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Staying Focused During the Holidays

Keeping Focused During the Holidays

Have you been seeing holiday countdown signs everywhere and finding yourself suddenly possessed by feelings of dread? Is your first thought “How in the world am I supposed to finish all my work before then?” We have some tips as you dive head first into the New Year that may prevent Grinch-like symptoms from ruining your holiday season.

Don’t Overcommit

Now is the time when people try to finish up things that have lingered throughout the year and, big surprise, that big rush to cross off items from a to-do list could potentially impact you and your business. Look at your schedule and your capacity- do you have many coworkers who plan on taking vacation that won’t be able to share the extra work? Do you even have the resources available to accomplish the tasks requested by your clients? Take a step back and evaluate what you can and can’t do, and don’t feel guilty saying no.

Prioritize Tasks

Make a list of projects or business assignments that absolutely need to be done before the holiday rush and what can be completed after the New Year. Be firm with clients or coworkers who may ask you to work late into the evening to finish everything on time. You’ll feel much more relaxed knowing you have designated your work tasks into achievable goals pre and post holiday.

Communicate Your Limitations

Before the holidays are in full swing, let your clients know what your schedule or capacity limitations are up front so they’re not surprised when you tell them some things may need to wait until January. This allows you to focus on the tasks you’ve already agreed to and will help you stay sane (theoretically) to enjoy the festivities of the season.

Take Time Off

Don’t feel guilty for taking a day or two off! You may have family or friends visiting who want to see the sights, but sipping on hot cocoa and looking at holiday lights aren’t nearly as fun if you’re locked away in the office. If you prioritize your December responsibilities and avoid overcommitting to new tasks, taking time off to spend with your loved ones shouldn’t feel like a burden. Bake some cookies and live it up!

Follow these tips this winter to find a balance between work and fun that works for you and your business. Happy Holidays!

 

 

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Executive Support Center Offers Flexibility for Home Office Workers

How are you doing working from home?

Executive Support Center assists you in working more productively and efficiently – all the while keeping your sanity!

It’s Monday morning, you’re wrapped up in your flannel pajamas sipping coffee from your couch, and you don’t have to drive into an office because you work from home. You must be thinking: “This is the life! I’m going to be much more productive!” But then suddenly it’s Wednesday afternoon and all you’ve accomplished is knocking out two seasons of your new favorite show on Netflix. At least you opened your emails though, right?

Working from home has many benefits; you get to work around your own schedule and you avoid unnecessary distractions, such as long staff meetings or overly chatty co-workers. While the solitude of working from home may entice you, you miss out on networking with other clients in the same field as you, as well as the potential of working outside of designated “working” hours that you may have set for yourself if you worked in an office. In addition to the social aspects you miss out on working from home, you’re also at risk for anxiety or depression being isolated from others. Long periods of time locked away could result in decreased productivity as well.

Having a virtual office is the best of both worlds for you. It offers you flexibility in terms of working from home versus working in an office, and it provides you a professional space to meet clients. Here at Executive Support Center, we help connect our clients to theirs in a variety of ways. You can rent your own office full time if you prefer, or book rooms on a case-to-case basis as your business schedule demands.

Executive Support Center offers professional meeting rooms you can book to meet with your clients. No longer will you need to meet in the coffee shop near your house where screaming children and grinding coffee machines compete for your client’s attention! We can offer quiet, clean spaces for reasonable rates year round. In addition to benefiting from a flexible work schedule, our business also gives you the opportunity to network and connect with other local professionals in the area.

Call us today at 206-248-1082 to discuss booking options and membership plans. Let us help you succeed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Executive Support Center’s Guide to Fall

Our Fall Survival Guide

Don’t FALL Into These Work Traps!

In tribute to Fall, we wanted to share some common work ”traps” or dilemmas that Executive Support Center can help you avoid. After all, we are a business SUPPORT center, and are here to offer ease to your life, whether that is on a professional or personal level!

The “Over Committed & Overpriced Office Rental” Trap:
If you have a need for office space, but not on a full time basis, many people don’t know that there are plans to accommodate their individual schedules. Day Rentals and Virtual Offices, as offered at Executive Support Center, provide a perfect solution for those who need an office one or two times a week, or one of two times a month! The best part is there are no long term commitments on our Virtual Plans!

The “Mobile Office Turned Filthy Car” Trap:
There’s nothing wrong with a mobile office, and if you are out seeing clients on appointments throughout the day- you may spend a lot of time in your car. But that does not mean your car has to become your office. When it comes to keeping files, doing paperwork, and hammering out phone calls – not all this needs to be done in your car. Utilizing a temporary or full time office space to stay organized and productive can go along way. Think about starting or ending your day (or even stopping by in between appointments) by utilizing a business center to make calls, complete paperwork, fax contracts, and even USE THE RESTROOM! We assure you we have more amenities than your vehicle can offer!

The “Lack of Work/Life Balance” Trap:
School has started (along with the sports and activities that come with it). Fall has officially arrived. Work in the office and work at home are in full swing, and you may just need some extra help in making sure everything gets done. From professional duties like client invoicing and data entry, to personal duties like addressing holiday cards and shipping packages – we can help you get all the big and small things done, that help you stay organized and maintain the ideal work/life balance, so that nothing falls between the cracks.

Let us help you ride through this fall SMOOTHLY – checking things off your list, while actually enjoying the ride!

Executive Support Center Keeps You Connected to Colleagues and Clients

Does Technology Connect or Disconnect Us?

Executive Support Center assists you in keeping connected!

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 ConferencingWhether 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. While you may do the majority of your work from home when it is convenient our virtual plans give you a business address, day offices and meeting rooms when you need to meet that important client face to face

 

ESC Can Help You Better Enjoy Your Summer!

The truth is we can help business owners and employees enjoy summer – We’re in the business of assisting 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!

 Virtual Office Setup – Summer is packed with kids at home, play dates, bbq’s, family reunions, weekend getaways and holidays – which is exactly the way summer should be. But if you normally work from home it can be distracting and sometimes almost impossible to get anything done! As your local business center, we offer monthly virtual packages that allow you to come into a day office or meeting room to make those important telephone calls or meet with clients and prospects for an hour or two at a time.

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 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.

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, an enjoy that quality time with your friends and family.

Call us today at 206.248.1082 to see how we might help make your Seattle summer the best!

Why Choose ESC?

ESC – the perfect choice for office rentals and virtual offices in the Seattle market.

Have you ever walked into a lobby and immediately felt like you have been there before – like you belong? The vibe is warm and friendly. It feels like your home away from home?

Well that’s our goal at Executive Support Center. Whether you are a first time guest of ours or a guest of one of our tenants, you will be greeted in our lobby by a friendly and professional receptionist. She will greet you, announce your arrival and offer you a beverage while you wait for your meeting. Your guest, in fact every guest, is given undivided attention and often feel that we are a member of your company.

We are locally owned and operated. Getting to know you, your business and goals, is important to us. We live in the same community. If you are successful, we will be successful.  

We will ask you what your needs are and can quickly tailor our services to your requirements. Do you need services that are slightly different than what we have offered on our website or that you have seen elsewhere? Maybe you need a little more time in a conference room package. Or you might want assistance in administering tests or providing information to applicants, for instance. Whatever your requirements are, ask us. Let us know your budget, and we’d be happy to tailor a package to suit your particular needs.

We are not bound by guidelines and pricing set by large corporations or associations that are most likely headquartered in another state or even another country. It isn’t necessary for us to call or email headquarters for an exception to the packaged programs. We can discuss your needs with you and immediately present a package of services on the spot, with prices.

So, how can we do that? As we mentioned we are a locally owned and operated boutique business center where your needs and budget are our priority. As we said – If you are successful, we will be successful also.


The ABC’s of Executive Support Center

The ABC Benefits of Executive Support Center Services

Check out the benefits you are able to enjoy with our office rentals.

 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! 

A – Access – 24 hours!

B-  Business support services

C – Coffee – and it’s gourmet!

D – Day Office rentals for short terms needs

E – Executive suites with various floor plans

F – Furnished or unfurnished offices – your choice!

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 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 all our business services on an a ‘la carte basis!

V- Video conferencing services

W- Water – filtered water whenever you need it!

X- X-Mas Cards.  OK this one was as 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 of all the business tasks that usually weigh you down!