to get everything on the to-do list crossed off, but even a brief pause will have positive effects on your health and attitude. From little breaks you can add to your daily routine to summer adventures that will help you feel relaxed and rejuvenated, here are five great ways to treat yourself to some fun time off this summer.
Increase your productivity with the office efficiency and on demand administrative assistance provided by shared workspaces. From mail services, to IT support, phone reception services and more, shared workspaces are your company’s one stop shop for all the business support you need available anytime.
At AdvantEdge Business Centers, our offices offer a blank canvas so that you can design your space around your business. We want you to create an office environment suited to your business success. With premium locations and upscale amenities, our centers allow you to brand your workspace without sacrificing the personal touches and aesthetics that make your office your company’s home.
Sitting at a desk all day isn’t very good for you. Despite the fact that it can lead to weight gain, high blood pressure, and numerous other negative health effects, studies show that sitting in a chair for more than six hours a day can increase your chances of a heart attack up to 54%! In addition, leading a sedentary lifestyle can slow down your metabolism and decrease your insulin sensitivity. But don’t fret, we put together a list of activities you can do in the office to stay active throughout the day. Don’t think you have to sign up for spin class 5 times a week, just incorporate these moves into your office routine to stay healthy and focused!
One of the primary objectives of any small business is to grow and expand in a way that supports both your employees and clients alike. How can you make sure your business has the correct resources to accommodate such growth? Expansion means more employees. More employees means more space, more offices, desks, chairs, the list goes on. Shared executive office spaces grant you and your business the freedom to expand at your own rate without the pressures of committing to a long-term lease. Here at AdvantEdge, our team works closely with you day in and day out to make sure your business’s needs are met to the highest standards.
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 over time 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.
When it comes to choosing a space perfect for your company’s immediate and future needs, a shared office space is an optimal choice. Not only are serviced workspaces convenient for small companies and help entrepreneurs build relationships with a variety of other businesses, but shared offices also offer ecofriendly environments and amenities that reduce your carbon footprint.
Planning meetings can be tough; oftentimes a slew of questions emerge that must be addressed and sorting out logistics can take time away from other tasks. What space will be most accommodating for your guests? What might your guests need throughout an event? Where should you order catering? What if you experience technical difficulties? Avoid dilemmas like these by planning your next big event with a shared workspace! At AdvantEdge Business Centers, we help you with all of the logistics and provide support to make sure your meeting or event goes smoothly. Our staff is experienced in helping to set up and manage events of all kinds, so you can rest easy and continue to focus on your business as we take the complications out of your hands.
Whether you are looking for temporary space for a few months or plan to stay in one spot for a few years, we have professional, modern workspaces for your company here at AdvantEdge Business Centers. Why consider shared workspace? There are many advantages of officing with shared workspaces including access to a productive work environment, networking opportunities with many DC businesses, and the convenience of avoiding long term liability and unnecessary financial burdens.
A live videoconference is much more than a phone call; it’s a versatile telecommunications tool that your business can use to grow your relationships and expand your network anywhere, anytime. They can be used to demonstrate a new product in multiple locations, hold a face-to-face interview without spending money on unnecessary travel, and connect your colleagues with staff at any location around the world.
Move Over Google Voice: Live Reception Services Ensure Your Clients Calls are Handled Professionally
When operating any kind of business, customer satisfaction and personal attention is always a top priority. However, with the increased usage of answering services such as Google Voice and other automated response systems, personal attention may take a backseat over efficiency. This is not the case here at AdvantEdge Business Centers; our on-site staff provides customized phone answering services according to your specifications so that no caller is left behind.
Finding the right office space for your business is hard, and there are many details to consider before you make a final office space decision. The search and planning can start to become a major headache as you confront logistical questions, such as where to get your furniture and office equipment, how to set up your own wireless internet network, and who to turn to when you need the air conditioning or plumbing fixed. This is where AdvantEdge comes in- we provide all of the benefits of leasing your own office space while taking care of all of the logistical concerns ourselves, so you won’t have to worry about them.
Is your business thinking about adding a few new employees? Do you have the space on-hand to help them feel settled and welcomed in a new office environment? With AdvantEdge Business Centers there is no need to worry about expanding to accommodate more employees! We work with you to remain flexible so that we can provide top notch, modern workspaces for your business. We can help with new employees as well as seasonal interns and make sure your staff has enough workspace to function efficiently and comfortably anytime throughout your term.
Whether your business has been around for years or is just starting out, shared office space can benefit you and your company in many ways. With conference rooms, day offices, reception areas, and business lounges available to your staff on-demand, you can expect your workspace to leave a positive impression on your clients.
Nowadays, we have seemingly unlimited options when it comes to finding the perfect office space. Physical office space can be one of your company’s biggest expenses, therefore, it is important to start early and determine the needs of your business at present, while also considering the future. Where to start? Consult different resources at your disposal to ensure that you make the best decision for both your company and your employees.
Location is a vital factor in choosing a new office space. Finding the perfect balance of proximity to home, clients, and industry partners can be tough, but the right location can boost your business growth almost instantly. Our easily accessible D.C. area locations are Class A with high-end amenities, providing everything your small business needs within Washington, DC. Here at AdvantEdge Business Centers we offer three convenient workspaces in high-end neighborhoods to help give your business the tools to grow.
At AdvantEdge Business Centers, 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.
In running and maintaining a successful business, planning ahead is always encouraged. However, this is easier said than done especially when the future is uncertain. In situations like these, it’s ideal to develop plans that are as flexible as possible and to work with people who understand the nature of an ever-growing, ever-changing business. Here at AdvantEdge, our ongoing goal is to evolve with your business and help you succeed any way we can. Our job is to help you juggle the seemingly constant internal changes of your office in order to help your business continue to grow over time.
Mistakes happen. How prepared is your business for a crisis in the workplace? How proficient are your employees in diffusing a crisis quickly and tactfully?
Small businesses are busier than ever spending countless hours in the office and on the run to close deals, fulfill their goals, and grow their companies. Working out of a personalized space can make an average workspace into a productive environment fit for fostering company culture and staff relationships. Here at AdvantEdge, there are many ways to make our offices into your company’s own special workspace.
As a business owner, you have a set of both short and long term goals for your company’s success. You have probably considered new ways of expanding the reach of your product or services as well as the resources that your company will need to grow. 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.
When moving into a shared office space, it can be difficult to know exactly what kind of perks that space offers that could truly benefit your company. Sure, there are the tangible resources such as furniture, supplies, phones, and other typical office fixtures, but what about those benefits that are less obvious? Here at AdvantEdge, we aren’t just here to answer your phones from a distance, but rather to function as an extension of your staff by offering a highly personalized experience.
Summer is right around the corner and for many small businesses in Washington DC signifies an influx of college graduates and interns. Whether your small business is looking to bring on new permanent staff or additional summer help, finding the right candidate can make a big difference in moving your business forward. Read on for our tips and tricks to find the best, brightest addition to your business. After you've found your next great employee we'll help you accommodate them with flexible, budget-friendly options.
With another Earth Day behind us let's keep our planet-saving initiatives moving forward. Washington DC has more conservation efforts than ever and we are happy to do our part working with our buildings to reduce our carbon footprint in the community. Looking for more ways to reduce yours? In the spirit of Earth Day here are some small steps we can all take in our own offices to help ease our impact on the environment.
Here at Advantedge Business Centers we understand that with all you do in a workday it may be hard to find time to put in a lot of hours at the office. With business meetings, project deadlines, and the normal city commute, a virtual space can be the solution to help you focus on your business on your time.
With spring and the cherry blossoms in full swing in the DMV area, so is allergy season. With nearly 50% of Americans suffering from seasonal allergies every day, many are looking for ways to alleviate their symptoms. Here are a few helpful tips to help put a stop to seasonal allergies so that you can breathe easy and enjoy the beauty DC can offer!
Meetings are one of the largest and most debilitating components of organizational clutter. Research shows that managers spend 15% of their time in meetings and many of these meetings actually have no clear purpose. Senior executives spend two full days a week in meetings. In 22% of these meetings, participants send three or more e-mails for every half an hour they spent sitting in a meeting room. This clearly contradicts the goals of a meeting to facilitate and disseminate productivity throughout the company from top down.
Here are some basic tips to consider when conducting a meeting in order to maximize productivity, inspire your staff, and get ahead:
First and foremost, designate the meeting to be held in an appropriate location. The location itself can affect the productivity of the participants. If the location is too bland or completely unengaging, participants may become bored and lethargic. On the other hand, if the location is too busy with too many distractions, the participants may lose focus.
Second, eliminate the use of technology for the duration of the meeting. While having laptops and cell phones may be useful, outside correspondence can usually wait. Also, studies show that we remember information better when we write it down by hand and doodling can lead to greater creative capacity among individuals.
Third, define the purpose of the meeting. By having a specified goal or objective for the meeting, it will be more difficult to be led astray by other factors. Set an agenda and stick to it. This helps to start and end meetings on time, which not only increases participant morale, but also increases the effort put in by participants to actually attend the meetings. Furthermore, by defining a meeting’s purpose you can better organize who should attend and develop engagement strategies to fit a specific audience.
Here at AdvantEdge, our meeting and conference rooms provide the perfect space for executing successful meetings. All our meeting spaces have state of the art technology that can facilitate your meeting without the need of any extra equipment, hassle, or distraction. Moreover, if you need anything throughout your meeting, our on-site staff is here for you. Click the button below to learn more about our workspaces and book an appointment at one of our three business centers in Washington, DC.
Looking for a professional space for your next seminar, gala, fundraiser or party? Look no further than AdvantEdge Business Centers! With three prime DC locations featuring venues from professional state of the art training rooms and conference centers to casual open spaces including a rooftop terrace and party ready lounges we can help ensure that your next event is a success! Call us for pricing and availability information or click the button at the end of the article to schedule a tour at one of our centers!
You walk into your shared office space on a Monday morning and you notice the peeling paint on the walls and stained carpets as you make your way through the labyrinth of offices. You head to the kitchen to make the first of many cups of coffee and while searching to find a clean mug to use, you accidentally stain your newly-pressed white shirt with drops of coffee that were left unattended by one of your colleagues. Among the many other problems that you already have to deal with, this isn’t a great start to the week. Disheartened by these series of unfortunate events, you drag your feet back to your office and sigh loudly when you finally reach your destination. Yet as you sit down to review the massive influx of emails regarding your company's financial statements, you hear a rather loud crack coming from your unsightly office chair.
When searching for a new office space, it is important to stay organized and vigilant when it comes to determining precisely what kind of workspace your company needs to thrive. But instead of asking yourself “what do I need to do to help my business succeed?” try asking “how can my workspace help my business succeed?” Our serviced workspaces give you the opportunity to experience the benefits of unlimited access to a host of business support services. Amenities include administrative support, event planning, and on-site IT support just to name a few. With these available amenities and many more, serviced workspace possesses the unique ability to adapt and grow with your company over time.
Spring is approaching and with the new season comes new opportunities. Now is the time to take a fresh look at your “home away from home.” That’s right- the office! More specifically, your office. Are you operating at maximum efficiency? What does your work place communicate to others about you and more importantly, about your business? By taking a few moments to review these 6 tips, see how we can work together ensuring you and your business will never again be held back by needless clutter.
Meetings are a crucial part of business success. A productive meeting can be the difference between earning a new client, or losing a valuable opportunity. Meetings are also a great way to bring staff together and keep your employees working towards the same goals. To make your meeting go as smoothly as possible follow these tips and host your meeting in a professional conference space that compliments your business objectives.
In the process of deciding whether or not to take your business from idea to startup, there is much to consider beyond your concept. In a competitive city like Washington, DC, small business startups are increasing rapidly, and first impressions are critical. So how do you create this environment for your startup without emptying your bank account? A virtual office may be the perfect solution, and comes at only a fraction of the cost of full-time office space.
We’re flexible, so you don’t have to be. That’s one of the reasons our clients are so fond of the services we provide and choose to keep their companies based with us even as they grow. We are committed to covering all of the basics of your business, from phones to internet to conference rooms to coffee, so you can focus on the big picture. At AdvantEdge, we understand that over time, your company will change and so will your needs, but we promise to transition with you in order to provide the ideal environment in which you can be successful.
In honor of American Heart Month, we at AdvantEdge are providing some tips to maintain good heart health. We know you put your heart and soul into your business and we want to help you and your business flourish. It's more than office space, it's the place you and your business thrive.
In honor of American Heart Month, we at AdvantEdge are providing some tips to maintain good heart health. We know you put your heart and soul into your business and we want to help you and your business flourish. It's more than office space, it's the place your business thrives.
Are you new to Washington DC and don't have an office yet? Is construction outside of your current office killing productivity? Holding meetings in your home office or video conferencing from your hotel bed may be comfortable, but it is a far cry from professional.
AdvantEdge Business Centers Completes Renovation of Fourth Floor Suite at Chevy Chase Pavilion Location
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 17, 2015– AdvantEdge Business Centers completed a one-year renovation project at the largest of their three Washington, DC business centers, located in the Chevy Chase Pavilion Building.
Running your company with AdvantEdge Business Centers 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 take our work seriously. Between deadlines, proposals, conference calls, client meetings, and jam packed schedules our days can pass by in a blur leaving us exhausted and unable to focus. Here at AdvantEdge we strive to provide amenities and workspaces to help you balance your busy schedule and also listen to your body. Continue reading for a few tips you can start today to help put that pep back in your step!
Bad winter weather can hit at almost any time and if you know DC like I do, the true results of a forecasted storm can be fairly unpredictable. This can result in spontaneous office closures, cancelled meetings, and rescheduled appointments that leave you playing “catch up” in the days to follow. However, by taking advantage of the resources available to you in a shared office space, some of this stress can be alleviated so that you can focus on moving forward instead of feeling buried under all that snow!
In today’s ever changing society, the Internet is a prevalent, if not dominant part of our everyday lives; and with this, so are emails. It is estimated that over 100 trillion emails are sent per year- that’s a lot of online communication! How many of these are first impressions, introductions, or business proposals? What is it you are communicating, or not communicating, through a simple and impersonal sign off? I believe it’s time that the ever present “Thanks” meet its end!
The goal for any company is growth and expansion, but with growth comes a handful of new issues to consider. 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 alike? By considering a private office suite in your shared office space, you may just find the answer to all these questions and more.
Traffic and Metro problems can strike anytime with any weather; make sure you have an alternate route in case something gets jammed. If at all possible make sure your primary form of transportation isn’t your only form of transportation. Download a few apps to help plan various routes to the office or find a radio station with consistent weather and traffic updates to keep up while you’re driving.
RainA familiar friend to all of us in the DC area, rain can easily dampen your day. Keep an umbrella in your bag or desk drawer for unexpected showers and choose shoes that won’t get ruined when wet. If your commute requires a fair amount of walking, investing in some rain boots and a waterproof rain jacket aren’t bad ideas either. For our more self-assured commuters- a poncho is also an efficient way to keep the rain off, however I can’t promise style points will be granted.
Your client’s impression of your company forms the moment they arrive at your office, before you even have a chance to shake their hand. Details such as the neighborhood in which your business is located, the aesthetic and architecture of the building, and the staff experience will surely play a substantial role in earning new clients and bolstering existing business relationships. These factors, among many others, make a move to AdvantEdge Business Centers a decision that can, quite literally, move your company in the right direction. Click the button below to find out more about our locations.
You’re sitting at your desk, the phone rings a few dozen times and a few dozen more. Finally you just have to find a change in scenery. Where is there to go you may ask? Why not visit our putting green or the meditation room? And if that doesn't help chase away the work week blues, you could even hit the gym at one of our centers conveniently located throughout Washington DC. Fitness amenities and fun escapes from the daily grind are just a few examples of how we’ve purposed our office spaces with you in mind. Click the button below to find out more!
Finding the ideal location for your office is vital to making sure that it has the foundations for sustainability and the tools for growth. It is important to find an office space that will be convenient for you, as a business owner, as well as your clients, and one that fits into your longer term vision of durability and expansion for your company. Moving your office to a shared work space could be the step your business needs; providing it with a prestigious Washington, DC address and all of the resources it needs to thrive without the cost of having your own office.
Changing leaves and brisk air are signs of fall and winter seasons. These days call for warm drinks, cozy clothes, and spending more hours inside. Unfortunately spending so much time in a shared space also means sharing germs. As cases of colds, flu, pneumonia, and other ailments increase over the winter months your work environment can become a breeding ground for illness.
This blog post is part 2 of a series of posts dedicated to helping you find the perfect new office space for your small business. Revisist Part 1: All About that Space: A "No Trouble” Guide to Finding Your Next Office and read on to learn a few tips to get the most out of your business center tours.
Washington, DC is a city that works hard and plays hard. From professional events that keep the city’s businesses moving to glitzy galas with A-List attendees, finding the perfect space to host your next big event (business or otherwise) can be tricky. Hotels and convention centers are often booked months or years in advance and universities typically have restrictions on renting space to outsiders. The next time your business needs a place to power up or wind down here are few reasons why you should consider choosing AdvantEdge:
A meeting is more than just a table and chairs. When you have to worry about hosting a meeting with special needs like a mediation or a confidential consultation, you want as much help as you can get with the execution. Issues of confidentiality, privacy, and maintaining a professional image all can derail the process if not handled properly, and that’s where shared office space can save the day.
Shared office space provides the assistance you need to pull off the perfect mediation or arbitration, all within a modern flexible environment. Not every meeting has the same set of requirements, and our staff has experience hosting mediations, depositions, and arbitration cases on a regular basis. Our staff understands that one of the keys to a successful dispute resolution process is having the proper discretion. In addition to an abundance of experience, our staff provides on-site notary services, and basic administrative assistance to meet the specific needs of your company or practice.
Office space in Washington DC isn’t hard to come by, but it can be difficult to find the
August 28, 2014, Washington, DC-
As Summer slowly but surely comes to a close, most of us are looking to take advantage of the beautiful weather while we still can. One of the many wonderful assets that Washington, DC has to offer is its parks, open air accommodations, and green spaces for the outdoor enthusiast. You don’t need to be on vacation to get your fill of quality landscape, which is why all three of our AdvantEdge locations provide unique outdoor spaces for those summer days when you simply can’t sit in your workspace any longer.
Our L Street location boasts a rooftop patio-seating area with a stunning view of the surrounding downtown area stretching all the way to Rosslyn. With a capacity of 100 people, the rooftop can also be reserved in advance for special events whether it be a business meeting or a simple happy hour get together with your colleagues. Additionally, there is also an enclosed ground level patio should you prefer to get your fill of the outdoors in a shadier and more quiet atmosphere.
As more workplaces embrace open spaces, workers are faced with the issue of distracting noise in the office. While coworking and collaborative office layouts can help foster creativity and provide opportunities to connect across teams, the increase in distractions disrupt your focus. How can you rise above the din? Here are some useful tips to keep the collaborative spirit of your open workspace without sacrificing your productivity.
Open plan workspaces aren't just the fashionable trend, they're a smart way for companies to fit more workers into the same amount of rentable space. Ever since the "great recession" in 2008, the average square foot per employee has diminished by at least 25%. Smaller spaces and less square footage means smaller fixed costs for companies and more collaborative workspaces for employees. To that end, sharing workspace with other companies in a serviced office means getting the benefits of a cohesive office space that reduces cost without sacrificing amenities and available services.
The DC “Happy Hour” has become a staple for those who live and/or work in the District. Why not use that time to unwind and expand your business network at the same time? Here are a few places to mingle and connect with professionals your age/level.
Individual research and perseverance can knock thousands of dollars off the cost of a real estate deal, and companies and organizations are increasingly inclined to explore the idea of searching for space without a broker. But is it worth it to sift through hundreds of local listings and suit up for negotiations without professional expertise? Here are three things you need to know about when deciding whether to tackle your office search on your own:
Sustainability and environmental responsibility are goals that should be universally shared by individuals and businesses alike. As a company, AdvantEdge has created opportunities for our clients to reduce their workplace carbon footprint. From recycling programs at each center to LEED certified locations and Energy Star ratings, we strive to foster a business environment that looks to take care of our natural environment. How can we go beyond basic steps to consciously reduce our environmental impact? Click the link below to find out how you can go green with AdvantEdge and follow these innovative methods to create a more eco-friendly office community:
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.
There is no doubt that community service and collaborative fundraising in the workplace are on the rise; whether it’s an organized walk/run for a good cause, a company-sponsored cocktail event, or granting a day off to volunteer at a local charity – more and more employers are realizing the benefits of partnering with each other and the community to spread goodwill.
How corporate giving helps your bottom line
How have businesses witnessed firsthand the positive effects that collaborative fundraising has had on employees and clients? Besides hosting fun events that get workers out of the board room and into a more playful environment, the camaraderie can help motivate, energize and foster success. Research has also shown that the majority of collaborative fundraising participants felt that their leadership, communication and decision-making skills improved, and many expressed a stronger commitment to their teammates and employer afterward.
Everyone knows that team building can be a very valuable tool for an employer to provide for their staff. Yet workshops that foster these skills can be costly and don’t always collectively connect or hit the right chord. A day of volunteerism is often just as effective and can provide a powerful bonding experience.
Employers aren’t the only ones who benefit. The gift of time from you and your employees impacts the community by providing a skilled and inexpensive talent pool to assist in the efforts of what is often a cash strapped non-profit or charity. This saves service organizations money in staff and recruitment and passes those dollars directly onto their key target group who they are trying to assist.
Much has been made of the work life balance, but what about balancing work and play while at the office? Is there a way to mesh these two ideas that boosts productivity? How much distraction is too much? The truth is that a lot depends on the culture of your company and the nature of your work, but the bottom line is that introducing a bit of fun can often give employees an extra jolt and help keep them more focused overall.
What do you do when you hire more employees without expanding into a larger office space? Whether these new employees are full-time, part-time, or seasonal there are a few different options to maximize your office space ensuring your office does not resemble a crowded Metro bus during rush hour. Rearranging how your company utilizes space to accommodate changing numbers of employees is easy with flexible business centers. From expanding your space on a short-term basis to swapping furniture and utilizing business lounges for temporary staff, business centers provide a range of low cost or no-cost options to help your company be as productive as possible through both expansion and contraction throughout the year.
For over 26 years, AdvantEdge Business Centers has provided a personalized experience for clients in Washington, DC. That personal support and individualized attention carries over to their staff, who they take care of both inside and outside of the office.
Swimsuit season is here, and spending 8 hours a day sitting at your desk can be an added obstacle to optimal fitness. Whether you’re planning a tropical getaway or a staycation, this summer these alternatives to the average desk set-up can improve your health for the summer and seasons to come. Here are a few ways to change up and get moving, making small changes in our behaviors can yield great results!
AdvantEdge Business Centers is proud to have completed its newest expansion in the Chevy Chase Pavilion, a 6,800 sq ft portion of the 9th floor. The space offers a fully serviced reception area, kitchen, work room, and a mix of 15 private offices and suites. The location within the Chevy Chase Pavilion takes AdvantEdge’s total occupancy in the building to over 50,000 sq ft.
You’ve been sitting at your desk all morning struggling to think of new, creative ideas for your project. Finally you get up to grab some water; you walk down the bright hallway featuring oversized abstract paintings filled with all the colors of the rainbow. You pause to look at a large canvas that fills the wall, your eyes tracing the lines as one color flows into the next, a series of bright shapes positioned together hovering over a dark background. The emotion within the painting mixes with the lingering brainstorming session you just left at your desk. You have a new idea! After a moment you continue to the kitchen to fill your glass and head back to your desk feeling a sense of renewal and refreshment from your work rut. For almost three years, AdvantEdge Business Centers’ Downtown location has been the base of operations as well as contemporary art space for Aaron Gallery.
Originally posted here on Officing Today- The Global Business Center ResourceWith mobile working and bring your own device (BYOD) becoming the norm, the question of security is nudging its way ever higher up the priority list.
We live in a world where there are more mobile devices than people. Research suggests that soon, the average person will carry 1.5 mobile devices (although, you’re probably already on 2 or 3 yourself).
The question is, in a world obsessed by mobile technology, how do you keep your devices safe and secure?
We’re not just talking viruses. Shoulder-to-shoulder working in coffee shops, walking to the station or leaving your laptop in the car can leave you open to the risk of theft. How do you protect against theft? And if your device is stolen, how do you keep sensitive data locked away?
We’ve pulled together 5 tips on how to lock down your laptop and mobile devices. It’s just as handy for business centre and coworking operators as it is for your clients, but it’s by no means exhaustive. What other tips would you add?
As businesses of all sizes grow and develop over time, they experience many operational challenges. While a new startup may be looking to hire more staff or pursue more clients, a larger company may be seeking to branch out geographically by testing their marketability in a new city. In both cases, these organizations are looking to expand and will inevitably require more space and resources to accommodate their internal growth. Expanding your office, however, can be a time consuming process. But by choosing to work with an executive office space that offers all types of workspaces and support, the transition is seamless.
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 8, 2014- AdvantEdge Business Centers served as a corporate sponsor for the 2014 George Washington University Business Plan Competition, awarding more than $2,500 in prizes to a team of student finalists. Sponsoring the competition helped support GWU’s ongoing initiatives to give students, faculty, and alumni entrepreneurship opportunities through experiential learning.
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 6, 2014- AdvantEdge Business Centers served as a Catalyst level sponsor for the 2014 Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Global Gala. Founder and CEO, Prakash Gavri, and other AdvantEdge Staff attended the gala in support of NFTE’s educational business programs at schools in low-income areas around Washington, D.C. and abroad. The NFTE Global Gala, held at the National Building Museum, celebrated 20 years of NFTE programs in the D.C. Metro area, and featured keynote speaker, Kevin Plank, Founder and CEO of Under Armour, Inc.
Tired of collecting business cards at so-called “networking” events without forming any meaningful relationships? Are dozens of LinkedIn member invitations sitting in cyber limbo because you can’t remember who they are or how you met?
How many times has faulty internet or a busted printer prevented you from getting work done at a critical time? How do you avoid the frustrations of IT setup and management from derailing the growth of your business? How can you acquire scalable IT infrastructure and avoid large up-front costs? While Business Centers and Executive suites can mean the ultimate in flexibility for physical space, they can also provide an opportunity to responsibly scale your technology and IT while providing time-saving on-site assistance.
Why are the busiest days always the ones with the most tempting distractions? It’s hard not to wonder if there isn’t some strange cosmic joke being played on you when a new project from the highest level comes in right before your big client meeting. How can you stay ahead of the curve and accomplish things, for lack of a better term, like a boss? Start with these 7 ways to avoid the deluge and stay focused even when the cards- and work- is stacked against you:
Organizing and executing an important meeting or event for your company is no easy task. Finding an accommodating and accessible space, checking on its availability, and making sure it’s technologically equipped are just a few factors you have to consider but the devil is in the details. Taking advantage of an executive suite affords you the opportunity to work directly with experienced client service staff members to hammer out the finer details of your meeting so that you can focus directly on its content.
The Road to Expansion
Every startup dreams of the day when having too little space for staff floats to the top of their list of concerns, and in an executive suite, that issue can be addressed as readily as it comes up. Growth is not always even or according to plan, and with a standard lease in your own space, you can often run out of room before you expect, or be left holding too much liability for your bottom line to handle.A business center can give you the perks of your own space while still giving you the flexibility you need to grow in an instant.
For the past two and a half years, AdvantEdge Business Centers’ West End location has been the base of operations for Centro Media’s Washington, DC-area office. In that time, their team has grown from two individuals to a staff of fourteen, and they continue to thrive and expand in AdvantEdge’s executive suite environment. A prime example of how critical flexibility in office space can be, they originally occupied just a single windowed office with two desks before doubling in size within the first year.
Identity is an essential part of advancing your business, and while the community of a coworking space can be appealing as you form your company, it can be difficult to maintain your own, individual brand and culture as you expand. Executive suites and business centers provide all the shared amenities such as conference room space, break rooms, and lounge areas while providing the private space necessary to focus on internal growth.
Just because you’re a startup doesn’t mean your presence has to be as limited as your cash flow. 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 startup 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 startup 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.
Let’s face it, the recent coworking trend is here to stay, and why shouldn’t it be? Intimate spaces where fresh startups can rub elbows with one another often bring synergies and successes that would otherwise be out of reach in a home office. But what about when your ideas start to gain traction and you’re ready to get serious about your company’s growth? Executive suites and business centers offer the perfect next step for companies looking to scale in a cost effective and flexible way. Below are 5 areas that might let you know it’s time to graduate:
Meeting and collaborating with your colleagues is an inevitable and potentially trying task. Ideas and opinions from multiple sources are being thrown around all at once in a sometimes chaotic mess of energy, creativity, and collaboration.
Whatever you are meeting to discuss, the most basic goal is a commonly shared one: a uniform negotiation with a positive and successful outcome for your project, task, or business. In the middle of these situations, it is important to keep everything as organized and focused as possible, and through picking the right meeting space alone, you are that much closer making that task successful for both you and your colleagues.
At AdvantEdge, we know how important it is for companies to maximize their efficiency, and one of the best ways to achieve this is by encouraging staff and employees to take the necessary steps to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle in and out of the office. Throughout the year we will bring you experiences and tips about working in a healthy office that can help create a workplace that nurtures both individual achievement and company success.
Here are 7 general guidelines to keep your productivity trending up while avoid employee burnout:
Originally Published Wednesday, March 5th, 2014, by Jo Disney on Officing Today
Virtual offices are a major feature of the business center industry. Given that the numbers of new startups and work-at-home freelancers are increasing, as are the ‘nomadic’ workers who choose wheels and hot-desks over permanent offices, the value of virtual office services is growing still more.
For anyone who wants to protect their home address, appear more professional, have a secretary field their calls (without paying for full-time staff), or who just wants a swanky business address on their letterhead, virtual offices are a great catch.
Business center operators talk about the benefits of virtual offices and receptionist call answering services all the time, but do you ever wonder how to how to manage a remote team?
Let’s face it, if we could all be as productive dressed in sweatpants with our laptops at our kitchen tables the office world wouldn’t be what it is today. However, the right professional office environment fosters productivity, efficiency, collaboration, and inspiration serving as a launch pad for start-up business success.
Your learning environment directly correlates to the amount of information you absorb and your overall learning experience. Thinking of hosting your next big meeting in a hotel banquet room or college classroom? High school auditorium or office computer lab? Should you have to choose? Look no further - AdvantEdge Business Centers is one of the only executive suites in the DC Metro area to offer facilities equipped for groups larger than 25. Both the Chevy Chase and Downtown locations boast brand-new 50-person training rooms with state-of-the-art technology.
One of the factors driving clients to executive suites and business centers over traditional leases is the ability to cut overhead costs. While traditional leases require a company supply their own Internet and cable access packages, pay their own utilities, and rent other office equipment, business centers and executive suites are designed to free you from high fixed costs that quickly add up.
In a city as large and fast paced as Washington, DC it may seem daunting to start the search for affordable office space, especially with a modest budget. What may seem like an "affordable" deal in the beginning could later prove to be more costly due to add-ons, extra fees, and long-term leases. However, it is possible to find affordable office space in DC—you just have to know how to do it.
Do you wish you could tailor your office space to your business instead of changing your business to fit your office? You can with a flexible office space solution. Flexible office space offers all of the stability and professionalism of traditional office space without the exorbitant costs and rigid parameters. Tired of high prices and long leases? With flexible office space you can find a solution that fits your budget and make a commitment that fits your needs, whether it’s a few weeks or a few years.
Whether you have a start-up business or an established company, finding the perfect office space is key to your success. One of the best ways to find your ideal office space is to choose a virtual office. Choosing to have your business go virtual may be just what you need to jump-start your success or help your company evolve. Virtual office space in Washington, DC offers your business a professional address and phone number without the expense and rigidity of a dedicated office. Virtualization has big benefits for your business.
When you’re looking for new office space for your company, you need to consider a number of different factors, such as size, price, versatility, features, and more—and it can be an overwhelming task. In a city like Washington, DC where most people aren’t DC natives, even finding a suitable location for your office space can be difficult. That’s why AdvantEdge Business Centers has a list of what to look for in office space in DC to help make your search hassle-free.
Meet Dale Curtis Communications, LLC, a premier provider of public relations and editorial services in Washington, DC. They recently celebrated their third anniversary at AdvantEdge Business Center’s West End office. Founded in 2009, DCC specializes in helping clients untangle what they are trying to say to decision makers, interest groups, and the media, and then supports them in the execution of effective strategies to deliver the message well.
What Is Virtual Office Space?
The concept of “virtual office space” has become an increasingly sought-after alternative for many businesses that are looking to establish their own unique, professional image in a more cost-effective manner. At AdvantEdge Business Centers, our virtual office space packages offer many of the basic amenities that a growing business needs to thrive, including:
When making the decision to turn your business idea into a startup, there’s more to consider than just your concept. In a competitive city like Washington, DC, small business startups are popping up right and left, and it’s up to you to stay ahead of the pack in order to ensure the success of your growing company. That means having a professional image and maintaining a professional address and presence.
Wouldn’t it be great if offices came without the hassle of long-term leases and the expense of utilities, maintenance, and equipment? They do when you choose executive office suites. Executive office suites are fully-serviced office spaces operated by an independent company that are leased-out per office to other businesses, resulting in many companies sharing one office suite.
Every professional knows the importance of communication in the office, but we often neglect communication's unsung hero: listening. This week our new Downtown D.C. Training Room played host to the Listening: The Superhero of Communication workshop.
Facilitator Lou Hampton, a communications professional with 30 years experience and CEO of The Hampton Group, used our 50-person training room to its full potential, guiding a group of captivated tenants in our shared office space on a journey to realize their full listening potential. The state of the art training room takes meeting space to the next level featuring a projector, screen, two high definition televisions, and a sound system with a microphone for the speaker.
Author: Isabelle Leichtman
Virtual offices are the new option for having an ideal office “space” that fits your every need while offering flexibility and convenience. In the busy city of Washington D.C. (a mecca where business meets politics) virtual offices can yield countless benefits for any type of business!
Author: Gabrielle Jones
What is the most used item in our office space? The desk chair. Your desk chair is just a chair when you’re not sitting there, but once you take a seat, it becomes your home for the next 8 hours. With 86 percent of office workers reporting discomfort from their furniture and equipment, it is obvious that desk chairs mater when it comes to optimizing your office space. But with so many choices, how do you know which one is right for you? Here are some of the best solutions for making your desk chair more like a welcoming!
Whether you have new hires that need to learn your business or existing employees that need to explore new technology, it’s important you have a training facility that accommodates your needs. While hotels have long been used for large trainings and meetings, executive suites are rapidly becoming the first choice for many different types of training. Both hotels and executive suites offer many of the same amenities such as state-of-the-art technology, Wi-Fi connections, and necessary furniture, but executive suites have more than just the basic needs for an efficient and easy training facility!
It should come as no surprise that Washington, D.C. has the most densely concentrated population of lawyers in the country. As the number of attorneys in the District rises each year, more are opting for executive office space . In particular, small firms and solo practitioners are especially seeing the advantages of utilizing serviced offices in an executive suite:
Author: Gabrielle Jones
Leadership. This is the hot topic in offices in Washington with the recent first meeting of the 113th Congress and the forthcoming presidential inauguration. How do you define leadership in business? Does having a large corner office, a prestigious title, and the consummate salary settle the question? No. Being a leader in the office has evolved into a complex position that anyone with a mind to further their company’s mission can take-on. Here are a few things to keep in mind whether you are continuing or preparing to take on a office leadership role in your company.
Just like any community, a business cannot function on its own without the collective efforts of its members. Although good management and great office location contribute to success for any company, individual employees play a large part of the success of its operations.
Author: Isabelle Leichtman
According to the social analytics firm, Simply Measured, 40% of tops brands have started to use the Instagram as one of their top marketing strategies. In August 2012 the image-based social media site beat social media site Twitter in having the most daily mobile users, showing its rapidly growing popularity. While it began as a fun way to share photos with friends and “followers,” it has quickly become a great advertising tool and a way for companies to show a different side of their business. Here are a few ways you can incorporate Instagram into your digital marketing strategy:
Author: Jillian JosephIn the blink of an eye, the concept of the virtual office has revolutionized the executive suite industry. The combination of off-site live communication with address and answering services allows users to reduce traditional office costs while maintaining business professionalism. The start of the New Year is the perfect time for your business to make the transition!
Author: Gabrielle JonesContent is king; and content marketing reigns supreme in the contemporary office. You’ve likely at least toyed with the idea of starting a company blog, but taking the serious step of embarking on a full-fledged content marketing campaign is a time consuming commitment that can have great rewards. With 2013 now here, it’s a great time to make content marketing a priority in your office. Here are a few dos and don’ts to help you get started.
Author: Isabelle Leichtman
The beginning of a new year is an optimal time for businesses to reflect on the marketing campaigns utilized the previous year, identify strategies that produced the highest ROI, and tweak (or perhaps remove) the ones that didn’t perform as well. During this process, it is critical for companies to research the projected marketing trends and strategies for the upcoming year and prepare accordingly.
AdvantEdge Business Centers is proud to announce our 2012 Holiday charity of choice: Snowball Express! One of our Chevy Chase, DC clients, North American Network, was kind enough to suggest Snowball as our charity of choice this year. About Snowball Express:
Author: Gabrielle Jones
One of the greatest things about having an office in Washington, D.C. is getting the privilege to experience the city’s cultural and networking offerings with your colleagues. During the holiday season it’s great to step outside your office space and take-in the sights and sounds of the season. Here's a list of some of the area’s holiday events that offer a great opportunity to network with clients or spend time with your employees.
Author: Isabelle Leichtman
Holiday gift-giving in the workplace is a fun way to spread some holiday cheer throughout the office and show your appreciation for co-workers and clients (especially in shared office space)! On the other hand, it can easily turn into a stressful conflict of what to buy, how much to spend, who to buy for, what are the “rules,” etc. Here are some tips on gift-giving in the office to make sure the gesture is appropriate and fun without being a taxing chore.
AdvantEdge is proud to be expanding our Chevy Chase, DC center with a brand new, 17,000 square foot business office suite opening by January 1, 2013. The design of our new space incorporates recessed flat panel televisions, multimedia displays, and the latest communication and data services. Highlights of the suite include a 50-person training facility featuring an operable glass partition, an upscale lounge and café, and various other spaces conducive for collaboration, networking, and relaxation.
how much we love infographics at the AdvantEdge blog, here is an infographic about making infographics! An infographic goes through four main stages of production: research, design, publishing and promotion. So study this ironic infographic closely in order to take your marketing content to the next level!
"After reaching 1 billion messages sent and 4 million users, HootSuite produced an infographic celebrating its user base. HootSuite users are influential, engaged and active across multiple social networks." AdvantEdge is proud to be a HootSuite user so check out this infographic!
Author: Gabrielle Jones
On the first day of Christmas…..I’m sure you know the song. The holiday season is a time of celebration through giving and receiving. One of the easiest ways to connect with your team and improve your community is by making sure your business is on the giving side this holiday season. Here are twelve easy low or no cost ways to give back to your community this year.
Author: Isabelle Leichtman
One basic marketing strategy that is often overlooked is the business card. This small, yet important item can be one of the most influential tools in attracting business. While we have discussed the importance of your company’s logo and social media pages to attract customers, business cards are a marketing strategy on a personal level. If you are one to travel or attend conferences and events, business cards are a way to get the people you have met to remember and reach out to you and your product.
Author: Gabrielle Jones
Whether you take a Coke or Pepsi approach, your logo is the visual representation of your business and its values. It is imperative that it makes the right statement and evolves with your company. With large companies like Wendy’s recently taking the time to reexamine their logos, it’s probably time you did the same. To change or not to change …. regardless of what you ultimately determine is the answer, here are some things to consider when reevaluating or creating a logo:
"Hurricane Sandy’s economic toll is poised to exceed $20 billion after the biggest Atlantic storm slammed into the Eastern U.S., damaging homes and offices and flooding subways in America’s most populated city. The total would include insured losses of about $7 billion to $8 billion," stated Charles Watson, research and development director at Kinetic Analysis Corp., a disaster research company from Maryland.
As a start-up company, finding affordable and flexible office space is a must. Many start-up and small companies make the mistake of signing traditional leases, locking them into contracts that can be costly to break in the event that they outgrow the space.
Between airlines, hotels, transportation and food, traveling can quickly turn expensive (whether it be personal or business-related). On top of initial prices, travel taxes have recently increased in various cities in order to raise necessary local funds. Here are some tips on how to get the most for your money when it comes to traveling:
Source: Prestige Marketing, Inc.
"Marketers who threaten the Reddit community with spammy links and boring content will likely be destroyed, says Prestige Marketing. On the link-sharing site known as the 'Front Page of the Internet,' only the strong survive.
Reddit receives 2.5 billion page views per month, and thus any content that reaches the front page receives millions of views. The only way to do that without spending a lot of money is to get Reddit’s 34.9 million monthly unique visitors to 'vote up' your content.
“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.
AdvantEdge is proud to offer part-time office space and day office use at both of our centers. What’s the difference you may ask between part-time office and day office use?
Author: Isabelle Leichtman
While AdvantEdge has written many blogs giving tips detailing the best ways to use specific marketing tools (such as the social media website Pinterest and company surveys), we have yet to give an overview of all the possibilities for digital marketing that are out there! It’s never too late to start, so here are some suggestions of different ways to use digital advertising to your advantage:
Is re-reading reports, arguing over figures, and miscommunicating facts the order of events at your typical team meeting? The status quo operating process in a typical American business can make collaboration difficult and drain the creativity and innovation out of team members. Shake-up your next meeting and motivate your team to communicate better with a time-tested ancient wonder: the marshmallow.
Source: the Social Times
"The decision to add a new network to your social strategy is never easy — each one takes time and resources to maintain. According to the makers of this infographic, Pinterest is a good one to add to the list.
With a high concentration of viral content (80 percent of pins are repins) and referral traffic that’s outpacing Twitter and Google+, the social curation site is already a proven traffic generator. The amount of traffic generated by Pinterest grew by 116 percent between January and August 2012.
But a previous study showed that despite the company’s growth, no Fortune 500 company CEOs were using Pinterest. (They weren’t entirely right about that. If you need inspiration, check out Cisco co-founder Sandy Lerner’s Pinterest boards for her organic farm, Ayrshire Farm.)
Author: Isabelle Leichtman
Everybody has iPhone 5 fever since Apple’s latest conference on September 12, 2012! With smart-phones being an important tool for the modern and mobile worker, AdvantEdge is always looking for the newest piece of technology to make our work and communication easier. Here is a summary of the features that make the iPhone 5 different from its predecessors:
Author: Gabrielle Jones
Assisting businesses with relocations is something we do every day here at AdvantEdge. Moving can be stressful, but much of that stress can be avoided with the proper planning. Jere are some tips to help make your next office move stress-free:
Last week, AdvantEdge Business Centers had the pleasure of hosting the Trans-Acting in the Workplace Workshop by Peter Maida, Ph.D. J.D at our Downtown location. This workshop inspired us to dedicate a blog post on how to build stronger interpersonal work relationships for those of you who missed it! As Dr. Maida noted in the workshop:
Author: Isabelle Leichtman
With the recent security breaches of popular websites such as LinkedIn, password security has become an important issue for both personal and corporate information. Having strong and secure passwords can prevent sensitive information from being compromised by hackers or scammers. So the AdvantEdge Business Centers’s blog has compiled a few tips for creating smart passwords on your behalf!
As an executive suites provider, AdvantEdge understands the importance our clients place on getting their caffeine fix in the office! That's why in all three of our centers' kitchens and business lounges, we provide complimentary coffee and tea. So to continue satiating our obsession with the bitter brew, here is a fascinating infographic detailing various statistics behind coffee consumption!
Author: Gabrielle Jones
One of the easiest ways to maintain Green office space is to recycle. Almost every office has recycling bins for paper, plastic, metal and glass. Every day you try to sort the various items you discard into their respective bins, but do you really know how to recycle? Here are few often overlooked do’s and don’ts to help you through the process.
Surveys can be a great way to see what kind of changes or additions would holistically optimize your business. For consumers, surveys provide direct communication through which they can express what’s important to them in order to keep them satisfied (and ultimately their business). Similarly, surveys allow employees to give feedback on what helps them work efficiently as well as allowing them to offer their own ideas for the company’s inner workings.
"There’s no doubt that mobile has gone mainstream with consumers increasingly on the move and companies seeking more ways to stay in front of their eyes and right at their fingertips. As a result, businesses are realizing the importance of maintaining a mobile presence, yet many are uncertain whether a mobile application or mobile website is the best way to go to reach consumers on the go. To outline the basics and benefits of a mobile website vs. mobile app, MDG Advertising developed the following informative infographic:
In light of National Pinterest Day on August 6th, AdvantEdge is compiling this list of tips for how to optimize your Pinterest account. In the beginning of 2012, Pinterest was the hottest new social networking site on the market and its popularity has only continued to grow. Many businesses have joined the “pinning craze” and now use it as legitimate social media marketing tool to drive traffic to their websites. The following are five tips that will grow your Pinterest following and lead to a more robust presence:
Author: Gabrielle Jones
Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, buying airline tickets can be stressful! We’ve scoured some of the best travel sites and columns to compile these airfare tips in order to help make your time away from the office as stress-free as possible:
It’s an event people of all ages around the world wait for every 4 years, the summer Olympic Games. This year the games began in London, England on Friday, July 27 with coverage by NBC in the United States. According to the Wall Street Journal, Comcast Corp.’s NBC Universal recorded that some 35.8 million viewers tuned into the first three nights of the Olympics. As NBC states, this past weekend had the most viewers of any opening weekend for the summer Olympics with 5 million more viewers than 2008’s games in Beijing, China. In addition, 11.4 million videos were watched on NBCOlympics.com this past Sunday (with this year being the first time NBC is streaming the games live on their website).
The arrival of cloud storage is changing not only how we share files personally, but also professionally. Now the business world is likely to be even more shaken up seeing as on Monday, July 16, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer released a preview version of Office 2013 and its cloud-connected cousin, Office 365, at a media event in San Francisco. This is timed nicely with the upcoming launch of Microsoft’s newest operating system, Windows 8, in October. The company's next-generation office suite appears to be tightly focused on mobile devices, touchscreens, and the cloud.
Why should brands care about video content? According to the video infographic below, a video is worth even more than a thousand words when it comes to online business! The following statistics from this Social Times article highlight the reasons why businesses should be concerned about video content. The stats also provide compelling evidence in favor of focusing marketing efforts on the creation and optimization of video content.
Author: Gabrielle Jones
You live a green life. You recycle, use filtered water, and energy-conserving light bulbs at home, but what about in the office? AdvantEdge is proud to say that all three of our Washington, DC office space locations are LEED certified, and we take green initiatives seriously. While we’re not saying that you should embark on a zero-carbon quest like Google, we do know (and believe) that it’s actually not that difficult to “Go Green” if you utilize your available resources.
After last week’s dangerous heat wave, everyone realized just how important it is to stay cool both outside and inside the office. Across the United States, temperatures reached record highs and the DC area suffered from power outages making the heat unbearable. Even with the heat and power outages, we still had to go about our daily lives and work. Heat related illnesses (such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion) were abundant. In order to prevent those health scares and discomfort, here are a few tips for staying cool in the office.
According to Engine Yard, a leading provider of PaaS (Platform as a Service), by 2015 mobile application development projects targeting smartphones and tablets will outnumber native PC projects by a ratio of 4 to 1. Innovation in mobile is imperative, and there’s a need for tools that enable businesses to innovate quickly. Many cloud computing technologies–like Engine Yard’s Platform as a Service–have enabled developers and businesses to focus on application innovation. The infographic below illustrates their findings:
All professionals have experienced that dreaded moment in their career when our precious electronics fail us. We can’t get our important presentation up on the screen, our internet connection is lost, or the printer suddenly stopped working while we’re on deadline. Before you reach for the phone and call your IT department or consultant, be your own IT guy or girl and try these simple steps:
Managing your time wisely can be the key to not only a successful business, but also a healthy lifestyle outside of the office. No matter what field you work in, if you’re feeling overwhelmed with your workload, everyone (from co-workers to clients) can be affected. While everyone has a different way to manage their time effectively, here are a few tips to ensure that you optimize your time:
The healing power of laughter is an often discussed subject in health studies. Most of us inherently understand its value in our personal lives and relationships, but what about humor’s effects in office ergonomics? Many people nowadays work in shared or co-working office space, and the traditional boundaries between professional and private lives are often blurred due to the sheer amount of time we spend every day next to our coworkers.
Author: Jillian Joseph
Summer in the city – temperatures soar into the 90’s and beyond, the air is often damp and muggy, and a commute to the office that was once a few blocks now feels like a trudge through the Amazon. It’s understandable then that Washingtonians favor dressing more casually in order to keep cool. So how do professionals strike a balance between casual and professional (especially when our wardrobes) are already so limited? Here are a few basic tips to keep in mind when dressing to impress AND beat the heat:
Author: Isabelle Leichtman
Welcome to part two of our “How to Make your Website a Success” series! A recent study from the Missouri Institute of Science and Technology found that when viewing a website, it takes two-tenths of a second to form a first impression and about 2.6 seconds for someone to hone in on the area that has the most impact on their first impressions. The following results show which areas people dedicated the most time to viewing:
Author: Isabelle Leichtman
Author: Trey Jones
Eating healthy at the office can present some surprising difficulties. Whether you find yourself skipping lunch because that latest deadline needs to be met, or you get home too late to cook a wholesome meal, we all find ourselves opting out for the easy fast food meal while working. So AdvantEdge is happy to compile this guide for our office space clients in order to improve your eating habits while spending the day at the desk!
Author: Gabrielle Jones
You’re an entrepreneur on the move. Your business is growing by leaps and bounds and you have a great product or service that your clients are excited about. You’d like to access capital to grow your office space or hire more administrative staff, and you think you’re ready to take the ultimate step: going public. However, you may want to think twice. Facebook’s IPO performance recently begs the question is going public the way to go?
Author: Trey Jones
In our last blog post we discussed the stresses of the work-to-office commute for metro riders, and now we offer the final post in our special transportation series! If you are a devoted cyclist, then pay attention, as this is for you brave souls.
Author: Jillian Joseph
In our last blog post we discussed the stresses of the work-to-office commute for drivers, and now we offer you part two in our special transportation series! So whip out your smartrip and get ready metro mavens, because this one is dedicated to your daily trek.
The WMATA is for many DC citizens their primary method of transportation to and from the office. Given the day, this can either be a cost-effective way to keep your transport costs low or a stressful event marked by delays, long waits and packed train cars. So here are some tips to help survive your metro trip:
Author: Jillian Joseph
The commute: everyone has to suffer through it before making it to the office. If you live in Washington, DC it should come as no surprise to you that the region suffers from the worst traffic congestion in the United States, surging well ahead of Chicagoand Los Angeles (ranked second and third, respectively) according to an annual study conducted by researchers at Texas A&M University. With a yearly commute that is twice as long as the nation's average, D.C. drivers waste 74 hours (more than three of every 365 days!) sitting in traffic.
Whether you work for a start-up, a massive private corporation, or a small non-profit, we all have one thing in common regardless of occupation: we sit, a lot, every day. Therefore employee ergonomics is usually a large concern for any successful business, so, a few members of the AdvantEdge team recently took a simple but drastic step to test one of the most commonly cited ways of bettering office wellbeing: replacing our desk chairs with exercise balls!
Author: Gabrielle Jones
As we stand on the precipice of vacation season, we in the business world must make a commitment to ourselves to banish the dreaded professional staple that is “the working vacation.” Whether you work in a traditional office, virtual office, or executive suite, studies show that you are highly like to bring the office with you during your time off.
According to Business News Daily, 66 percent of American professionals check their email while vacationing. Plus, 29 percent say they plan to attend meetings. This signals bad news for the state of work-life balance in the U.S.
AdvantEdge understands that the search for new office space can be one of the most stressful parts of starting a new company or relocating an existing one. So, we want to offer some insider tips to help guide your search for the perfect office space. Over the past 25 years we have gathered feedback from countless clients who once were in this exact position. The tips below concern issues which we found are often overlooked until the very last steps of the search process:
While some people will always associate green with the arrival of springtime, at AdvantEdge Business Centers we’re ready to light it up blue throughout our shared office space come April! Light It Up Blue is an international event in its third year, created by the organization Autism Speaks in order to raise autism awareness by having landmark buildings literally turn their lights blue! So in this spirit, as you can see if you visit our website, we have posted the Light It Up Blue badge on our homepage. Furthermore here are some informative facts about autism from lightitupblue.org which shed light on this serious epidemic:
Feeling drowsy at work? Not feeling as productive as usual? Many workers are experiencing these feelings around this time of year with daylights savings, changing seasons, etc. A poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation in 2011 found that 43% of Americans report that they seldom get a good night’s sleep during the work week. Losing that one hour during daylights savings time is that last step to making an already existing problem worse.
To celebrate AdvantEdge Business Centers' March Madness events, we are dedicating this blog post to the NCAA Championships! Thanks to the news-media, there is indeed a certain “madness” to be found during March. Every year around this time we encounter a flurry of articles and news stories discussing how to build a better bracket for your office pool and possible drops in worker productivity, but there are also many stories about the lesser known aspects and effects of the NCAA Championship Tournament. Here are a few examples how March Madness influences the world off the court.
The social media landscape is constantly evolving with the introduction of highly-populated app markets for your smart phones, tablets, and computers. Some are silly, while others are extremely useful, but at the end of the day the majority of apps are simply fun ways to spend time during a long commute to work. So check out a handful of the upcoming apps that have people excited and see which one interests you!
In one of AdvantEdge’s previous blog posts, we explained some executive suites terminology that could be initially confusing to a professional in search of shared office space. We ended that post with a promise to delve even deeper into the industry lexicon, so now onto part two!
Technology is constantly evolving with "the latest and greatest" devices invented left and right. While there are some that seem simply like expensive toys, there are many others that we here in the executive suites industry feel could make day-to-day life in the business world much easier! This past January, the International Consumer Electronics Show debuted new devices from major brands as well as independent technology entrepreneurs. Here are three upcoming devices that would be especially helpful for any professional:
In the business world, you are where you eat. And whether you have full-time or virtual office space, eventually you will have to step outside your work zone and engage in that ever present business staple: the power lunch. Esquire's Eat Like a Man blog says "Washington is a business-lunch city, and they know how to turn out an excellent meal in whatever time you have available." Keeping this in mind, here are a few places that consistently top the District's best lunch restaurants lists.
LinkedIn has rapidly become a legitimate professional networking and recruiting tool for the business-minded. Often pegged as the “facebook for business”, this networking site is much more than that name suggests. According to the Wall Street Journal, “LinkedIn Corp.'s (LNKD) fourth-quarter earnings soared as the professional-networking site's revenue more than doubled”. This information is not surprising considering (as shown by this Infographic) that LinkedIn’s current membership estimates are numbered at 100 million.
As executives seek to cut costs and maximize returns for their investors during the global economic crisis, the wellbeing of their workers at the office is being forgotten! In an interconnected world, your office space should be a reflection of the global economy where ideas and solutions flow freely between people and across barriers. With the advent of mobile communication technology, employees are now more physically mobile than ever. Even though we could theoretically work nowadays alone from our couch (and in our pajamas), people are not machines! We are a social species who need interaction to live healthy personal lives. So why not transfer that concept to the design of your office space?
Staring at the clock, tapping your pen and resisting the urge to text message; is this how you spend your business meetings? We've already discussed how to make meetings more productive, but what if you just want to skip them altogether? With 21st century technology the necessity to meet in person is largely a thing of the past. These creative solutions allow business meetings to take place conveniently in your virtual office space:
Social media has rapidly become one the most effective tools for marketing and advertising your business. Creating a successful social media campaign allows businesses of all kinds to reach consumers on both a national and international level in real-time. Whether you’re using social media for a small business or revamping your current corporate marketing strategies, the most important aspect of social media is implementing a plan. According to Neil Patel of Entrepreneur, one of the biggest social media mistakes is not having a clear strategy. Patel writes that businesses should begin by asking themselves 6 main questions:
The business conference. It’s those inevitable few days of your professional life that, although enriching, are a nuisance to plan. There are facilities to secure, caterers to contact, and an endless stream of administrative tasks to complete. So streamline this process by hosting your next conference at a business center!
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:
At AdvantEdge Business Centers we pride ourselves on offering all employees and clients with gourmet coffee (and tea) selections in our sleek business lounges and kitchen areas. Many people find that they cannot make it through the workday without their morning cup of Joe (or second cup at lunch … or third in the afternoon). There is much debate surrounding the supposed ill-effects of daily caffeine intake: some people claim that they’re absolutely addicted to the bitter brew and without it feel noticeably drowsy or irritable. However the following article highlights the latest research showing some surprising health facts about coffee:
Do you ever find yourself stuck in a rut saying “hey, creativity, remember me?!” Working in a fast paced, high tech environment can be challenging when it comes to thinking outside the box. Having to promote your business using various mediums such as print ads, internet search sites and social media promotions, can dry up the flow of ideas for even the most creative minds. How can we push through when we hit that mental road block? Here are a few tips to get that river of creativity running again.
It's tax time here for the executive office industry! So it probably is for you too, and if you thought preparing your personal taxes was difficult, wait until you take on the maze of forms and regulations necessary for filing taxes for your business. Tax conundrums are abundant, but so are solutions. Here are some suggestions to get your business pointed in the right direction.
Just like any other industry, the executive suites industry has a specific terminology that can be slightly confusing to someone in search of available office space. Luckily, the AdvantEdge blog is here to help! So polish up your office lexicon with the following lingo*:
Technological change undoubtedly leads to social change. Just look at how technology has forever altered the way in which we communicate and conduct business: with cell phones, computers and tablets we can now conduct business with anyone at anytime on any continent. The world really is small, after all. However, with mobile communication always at our fingertips, people are forgetting the social standards associated with face-to-face interactions.
Now that the parties are over and the confetti has been swept up it’s time to get to work on improving your business this year. Such a broad, abstract goal can be difficult to tackle, so we've compiled a list of the top 10 business tips for 2012:
With Chicago's historic Hull House closing today, it's evident nonprofit organizations are among the entities hardest hit by the stumbling economy. If you run a non-profit and are looking for creative solutions to stretch donations further, an executive suite may be just the solution for your organization. Claudia Gwilliam, Executive Director of the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project, says our staff is a big help in keeping her organization's daily operations running smoothly. Here are just a few reasons why non-profits & business centers are an excellent match.
Though many people make New Year’s resolutions, 4 out of 5 of us will break them. However, small business owners have a resolution that they can't afford to let go of: growing their business. “With economic pressures likely to continue in 2012, it will be more important than ever for small business to find creative ways to grow sales and keep a close eye on cash flow,” Fred Graziano, head of Government and Small banking for TD Bank, tells Marketwatch. So if your resolution is to grow your money tree, here are a few tips for making 2012 a fiscal success:
Do you languish sending holiday cards, or dread attending party after party? You could try looking at these events as networking opportunities instead of seasonal chores. The holiday season is an excellent time for professional networking. People love to connect and reconnect during this time of year, so it's a great time to talk up your company with past and potential clients. Networking can be a little nerve wracking, but here are some easy ways to begin.
Shopping, cooking, entertaining, oh my! The holidays can be a stressful time, and it's no wonder there is a term for the “Holiday Blues.” There is stress from work, as all of your clients and business partners want their tasks completed before the end of the year. Then there are the holiday parties, which might claim to be optional yet are functionally obligatory. Though you might be pressed for time your absence could be bad for business. On top of these time constraints there is financial stress as well, and no one wants to start a new year in the financial doldrums. Here are a few simple tips on how to brighten your holiday season and have a stress free holiday:
From long security lines to delayed and canceled flights, the ever daunting business trip can become an even scarier beast to tame during this hectic time of year. If you're a weary business traveler, heed this advice to make your next voyage smooth sailing.
It may be hard to believe, but in a matter of days many of us will rise out of our turkey comas only to setup camp outside of Target or Best Buy in anticipation of Black Friday deals. 'Tis the season of giving and who better to give to than clients who gave all year long. Repaying their business, referrals, or contributions to your reputation with some holiday giving is a must.
Whether your business is product or service oriented, you shouldn't hesitate to take advantage of the holiday shopping season. Some businesses report that as much as 40 percent of their annual sales come from holiday sales and Cyber Monday 2010 was the first billion dollar online shopping day. That's a revenue boast no business wants to miss. Having a Cyber Monday online sale is one of the simplest ways to jump-start holiday sales. Here are a few tips on getting started.
Carefully composing note cards and organizing agendas are two strategies for a productive business meeting, but often times it's the simple things that are overlooked. Consider these common lapses in business meeting logistics to ensure you aren't forgetting anything.
Public Relations nightmares come in an assortment of shapes and sizes. From something as small as an errant tweet to something along the scale of the Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme, there is no "one size fits all" solution. When it comes to bad press, it's best to prepared for anything.
You probably have a first aid kit and a smoke detector in your office, but does your business have a plan to handle inclement weather and natural disasters? The recent, rare October snow storm that hit the Northeast illustrates how businesses must be ready for emergency situations at all times. Faced with developing your own emergency preparedness plan you may not know where to start, but here are some ideas to help you get started.
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.
Most professionals understand when to present their business card and the limits of casual Fridays, but the digital world has its own set of norms that may differ from traditional business etiquette. Here are some tips for impressing your colleagues with your digital prowess while minding your P's and Q's:
Starting over is hard to do, and in the world of business it can be nerve wracking even in the best of times. Despite reading headlines touting “the worst recession since the Great Depression,” “unemployment on the rise” and “another crash may be on the way,” we don't necessarily have to postpone our dreams.
Whether it's quibbling over poached office supplies or serious harassment, tension and disagreements in the office are inevitable. Experts say managers spend around 25 percent of their time resolving conflict, making avoiding and diffusing it a necessary skill for every manager and business owner. Combating conflict can be a complex conundrum, but here are some tools that will help.
Becoming a successful entrepreneur is often a tiring game of trial and error. Late nights, early mornings and lots of coffee in between. Feeling stressed is inevitable, but there are a few ways to help cut down on the headaches. Here are a few tips to guide you along your way when starting a start-up.
Steve Jobs had such a monumental impact on this world that a device he invented informed many of us that he'd left it. His vision and innovation fostered the creation of Apple and its later dominance of the tech industry. Jobs was a titan of the industry who affected the way businesses think and the way they conduct business. The following are just 10 ways Steve Jobs changed the business world unlike anyone else of his generation:
In business, you are not defined by the number of mistakes you make, but rather how you respond to them. The most important aspect of crisis management is retaining the trust of your clients and customers. By following these simple steps however, maintaining these relationships, and your reputation, after a public relations crisis might be easier than it seems.
Gone are the days of making house calls and running across town to meet with clients and secure business deals. Many workers spend the majority of their day staring at a screen; whether it is a computer, tablet or smart phone. Virtual offices and teleconferencing are great for the modern business; we can work together regardless of time or location, but the unintended impact of being stuck at a desk all day can start to show up in our waistline.
If you tweet it, will they follow? Using social media is a step in the right direction, but it must be used properly and purposefully to get results. "New Media" stormed into the business world so rapidly that most business owners have had little time to discover how to use it most effectively.
In the current business climate small companies must think big in order to survive. One of the most ambitious tasks for any small business to undertake is establishing an international presence. Many American companies are finding success overseas without diminishing their holdings at home. Broadband and wireless technology advancements have made reaching beyond boarders easier than ever, but there are a few simple ways to help ensure your international advancements are worthwhile ones.
If you notice your associates yawning and reaching for the Redbull or fiddling with their Smartphones in the midst of your meeting it is a clear sign that something is amiss. Some see business meetings as a waste of time, but that does not have to be the case! We've highlighted a few key strategies that will assist in the execution of a more productive business meeting.
Running a business can run you ragged. When you're tired and stressed both your business and personal life suffer. This is why it's so important to maintain a proper work-life balance. Striking the right work-life balance is easier than it seems. Here are some simple steps that can help get you find your way to equilibrium.
Working with clients can be a trying task at times but someone has got to do it, and that someone ought to be you. A successful relationship with clients is essential to sustaining and growing any business. First and foremost, you must provide exceptional customer service in a way that sets you apart from all competitors. However, good service alone is no longer enough to capture or retain clientele.
Your business is not progressing like you hoped. The marketplace is changing and you need a new identity. It’s time to regroup and relaunch your business. Relaunching can be scary and complex. There are many decisions to be made and an endless number of paths to take. You can ease your anxiety by following these simple tips for re-launch:
For most businesses, telecommuting is no longer a trend, but a way of life. With the advancement of virtual offices and video conferencing, it is easy to see that technology is good for business. Technological development allows for businesses to grow faster, smarter and further. There are no physical boundaries with web based businesses.
Why settle for weekly or monthly staff meetings when you could be collaborating on a daily basis? Social media savvy businesses are increasingly utilizing internal social networks, which promote increased employee collaboration and productivity while simultaneously minimizing costs.
Starting a new business requires significant financial investment, and needs only increase as the business continues to grow. Renting meeting rooms at a business center is a great way to save time and money. Simply renting a meeting room is often more desirable than leasing a traditional office because they are easier and cheaper to maintain.
Like any community, a business cannot function without the collective efforts of its members. But what drives employees to produce outstanding outputs? Unlike the more obvious factors such as quality leadership and healthy communication skills, attention to creating a proper physical work environment often falls to the bottom of the list of priorities. The increasingly prevalent study of office ergonomics has demonstrated that personal comfort is directly related to employee satisfaction and productivity.
Advances in technology have allowed for the opening of many virtual doors in our everyday lives, and for the business world, it has brought to us the virtual office. Various companies and academic institutions now use virtual offices for the majority of their needs, and successfully avoid the costly headaches of constructing an office, renting traditional space in long term leases, and commuting to and from their place of work every day.
Are you coming to D.C. for business and bringing your team along for the ride? Has the city decided to construct a parking deck right outside of your corner office? Who can work with all that racket going on? Holding meetings in your living room or video conferencing from your hotel bed may be comfortable, but it is still a far cry from professional.
Cramped office, dusty tables, out dated over-head projectors, and no internet access. Does this sound like the room where you had your last business meeting? Step out of that antiquated conference room and in to a contemporary meeting space by renting meeting rooms at an affordable price.
Are you tired of being crammed in your cubicle, staring at beige walls for hours on end? What about that coworker who seems to help himself to your milk in the community fridge? Good riddance! It is time to break free from the constraints of a physical workplace and move into your new virtual office.
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.
Green by principal: Carpool – or, go virtual and don’t commute at all!Choosing to utilize an executive office suite or virtual office may reduce your carbon footprint! Think of it like a carpool – where the executive office is the vehicle and its office tenants are its passengers – but much more comfortable (we’re talking spacious luxury vehicle).
Washington, DC may just be the next big tech city. According to the New York Times, “there is a wellspring of technical expertise” in the nation's capital, where the tech scene has grown notably in recent years. With regard to venture capital investing in information technology, the Times reports that the Washington area ranks 6th in the nation. For all you tech start-ups on the rise, here's how a virtual office is the perfect solution for getting started in DC.
“Teamwork is fundamentally social.”
Below are a few basics we suggest for any business seeking to organize a virtual team. As technology communications continue to advance, more and more professionals are performing their job duties outside of traditional office space.