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Working Remotely

No morning traffic. No rush out the door. At the office, it seems like everyone is focused on their computer, talking on the phone or online anyway. Working remotely is a growing trend in the business world. Is traditional office space really still necessary? Let’s talk about the pros and cons of working from home to see if it works for us.

Working Remotely

With new technology and ways to communicate virtually, there has been a rise in working remotely. In America, there are more than 13 million people who spend at least part of their week working from home. Studies have been done on this new trend that share its many advantages. The article Four Ways to Make Working from Home Work for You discusses how “workers tend to be more productive, take less sick days, tend to feel less stressed, and work more hours than employees who are exclusively on-site”. Plus, there are the obvious advantages. Not having to spend extra time getting ready in the morning, skipping commuter traffic, and the ability to run an errand or travel. Being able to customize your work day is appealing to everyone.

Finding the Right Balance

Why isn’t everyone working remotely? Four ways to make working from home work for you also discusses the drawbacks. Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, explains “while there are obvious advantages to working early or being able to take [the] time to run a personal errand, it’s also easy for this to work against you. Colleagues may not know when they can reach you or may find you unpredictable”. Marissa has worked both from home and in a traditional office. She shares that when she worked from home she “made every effort to appear as if she has a ‘real office’ with a new phone line, business-sounding address, and corporate feel”. It is important to find the right balance for you and your business when deciding how to work.

How to Make Working from Home Work for You

Together, you can find the perfect balance between working from home while having all the advantages of a traditional office. You can bridge the gap by getting a virtual office assistant, office space when you need it and a professional business address. You have the ability to grow your business from the comfort of your home. At Officense you will have a team of executive assistants, both in office and virtually, who tailor services to your needs. You will gain a fully trained and professional staff that will make working from home work for you.

Our executive assistants answer your calls, handle your mail, greet your clients, follow up with leads and schedule appointments, providing a corporate feel and impressive business address. We provide high-end business facilities with fully furnished dedicated and a la carte office space, as well as conference rooms by the hour. An instant office when you need it, professional phone service to give your home office a corporate feel, and an impressive staff to help you with all of your administrative work. Give Officense a call at (410) 814-7500 to meet your new staff and tour your new business location, today!

Executive Assistants


Executive assistants may be more important for your startup business than you think. They give the first impression and convey your company’s message, which is key for your new brand’s image. For every company, especially a startup, customers are extremely important for the future of your business.

Ability to Make or Break Your Business

In Micah Solomon’s article “Leadership is Swell, But Your Receptionist Makes or Breaks Your Business” he claims a “clueless receptionist today, a bankrupt business tomorrow”. His article provides the example of the Ritz Carlton Hotels rigorous training for their receptionists. This customer service focused approach is based on their belief that every single employee is a representation of the brand. Solomon believes that thefirst and last impression creator is among the most important positions in your enterprise.” Executive Assistants, receptionists, or any employee on the front line, are essential for your entire business.

Keep a Lean Team and Spend Wisely

Now, I understand that a startup business may not always have the means to provide rigorous customer-service training for their employees. Or perhaps, even have the time to hire or train new employees at all. In an interview, a first-time business owner gave tips to make a successful startup company. Her #1 tip was to “Keep a Lean Team and Spend Wisely,” where she advises avoiding unnecessary hires and spending every dollar intentionally. This cost efficiency is what all startup business owners can connect with.  As a business owner, having an executive assistant would allow you to use your time adequately. But, there is simply not enough time or money to hire and train these employees.

Your Executive Assistants

Having professionally trained executive assistants who exude your new brand’s image, without having to spend time training, while staying on budget. I know what you are thinking- this is not possible for my business. Well, with Officense it is! At Officense you will have a team of executive assistants, both in office and virtually, who tailor services to your company’s needs. Our team comes at a fraction of the cost of hiring an assistant on your own. You will gain a fully trained and professional staff that will give your startup the great first impression it needs.

We have executive assistants to answer your calls, greet your clients, follow up with leads, schedule appointments, and much more. We also provide high-end business facilities with fully furnished dedicated and a la carte office space, as well as conference rooms by the hour. Give Officense a call at (410) 814-7500 to meet your new staff and tour your new prestigious business location, today!

Co-Working Space in Offices

Co-working space

The business world has been praising the success of co-working space in offices. Indeed, they have many benefits for dynamic companies. Co-working space promotes teamwork, healthy work relationships, and assists with company office costs.

Collaboration in the Workplace

Ah, teamwork! This dreaded activity is one that everyone can relay a horror story on. Indeed, many businesses have a difficult time promoting collaboration through teamwork among their employees. One sublet tactic for promoting teamwork is creating a co-working space within your office. It allows your employees to see the work others are doing and potentially offer assistance. As the saying goes, “Two heads are better than one.” If co-working space promotes collaboration, then it is pivotal to provide this to your staff.

Healthy Work Relationships

Co-working space can also foster healthy work relationships. These spaces promote interaction among your employees. Spending positive time with one’s coworkers can assist with employee retention and an optimistic company culture. Employees are more likely to be satisfied with their work if they have workplace friends. Who wants to come to work and feel like a stranger among their colleagues? Answer: No one …

Cost Effective Co-Working Space

Having multiple offices or cubicle for your employee is not a cost-effective use of office space for most businesses. Not only is this practice stifling to your employees’ potential collaboration, but it is also costly. Co-working space has the potential to require less construction and costly cubicle walls. Instead, allow your office to breath well protecting your profit margin. Another benefit for businesses is telecommuting employees can utilize the co-working space, during the times you briefly need them in the office.

If your business is in the market for High-end office or co-working space, give Officense a call! We provide all inclusive business facilities with fully furnished dedicated and a la carte office space, as well as conference rooms by the hour. Give us a call at (410)- 814-7500 to schedule your tour of our downtown location, today!

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Furnishing Your Business

Furnishing a business office can be a cumbersome task. There is choosing the right pieces, purchasing, transporting, assembling, and placement. All of the steps can be time-consuming and costly to a new company. However, high-end furnishing will provide numerous benefits to your company.

Business Appearance

If correctly chosen, your business clients will be impressed with your taste in design. When clients walk into your office they should feel an air of professionalism and class.  If you walked into a business with some shabby furnishings, no doubt you would think twice before working with that company! A client will gauge your company on appearance, furniture says a lot.

Furnishing for Employees

Another added bonus is the morale of your employees. For example, simply providing top quality desk chair will provide a more comfortable and healthy working environment. Another benefit could be promoting collaboration amongst your employees. Having low cubicle walls or none at all will assist in building a team environment. There are numerous other benefits of a tastefully furnished office, but I know what you are thinking: How much is this going to cost me?

Indeed, office furniture is not a cheap expense for any business. Your solution should be Officense. We provide high-end business facilities with fully furnished dedicated and a la carte office space, as well as conference rooms by the hour. Given us a call at (410)- 814-7500 to schedule your tour our downtown location, today!

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Today, we should all express our gratitude to the Administrative Professionals in our lives. Secretaries, Executive Assistants, and Administrative Assistants are the grease on the wheels of any company. As gatekeepers of the business world, they answer your calls, plan your trips, greet your clients, and so much more.

As any business professional knows, administrative guidance is crucial to a company. Remember all the times your Administrative Professional has kept you on schedule or handled an important matter while you were otherwise occupied. Staff appreciation is key to employee retention, so today call the florist, book a day at the spa, or plan a party in honor of your company’s Administrative Professionals.

Every business could benefit from an Administrative Professional. If your company is lacking one, consider Officense! We have fully trained Executive Assistants to answer your business calls, handle your mail, greet your clients, and a whole lot more! Call Officense today, at (410) 814-7500, to schedule a tour of our facilities and meet your new Executive Assistants.

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