Archive for the ‘Virtual Offices’ Category

Are you ready to stop working from home?

August 11, 2009

crowded house

Working in your living space can be burdensome on your family and your business.   Certain aspects of the arrangement that appeal to you at first may not seem so beneficial once the interruptions and expenses add up.  Personal matters can become a distraction.   Cost savings disappear when equipment fails.  You may not have appropriate meeting space for clients.  Maintaining the efficiency of a home office can drain your resources.   Don’t let the value of your business suffer because you are not in the right place to get the job done.

Furnished offices in a professional atmosphere are move-in ready at The Suites Collection.  If you are weighing the decision to leave your home office for a new one, arrange a tour for any or all of our three convenient business centers.  Rents start at under $1000 per month.  Your furniture, telephone and high speed internet connection are included in your rent.    Our centers are equipped with conference rooms, copier, fax and secretarial support.   We have a wide variety of office sizes and layouts to suit your style and our experienced staff will work with you to select the right one.  If your office needs change in the future, you can transition to another one with minimal disruption. 

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If you do plan to continue working from a home, The Suites Collection offers another service that can enhance your business.   Our virtual office program will allow you to have a prestigious mailing address and personalized telephone reception with 24/7 access to voice mail.  Our flexible office program offers part time use of an office for when you need focused time to prepare for a meeting or require privacy with a client.   Meeting and conference rooms that hold up to 20 people are available for half or full day rental and are located close to public transportation and parking.

For more insight on the ways individuals and businesses make the most of shared office environments, see these recent articles from Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.  Or, for a fun international perspective, read how the Germans are also enjoying the benefits!

Start up support

July 2, 2009

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Looking for ways to expand or enhance your business acumen? There are plenty of options for support and advice from companies whose business it is to keep you in business. Continuing your education is a great idea. Even if your schedule is busy, you can always find quick tips in magazines, online and by reaching out into your local community.

Reading a magazine is a refreshing way to discover information without having to be in front of a computer screen.  While on the train or waiting at an airport, pick up a copy of Inc. Magazine, “The Magazine for Growing Companies”.  Also referred to as “The Small Business Bible”, Inc. Magazine uses real life examples of business strategies, case studies, successes and failures to highlight real world solutions. The current issue features Paul Graham whose company, Y Combinator, is a hybrid venture capital fund and business school that funds and advises early-stage businesses.  Another article captures and compares the inner workings at Google and Microsoft.   

Toolkit.com is an online business owners toolkit offering “total know how” for small businesses.  We’ve recommended this site in previous blogs, but they’ve revamped and improved their site recently which makes it even better.  News stories and links direct you to the latest developments affecting small businesses.  The 200 free business documents, templates, checklists and official government forms make it easy for you to access those items from one place.

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Your nearby college or university can also be a great resource.  Business and economics departments often conduct public outreach.  In Chicago, DePaul University’s Entrepreneurship Program at the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center offers consulting services, educational programs and resources for students and entrepreneurs throughout the city in the various stages of what they term the “Entrepreneurial Quest®”.

And if you want a good laugh to relieve you after your studies, read “Every Piece of Start Up Advice Is a Lie Including Mine” , an enlightening blog entry from one of Y Combinator’s participant entrepreneurs, Tony Right. 

Short term solutions

May 22, 2009

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Even if right now isn’t the best time to make a long term commitment, you can still position your company wisely in anticipation of future successes. We all look forward to the day that this economy settles down. Until then, you should secure short term solutions for your business. Who doesn’t want flexibility and convenience? Working with The Suites Collection business centers will get you both. We offer three great solutions to protect your business now and provide for it in the future.

Choose from the following packages to fit your needs:

Start-Up Special

  • Private full time office for your new enterprise or your company’s first foray into the Chicago market.
  • Choose from several fully furnished all priced under $1000 per month.
  • Telephone, voice mail and high speed internet connection included.
  • Professional Administrative staff on site to support you.
  • Offices are move-in ready so schedule a tour today and be in business tomorrow.

Flexible Office

  • Ideal for mobile professionals who can work anywhere but occasionally need privacy and security.
  • For $300 a month you receive up to 16 hours of private meeting or office space in our center. 
  • Includes high speed internet and flexible accessibility anytime Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm.
  • Additional onsite services include use of copier, fax and secretarial support. 
  • Mail and delivery receipt is also available. 
  • Takes only 24 hours to get started.  Arrangements can be made via telephone, email or in person.

Corporate Identity & Virtual Office

  • “Locate” your business at one of our centers for $200 a month.
  • Perfect for the home based professional or any company desiring a Chicago presence.
  • You are provided with our prestigious business address, dedicated phone number and voicemail.
  • A receptionist will answer your calls using your business name.
  • 24 hour voice mail access, mail receipt and building signage, if desired. 
  • For client meetings, you can rent our conference rooms as needed.
  • Takes only 24 hours to get started.  Arrangements can be made via telephone, email or in person. 
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We offer flexible terms and a range of spaces to accommodate your changing priorities. Maybe you will start with a virtual office and allow your business to grow enough to require dedicated space. Or maybe life decisions take you out of town but you still want to connect with Chicago clients using our meeting spaces. The Suites Collection staff members are able to build long lasting relationships with our tenants because we support them where they are today, and then meet their needs for the future. We are rooting for your success, in the short and long term. Contact us so we can tell you more. Find out which plan works best for you today.

Mitigate your risk

April 17, 2009

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Every day we make choices that propel us towards a dream or keep us standing still.  The path that leads us to that dream may be treacherous at times because taking risks can feel daunting.  Mitigate your risks by locating your office in an executive business center to save time and money.  If you have an independent start up, an established business with shifting needs or are looking for a great satellite location, The Suites Collection will provide you with extraordinary value.

In our industry, you will find business models ranging from “big box” office centers run by global conglomerates to independent operations with local owners, like us.  Fifteen years ago, Lee Dickson created one of the first ever independent executive suites operations in Chicago and she continues to lead our business today.  With three centers in River North and the North Loop, The Suites Collection is large enough to accommodate any office scenario you may require, but also small enough to give you personalized service and attention from our experienced staff of professionals.

If you are handling all of the day to day matters that come with running an office, this will take time away from your clients.  When circumstances change and you need to adjust, being locked in to long term commitments means you won’t be able to fit the new flexible model for success in this economy.  Our office centers can accommodate you as your space needs change throughout the year.  If you have a consultant in for a day, one of our conference rooms can be arranged.  If you schedule a working lunch hour with a client, we can handle the logistics for your meeting. 

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Limiting your risks is a cornerstone of our business.   Our office environments are friendly and flexible and your arrangements with us can be as fluid as you need them to be.  Achieve your dreams without having to take a big leap.  Now is the right time!  Contact us for a tour of any of our offices.  We will start working for you today.

For more information on mitigating your risk read our other blogs on:

 What type of office space will fit your needs?

Workplace Flexibility

Shared Office Savings

Shared Office Networking

Shared Office: Legality

Address your business

March 26, 2009

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As access to the internet via laptops and cell phones becomes increasingly prevalent, we are now free to conduct our business from almost any location.  Mobility definitely has perks that increase flexibility and decrease the cost of traditional office expenses.  Yet, even with so much of our communication existing in cyber space, we should not escape the opportunity to build trust by giving clients a legitimate business address, phone number and a comfortable place to talk face-to-face.

The Suites Collection offers telecommuters a great way to establish a corporate identity by providing virtual offices at our three business centers.  For $200 a month, a virtual office gives you a prestigious address and 312 area-code phone number.  Your calls will be answered with your company name and forwarded to voice mail, which you will have access to 24 hours a day.  Mail and packages will be received for you during normal business hours and when the time comes to meet in person with clients or prospects, you can arrange for use of any of our conference facilities.  Establishing a virtual office with us also gives you access to our copy center, fax machine, scanner and administrative personnel.

When your office is mobile, the conferencing and meeting facilities at The Suites Collection are the perfect place to conduct professional meetings and give presentations.  All our rooms come furnished and equipped specifically to make your meetings as productive as possible.   Whether it’s an intimate small group discussion or an executive level conference in our rotunda board room, we can accommodate a range of meeting styles.

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Click below to contact us for information on how to have one of our classic Chicago addresses on your business card.  As your company grows you may eventually require dedicated private office space, and as a virtual office client, we will be able to give you priority for our best available offices.  Let The Suites Collection be your corporate headquarters and support system.   We’ll handle things while you’re away!

Theatre District Business Center at 60 W. Randolph

Goodman Theatre Building across from Daley Plaza

Central Business District

 

Court House Executive Offices at 101 W. Grand

Site of Historic Grand Hotel on Clark Street

River North – West

 

Tree Studios at 4 E. Ohio

Unique studio offices in storied landmark building

River North – East

The Virtual Office – what they are & why you may need one

August 8, 2008

 

Remember the recent article in the Chicago Tribune reporting a single building in the Cayman Islands that serves as a business address for more than 18,000 companies? 

How is that possible?  They’re Virtual Offices!

Virtual Offices offer your company a desirable address and valuable support services.  In the Caymans it equals tax-breaks.  In Chicago, it signifies prestige.  Established businesses can afford lucrative properties to impress their clients with “location, location, location”.  For a small monthly fee, yours can too.

Having a Virtual Office means the address you list on marketing materials, business cards and your website is actually a location other than where you work.  Instead of asking clients to send payments to your apartment, you give them 60 W. Randolph, Suite 200, the unique north loop office building across from Daley Plaza. Once mail arrives at your Virtual Office location, it can be sent on to your home address or you may want to stop in and pick it up. Your choice. 

Receptionists enhance the prestige of your Virtual Office.  Calls to your business number are answered professionally and forwarded to your private voice mail box for your twenty four hour access.  You decide how you want your phone answered and you retrieve your messages at any time.  The receptionist will also accept packages delivered to your business.  This affords ease of mind when you are traveling or making sales calls.

For important meetings or presentations, your Virtual Office includes easy access to well-appointed conference facilities.  At The Suites Collection, you may select a conference room from any of our locations in downtown Chicago and River North.  Through our business center partnerships we can arrange for conference rooms throughout the United States and the around the world. 

Working from home can conserve costs, but with a Virtual Office you won’t have to forgo important services and corporate identity.  When you reach your goals and your business needs outstrip your domestic resources, you can arrange for a physical office at the address your clients have come to know.