How Physical Office Space Can Grow Your Business

Physical office space isn’t just a sign that your business is growing. It can actually help you grow in several ways.

The mark of a business owner and entrepreneur is hours spent every day obsessing over the growth of your business.

There are plenty of ways to do that. More sales, obviously. Reduce costs, for sure. You might change your marketing message to attract new customers, move into a new vertical to capture a certain type of business, or develop a strategic partnership with another company. Hey, you might even pivot to a completely new industry! Those are all great, measurable tactics.

But it’s important to consider the unmeasurables: the little improvements to your business that can’t be quantified, but have an undeniable effect on your productivity and success.

Many businesses categorize office space as an expense. Well, as far as your accountant is concerned, an office is an expense, but you shouldn’t look at it that way from a strategic point of view.

Consider office space an investment. It’s not just a sign of growth. It can also be a cause.

Download our free resource: Why You Need a Physical Place for Your Clients and Customers to Visit

Interaction and Collaboration are Easier in Person

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We live in a world where communication is easy. You probably rely on tools like email, Slack, Skype or Trello to work with your team. There’s no doubt they give businesses plenty of flexibility. You can hire talent in another country and stay productive during travel or inclement weather.

But online tools aren’t perfect. There’s always something missing: The human element.
Collaborating with your team is far easier when everyone is in the same room. A majority of information is lost when we are forced to communicate through text or voice-only.

In 1971, psychologist Albert Mehrabian concluded that a significant component of all communication is nonverbal – especially pertaining to emotions. Mehrabian estimated that verbal communication only accounts for 7% of the information we’re trying to share when we communicate our feelings. Trying to pass emotion through your Slack channel is virtually impossible, no matter how adept you are with emojis. 🙂

“The beauty of communication is found in the nuance that’s only felt in face-to-face conversations,” says Mina Chang, CEO of humanitarian group Linking the World International. A lack of in-person communication can be damaging, she says, as team members “miss out on the reasoning behind decisions, making them less likely to engage. What’s more, it’s easier for them to feel less accountable. When making any kind of request, the probability of getting your desired answer is greater when you have a face-to-face meeting.”

According to a Cisco report, business leaders believe that in-person collaboration resolves conflicts (work and personal) and generates relationships for long-term success. Executives say that face-to-face meetings are important for project kick-offs, strategy sessions, coaching, crisis management, and contract agreements. (Check out this information for more on the study: The Power of In-Person.)

There’s no argument that the most effective teams are made of people who know each other well; people who spend a lot of time with one another. You and your team need to be emotionally invested in your company’s mission. That type of dedication requires solid relationships that just won’t form on Skype or Google Hangouts.

Plus, in-person communication is faster. Email and chat isn’t truly instant, and they’re both easy to ignore. A question across the table or check-in at the watercooler will keep your business moving.

Office Space Makes You Seem “Bigger”

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Perception is everything, right? Your clients and customers want to partner with a business, not one guy working out of his spare bedroom or a remote team that only meets monthly at a Starbucks.

Every business tells a few white lies to make the company seem bigger than it really is. You probably referred to your company as “we” and “the team” when you were still a solo founder. Or maybe you excused yourself for “a big meeting” when there was no such item on your schedule. A lot of small companies even pay for a post office box just so mail isn’t sent to someone’s home address.

There is a percentage of customers who are comforted by the perception of size. Their anxiety is alleviated by the success of their partners. They want somewhere to visit. They want to see your name on something – a sign, a door, anything!

B2B strategy and marketing consultant Lisa Shepherd says, “Risk-averse buyers regard size and an established market presence as bywords for credibility and reliability.”

An office makes your clients feel stable, like they have put their trust in the right place. A business who has gone through the trouble of setting up their own place in the world is less likely to run away with their money. You could have millions of dollars in the bank and a library of intellectual property, but some people just won’t do business with you unless you have an office.

Furthermore, office space improves your employees’ perception of the company. An office is grounded. It makes the business tangible. They can say “Here is where I work.” When they step into their new office space for the first time, they’ll have a real understanding of how well the business is growing and a desire to keep themselves a part of it.

If you’re looking for more ways to make your small business seem bigger, check out Secret Entourage’s list: 50 Tips To Make Your Small Business Look Bigger.

Networking is No Joke

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Have you ever wondered why similar businesses group together? Why is Silicon Valley a tech haven? Why do financial firms clamor for space on Wall Street?

It’s because we prefer to do business with people we know. We’ll even pay a premium to give business to our friends or someone proven.

John Swanciger, CEO of Manta (a small business advocate organization), says “New and aspiring business owners need to network to gather as much information about prospects, competitors and the industries they are targeting in order to make the strategic decisions that will set them up for success.”

Conferences and trade shows only take you so far. If you want to really meet the right people, you need to plant yourself in the midst of complementary businesses.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m not saying you should move to the hotspot in your industry. That might be many states away and unfeasible. However, many parts of the country have business districts where you’ll find like-minded entrepreneurs who also want to grow their business.

You may not be within driving distance of your industry’s titans, but maybe the accountant down the hall will trade advice for lunch. Maybe you’ll hire the marketing agency upstairs, or merge with the development firm across the street. Introduce yourself in the area, make friends, and always steer the conversation towards what you do.

The possibilities are endless, you just need to meet people. You can’t do that from your home office.

Oh, but make sure you investigate the area well when you view potential office environments. Find out who works nearby and how they might help you in the future.

Download our free resource to learn why you need a physical location for your clients and customers.

Over to You

Like I said before, office space boosts the unmeasurables. You can’t drop them into an equation, but an office makes your business credible, reliable and successful. Those feelings will resonate with other people (even subconsciously) to empower your business.

So what’s holding you back? Start your office space search today.

The Briefcase Replacement: A Low Down

These days fashion is synonymous with office culture. Does your getup match your furnished office?

Maybe you need to take a harder look. Sick of throwing on that backpack every morning? Perhaps you wish you had something more sophisticated to tote on the subway on the way to work. With the evolution of technology comes the evolution of fashion. At Turnkey Office Space we’ve synthesized a list of the best designed bags that look great in any environment but especially thrive in the office. Check ‘em out!

Tubo Rayado Duffle by Mafia (Starts at $99) Mafia is Paz and Marcos Mafia, a brother and sister team from Argentina. Marcos is a kitesurfer and Paz was a banker, the two merged their passions for sustainable product design and watersports to create Mafia, a company that produces a variety of bags made from recycled sails. Mafia works with Argentina and San Francisco-based NGOs to sew and produce the bags. They’re in the midst of their Kickstarter campaign to raise money to expand their San Francisco production shop. Our favorite is the Tubo Rayado Duffle, not only does it have a special, secure space for your laptop but its size allows it to double as a weekend and travel bag.

Waxed-Canvas Weekender by L.L.Bean. ($179) This is the perfect bag for both flying and regular ground commuting. It’s timeless beige and tan color palette with leather trim gives the owner a glow of sophistication and business credibility. There’s an option to add monogramming, but we don’t recommend that because its look is so unique that it’s difficult for anybody to forget that it belongs to you.

WWII Bags by Temple ($250-650) Does your office need a history lesson? Maybe your executive suite needs more of a ‘general officer’ feel? These duffel bags from Temple will give your workspace that regal presence its been lacking. Each bag is uniquely made from authentic World War II field wool blankets, bags and camp packs. Although the price is a little steep, knowing that your bag has survived an epic 6 year battle is pretty much worth it.

Ultra Light Cargo Duffel by Brics ($200). Teddy Minford, an editor at Fodors tested this light and breathable duffel and said, “The size was great for packing the necessities and still being able to navigate crowded subways and trains, and I actually felt quite fashionable with it.” This bag will brighten up your desk or workstation, and it also fits great in overhead bins on airplanes.

On A Mission For The Best Money Exchange App

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Last weekend, Nicola went camping in the Berkshires with a group of ten of her friends.

Someone bought groceries, a couple others drove, and another one paid for the campsite. Instead of engaging in an awkward conversation about who-owes-who-what, writing checks, and making ATM stops, Nicola’s friends “charged” her and the others whatever amounts they owed through a money transfer app called Venmo.

It’s programs like Venmo, PayPal, Square Cash, and Google Wallet that have quickly become the norm for casual payments. Instead of asking a friend to “spot you”, we’re now whipping out our phones and opening up a virtual wallet app. In 2013, there were $235 billion of transactions made through online payment systems. Gartner technology analysts estimate that there will be $720 billion of transactions through money sharing programs by 2017.

With news of the iPhone 6 featuring the Apple Wallet, an app that is partnering with Visa, Mastercard, and American Express to allow its user to make retail purchases with just the stroke of a finger, we at Turnkey Office Space have decided to evaluate our favorite money exchanging apps.

PayPal. For being the oldest payment service on the block, PayPal certainly spends a lot of time on the sidelines. Probably because the program is mostly associated with business transactions and its 2.9% +$0.30 fee it charges its pay-ers. As of late, the company has been stepping up its retail game. Over the last several months, PayPal has been partnering with eateries and small business and offering their customers discounts on their products if they pay using the app. It’s also the only service of the 4 available for Windows Phone.

Square Cash. This is the only money-exchanging app that requires only the pay-er to have an account. Square Cash and Venmo are the only programs that don’t have a service fee for debit card payments.

Google Wallet. Perhaps the most fickle of the four, Google Wallet is attached to your Gmail address and requires answering several security questions. Wallet lets you pay with credit card, which Square and Venmo don’t, but it charges 2.9% for every debit or credit card transaction.

Venmo. A Twitter-esque social media feed and check cashing center is how Venmo defines itself. When signing up, the service gives you the option to link up your Facebook profile and add “friends”. You also have the option to make your transactions public or for “friends only”, so others can check out and “like” your transactions.

Turnkey Office Space Releases Statement on High Growth Industries in 2014

As a leading countrywide online search service for businesses in need of office space, Turnkey Office Space recently released a statement commenting on the supply and demand of office space for High Growth Industries in New York City.

Turnkey Office Space, an office space search service, recently released a statement commenting on the need for open-plan, collaborative, Class B and C office spaces in New York City for High Growth Industries (HGIs). Company executives believe that due to a booming first quarter economy in New York City, the predicted growth of HGIs will indeed occur.

According to a May 28, 2014 Staten Island Live article titled, “New York City economy thriving, city comptroller says,” by Maura Grunlund, the highest number of New Yorkers are currently employed since 2000, leading to a “booming commercial real estate market.”
Co-founder Jonathan Bachrach believes that this recently reported growth is moving at a much faster pace than expected. “When the
‘Commercial Real Estate Competitiveness Study’ was released by late last year there was a prediction of business growth but, we never expected to see growth like this. With New York City’s economy growing faster economically than the nation’s, there is real concern for the HGI commercial real estate space.”

Bachrach, who is referencing a past December 2013 study titled, “Commercial Real Estate Competitiveness Study”, prepared by Alvarez & Marsal Real Estate Advisory Services and JRT Realty Group, Inc. for the New York City Economic Development Corporation, believes HGIs will represent the majority of growth for office space in major cities such as New York over the next 10 years. With the first quarter reports, he sees the results of this study being significantly accelerated.

According to the study, HGIs are broken up into 7 sectors: Healthcare, Education, Technology, Advertising, Business Services, Consulting, Non-Profit, and R&D. These sectors are projected to account for 60% of growth in total office space demand between 2013 and 2025.

Bachrach believes that with this recently reported first quarter growth, the demand for Class B and C office space will increase quicker than expected. “A lot of High Growth and tech firms are still in the early stages of their growth and are thus preferring class B and C spaces as opposed to higher end office space typically used by the Finance, Legal Services and Accounting sectors,” exclaimed Bachrach. “A company in a growing industry is not going to plunge straight into the best building in the area. Think about tech start-up companies; they are actively growing, but still have a certain level of risk.”

The study also found that New York City could experience a demand-supply gap in the future as real estate developers may decide to build more residential buildings over commercial buildings due to more favorable returns. While the industry has not yet reported this after first quarter, Bachrach believes that this, along with the financial status of most HGIs, will lead to a shift in what the traditional office space looks like.

To compete for top millennial talent, companies are also changing their mindset on what the office looks like, according to a November 10, 2013 article by the New York Times titled, “Embracing the Millennials’ Mind-Set at Work.” HGIs are meeting the demands of millennial workers by building out these class B and C workspaces to offer more collaboration.

“Open-plan, collaborative build-outs are increasingly becoming the norm for high growth startups and tech firms,” said Bachrach. “Since these industries are projected to represent the majority of growth in demand for office space in the future, the tendency toward the collaborative, co-working-type build-out is likely to continue.”

About Turnkey Office Space: Turnkey Office Space is a countrywide search and consulting services for companies seeking office space. They specialize in office suites, virtual offices, and co-working spaces. Turnkey can be reached via their websitehttps://www.turnkeyofficespace.com and by phone at 1-888-282-8555.

If Management Frameworks Were TV Shows…

Management Frameworks are decisive ways to boost employee moral, designate raises and develop and maintain hierarchy.

However, they’re not the most cut-and-dry systems. We at Turnkey Office Space have come up with an easy way to understand these complex ideologies. TV shows! Every company has its own particular set of expectations and cast of characters, and the same goes for sitcoms and dramas. Check out our list below!

Stack Rankings = The Bachelor

Microsoft employees took a deep sigh of relief last fall when the software magnate decided to do away with its employee-review and compensation system colloquially known as “stack ranking”. Since the 80s, Microsoft had practicing a method of pitting employees against each other and numerically grading workers’ performances. However, the system was more like highway cops trying to make their ticket quota. It required managers to collectively label a minimum of 100,000 employees as “underperformers”. The system left employees feeling belittled and unrecognized. If only Law and Order had a “Speeding Tickets” series. We’ve decided that this management framework’s prime-time counterpart is The Bachelor. Just like “stack ranking”, contestants are pitted against each other and manipulated into thinking they’ll never be good enough for a rose.

Holacracy = The Brady Bunch

Holacracy is taking over companies small and big worldwide. The concept was conceived by Hungarian-British writer, Arthur Koestler in 1967. It’s a democratic, insular management strategy that governs employees with tasks rather than authoritative figures. Workers are arranged into “circles” based on their skill sets, and every employee is selected to be in either a higher circle or a lower circle. The higher circle sets the expectations for the lower circle and thusly evaluates its performance. Circles are run autonomously without managers or supervisors and everyone makes decisions collectively. Primarily smaller corporations have found success with Holacracy, specifically Zappos being the most recent and biggest convert. Other notable companies that have hopped on the Holacratic bandwagon are Mashable, Moveline and Conscious Brands. Due to their size, it’s doubtful that mega-tech companies like Google or Facebook will ever adopt the new-age framework, but there’s no telling for sure. Holacracy’s big-family-hug nature speaks adeptly to The Brady Bunch’s tight-knit camaraderie. Carol and Mike Brady and Alice are the higher circle, while Greg, Marcia, Peter, Jan, Bobby and Cindy are the lower circle. Both circles are open and honest with each other, and despite the arguments and rivalries, they value respect and family above all.

Virtual Office Space Helps Broaden Company’s Reach

A leader in helping companies find office space, Turnkey Office Space, released a recent statement asserting that virtual offices are becoming a trend for companies who want to increase their exposure without establishing a permanent office location in a city.

Turnkey Office Space, a leading countrywide online search service for businesses in need of office space, recently released a statement about the growing popularity of utilizing virtual office space to help businesses broaden their customer reach.

Virtual offices offer companies professional business services without having to pay for the overhead costs of a permanent office location. Often utilized by start-up or growing companies because they are considerably cheaper than permanent locations, virtual offices help expand a company’s corporate identity. Companies that already have an office in one city but perhaps want to expand their presence into another also benefit from this strategy.

Co-founder Jonathan Bachrach believes appearance can be crucial when establishing trust with customers, vendors and industry peers. By giving the appearance of having a broad national reach, companies may find it easier to expand their customer base and to establish that level of trust that is so crucial for startups from the outset.

Virtual office packages include services and amenities such as a professional mailing address at a prestigious location with mail-forwarding; professional reception services to answer calls, send faxes, make copies, and schedule meetings; and access to day offices or meeting rooms a few days per month.

“Startups need all the leverage they can get,” said Bachrach. “Virtual offices help give new companies the presence they need at low, cost-effective rates. Associating your company with a Park Avenue or Beverly Hills address and having a receptionist answer your calls can be a great way to start getting noticed. Having multiple virtual offices in different cities is a great, cost-effective way to accomplish this.”

According to a recent March 5, 2014 article by News and Features Editor Jo Disney of Officing Today titled “So How Do you Run a Virtual Office, Anyway?” virtual offices are also ideal for anyone who wants to protect their home address. Plus, with the increase in digital office experience as technology continues to become more sophisticated, day-to-day communication, document sharing, presentations and keeping track of a team are all easily achieved virtually.

“The 21st century is all about efficiency and financial responsibility for businesses in a struggling economy,” said Bachrach. “A company transitioning away from a traditional office and into a virtual office will experience environmental benefits, increased productivity levels from staff and of course a large financial saving on office space. What more can you ask for?”

About Turnkey Office Space: Turnkey Office Space is a countrywide search and consulting services for companies seeking office space. They specialize in office suites, virtual offices, and co-working spaces. Turnkey can be reached via their website turnkeyofficespace.com and by phone at 1-888-282-8555.

The Business Friendship: Success Stories

Some of the world’s most established and prosperous businesses were the brainchildren of true blue friendships.

Two close friends come together with a similar vision and drive… and boom! History is made. Is it always a good idea to go into business with a pal, maybe not? But we at Turnkey Office Space are optimistic people, and have churned out a list of some of the country’s best and brightest duos-turned-high-flying-entrepreneurs.

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. The two both grew up in Long Island and were best friends from middle school. They idea of an ice cream business was conceived during gym class. After college and a series of random jobs, the two decided to take their adolescent dreams by the reigns and open up shop. In 1978, they took an ice cream making course by mail, put down a $12,000 deposit on a renovated gas station in Burlington, VT, and opened up ‘Ben & Jerry’s Home Made’. Who would’ve predicted that churning milk by hand could eventually lead to entrepreneurial stardom?

Evan Williams and Biz Stone of Twitter. Stone grew up in the middle-class suburbs of Wellesley, Massachusetts. He dropped out of college twice, then started a popular blog which eventually landed him a job at Google. It was there that he met future Twitter co-founder, Evan Williams. Williams comes from similar roots, specifically Clarks, Nebraska a tiny farm town. He also dropped out of college, taught himself how to code and took a development job in Silicon Valley. Along with Jack Dorsey, the three conjured up the fastest marketing and social tool the global interwebs have ever seen: Twitter.

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak of Apple. The tried and true tale of two friends running the world, we know it’s an obvious one but had to include it our list. Wozniak and Jobs first met while Wozniak was an undergraduate at UC Berkeley and Jobs was in high school. The two bonded over their mutual fascination for “electronics and pranks”. Wozniak was the designer and engineer, devising the hardware, circuit board and operating system for Apple I. Jobs was the marketing and development wizard, brainstorming the business vision and pioneering the brand. Although the two made a spectacular team, in the end, they didn’t remain close.

Turnkey Office Space Brings a Personal Touch to the Workspace Industry

An NYC-based online search service that helps companies find great office space solutions for their business is now open.

Co-founder Jonathan Bachrach explains how Turnkey’s service will offer customized searches and dedicated consulting.

Looking for office space online leads to an assortment of search and consulting websites. Typically, these websites let people browse through properties by region, and then (depending on which properties the clients choose) put them in touch with the building managers.

“It’s all about user experience,” says Turnkey Office Space co-founder, Jonathan Bachrach. Jon knows the insides of this system because he worked for one of the largest office search and consulting companies in the world. “We wanted to start a company that offers something more personal and provides individuals and companies with workspace solutions that they would not have found otherwise. Starting a business is difficult enough, and every aspect matters. Our personalized approach allows people to focus on their businesses while we focus on their office search.

Bachrach also mentions that his company will provide you with everything the major search and consulting companies offer plus:

-A tailored, pre-qualified list of recommendations

-Price negotiation to help companies find the best values on the market

-Alerts for special deals

-In-depth knowledge of the industry

-Non-traditional office solutions

Turnkey Office Space works with all of the major workspace management companies in major cities throughout the US, but they are also focused on giving attention to the smaller markets and providers as well. “By having a solid understanding of the many different styles and types of office suite providers in each market, our personalized approach allows us to provide options that are tailored to a company’s specific needs. Our goal is to provide our clients with the right space, not the most popular one,” says Bachrach.

Turnkey Office Space is a countrywide search and consulting company for workspace. They specialize in office suites, virtual offices, and coworking spaces. Turnkey can be reached via their website https://www.turnkeyofficespace.com and by phone at 1-888-282-8555.

The Glare of the Google Glass

In the realm of wearable technology, Google Glass is king.

It was almost a year ago that the single lens visor, which functions as a computer became selectively available for purchase at the mere price of $1500. Although it has yet to gain mass popularity, it has certainly drawn great amounts of both controversy and praise.

The Google Glass, like a smartphone is a mobile internet device and phone, however it is controlled solely by voice commands and a mini touchpad located on the side band. Instead of speakers, there is a bone conduction transducer inside the earpiece that sends correlating vibrations of the audio playing. Currently, it’s only distributed through a test group called the Glass Explorer Program, which requires either an invitation or completing an application. If selected, Explorers still have to shell out the $1500 but they get the privilege of considering themselves vital participants in the beta product’s test phase.

In the Bay Area, Google Glass’s birthplace, the schmancy eyewear has received mixed responses. Several Oakland and San Francisco food establishments have already protested the presence of the Glass. There have been a few police-involved disputes where bar staff has explicitly and vehemently demanded Glass wearers to leave. One Glass Explorer/journalist, Sarah Slocum, says she was verbally assaulted at a Molotov, a dive bar in the heart of city, when she donned her Glass. Another Explorer was physically ejected from Telegraph, a bar in Oakland, after refusing to remove his Glass. Since then, other proprietors have declared preemptive bands on the Glass.

To many non-glass wearers, the contraption is perceived as threatening, aggressive and a little creepy. It’s suspicious that Glass wearer just needs to wink to take a photograph then open the contraption’s facial recognition app to procure a stranger’s essential details. The Glass’s awkward tiny lens, its quiet ability to record, its price tag, and it resemblance to Star Trek’s Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge’s VISOR are all viable reasons to why people are judging this slow yet discernibly powerful movement of Google Glass-ers.

Much of the controversy is very reminiscent of when smartphones first became a commodity. The fear that anyone could whip out their phone, snap a photo, and post it to social media is now archaic notion. Today, we’re all constantly pointing and shooting, posting and sharing that rarely do we worry about our personal lives being exposed to a crevasse of internet danger. Will our qualms about Google Glass have a similar demise? Is the Glass really that much more of an invasion of privacy than a smartphone? Or is it just perturbing to see an authoritative piece of technology protrude so unabashedly from another human’s face?

In New York City, reactions to the Google Glass have been much tamer. Some people are taking advantage of its versatility and using it to facilitate artistic endeavors. A group of young filmmakers used the Glass to film a documentary that examines the distinct Caribbean and Hasidic cultures of Crown Heights. Different members of both communities spent time recording their lives with the Glass; each delivering a unique and intimate perspective on these typically unsung cultures.

Organizer of Bushwick Open Studios, Samantha Katz started a video series called Gallery Glass, which showcases various artists working
while wearing the Glass. The experience gives artists and the audience a real-time fish-eye lens-like perspective of the creative artistic process.

However, not all of New York is on board with the face gadget. Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz, of Brooklyn, is spearheading legislation to outlaw the use of the Google Glass while driving. Even though the Glass can act as a GPS and can take messages and make calls without diverting the wearer’s vision, it’s still a monitor that bares the potential to distract its user behind the wheel. Yet, as distracted driving accidents are on the incline, wouldn’t it be wise to investigate the Glass’s safety factors more? After all, the screen is clear and provides legible and oral directions that would probably be less distracting than always glancing at a piece of paper or your phone for directions. There has even been an app invented to prevent sleepy Explorers from falling asleep at the wheel. It’s called DriveSafe, and sets off an alarm whenever it senses that its driver might be starting to doze.

For workplaces, the Google Glass could forever transform the rate, speed, and quality of productivity. Questions at meetings could be answered the moment they’re asked. The role of the scribe will be replaced by the Glass’s note taking app. The device will expedite research, conduct rapid image searches, and be able to intercommunicate information faster than email. It’s only a matter of time until the Glass takes a prominent place in business life, and when it does, the system of work as we know it will be completely revolutionized.

4 Most Essential Apps for Startups

By now, you’ve probably realized that the featured apps on Apple’s app store are paid positions.

Just the other day, I paid for a featured app thinking it was supposed to be of the highest quality and then realized it was most definitely not. So, what’s the best way to find good apps from non-biased sources? Places like here.

Turnkey Office Space is a new company based in New York City, and just like any other startup, we use apps to make our business run smoother. Here are some of our top recommendations for any business.

1. Buffer – a simple social media updating app (simple being the operative word). We love the easy-to-use design. Just set a schedule for when you’d like to update your social accounts and add the Buffer button to your browser. When you find an article you’d like to add to your update queue, click on the Buffer button and it automatically suggests a title, shortens the link, and asks if you’d like to add it to your Buffer schedule. You can link your Facebook, Twitter, Google plus, and Linkedin account to Buffer. This is perfect for maintaining social engagement over the weekends and holidays.

2. Trello – this is another very simple interface for an often complicated issue. Trello is a task management system. You and your employees can easily add tasks to “boards”, which organize your assignments. For example, you could have a board that reads “Today’s Projects” and another that reads “Long-term Goals”. Assign tasks to specific people and tag tasks for further organization.

3. Evernote – this app is great for the individual. It’s a simple note-taking app, but its ability to tag, record audio, and import pictures take it from basic to supreme. It records all your notes to a cloud so you can view them and make changes on any device with the Evernote app.

4. Google Drive – this is less of an app and more of a service that comes with a gmail account. However, Google did release an app version of just the drive feature, which is very nice to have especially on your mobile devices. The Google Drive is quite simply the best file-sharing app out there. You can create documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and more. Share these with others and work together on them in real time. Best yet, everything is saved to the cloud.

There are, of course, many other great apps for startups; but these are must-haves. They simplify some of the more tedious aspects of a startup company, and help you get better organized.

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