How Much Office Space Square Footage Do You Need?

When you begin your search for office space, one of the first questions you’ll consider is “How much space do we need?”

If you rent an office that’s too small, you’ll end up right back where you started: Struggling to complete work in a cramped space, climbing over each other and equipment, and embarrassed to bring clients or family into your work environment.

Then again, you are trying to grow a business. You need to protect your cash flow. You don’t want to pay for more space than you need. Every foot of unused space is wasted money that could be used elsewhere every month.

So how much space should you rent? Well, we have to consider a few things…

Free download: Factors That May Increase Your Space Needs in the Future

Your company will change

First, let’s acknowledge that you’ll never have the right amount of space. Your business will change often. You’ll hire and lose team members. You might buy or sell a piece of equipment. Jenny needs her big potted plant beside her, which takes up space in the aisle. It will never be perfect.

Your business will change often, but you’ll sign a rental agreement for at least a year. There will always be moments of discomfort, whether that means everyone is cramped, or you routinely get frustrated every time you look at that empty office.

In most cases, you can’t shave off a few feet without moving a wall. That isn’t practical, anyway. In some turnkey office spaces, however, you can adjust the amount of space you rent if the property allows. For instance, you can expand your agreement from two offices to three without construction or too much negotiating.

Our advice is to consider your company beyond the first year. Consider your future growth as well. If you expect to have 50% more people working for you before you expect to change locations, you’ll need an office with room for newcomers. If things go as planned, what will your company look like in three, five or ten years?

How much space people need to work

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How much space you need will depend on your business and team. If, for example, you need large pieces of equipment like an architect’s printer or a copier, your numbers will deviate from the averages, but these will get you started. (Source)

  • Typical desk worker (with computer): 125 to 200 square feet per work station.
  • Owner/leader/manager workstations: 175 to 225 square feet per work station.
  • Conference space: 25 square feet per chair + 50 square feet.
  • Reception area: 10 square feet per chair + 100 square feet.
  • Lunch/break room: 25 square feet per chair + 75 square feet.

For more specific information regarding your needs, check out this office space calculator.

Usable vs. rented space

Keep in mind that spaces of equal sizes aren’t equally usable. “Look for spaces that are more efficient, like rectangular spaces versus angled corners of a building,” recommends real estate advisor Denis Mehigan. “No two spaces with the same square footage are the same. Floor plan and layout matter.”

Coworking spaces and executive office suites provide a lot of flexibility to businesses in terms of space. In these arrangements, shared spaces and amenities can be scaled up or down to save you money. You can actually have access to more space than you rent.

For instance, let’s say you want access to a conference room, but you only intend to use it once each month when a client visits. It would be wasteful to rent an office with a conference room for such little use. Then again, you want to impress that client.

It’s possible to rent offices in a building that allows you to share amenities with other tenants. You could rent a few offices on a floor with a conference room. Even though you only rent a small portion of the building, you still get the conference room. It’s possible to share reception areas, bathrooms, and lunch/break rooms as well.

Bringing clients around

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If one of the reasons you need an office is because you expect to entertain clients, it’s smarter to opt for office space that’s slightly bigger than you need.

“The spaces we inhabit influence how we act and how we feel,” says architect Barbara Holzer. Your office space will affect the feelings of your clients when they visit.

The size of your office can affect the perception of your company in several ways, so be careful. A roomy office where everyone is comfortable exhibits success and financial security, both traits that might make someone want to do business with you.

An office that’s too large for your company (and has lots of unused space) exhibits wasteful spending and poor planning. Your clients and customers won’t like to see that.

Then again, cramped offices might indicate that you didn’t plan for the future, can’t afford to grow, or aren’t interested in treating your employees well. Your job is to find a comfortable balance so that your clients are quietly impressed.

Don’t forget about your employees

Finally, it’s important to put economics aside for a minute and consider your employees’ happiness and the culture of the work environment.

“Your company’s office plays a big role in shaping its culture,” says Jerry Jao, CEO of Retention Science. “Equipment and décor can influence productivity and mood, and the floor plan can facilitate the flow of energy and ideas.”

If you want your team to be productive, you have to make them comfortable. You have to make them enjoy the time they spend at work. A survey by the American Society for Interior Designers found that “employees cited their physical environment to be one of the most important factors influencing their decisions to accept or leave jobs, tying for second with benefits.”

41% of that survey’s respondents said the workplace impacted their decision to accept a job. 51% said it would impact their decision to leave a job. So if you want to hire great talent and retain your employees, you need to create an environment they like.

Often, that means renting more space than you need. Here are some examples where culture and employee preferences might affect how much space you need.

  • The nature of your work means a nontraditional furniture layout keeps your team more productive, but it doesn’t use space efficiently.
  • You sell yourself as a confidential vendor, so rather than host your client’s data on the cloud, you need space for a server rack in the offices.
  • Even though you keep retail products in a warehouse, you need table space for examining and photographing samples.
  • Everyone likes to work in an environment with lots of plants.

Final thoughts: Give yourself context

We’ve given you a few things to consider along with some hard numbers, but they won’t mean much until you have some context. If you don’t work in real estate, it’s hard to picture in your head what a 2,000 square foot office looks like unless you’re standing in it.

When you start searching for office space, it’s important that you view multiple units before making a decision. When we help people find office space, we always setup multiple viewings.

The love-at-first-sight syndrome is real, especially for business owners moving into their first office. They picture watercooler chats, busy crunch days, and office pranks, but they fail to evaluate potential spaces objectively.

Plan adequately for the future with this list of factors that may increase your office space needs.

Even if you fall in love with the first unit you see, you need to have an idea of what else is available. 2,000 square feet in a rectangular room is very different than 2,000 square feet in a rectangular room with a central pillar. Arm yourself with numbers, but make your decisions based on what you see.

Let us set you up with some no-obligation viewings. Start your search today.

Coworking Spaces: The Way of the Future

If you’re a remote worker, working out of your spare bedroom or basement can be isolating. Even small teams who meet in someone’s dining room or at the coffee shop can feel separated from the rest of the workforce. Over time, isolation can lead to fatigue and poor productivity.

Furthermore, working in environments that aren’t made for work can be distracting. You’re exposed to stimuli that isn’t conducive to productivity. People in the coffee shop are loud. There aren’t any seats at the library. Or maybe your spouse wonders why you couldn’t do a load of laundry since “you’re home all day.”

If you’re one of those people who struggle working from home or in public places, you aren’t alone. Lifestyles are changing, and many people are now capable of working away from the traditional office setting (especially the millennial generation).

Make sure your coworking space has everything you need with this checklist!

What is coworking?

Image: Zona Coworking / Flickr
Image: Zona Coworking / Flickr

Coworking is based on the idea that working alone doesn’t mean you have to be alone. You can still work in an environment designed for work. “Coworking is still an emerging industry and, while many people are now familiar with the term, it’s sometimes hard to explain,” says Diana McLaren of New Worker Magazine.

A coworking space is an office environment with all of the basic work amenities. There are desks, chairs, proper lighting, and access to Wi-Fi and power. In the best coworking spaces, you’ll find tables for small and large groups, quiet spaces for concentration, free snacks and coffee, and a clean, trendy design that clients can respect.

The most luxurious coworking spaces (and the most expensive) offer some incredible features that might be worth the money. Green Desk offers bike storage and a mail service. CoCo has a room filled with game consoles, dart boards and a foosball table. Hera Hub gives you access to paid staff who will work for you.

You’ll find all sorts of people using coworking spaces. Freelancers and solopreneurs are the most common type, but there are plenty of teams who enjoy the simplicity and flexibility. It’s common for solo workers to meet one another, collaborate, and even do business together in a coworking space. For some people, it’s a fantastic networking tactic.

Typically, coworking spaces charge by the seat. You can buy access on a daily, monthly and yearly basis. Permanent desk spaces (where you have an assigned spot and can leave your stuff each day) cost about $387/month on average. Flexible spaces (where you find your own seat wherever you can) cost about $195/month on average. If a coworking space has a large conference room for use, there may be a reservation fee. Most spaces offer special rates for teams.

While there’s nothing preventing large teams from using coworking space, at a certain point (usually around six or seven full time team members), it may be smarter to rent a dedicated office space. In some coworking spaces, seats and desks are first-come-first-serve. If a large team is using a popular coworking space, finding enough adjacent seating can be difficult, which makes collaboration tough.

You can rent adjacent desks in a permanent-desk coworking space, but those cost more. Fortunately, bigger teams can get the same flexibility in a turnkey office space.

What’s the future of coworking?

Deskmag’s 2016 Coworking Forecast found the coworking trend will continue. They discovered that 62% of coworking space owners want to expand their spaces, and one out of three are looking to open another. 80% of coworking space members plan to stay where they are for another year and that overall satisfaction with the model is rising.

According to the Small Business Administration, there are 28 million small businesses in the United States, which account for 54% of all sales. A majority of people work for small businesses. Even though “corporate America” has been downsizing and outsourcing outside the country for years, the small business market has been growing. The number of startups have increased and their failure rate has declined.

This type of environment is perfect for the shared work model, which is why it’s becoming a permanent part of the American workstyle. Coworking spaces are popping up everywhere. Some are big players, like WeWork, which is valued at $16 billion.

“Coworking represents less than 1 percent of the world’s office space. But that tiny percentage, which represents nearly 11,000 shared workspaces exist around the globe, is certain to grow, according to many experts,” says Patrick Sisson on Curbed.

As workers divide into smaller, more flexible companies, they’ll need amenities that allow them to enjoy the benefits of a large business (having a trendy, comfortable work environment) without the cost.

Why work in a coworking space?

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The benefits of coworking spaces extend beyond costs. There’s a good chance a coworking environment is right for you and your team.

1. Coworking exposes you to more people

Unlike traditional offices, coworkers work for a range of companies in different industries. There’s no direct competition between them. There are no internal office politics to deal with. Don’t like someone? Stop talking to them. There’s no pressure to behave a certain way.

You’ll also work near people with varying skillsets. There’s likely a programmer, a writer, and an executive somewhere in the room. Over time, you’ll learn about how your “coworkers” are adding value to the world, and you’ll be able to lean on each other for help.

2. Coworkers have more autonomy

Coworking spaces are usually available outside normal businesses hours. Early birds and night owls can work in a professional setting at their preferred time. They can choose to work in quiet spaces for focus, or communal spaces for collaboration and interaction. Coworkers are the type of people who prefer autonomous lifestyles, so a working environment that supports that is useful.

3. Coworking adds structure to liquid schedules

Autonomy is beneficial to the modern worker, but so is a little bit of structure. Coworking puts you in an environment where work is expected. Even though comforts are available, it’s still a working space that keeps you motivated.

A coworking office is a far more productive environment than a living room couch or a coffee shop. Plus there’s a community of people to silently judge you if you decide to blow off the day and play video games at your desk.

4. Coworking creates a community

Even though the members of a coworking space aren’t employed together, there is still a sense of community. For the most part, coworkers have a lot in common: They work for small or solo businesses, they are successful enough to afford rent, and they’re driven to work in a professional environment that limits distractions and spurs productivity. Socializing isn’t forced, but it’s available.

Furthermore, each coworking space has its own vibe and feel. Some are trendy, designed for young, tech-savvy and creative people. Some are modern and stark, designed for corporate folk. Others are prim and classic, designed for lawyers and other professionals. They come in all shapes and sizes.

Download this free checklist: Does Coworking Space Have Everything You Need?

So is coworking right for you?

Unfortunately, I can’t answer that for you. If you have a large team, then probably not. You need a dedicated space so everyone can be together. But if you’re alone or working with two or three other people, coworking might be a good arrangement.

If you’d like to look into coworking spaces for yourself and/or your team, contact us.

4 Things to Look for When Viewing Potential Office Space

Phone conversations with the property owner, pictures, or even video can’t give you a true appreciation of the unit. You need to stand in the potential space to understand its size, smell, and feeling.

During your office search, there’s a good chance you’ll make the same mistake many small businesses make: You’ll overestimate your needs. (You might make some other mistakes too.)

Many people think an employee needs far more work space than they actually do. Once you stand inside a unit, however, you’ll probably say “Wow, this is more space than we need.” That’s not something you can learn from a photograph.

(Tenant Advisors has a handy calculator to help you discover how much space you need.)

But one viewing isn’t enough. You have to view multiple properties before you can confidently rent one. This is especially important for businesses who have never rented space in the past. There’s no way to know what’s available or what you want without touring around a bit.

A viewing can be an exciting moment for you. You’ll feel like your business is growing right before your eyes. Don’t become overwhelmed with excitement and forget to thoroughly investigate the potential space. Enjoy the hype in the car ride, but when you step into the unit, it’s time to focus.

As you view office environments, make sure to carefully consider these factors.

Make sure to bring our office viewing checklist with you to each walkthrough so you don’t forget anything!

1. Common Areas

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It’s important to consider hallways, walkways, patios, courtyards, rooftops, lobbies, and other common areas of a potential office. You can use them as a meter to determine how well the property owner cares for the individual units.

Are the common areas clean and free of clutter or debris? Are there any ongoing projects that look like they’ve been in-progress for a while? Are there any easy-to-fix blemishes (like scuffs or dents in the walls, worn carpeting, or broken fixtures) that haven’t been repaired?

The office environment may have shared spaces that are included in your rent as well. For instance, you might have rights to use the conference room on your floor, but so does everyone else. There’s likely a shared bathroom. In some cases, you might share a receptionist with several units. (He/she will answer your phones in your name and transfer calls accordingly.)

Make sure these spaces are appropriate for your business. For example, an accessible conference room may sound useful, but if your three-person team can easily meet within your unit, is it worth paying extra for the space?

What about the other units on the floor? If the conference room is shared between twenty businesses, how often will you get to use it? If there’s a reserve schedule for shared spaces, examine it briefly to see how often it’s used.

2. Infrastructure

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The beauty of a turnkey space is that you can start working on the first day of your lease. The leases are simple, written in plain language, and the units often come with their own amenities.

Most businesses need a reliable Internet connection (and you’re probably one of them). Don’t be satisfied with the property owner’s opinion here. If a connection is important to you, ask the other tenants about it. If you really rely on your connection, ask a tenant if you can plug in for a few minutes and test your most taxing task.

Second, test your cellular service in the building. Even if you can connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi, you’ll still want the ability to make phone calls.

If having mail delivered is important to you, you’ll want to make sure the postal service delivers to the building. Or will you have to rent a PO Box across town?

3. Space

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I don’t recommend stressing over the square footage of a potential unit. The exact footage is important if you have a lot of employees or bulky equipment, but if your business is just a few people and their computers you can get all the information you need by standing in the space.

Keep in mind that your business may grow. You don’t want to move in a year or have to break your lease because your team expanded suddenly. Think ahead: Will you be hiring more people soon? If so, does the unit make room for them?

Consider the acoustics. Is there a lot of ambient noise that would disrupt your work? Does sound echo within the unit? Can you hear traffic, other businesses, or machinery?

Finally, make sure you’re happy with the layout. Smaller turnkey spaces can have interesting layouts because a property owner is attempting to use every nook and cranny in his building (but most are laid out reasonably). Do you need an open plan or office separation? HubSpot has a great guide on determining the right layout for your team.

Don’t be afraid to consider the style of the unit. With a turnkey space, you don’t have a lot of leeway to customize the unit (plus wall art and new carpeting are unnecessary expenses for growing businesses). Do you enjoy sitting in it? Does it make you feel productive? Will you be comfortable bringing clients or customers in? Would you be proud to show pictures of your office on social media?

4. Location

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It’s important to investigate the area before or after your viewing. Take a walk or drive around the neighborhood to get a feel for where you might be working.

What’s nearby? Are there places to eat lunch, or maybe a nice restaurant to take clients/customers? Everyone has basic needs, so check for a supermarket or convenience store if you need a stack of napkins or tin of coffee. Your employees would love it if their new office came with a nearby bank, pharmacy, post office, or dry cleaners.

Is the neighborhood trendy, casual, family, or business-orientated? Will the scene hurt or help your business in anyway? For instance, a disruptive startup would benefit from a trendy entrepreneur scene, but not from an old town center.

Is there any construction in the area? Look for crews breaking ground on big projects. You might prefer a quiet setting, but it won’t be if a mall or shopping center is built nearby. (If you’re especially concerned about this, big projects are pretty easy to look up online.)

Finally, check the commute situation. Is there enough space for your entire team (and future team)? If you rely on public transportation, is it adjacent to any hubs? If you plan to have clients or customers stop by, make sure directions to the location are easy to explain.

(Ideally you should have considered the length of the commute for you and your employees before you arranged the viewing. If you didn’t, track the time it takes to arrive at the property from your home. Don’t forget to take into account traffic conditions.)

Don’t miss anything by keeping our handy checklist nearby when you view potential office units.

Making a Decision

Try to make a calculating, objective decision, but don’t rent any space that doesn’t feel right. Tenants rarely learn to love their office space. If you aren’t happy with what you see at the viewing, you won’t be happy in a few months or a year.

That said, if you do like the unit you’ve viewed, don’t sit on the decision too long. Turnkey spaces are rarely held for tenants. The property owner will still show it to other people, even if you verbally express interest. Sign the paperwork and get back to growing your business.
If you’re ready to find your next office, start your search here.

Big Pharma Leaves New Jersey and Vacant Office Space Awaits Impatiently

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The pharmaceutical industry used to be a dominating force in New Jersey commerce.

However, over the last twenty years times have certainly changed. Today we see the offices these international, billion dollar pharmaceutical producers now sitting vacant. There are a few factors responsible for big pharma’s disappearance from New Jersey. The billowing tech industry is partially responsible for the evaporation of old school biotech. Companies choosing to cut costs and outsource to India and Asia is another reason. Yet, figuring out what to do with these vast, empty New Jersey office campuses is another predicament.

New Jersey is in search of a new nickname. “The Nation’s Medicine Chest” was the former home to several pharmaceutical companies including Novo Nordisk and Roche. Several pharma companies have merged, downsized, and relocated. In 2009, New York-based Pfizer bought Wisconsin-based Wyeth. Merck reduced its workforce by 15% when it purchased Schering-Plough formerly based in Summit, New Jersey. Many displaced workers have been forced to change careers. Kim Haas, a former drug designer for Wyeth and Sanofi called the transition “a bloodbath” when the drug giant abandoned its Malven, PA campus (located on the Jersey border) in 2010.

According to James W. Hughes, dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, the dissipation of New Jersey’s pharmaceutical industry is due to the fact that biotech is attempting to reformat its environment to be more academically reflective. They’re moving their campuses to places like the Bay Area, Cambridge, and Manhattan where science technology is thriving in nearby universities.

So, the question remains – – what’s to become of these massive, deserted buildings? In December, Roche, the Swiss mega drug manufacturer and creator of Valium, shut down its 2 million square foot campus in Nutley, NJ. When Genentech acquired Roche in 2009 it moved to San Francisco and gradually decreased its New Jersey presence.

“Our mission for Roche is to sell the entire site at one time. So, while we have a lot of various interest in portions of the site, those that are looking at the site to purchase as a single entity are large, financially capable, integrated, multidisciplinary development-type companies.” Said Thomas Stanton, managing director of JLL, the real estate firm marketing Roche’s campus for NorthJersey.com. Stanton has toured the property to over 35 prospective buyers, but hasn’t received any bids. In the meantime, JLL is leasing a couple of the 13 buildings to small businesses. The space is perfect for biotech start-ups that need minimal lab space, but unfortunately due to financial reasons, JLL must hold out for a big spender.

Everybody Needs To Move To Oklahoma City And Start A Business

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Minimal income tax. Low-cost of living. The two things that every fresh-faced entrepreneur wants to hear.

Furnished, business ready office suites at cheap and reasonable rates? Sounds too good to be true! Not in Oklahoma City! To say business is booming in Oklahoma City would be a drastic understatement. Status reports that there are more than 100 new small startups cropping up every month in The Cinderella City. With only 4.4% unemployment, ranked as number 4 on Forbes’ “Manufacturing Boomtown” list, listed as no.1 for economic strength in The Business Journal’s list, and no.1 in CNN’s book of “Most Business-Friendly Cities”, what is stopping anyone from moving to Oklahoma City? According to CEO of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, Roy Williams, people are drawn to OKC for a variety of strongreasons. “It’s relatively easy to start up a business here. The revelatory environment, the access to capitol and the technical assistance. Small business development assistance – those type of infrastructure capacity and resource are here.” He says.

Oklahoma City is rich with culture – after you’ve landed in Will Rogers Airport, it may be difficult to believe you’re truly in The Midwest. Jazz and blues bars line downtown’s art-deco stylized streets. The Oklahoma City Museum of Art contains the most comprehensive collection of Dale Chihuly art work, including his 55-foot tall glass sculpture. From the deadCENTER Film Festival, to the abundance of American Indian organizations and shops (Oklahoma has 38 sovereign tribes), to the Bricktown Water Taxis, and across the way to Prosperity Junction, a 14,000 square foot replica of a 20th century cattle town – there is no shortage of fun and excitement in Oklahoma City.

Renting and owning real estate is a breeze in OKC. The city has some of the most affordable luxury apartments in the country. Executive suites start at $400 and many feature a variety of amenities – including but not limited to phone answering reception, office machines, internet, and cleaning services. Due to its low cost of living, Oklahoma City is also one of the country’s biggest hubs for recent graduates. For those who fear Oklahoma’s obesity rates, take a look at Mayor Mick Cornett’s “This City is Going on a Diet” project. In 2007, Cornett “challenged” the city to collectively lose 1,000,000 pounds. With nearly 50,000 participants and 8 years later, the city reached its goal. During the challenge, the city built new sidewalks and added 100 miles of bike trails to encourage citizens to be more physically active in their daily life.

How To Turn Useless Furniture Into Hot Office Commodity

Furniture. It’s a big-time necessity for living in the modern world. It’s hard to imagine life without it.

However, how often do we move, redecorate and end up discarding it? All the dang time. Sidewalks are strewn with unwanted mattresses, dressers and desks, and to us, we don’t think twice – it’s just a natural part of our urban landscape. Yet, there are visionary recyclists out there who want to revolutionize the way we utilize and treat unused furniture. They’ve developed repurposing practices that’ll keep that ol’ dresser, crib, armoire, or chest off the streets and into that hip, fresh new office or that old executive suite that needs a face-lift. We’ve scoured blogs, magazines and Pinterest boards to find you the best ideas for inexpensive, yet sophisticated office design.

Paige, an antique furniture aficionado at Lucky Me Studios, repurposed this 1940s dresser that originally belonged to a student at Penn State University into a stellar mini-workstation. One of the previous owners had removed the upper-middle drawer and drilled a hole in the back to thread a cord. Voilà! Compact desk perfection!

Chests usually only make sense in sprawling living rooms, dens and at the foot of a bed. They’re gigantic, heavy and difficult to maneuver. Guess what else fits that description… filing cabinets! Except finely crafted wooden and antique chests are not things you want to dispose of. Trade in your clunky green filing cabinets for an old fashioned chest! Loraine at Breakfast 4 Dinner has the right idea. She has sanded and painted over an old chest, emptied and cleaned it out, and turned it into a filing system!

Are you a clutter bug? Do you accumulate mail like Justin Beiber collects Instagram likes? Martha Stewart has figured out how to repurpose an unused coat-hook plaque into a classic mail sorter. Stewart recommends the following steps:

1) Paint or stain a precut plaque, available at crafts stores.

2) Paint hooks to desired color.

3) Secure the hooks side-by-side with 1/2-inch wood screws. Repeat to form additional rows to separate your mail.

Moved to the city and wondering what to do with your family’s old wooden shutters? No fear, Martha’s done it again! Three-panel shutters are easy to hang and perfect for storing and bulletining important papers. Best of all, it’ll add some home-grown charm to your office and some excellent conversation!

Turnkey Office Space Releases Statement: Brooklyn in Need of Executive Office Suites

Turnkey Office Space has witnessed an increase in demand for executive office suites in the Brooklyn area.

Turnkey Office Space, a leading NYC online search service for businesses in need of office space, has experienced an increased interest in executive office suite facilities, most often found in Manhattan, Westchester, Long Island and other major cities within the United States.

Co-founder Jonathan Bachrach claims Brooklyn is a popular place for startups and as the demand increases businesses will continue to seek business space in the up-and-coming borough. While Brooklyn offers a variety of co-working locations, a style of work that involves a shared working environment for workers who are usually not employed by the same organization, businesses are looking to establish roots in Brooklyn with executive office suites.

“Startups in Brooklyn are often young, forward-thinking companies and organizations that would be great tenants for some of the modern office build-outs we are seeing from executive suite providers in Manhattan and other major cities in the country,” says Bachrach. “The problem is these companies do not want to be in Manhattan; they want to be in Brooklyn. With the trends we are experiencing, Brooklyn may become something like the next Silicon Valley in the near future.”

Writer Tucker Reed, of Business Insider, agrees in his recent January 26, 2014 article titled “Why Brooklyn is the New Mecca for Fledgling Tech Startups.” According to the article, an influx of startup businesses has opened in Brooklyn allowing neighborhoods within the borough to flourish. Companies located in Brooklyn can maintain a “live-work lifestyle,” which encourages “collaborative, creative environments.”

Due to the popularity of Brooklyn for businesses, the Brooklyn Tech Triangle has developed. Home to already more than 500 companies, the initiative is spearheaded by local economic development organizations in Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass (DUMBO), Downtown Brooklyn and the Brooklyn Navy Yard and a taskforce of public and private stakeholders and tech firms which have already made Brooklyn their home. According to the Brooklyn Tech Triangle website, over the next two years, business in Brooklyn is expected to grow to support nearly 18,000 direct jobs and 43,000 indirect jobs.

“Between the success of the Brooklyn Tech Triangle and the surplus of enquiries we are receiving from business owners, we strongly believe Brooklyn would be a great place for executive suite providers to build out spaces,” said Bachrach.

Executive Office Suites are furnished offices with flexible lease terms that are turnkey and ready-to-move into. They can also be called serviced offices, shared office space, flexible office space, etc. Executive Suites are office centers that rent out private offices and have shared amenities on the floor such as conference rooms, a receptionist, lounge/break area, TVs and more.

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.

Best Underdog Cities For Your New Office

Is the high cost of living getting you or your business down?

Dreaming about relocating but not sure of where to? The US is abundant with cities and towns that’ll welcome your blossoming business with open arms. We at Turnkey Office Space have the low-down on what under-dog cities will serve your venture best, check ‘em out!

Austin is a fun, eclectic gem of a city. Rent is cheap, and office space is even cheaper. In a city whose former mascot was a middle-aged cross-dresser, options for entrepreneurship are endless. The annual South by Southwest Festival brings every corner of the media industry together, and it’s the perfect place to promote your budding startup. From 2008 to 2013, employment grew a whopping 13.7%. Since Austin is relatively small and land-locked, competition isn’t crazy either. All inclusive, single person office suites in Austin start around $450 per month.

San Diego. Recently Forbes declared San Diego the top city to start a small business. San Diego is home to only 2 Fortune 500 companies and its small business population makes up most of its total business. San Diego isn’t the place to climb the corporate ladder to launch a global venture capital firm, hence this is why small to medium-sized cities thrive in The City of Motion. All inclusive, single person office suites start in San Diego around $650 per month.

Denver. The most popular industries in Denver are aviation, broadcasting, health care and energy, and each contain realms of possibilities for your new business to thrive and connect. According to Adam Sloss, executive director of the Denver Metro Small Business Development Center, Denver is always excited to welcome new business, “When you show up here, there’s always open arms with the new folks. So when a young entrepreneur comes here, we give them a support network and say, ‘we really want you to be successful,’ and that’s something that’s really rare.” All inclusive, single person office suites in Denver start around $650 per month.

Oklahoma City. CNN calls Oklahoma City “a haven for entrepreneurial risk takers”. The Cinderella City has the second lowest median rent in the country! Many local entrepreneurs were former oil and gas workers who are very eager to bring new industry into the city. Today, Oklahoma City is one of the top destinations for biomedical research and science startups. All inclusive, single person office suites in Oklahoma City start around $550 per month. Virtual offices start around $150.

Top 5 Movies About Office Life

“If they can’t start a meeting without you, well, that’s a meeting worth going to, isn’t it? That’s the only kind of meeting you should ever concern yourselves with.” Says Kevin Spacey’s character, Buddy in “Swimming With Sharks” and it’s probably true.

There are some great inspirational movies about office life out there and we at Turnkey have the optimal must-see-list.

1) Being John Malcovich (1999, dir Spike Jonez) Struggling puppeteer, Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) works as a clerk at LesterCorp, a filing company in Manhattan. One day he discovers a small hidden door behind a filing cabinet is a portal to the mind of actor John Malcovich. He and his wife, Lotte (Cameron Diaz) take turns entering the actor’s brain and bizarre, messy drama ensues. But the real comedic moments take place in LesterCorp’s office, located between the 7th and 8th floors of the fictional Mertin-Flemmer Building, the ceiling is only 5 feet high and was originally intended for Captain Mertin’s very short wife.

2) Working Girl (1988, dir Mike Nichols) The story of an aspiring stockbroker down on her luck, Tess McGill (Melanie Griffith) is struggling to establish herself in the financial world. A glistening token of 80’s culture, Tess confronts sexism and corporate stress in her bulky grey pantsuit to the vocals of Carly Simon. Filmed in New York, many of the scenes took place in the World Trade Center and One Chase Manhattan Place.

3) Office Space (1999, dir Mike Judge) This one needs no introduction. The quintessential comedy about office drudgery was originally based on Judge’s cartoon series, Milton. The story follows Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston), a desperately bored programmer at a tech company in the suburbs. Favorite highlight: when Peter and his other disgruntled coworkers destroy a fickle printer to the stylings of the Geto Boys.

4) Up in The Air (2009, dir Jason Reitman) Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) travels around the country to different offices as a ‘Career Transition Counselor’ helping businesses downsize, i.e., he’s a professional fire-er. He spends most of his waking hours perpetually with suitcase in hand, on planes, in offices or in hotel rooms He’s the archetypal traveling businessman with a penchant for maintaining his frequent flier status – his home in Nebraska’s only purpose is a return address.

5) Haiku Tunnel (2001, dir Jacob Kornbluth) Kornbluth directs his older brother Josh in this indie comedy about a temp’s ascension to “perm”. Josh is a dopey but charming commitment-phobe in every aspect of life. He decides to take a stance against his transitory nature and “goes perm” for the first time in his life as a secretary for Schuyler and Mitchell law firm.

Are E-cigarettes Acceptable in the Workplace Culture?

The electronic cigarette aka the “e-cigarette” or “vapor stick” has become one of the most popular new inventions since it debuted on shelves of department and convenience stores around 2006.

It functions as a odorless, ash and smoke free simulated cigarette. There are a wide variety of e-cigarettes out there, some require batteries, others recharge through an outlet, some have flavors, others don’t and not all contain nicotine.

There has been little heath research on the effects e-cigarettes. The World Health Organization recommends “consumers should be strongly advised not to use” e-cigs until there are further studies on side effects. Although one incentive to take up e-smoking is to help stop smoking regular cigarettes, there is no proof that e-cigarettes stop nor tame nicotine cravings. In fact, typically e-smokers only increase their nicotine habit when they switch from smoke to vapor. However, e-cigarettes contain fewer chemicals than real cigarettes. But fore warning, the FDA has detected traces of diethylene glycol in e-cigs, a poisonous hygroscopic liquid that can lead to vomiting, facial paralysis or death.

Health aside, these vapor sticks are showing up in places that banned regular cigarettes long ago. People are e-cigging while shopping, at the park, and even at the office. NPR talked to Gary Nolan, a talk show host in Columbus, Ohio who praises the e-cig and says, “I’m in a closed studio. There are no open windows. I can vape in here, while I’m on the air in fact, and people can walk in and out and not even know it, if they don’t see it in my hands.” Many employers and workers are happy that e-smoking cuts out regular smoke breaks and saves time. Yet, there’s a whole myriad of reasons as to why offices are taking a stand against vaping on the job.

“I love that my coworker who smokes e-cigs doesn’t have to leave work to smoke. It’s nice that I can find her when I need her, however, I think that it’s weird that people don’t treat e-cigs like they treat normal cigarettes. People ask you if they can smoke around you, or good people do at least, but in a work context people don’t ask about e-cigs and I think that’s rude.” Says Ellen C, an editor at Modern Luxury. Many activists share a similar sentiment. Since the product is so new, it’s difficult to determine what kind of long term side effects e-cigs have on the smoker or those exposed to the vapor. 24 states have banned e-smoking in the office and more than 100 cities have prohibited it in places where regular smoking is already forbidden.

Thinking about renting office space that allows e-smoking or prefer one that prohibits it? Check out Turnkey’s listings!