Doesn’t It Seem Like Business Centres Have Always Been Around?

Business Innovations

10 July 2018

Doesn’t It Seem Like Business Centres Have Always Been Around?

  • Posted by Awfis Editorial

In today’s competitive environment businesses are always on the lookout for ways to improve productivity and efficiency, without increasing their overheads.

Furthermore, many businesses are crossing geographies and exploring opportunities in new territories. For many of them, it isn’t always possible to have the complete office set-up ready from day one. These businesses have the budgets, but they need to study the market and scout for locations that suit their needs before making the investment.

This is where business centres come as a boon to many a new company that is looking to establish a foothold in this tough marketplace or as an easier, more flexible way of working for established companies.

Its meaning: What makes a business centre?

A business centre can be termed as an office away from the office. This is a professionally managed commercial facility, and it offers professionals and companies alike a wide range of business support and services, for short- to medium-term requirements.

The beauty of a business centre lies in its flexibility. Customers have the option of selecting infrastructure as per their needs. They can choose from a range of fixed or customized services, for a specific period, or as and when they need it.

Its history: How did it all begin?

Business centres trace their origin back to 1929 in the USA during the Great Depression. Times were bad, but businesses had to continue, work had to be done and money had to be made. However, all this needed to be done while limiting expenses and cutting costs wherever possible.

A small group of attorneys began to gather in common workplaces, sharing management costs, and the expense of meeting rooms and office assistants. And that’s how a business centre first came into existence.

Its usage: What are the advantages of business centres?

Business centres have typically been used by accountants, wealth managers or other professionals looking for a place or a desk to work from.

Today, the use has broadened, and entrepreneurs and MNCs alike, use a business centre as the perfect setting to operate from.

There is no hassle of putting together services and support infrastructure critical for the business. And there is no immediate investment in buying or leasing a place either.

Customers of a business centre can use these services as they see fit for their needs

Additionally, most business centres are already located at prominent addresses. This way, clients can start to benefit from the advantages that a well-connected location brings.

A business centre often includes semi-private offices, private offices and also executive suites. Many business centres are fully equipped with boardrooms and tech-enabled meeting rooms as well.

Clients can also use support services like fax machines, photocopiers or printing facilities, which get billed at the end of the month. From a tax perspective, this works quite well as these monthly bills can be claimed as office expenses.

What is the present day scenario?

Business centres have been around for a while now and their demand is only going to increase. Most of these spaces come with fully-furnished offices, state-of-the-art infrastructure and complete technical support. However, before you pick one, there are a few pointers to consider.

*Location: You need to find a business centre that is centrally located. Which means proximity to the main business hub, financial centres, transport services and recreation facilities.

*Executive offices: The centre should offer the best possible business infrastructure, and have well-maintained and fully-equipped offices.

*Technological support: Basics like wi-fi, business support services, voice and video facilities, AC control, printing and copying facilities, power back-up, etc. are a must

*Meeting rooms: The business centre must offer a combination of fixed as well as flexible facilities, option to scale up and down, video conferencing and LCD projectors, etc.

*Hospitality: A professional receptionist, well-maintained guest handling procedures, snacks and refreshment options, housekeeping facilities and end-to-end maintenance support complete the business centre package.

Conclusion

The business landscape today is dotted with entrepreneurs and start-ups who wish to simply take an idea and turn it into something large and noteworthy. What they require is the infrastructure support and office services to be able to take off from. The seed might have been planted during the Great Depression; however, the times are anything but disheartening now. Entrepreneurship is widening its reach, and business centres are at the heart of this movement, continuing to support innovative business ideas in the years to come.

5 Apps to Increase Productivity at Work

Business Innovations

25 August 2021

5 Apps to Increase Productivity at Work

  • Posted by awfis

Life has become much easier with the advent of technology. With access to latest technology, work has become less strenuous. The biggest contribution to technology has been the invention of smartphones. They have not only made communication easy, but also play core to organize our lives. The hundreds of ‘add on apps’ have made life stress-free and have definitely helped increase productivity, in every possible way.

App

Here are some applications that we feel will help you outperform at work.

  1. WandurList:

As the name suggests WandurList is an app that helps you in maintaining a number of lists. It is a clean application which enables you to make multiple lists under various folders. It is available for Android, iOS and web users, but what makes it stand out is that WandurList enables you to access the lists from anywhere and from any device. The lists that you make are saved in the cloud, thus letting you share the lists with the other users. So the next time you are out of your office and need to assign work or access previous work, WandurList will be your go to app.
wunderlist.com

  1. Shoeboxed:

Tired of keeping track of your expense receipts before submitting for tax reduction every month? We have a perfect solution for you. Use shoebox and say goodbye to the strenuous process of filling out forms. Shoeboxed is perfect for people who are up and about in the name of the business. Shoebox can access either via android, iOS mobiles or also via the web. Scan the bills and Shoebox sorts out and collates the receipts for you and also generates an expense report.  By the end of the month all you will have to do is send it out to your accounts team.
shoeboxed.com

  1. Speek:

Conference calling is an important aspect of how work happens in the business world. With growing business environment one needs to connect to people from various parts of the world and that’s where Speek steps in. It is an application that enables you to have a con-call by eliminating the process of dialling the numbers and the pin codes. Speek gives you a personal link which has to be shared with the people you want to have the conference call with and all they have to do is click the link to join in via their laptop, smartphone or the computer. So want to make a conference call? It’s just a link away now!
speek.com

  1. Keeper:

Have a lot of passwords of various platforms to keep track of? Tired of sending email to the IT to retrieve your passwords? This application takes that burden of remembering passwords off your shoulders. You have one master password that has all the passwords stored in it. If any hack is attempted all the passwords are automatically erased to maintain secrecy. This application can be accessed via a phone, laptop or a computer with the android, IOS software or by using the web.
keepersecurity.com

  1. Prezi:

Need to make flawless presentations that capture your client’s attention? We have a unique cloud based presentation application – Prezi. This app lets you put down all the information on one canvas and mark it out instead of making separate slides. It uses Adobe Flash Technology to animate the presentation. The application is easy to use and is also compatible for Windows, chrome, iOS and the Web.
prezi.com

Try the apps out and see the increased productivity that these applications bring about in your work life!

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Freelancers Work Better in Office Spaces than Coffee Shops

Business Innovations

25 August 2021

Freelancers Work Better in Office Spaces than Coffee Shops

  • Posted by awfis

You would have seen freelancers and solopreneurs working intensely at coffee shops, buying a cup of coffee accompanied with something to bite on now and then, more to keep the table occupied rather than ordering by choice! But working out of a coffee shop comes with a set of challenges. Being in such a relaxed, casual ambience for work, you are not really motivated enough and you can only rely on self-motivation to keep you going.

Thankfully, this is something that can be resolved by working at collaborative office spaces. Leased workspaces and desks that you can find on a reliable collaborative working website like https://www.awfis.com/inspiration/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/shutterstock_3835072871.jpg.com will also give you access to all amenities that you need when you work in an office, like free Wi-Fi and unlimited tea and coffee to keep you fueled up.

Freelancers in office spaces

Freelancers are looking for offices spaces with a positive atmosphere to conduct their work. More often than not, freelancers have a lonely job. They are at their laptops doing their work. However, at home, they have several distractions to keep them away from their desk. Coffee shops do not make the best talking environments for productive business meetings as a plethora of distractions come your way. No such worries exist in a collaborative working space where you are paying rent to be at your desk for work.

Let’s talk about the motivation factor now. Because you are in a roomful of people working on their desks, you are motivated to be a part of that workforce. You can make some great professional friends. As a freelancer, you cannot deny that working alongside others is a much better feeling that being a lone wolf, especially on days when things are a bit rusty. The general working ambience keeps you afloat, something that you find in plenty of plug & play rented office spaces.

If you have not considered working in a collaborative working environment, now is a good time to do that. All your criteria will be met and your business will commence in a cheerful and inspiring environment. After all, your venture deserves only the best.

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For Young Entrepreneurs in India, Awfis is the New Office

Business Innovations

25 August 2021

For Young Entrepreneurs in India, Awfis is the New Office

  • Posted by awfis

As they say, all you need to succeed is a big idea!
However, in the fiercely competitive world, you have to be careful about how you use that big idea. When you start off, you have multiple challenges on your side, including the really daunting one of arranging for start-up capital. You will be surprised to know the number of Unicorns which started off on a shoestring budget.

Things have changed since. You no longer need to set up a big office space and buy all the furniture necessary to set off your own company. Welcome to a new way of working out of an office: Awfis! At Awfis, you will get exactly what you need for your start-up or your work as an entrepreneur: a highly productive space to conduct your business.

Awfis is your new Office

Collaborative working has been around for a while now, but it is only now that it is starting to catch up here in India. At the forefront of this change is Awfis. We have Pro-Working centres where you can work in your own leased offices, along with your own team of professionals. For those who are playing it out as a lone wolf now, this is a better opportunity to make your mark!

There are many reasons why Awfis is the new office today. For example, the meeting rooms which we have in the leading cities of the country are all located in premium destinations. The centrality of the location makes it easier for you to commute and network with people for meetings and discussions. Clients and customers will not shy away from visiting your office premises because it is far away. Your business is in a better position, location wise.

Additionally, you are working alongside professionals who can turn out to be excellent future business contacts for you. Who knows, you may get the next big project from the person seated right next to you in the collaborative working ambiance! Also you may not have to hunt around for a professional in a desired field because the person may be working in the next cabin. Collaborative pro-working spaces are an excellent choice for business networking.

Awfis ensures that you get the best technological and infrastructural support when you work in our Co-Working centres. You will appreciate the environment and that will certainly inspire you to work even harder, the wind beneath the sails that you need when you are starting off.