What is a private office at West Quay Offices and what are the benefits to have one?

Let’s make something clear directly. Private office means private office. Your own, locked and 100% private office. You share it with whoever you want, or you keep it for yourself.

Why should I get a private office?

This is a question you have to answer thinking about your own needs. Why we offer private offices is because we know from our own experiences that work is done in a place where we can focus, call it our own and have privacy. Either you are on your own, or you are a team of four. You will find a place at West Quay Offices for yourself.

What are the benefits of having a private office?

At West Quay Offices , having a private office comes with the following benefits which are just some of many:

  • 5 hours meeting room access per month
  • Free drinks & catering options upon request
  • High-speed Ethernet connection and WiFi
  • Member special events
  • Access to member add-ons

You will also have access to services like parking on-site, private LAN setup, dedicated NAS storage space, web development assistance and many more.

Do I have to own a team and/or company to have an office for myself?

Certainly not. We have options from 1-seat to 4-seat. Whatever options fit you well, you get that one.

If you are interested and want to know more, shoot us an email at [email protected] and we will answer all of your questions.

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How To Become More Productive: Tips and Tricks To Help You Out

Before going fully in for the ways to improve yourself and your productivity, there is one golden rule to always remember. It is okay to stay behind sometimes, and generally, everyone once and then feels the same way. That’s why we are here, sharing some knowledge on it anyway!

You have to understand that you cannot change your habits in a day. There is no magic formula to use to become a dreamy productive person overnight. It takes time, discipline, and patience.

Always make sure to start slowly, but add more and more. Your brain itself will try to put you behind sometimes, and that’s the exact moment you will make sure to fight it. And, of course, win!

Let’s go ahead and put some stuff on the list. Remember, you will need to tailor these according to your habits, and time.

Make sure to work it out in detail. And never, we cannot stress this enough, NEVER overwhelm yourself with duties. There are tasks you WANT to do, and there are you are ABLE to do. Understand the difference well, and do not try to win something over that you basically cannot in a given time or with resources. Your to-do list can sometimes include only one thing for the whole week, and that’s okay. Just make sure it gives you the power to continue at the end.

Rule: Plan your list according to your resources. Do not underestimate and do not overdo.

Then, we get a question in mind. How can you improve your resources? How can you help yourself out in order to gain more privilege over those tasks you want to accomplish?

Well, productivity starts with your environment – needless to say. So make sure to have an environment goes well with your schedule. Ask these questions to yourself, and answer honestly:

  • How is your surrounding area while you are working? Silent enough? Too calm? What do you like, really?
  • Do you have everything you need whenever you need them? Do you need additional tools that you cannot reach all the time?
  • Do you need a network you can grow quickly in order to enlarge your business and/or leads? What is the easiest way for you to reach people out?
  • And most importantly, do you have a quality workspace? Or you try to handle your tasks meanwhile neighbour hitting the nail and kids jumping around?

If you have answered these questions with “ehr, ugh, nope” then you may need a better place. And good for you, that there are tons of places out there to provide you an excellent workspace to boost your productivity. Like us, West Quay Offices, and we are just one of the many, professionals are here to keep you up with reaching your goals, handling tasks, and providing you safe & clean workspaces.

Make sure to check your own area for simple options, like “dedicated desk space“, “private executive office for one” or coworking area. These places are “member only” kinds of clubs, so you only work with professionals like yourself, boosting your leads, your network, and your productivity. All-inclusive solutions mean that you do not worry about accountants, utility bills, connectivity problems, etc. All handled by people that work for you. Sounds pretty productive, doesn’t it?

West Quay Offices is a North Vancouver based shared office & coworking space providing desk access, membership plans, executive offices, virtual plans, and meeting room services. 

Business Management

4 Main Things To Consider When Looking For An Office Space

Are you done with noisy cafes, interrupted internet connections with pretty bad quality Skype calls and lost deals? Or just basically trying to work from home but that new show on Netflix keeps you a bit busy? Well, been there and done that.

When it comes to productivity, all of us have different views on the subject. However, there is one thing for sure. A workspace, that is dedicated to working makes you more productive. And hence, there are the workspaces. But what is the difference between all those places you have seen around? What does really matter here? We want to take our own view on the topic, and here you are, 5 things to mainly consider when choosing a workspace.

#1: Location

When it comes to a workspace, your number one item to consider is the boring morning & evening commute. However, there a few more things to consider than only the gas-break game in your car.

  • Find a space near public transportation.
  • Always consider being near to social locations like some restaurants & cafes. You never know when a social meeting calls!
  • Like to cycle? Awesome! So better to search locations nearby. (And congrats on helping the environment by the way!)
  • And make sure to check the walk score of the location.

#2: Furniture & Service Quality

Even though the location is a big game-changer, there are still things you may love to consider when making your very detailed decision-making matrix. Just because a working space has a great location, unfortunately, does not mean they are good to go. How are the things that you will use for hours every day? Long story short, what is furniture like? Do you have some sit & stand desks and ergonomic chairs or the owner’s Amazon “today’s deals” visit is so visible? Ask about internet speed, lounge access, membership included services. If you are satisfied with what you see, then check for the overall service.

Basically, what you need is an all-in-one quality check. Will you get enough attention from the people that run the office? Is it a huge chain with tons of branches that you are just one small renter, or they are focusing on each location with great care? Providing services is really easy on a web page “services” section. What you need to make your mind is how you will get that so-called service, and what the quality will be like. Not sure? Shoot an email to the “manager” and see how carefully they are taking care of your requests. Ask everything, and ask it directly.

#3: Member Benefits & Events

First thing first, you are renting the space for your own work needs, correct. Given that, however, it is still important to know what benefits you will be getting. For example, West Quay Offices is promising for being a working community, rather than just a basic office rental that you can get literally anywhere. Consider these few things, for example:

  • How much is the office helping you to get into a collaboration with other members?
  • Talking about “members”, how really you feel like you are a member of something, rather than a tenant of an office?
  • Are there specific events you think will help you with your main goals?
  • Is it making you feel special for being a part of a community? Is it a community after all?

These are hard questions to answer before being a part of the working space. However, you should be getting straight answers when you ask the straight questions.

#4: 24/7 Availability

This one is pretty straight-forward. Let’s say you have gotten a deal and ready to move-in to your private office space. How much really it is “yours”? Can you go there and start working immediately, whenever you want? As it is becoming a norm in the industry, it is still important to make sure you have full availability – every day of a week.

All being said, it is important to find a place you will feel most comfortable with. Go out there, and find it out hopefully!

West Quay Offices is a shared office space in North Vancouver, BC. From desk access to furnished office rentals, we offer a great selection of services for your needs.


How The Pandemic Shaped Our Work: New Normal for Teams

Welcome to the year 2020, where things are not, well, quite right. We are frustrated, upset, and trying to make sense between the lines of emails we are receiving from the stakeholders of our lives. Things are not like they used to be, and this also accurate for how we work.

If there is one thing we are kind of sure, it is that the companies “had to” learn to find new and innovative ways to make their teams continue to be productive. Some let them do their thing at home, some rented shared office or coworking spaces to make the impact less. Whatever you do or your boss has decided, things are different. However, there is one thing shining in all this darkness: Workspace management.

What do we mean by workspace management?

It is basically using resources, and a really important one, to keep your employees safe and productive at the same time. Imagine doing rounds to visit a historical museum – you know the times when they let you in as specific numbers. And implement that to your workspace!

It is helpful in many ways, that’s for sure. However, you may need to have rock-solid management for this kind of approach. Which employee will work with who? Do they need to be in at the same time, all the time? Or you can make groups of let’s say 10 to make sure everything is going as it should?

This is where the workspace management comes in. This could be a new profession even, who knows!

There are a few simple rules to follow, really. However, each has to work with each other seamlessly.

  1. Make sure you divide your team to enough number of people.
  2. Understand the needs of your employees, and make them feel safe.
  3. Prepare the schedules well in advance, and try to stick to it really well.
  4. Keep the teams working together closely.
  5. Are there “online people”? Make sure to not let them feel outsiders.

Sometimes you may feel overwhelmed by all these. In the end, you have your own responsibilities to handle. So, is there a solution to all these?

Well, yes. There is, indeed.

There are professional workspaces for teams like yours, making sure to provide the environment a productive team’s needs and wants. Take us, West Quay Offices, for an example. All the above-mentioned rules are the daily “to-go” activities for the staff to ensure the quality of work for the members of the community. There are people who rent their own executive private offices, and there are people who rent their dedicated desks. Are their needs the same? Yes, and no, and yes again.

It depends. And you have to work case by case.

At this point, a professional workspace like West Quay Offices comes handy to manage it all. Making sure to have enough space for dedicated desk members, and then understanding the needs of office members, continuing to provide the all needed services like meeting rooms, mailings, admin services, and many more. It is a full-time job, and we are well aware of it.

Things are changing for sure, and luckily, there are new businesses popping around to help you make it. Things may seem hard now, but knowing we are all in this together, may change things in a different direction.

In a direction, we all would like to see.