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Five Best Podcasts You Should Be Listening to Right Now
Posted On June 17, 2019 Posted By: Jason Tiemeier

Podcasts are gaining ground in popular culture with topics that range from serial murder to sex to the mysteries of the universe and beyond. But with more than 750,000 podcasts and 30 million episodes to choose from, where do you start?

To help you save time in your day in the quest for discovery, here’s our hotlist of the five best podcasts you should be listening to right now:

1.    The Dropout (news, crime, politics)

The Dropout is about Elizabeth Holmes, America’s youngest self-made female billionaire, her rise and the plunging fall that ensued after it was learned that Theranos, her disruptive healthcare tech firm, was all based on a lie. Hosted by Rebecca Jarvis, a journalist who is known for her interviews with some of the biggest names in business and technology, this podcast takes the listener on a journey through the three-year investigation and includes interviews with investors, former patients, employees, and the deposition of Elizabeth Holmes. Available on ABC Podcasts.

2.    Monster: Season 1: Atlanta Monster; Season 2: The Zodiac Killer (crime, culture)

Season one of Monster takes a deep dive into the Atlanta child murders that happened in the late 1970s and early 1980s, looking back at the crimes, the killer, and the questions that remain. In the more recently released season two, the producers tackle the Zodiac killer, who terrorized the state of California in the 1960s and 1970s, a case that was never officially solved. If you love true crime, this is a knockout. Listen on iHeartRadio.

3.    Winnetka: A Memoir (culture, literature)

Back in the 1970s, Jessica Harper was a familiar face in feature films like Dario Argento’s cult classic Suspiria, as well as Pennies from Heaven, and Stardust Memories. Rather than writing a book, she has opted to reveal her story as an episodic podcast, named for the Chicago suburb where she grew up. Discover family secrets, social unrest in the Eisenhower era, and a genuinely fascinating chronicle of her life are set against Harper’s original musical compositions. Listen free on www.winnetkapodcast.com or Apple Podcasts.

4.    Rule of Three (comedy, culture)

Hosted by UK comedic writers Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris, Rule of Three talks to comedians and people who create comedy about things that are funny to them. The breadth and diversity of guests and the stuff they get into is brilliant, and it gives us a window into how some of the most talented comics and comedic writers of our time get inspired. Listen on Apple Podcasts.

5.    The Habitat (non-fiction, science)

Somewhere between Big Brother and Lost in Space, The Habitat is the true tale of six volunteers chosen to participate in a NASA experiment who are sent to a remote Hawaiian island to live out a year-long simulation of what it would be like to be astronauts, living in a habitat on Mars. Addictive, to say the least. Listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, and just about every other podcast service.

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Whether you listen on your commute, at the gym, or while doing repetitive tasks at work, podcasts can help you get through the day and learn a little along the way. Need more inspiration on productivity, business, or recreation in Weston, FL? Drop by for a tour today and let us show you how we can help.

The many benefits of a standing desk
Posted On April 29, 2019 Posted By: Jason Tiemeier

Standing desks are becoming more common in the modern workplace. Employees love them because they alleviate the monotony of sitting all day, and employers love them because it keeps their workforce happy and healthy.

Let’s look at some of the many benefits of a standing desk:

1.     Sitting for long hours is bad for your body and mind

It’s been proven through scientific study that a sedentary life can promote atrophy – not just in the muscles, but in the brain as well. The best way to avoid the damage is to avoid sitting for long periods of time. Even if you’re tied to your workstation all day, a standing desk allows you to change it up, adjust for different heights, and generally keep your blood flowing.

2.     Standing desks may reduce the risk of chronic disease

Some of the medical issues that standing desks can help to prevent are obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, simply by raising your metabolism. One study concluded that standing while you work can actually add two years to your expected life span.

3.     Standing desks may help you lose weight

The number of calories you burn in a day working at a standing desk is significantly more than it would be if you were sitting. Depending on your gender and how much lean muscle mass you already have, you could burn up to .2 calories more per minute. Hey, it’s probably not a substitute for the gym, but every little bit counts!

4.     Standing desks reduce back pain

Lower back pain is the scourge of anyone who works at a desk all day. No matter how perfectly engineered your ergonomic chair is, you are at risk for muscle aches, bulging discs, and more. Most of this pain is caused by postural stress, which can be alleviated by standing. An adjustable standing desk allows you to position yourself optimally so that you can avoid low back pain. A 2014 study showed that people who suffered from back pain noticed a 32 percent improvement after using a standing desk for just a couple of weeks. Another study showed that upper back and neck pain were reduced by more than 50 percent.

5.     Standing desks improve your mood

People that use standing desks tend to be happier, healthier, and less stressed-out than their chair-bound counterparts. Movement itself can be beneficial in boosting energy levels and attention-span, but it translates to a better quality of life overall.

6.     Standing desks boost productivity

If you’re used to sitting at your desk, you might be concerned about how it’s going to affect your productivity if you change things up. The truth is, if you feel better, you’re going to have greater focus and work more efficiently, which means your productivity will get a boost.

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Lakeside Executive Suites in Weston Florida is your headquarters for flexible office solutions. Drop by for a tour today and learn more about what we can do for your business

What’s the difference between a dedicated desk and coworking?
Posted On April 16, 2019 Posted By: Jason Tiemeier

With all the flexible office options available, you might be wondering what the differences are in each program and, ultimately, which one is right for you. If you are trying to decide between a dedicated desk and a coworking membership, we’ve put together a handy guide to help you make your choice.

Coworking: pros and cons

Coworking features an open-office environment and amenities like business-grade internet, copy machine, printers, and complimentary coffee and tea. You have 24/7 secure access, so you can work whenever you want, and on-demand amenities like meeting rooms and administrative support are available to you if you need them.

Coworking pros

  1. Coworking is affordable. You can join for the day, week, month, or you could purchase a long-term membership for access to the space and all its amenities.
  2. Coworking is flexible. You have complete freedom to come and go as you please or even discontinue your membership if you’re not going to need the space for a while.
  3. Coworking supports your business growth. If you need to hire new employees, you don’t have to worry about outfitting a whole new office for them. Your coworking space allows you to scale up or down as needed.
  4. Coworking is collaborative. Whether you find talented people to help you grow your business or connect with others who need your expertise, it’s a vibrant and creative environment that can help you get where you want to be.

Coworking cons

  1. Little to no privacy. Coworking is an open-office concept, so if you need to make a lot of phone calls or require quiet to do your work, you might not have much control over the situation.
  2. You have to take your stuff with you when you leave. Since you are sharing a space, you don’t leave your computer or other work items behind, which might be an inconvenience.
  3. Lots of distractions. If you are easily distracted, a coworking space might encourage your procrastination.

Dedicated desk: pros and cons

Still unsure? Let’s take a deeper dive and look at what a dedicated desk can offer:

Dedicated desk pros

  1. You have your own desk. You have your own storage space, and you won’t have to pack up your computer when you leave. If you prefer to work with multiple screens, this is great news.
  2. Professional business address. A dedicated desk comes with access to our business address, which can be used on all your printed and online marketing collateral.
  3. You can personalize your workspace with photos or desk amenities.
  4. You have access to all the benefits of coworking, with an additional layer of features.

Dedicated desk cons

  1. Potential for distractions. You are still in an open office, so the tone in the room can change quickly as people come and go.
  2. You are stuck in one place, looking at the same view every day.
  3. Dedicated desks are more expensive than coworking.

Still have questions? We’d love to help! Give us a call or drop by Lakeside Executive Suites to tour our facilities.

Five Tips to Maintain a Healthy Relationship with Social Media
Posted On March 26, 2019 Posted By: Jason Tiemeier

The rise of social media has changed the way we view the world. More than 70 percent of Americans are actively engaged on at least one social platform, but if we’re talking about millennials, that number climbs to about 98 percent.

In business, these numbers are too significant to ignore. If every customer you want to reach is on social, it stands to reason you want to reach them in that way. It’s part of your marketing strategy, it helps you generate new leads, and it’s a way to stay on top of the competition.

And what about your personal social profiles? Everybody’s got a few. The average person in the United States maintains seven social profiles. At the end of the day, that’s a lot of time spent on social. At some point, if you don’t get a handle on it, it’s going to start to affect your real-world, terrestrial life.

But how do you turn away when there’s so much going on all the time?

The truth is, turning away will do you, your relationships, your productivity, and your psyche a lot of good. The problem is, that’s easier said than done.

Here are our five top tips for maintaining a healthy relationship with social media:

1.    Schedule your daily social media time

Determine a set amount of time to update your pages, post content, and respond to messages on social. Set the timer on your smartphone and don’t ignore it when it goes off.

2.    If you really want to talk to your friend, call them

Along with being a super-computer, a CMS, and a fabulous camera, your smartphone is actually an excellent tool for making phone calls. Miss that person? Give them a call! Don’t have their phone number? They’re probably not your friend.

3.    Disable social notifications

Notifications are a great way to kick your social media anxiety into high gear. In your settings, you’ll find that you can disable them. This way, you can check in during your allotted time (see #1) and otherwise just get on with life.

4.    Embrace the moment

Authenticity is cool. Authenticity is all about being who you are. However, you can’t be authentic if you’re always focused on what other people are doing. Take the time to revel in your own life. Make your own moments. Because there is nothing more authentic than just being yourself.

5.    Choose your social platforms wisely

In business, as in life, there’s no point in investing time into something that you’re not going to get any value from. Having too many social profiles dilutes your efforts, and if you aren’t active on them, it could actually do more harm than good. Choose the platforms that are most beneficial to you and delete the rest.

Do you have any great tips for maintaining a healthy relationship with social media? We’d love to hear about them! Drop by Lakeside Executive Suites for a tour and get some honest-to-goodness face time.

Why larger companies are choosing coworking spaces
Posted On March 17, 2019 Posted By: Jason Tiemeier

Since their first appearance in the 1990s, coworking spaces and shared workspaces in general, have been disrupting the way we all get things done.

The fact is, many of the world’s top corporations, GM, IBM, and Microsoft among them, are renting coworking space. In 2018, big companies like these accounted for 30 percent of coworking’s monthly business.

Here are some of the reasons why larger companies are choosing coworking spaces today:

Coworking is more cost-effective for larger companies

Per square foot, a coworking membership is far less expensive than traditional office space

With more and more of the workforce opting to work outside of the office, coworking spaces are seen as a more viable choice, financially.

Coworking memberships give companies a way to offer their employees the tools and support they need without having to allocate permanent office space, workstations, parking spaces, and so on. It is also an easy way to scale up or down as the need dictates – and you’ll never have to worry about not having enough office space – or having a bunch of empty offices.

Coworking offers a better workplace experience

Trends aside, studies show that more than half of all employees of enterprise companies are looking for new jobs. Gallup’s State of the American Workplace found that 85 percent of enterprise employees are disengaged at work.

These alarming statistics are, in part, urging large companies to find ways to offer their employees a better workplace experience. Coworking spaces contribute to company culture in a positive way and chances are, if an employee is happy in their workspace, they may stay in their jobs longer.

Coworking offers proximity to innovation

With a booming gig economy, top talent is getting harder and harder to nail down. Coworking spaces, especially those that cater to the tech sector, are a hotbed of talent, giving larger companies easy access to the innovation they so dearly seek.

The collaborative element is so prevalent in coworking spaces that it’s relatively easy to connect with talent this way. Along with the cost savings and vibrant atmosphere, it’s a way to add value without taking on the expense of recruitment and full-time payroll.

Coworking helps large companies expand into new markets

For companies looking to expand into new territory, a coworking space provides a way to establish a base of operations and test the waters quickly. Companies save time by not having to secure office space in advance, and they save money by not having to invest in technology or other office amenities. It’s a turnkey situation from which just about every corporation can find benefit.

Are you interested in touring our coworking space? We’d love to show you the finer points of what we do. Drop by for a tour of Lakeside Executive Suites in Weston, FL, and let us show you how we can help.

How Coworking has Changed the Way We Work
Posted On January 26, 2019 Posted By: Jason Tiemeier

 

As remote working, freelancing, and entrepreneurship continues to strengthen the foundations of our economy, coworking has established itself as a viable way to work, build a business, meet and network with other, like-minded individuals.

How coworking benefits companies

Looking beyond the benefits to the individual, coworking is good for companies too. It has also allowed larger companies the ability to downsize, to let go of unused office space and instead provide employees with an open office environment that allows them the freedom they want while still maintaining a connection to their teams and their mission.

For companies that maintain teams in multiple cities, coworking provides them with an affordable option that makes growth possible. Maintaining coworking memberships helps companies provide their employees with every possible office amenity without having to outfit a new office and it supports profitability even during times of scale.

 

The evolution of coworking spaces

Coworking began in a tiny one-room space in San Francisco. Of course, there were precursors to it … the hackerspaces and makerspaces of 1990s Berlin came first, and then there were small business “incubators” or innovation centers that started popping up all over the world not long thereafter.

However, the first true coworking space was opened in 2005 by a coder named Brad Neuberg who was simply sick of working by himself. He was a social guy by nature, but, working remotely for his various clients was a lonely business and he felt that he would be more productive and happier if he could share his workspace with others just like him.

The idea was a bit of a sleeper, but it took off. Actually, even though the space itself was unremarkable (compared to many of today’s examples), Brad’s version of coworking was not lacking for amenities. As he shared space with a wellness center, massages and meditation were part of the picture, right from the beginning.

Many “oms” later, slowly and purposefully, coworking grew into a living, breathing thing. From such humble beginnings, his movement grew into a revolution. Today, there are almost 15,000 coworking spaces all over the world. It has disrupted the way we work, it has disrupted the real estate industry, and it has shown us how to look beyond the cubicle and forward into a world that values innovation and the power of collaboration.

Today, coworking has become an integral part of many business’ success. It provides entrepreneurs and solopreneurs with affordable options for building their companies. It supports global enterprise with a platform that allows them to scale with ease, and it is also an avenue that provides companies of any size the ability to optimize their workspaces without compromising productivity.

 

Has coworking changed the way you work? We would love to hear about it! Drop by Lakeside Executive Suites for a tour of our coworking space and discover how we can help you grow.

Getting Focused to Start the New Year
Posted On January 14, 2019 Posted By: Jason Tiemeier

We all head into a new year with a lot of goals that we are totally motivated to accomplish. Finish the great American novel. Lose 20 pounds. Go to the gym more regularly. Land more new clients. Get out of debt.

But … what generally begins with a big push generally ends up getting derailed by circumstances beyond our control. Stuff happens, after all.

So, if you’re looking back on 2018 and trying to get a handle on what you actually did accomplish, you might find that some of your plans took a left turn here and there. And there may well have been good reasons for that, so don’t beat yourself up too much.

However, there are reasons that perfectly well-laid plans go awry. Knowing what these chicanes are may help you overcome them in the year ahead. Some of the reasons you may have lost focus include:

 

Lack of clarity. Your plan may not have been executable because there wasn’t much thought put into it in the first place. Without a plan, you lay yourself open to distraction and having to jump on other priorities as they present themselves.

Solution: Map out your path to success. Put it on the schedule. Prioritize it.

 

Setting too lofty a goal. If your goal is largely unachievable by any standards, it’s not likely you will get there.

Solution: If you want to increase your business, set a realistic goal of five percent growth. If you exceed it, celebrate!

 

You’re a procrastinator. If your goal is going to be difficult and you’re a procrastinator by nature, you run the risk of putting it on the back burner only to reapply it to next year’s list of resolutions.

Solution: Break difficult tasks down into smaller chunks and work them into your workflow in a comfortable way. Each step towards your goal will help you will gain the momentum you need to crack it open.

 

Getting focused in 2019: connecting smaller tasks to the big picture

Sometimes, we announce our goals without thinking about where the whole process is going to end up several years down the line. Connecting your immediate goals to a broader vision of the future helps to keep things in perspective. The ultimate goal may be unreachable in the short-term and things may change dramatically between now and then but being able to visualize the end result will help keep you on track – even if you have to readjust for market trends and other circumstances beyond your control.

So, if the ultimate goal is 25 years from now, you’ll have to look at shorter increments of time to set milestones in between. 90-day intervals are doable chunks of time and, generally, you will be able to see energizing results based on your efforts, tweak your methodology, and move forward into the next 90 days with confidence.

90 days is enough time to accomplish a lot. It also provides a high level of clarity along with a sense of urgency. At the end of it, you will move on to the next 90-day goal with renewed purpose, taking yet another step forward towards your ultimate goal.

Do you have any tips for staying focused? We’d love to hear about them! If you are a small business owner or entrepreneur, reach out today to find out how we can help you grow.

 

Preparing for success in 2019
Posted On December 26, 2018 Posted By: Jason Tiemeier

 

As we power forward towards the end of 2018, a new year looms brightly on the horizon. Most of us will move forward with big plans for growth, improvement, and change for the better, but you don’t have to wait until January 1st to put it all into motion. Laying the groundwork now is the best way to start the new year on a strong footing.

Here are some tips that will help you launch your business into your future both well-equipped and well-informed:

1. Identify new technologies and trends that may affect your industry

With technology and marketing concepts taking such major leaps and bounds, it will pay dividends to be able to project what you’ll need to do to stay on top of the changes. Look at what your competitors are doing. Research market trends that could either help or harm the way you do things today. While nobody has a crystal ball, you can reliably foresee the broad strokes and prepare accordingly.

2. Improve your productivity through automation

Even if you are an entrepreneur or solopreneur, there are probably myriad automation technologies that can help you get more done and more efficiently. For instance, if you find it so time-consuming to manage your social media, look into scheduling apps, like HootSuite, that can help you plan your posts up to months in advance.

3. Get the help you need

If you are burdened with a lot of repetitive tasks – anything from answering the phone to responding quickly to emails – a little help may just allow you the time you need to grow your business. A virtual office can support these needs without all the overhead of a full-time staff. You’ll be more organized than ever and your customers will be delighted.

4. Review your marketing plan

An effective marketing plan is something a business needs to revisit and adjust on a regular basis. With today’s volatile and fast-changing business landscape, it is more important than ever to keep your eyes on emerging trends in order to make changes as needed. Getting a little off-track is not a problem to correct but waiting until you are so far afield of the goal may cause you to steer right into the ditch. Revisit your mission and vision as well as your sales objectives. Do your methods align with your goals? What can you do to get back on track?

5. Bring your goals into sharper focus

Whether your goals are increasing sales, improving your margin, gaining visibility or market share, achieving any of these objectives involves having a clear route mapped out to get you there. If the destination is fuzzy at best, you are apt to meander around the ultimate goal without realizing any clear wins. Bringing your goals into clear focus will allow you to better plan how you are going to get there.

Your partner in business success

Lakeside Executive Suites in Weston, FL, is committed to supporting our local businesses with flexible, professional office services. Drop by for a tour today or give us a call to learn more about how we can help you reach your business goals in 2019.

Tips to help you finish the year strong
Posted On December 14, 2018 Posted By: Jason Tiemeier

 

As the end of the year looms, so do the typical distractions that we all have to face as holiday time approaches. There are few people in business who don’t feel the crunch of November and December slowdowns and unless you’re in retail or e-commerce, you may need to develop a performance strategy to ensure that you end the year on a strong note.

Even if your industry does a lot of business over the holiday season, in order to assure your position, you know that you need to start marketing well in advance. Once the busy time starts you’ll be less able to get on people’s radar, much less stay on it.

Here are some great tips to help you reach your targets:

1. Think three months in advance

Don’t wait until you see the Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations in the stores. By that time you’re already late to the starting gate. Start compiling your hit lists in late September/early October and prepare your holiday marketing campaigns for launch by the end of October.

2. Engage your stakeholders

Meet with your team to brainstorm ideas for how to finish the year strong. Ask each individual to bring at least two ideas to the table and to prepare a presentation for each one. You may be surprised at the enthusiasm that some ideas are able to generate! This enthusiasm is generally a good indication of how well the ideas will be implemented.

3. Anticipate demand

If you sell products or services that you have a finite inventory for, it is important to project how many units you will need to satisfy demand should your marketing efforts be successful. It’s all great to stir up excitement, but you need to be able to deliver. Explore your timelines and find out what’s feasible and viable before blowing your horn.

4. Follow up judiciously

You’ve done all the work of getting your name and your product or service in front of the right people but you still run the risk of being forgotten – unless you follow up. Follow-up should be a key aspect of your plan. Send reminders. Make sure you get your newsletters out there. Contact them just enough that they don’t forget about you.

5. Always begin with the end in mind

While your business is ongoing, finishing the year strong can make all the difference in your company’s strength and value. To this end, you need to keep your focus on the finish line. Set targets with an emphasis on expedience and results. The more time you spend in the planning stages, the less you’ll have for execution. Make decisions, then make things happen.

These are just a few great tips to help you finish the year strong – but we’ve got plenty more!

If you are looking for affordable, flexible office space to support you on the way to the finish line, drop by Lakeside Executive Suites for a tour. We’d love to show you how we can help.

Ending the Year with Charitable Giving
Posted On November 30, 2018 Posted By: Jason Tiemeier

As the end of 2018 draws closer, our thoughts naturally turn to the holidays and giving. For businesses of any size, charitable giving has long been a way to end the year right. It’s a great way to ease the tax burden, but best of all, it’s a way to get involved with causes that mean something to you and to make a difference in lives of those less fortunate.

At Lakeside Executive Suites in Weston, FL, we have chosen a cause that is very dear to our hearts. Children’s Harbor is a community organization dedicated to helping children in foster care, siblings, and teen mothers a place to belong and call home during some of the most trying times of their young lives.

They provide residential services and more, offering counseling, mentoring, and a way for siblings in care to stay together while issues such as abuse or neglect are being addressed.

They also offer residential maternity support for pregnant foster teens between the ages of 14 and 18 years, helping to break the cycle of abuse by helping them complete their education while addressing medical, psychological, and mental health issues that may impede their progress to independent living.

Of course, there is so much more that Children’s Harbor does, but the point is that they are providing essential supports for vulnerable children as well as the people who need it most. During the holidays, it is especially important to ensure that the children in their care have the ability to delight in the season and smile with the joy it brings. This is something we feel should be their right and we are proud to count ourselves as part of the solution.

 

Charitable giving for businesses: how to do it

If you are a new business, you may not have thought a great deal about charitable giving and what it means to you.

Here are some tips that you might find helpful:

1.    Choose a charity that has meaning to you

Just as Children’s Harbor has meaning to us, you can find a cause that pulls at your heartstrings. Heart and Stroke, cancer research, a local hospice, church group, humane society, homeless shelter, or mission are all great organizations you can consider.

2.    Time is just as valuable as money

Even if you don’t have a lot to give in the way of cash, you could find ways to help that are hugely supportive that don’t necessarily involve money. Help out by donating your time or business services to a local charity. Saving them money is just as valuable as giving it.

3.    Do your research

Don’t get taken in by a scammer this holiday season. There are plenty of disreputable people out there ready to relieve you of your cash for a cause that is either shady or non-existent. Check national non-profit databases like Give.org or Charity Navigator to be sure your donations are not falling into the wrong hands.

Do you have a favorite charity? We’d love to hear about it! Drop by Lakeside Executive Suites in Weston anytime and find out more about how we can help.

 

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