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Virtual Office, Why Do I need One?

In real estate on July 7, 2010 at 5:26 am

In this blog, I’d like to focus on virtual offices, pros and cons,  and what to look for when you are searching for a virtual office for your business.

First off, let’s look at what a virtual office is and what it does for you.  Essentially, when you are leasing a virtual office, you are not leasing a physical office space in an executive suites.  Instead, you are paying for services that the executive suites offer you, and at the same time, giving your customers the appearance that you do occupy physical space.  I hate to use the words “give the appearance”, but the reality is, that is what you are doing.   Face it, office space is expensive, and if you are a struggling business or a startup, it’s hard to shell out $500-$1000 for an office every month.  All your customers see is your business address, and if you are not there 90% of the time, then a virtual office might be your best option.

Let’s highlight the virtual services that are offered through professional executive suites.

  • A professional mailing address.  This is most crucial since it identifies your business with the professional location and allows you to collect mail and packages at this location.  The cost for this service range from $50-$100 per month.  Sure you can go out and get a PO Box and pay $5/month, but let’s not fool anybody here, you should never use a PO Box as your professional address.
  • Personalized Answering Service.  This is an option  that you do not have to take, but it’s a great benefit to your business.  The cost for this service is anywhere from $50-100 per month, and what you get is a live receptionist who answers calls in your company name during business hours.  The calls then goes to a voice mail and you can choose methods of getting alerts, or you can choose  for the call to transfer instantly to your cell phone, home phone or any phone you designate.  This last option does have some added costs, but well worth it if you are in a business where you cannot afford to miss any calls, and adding a receptionist to your front line only makes you look better.
  • Conference Room Access – This is also optional but this option is fantastic if you need to meet with clients once in a while.  The cost ranges from $25-$50 per hour and what you get is a nicely furnished conference room to meet with that important client from out-of-town for an hour.  If you think you will need more than a few hours a month, consider prepaying for  a conference room package.  For example, at Premier Business Centers, you can rent a conference room anytime during business hours for $35 per hour.  At the same time, you can prepay $160 per month and get 16 hours, that works out to $10 an hour!  A nice savings if you know you will need to use quite a few hours of conference time each month.  An important note: conference time cannot be rolled over, this is not a cell phone plan, people.

Let’s look at the pros and cons, in bullet points.  If you have any questions, feel free to call me anytime.

Pros

  • Low cost to get started, no overhead.  Literally, $100 can get you started
  • Professional business address
  • Receive the same services as full-time tenants
  • Flexibility to work from home, at the beach, at Starbucks or anywhere you please
  • Most offers month-to-month plans, cancel anytime
  • Most don’t do a credit check to qualify you for a virtual office.
  • On Demand conference or office rentals by the hour
  • When it comes time to lease a full-time office, you can upgrade very easily

Cons

  • Mail not accessible after business hours and weekends
  • Conference room usage is during business hours, in most cases.  Some will offer after hours if you pay an up -charge,  and possibly more charges for security.
  • If you use a lot of conference room time to meet clients or have team meetings, then you might end up paying more than a full-time office, and that’s where you’ll eat up your savings

So, now, what do you look for to make sure you are getting the best virtual office for your company?

  • Choose a physical office that is close to your home.  This will only makes thing easy for you if you need to stop by to pick up your mail, or meet with a client.
  • Pick a respectable company.  This is hard for you since you don’t know what different companies offer and how they can be part of your company growth when the time comes.  For this option, I respectably will ask you to talk to me about this, since I am the expert in this industry and I will give you hard facts to help you determine if a particular executive suites is right for you. For example, a question I may ask you is if you travel in your business and if you meet with clients nationwide or even worldwide.  This will help me focus on companies with nationwide and worldwide presence.
  • Visit the center and ask for a tour of the offices.  Don’t just show up, arrange appointments.  I do this for my clients every day, free of charge.
  • Price is not a huge concern here because most centers are very comparable in prices for virtual office.  Instead, focus on your decision on what you think of the center, the layout, the staff, and picture yourself working in this environment.  The simple reason is, every who starts with a virtual office eventually gets into a full-time office, so make sure you like where your second home is.

Here is my contact information.  If you have any questions, just pick up the phone or email me, I am always available.  I love what I do, and I love helping people find the best deals.  I will work with you no matter where you live, I have a lot of contacts and I know a lot of people 🙂 My services are always free to you, but all I ask is that you call me BEFORE you call the center manager or other search firms.  That way, I can represent you on your behalf .

Written by JC Nguyen of Office Blvd.  You can find me at http://www.officeblvd.com or contact me  at 949-800-5507 or jcnguyen@officeblvd.com

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How Much Should I Pay for an Executive Suite?

In real estate on June 30, 2010 at 8:44 pm

I come across people everyday who are looking for office space and they want to know how much it would cost to get into executive suites. There are different factors in determining a price for a particular executive suite and I will get into that. But the common misconception is that people expect to pay what they normally pay for traditional office space, and that is just an unfair comparison. The truth is, executive suites range from $3-$10 per sqft, and when I mention that, the calculators in their brain start working overtime, and the result is: I can’t afford that! I need, they would say, 1000 sqft. So you are telling me that it would cost me at least $3000/month for an executive suite? Well, yes, if you need that much space. Executive suites have common areas that are shared by all tenants: conference rooms, reception area, kitchen, restrooms, etc…these common areas are not charged to you directly. It is built into your monthly fee. In a traditional office space, these common areas account for more than 70% of your office. So in reality, you are really paying for about 300 sqft of office space, and at $3/sqft, your monthly cost is $900…much more manageable.

Let’s first talk about the advantages of executive suites over traditional office space. I will just put them down as bullet points so I don’t get into a lengthy discussion and get off topic. If you have any questions, just contact me directly.

  • Very flexible lease terms, month-to-month leases up to one year or longer.  Traditional office requires 3-5 year commitment
  • No HUGE capital outlay to get into an executive suite versus a traditional office space
  • Pay for only the number of offices that your company needs.  If you grow, you can always add more offices when you are ready without affecting the terms of your lease.
  • All NNN costs are included.  This include utilities, CAM or Common Area Maintenance charge, janitorial and taxes.
  • Plug and play, you can move into your office the next day.  Phone and internet are in placed and ready to go.
  • Corporate feel, your clients will feel that you are in the corporate environment and may feel better about working with you.
  • Receptionist meet and greet and telephone answering.  How much would you have to pay to hire your own receptionist?  Think about this one…it’s priceless
  • One price covers all.  Know exactly how much is going out every month.

Disadvantages

  • Higher cost per sqft.  Not bad considering what I included above.
  • Proprietary phone and internet.  You cannot bring in your own system, and you pay for long distance phone usage at list price.

These are factors that will drive a price on executive suites.  Again, in bullet points

  • location, location, location.
  • window office or interior, expect to pay $100 or more for a window office of the same size vs. interior office
  • Class A or Class B
  • Availabilities at that center
  • Square footage, there is a big difference between a 150sqft office and 175sqft office
  • manager’s discretion

That last bullet point is very important, in my opinion, because a manager has to do what is best for his/her center to be profitable, so they will give the best deals to online brokers who have good relationships with them and continually send them quality clients.  Having said that, I’m going to copy and paste my last point to clarify why you need me 🙂

Work with a local, respected online broker who knows the managers and can get you better deals. These brokers are different from the traditional real estate brokers because all they focus on are executive suites. Not all online brokers are created equal. Look for one who is in the same market as you, and seems to know the managers and availabilities and specials. These are the ones who can pick up the phone to their favorite managers and get you extraordinary deals that you can’t get yourself. Their services are free to you, and in most cases, you will get a better deal. The important thing is to contact the broker BEFORE you contact any executive suites managers. This enables the broker to represent you on your behalf.

Written by JC Nguyen. If you have any questions, please contact JC at 949-800-5507. JC is a well-respected online broker for the Orange County/LA Executive/Dallas Executive Suites. His email is jcnguyen@officeblvd.com and his web site is http://www.officeblvd.com.

 

JC also works with all executive suites nationwide. The nationwide and worldwide link ishttp://www.ineedoffice.com

Orange County Executive Suites, How To Get a Great Deal

In real estate on June 29, 2010 at 10:56 pm

There are over 50 executive suites in Orange County, here are some things to look for when you are shopping for an executive suites.

1. End of the month deals – managers of executive suites are rewarded based on performance. That means that they have to keep their offices full or nearly full. So when the end of the month comes around, expect some specials and incentives for you to sign for the office space. This is the best time to look for office, versus at the beginning of the month.

2. Terms of lease – Never sign for a month-to-month lease. Managers are going to lease the offices to you at the market rate, which includes almost zero discounts. Most centers need a 60 days notice, so essentially your month-to-month lease becomes a 3 months lease. Instead, ask the manager for a 6 or 12 months deal. This is where free rents and discounted rates are possible.

3. Executive suites charge for services like phone and internet…per person. So an office for two is going to be more expensive than for the same office for one. If you think your partner may not be in the office much, lease the office just for yourself, then share the phone and internet with your partner. This will save you about $100 or more per month.

3. Work with a local, respected online broker who knows the managers and can get you better deals. These brokers are different from the traditional real estate brokers because all they focus on are executive suites. Not all online brokers are created equal. Look for one who is in the same market as you, and seems to know the managers and availabilities and specials. These are the ones who can pick up the phone to their favorite managers and get you extraordinary deals that you can’t get yourself. Their services are free to you, and in most cases, you will get a better deal. The important thing is to contact the broker BEFORE you contact any executive suites managers. This enables the broker to represent you on your behalf.

Written by JC Nguyen. If you have any questions, please contact JC at 949-698-4799. JC is a well-respected online broker for the Orange County/LA Executive Suites. His email is jcnguyen@officeblvd.com and his web site is http://www.orangecountyexecutivesuites.us

JC also works with all executive suites nationwide. The nationwide and worldwide link is http://www.ineedoffice.com

Executive Suites Global Search by officeblvd.com

In real estate on June 27, 2010 at 5:41 pm

CLICK HERE to search for Office Space Locally, Nationwide, or Globally…or call 949-698-4799

Irvine Executive Suites, Citicorp Bldg Penthouse Level Office Space

In real estate on June 25, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Located on Michelson Drive in Irvine, CA, this penthouse level executive suites feature a large balcony overlooking the city, close proximity to John Wayne airport, and beautiful offices throughout, starting at $499. Call us at 949-698-4799 or email Office Blvd at inquire@officeblvd.com to arrange tours.

Amenities:

  • Professional On-site Manager
  • Furnished or Unfurnished
  • High Speed T-1 Internet Access
  • 24 Hour Suite Access 7 Days a Week
  • Personalized Answering Service & Voice Mail
  • Professional Reception Services

  • Conference Rooms with use of over 600 Locations Worldwide
  • Professional Mailing Address
  • Secretarial Services
  • Facsimile, Photocopies and Postage
  • Coffee & Tea Service and Kitchen Facilities
  • Virtual Office Packages starting at $95/month
Location:

  • Three blocks away from John Wayne Airport
  • Penthouse level with views







Anaheim Hills Executive Suites, beautiful Offices

In real estate on June 19, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Our Anaheim Hills Business Center has added the Executive Suite/ Shared Office Concept to Anaheim Hills, the hub for economic activity in Orange County and fast becoming a world-class business center. The City is known worldwide as a center for entertainment, tourism, and convention activities. This translates into a prestigious, high profile international address that balances business and residential growth.

Our Focus: Style-Service-Savings

Our facilities are designed and maintained as true executive environments. Offices and conference rooms are comfortable and professional, providing the perfect environment for business productivity.

Virtual Programs

With an Anaheim Hills Business Center Virtual Office, you can concentrate on running your business while a professional support team answers phone calls, handles mail and faxes and supports your efforts. Our virtual office programs provide you with all the benefits of a permanent office at a fraction of the cost.

Associations

As a member of Alliance Business Centers Network, we offer all the advantages and resources of a traditional office within 500 centers nationwide as well as 23 countries. Whether you’re a large corporation seeking flexible alternatives or a smaller enterprise with a watchful eye on expenses, we can meet your space requirements and meeting needs while you are expanding in the marketplace.

Please call 949-698-4799 or email inquire@officeblvd.com to schedule tour.

Newport Beach Executive Suites, Gorgeous Ocean View

In real estate on June 19, 2010 at 1:55 pm

We are located on Pacific Coast Highway in the heart of the Mariners Village Restaurant Row and across from Lido Isle.

We are home to 6 large charter boats that moor at our boat slips

You can walk to 8 of the areas best restaurants such as The Chart House, The Rusty Pelican, Villanova, Billy’s at the Beach and The Arches to name a few, or you can walk the waterfront and see some of the most expensive watercraft anywhere in California.

We house a wine boutique, four charter agencies, a physical therapy group, a large video gaming company and professionals from all areas of business with superior location being their driving force.

We provide secured underground parking.

Building security systems including: 24-hour camera surveillance, and key card entry system. We ensure that our clients are secure  24/7.

Amenities
  • No receptionist issues – we provide them and you don’t pay for the reception area they occupy;
  • No equipment issues – we own and maintain them, phone system, copiers, full T-1 internet.;
  • Need a conference room – we provide them and you don’t pay for a room you don’t use.

Prices start at $650.00 per month with no load factors; no pass through’s, no long-term leases.

  • Individual Offices from 100 to 350 Sq. Ft. as well as 2-4 Office Suites from 400 Sq .Ft. and up.
  • Four large conference rooms that seat up to 20 people.
  • Highly trained staff who understand that we are a service business first.
  • Clean, bright, contemporary surroundings, combining extensive use of granite, light woods and glass to enhance your working experience.
  • The greatest views available from any office building in the Newport Beach area.
  • Virtual Office Packages that allow you to use NOC’s layout as your business location without the overhead of a physical office.
    • Plan 1: A Business Mailing Address $95.00/month
    • Plan 2: A combination Mailing Address and Answering Service with 24 hour Voice Mail $150/month.
    • Plan 3: The ability to transfer calls to you wherever you are when using plan 2  $50.00/month additional
    • Plan 4: The ability to add 4 Conference Room/Daily Office hours to plan 2 $100.00/month additional

Call 949-698-4799 or inquire@officeblvd.com to make an appointment for a tour.

Executive Suites in Rancho Santa Margarita

In real estate on May 31, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Located on Tomas Street in Rancho Santa Margarita, this executive suites  has beautiful offices  to meet your company needs and the most competitive rates around and free parking.

Amenities:

  • Professional On-site Manager
  • Individual Offices and Mini Suites
  • Furnished or Unfurnished
  • High Speed T-1 Internet Access
  • 24 Hour Suite Access 7 Days a Week
  • Personalized Answering Service & Voice Mail
  • Conference Rooms with use of over 600 Locations Worldwide
  • Professional Mailing Address
  • Secretarial Services
  • Facsimile, Photocopies and Postage
  • Coffee & Tea Service and Kitchen Facilities
  • Virtual Office Packages starting at $95/month

Location:

  • Newly Remodeled Lobby
  • Beautiful Mountain Views
  • Conveniently located to the 241 Toll Road
  • Lower Traffic Congestion
  • Minutes from Irvine & 20 minutes from John Wayne Airport
  • Shopping and Restaurants
  • Free Parking

Offices at this location average 150sqft and starts around $600.

Please call 949-698-4799 to arrange a tour or get a free proposal via email.

Or Click here to submit your request

Click here for a listing of other Orange County Executive Suites

Orange Executive Suites, Flexible Lease Office Space

In real estate on May 31, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Located on North State College Blvd in Orange, this executive suites  has beautiful offices  to meet your company needs and the most competitive rates around and free parking.

Amenities:

  • Professional On-site Manager
  • Individual Offices and Mini Suites
  • Furnished or Unfurnished
  • High Speed T-1 Internet Access
  • 24 Hour Suite Access 7 Days a Week
  • Personalized Answering Service & Voice Mail
  • Conference Rooms with use of over 600 Locations Worldwide
  • Professional Mailing Address
  • Secretarial Services
  • Facsimile, Photocopies and Postage
  • Coffee & Tea Service and Kitchen Facilities
  • Virtual Office Packages starting at $95/month

Location:

  • Easy Access to North State College Boulevard, Orangewood Avenue, Interstate 5 and Area Freeways
  • Adjacent to Edison International Field in Anaheim
  • Convenient to Restaurants, Car Wash, Hotel, Health Club, and Shopping
  • Free Parking

Offices at this location average 150sqft and starts around $600.

Please call 949-698-4799 to arrange a tour or get a free proposal via email.

Or Click here to submit your request

Click here for a listing of other Orange County Executive Suites

Executive Suites in Mission Viejo

In real estate on May 31, 2010 at 7:22 pm

Located on Las Ramblas in Mission Viejo, this executive suites  has beautiful offices  to meet your company needs and the most competitive rates around and free parking.

Amenities:

  • Professional On-site Manager
  • Individual Offices and Mini Suites
  • Furnished or Unfurnished
  • High Speed T-1 Internet Access
  • 24 Hour Suite Access 7 Days a Week
  • Personalized Answering Service & Voice Mail
  • Conference Rooms with use of over 600 Locations Worldwide
  • Professional Mailing Address
  • Secretarial Services
  • Facsimile, Photocopies and Postage
  • Coffee & Tea Service and Kitchen Facilities
  • Virtual Office Packages starting at $95/month

Location:

  • Newly Remodeled Lobby
  • Beautiful Mountain Views
  • Conveniently located to the 241 Toll Road
  • Lower Traffic Congestion
  • Shopping and Restaurants
  • Free Parking

Offices at this location average 150sqft and starts around $450.

Please call 949-698-4799 to arrange a tour or get a free proposal via email.

Or Click here to submit your request

Click here for a listing of other Orange County Executive Suites