Dallas, Texas, (WiredPRNews.com) — For many entrepreneurs, the advantages of working out of one’s home can be both appealing and stressful. Being able to office from your personal desk in your pajamas can sound like a dream come true for a desk worker. But once the kids come home from school and the hustle and bustle of family life inhibits the work day, something has got to give. At this point in time, a self-employed individual may consider taking their work environment to a traditional office setting for a little more peace and quiet.
Once the decision has been made to begin searching for a new work space, the first option presents itself: Executive Suite or Traditional Office Space? Let us compare the two.
To begin with, relocating to a new office will require a great investment of time and money. Not only will it involve detailed tours of each prospective location, one will also be required to pay deposits, movers and insurance as well as any additional expenses.
Traditional suites may be easier to locate since there are numerous business buildings in every city and vacancies are easy to find. However, executive suites are growing rapidly and there tends to be at least one location in every major city with new centers opening every day.
Traditional space is an agreement between a landlord and a tenant where you are responsible for every aspect of the office which can include: furniture, equipment, phone, fax, internet and office decor. Some traditional spaces also require you to pay electricity and water. Staff such as a receptionist and administrative assistant are also on your own payroll. Finally, your monthly expenses only covers your office and if your office does not include a kitchen or copy room, this is also your own responsibility.
Executive suites are different in that you are leasing an office or multiple offices from an executive suite which has a full service operation. This office service not only includes the physical rooms but all of the amenities as well. Some amenities include: phone, fax, furniture, decor, kitchens, mail distribution, copy rooms and internet. An added bonus with executive suites is that a full time staff of receptionists and administrative assistants are available to answer your phones, greet your guests, collect your mail and complete any tasks that a typical secretary would be assigned. It is important to note that tasks completed by the staff are usually charged by the hour and will be added to your monthly invoice.
The benefit of moving into an executive suite versus a traditional office is that all setup tasks are taken care of by the center. This means phone, fax and internet are connected for you and your office is prepared for your arrival. A disadvantage of this option, however, is the limited personalization that can be performed to these offices such as painting, shelving installations and lighting and window fixtures.
Upkeep of these offices differs as well. Traditional offices are the renter’s responsibility to maintain whereas if there is a cracked window or a stain on the carpet in an executive suite, a simple call to management will fix that right up.
For a small business or self-employed individual who needs simple office with all the perks of a big company, an executive suite is the most affordable option and will still render the impression of a prestigious office. For a company of more than 10 people, a traditional office with a good deal of space and a longer-term contract is the better option.