After years of working for a Fortune 500 company in Colorado, Christian Esterly was able to get a taste of the small business community upon moving to the Land of Enchantment. She knew it was something she wanted to continue to be part of, and she realized that goal when she became owner of Office Alternatives (OA) in 2018.

“I have a strong passion for how OA helps the ABQ business community, specifically helping startups, small business and entrepreneurs adopt a credible big image and have the infrastructure to thrive, network and conduct business,” Esterly says.

OA offers a wide range of services to local businesses. It provides onsite office suites in the prestigious Journal Center location and the growing Westside Riverside Plaza location. The company also offers hourly, daily and weekly rental of offices, conference rooms, training rooms, and even a wifi coworking lounge. OA “rents” the use of its professional addresses, so that a business can prevent using a home address in public, and they have a safe and continuous place to receive mail/packages at the one provided. Booking an office suite with OA comes complete with full administrative support.

Clients can also have the service of a virtual telephone reception service so calls are never missed. This is something that Esterly says helps save sales and increases revenue, as 93% of clients who get voicemail move on to the next listing, while 73% who get a “live” answer before voicemail will wait for a return call.

OA’s services have become even more valuable with more businesses reopening following the peak of the pandemic, particularly with those who have grown tired of working from home. OA’s services provide the option of renting office space on a month-to-month basis, instead of making a long-term expensive commitment.

When she’s not busy with her work at OA, Esterly enjoys spending time with what she refers to as her “pack:” her three English Cream Golden Retrievers – Boaz, Ruth and Zeke – along with her husband, Richard, her daughter, Kyra, and her bird, Malachi. She also enjoys floating in the pool, hiking, camping or reading to help unwind in her down time. “At home, it’s my family and dogs that keep me smiling and level-headed,” she says.

The Office Angel

Christina Esterly, President