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Your business is a dynamic enterprise. It can grow, build, change shape, and point in new directions in the blink of an eye. At Lakeside Executive Suites, this is how we approach office space. We don’t build boxes. We create workspaces that are as future-minded as the entrepreneurs who occupy them and that deliver the flexibility and technology required to operate on the cusp of tomorrow. Whether it’s a full-time office space, or just a meeting room for the day, we offer a range of options and services designed to help you conduct business your way.

Closest places to Florida to see fall foliage
Posted On November 16, 2018 Posted By: Jason Tiemeier

While we’ve got pretty much the best of everything here in Florida, one of the things we miss out on is the riot of color that the fall foliage brings to the northern climes. However, there are a few places within easy driving distance where you can drink it all in while it lasts – and some of them are right here in our state!

If you are hoping to experience the beauty of autumn foliage, we’ve got you covered. Head for the hills! Higher elevations bring cooler temperatures and that’s what nature needs to get those reds and oranges going.

Here are some of our top picks for the closest places in and around Florida for fall foliage:

Torreya State Park

Just west of Tallahassee you’ll find Torreya State Park. Its high bluffs overlook the Apalachicola River whose slopes are replete with Acer maples, sweetgum, and sourwood trees. Late October is the time to go if you want to experience fall color here in all its splendor. Note that currently the park itself is closed due to storm damage from Hurricane Michael, but surrounding areas of Bristol are still accessible to traffic.

Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Traveling south from Tallahassee, you’ll find plenty of maple trees in full regalia at Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park. Boat tours are available too, where you’ll be able to see the sights while touring some of the state’s deepest freshwater springs and discover places where dinosaurs used to roam free.

Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail

Here, you’ll get the best of the fall season in a uniquely Floridian way: imagine seeing colorful trees, dolphins, manatees, and whales all in the same excursion! The 30-mile loop takes you through some of the state’s oldest forests as well as pre-civil war plantations, lagoons, and more. Storm advisories recommend checking road closures before setting out.

Out-of-state fall foliage destinations

If you’re up for a slightly more ambitious excursion, you can always venture out-of-state. North Carolina, Georgia, and parts of Alabama are gorgeous in the fall – and what better excuse is there to get out of town and explore the majesty of the season?

Asheville, NC, in the western part of the state, is well-known for its fall foliage. The Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains feature 6,000-foot elevations, supporting one of the longest fall color seasons in the country. With a window that lasts up to five weeks or more, you’ve still got plenty of time to plan a long weekend trip.

If you’re looking for a little urban adventure to go with your nature-tripping, try Atlanta, GA, on for size. The landscape surrounding the city is blazing with color right now and you can spend your evenings discovering Atlanta’s nightlife or culinary scene.

Lakeside Executive Suites is dedicated to supporting local businesses in Weston, FL, with flexible office solutions that answer every need. Drop by for a tour today and find out how we can help you get things done.

 

 

Great customer service is essential. Here’s how to do it right!
Posted On February 7, 2018 Posted By: Jason Tiemeier

One thing is for sure – it’s easy to tell when a company wants your business and when it doesn’t. Customer service is the business equivalent of a sincere, mutually beneficial, caring relationship. When it is genuine, you know it. When it’s not, well, you know that too.

Some companies, small to medium-sized companies especially, may not even realize where they are falling short until it’s too late. And if you lose one customer to a misunderstanding or customer service oversight, it can ricochet into something much larger.

Customer service is always important but especially important when things go wrong for the customer. When they do, you need to be prepared to handle it in such a way that lets your customer know that you really do care. In the age of ratings, reviews, and social proof, this takes on even greater importance as one customer slighted can reverberate that negativity into the foreseeable future.

If one of your resolutions in this new year is to up your game to take you to a new level of success, this article is for you. Here are three actionable tips to help you make your new customers happy and keep your existing ones coming back for more:

1. Make customer satisfaction #1

The truth about customer service is that you don’t often get a chance to redeem yourself once things have gone south. Make sure that your customer experience is easy, intuitive, and responsive to avoid frustration. Resolve to fix any issues before you let the customer off the phone – because bad reviews can’t be removed and it may impact your business for years to come. Long wait times for support, a lack of empathy for the problem, and ambivalent support representatives are fuel for the fire. Ensure that the process of finding answers and getting help is an easy process for the customer.

2. Strive for clear and consistent communication

There is nothing more exasperating than having to repeat yourself several times in order to get the message across to the right person. If you have several people fielding support, ensure that your customer’s needs are understood before they are forwarded to a support agent. Alternately, if you outsource your support, map out an omnichannel solution so that each representative can view the result of the customer’s previous calls.

3. Waive return fees on defective equipment

It happens occasionally: you purchase a product, but when it arrives it simply does not work. It should be a simple case of return and replace. If this happens, don’t take it out on the customer by charging them return fees, restocking fees, repair fees, or asking them to pay for shipping. Regardless of what happened, it’s not their fault. Go the extra mile to ensure a seamless, easy return process. Sure, you will have to absorb the cost, but it really comes down to the cost of doing business. Guaranteed you will get it back many times over in customer loyalty if you do the right thing, so don’t gripe about it.

Do you have a customer service story you can share? We’d love to know what you do to keep your clientele coming back for more! Lakeside Office Suites in Weston, FL, is dedicated to supporting our small business tenants with flexible office solutions to help them grow. Drop by for a tour, or call today to find out more.

The Entrepreneurship Toolkit: A Beginner’s Guide
Posted On October 18, 2017 Posted By: Jason Tiemeier

Being an entrepreneur isn’t for everybody. However, for a motivated self-starter with big ideas, it could be the gateway to a bright future.

Getting there is a process, however. You must have a good understanding of what you’re good at, and it needs to be a viable service or product that solves a problem for an identifiable audience.

The good news is, you don’t have to have a business degree to be successful as an entrepreneur. But you will need a strong backbone and be willing to take a few risks.

Still unsure about whether entrepreneurship is right for you? Let’s look at some of the things you’ll need to figure out before you take the plunge:

1. What are you passionate about?

In the same way that an author shouldn’t write about subjects they know nothing about, you shouldn’t be in business if you’re working with a product or service you have no interest in or don’t understand. Of course, not all passions have business potential. Ask yourself:

- What subject do I know a lot about?
- What are my strongest skills?
- In a perfect world, what kind of work would I be doing?
- If you were to write a book, what would it be about?
- Have you got any hobbies that would translate into a business?

If the answers to any of these questions overlap at all, you just might be on to something. If you are widely considered to be an authority on wine, for instance, perhaps you should be in the business of wine consultation, becoming an online wine merchant, or developing an app that will solve the problems of wine drinkers everywhere. Explore the viability of your concept by seeing who your competition would be and what it would take to get to their level or surpass it.

2. Decide what type of business is best for you

The next step after you’ve zoomed in on an industry or niche is to figure out what aspect of that industry is best suited to your skills, your vision of the future, and what fits best with the lifestyle you are leading or want to lead. We’ll stick with the wine niche for now:

- Services: do you design wine lists or recommend wine for collectors? Do you want to offer secure climate-controlled storage for their collections? Can you broker purchases of rare wines from agencies not generally open to the public? Can you take people on tours to wine country?

Physical products: are you passionate about wine discovery? Can you envision yourself running a boutique wine shop in your community?

Digital products: are you a wine educator, or do you have any interest in bringing wine education to the public? You might consider doing webinars or teaching wine appreciation courses online, or you might have an idea for an educational mobile app or one that helps people organize and value their wine collections.

Expert advice: If you have a lot to say and share about your topic, you could position yourself as an authority by writing or blogging about it, or establishing a website devoted to giving advice on the subject.

3. Identify your competition

Once you have decided on your direction, you’ll need to establish who your competitors are. Identify the top contenders and see if what you plan to do overlaps in any way. Follow them on social media, and have a good look at their demographic to discover everything you can about what they are doing right and where they are falling short.

The best entrepreneurial undertakings have something that is unique, something that solves a common problem. Ask yourself what value you are bringing to the space you are entering, and whether you would be a customer if the shoe were on the other foot. If the answer is a resounding “YES!” then you might just have a winner.

Lakeside Executive Suites in Weston, FL

If you are an entrepreneur or small business owner, we would love to meet you. Our flexible workspaces provide everything you need to be successful in today’s competitive marketplace. Call today, or schedule a tour.

3 Reasons Why Your Home-based Business needs a Virtual Office
Posted On September 22, 2017 Posted By: Jason Tiemeier

With today’s predominance of remote working, freelancing, and entrepreneurship, working from home is more common than ever before. The advantages are numerous:

  • No more commute: save on gas, reduce your carbon footprint, spend more time actually doing productive stuff rather than traveling to the office

  • Most home workers can write off some of their housing costs on their taxes, as a portion of your home is dedicated to working.

  • It offers a better work-life balance, affording you more time at home with the family.

  • It opens up the possibilities of working with companies and individuals in other cities, states, or even countries.

And there’s more, but you get the picture. If it were ten or more years ago, this wouldn’t have been possible without a lot of effort. Access to better technology and the changing landscape of global enterprise has cracked the playing field wide open, helping us in equal measures to save our sanity and save the planet while we’re at it.

However, if you’re running a home-based business, there are some drawbacks that can’t be ignored. These include:

  • Constant distractions from family and friends

  • Ready availability of time-wasting activities

  • Children or pets vying for your attention

  • Door-to-door solicitations

On the business side, there are more serious concerns:

  • You are using your home address for your business, meaning it is published and anybody can just ‘drop by’.

  • You likely have no dedicated meeting space in case you have to meet with a client or a supplier. This means you’re relegated to meeting them at a local coffee shop or another public place.

  • You can’t grow your business; if you need to hire more people, where are you going to put them?

  • You will be using your personal, mobile, or home phone for business calls, which can be an issue if you share a line with your kids or somebody else in the house.

A virtual office can effectively solve all of these issues, and help you present a more professional image to the people you are trying to impress.

What is a virtual office?

A virtual office is just about exactly what it sounds. It is a physical place, a dedicated office building with real people staffing it that can handle a short list of your most basic business tasks, including giving you a business address, handling your business mail, taking and forwarding your business phone calls, and more.

The top 3 reasons why your home-based business needs a virtual office include:

1. Present a professional image: with a dedicated business address, you will look like the serious business you are, and not just “a person working from home”. While most of your clients might not care, it may limit who you do business with if you don’t have a solid business home base.

2. Admin assistance on-demand: Have your business line answered by a real person, who can either screen your calls or forward them to you wherever you are. Accept and send mail at/from the business address, and have a virtual assistant to take care of sundry tasks when you’re busy.

3. Meeting and conference space on-demand: If you ever need to meet with a client or supplier, your virtual office can accommodate your needs with meeting room rental by the hour, by the day, or by the week.

4. Have the ability to scale as needed: if your workforce suddenly grows, a virtual office gives you flexible options, with office space on demand, coworking space, and so much more.

5. Reduce overhead: No matter if you are just one person or a team, a virtual office helps you save money on office overhead by offering many of the great benefits of a corporate office without the lease, furniture, and equipment expense.

Conclusion

If you are an entrepreneur, freelancer, or small business owner, you know how important it is to stay lean. A virtual office allows you to grow your business without all the expense of a conventional office space, supporting your professional development with professional office services that you can afford.

If you live and work in the Weston, FL, area, drop by Lakeside Executive Suites for a tour today. We’d love to tell you more about our virtual office services, and how they can help you increase productivity and support your professional image.

Make your Meetings More Productive
Posted On May 9, 2017 Posted By: Jason Tiemeier

Meetings are a necessary part of doing business, and essential to a team environment where there is input required from all of your colleagues. But if the mere mention of a meeting has your workforce running for the hills, maybe its time to rethink your meeting strategy. Meetings should be productive, they should encourage new ideas through discussion, and help co-workers understand what others are concerned about. However, if half of the room tunes out before its even begun, your meeting productivity is already out the window.

Here are some sure-fire meeting management tips to supercharge your productivity and maybe change the way your team comes to think of a meeting in general:

Meeting management rule #1: Be realistic.

Dont try to cover a hundred things in one hour. Having this kind of expectation always leads to the feeling that you didnt get anything done at all. Look at the key points you need to address, and focus on that.

 Meeting management rule #2: Make an agenda in advance.

Second to being realistic, having a clear agenda before you walk in is probably job one. take some time to consider everything that needs to be discussed, and prepare a list of topics to be covered, with bullets under each item to stimulate discussion. This will also help you remember to cover everything that needs to be addressed. Then, make a copy of this agenda for every attendee and have them ready at each chair when they arrive.

Meeting management rule #3: Make sure your technology works BEFORE you start the meeting.

There is nothing as frustrating and time wasting as taking 10-15 minutes to get your technology up and running. Make sure your meeting room is fully equipped with the latest technology and offers a plug and play environment so you can easily connect to devices such as a smart TV and a VOIP phone for conferencing

Meeting management rule #4: Everybody should have something to bring to the table.

Make it imperative that each person is responsible for one thing in the meeting. If its a general meeting, then assign each individual to bring an issue into the meeting they would like to discuss. This will keep them on point through the proceedings and help them feel like they are actually contributing.

Meeting management rule #5: Only invite people who need to be there.

If youre talking about finance, you dont need sales and marketing personnel in your meeting. If its about human resources, you dont need sales. Make sure the right people are at the meeting. If you only invite essential people, it will be easier to stay on track.

Meeting management rule #6: Dont stray off topic.

Sometimes its inevitable that the discussion goes off in another direction, but if you see it veering too far afield, even if its interesting and valid in a broader sense, rein it in and table it for another time. You only have so much time.

Lakeside Executive Suites: your meeting productivity headquarters

If you are a small business, entrepreneur, solopreneur or startup company in Weston, FL, and you are looking for a place to call home, give us a call today. We help small businesses thrive with flexible options such as shared office space, virtual office services, meeting room rentals, and a collaborative coworking environment that is guaranteed to drive innovation. Come by for a tour, or drop us a line.

Flexible Office Space for Your Growing Business
Posted On July 21, 2016 Posted By: Jason Tiemeier

Starting a new business can be expensive and time-consuming.  When you simply want to focus on your business, you will soon find that opening an office can be more challenging than you originally planned.  All too often, small businesses settle for a less-than-desirable location because of the up-front cost required to establish a new office.  Some of these challenges include long-term leases, purchasing of furniture, IT infrastructure, and the management of the space. Flexible office space, like Lakeside Executive Suites, makes it possible for businesses at any stage to have a professional office in a great location at an affordable rate.  Most importantly, the workspace solutions offered by flexible office spaces are turn-key and can help get your business up and running immediately with minimal cost.

Are you a startup?

Over the past 3 years, virtual office business at Lakeside Executive Suites has expanded by 30%.  When asking our clients why they decided to sign up with us, the consensus is that a PO box or a home address does not represent the level of professionalism that they are looking to portray.  With a customized virtual office plan, your business can project the professional image needed to succeed in today’s corporate environments. Services included in virtual office plans are a professional business address, mail and package receipt services, live professional answering, business support services, 24/7 access to meeting rooms, touchdown space and community café with gourmet coffee.  Virtual office plans provide highly desired flexibility to help your growing business thrive without the large office overhead or long-term contractual obligations.

Business is growing?

Your small business is growing but you are not quite ready to make the investment in a costly office build-out or a long term lease.   With a private office in a flexible workspace, your home based business or virtual office can expand to full-time workspace with flexible terms, allowing you scale your office with your growing business.  A private office space can be customized to include a fully furnished office, live professional answering service, fast & secure internet, 24/7 access to meeting rooms, business support services and community café with gourmet coffee. Making the transition from part-time to full-time office space in a flexible office environment combines the freedom of having your own office space with the convenience and benefits of being part of a community.

Need a Place to Meet?

Give your team the resources they need to succeed without breaking your budget.  Need a place to meet with your clients or your team?  You can easily schedule a day office or meeting room in a flexible office space with no monthly commitment.  On-demand meeting rooms are available by the hour, day, or week with services such as catering and notary available upon request.

At Lakeside Executive Suites, we understand the demands on today’s small business entrepreneurs.  That is why we strive to foster lasting relationships with our clients by offering workspace solutions that support their growing business.  Contact us today to learn how our flexible office space can help your business thrive.

 

5 Ways Your Business Can Benefit from a Virtual Receptionist
Posted On May 27, 2016 Posted By: Author

virtual receptionists can help business owners who are too busy

A great first impression and good customer service is an essential part of any business. Many small businesses often struggle with providing great customer service because they simply cannot afford to hire a full-time receptionist. Utilizing a call answering service, also known as a Virtual Receptionist, is a cost-effective way to automate your business and increase your business’s professional appearance without adding additional cost.

Here’s 5 Ways Your Business Can Benefit from a Virtual Receptionist:

  1. Professional Call Answering:

    Virtual Receptionists will answer the incoming calls for your business in the manner that you specify.  They are also trained to provide the highest level of customer service so your callers will never know their calls are being answered from a remote location.

  2. Call Screening and Forwarding:

    How many times have you rushed to answer a call, only to find it’s a telemarketer or Aunt Betty?   Having your calls screened and forwarded to you can be a big time-saver.  A Virtual Receptionist can manage your incoming calls based on the instructions you have provided.

  3. Maintain a Professional Image:

    Calls that are answered quickly and professionally give your business a great image and impress clients.  Virtual Receptionists can be briefed on how you want your business’s calls answered so that calls are always answered by a courteous and knowledgeable person. Great customer service can even help boost sales!

  4. Calls are Always Answered During Business Hours:

    With a Virtual Receptionist, you can rest assured that calls will always be answered during your hours of operation. There isn’t the risk of your receptionist going on vacation or taking a break.

  5. Save money on customer service:

    By outsourcing your call answering services, you can avoid hiring a full-time employee and allocate the capital to further your company’s growth.

Outsourcing your call answering service offers many benefits to businesses both large and small. Working with a company that is reputable and that you can trust to represent your business well is vital.  ManyShared Office Spaces, such as Lakeside Executive Suites, offers virtual receptionist services that can help automate your business operation and provide a professional image without breaking the bank.

Check out our infographic for other services that can help your business thrive.

Need more information? Contact us and let’s chat!

Saving Time for Your Business with Lakeside Executive Suites
Posted On May 18, 2016 Posted By: Author

When it comes down to saving time on productivity for your business, we at Lakeside Executive Office Suites are the experts in helping small business owners regain their sanity.

At Lakeside, we are devoted to helping our business clients by handling the usual day-to-day duties so they have the time to focus on the more important work. Let us handle your phone calls, mail, office furniture, internet services, and other miscellaneous tasks!

Want more information about how our services can benefit your business by saving time? Contact us today!

Saving Time For Your Business With Our Lakeside Office Services

How Do I Know if a Short-Term Office is Right for Me?
Posted On April 13, 2016 Posted By: Author

Your business doesn’t need to be locked into a long contract for an office, which is why we are happy to provide short-term office rentals for businesses that require flexibility. Whether you are going through a transition or growing too big for your current office, a short-term office rental is a great solution to help your company get through any rough patches without having to worry about spending more than you need on rent.

Contact us if you have any questions!

 

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Executive Office Space in South Florida
Posted On June 25, 2014 Posted By: admin

 

It is no secret real estate comes at a cost, and when that real estate happens to be in a very desirable location with limited availability, then costs can soar. And while location can make or break a business, so can a hefty mortgage and other reoccurring monthly expenses.

 

The constraints of starting or running a business from home can affect not only your growth and productivity, but also that look of professionalism you want to convey to your clients. First impressions are everything, and a first impression of distinction and success is not easily achieved at a kitchen table or an in-home office.

 

Lakeside Executive Suites is the perfect solution if you are looking for an ideal location, prestigious business address, and designated workspace(s), all at an affordable cost. You pay for the services you need in a package that is customized to meet the needs of your business.

 

Enjoy the freedom and flexibility of having an office space without having to take care of it. No exterior maintenance, interior maintenance, electric bills, etc. Your customized office package takes care of all of that and more. Our first class amenities include fully furnished office space, meeting rooms, ultra high speed connectivity, call forwarding and screening, toll free and local numbers, a prestigious business address, and more.

 

And want to talk first impressions? Imagine your clients being greeted by a friendly, welcoming face each time they walk in to your office lobby? At Lakeside Executive Suites our people make the difference. Our live receptionists and bilingual staff are trained to meet your office space needs and provide a warm and welcoming environment. Your clients will feel the difference at Lakeside Executive Suites.

 

Come see for yourself why we are South Florida’s top pick for executive office space. Call(877) 301-6197 or visit us on the web at www.lesweston.com.

 

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