A common piece of advice is to not care about what other people think. When it comes to growing a small business, this is only partially true. What clients put out on the internet can have a massive influence on growth and success. Positive reviews can confirm an outsider’s decision to chose a business while a negative review can steer them away. As a small business owner, it can be frustrating to have such a large part of your internet presence out of your control. However, there are many steps you can take to ensure that reviews become an asset to your business.
With more and more businesses using virtual and temporary offices, email has become the primary form of professional communication. Whether between co-workers or with a potential prospect, your emails should always be professional and concise. With many of us constantly on-the-go, it’s easy to shoot someone a quick email from your mobile sans proofreading. So here are a few reminders to ensure that your emails remain polished and pithy:
While many people are still not ready or able to be in the office full time, there may be situations where it makes sense or is necessary for your team to be together in person. Some discussions and projects are hard to accomplish virtually. A conference room rental package is the perfect solution for when you need to meet with others and do not already have a full-time office space to use.
Now in September, it is clear that in 2020, and for months to come, we will be in a new normal. Instead of waiting for circumstances to change, all businesses need to adapt to the current social and economic landscape. You can set up your small business for success in the era of the pandemic with these three steps.
Your logo is the visual representation of your business and its value, so it's imperative that it makes the right statement and evolves with your company. Whether you have a time-tested brand, or are just getting your start-up off the runway, here are some things to consider when reevaluating or creating a logo:
From bike share stations to swiping into the metro with your phone, it has never been easier to get to work at one AdvantEdge’s centrally-located workspaces! Your office location can impact every part of your life, from your evening schedules and time with family to how much you enjoy your job. When searching for office space, the location should be top of mind. Whether you live in Maryland, Virginia, or right here in the District, commuting to an AdvantEdge Workspaces location is hassle-free. No matter your preferred method of transportation, you can get to work easily.
Notice your associates yawning and reaching for their coffee or fiddling with their phones in the midst of your meeting? These are signs that something is amiss. Whether we're meeting online or in person, it's important to communicate clearly, get things done, and get back to work! We've highlighted a few key strategies that will assist in the execution of a more productive business meeting.
The majority of school districts have opted for online learning this fall, leaving many working parents with no option but to monitor schooling while trying to get their jobs done from home. As DMV area students return to school this week, parents have to choose to go back into the office, where they likely feel their most productive selves, or to stay home to supervise the school day. But what if every day was bring your kid to work day? At AdvantEdge Workspaces, full-time clients can do just that by reserving small private office spaces for their children to learn in, at no additional cost.
Last Wednesday was #NationalDogDay, and we celebrated everything that we love about our furry friends (as if we need an excuse)! While everyone adores their canine companions, did you know that having a dog may be able to improve your workday? A study from USC shows that having a four-legged roommate can decrease stress and increase happiness and productivity. Although many people have already seen working from home as the perfect time to get a pet, there are still opportunities to adopt or foster. Are you on the fence or have a partner who needs convincing? Here are three ways a dog can help improve your remote work experience:
“Teamwork is fundamentally social.”
As we live and work in unprecedented times, we have access to a variety of technological tools that allow us to continue to collaborate with our colleagues even though many of us are working remotely. Below are a few basics we suggest for any business seeking to organize a virtual team.
It’s time to gather your coworkers around a virtual bar! Many companies rely on happy hours to bring employees together to connect and have fun. Just because we are all still social distancing does not mean that we cannot partake in these events online. Here are three tips for hosting a successful virtual happy hour, no matter who your audience is.
Summer is winding down, but don’t rush in fall too early! There are still plenty of sunny days and warm weather activities to partake in. It can be hard sitting at work all day when you’re dreaming of the beach, but there are still ways to enjoy the season while staying on track at the office! Read on for five things you can do to enjoy the remainder of summer
Who doesn’t listen to podcasts these days? You can find a series for any interest, from classic movies to bird watching. While podcasts are often seen as a hobby, they can serve a crucial role in building up your brand and business. Podcasts, like any other marketing channel, help you reach unique audiences. Plus, they are fun to make! With a new recording studio at AdvantEdge Workspaces Chevy Chase, it’s never been easier to get going. Here’s why you need to start a podcast today:
Last week was International #Coworking Day! As a shared workspace, this holiday was a chance for us to reminisce about our favorite community events and what makes our coworking (aka pro-working) experience so special at AdvantEdge. What is your favorite part about coworking and being part of a shared workspace? Here is a peek at the community events that our team and clients love the most!
August is National Wellness Month, and as we go on five months of work from home or altered work schedules, practicing wellness is essential. Feeling well-rested, satisfied, and full of energy is key to having a productive workday. Plus, being in control of our health and wellness can be reassuring during a time when so many things are out of our hands. Here are three ways you can celebrate National Wellness Month by making your health a priority at work!
As people start to return to the office, it’s crucial that your space is well maintained, fosters productivity, and can serve as a refuge from working from home. Your workspace needs to be equipped to serve your employees, and this may mean seeking out new spaces that fit the times that we are in. After all, wasted space equals wasted money. These three solutions will help you make the most of your space and create an office environment that people look forward to being in each week.
Do you ever see a notification, sigh deeply, and think “not another Zoom meeting…”? Meeting fatigue is real, and for many, it has only gotten worse with the onslaught of video calls sprinkled throughout the work from home day. If you or others are experiencing “Zoom fatigue” (exhaustion from being on video calls all day), then it is time to reevaluate your meetings. Here are two simple questions to ask yourself before sending out another calendar invite:
Edge Talks is an AdvantEdge Workspaces lunch and learn series. It features leaders and experts in the D.C. area presenting on topics ranging from personal development to growing small businesses. This series is a way for the AdvantEdge community to grow together and learn valuable information from experts across diverse fields. So what does it take to be an Edge Talk speaker? Well, they are just like you- small business owners and entrepreneurs! To lead an Edge Talk, you need an area of expertise and the desire to help others through imparting what you know. Read on for why you should be the next (virtual) Edge Talks speaker:
If you’ve returned to work at AdvantEdge Workspaces on L Street, there are a variety of local restaurants to support when you want a quick bite for lunch or dinner to bring home to your family. Our downtown location is right in the mix of some of the best eateries. Plus, easy access to multiple metro lines and neighborhoods across D.C. and Northern Virginia means your food won’t get cold as you make your way home. Here are five centrally located spots that have a dish for any mood:
The restaurant industry has been hit incredibly hard by the pandemic. Even though some restaurants are open for dine-in, an easy and contact-less way to support your favorite places is by getting takeout. AdvantEdge clients love being in vibrant, central locations in D.C.- and the proximity to delicious food doesn’t hurt! Whether you’re back in the office or want a taste of your workspace at home, here are five locally-owned places with takeout options near AdvantEdge Chevy Chase that you can support!
No matter what field you are in, there is a shared workspace that will help your business thrive! From nonprofits to freelancers, we rounded up the top professions in shared workspaces to see how nontraditional office space solutions work for them:
As an entrepreneur, you’re likely a one-person show, tackling all the various roles for your business. AdvantEdge Workspaces is a small business too, founded by an entrepreneur over thirty years ago. We understand the challenges that all one-person operations face, which is why we have a variety of shared workspaces that align with the needs of entrepreneurs. Here’s why you need to check out our workspaces:
Many teams are working remotely for the foreseeable future. Not physically being in the same space changes the needs of your business and the way everyone works together. While there is an adjustment period, there are many incredible tools that lend themselves well to work from home lifestyles. Here are our five picks for the most valuable tools that will make remote teams happy:
Summer 2020 is anything but traditional, but many people are still taking vacation time this season, whether it’s going camping, spending time at the beach, or just recharging at home. Taking time off shouldn’t induce guilt- it’s necessary for your productivity and happiness. There are inherent stressors that come with being out of the office, such as missed calls, overflowing inboxes, and worrying about your space. However, with a serviced workspace, you can take guilt-free time off this summer! Read on to learn how:
Flexibility with your office space is crucial. If all the uncertainty in the world right now has you questioning what to do when it comes to your work set up, we have the answer. Enter in a shared office space solution! Places like AdvantEdge Workspaces exist so that you can stay flexible and adapt your space based on your needs. Read below to learn about which option is best for you!
Summertime is dotted with long weekends- Fourth of July, Labor Day, and “summer Fridays” all give us a chance to have more time off than usual. You’ll want to make the most of this upcoming long weekend and others by being able to decompress and not think about work. Here are three tips for having a stress-free time this holiday weekend!
Even though some of us are slowly returning to our workspace, chances are your full team will not be back in the same office for a while. While many employees love the flexibility of remote work, it can be hard to stay motivated when you are not physically with coworkers. Learn how to keep spirits and productivity high with these four ways to virtually motivate your team:
AdvantEdge Workspaces is excited to have welcomed back non-essential businesses into the office this past week! It’s been a long time since we’ve seen people walk through the doors, and it’s great to have the community together again. Here’s what our clients are looking forward to the most upon returning to their workspaces:
AdvantEdge Workspaces is so excited to be welcoming clients back and to see everyone’s faces- well, half of them that is! With Phase 2 of re-opening in D.C. commencing, non-essential services and workers can be back onsite. Everyone at AdvantEdge has been prepping with new safety measures and cleaning procedures in place. If you are heading into one of our two D.C. locations or are thinking about moving from remote work to a physical space soon, here are some tips for how to safely return to work!
In this edition of #InsideAdvantEdge, we are covering tips for practicing self-care during these times. We need ways to relax and recharge amidst a global pandemic and the uncertainty it has produced in many aspects of our lives. Self-care isn't just fancy skincare and binging Netflix shows (although that is nice!), it’s also proper work/life balance, establishing boundaries, and taking care of our mental health in meaningful ways. Read on for how AdvantEdge clients and staff are taking care while staying at home!
We'll admit it- working remotely is challenging, and we find ourselves missing the ritual of going into the office every day. At this point, everyone could use a change of scenery! On-demand meeting rooms aren’t just for large in-person conferences, they can be a respite for you during these times, and the solution to work from home fatigue. Read on for why you need to book a space today:
Over the past three months, a lot of us have had extra time on our hands while staying at home. AdvantEdge Workspaces clients and staff have been busy with a whole host of personal and professional projects! Below is a list of things our community suggests you can do to further your business, relax, stay productive, or help family and friends out:
There has never been a more important time to support local small businesses. COVID-19 has eliminated a lot of things from our normal lives, but it hasn’t impaired our ability to encourage one another throughout these times. Read on for ways you can support fellow D.C. small businesses!
Even as cities start to open up, many of us still will not be back in the office this summer. Work from home fatigue is real, and we all miss our coworkers and workspaces. However, as we stay strong throughout these upcoming months, AdvantEdge has you covered with tips and tricks to keep your energy up, boost morale, and continue to be productive from home workspaces everywhere!
To close out Mental Health Awareness Month, we are talking about how to feel your best at work. Mental health can be difficult to approach in a work environment, where often overworking is prized over taking care of ourselves. Feeling your best doesn’t have to come at the detriment of your work performance- in fact, you may even see an increase in productivity and efficiency. Here’s how to prioritize your mental health at work:
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and its important that we not only highlight resources for personal wellness, but also for the professionals who provide critical services and support. In-person services have dramatically decreased over the past two months, with many mental health professionals switching to telehealth. Despite the flexibility to work from home, one may still need (or want) workspace support. Whether you’re currently renting a space or have always practiced remotely, a virtual office can be the right solution to support your work, during these times and beyond.
Even before most people switched to working from home, the number of remote workers was growing rapidly. Nowadays, there are many easy ways to promote your business from home! Read below for tips on how to market yourself and increase your audience- all while staying on the couch.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. For the past month, the majority of us have been working from home and practicing social-distancing. This new world that we live in has brought a whole host of new challenges, and taking care of your mental health has never been more essential. With schedules out of wack, the inability to take part in most activities, and work life upended, we could all use a check-in with ourselves. Read below for five steps that you can take to improve your mental health while working remotely.
April is home to Earth Day and Arbor Day, two celebrations that implore us to be more mindful of mother nature and our personal impacts on the planet. Being eco-conscious can extend beyond our lifestyle and into the way we conduct our business. Read below for five environmentally friendly work practices that will help your business “go green”, from working from home to being back in your workspace.
Due to cancellations and other impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, some people are finding themselves with more free time during the workday. If you or someone on your team is in this category, now is a great time to work on long-term projects that used to fall to the wayside. Spending time on these will help set your business up for success after this period of quarantine ends. Don’t know where to start? We have you covered with five long-term project ideas that can benefit any business!
With all the distractions that come with working from home, we all could use a lift in our productivity levels. What worked for us in the office may not translate well to a home environment, where access to certain comforts and being surrounded by roommates, a partner, or family, can all aid in losing focus. We’ve created this guide of top productivity articles and tips from the AdvantEdge blog to help you stay concentrated from 9-5.
A lot of our community members have been teleworking with us for over a decade, so it’s no surprise that AdvantEdge provides top-notch infrastructure and support to allow these professionals to work effectively and efficiently at home. Here are a few ways that AdvantEdge makes it easy to run your business from home.
When forced to leave the comfort and routines of our offices, many of us are faced with less than ideal work set-ups at home. Couches become desks, and living rooms turn into conference centers. However, with the right tools, a home workspace can become just as user-friendly (or even more so) than the ones we have at the office. Keep reading for four ways you can upgrade your workspace at home!
The COVID-19 pandemic has created stresses and hardship for all of us around the World. The power of the human spirit prevails, and people have shown compassion and solidarity. Here are a few positive stories to give you a Friday boost!
Just because we are at home does not mean we cannot continue to hit our wellness goals! Take advantage of having more time to spend outdoors and a different daily schedule to stay fit while practicing social distancing and self-isolation. Below are three easy steps to moving more throughout your work-from-home day!
While at home, there are many ways to support others who have been dramatically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever, the DMV community is coming together to lift up small businesses, service workers, freelancers, and others whose stream of income has been eliminated. Below are seven ways you can contribute to your community during these trying times.
With the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. and restrictions that change hourly, the majority of professionals are now staying at home, working remotely for the foreseeable future. For those who have never been able to work from home and are used to coming into an office environment every day, the next few weeks will prove to be challenging as we practice social distancing while adjusting to a new daily routine at the same time. We’ve got you covered with some tips for a smooth transition to the remote work life.
The ProWorking AdvantEdge: Coworking Will Make You Feel Special!
This past weekend, we all lost an hour of sleep for more daylight. While the extra hour of sun in the evening is most welcome, many people find that their sleep schedules, overall alertness, and productivity levels are thrown off by the change. A study at the University of Washington found that people tend to lose an average of 40 minutes of sleep the night of daylight savings and are 20% more likely to be unfocused at work in the days following Wondering how you can best cope with daylight savings and make the most out of the change? We have you covered below!
International Woman’s Day (IWD) occurs every year on March 8th. Starting as an observance organized by the Socialist Party of America in 1909, this day turned into an international celebration when the United Nations officially marked the date and popularized the holiday in 1975. This year’s slogan is #EachforEqual, which aims to get people thinking about how they can help forge a gender equal world. IWD serves as a time to honor women’s achievements and recognize the strides that have been made towards equality- as well as the work that is still left to be done. Below are three easy ways to celebrate women in the workspace this March, or any month of the year!
Promotional items and other branded tools are an amazing resource for spreading the word about your business and keeping it at the top of people’s minds. However, selecting the right item is essential- the wrong item can send the wrong message. You’ll want something unique, eye-catching, useful, and brand-right. Below we’ve rounded up some of the top items that can make your business a standout.
With the holidays long gone and warmer weather still more than a month away, it’s easier than ever for the winter blues to hit. While not everyone suffers from seasonal affective disorder, it’s hard to deny that all of us can feel a bit down during these snowy, cold, and dark months. Suffering from the winter blues can trickle into your workday and job performance. We’ve rounded up three ways to keep your spirits high while in the workplace!
The ProWorking AdvantEdge: Coworking Will Boost Your Start-Up!
It’s February which means stores are full of chocolate, the color red is everywhere, and love is in the air. Whether you’ve got a special someone or are celebrating Valentine’s Day with friends, we cannot forget to give our shared workspace some love! If we were to write a Valentine’s Day card to AdvantEdge, here are some of the qualities that would be included:
Did you know February is National Snack Food Month? It’s time to continue our healthy new year’s resolutions from January and revamp our snack game at work. Snacks provide a way to break up the day and bring some joy into a hectic schedule. We’ve rounded up some top picks to tide you over at your desk no matter what mood you are in!
Today is National Data Privacy day, meaning it’s the perfect time to re-evaluate your cybersecurity at work! In the office, projects can move so fast that it’s difficult to make sure everything is secure. To protect yourself and your business, take steps today to ensure your professional data stays in the right hands and gives you, and others you work with, the piece of mind that their information is not at risk.
Do your new years' resolutions involve leveling up your work life? Pro-working may just be the solution you need to have the best professional year yet. From upgrades to the physical space to a plethora of amenities, read below to see why you need to try this new take on coworking in the new year.
Maintaining wellness resolutions can be challenging, especially with busy work schedules. It seems like we are constantly striving to make time for workouts, eat better, and get eight hours of sleep. Aiming to live a healthier life doesn’t only have to happen outside of the 9-5. Your workday can become the foundation for your healthiest year yet! With the right tools and mindset, time at the office can help you achieve those wellness goals for good.
Coworking Works for Transition Periods
The new decade marks a pivotal shift in workspace solutions and culture. 2020 will build on budding trends that we've seen over the past ten years, such as the rise of coworking and collaborative spaces, and an increasingly more flexible workforce. With new industries growing, digital natives entering the workforce, and a decline in traditional workplace culture and schedules, this year will leave its mark on U.S. workspaces. We've rounded up the top five trends to look out for at work in 2020!
The moment is now! Here are a few tips to make 2020 the year you achieve your goals and grow your business.
It’s the last day of 2019, and likely you’ve already begun to think of change you want to make in the new year. Besides receiving a promotion or salary increase, making workplace resolutions is a helpful practice in professional development, and generally feeling happier at the office. Here are five though-starter resolutions for making your 2020 at the office the best year yet!
The week between Christmas and New Years poses a challenge to companies, and especially small business owners, everywhere: how can I leave work for a week and keep the business going? Whether you’re working remote or on vacation, many people elect to stay out of the office during the last week of the year. The most wonderful time of the year can quickly turn into the most stressful time if you have to worry about keeping your workspace in order.
With a week left until the holidays, there is still time to celebrate the season at work! Even though shared workspaces have their events, kick the festivities up a notch with these five easy ways to make the most of the holidays at work. Requiring little prep but packing a big punch, we have you covered- whether you want to engage within your own company, bond with fellow remote workers, or celebrate with your workspace neighbor!
As the holidays get closer, people become more checked out at work. While the season is full of fun, it’s still important to end the year on a strong note at work. Finding this often elusive balance of work and play at the office will make for a happy environment as the year comes to a close. To finish out the year and eliminate stress during days off, we've rounded up four tips that will help everyone stay engaged at the office throughout the next few weeks.
Coworking Makes Teleworking Work!
For many people one thing weighs heavily on their mind during the holidays: vacation time. December will likely be the most popular month of the year for paid time off (PTO) requests. The average American has 10 days of PTO per year, along with 10 federal holidays. The end of the year not only brings up issues on how to handle PTO, but also how to plan for the next year, what days are rolling over, and if any time needs to be used up. This week, we’re breaking down how to navigate vacation time so you can enjoy the season!
Whether you’re going back to work on Black Friday or enjoying a long weekend, the Thanksgiving holiday marks an important time to express gratitude, relax, and prepare for the rest of 2019. Read below for five tips on navigating the Thanksgiving season as a working professional!
It’s the season for expressing gratitude and giving thanks. Not just for family and friends, but your business, coworkers, boss, and even your workspace too. Gratitude is all about small gestures. It doesn’t take a lot of work to make an impact. Before you head out of the office for turkey day, take the time to express your gratitude at work.
The holiday season has a lot of perks, but with all the celebrations and time-off comes increased stressed and anxiety at work. According to the American Institute of Stress, 65% of workers surveyed said stress from work caused difficulties in their lives. In 2019, when we can access work from our phones and demands often stretch beyond 9-5, it is more important than ever to learn how to stay calm. Here are four tips for tapping into your zen side at work:
Whether you are a business owner or an employee, fall is the best season for any member of the workforce. The cooler temperatures, the timing between holidays and sun, and being the last chance to create change in 2019 all lead to the perfect storm for having your most productive and transformative month at work yet. This fall, learn how to capitalize on the time of year with these three tips!
October is National Book Month, a time to celebrate our favorite genres, authors, and topics. Nowadays, with phones at our fingertips, it’s easy to push reading aside in favor of social media, video games, and T.V. Despite all the tech temptation, books continue to play an important role in our lives. They provide an escape, help with self-improvement and serve as an entre into worlds of information. To celebrate the end of National Book Month, we’ve rounded up some top picks for business and personal development. Once there's a title that speaks to you, head to your favorite local bookseller or library and get to reading!
October is National Cybersecurity Month, giving us a great reason to not only talk about safety but also how to approach technology in the office. We use our computers and phones without a second thought- but isn't it time to be more intentional with our technology? Technology can ultimately impact the success of a business, and one must harness its power to work for their business.
New initiatives, products, re-brands, or welcoming new employees- any type of growth or change is important to celebrate as a company! Launch events are not only a fun way to bring people together, but they are crucial in promoting and curating the image for your brand and company. Instead of throwing a run-of-the-mill happy hour or cocktail party, put some thought into your launch event and knock it out of the park with these three steps.
Of course, we all want to get work done, but an empty stomach can be a big distraction! Here are some of our favorite spots near our Downtown location to grab a quick bite to eat:
Last week was International Podcast Day- a time to celebrate one of the fastest-rising and biggest new media platforms. When it comes to your work life, podcasts are perfect for commuting or sitting at your desk. Just slip in your headphones and be transported! Unlike audiobooks, podcasts are shorter and have reoccurring series. You can look forward to new episodes every week and easily bounce around between shows and categories. We compiled some of the best options (including AdvantEdge employee favorites) to get you started!
Who says goals are just for the new year? The end of the year brings a time to hone in on what you want to achieve. While Q4 is full of work deadlines, holidays, travel, and events, it’s also a great time to center yourself before 2020. January will be here in a blink of an eye, so let’s focus and get serious about Q4 goals to help close out the year strong.
There are endless excuses as to why one cannot work out during the workday. We often think if we want to exercise, we have to squeeze it in by waking up extra early or taking away precious evening time. It’s why so many of us dread working out or skip the gym altogether.
A business card is so much more than a piece of card stock with contact information. It’s a chance to stand out, make an impression, seal a deal, and take your business to new levels. In an age where communication is primarily online, a business card allows you to add that unique touch. Boring white rectangles with a simple logo should go in the recycling bin where they belong - it’s time to upgrade your business card game with these three tips:
This Thursday, AdvantEdge Workspaces is launching our first pro-working lounge! Before you join us for a “taste of Chevy Chase” and a tour of the new space, learn more about the new workspace solution we are bringing to Northwest D.C.
At work, it often seems that there are no in-betweens: either you’re living large with extra guac on that burrito, or sitting down for another sad desk salad. You think to yourself, “there must be a better way!” Ditching workplace mindsets around food is difficult. There always seems to be something that gets in the way of regular eating- not being able to take lunch, leftover catering from a meeting, mindless snacking, or not packing enough food. All of these reasons, and more, prevent us from feeling satisfied and eating well at work. It is possible to feel full and happy without sacrificing work time. Read below for four strategies for eating well at work!
1. Drink lots of water.
Engagement at work isn’t just about staying motivated. It’s about reassessing your place in both your job and career. Often, this lack of motivation stems from not getting what you want out of your workday. Summer is also often a slower season for many businesses, which only increases how difficult it is to be engaged. As we head into fall, here are three tips for jump-starting your office life and reigniting your purpose at work.
Back to school season is here! The lazy days of summer are over and it is back to homework, early mornings, and the general craziness that comes with a new school year. As a working parent, it can be tough to make the transition along with your kids. Here are four tips for slaying back to school season while keeping up at work!
The lazy, hazy days of summer are prime vacation time. It may feel like everyday there is someone new with an “out of office” bounce-back email. Whether you are biding time until your holiday, just coming back, or saving your PTO days for another time of year, it can be hard to stay on track during the last weeks of summer. Here are six ways to keep yourself motivated for the rest of the season!
Discussions around employee’s experiences outside of the work they do often centers around benefits, like healthcare and time off. But a huge part of satisfaction at work comes from smaller perks that employees experience on a weekly, monthly, or even yearly basis. Office perks aren’t just for people at huge corporations with millions to spend a year. By choosing a shared workspace, a company can access great perks for employees no matter their size! Read below for five office perks to look for in new workspace.
Each social media platform serves a different purpose. On Facebook, you have the opportunity to reach new clients and feature various aspects of your business. For many people, Facebook is the original social media channel- in fact, it may be the only channel most businesses are on! While newer platforms have crowded the field, Facebook still reigns as a top platform to leverage for a business. Unsure how to start or how to use a page to it’s fullest potential? Read below for five tips on using Facebook for business like a pro.
“Moving is stress-free,” said no one ever… right? Well, not anymore. Gone are the days of endless paperwork, hours on the phone setting up a new space, and spending precious free time lugging furniture around.
A polished and curated Instagram feed can make a huge impact on any business. Being active on Instagram helps build credibility, establish an image, and bring in clients. If the mere thought of logging onto Instagram makes you swear, or if you don’t know how to translate your skills from a personal to a professional setting, then these tips are for you! In six easy steps, you’ll easily take your business Instagram to the next level.
Summer is officially in full swing! Between the warm weather and more daylight hours, there is no better time to connect with coworkers and friends or take advantage of networking opportunities than happy hour. Here are our picks for the best places to unwind after work in two of D.C.’s best neighborhoods: West End and Chevy Chase.
Long weekends can be both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because, well, who doesn’t like one more day to sleep in? But a shortened work week can also throw timelines, schedules, and planning out of wack at work. The key to enjoying a long weekend and having a productive short work week is to have a plan. Read below for our five tips on making the most out of your upcoming long weekends!
Summer is officially here, and that means it's officially time to start planning all of your summer activities! Washington, DC is the most powerful city in the World, but it’s also a great place to explore, play and be entertained; here are 5 awesome ways to let loose this summer!
At AdvantEdge Workspaces, we pride ourselves on offering not only exceptional physical workspaces, but an amazing professional community as well. We constantly strive to create fun and innovative programming that brings our clients together. Happy hours and parties are a great way to socialize and network, but we also like to provide a range of events for AdvantEdge clients to attend- especially ones that can help advance our businesses or increase productivity and efficiency.
Wellness at work is more than packing a healthy lunch or using a fancy treadmill desk- it means doing things to help you feel good mentally and physically. You can make small changes in your workday that have a major impact and are free!
Temperatures are creeping into the 80s, the days are getting longer, and the sandals are out: there is no denying that summer is (technically almost) here. Summer can be the best season, but between all the BBQs, vacation, and time in the sun, the season can have its own challenges. Before we truly get immersed in the summertime spirit, here are four ways you can ensure you have a fun, productive, and stress-free season.
Shared workspaces are the best type of office environment for a myriad of professions. They provide amenities like reception, mail services, live call answering and more. Additionally, you can always find a space that fits your needs from a private suite to a coworking desk to meeting and training rooms. Click on each career below to see how a shared workspace solution can best serve your line of work!
AdvantEdge Workspaces has been providing professional facilities with attentive and efficient service to the DC business community for over 30 years, so we appreciate the importance of consistency. The basis of a strong relationship with any client is trust, and that trust can only be established by following through time and time again with the promise of great service.
It’s easy to lose ourselves in work. When things get too crazy, it is important to take a step back and focus on yourself. May is national Mental Health Awareness month, a time used to fight the stigma surrounding mental health problems and to promote resources and healthy habits. The way you feel at work effects everything from your performance to relationships with coworkers. Every now and then, we need to take a step back work on ourselves. Here are five tips for focusing on workplace wellness.
This Friday, trade in four wheels for two - on your commute, that is. May 17th is National Bike to Work Day, a day that promotes the accessibility and benefits of changing up your transportation style. While not everyone lives within five miles of their workplace (seen as the ideal range for beginning bikers), there are many ways to celebrate this day, whether you can bike your commute or not.
A solid and in-sync team is integral to the success of a business. The relationships between people can either help you thrive. Over the years, team building has gotten a bad rap. Most people picture being forced to sit in a stuffy conference room playing games. In reality, team building can be so much more than that. Choosing the location, creating the right atmosphere, and selecting programming are all important steps in ensuring no one will be looking at their watches during your event. Read below for our top four types of team building that people will actually want to do.
Last week, businesses around the country celebrated Administrative Professionals Day. The day is for recognizing and applauding all that admin professionals do each day to ensure companies run smoothly. It is hard to imagine what any workplace would be like without these individuals. Admin professionals are an integral part of the office ecosystem and their support is essential to the success of any business.
Yesterday may have been Earth Day, but there are small things we can do every day to help our planet. With mountains of paper files and messy desks, offices easily morph into the poster child for waste- but then can change. This year, it’s time to be more “green” at work. Here are 10 ways you can impact the planet and simplify your work life at the same time.
With Earth Day approaching next week, April is a great time to think about your impact on the environment. By now, everyone knows the usual tips. Use your car less, recycle, turn the water off when you brush your teeth, etc. But we rarely talk about our carbon footprints at work.
To many people, the freedom and flexibility of freelancing are incredibly attractive. Whether you want to spend more time with your kids or travel the world, not being tied down to a 9-5 desk job can be a dream. However, many people who set out on their own find that working from the couch isn’t all it’s cracked up to be (especially after more than a few weeks). If you’re loving the freelance lifestyle but missing some of the perks of a traditional office environment, then a shared workspace is perfect for you!
Despite chilling temperatures in D.C. yesterday, the Cherry Blossoms have bloomed are there is no doubt that spring has sprung! This season is all about renewal- meaning it’s the perfect time to take stock of things you’d like to refresh or change, especially when it comes to the office. Here are six reasons to tidy up both mentally and physically at work this season!
Video conferencing is much more than just talking to someone face-to-face. Having access to high-quality platforms designed for business can transform the way you do work. Video conferencing has the power to increase productivity, foster connections, and help your company grow. Here are five reasons why you need video conferencing in your workspace!
It’s time to wield your bracket, turn on the T.V., and cheer because March Madness is here! For many of us, these three weeks are what gets us through the last drops of winter. This time of year is when we come together (or farther apart, depending on the rivalry) and cheer for teams we’ve never heard of and make brackets even if we haven’t been following the sport at all.
Traveling for work can be both a blessing and a curse. On one side, you get to (hopefully) explore a new city, stay in a nice hotel, and have some great business dinners. But on the other hand, traveling majorly disrupts your routine and removes you from your familiar office. It can be hard to stay on track in a hotel lobby or at a nearby coffee shop. If you’re used to a private space with the typical office amenities, having to battle high schoolers getting frappuccinos after class is just one of the many obstacles you’ll face. Let’s get back on track and stay productive while working remotely with these four tips.
Training sessions are essential to the growth and development of any business. Whether you are on-boarding new employees, educating current ones on new practices, or collaborating with other people in your field, these sessions should be memorable and effective. The key to a great training session? Preparation, support, and the perfect space. Here are five tips for incorporating these themes into the perfect training session.
The way we work is rapidly changing. Not too long ago, the options were a cubicle or… a different cubicle. With the internet changing the way business is conducted, where we work is also shifting. Our office environment is tied to our productivity and happiness, and people are taking note. Instead of working from home, in a noisy coffee shop, or in a sea of identical cubicles, switch it up with a new type of workplace. Shared workspaces and coworking are two terms we hear a lot. Both offer amenities, community, and a fresh perspective on the traditional office. But what makes them different? Let’s find out which workspace is the perfect fit for you.
Have you ever thought about how meetings became such a dreaded part of one’s day? When did collaborating with coworkers go so awry? Meetings have lost touch with the modern workplace. So often, people leave unsatisfied or thinking “why couldn’t this have been an email?” Here are four ways to build a better meeting and ensure that people leave feeling productive and empowered.
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.
The Valentine’s Day season: for some of us its about a romantic date night, for others it means stuffing our faces with a chocolate box and watching a movie at home. Whether you are weathering the holiday solo or with a partner, Valentine’s Day can bring up feelings of loneliness. As freelance and remote work is on the rise, the “loneliness epidemic” is growing. One way to feel less isolated? Joining a shared workspace!
Just because you are coworking doesn’t mean you have to share everything! AdvantEdge can provide you with a dedicated desk where you can safely leave your computer and other belongings to save yourself the hassle.
Chances are if you are on any social media platform, or have logged onto Netflix recently, you’ve heard something about Marie Kondo and her KonMari method of organizing. Although Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has been a bestseller for years, she recently shot to internet fame with her Netflix show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.” A key tenet of the KonMari method is to ask if an item “sparks joy” when deciding whether to keep it. While it might be easier to decide whether a sweater sparks joy, this same question can be asked about your office, workspace, and even your computer.
Transitional phases in our work life range from the expected to something random. You may be in between jobs, trying to turn a passion project full-time, or experiencing a layoff. With the recent government shutdown leaving many workers furloughed, there was an influx of people experiencing how tough it can be to navigate your days without heading to the office from 9-5.
December 22, 2018, marks the beginning of what is now the longest government shutdown in US history. The immediate consequence resulted in the partial or full shutdown of nine executive departments, affecting nearly 25% of government activities and nearly one million federal employees. However, as the shutdown has cleared 33 days without a concrete end date, the impact is beginning to be felt by millions of Americans--and small businesses are at the top of that list.
It always seems like the weather truly gets frightful after the holidays. Without time off, parties, or treats to look forward to, trudging through the snow feels more painful. However, there are easy ways you can beat the winter blues! By making some changes at the office, you’ll notice the days feeling less dreary and the cold less biting. Here are five ways to get happier during the next few months.
From the office environment to incorporating technology, the workspace is constantly changing. There are many workplace trends to look forward to in 2019. We’ve gathered some that we are most excited about. Be on the lookout for these three trends that you'll want to incorporate into your office this year!
At AdvantEdge Workspaces, 2018 was a big year. We celebrated our 30th anniversary, held fun community events (such as our March Madness competition) and rounded out the year with celebrating the holiday season and giving back to the community with Toys for Tots. Despite all that last year brought us, is time to turn our focus to 2019! Besides the typical resolutions, we rounded up some of our favorite blog posts to show you how to make 2019 the best year at work (and beyond!).
Is your business thinking about adding a few new employees in 2019? Do you have the space on-hand to help them feel settled and welcomed in a new office environment? With AdvantEdge Workspaces there is no need to worry about expanding to accommodate more employees!
The end of the year is when we start to reflect on what we would like to improve on. While many goals tend to be personal, it is important to make resolutions for a place where we spend the majority of our week- the office! Here are 10 resolutions for 2019 that you will actually want to stick to in the new year.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year- especially if you are part of a shared workspace! Being in a unique type of office environment provides many opportunities for celebration. The shared workspace not only makes the busy time of year easier but also helps you connect with the community. Here are four ways to celebrate the holiday season this year at work!
“Small business” is more than just a buzzword or a place to buy gifts the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Small businesses deserve to be in office spaces that recognize their value and will help them reach their fullest potential. Enter in the shared workspace: a perfect blend of private space, community, and services. Here are the top three reasons why a shared office space solution is the perfect fit for your small business.
Written By: Guest Author Daniel Moore
Some people love the idea of working from home, especially if it suits their lifestyle better than working in the office. Perhaps they have a long commute, small children or health conditions that make working from home easier than travelling all the way into the office every day.
With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, it is safe to say that the holiday season is upon us. There are parties, days off, and endless treats in sight. However, the happiness that comes with time-off often goes hand in hand with stress from being away from work. With a shared workspace, you can enjoy the holidays without worrying if everything at the office is ok. Here are four ways a shared office space solution can help you prepare for the holidays.
The season of giving thanks is upon us. It is a time of year where we reflect on what we have in our lives and think about what we appreciate the most. If you’re a client of a shared workspace, you have an extra amount of things to be thankful for! Let’s take a look at what people appreciate in their shared office space solutions.
Today we use apps (applications) on all our devices and computers to assist with a myriad of activities, such as engaging in social media, enhancing productivity, catching up on the news around the world, and so much more.
Productivity: it can be our best friend at work, but often it seems elusive. Between social media, a buzzing phone, and getting distracted by small tasks, it’s impossible to get things done sometimes. Enter a shared workspace- with the right workspace solution, you can largely kiss inefficiency goodbye. Here are four reasons why you can be more productive in a shared workspace.
The beauty of Halloween is that there is something for all ages and for all interests. Many adults dismiss the holiday as solely for little kids. However, celebrating the holiday can be an easy way to foster community, especially in a coworking space, where you’re not interacting every day with people you work in the same place with. It is the last moment before we are bombarded with the stress of the holiday season, so grab your coworkers and learn about five easy ways you can celebrate Halloween in your shared workspace!
We welcome the new season of crisp breezes and colorful trees. Where leaves fall and the air is filled with pumpkin and spices alike. Every season has its special beauty and Autumn is no exception. We embraced this feeling by hosting our Annual Autumn Mixer on October 10th at the Downtown location on the rooftop. Celebrating 30 years of experience, AdvantEdge understands that the success of this company comes from our wonderful clients.
As an entrepreneur, you play every role in your startup: CEO, accountant, marketing professional, administrator and more. Alleviate stress and avoid stretching your limited time and budget too thin by choosing a shared office with AdvantEdge Workspaces.
If you run a nonprofit and are looking to stretch your budget further, shared office space may be the perfect solution for your organization. Here are just a few reasons why nonprofits and shared workspaces are an excellent match.
Shared office space is becoming increasingly popular amongst psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals. Our offices are fully-furnished and serviced; perfect for solo professionals who want the resources of a larger entity, but only need one or two dedicated offices.
Like many aspects of our nation’s capital, a professional office space can be expensive, inconvenient or inflexible. AdvantEdge's Washington DC office centers are an ideal solution to this frustrating problem- offering executive offices for firms large and small seeking affordable and conveniently located representation in Washington, DC.
The millennial generation is one like no other. Pew Research Center defines the group as people born from 1981 to 1997. The generation has been shaking up the status quo- from when they are settling down with families to buying houses. However, millennials are perhaps the most different in what they desire out of a job and workspace. Let’s dive into why shared workspaces fit what the modern millennial needs at work.
Like many aspects of our nation’s capital, a professional office space can be expensive, inconvenient or full of conflicting tenants incapable of working together. AdvantEdge's Washington DC office spaces are an ideal solution to this frustrating problem. AdvantEdge offers shared office space perfect for accountants and CPAs seeking affordable and conveniently located representation in Washington, DC.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). At AdvantEdge, we want to highlight the importance of this month. According to the National Coalition on Domestic Violence, 1 in 4 women will experience physical violence from a partner. The purpose of this month is to empower and support survivors.
One of the myths about coworking is that it is for freelancers and start-ups. People envision open floor plans that only work if you fly solo or just have a small team. In reality, coworking is for companies of any size.
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.
There are many types of work events, ranging from the downright rowdy to the glorified meeting. Either way, people get excited when you say “event”. They love having something different to look forward to during their workday. Whether it’s an update on business regulations or a happy hour, here is your guide to planning an event that will have everyone responding “yes!”
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.
When others are in need, it is important to lend a hand and help in any way possible. Whether you're a single person operation or have a team, the stakes are always high with small businesses. When natural disasters like Hurricane Florence devastate towns and cities, the road to rebuilding can take years. Here are four tangible ways you can help fellow business owners get back on their feet.
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.
Tuning back into work after summer Fridays, vacation time, and fun in the sun can be hard. September brings the perfect chance to “fall” in love again with your workspace! Whether you’ve been in your space for three months or three years, it can be tiring seeing the same things and people every day. Here are four easy tips to refresh your workspace experience!
September 11th, 2001. On this day we witnessed something beyond comprehension...filled with grief, we now remember the loss of almost 3,000 people who were killed in an act of terrorism against the United States.
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.
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.