7 Tips to Help Startups to Handle Failure

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One hard truth about the business world is that nine out of ten startups will fail. You must accept that and put your next step keeping the possibility in mind.

Building a startup demands immense hard work but one cannot guarantee the result. No matter how optimistic an entrepreneur is, one needs to be realistic and aware of the correct statistics about failure. Essential is to know how to cope with failure. The ability to bounce back differentiates between successful entrepreneurs and unsuccessful ones.

# Accept Your Emotions

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Failure can be hurting and tremendously stressful. There are cases where mental status after a startup shutdown has lead to mental collapse. The first most important thing you need to do is accept your emotions.

Accepting your emotions make it less hurting in the long run and rejecting them makes it all the more difficult. It can in fact lead to making you moody or extremely pessimistic about situations.

# You Are Not Alone

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Surround yourself with like-minded people. One of the biggest assets of being part of an entrepreneurial community like us is that you are surrounded by people who are going through pretty similar things. We support each other, during the high times and the low. Check us out!

# Passion Besides Your Startup

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It’s important to have a hobby – which you love besides building your startup. It always keeps you engaged and improves your persona. You may not progress in your startup – but a hobby such as music, sports, or even rock climbing can make you feel accomplished and alleviate stress.

# Let Your Mistakes Be Your Lesson

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A startup may have more than one reason for facing failure. Find out what went wrong for you. Once you understand your mistakes, it becomes a lot easier to avoid them in future. Mistakes made in business become a great source to learn about your business.

# Networking

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Ever wondered why startups have so many meetups and entrepreneurs just love to hang out there? That’s because at these events they realize that many like them are also on a leaking boat. Science shows shared misery increases trust. It develops empathy and makes them feel that they’re not alone in this difficult journey. Others too are climbing different mountains of equal difficulty. Besides, one can get a prospective client or partner there! You may even end up with mentors who can help you along the path to success.

# Don't Stop Moving Forward

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The shutdown of one startup should not become the reason for you to stop from achieving your goals. There may be a loophole in the idea or the way it was executed was not proper. Give yourself the chances to achieve your goals. Steve Jobs said, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”

# Plan Your Next Idea and Take Action

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Buckle up, pull your socks higher and make a fresh start. Don’t forget the previous mistakes and take necessary actions to move nearer to your goals.  Get rid of the negative mindset and believe that YOU are not a failure.

The Best Time/Day To Send Emails

Timing is everything – right? It may not be everything, but it certainly matters, especially when it comes to getting subscribers to notice and open your emails. So when is the best time to send newsletter emails? We have some advice and we’re eager to share.

# Best Day

Research by MailChip

Research by MailChip

  1. Tuesday: This is hands down the #1 best day to send emails according to the majority of the data from MailChip's.
  2. Thursday: If you send two emails a week, choose Thursday for your second day.
  3. Wednesday: While no single study showed that Wednesday was the most popular, it came in second place several times.

# Best Time

Research by Customer.io

Research by Customer.io

  1. 10 a.m.: While late-morning send times were the most popular in general, several concluded that the best time to send emails is at 10 a.m. Another notable time is 11 a.m.
  2. 8 p.m.-midnight: We bet you didn’t expect that one. It looks like emails generally receive more opens and clicks later in the evening. As Campaign Monitor notes, this is likely due to people checking their email before going to bed.
  3. 2 p.m.: It looks like you might be successful by sending your emails later in the day as people are checking out of work mode or looking for distractions.
  4. 6 a.m.: We guess this makes sense since 50% of you begin your day by emailing in bed. Before you even stand up, you’re opening emails.

# Plan

Research by WordStream

Research by WordStream

That is now your plan for the next 12 emails you’ll send to your subscribers. Keep in mind, research also shows that 23% of your subscribers will open emails within 60 minutes after you send them. So It’s fine to schedule your emails to send 30 minutes prior to the peak time.

# Email Subject Line Ideas

Research by GetResponse

Research by GetResponse

It’s no secret that one of the primary drivers of opens is your email subject line. It’s the part that usually stands out the most in your subscribers’ inboxes right from the get-go, making your first impression for the content you’re sending.

So if opens lead to clickthroughs, and opens come from awesome email subject lines, let’s explore a few data-driven ways to write those subject lines so they help you reach your goal to get more traffic.

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10 Things You Must Do When Working From A Coworking Space

The best thing about coworking is the community. Yes, you’ll be more productive, you’ll make a ton of network connections, you’ll be invited to all kinds of cool events and you’ll have access to all the free coffee you can drink, but what makes coworking so great is being surrounded by talented, focused, freethinking people who sincerely want you to succeed in whatever it is you’re doing.

If you’re new to coworking, there are a few things you should do to tap into this stream of awesomeness as soon as possible. 

# Introduce Yourself

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Introverts beware: the best way to start meeting people in your coworking space is to introduce yourself to your fellow coworkers. Since you’re the newbie, people may wait for you to initiate contact because they have no way of knowing whether you’re there for an hour, a day, or for the next several years.

Most people will give you a friendly nod in passing or when you sit down near them. If you can do so without interrupting their work, take the interaction a bit further by introducing yourself and asking them about what they do.

# Common Areas

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Here’s a well-kept coworking secret: some of the best encounters and most powerful connections happen in the community spaces: the kitchen, the couches and the lobby. These areas are generally buzzing with activity, with people chatting, eating, laughing, venting—all the good human stuff. Be sure to spend time in these areas and join in the conversations.

If you keep your head down and quietly slink to the coffeemaker and back, you give the message that you don’t want to connect. Be friendly, say hi, spend a little time.

# Connect

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As soon as you walk in the door, the front desk person who greets you should become your instant BFF. Take your attention away from your phone, emails and social media for a second to look them in the eye, smile and introduce yourself. Ask them their name (and remember it) because you’ll need him/her to get you through the day. But the connecting doesn’t stop there. Once you find a spot and get settled, look around and see if you can make friendly eye contact with any of the folks working around you.

It’s not easy, everyone is typically head down and working pretty intensely. However, if you can manage to make eye contact with a few folks it opens up the door to maybe have a conversation with them in the kitchen area, or if you both happen to walk to the bathroom at the same time. Introduce yourself, find out a little bit about what they’re working on and share what you’re working on too!

# Collaborate

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After you introduce yourself to a few folks you may find that there’s synergy or room to collaborate. When you’re working on a project the right collaborations are key, and you never know where your next potential partnership might come from. If you’re consistently working out of the same coworking space, collaboration becomes easier.

People will naturally approach you or gravitate towards you as they learn more about what you’re working on. Coworking spaces are naturally full of creatives and self-starters who like to collaborate naturally.

# Use Headphones Sparingly

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Headphones are the universal coworking sign that you don’t want to be disturbed. If you really don’t want to be disturbed, headphones work surprisingly well. But, if you’re open to a hello, an introduction or question, don’t plug in. It sends the message that you’re not interested in the people or happenings around you. If you want to be part of the community, plug-in only when you need to.

# Attend Events, Workshops, Happy Hours, And Other Celebrations

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Most coworking spaces have a running series of events, presentations, networking events, Lunch & Learns, and meetups. When your work schedule permits, attend these. They’re a great way to learn more about your fellow coworkers, you can make a few connections, and you’ll get a feel for the culture of the space.

One of the best things about being in a coworking space is that you get to celebrate wins with the people around you. You also get to decompress and talk about challenges you’re having with people who are in the same boat.

# Email List

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Most coworking spaces have a way for members to ask questions, get referrals and share news. Maybe it’s custom software or maybe it’s a simple email list or group. Being active on these tools provides a low barrier of entry to your coworking community.

You can introduce yourself, answer questions or share an interesting link without even having to look up from your computer, and you’ll immediately start connecting with other members. This may not be as good as connecting face-to-face, but it’s a great way to join community conversations.

# Bring Snacks

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You know what people love? Snacks. You know what they really love? Free snacks. Spending a few bucks to bring some chocolate, fruit, cookies or hummus is a sign that you’re friendly, approachable and excited to be part of the community. Don’t worry about being fancy-schmancy (though you can if you want)—the idea is to make a little gesture of friendship and community.

# Follow Your Coworking Space

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Find out what social media sites your space and other members are active on. You can quickly introduce yourself through social media and when you follow and share posts from others, they’ll likely reciprocate and share relevant links, images, etc.

Bonus: post photos, videos, and quotes from your space and tag the space in them. This is a great way to share your experience and enthusiasm and it enables your space to showcase its humanness and community with a retweet or repost.

KOI Creative Space @Facebook, @Twitter, and @Instagram

# Show Up Regularly

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Coworking day passes are great. They allow you to get a feel for coworking with zero commitment. That being said, as with a family, the best parts of a coworking community come through spending hour after hour, day after day, year after year together. You see people at their best and at their worst—and people see you at your best and your worst.

6 Low-Cost Ideas to Start your own Business

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If you identify as an introvert and are interested in your own low-cost startup, you could be an ideal candidate for starting your own business.

Introverts are powerful in their own right. They are productive thinkers with strong opinions who can achieve great lengths. Despite what the media says -- often stereotyping them as “shy” or “socially awkward” -- introverts can make great business leaders and entrepreneurs. In fact, many successful business leaders are introverts, including Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Warren Buffett.

Here’s a list of 6 low-cost business ideas under $1,000 to get you on your way.

# Coder

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Startup costs: up to $1,000
Equipment: computer, training courses

Becoming a coder is a cumulative process that builds up your skills day after day and year after year, and coding can be fun and rewarding (mentally, spiritually and financially). Detail-oriented and meticulous, introverts make excellent coders. The combination of patience and focus makes coding a great option for an introvert seeking self-employment. Because coding is such a niche skillset, there is high demand for freelance coders, and much of the work can be done from the comfort of your home.

  1. Learn Database (MySQL, Paradox, Fox Pro, DB V, MS Access)
  2. What kind of coder you want to be (Web, Desktop Application, Distributed Application, Library/platform/framework/core, System or coding scientist)
  3. Learn the technologies and coding languages related to your coding field - List with all coding languages
  4. Make a simple "test" Website to improve your coding skills
  5. Make your own portfolio
  6. Support non-profit companies with there website to improve your coding skills even more (get connection)
  7. Join a technology community to get even more connection
  8. Start reaching out to your target customers - Which Social Media Should I Use For Business
  9. Good luck ;)

# Graphic designer

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Startup costs: up to $1,000
Equipment: computer, design software

For highly creative and visual introverts, freelance graphic design can be a great way to make a living. With digital businesses on the rise, demand is higher than ever. The approach to the design world is something almost natural. Many graphic designers express their creativity since they were children. The changeover from felt-tip to Photoshop is physiological.

  1. Learn how to draw - Just learn some basics so you can be comfortable sketching with a pen
  2. Learn graphic design theory - color, typography, and designing
  3. Get basics in user experience
  4. Learn Illustrator/Photoshop
  5. Learn something special - Logo, App, and Web design
  6. Built your portfolio - ideas for t-shirts, redesign a poor website, Phone app (mock it up)
  7. Find a local nonprofit and offer to design for free
  8. Join a graphic design community
  9. Start reaching out to your target customers - Which Social Media Should I Use For Business
  10. Good luck ;)

# Instagram consultant

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Startup costs: $100 to $800
Equipment: smartphone, good camera

Social media doesn’t necessarily mean “social.” Many businesses today have abandoned traditional marketing methods and taken to social media networks such as the ever-popular Instagram to promote their products and services. A majority of companies may not be well-versed in this new marketing technique, which is why outsourcing an Instagram consultant is often a great option.

  1. Get familiar with instagram
  2. Learn how to take pictures
  3. Know all filter on instagram
  4. Built your portfolio - pictures of friends/family, animals or events
  5. Join a social media community
  6. Start reaching out to your target customers
  7. Good luck ;)

# Writer/copy writer

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Startup costs: up to $1,000
Equipment: computer

You don’t need to be a best-selling author to craft a compelling narrative. If you’ve got the drive, copywriting is a great option for many introverts. Although freelance writing doesn’t require a formal education, it does require a certain level of motivation.

  1. If you don't know how to write "good" take classes
  2. Which type of writer - Agency, Corporate or Freelancer
  3. Portfolio - your best writing
  4. Web presence - own website, social media, blogs
  5. Join a writing community
  6. Start reaching out to your target customers
  7. Good luck ;)

# Photographer

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Startup costs: up to $1,000
Equipment: high-quality digital camera

Photography takes focus and observation, qualities many introverts naturally embody. Opportunities for a photographer can be enormous, and there’s immense room for learning. There are a number of ways to generate income from being a photographer: shooting for websites or publications, selling prints or usage rights of your images or, if you’re skilled enough, offering classes to other aspiring photographers.

  1. Develop your photography skills - there is no right way or wrong way
  2. Obtain the appropriate equipment - camera(s) + lenses
  3. Know your camera
  4. Research camera technology and photography tips - books, blogs or magazines
  5. Learn how to use editing software
  6. Built a portfolio - pictures of friends, family or events
  7. Join a photographer community
  8. Start reaching out to your target customers
  9. Good luck ;)

# Youtuber

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Startup costs: up to $1,000
Equipment: computer, digital camera

YouTubers are people who believe in the power of Do It Yourself! They create their own YouTube channels, vlog (video blog) regularly and build subscribers over time. The more traffic their channel gets, the more opportunities they have for percentage-based advertising revenue, freebies for review purposes, promotions and partnerships.

  1. Decide what sort of YouTube account you'll have - music, funny, tutorials, comedian or story videos
  2. Learn how to use video software
  3. Create your channel
  4. Show your talents
  5. Join a Youtube community
  6. Start reaching out to your target customers
  7. Good luck ;)

If you know more low-cost ideas to start a business let us know. Also if you need help to find a good community come and visit us. Our community is huge!

10 Tips for Hosting a Successful Business Event

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Have you been toying with the idea of hosting an event for your business but aren’t sure where exactly to start? It sounds like a fun idea and a nice way to get some buzz built up around your business and you’re excited to jump in, but you’re not sure where to start, how to plan, or what type of event to go with.

Today, we’re going to work through the process of planning for a successful event. We’ll look at those very questions you were unsure about. Event planning is no small task, but it can be a great way to bring in some new faces and to get people excited about what you have to offer.

#1 Target your audience

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The first step — before you do anything else — should be to clearly define who your target audience is. From this all the other decisions will fall into place in terms of format, content, prices, location etc. This structured approach will also help you to stay focused on achieving specific goals and not allowing the scope to become too broad or watered down. A good way to find your target audience is Facebook Audience Insight.

#2 Location

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Location is key to throwing a successful business event. Think about the theme of your event, the vibe you want to create, and what type of location will best support it. Do you want the event to feel more like a cocktail hour (bar), or a serious meeting (coworking space or conference room)?

#3 Set a Goal

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What is it you want to accomplish with your event? It is just to get some new customers acquainted with your business? Are you trying to get some press coverage? Encourage business during slow times? Setting your goal allows you to have a clear objective when planning for your event. Special events are not always about casting a wide net—they can also help with problem-solving.

#4 Day and time

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One strategy is to have the event on a typically slow day to bring in additional revenue during a slow sales period. Avoid planning it during your busy times because you will not be able to provide great service to both the attendees and your regular customers.

Also consider the schedule of your target audience and select a day/time that will be convenient for them. For example, lunchtime and after work is a popular time for targeting professionals while weekday mornings may work for targeting parents with young children.

#5 Speaker

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The first step to attracting speakers is to find a topic based on what your audience is interested in. It will be much easier to attract speakers once you have a concrete topic or theme in mind because it helps them envision their role in your event. Collect speaker submissions and then search your network to see if you know anyone in common. Getting a personal introduction from a mutual contact can go a long way.

#6 Logistic

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Do you need to bring in more chairs for eating or watching a performance? If it is outdoors, do you need to provide portable toilets or are restrooms conveniently located? If appropriate, be sure to decorate your business with tasteful and festive decorations that fit the theme of the event.

#7 Marketing

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Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are very effective in raising awareness and generating excitement about events. Post about the events once a week, and more frequently during the week of the events. Engage followers by, for example, asking them what they are most excited about in attending the events.

Communities. Tap into established and devoted communities like Boy Scouts, hiking groups, Meetup groups, whiteblaze, and backpackinglight. Ideally, find a person who is respected within the community who can be the event champion—their efforts will be more efficient and effective than those of a newcomer.

#8 Excellent Service

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During the event, make sure that you provide excellent customer service and effectively showcase your products or services. By serving your world-famous cheesecake or offering your best-selling chair massages, attendees get a taste of what you offer without feeling like it’s a thinly veiled sales pitch. Make sure that you have enough staff working to give each customer stellar service. Be available to assist the guests who seem interested in your product, but the no-pressure atmosphere is key to motivating them to come back next time.

#9 Gather contact information and follow up

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One of the keys to turning a large event turnout into increased business is to gather contact information and keep in touch with the attendees afterwards. You can add them to your newsletter, send a Friend Request on Facebook or call them to personally invite them to an upcoming sale. Just be sure to stay on the conservative side of the fine line between spamming people and communicating.

#10 Measure

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It is important to track the number of attendees who turned into customers to gauge the success of the event. To get feedback, you can talk to customers during the event or send out a survey afterwards. Another strategy is to give special coupons to attendees and then track how many are redeemed to determine the percentage of people who returned to your business after the event.


Overall, hosting an event at your business can be a great learning experience. Not only will you gain knowledge about your business, but you’ll learn more about your customers, too. There are always ups and downs to any event—you’re not alone in that. But with proper planning, a clear objective, and a little bit of help, an event can be a great way to expand your business’s reach. Keep in mind: Every event has its pros and cons.

What kinds of events would you like to see hosted at KOI? Let us know!

Coworking Space advantages

What is coworking?

Coworking spaces are shared workplaces utilised by different sorts of knowledge professionals, mostly freelancers, working in various degrees of specialisation in the vast domain of the knowledge industry. Practically conceived as office-renting facilities where workers hire a desk and a wi-fi connection these are, more importantly, places where independent professionals live their daily routines side-by-side with professional peers, largely working in the same sector – a circumstance which has huge implications on the nature of their job, the relevance of social relations across their own professional networks and – ultimately – their existence as productive workers in the knowledge economy.

The history of shared-office spaces is surprisingly longer than some think. The idea first came to life in 1995 when c-base, an association of engineers, created a ‘hackerspace’ in Berlin for computer hackers to meet and work together. Four years later, in 1999, the trend spread to New York City, and 42 West 24 was born by a software company to help contracted employees.

Coworking statistics

Growing Number Of Freelancers

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40% of the workforce will be freelances, temps, independent contractors, and solopreneurs by 2020

This is a number that we can’t ignore. More people are choosing a more flexible lifestyle, and we have to be aware of this. Coworking spaces will become even more popular, and companies with remote employees can take advantage of this. If you have an employee that wants to work from home, setting them up in a coworking space can be a better arrangement.

Coworking Makes You Feel Healthier

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70% reported they felt healthier than they did working in a traditional office setting

Maybe this has something to do with all of the stress that comes from a traditional office setting, or maybe it’s because coworking spaces have more initiatives to promote wellness, but according to a survey, people reported feeling healthier when working in a coworking space.
When you’re healthy, you’re naturally going to be more productive, so it’s a win-win.

Coworkers Complete Tasks Better

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64% of coworkers are better able to complete tasks on time

This is an amazing statistic, and speaks volumes about the power of coworking spaces.
If people are more productive when they’re in coworking spaces, then companies should take advantage of this. Any temp or freelancer that a company hires should set them up in a coworking space instead of letting them work from a coffee shop.

Coworkers Can Focus Better

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68% said they were able to focus better while coworking

My theory on this one is because of the energy that a coworking space has.
Everyone is there to work, and is there for a serious purpose, whereas in a coffee shop there can be many more distractions. Another great reason to use a coworking space is simply for the vibe in the room. It’s like workijng out at home or going to a gym, you’ll always push yourself harder at the gym because of the other people around.

People Are Satisfied With Their Coworking Space

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92% are satisfied with their coworking space

This is a great statistic, and anyone that runs a coworking space should be proud of themselves.
The people who run coworking spaces do a great job of creating that sense of community within everyone that works there. There are also usually lots of networking events and community-building initiatives, which makes it that much more satisfying

Coworking Leads To Better Interactions

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91% have better interactions with others after working

In coworking spaces, people, who might have never met each other otherwise, are constantly interacting with one another. This leads to feeling happier and makes it easier to connect and start conversations with other people outside of the coworking space.

Coworking Makes You More Relaxed

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60% are more relaxed at home since coworking

This is probably my favorite statistic on the infographic.
Work-life balance is an important topic for us here at Officevibe, and something we talk a lot about. The amount of stress that the typical worker brings home does so much damage to their children/spouse. Anything to help achieve a better work-life balance is important, and coworking spaces give the flexibility and freedom that entrepreneurs need.

Lots Of Coworkers Are Younger

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78% of coworkers are under 40

Mostly younger workers are in coworking spaces, but that doesn’t mean it’s only meant for younger workers.
Everyone, no matter how old you are, wants to be more productive, be healthier, and have a better work-life balance.

Coworking Makes You More Confident

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90% said they felt more confident when coworking

This is probably again some placebo effect from the atmosphere in coworking spaces, but everyone that’s there is there to work hard, so it gives you a sense of drive that lets you work harder. Plus, with the access to resources and events, you get a sense that there is a support network, which gives you more confidence.

You Make More Money Coworking

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50% report higher incomes

This is an interesting one, and my theory on this is that an entrepreneur or freelancer, that uses a coworking space instead of something like a coffee shop, will end up working harder, and is just taking the process more seriously.
Something for all independent workers to keep in mind.

Freelancers Like To Work On Their Own Schedule

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Only 30% prefer to work during normal business hours

This goes beyond just coworking; people need to autonomy and flexibility to work whenever they want to, whenever they feel the most productive. Coworking spaces need to meet that demand, and stay open longer than normal business hours.

10 Ways to Become a Better Team Player

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A team player is a valuable asset to any organization. While a lot different from a leader, team players are equally important in helping driving the organization towards success. A leader can also be a team player if he keeps his dominating nature aside and becomes a part of the group he is working with. Here are 10 ways to become a better team player.

#Demonstrates reliability

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You can count on a reliable team member who gets work done and does his fair share to work hard and meet commitments. He or she follows through on assignments. Consistency is key. You can count on him or her to deliver good performance all the time, not just some of the time.

#Communication

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Teams need people who speak up and express their thoughts and ideas clearly, directly, honestly, and with respect for others and for the work of the team. That’s what it means to communicate constructively. Such a team member does not shy away from making a point but makes it in the best way possible — in a positive, confident, and respectful manner.

#Listen

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A team player is only excellent at his role if he considers and respects the viewpoints and ideas of other people as well. He understands and tries to include his team members by listening to their opinion and taking it into account; after all he is part of a team.

#Sharing is caring

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Likewise, he shares his opinions without trying to come up with a plan on his own and take credit for it. He keeps other team members informed at all times, instead of plotting away new plans in the corner trying to lower other members’ morale.

#Appreciate Others' Work Styles

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One person may be good at facilitating communication; another likes to challenge the group's assumptions. The best teams will have a mix of these styles and members who appreciate each other's contributions.

"The really good team player, regardless of style, is somebody who can understand and appreciate and work with people whose style is different from theirs," Parker says.

#Delegate according to your strengths

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It would be a waste to ask the most talented researcher to do the organizing and the most talented organizer to do the researching. By first assessing the strengths and weaknesses of each group member, you are able to delegate tasks to the members with the strongest skills in that area. Giving assignments according to the interests and strong points of your teammates will increase your chances of success and efficiency.

#Supports And Respects Others

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Instead of shutting someone out or laughing at their ideas, an excellent team member knows how to respect his fellow team members. It is important to keep in mind that respect is only received when you give it to others. An ideal team player knows how to have fun, but he would never do it at the cost of someone else’s respect.

#Problem-Solving

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While normally, a leader tries to take charge and solve everyone’s problems, many cannot ask him for help because of his reserved nature. A team player on the other hand can help solve all sorts of problems with no difficulty.

#Report On Your Work

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If nobody knows your work is complete, does it have value? This is not a Zen koan: it is a practical question to consider! If managers or team members are waiting for you to complete a task, they need to be made aware. Report to those who need to know when you complete a task and advise them of any issues they need to know about in order to keep moving.

#Go the extra mile

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Whether that means staying in the office after 5 p.m., or taking on more responsibility, your team relies on you doing your part and doing it well. Sometimes that means taking on more than you initially expected. Going the extra mile is not only one way to ensure the success of your project, but also an effective way to gain the respect of fellow co-workers.

7 Tips How to Turn Boring Meetings into Productive Meetings

Is it the same old, starting with complaints and ending with more work?

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Are you tired of the weekly Monday morning meeting? Meetings become ineffective when they combine different types of discussions, because we aren’t good at changing the pace or tenor of a conversation once it starts. Make things easier by splitting discussions into categories.

If this sounds like your staff meeting, it’s probably time to shake things up. Meetings won’t be boring and unproductive if you incorporate a little imagination and some planning.

Here are 7 tips to turn boring meetings into productive meetings.

#Agenda

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Sharing the purpose of the meeting and agenda ahead of time so everyone is on the same page. People want to know what to expect in advance. Don't call meetings unless they are necessary; when they are, let people know what your meeting is about by circulating the agenda at least three days in advance.

Then show up on time, keep to the agenda time limits, follow up on responsibilities, and watch your popularity index climb! The important thing to remember is keep it simple. You don’t need to create a full-blown dissertation for your agenda. Simplicity wins.

#Start with something different

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Start off with an inspirational quote or story, or a passage from a best selling business book. Dedicate a different person each week to start the meeting with their own spin, or lay out a topic for discussion that will bend their minds in directions other than work.

Inform – Let the participants know the purpose of the meeting and the product to be produced.
Excite – Explain the benefits of the meeting and why this meeting should be important to them.
Empower – Describe the role they will play or the authority that has been given to them.
Involve – Get them involved immediately through an engagement question that furthers the meeting purpose.

#Set a friendly tone

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Your main goal at the meeting venue is to get the team’s attention and encourage their contribution to the agenda. To achieve this, create a comfortable environment right away. Casual conversations before the meeting starts are great for creating comfort. Pre-meeting chats offer a window into other aspects of the lives of your staff. The conversations are also perfect icebreakers that let the team slip comfortably into idea-contribution mode. Handled well, they will turn a stressed, tongue-tied team into a free flowing forum of smart ideas.

#Keep it simple

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Don’t let the meeting digress into a complaint session. Set the standard of positivity at your first meeting and make it a rule for all meetings. If there is a problem, look at solving it with a team approach, concentrating on the next step of solving it rather than complaining about the problem itself.

#Make each person responsible for input

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Make each person responsible for some contribution to the meeting, whether it’s their department report, an anecdote or a unique or innovative idea. That will make them feel more integrated into the team. Rather than being talked “at,” they can add their own important information to the discussion.

#Stay on Schedule

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Set timers. Even a countdown clock visible to everyone is good. When people know their time is limited to accomplish something, they’ll chime in more quickly. Ideally, meetings are shorter than ninety minutes, because that is the ideal amount of time that the mind can effectively focus on a subject before needing a break. If your meeting needs to be longer than ninety minutes, then you have to schedule a break.

#End with action!

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Toward the end of your meeting, briefly list the action steps that need to take place to move the company or your team forward. Remind everyone where the company is headed--the big picture. End it with a genuine smile and enthusiasm for the future.

A good meeting is a bit of an art form, so give yourself some time to figure out the flow. Things may not go perfectly the first time, but there’s always room for improvement if you put effort into making it work.

Offline Marketing

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What is Offline Marketing?

The word contains the meaning of offline Marketing itself. It includes other methods of marketing apart from online marketing. This industry is very popular since hundreds of years back. Although the methods have changed according to latest technology but the meaning is still same. It comprises of advertisement in newspaper, magazines, hoardings, exhibition shows, and print media (like the Yellow Pages, buses, benches, and billboards), sponsoring something, partnership and so on, there are various new and old methods that have been helpful to reach the target audience. Offline marketing helps in increasing Brand popularity, Product sale, Revenue generation, Profit Maximization and Covering the gap between providers and consumers and making more.

So, let’s take a look at few of the most effective offline marketing strategies.

#Network your way to success

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Face-to-face connections are still a valuable form of networking and can help drive traffic to your website when your new connections are inspired to learn more about you and your firm.
Being able to put a face to the name can help create a deeper sense of brand loyalty among your buyers, so don’t discount the importance of a good, old fashioned handshake. Make your own opportunities for in-person networking by joining local chapters of associations or organizations where your target audience is likely to be found.  Over time, this networking can be augmented with attendance at national conferences for those same associations/organizations.

Quick tips to create a strong business network:

- Create strategic partnerships with non-competing businesses in your area
- If your area still doesn’t have a business group, round up some interested business owners and meet up to start a small network
- Visit as many groups as possible that spark your interest
- Hold volunteer positions in organizations
- Help others and you will be helped

#Get creative with your business cards

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Investing in well made business cards is one of the most effective ways to get your business out there. Set your brand apart by choosing a unique design that reflects your brand values and creativity. Always ensure that everyone who is anyone in your company has their own to give away, because you never know when they’ll need to share your business details with a prospective client.

Quick tips to make your business cards stand out:
- Change the orientation from landscape to portrait
- Use colored cardboard instead of the usual white
- QR Codes
- Use the back of the card as extra real estate

#Speak at Events

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Find an event related to your industry and prepare an educational and meaningful speech. This leaves a lasting impression with peers who share a position in your industry and creates a visual representation of your business. If you don’t feel you have enough industry authority to deliver a speech to peers, it’s still helpful to attend the events. Introduce yourself and network with others. The relationships you build could help move the marketing dial elsewhere.

#Package your products differently

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If you’re selling physical goods with a lot of competition, you need to make sure that your product packaging is well thought out. There are many ways you can boost your brand’s exposure on the shelves just by packaging your products differently. You can also give away stickers or branded knick knacks with every purchase of your product so that fans of your brand can help spread the word.

Quick tips to update your product packaging:
- Change the orientation from landscape to portrait
- Incorporate recycled material into your packaging
- Custom Shipping Tape
- Unboxing - Turning Your Branded Items into a Social Experience
- Get outside advice

#Send snail mail

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What is snail mail?
Snail mail is a slang term for the regular postal service (for example, the U.S. Postal Service) with the implication that it is a lot slower than e-mail

Even in the age of email, snail mail is still an acceptable marketing method. You’d be surprised how many people prefer physical offers. It’s more costly and you miss out on the data you get from email campaigns, but you’ll stand out amongst your email-only competitors. Send coupons or new product updates, product samples, newsletters, or anything you think might promote your business the best. This is definitely a more personalized approach to marketing.

#Make cold calls

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Put together a list of potential customers and call them up. Well, first establish a cold-calling strategy, then call them up. Tailor the conversation to each customer and be mindful of their time and needs. Though it’s typically more of a sales move, cold-calling can help you build collaborative relationships with other businesses and potentially gain some new customers along the way.

Quick tips for a cold-calling strategy:
- Make every call sound like the only call
- Use fuzzy words (might, maybe or possibly)
- Don’t make prospects think too hard
- Don’t Attempt to Sell on Your First Cold Call
- Ask for feedback

#Celebrate holidays with your clients

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Love the holidays? Send out cards and small gifts to clients and use special occasions and milestones to make your presence known. And you don’t have to spend a lot of money celebrating with your customers. A well designed, well thought out personalized greeting or small token can show clients that you care and that they mean something to your brand.

Quick tips to make the holidays memorable for clients:
- A few months before Christmas, give away a coupon book that your clients can use for their Christmas shopping at your store
- Send out “Happy Anniversary” cards with special discounts to your clients on your store anniversary

#Offer expert advice

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As an expert in your chosen field, there are numerous opportunities where you can help people and at the same time get airtime for your business. Try becoming a guest at a local radio show or morning TV show and offer consumer advice that is related to your brand and industry. The trick is to sell an idea or product to your market, without the hard sell.

Quick tips to be the expert:
- Have a section for useful tips on your flyers
- Hold a “free consultation” day at your business

Need help with your offline marketing? Let us know - we'll help you!

New York - What to do in February 2017

February in NYC is still chilly and dreary but that doesn’t mean you should stay in your apartment all month. There are many great events this month that can brighten up your cold winter day and many opportunities to feel the love around Valentine’s Day.

New York City Winter Wine Fest - February 4

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Warm up from the cold with over 250 high-quality, unique wines from around the world for tasting. Expect small boutique vineyards producing better quality wines at more affordable prices and cleanse your palette between tastings with cheese, bread, and crudités, while listening to live jazz. Start at 3:30pm at the PlayStation Theater, 44th and Broadway.

The Super Bowl - February 5

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New England Patriots at Atlanta Falcons
NYC is a great place to be during the big game. Why? Because there are so many incredible bars and parties where you can watch all the NFL-action and do a little indoor tailgating. Going to a Super Bowl bash is certainly one of the best things to do in February. This year, Lady Gaga performs the halftime show at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. The game kicks off at 6:30pm ET.

The Chinese New Year Parade - February 5

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Check out Chinatown's annual Lunar New Year celebration for stunning visuals, tantalizing treats and impressive performances. This street party features all sorts of vendors, food and festivities for all ages to welcome the Year of the Rooster. The parade wends its way through the main streets of Little Italy and Chinatown, and festivities start at 1pm.

New York Fashion Week - February 9 - 17

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New York Fashion Week rolls around once again, running from February 9th through to 17th. Kicking off the first leg of a global month-long celebration of style, the Big Apple’s offering is generally considered the most commercial of all the fashion weeks, but we have a feeling that’s all about to change. From designer departures to a switch in line-up, this season is getting a shake-up and with the country in the midst of political change, we’re sure that designers are going to have a lot to say.

Valentine's Day - February 14

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To help you have an enjoyable time on and around February 14, we’ve come up with Valentine’s Day ideas that should help you plan the Goldilocks of dates: one that’s not too cheap, not too expensive, not too over the top and not too uncaring—it’ll be just right.

NYC Restaurants
In New York City, we’re lucky enough to have tens of thousands of restaurants at our doorsteps, many of which turn out stunning dishes that range from rustic to ultra-refined. A few, though, rise to the very top when it comes to the food they serve. Presenting the very best restaurants in New York City for food.

Here is a list of New York City Restaurants
- Le Bernardin
- Del Posto
- Gallaghers Steakhouse


Romantic NYC Hotels
Romantic New York City hotels can include candles, flowers, massage oils, champagne, rose petals, erotica, kama sutra and love games. Many top NYC Romantic Hotels have special Valentines Day, honeymoon, anniversary and wedding packages…or they are great hotels anytime of the year if your agenda is romance and relaxation.

Here is a list of Romantic New York City Hotels
- The Time Hotels
- Andaz 5th Avenue
- The Towers

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS - February 15 - 18

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The Peppers' Massive 2017 Tour
With an impressive yet turbulent 33-year history under their belts, this band has experienced both the lows of past drug abuse and stratospheric heights of success along the way. Their most commercially successful album to date remains 1999's Californication, and in 2012 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. Catch them playing Getaway cuts alongside 'By the Way', 'Scar Tissue', Suck My Kiss' and 'Dani California' when they hit Madison Square Garden in New York, NY, showing from 15 Feb 2017 to 18 Feb 2017.

Ariana Grande - February 23 - 24

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Dangerous Woman Tour 2017
Multi-platinum selling and Grammy Award-nominated artist, Ariana Grande, revealed details behind her biggest tour yet - THE DANGEROUS WOMAN TOUR. THE DANGEROUS WOMAN TOUR will kick off Feb. 2, 2017 at the Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix, Ariz. and includes 36 dates in cities throughout North America, including stops in Los Angeles, New York City, and Manchester

NYC Beer Week - February 24 - March 5

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Your NYC breweries are preparing NYC Beer Week, the official 8 day celebration of good beer in NYC: jam-packed with the best in beer parties, tastings, gastronomy, & festivals. NYC Beer Week takes place all over NYC from February 24 – March 5, 2017. They are endcapping the week with the second annual Ruppert’s Cup, which honors the cream of crop in craft bars, craft bartenders, and craft breweries.

Coworking south of the border and beyond

Tired of working at Starbucks? Then coworking spaces are the answer for you. They’ve been mushrooming over the last years, and not only in the US. Cool places have also opened in most Latin American cities, and there’s more to come.

Location independent professionals have already heard of and experienced the perks of Southeast Asia, but now South America is becoming a big player too. In the last 5 years cities like Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile and Medellín turned into relevant hubs for digital nomads.
Here’s our selection for you:

Central America

Nicaragua

#NomadLife

NomadLife is a Coworking, Co-Living Space in Nicaragua. Where freelancers, remote workers, entrepreneurs, and other location independent creatives come to work online and find the perfect balance between productivity and enjoyment. NomadLife has been created to bridge the gap between productive work and a fulfilling lifestyle.

Panama

#WORKINGS Latam

WORKINGS is your space, your style, your work. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, going freelance, building a startup or managing a business, they have a space that will make you feel like a king, with inspiring-home-feel workspaces profoundly designed for your absolute convenience.

#Panama Coworking Center

Panama Coworking Center is a space design to increase productivity among professionals, to promote the generation of ideas and create winning experiences. A detail oriented environment make the difference in a work space, that´s why they offer a custom service to answer the special needs of every business

Costa Rica

#SkyLoft

SkyLoft's goal is to provide freelancers, startups and technology talent from around the world with a productive and inspiring setting to pursue their dreams and efforts in a more fulfilling and healthy environment. Success is typically driven by working hard--and *smart*. Success leads to *happiness* if they can balance the road to get there. With today's technology and tools at hand, why not do so by working from an office in paradise: with a view of the ocean and taking a coffee break by riding the ATV, or a wave; or recharging with a meditation class at sunset or a walk on the white sand beach.

South America

Brazil

#Goma

Goma is an interdisciplinary association of entrepreneurs People and businesses moved by the same purpose. Promote creative and collaborative economies through entrepreneurship networking and business social impact. They share the workspace. They transformed the day-to-day in a large laboratory shared management.

#Co Lab Workspace

COLAB Coworking is an innovative concept in collaborative workspace, enabling the exchange of knowledge, skills and experience among COLABERS. COLAB encourages interaction, helping expand your network. Try a new way of engagement using a collaborative workspace. COLAB welcomes all professionals: self-employed, freelancers, entrepreneurs and startups among others. COLAB provides consulting and reference in management, strategy, human resources, finance, accounting and legal in Brazil and abroad through their partners.

#DOCA

DOCA is a plug'n'play coworking space right in the middle of Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro's coolest neighborhood. An environment that encourages creativity, promotes networking and has the infrastructure that you need to turn your ideas into business.

#Josefin

Going out to work every day in a quiet, well-designed, practical and comfortable environment. With nice living areas, well-ventilated spaces and natural light. That you can reach by foot, car, bus, subway, bicycle or motorbike. And that allows you to enjoy a good neighborhood and interesting colleagues. This is their ideal workplace. That’s how they created Josefin.

Argentina

#The Office

The Office is a shared workspace, comfortable and professional for individuals, freelancers and small to medium businesses. They provide the latest in technology and infrastructure. They are an efficient and practical alternative to traditional office rental. The most important advantages of this shared office environment are the low level of fixed costs, access to equipment and high-end amenities, a vibrant enterprise culture and endless opportunities to generate useful contacts. The Office understand your work needs and strive to offer highly personalized services so you can manage your business profitably.

Colombia

#AtomHouse

AtomHouse is a space for innovators, hackers and entrepreneurs. More than just a coworking space, is a community with everything you need for world domination. The perfect space for a small startup team to begin world domination. With permanent desks and available in 3-month and 6-month blocks.

Top Essential Tools To Better Manage Your Business

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Being your own boss can mean being your own marketing department, public relations team or sales squad — you name it, small business owners often end up handling it themselves, at least at some point. With so many hats to wear, you need to make every second count.

Luckily, there are plenty of tools out there that can streamline tasks, boost productivity and, in sum, save lots of time and money. Most of these services are free, and all of them do a fantastic job addressing the everyday challenges that small business owners face. What’s not to love?

#SquareSpace - Build A Website

Squarespace makes beautiful products to help people with creative ideas succeed.
Their platform empowers millions of people — from individuals and local artists to entrepreneurs shaping the world’s most iconic businesses — to share their stories and create an impactful, stylish, and easy-to-manage online presence.

#BuildFire - Mobile App Builder (iOS & Android)

BuildFire is the leading mobile app development platform choice for businesses, organizations, individuals and resellers. With their intuitive system and highly responsive customer support, they help hundreds of businesses build mobile apps every day. With their aggressive development cycles and infinitely open architecture, they will be there to serve you both now and far into the future.

#FreshBooks - Cloud Accounting Software

FreshBooks know you went into business to pursue your passion and serve your customers - not to learn accounting. This is why they believe in executing extraordinary product and service experiences that helps save you time and get paid faster.

#MailChimp - Email Marketing Platform

Everyone starts small. But with the right resources, you can execute big plans. MailChimp’s features are powerful enough for Fortune 500 companies at a price point that works for anyone. You know your business. They will help you grow it.

#DropBox - File Hosting Service

Save files on your computer, then access them on your phone from the road. Everything you keep in Dropbox is synced automatically to all your devices.500 million people around the world use Dropbox to work the way they want, on any device, wherever they go. With 200,000 businesses on Dropbox Business, they are transforming everyday workflows and entire industries.

#MindMeister - Mind Mapping Software

MindMeister is an online mind mapping tool that lets you capture, develop and share ideas visually. More than 6 million people already use their award-winning mind map editor for brainstorming, note taking, project planning and tons of other creative tasks. MindMeister is completely web-based, which means there's no download and no updating! Whether you're working on Windows, Mac OS or Linux, you can always access your mind maps right inside the web-browser.

#PayPal - Payment System

PayPal is a worldwide online payments system that supports online money transfers and serves as an electronic alternative to traditional paper methods like checks and money orders. PayPal is one of the world's largest Internet payment companies. In 2015, 28% of the 4.9 billion payments we processed were made on a mobile device. With their 192 million active customer accounts, PayPal is a truly global payments platform that is available to people in more than 200 markets, allowing customers to get paid in more than 100 currencies, withdraw funds to their bank accounts in 56 currencies and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in 25 currencies.

#InVision - Web & Mobile Prototyping Tool

They help companies of all sizes unlock the power of design-driven product development. That's why teams at Evernote, Adobe, Airbnb, Salesforce, and many more fire up InVision every day. InVision gives teams the freedom to design, review, and user test products—all without a single line of code. With intuitive tools for prototyping, task management, and version control, it's your entire design process, all in one place.

#Google Analytics - Analytics Tool

Google Analytics is a freemium web analytics service that tracks and reports website traffic. Google launched the service in November 2005. Google Analytics is now the most widely used web analytics service on the Internet. Google Analytics is offered also in two additional versions: the subscription based Google Analytics 360, previously Google Analytics Premium, targeted at enterprise users and Google Analytics for Mobile Apps, an SDK that allows gathering usage data from iOS and Android Apps.

Coworking Thunder Down Under

Coworking spaces are very trendy right now, with the ‘space for hire’ concept taking off not only across the world but in Australia’s capital cities. But co-working offices are more than just renting desk space.

They’ve evolved into like-minded communities and little ecosystems, a place where startups can establish connections, build networks and grow without the overheads that come with traditional office space. Many coworking spaces are vast open-plan set ups, and it’s a safe bet you will find a ping-pong table in the majority of them. But different set-ups will work better for different professionals.

#Revolver coworking (Prahran, Victoria)

Revolver Coworking has 15 offices of various sizes, an in-house coffee shop, casual lounges, gallery space, event space and private meeting rooms. After office hours, Revolver Coworking turns into a versatile hub hosting everything from seminars, workshops, parties and launches, as well as featuring a range of regular entrepreneurial events.

#depo8 (Prahran, Victoria)

Depo8 are a friendly bunch who love embracing the many awesome coffee, lunch and drinking spots in the area. Of course, this is on top of all the great work they do. Their aim is to help businesses in their early stages. Whether you’re a freelancer, a startup, or a company setting up a new office there is a range of options for you.

#The Arcade (Melbourne, Victoria)

The Arcade is Australia's first not-for-profit, collaborative workspace created specifically for game developers and creative companies using game methodologies and technologies. The Arcade has come to epitomise the value of a collaborative work environment in which knowledge is shared freely and residents have a genuine care for those around them.

#The Cluster (Melbourne, Victoria)

The Cluster provides over 2500m² of office space (which includes Australia’s first coworking Penthouse) with both shared work areas and private offices, venue spaces, beautiful boardrooms and meeting rooms, reliable fast internet, social and networking events, investor networks, receptionists, telephony, IT support and incredible views. The Cluster has a large, diverse and friendly business community.

#The Commons (South Melbourne, Victoria)

The Commons is an ecosystem of businesses and individuals looking to connect, focus and grow. Whether you need high speed internet, fully-equipped studios, big boardrooms, or beer on tap, they provide the environment, the tools the connections and the space your business needs to work.

#Common Room (Sydney, NSW)

Since 2012, they have been at the forefront of coworking in Sydney. They are business owners who love working with like minded people, and designing spaces to attract and keep them.

#The Loft Project (Sunshine Coast, QLD)

The Loft Project is a collaborative working space home to a diverse community of local and visiting creatives, techies, entrepreneurs and businessfolks, changemakers, downshifters and truth-seekers. It’s a co-working space with private serviced offices (limited) where you can focus on your work and immerse yourself in the most productive environment, with a strong network of like-minded, passionate people.

#SouthStart (Adelaide, South Australia)

SouthStart is more than just a space, it’s where tech startups and entrepreneurs get work done, keep the team happy, be part of a community and find co-founders and new friends. The space offers some 350 square metres across two areas, their main cowork hall, three meeting rooms, a board room and dedicated events space capable of hosting up to 50 people. It’s comfortable, secure and one of the best locations in town to build your tech startup.

#Evolution Precinct (Gladesville, NSW)

The newest Coshare Workspace in the heart of Gladesville offering a hub of activity to inspire, connect and grow your business. They have a range of services including warehousing and affordable courier service for those growing e-commerce businesses.

#Independent Studios (Prahran, Melbourne)

Independent Studios was born in 2010 and is a coworking space for independent thinkers. They inspire each other, they learn and laugh with each other. They believe in the power of the community which consists of almost 100 creatives. Independent people who like to collaborate in a space with the right energy, where creativity is commercially recognized and where they motivate each other to think different.

Best Coworking Spaces In Africa

Coworking is a style of work whereby professionals from different fields, organizations and backgrounds share a working environment. Africa is experiencing fast growth in coworking communities as its millions of young professionals fit into the global digital market.

A number ofcoworking spaces, mainly targeting a growing tech community on the continent, have come up in the major cities. Here are some of the top coworking spaces around in Africa.

#Cape Town Office (Cape Town, South Africa)

Cape Town Office is a creative coworking space in The Fringe, Cape Town’s emerging innovation and creative quarter in the East City. Ideal for the Entrepreneur, Freelancer, Startup and Small Business who simply can’t work from home. Cape Town Office is designed to give you a spacious, uplifting and open environment. Surrounded by great eateries, countless coffee shops, shops, bars and restaurants – there is no shortage of places to meet your friends, colleagues and clients.

#B2C (Harare, Zimbabwe)

B2C is a the the home to entrepreneurs, businesses and curious minds. They know that good things happen when you surround yourself with like-minded individuals and they pride themselves in curating a rich diverse community.

#CapitalSquare (Lagos, Nigeria)

CapitalSquare is a collaborative community for independent professionals - entrepreneurs, creatives, and innovators - who are doing great things. Their members enjoy access to a growing network of beautiful, fully serviced work and meeting spaces, event programming, business advisory, and other benefits, thoughtfully designed to help you do your best work.

#Nairobi Garage (Nairobi, Kenya)

Young and fast-growing businesses don’t have excess time and resources to spend on things like office logistics. Yet having a functional, well-designed and vibrant work space is crucial to building legitimacy with customers, growing a strong team and developing cohesive business networks. Nairobi Garage helps accelerate these processes, so businesses can become awesome, faster.

#Cogite (Tunis, Tunisia)

They are proud to host a community of impact-driven entrepreneurs and organizations, working to make a better Tunisia. Cogiters come from diverse sectors, from technology and business, to social innovation and civil society.

#district (Cairo, Egypt)

District is a vibrant community of entrepreneurs supporting change-making business enterprises with the right people, substantial knowledge in spaces of inspiration. District is your place to meet the doers, integrate with the influencers and grow innovative solutions, crossing boundaries and beyond.

#ActiveSpaces (Douala, Cameroon)

ActivSpaces is a tech hub with two co-working spaces and an incubator program called Activation Boot Camp. The co-working space is free to tech entrepreneurs who are actively working on a startup. Activation Boot Camp is a highly selective rigorous six-month acceleration program.

#SunDesk (Agadir, Morocco)

They want to redefine what 'work-life balance' means for individuals seeking a focused work environment amongst a community of interesting people from all over the world. To focalise at your work and remain inspired they create the perfect environment for you.

Top 10 Coworking Spaces In Asia

Coworking is no more extended a periphery style of working only for trendy people and business visionaries. It is standard. The move from conventional office and all day employments to adaptable, independent and remote work is producing more coworking spaces. For collaborating space occupants there are huge attractions. Minimal effort space in prime areas, shared office assets and the adaptability to stay or go is exceptionally engaging.

However, past crazy furniture, innovation, table tennis tables and snacks there’s something all the more essentially imperative. On the off chance that you’ve ever had a place with a space, you realize that group has the greatest effect. It is the general population; the individuals who make the space that will share their experience, guidance and systems that make up the genuine inherent estimation of coworking. Unique things happen when arbitrary thoughts impact. Asia has a major preferred standpoint with regards to collaborating.

#beacHub (Koh Phangan, Thailand)

The World's First Full Service Beachfront Co-Working Space on the idyllic island of Koh Phangan in Thailand. As you run your digital empire let the cool ocean breeze feed your brain. Located on the most picturesque sunset beach of the island you will find your mind opening up to the endless possibilities this part of the world has to offer. Enjoy incredible food and nourishing drinks followed by a dip in the ocean to refresh your body.

#The Great Room (Singapore, Rep. Singapore)

The Great Room is a home of like-minded creative entrepreneurs, ambitious investors and connected influencers.  Their members enjoy their hospitality in the form of well-designed work spaces, relevant experiences, curated services and opportunities that foster important associations and inspirations.

#Innov8 (Chandigarh, India)

Be the best better version of you. Spaces specially crafted for your performance. Their mission is to make India the Silicon Hub of the world, to change the ecosystem & collaborative structures of entrepreneurs in India.

#Ka Koncept (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)

Ka Ko-working offers a collective co-working space for professionals, entrepreneurs, freelancers and growing businesses. With our state-of-the-art facilities and friendly service, you will be free of all the time consuming logistics traditionally associated with running your own office and instead focus on building and expanding your core business. And you know what, it may actually reduce your costs significantly.

#Naked Hub (Shanghai, China)

Their innovative and beautiful workspaces are home to a diverse community of companies and individuals who interact, collaborate, and do business with one another. Offering unprecedented freedom, financial flexibility, and an invaluable online-to-offline community, naked Hub is a platform designed to help start-up’s, SME’s and MNC’s across all industries, to increase their success in business.

#02 Space (Makati City, Philippines)

Everyone needs room to succeed. Welcome to O2 Space, temporary office spaces designed to be breathable and conducive so that you can focus on making the big plays. With different office sizes and packages to suit your work style, O2 Space worries about the office amenities so you can worry about taking the shots and closing the deal.

#The Entrepreneurs' Lab (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

The Entrepreneurs’ Lab aka Elab understand what startup need, a space that they can immerse in their dream ventures without distraction while easily sustainable in terms of expenses and resources. Elab offers coworking space at affordable price as well as virtual office for startup who wish to have complete mobility. At The Entrepreneurs’ Lab, they take care of your business needs so you can be at ease and focus on the thing that matters most, building your ideas into stellar businesses.

#The 1961 (Siem Reap, Cambodia)

Their main hub is the fully air-conditioned 40 seater coworking lab which offers communal work tables and designated desks with individual power outlets. Features high speed internet, shared printer, lavatory, mini kitchen with microwave and couches for lounging during breaks, the lab also has a pot of coffee always brewing and sometimes members bring treats of freshly baked cinnamon rolls or gluten free cookies for food tasting!

#Missolink (Kwun Tong, Hong Kong)

Decent co-working workplace with energetic network for start-ups and freelancers.

#Outpost (Bali, Indonesia)

Outpost is a productive coworking/coliving oasis. They enable you, the budding independent location professionals, to grow your career and business. Stay with Outpost for two weeks, two months or two years. Live life on your terms.

10 Of The Best Coworking Spaces North Of The Border

A whopping 92.9% of Canadians jump onto the Internet with the country ranking at spot number 21 in the world for Internet usage with a thriving digital startup and coworking scene happening. Canada overflows with bustling and vibrant cities from multicultural Toronto to French speaking Montréal with Vancouver and Halifax sitting on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. It's a huge chunk of land crossed by the Rocky Mountains and spreading from the US in the south, to the Arctic Circle in the north.

#Northspace (Toronto, Ontario)

Designed with startups and small businesses in mind, Northspace aims to be a platform that fosters creative collaborations between community members by promoting entrepreneurship, diversity, and work with a social directive.

#CoMotion (Hamilton, Ontario)

CoMotion strives to be a proven launch pad for the next generation of Canadian businesses, and a regional leader in the provision of collaborative workspaces, renowned for our spaces, amenities, unique clientele, and business development support programs.

#Garemtl (Montréal, Québec)

Gare is a rallying point for the community. It is a welcoming and collaborative workspace for entrepreneurs, designers, artists, freelancers, social entrepreneurs, small teams and entrepreneurially-minded employees. It also offers close proximity to a dense network of clients, suppliers, partners and collaborators.

#The AMP (Vancouver, British Columbia)

The Amp – its name inspired by our location in the old BC Electric Building – is a creative shared workspace anchored by Ecotrust Canada. The Amp’s mission is to offer supportive, affordable, creative space for mission-driven organizations and businesses working towards positive change.

#Worklabn (Vancouver, British Colambia)

Werklab is a modern-day work club. This members only space is a collective of freelancers, businesses and entrepreneurs making their way to the top of their industries. They aim to create a space that fosters inter-disciplinary collaboration while providing resources to support those who are up to big things. Their layered approach to getting work done involves community building, mental clarity and a holistic approach to life.

#Spacekraft (Burnaby, British Columbia)

Spacekraft offers hot desks, private desks with locking cabinets, meeting rooms, a kitchen, and underground parking. The facility also has the IT infrastructure necessary to provide colocation services. Spacekraft plans to launch a new location in Coquitlam, British Columbia, in 2017.

#Lunch (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

LAUNCH is Winnipeg's latest cowork, meeting, and event space where entrepreneurs, small businesses, freelancers and innovators work, meet, connect and collaborate. The idea for LAUNCH was conceived out of a passion for collaboration and business. While Winnipeg's entrepreneurial scene has been growing, the amount of viable space for these dreamers and innovators in southwest Winnipeg has been hard to find. LAUNCH brings together those individuals with ideas and the passion to see them grow. 

#Work Nicer (Calgary, Alberta)

Work Nicer provides their members with a physical location to call their own, offering workplace necessities and an environment that connects them to some of Calgary’s most exciting entrepreneurs. Their space is filled with those looking to create and work in a place that provides more than just a desk.

#Creative Coworkers (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Creative Coworkers is a non-profit collective of (mostly) creative professionals with the desire to share space and amenities, and build a community together. The Studio at Creative Coworkers is the place to make that happen. Their priority and focus is in developing their community, and contributing to each others success. At over 4500 square feet of space in the edgy and awesome Railtown community, they have an ample amount of space to spread out and work together or independently.

#The Two Twenty (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)

The Two Twenty has been carefully designed as a platform for enabling solutions for anyone who engages with the community. It is an environment that facilitates meaningful connections, stokes the imagination, and leverages the power of community to foster an enhanced working environment; an environment that is a great fit for today's mobile workers, freelancers, non-profits, entrepreneurs, artists and small business owners.

Which Social Media Should I Use For Business

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Social media networks are fantastic resources for businesses of all sizes looking to promote their brands online. The platforms themselves are free to use, and they also have paid advertising options specifically for brands that want to reach even more new audiences. But just because your business should be on social media, that doesn't mean your business should be on every network. It's important that you choose and nurture the social platforms that work best for your business so that you don't spread yourself too thin.

If you want to create a successful social strategy, you need to familiarize yourself with how each network runs, the kinds of audiences you can reach and how your business can best use each platform. We profiled the top social media platforms so you can learn more about them and market your business better.

#Facebook

This is by far the biggest social media channel, with an estimate of 1.11 billion people using the site each month, 665 million active users each day, and generates up to 645 million local business page views per week, Facebook has proved that its popularity amongst users is here to stay. Facebook can be thought of as the “social” home for your business on the Internet. It’s a place people can go to leave a message, browse through business products and photos, or chat with you online.

With so many targeted potential customers, creating a business page is a must, but remember that it needs to be updated on a daily basis with not only promotional information, but engaging and interesting content as well. Know that this platform does need a considerable amount of human and financial resources (advertising), and, if done right, the benefits to your business will definately be seen.

#Twitter

Twitter is another social network where you can post mostly anything. With Twitter, you can share short (140 or fewer characters) text updates, along with videos, images, links, polls and more. You can also easily interact with other users by mentioning their usernames in your posts, so Twitter is a great way to quickly connect with people all around the world. (The platform has more than 320 million active users worldwide and is one of the top 10 websites in the United States.) Because of its wide reach, Twitter is not only a great way to market your business but also an effective channel for handling customer service. For example, if you maintain an active Twitter presence, customers who are also active on the platform will seek you out to express concerns or share their praise.

If you have interesting content, Twitter is also a great tool for quickly spreading the word. Retweeting and sharing other users' content is incredibly simple, hashtags help boost posts, and if a user with a lot of followers retweets you, your content has the potential to go viral. But with Twitter, it's important to remember to find balance — don't simply share your own links or media; make sure you are also sharing a lot of interesting, relevant content from other Twitter users and from around the Web so your audience doesn't think you only care about what your business is doing.

#Instagram

Instagram is a visual social media platform based entirely on photo and video posts. The network, which Facebook owns, has more than 400 million active users, many of whom post about food, art, travel, fashion and similar subjects. Instagram is distinguished by its unique filters and photo and video editing options. This platform, unlike the others, is almost entirely mobile (there is a Web version, but you can't take photos or create new posts on it, and other functions are limited as well).

Instagram is another platform where more artistic niches excel, so again, it may not be the best fit for your business, depending on your industry. If you want to succeed with Instagram, it's important that the person running your account has a good eye for detail and has at least basic photography skills, so that the photos and videos posted to your account are high-quality. And don't be discouraged if your industry is underrepresented on Instagram; if you can find the right hashtags to latch onto and can post intriguing photos, you will most likely make it work.

#Google+

Google+ has 359 million active users a month – far from the ghost town it is popularly believed to be. Many see Google+ as a combination of Twitter and Facebook, but its new features makes it a marketing paradise. The Hangouts, +1s and hashtags , if used properly, can result in a fantastic page popularity. Like Twitter and Facebook, this page needs to be updated; you need to be interactive with not only your own users, but other business pages as well.

Remember: Google+ is Google, which means great search engine results for your business! If you have a Google+ Page and someone searches for your business (despite if they follow you or not), your Google+ Page and its most recent posts will be displayed on the right side of their personal search results. These search ranking benefits makes Google+ an important social media site to consider for your business.

#Pinterest

This platform consists of digital bulletin boards where users can save and display content they like in the form of pins. Users create and organize their boards by category. So, for example, as a personal user, one might have a board dedicated to food, where they pin recipes; another board dedicated to photography they find interesting; and so on. Pinterest is very visually oriented (every post has to be an image or video), and like Facebook, it is also fairly low-maintenance in terms of post frequency. However, keeping your boards organized and search-friendly can be time-consuming.

Pinterest is also more of a niche network than Facebook or Twitter, so it may not work for everyone. Pinterest's users are primarily women, and popular categories on the site are DIY projects, fashion, exercise, beauty, photography and food. That's not to say that businesses outside of these categories can't succeed on the platform, but it does make it a great marketing tool for businesses that do work in those areas. If you can find ways to connect your content to Pinterest's audience, then go for it. The platform also has a series of special types of pins called Rich Pins, which brands can use to add special information to their pins, like product details and even location maps.

#LinkedIN

Linkedin is the largest social media network for business people and professionals but most small business owners still don’t have it on their marketing radar. Business owners are now realizing the value of this site and the opportunities to build relationships and sales leads. There are over 230 million LinkedIn users and 2.7 million business pages already on LinkedIn. Note that LinkedIn is more serious in nature compared to Facebook and Twitter. Approach this social media channel more seriously and assume that the users will want serious, professional and informative information.

One of the most powerful features of Linkedin is “Linkedin Groups” which provide a place for professionals in the same industry or with similar interests to start and participate in a discussion within a Group. You can share content, find answers, post and view jobs, make business contacts, and establish yourself as industry experts. Groups can have a hundred to thousands of members, so the exposure is significant.

#YouTube

This social media channel is the most popular video oriented site and has an estimate of over 1 billion unique visitors every month, with over 100 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute. A huge factor to note with YouTube is that (1) it’s the second largest search engine after Google (not Yahoo or Bing!). So, having content here that is optimized to be found by someone looking for your product, service, or niche can have enormous benefits; and (2) YouTube is owned by Google! When it comes to boosting your SEO (Search Engine Optimization) ranking, videos are over 50 times more likely to appear on the first page of search results as part of the blended results that Google now shows.

But the YouTube market is competitive. It really is a social media channel to choose if you have value videos that invite engagement, sharing and that users will enjoy. If your business can visually show how their services, products and employees are different from all the rest out there, this social media channel is a winner. Note the costs and human resources involved in producing good, valuable videos before signing your business up.

#Tumblr

Tumblr is arguably the most difficult social media platform to use as a business, but it's also one of the most interesting networks. Tumblr allows several different post formats — including text posts, chat posts, quote posts, audio posts, photo posts and video posts — so you're not limited as to what kind of content you can share. As with Twitter, reblogging (reposting other users' content) is very quick and easy, so if a user with a lot of followers shares your content, it's possible to go viral fairly quickly. However, what sets Tumblr apart more than anything is its audience, which is less like a pool of users and more like one big tight-knit community full of smaller subcommunities.

Tumblr currently hosts more than 200 million blogs, and the majority of these blogs are run by young people (half of Tumblr's visitor base is under age 25). But this means that businesses that don't cater to young people's interests or aren't relatable to young people in some way are not poised for success on the network. The good news is, there's a subcommunity or fandom for almost every niche and interest you can think of, so a successful marketing campaign is possible if you use Tumblr correctly.

#Foursquare

This is only for a business that hav a brick and motar location – a restaurant, hair salon, spa – are good examples. Major updates have breathed new life into this social media channel, but there is still a debate whether Foursquare has a future or not, which makes it a tricky platform to invest in. There are 40 million users and 1.3 million businesses on Foursquare and local businesses canstill leverage this network to build their customer base with new prospects and reward their most loyal customers.

People use Foursquare to check into locations they’ve visited by using the app on their mobile phones. Once they’ve checked into a location, it can be shared with their Foursquare friends, Facebook friends and Twitter followers. This is where businesses on Foursquare benefit from being on the platform because users’ friends see where they’re checking in to eat, shop, have fun and more, which could possibly influence them to do the same based on the recommendations of their trusted connections.Interaction and real-time content is great when people write reviews, recommend and talk about your business, but know that you must join the conversation, interact, post images and reward customers in order to be successful on this platform.

#Question

Which social media platform do you use for your business?

Coworking On The Left Coast

The style of coworking (not to be confused with co-working) allows small teams and lone freelancers to work together in a single, shared office environment. This concedes the opportunity for collaboration with others in the realm of design, law, business, finance, development, and marketing. Coworking spaces have been on the rise dramatically over the past few years. And it is a very commonly practiced work routine within the bigger cities of the United States of America. After scouring the internet, we've put together the following list of some amazing coworking spaces on the left coast.

Seattle, Washington

#lilospace

They are a boutique coworking office space, built to be affordable, comfortable, relaxing and supportive, so you can get things done. lilospace is perfect for entrepreneurs, designers, web developers who would like to have a work-home, away from distractions and immerse in the supportive energy of each other.

#The Makers Space

MAKERS are innovators. MAKERS are creators. MAKERS are doers. MAKERS are savvy to know that alone they can accomplish and together they can thrive. All industries are welcome there – including small businesses, telecommuters, entrepreneurs – techies and creative contractors alike.

Portland, Oregon

#TENpod

TENpod has been housed in the Ode To Roses building since 2003 making Portland’s first and longest running coworking space and arguably, one of the first in the US. They live right on top of Grand Central Bakery, but were under the radar for the first 10 years or so. A light-filled, warm, friendly space to do your work without the distractions of your dogs, kids, or walls at home.  

#Centrl Office

Your local coffee shop is not the place to have meetings with your clients. Baffling baristas, babies screaming, not enough seats, and all the joys not listed here. Your office meeting space is also not always the place to get the kind of new thinking you need. Their concierge service will up your game, either way.

Sacramento, California

#The Urban HIVE

Sacramento's largest coworking community is made up of more than 200 entrepreneurs, designers, coders, creatives, and changemakers who make our world better with the companies they build, the people they help, and the products they create. They support your entrepreneurial and creative ventures by offering shared work spaces, private offices, meeting and conference rooms, as well as regular classes, workshops and networking, educational, and social opportunities.

#Capsity

Founded in 2008, Capsity is an owner-occupied professional workplace located on 21st Street, south of Sacramento’s Broadway Corridor. Originally built in 1949 as a US Post Office, modern renovations provide a spacious interior of over 4,500 sq. ft., featuring clean and secure work habitats, accented by ample sunlight and a community Art Gallery. To Make Happiness the top priority for their members and local communities.

San Francisco, California

#Sandbox Suites

Sandbox is a shared workspace created specifically for freelancers, small business owners, telecommuters and other independent professionals. They understand that while working for yourself can be liberating and satisfying, without the right facility, it can also be unproductive and lonely. They know from experience that it’s hard to keep a professional profile while working from your couch. The couch is no place to build an empire.

#Galvanize

Located in SoMa, Galvanize San Francisco takes collaboration to a whole new level, with five floors of creators, innovators, and passionate learners. And don’t forget the rooftop, with gorgeous views of downtown and the San Francisco Bay. From events to workshops to the thriving startup ecosystem, their SoMa campus provides the opportunity to learn, connect and build your startup.

San Jose, California

#Intersection Space

At Intersection, they believe a true community shouldn't be gated or fenced in – it should seamlessly meld into its surroundings. That's why they are situated next to Santana Row -  2 minutes walking distance to Silicon Valley’s destination for fine dining and luxury shopping.

#Spaces Santana Row

Originating in Amsterdam, Spaces was built on the idea that success breeds more success. That’s why they have cultivated a community of members who are thinkers, achievers and imagineers. They have built workspaces that suit your every need. And their energetic staff attends to all the details so you can focus on your next big idea.

Los Angeles, California

#IgnitedSpaces

IgnitedSpaces aims to distinguish the office as an experience driven work haven that enhances creativity, maximizes productivity and reflects the unique story of the businesses that thrive inside.

#LAX Coworking

They provide their coworkers with collaborative working space, high-speed Wi-Fi, private offices, meeting rooms, leather chairs, coffee, tea, coconut water, Just Chill, Monster Energy, smiles, a girl who does cartwheels, ping-pong championships, fitness competitions, the occasional slingshot, and the more-often-than-not treat!

San Diego, California

#Swoon

Whether it’s working for yourself, or remotely, it’s great to be independent. Their purpose is to create an environment that allows you to focus on what’s really important, getting your work done and meet interesting people. All this in one place!

#Co-mmunity

Co-mmunity, their members are our top priority! They are a hub for small businesses and entrepreneurs of all kinds. Writers, designers, artists, we encompass and welcome all professionals to join Co-mmunity, a creative co-working space in San Diego.

Las Vegas, Nevada

#Work In Progress

Work in Progress is Vegas’s most unique shared work environment and community space. They are more than just a place to put your laptop. They are a hub for authentic minds with a passion for unexplored solutions.

#Co-Operate

First of all, at Co-Operate on Main your space is yours. No free-for-alls or morning scramble required – your stress ball and coffee mug will be right where you left them, in the same desk you use every day. And they think you shouldn’t be charged an arm and a leg for the privilege.

Phoenix, Arizona

#The Department

They know that no two businesses are alike, so they offer a range of workspace options, from private offices to reserved desks to flexible work spaces – from individuals to teams of 20. That’s why a growing number of tech startups, investors, social entrepreneurs, nonprofits, artists, designers, and developers have made the decision to do business there.

#Co+Hoots

The first and largest of its kind, CO+HOOTS is a supercharger for innovation. The collaboration of a talented, highly inspirational community is what makes their model succeed. Whether they’re gained from their events, their workshops or fellow “coworkers,” business resources are just a head turn away. CO+HOOTS was recently named the No. 1 most innovative coworking space in the U.S., the No. 1 overall coworking space in Arizona, the No. 2 overall in the nation and No. 9 in the world.

Tips How To Manage Time

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“Time management” is the process of organizing and planning how to divide your time between specific activities. Good time management enables you to work smarter – not harder – so that you get more done in less time, even when time is tight and pressures are high. Failing to manage your time damages your effectiveness and causes stress.

It seems that there is never enough time in the day. But, since we all get the same 24 hours, why is it that some people achieve so much more with their time than others? The answer lies in good time management.

Let this list be a catalyst to get you thinking regularly about how to refine your own practices.

#Schedule

Any activity or conversation that's important to your success should have a time assigned to it. To-do lists get longer and longer to the point where they're unworkable. Appointment books work. Schedule appointments with yourself and create time blocks for high-priority thoughts, conversations, and actions. Schedule when they will begin and end. Have the discipline to keep these appointments.

#Complete Most Important Task First

This is the golden rule of time management. Each day, identify the two or three tasks that are the most crucial to complete, and do those first. Once you’re done, the day has already been a success. You can move on to other things, or you can let them wait until tomorrow. You’ve finished the essential.

#Learn To Say "No"

Making a lot of time commitments can teach us how to juggle various engagements and manage our time. This can be a great thing. However, you can easily take it too far. At some point, you need to learn to decline opportunities. Your objective should be to take on only those commitments that you know you have time for and that you truly care about.

#Don’t Think Of The Totality Of Your To-Do List.

One of the fastest ways to overwhelm yourself is to think about your massive to-do list. Realize that no amount of thought will make it any shorter. At this point in time, all you can do is focus on the one task before you. This one, single, solitary task. One step at a time.

#Buffer Time

Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

#Know Your Goals

Make sure you’re engaging in activities that support your business goals, both short- and long-term. Everything else is a potential time-waster. Your daily plan should revolve around working on tasks and activities that directly relate to generating income and growing your business.

#Eliminate Your Time Wasters

What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often. One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links/bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites. While you’ll still check Facebook/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

#Find Time For Stillness

In our go, go, go world, too many people don’t find time to just be still. Yet, it’s extraordinary what a stillness practice can do. Action and inaction should both play key roles in our lives. Discovering time in your life for silence and non-motion reduces anxiety and shows you that there is no need to constantly rush. It also makes it easier to find your work pleasurable.

#Take Care Of Yourself

Be sure to get plenty of sleep and exercise. An alert mind is a high-functioning mind and one that’s less tolerant of time-wasting activities.