20 of the Coolest Offices in the World
They say to do what you love, but rarely does the option come up where you can love where you do it. We know a thing or too about really cool office space, but even we were jealous of some of these incredible workplaces! Forget cubicles and boring ol’ water coolers, these offices are designed to inspire, to fuel creativity and promote a happy attitude, and they are obviously doing something right (take a look at any of these companies’ impressive accomplishments). Whether you work from home or are stuck in a small cubicle, get ready to take a break in one of these envy-inducing offices.
1. Hurley Campus: Located in California, Hurley is a hub of skate, surf and cool. Not only do they have the most awesomely bright break room, but they also have an indoor skatepark to properly make use of said breaks. We love all the vibrant colors and not a stale coffee pot to be seen! (via Cooler)
2. Red Bull London: The energy drink’s offices had better be fun if they want to give their employees wings; they have a ping pong table and their very own bar, where they hosts parties, launches and events as well as bands on a regular basis. (via Office Snapshots)
3. BFG Communications: The skatepark-themed office of this branding company looks rad and would be an inspirational place to get your thinking cap on. Or get thinking when and where you are going to skate next.
4. Zynga: You would kind of expect the offices of a game company to be pretty cool, and this space definitely doesn’t disappoint! Zynga’s work environment is very pet friendly (did you know the company is named after CEO Mark Pincus’ late American Bulldog, Zinga?) and employees are allowed to bring pets to work on certain days. (via Sexy Social Media)
5. Airbnb: Based in San Fran, the headquarters for Airbnb is designed to enable workers to choose where and how they want to work on any given day. The entire space has an open floor plan, with no private offices, even for the founders. Each collaboration space has a unique look and feel, with many of them being literal translations of listings from around the world. (via Custom Spaces)
6. Inventionland Design Factory: Located in Pennsylvania, this awesome treehouse is part of the headquarters of Davison Design and Development, where serene pools surround their interior office. (via Cen Prop)
7. Wonder Factory: This advertising company in New York City embraces their quirky work culture to promote creativity in employees, and it extends to their office layout with hidden secret rooms and beautiful office decor that reminds us of a library. (via Get Me With Those Green Eyes)
11. Urban Outfitters: The gorgeous offices of Urban Outfitters are truly a place to explore all kinds of creative outlets with gardens and a koi pond all built into a Navy shipyard warehouse. (via Decor8)
12. Office in the Woods: Located in the woods near Madrid, the office of Selgas Cano Architecture features a 20mm thick, curved window made of transparent acrylic, which forms the north-facing wall of the tunnel-like space. (via DeZeen)
13. White Mountain Office: This incredible office is home to a Swedish Internet provider and hosts server halls and offices 100 feet below the surface of Stockholm in a space that was once used as an anti-atomic shelter! (via Industry and Interest)
14. Palotta Teamworks: After getting a good deal on the warehouse, the design company realized they wouldn’t be able to heat and cool the whole place so they came up with a brilliant alternative — smaller confined spaces for people to work in, yet still be part of the entire company. (via Inhabitat)
17. ASB North Wharf: You’ll feel like you’re underwater at this New Zealand development company with an atrium giving nods to nautical references. Only five colors are used throughout the building, the same five colors used on their website. (via Idea Log)
18. The Barbarian Group: This radical office is famous for their endless table that physically connects everyone in the office and creates arches with grotto-like spaces underneath that turn into cozy meeting spots or private work spaces. (via URdesign)
19. Sahibinden: Located in Istanbul, this tech company wanted to enhance employee productivity through a comfortable and enjoyable environment. The entire ground floor contains a 250m running track, a basketball court, fitness area and café. (via Design Ideas)
20. Yelp: Tucked inside a ’20s art deco building, Yelp’s front desk looks like a general store complete with an old timey gold cash register. But employees spend most of their time in their onsite coffee shop, slinging free artisanal coffee all day. (via Business Insider)
How do you personalize your workspace? Would you work well in a community-based office? Let us know what YOUR office is like in the comments below!
Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com