How ESC Can Help You Better Enjoy Your Summer!

We’re in the business of helping businesses, and we know that for a business to operate successfully – it takes satisfied employees and business owners. Work/life balance is key – so here are some ways that we can help you keep your business in order, while still allowing you to enjoy this Seattle summer right!

 

1)   Telephone Answering/Forwarding – It’s OK to spend some summer indulgence time out of the office. Whether it’s a day at the lake, a few hours on the golf course or an afternoon family BBQ, just because you’re not IN the office, doesn’t mean you have to miss calls (unless you want to). Allow us to forward on your priority calls from clients and partners to your cell phone, or act as a personal message system instead of sending them straight to voicemail. We can create a specific setup that works for you – so that enjoying some summer time does not have to mean neglecting important business.

2)   Virtual Office Setup – This may be far fetched, but if you are a business that is not tied into a specific lease agreement, creating a “work from home” summer is a great way to offer a fantastic perk to your employees, while saving on office rental costs. Summer is already packed with weddings, family reunions, weekend getaways and holidays; so allowing a setup that accommodates your employee’s hectic schedules, will benefit them greatly. As your local business center, we offer any support that they need and may be missing from an office environment – tools like printing, video conferencing and administrative support. With the amount you’ll be saving on rent costs for the summer, offering a business support package to each employee would be an added benefit, and still help your bottom line!

Business Support Services – Are you working extra hours to finish all the paperwork, send out all the necessary invoices and all those other odds and ends that seem to never end? Don’t miss out on summer memories trying to catch up – leave that up to our professionals. You don’t want to miss that swim meet, or get on the road 2 hours later for that camping trip (that’s 2 hours less sunlight you’ll get!), so leave the administrative details to us, and enjoy that quality time with your friends and family.

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Does Technology Connect or Disconnect Us?

Many people would argue that in our day and age, technology has encouraged a withdrawal from personal relationships and disconnect from reality and society. This is undeniably true in some ways – but we can’t discount how technology has also allowed us to strengthen the connections in our lives. As a local business center, we see how people utilize technology in positive ways on a daily basis – so here is some food for thought as to how you can use technology as a connecting tool, rather than one that creates barriers between us.

Video Conferencing: Whether you are utilizing video conferencing for business or personal purposes, this is an amazing tool to aid in staying connected in geographically challenged situations. Located on the West Coast and have team members in New York? Think about the benefit of a Monday morning meeting via video conference rather than conference call. Or how seeing your mom’s face when you call to wish her a happy birthday could mean more than a simple text or call. Don’t underestimate the power of visuals, and how seeing faces and expressions can encourage a stronger connection and relationship.

Phone Answering Services: If you are a business owner or employee that is often in the field at your job, and often misses phone calls – telephone answering services are a great way to “stay connected”. Having someone answer a potential clients call to greet them appropriately and collect their necessary information, is much more welcoming to most people than a voicemail. Consider how technology and call routing in this situation could give your business a much more friendly front, and help people to feel more connected to your business.

Virtual Office Services: Although much more common now, work from home and virtual jobs have always existed to some extent, however they were not always supported with the technology we have today. Rather than feeling completely isolated and disconnected from the office environment, virtual office services now allow us to feel very connected to our employees, colleagues, and the business world in general. Some years ago, a stay at home mother may not have felt like pursuing a career was possible while running a household. Now virtual office services have made is possible to stay connected even in a remote environment.

Many people would argue that in our day and age, technology has encouraged a withdrawal from personal relationships and disconnect from reality and society. This is undeniably true in some ways – but we can’t discount how technology has also allowed us to strengthen the connections in our lives. As a local business center, we see how people utilize technology in positive ways on a daily basis – so here is some food for thought as to how you can use technology as a connecting tool, rather than one that creates barriers between us.

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The ABC’s of ESC!

With office rentals offered on a full time or part time basis, virtual office services AND administrative support services, ESC has a lot to offer the businesses we work with. In fact-there is something for every letter in the alphabet, and then some! Check out some of the benefits you are able to enjoy with our office rentals!

 

A – Access – 24 hours!

B- Business support services

C – Coffee – and it’s gourmet!

D – Day office rentals for short term needs

E – Executive offices with different floor plans

F – Furnished reception area

G – Green: Virtual offices help you go green and also save “green” on things like business travel!

H – High speed internet

I – Identity plans for your business

J – Janitorial services and utilities

K – Kitchen facilities

L – Lunches: Ask us about our periodic social lunches!

M- Meeting rooms for all types of occasions

N – Networking Opportunities

O- Onsite “free” parking for you and your customers

P – Printing services

Q – Quiet workspaces where you can focus in private

R- Rentals on a day or full time basis

S- Secure mailboxes

T- Telephone answering services

U- Unlimited use of four conference rooms and two day offices (with the full time plan).

V- Video conferencing services

W- Water – filtered water whenever you need it!

X- X-Mas cards. OK this one was a stretch, but our administrative staff can help with your mailing needs – Christmas cards are a great example!

Y- Your own Seattle address

Z- Zero hassle…we handle all of the business tasks that usually weigh you down!

 

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3 Reasons that “Spring Cleaning” Will Improve Your Work Environment

1)   Decrease Clutter & Associated Costs – Hopefully it doesn’t only happen once a year, but a good clean up can help your office in a few ways. Less clutter will allow employees to better focus and save them time by finding things easier. Companies can save money on things like paper, data storage and other business costs by seeking virtual solutions that will also de-clutter the office environment.

2)   Keep Your Team Healthy- Refill the hand sanitizer dispensers and whip out the disinfectant wipes. Offices and office equipment can accumulate a huge amount of germs with how much they are used, and the variety of people using them. Keeping surfaces, handles and equipment cleaned and disinfected will help to prevent those fast-spreading sicknesses that make their way around the workplace. Keeping employees healthy will assure 2 things: 1) Productivity will be kept at the highest possible level with more employees in the office and 2) Employees taking time off for leisure purposes rather that sick days will improve morale and overall quality of work.

3)   Improve Office Attitude – Studies have shown, working in an uncluttered environment with a good ambiance can improve people’s attitudes resulting in better quality of work production. It’s pretty simple, if people are happier as a result of their environment, they are more likely to put more energy, quality, and more effort into what they are doing.

Now that you have reasons – get to cleaning – it’s officially Spring!

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Ways to Go “Virtual” In the Workplace

Working with so many local businesses on a daily basis has really got us noticing the different ways that businesses are going virtual these days (we are in the business of virtual office space after all).  With motivations ranging from cost-efficiency to storage conservation, businesses are looking for ways to get more virtual, and so we’ve compiled a list on some suggestions that could help your business jump on the wagon:

 

1)   Virtual Office Space – We might be biased, but we have seen the value that so many businesses have found when they have abandoned the idea of a traditional office space, and utilized virtual office services in their area.  With a virtual office, you can still maintain a local address, have access to office space with flexible options, and take advantage of services like print, fax and video conferencing when you need them.  Flexibility, convenience, and cost savings are major advantages to a virtual office set up.

2)   Virtual Data Storage – For most industries, the days of file cabinets overflowing with manila folders are over.  Unorganized papers further complicated by illegible handwritten notes are taking their place in the history books, while hard drives and “clouds” full of information are taking over.  Virtual solutions offer a much more organized, reliable and compact way of storing account notes, client information, billing data and other important business information. Think about all the room you’d save if you could remove those file cabinets in your office!

3)   Virtual Communication- In order to save money on travel costs, or to find a solution when weather or other conditions prevent teams/clients from meeting in person, many businesses are getting acquainted with virtual communication solutions like video conferencing.  Everyone knows a face-to-face connection goes a long way, but who’s to say that face-to-face connection can’t happen via a computer screen.   A cross-country trip will cost a business much more than it would to utilize the video conferencing equipment at your local business center, and there is no connection lost.  The virtual communication industry is a booming one – and for good reason!

 

With e-cards taking over traditional mail, and online banking replacing visits to your local bank, who knows how far virtual services in our world will go. But we do know that they come with some major cost and convenience benefits, and are worth looking into if you are a small business! To find out about virtual business options in the Seattle area, visit us here.

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Bowlathon to Benefit Tukwila Food Pantry

Dear Executive Support Center Friends,
 
As many of you know we have been involved with The Tukwila Food Pantry over the years in helping raise funds and  awareness in the business community for the work that the Pantry does to fight hunger in our area.
 
Tukwila Rotary sponsors a yearly bowl-a-thon that totally benefits the Pantry.  Rotary pays for the bowling and all of the money raised goes directly to the Pantry.
 
We would like to invite you to join with us in this endeavor to STRIKE OUT HUNGER!  Please take a look at the attached flyers – there are many ways you could partner with us:
·         You could form a team of 4 to bowl

·         You could join another team to bowl

·         You could become a sponsor (see attached sponsorship levels)

·         You might want to become an event sponsor

·         You can donate in-kind gifts to be distributed at the event

·         Cash donations are always welcome

 
We’ll be there Saturday, March 29, with a team!  It’s a fun morning, from 10-12 at ACME Bowl in Tukwila (which by the way serves great food and drinks in a smoke free environment!)
 
Bowling costs $200 per team – we’re so excited about the event – that we will fund ½ of your team ($100) for the first 3 teams that sign up with us!
 
Any questions about the Pantry or how you could participate – let me know and I would be happy to answer them.                                                           

 

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4 Reasons Why Working Remotely Can Be EXTRA Beneficial During the Winter:

1)   Avoid “that bug” that seems to make its way around the whole office every season – taking people out for at least a few days at a time.

2)   Avoid the hot/cold battle:  Dressing for the workday is a complicated rollercoaster during the winter months.  You bundle up with jackets, scarves and mittens to make your way from the house to the car.  Then you peel off a few layers once the heat in the car kicks in.  Then you re-layer to dart from the car into the office where the temperature always seems to be unpredictable – either a sweat-inducing heat blast, or a bone chilling artic zone.  Impossible!

3)   Get some rare vitamin D (if your schedule allows). If you work from home, or are a mobile worker with a flexible schedule, take an hour of the day to get outside and enjoy some sunshine and fresh air that is so short lived in the winter months.  Enjoying that time and making up that one hour of work after the sun has gone down can do a lot for your health and well being.

4)   Avoid vehicle problems: From getting stuck in the snow to wearing down your coolant system, winter conditions can be harsh on your vehicle.  If you can minimize driving by eliminating a commute to the office, chances are you will be saved of some winter hassles other drivers are facing!

 

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