The 3 Hidden Joys of Entrepreneurship

Imagine how happy you could be if you were in control of your own life. What if you decided how productive you were, what time you went to work, and how much money you made? The truth is that you can. Many people have followed a life of entrepreneurship by leaving their normal 9-5 work lives to launch out on their own!

But what about the downside? What about all those businesses that fail? Don’t entrepreneurs struggle?  Of course, we do!

But, honestly, it’s all about perspective. What some entrepreneurs call failure, others call learning. What some call struggle, others call growth. It all depends on how each person looks at it. The problem here is how we choose to consider the situation. Will we view things as obstacles or as opportunities? Because truthfully, many of the negatives about entrepreneurship can actually be positives with the right frame of mind.

Let’s explore the 3 most positive mind frames that lead new business starters into the true joys of entrepreneurship.

The Hidden Joys of Entrepreneurship:

1. Not Enough Money (Or… The Joy of Resourcefulness)

One of the most common issues entrepreneurs face is capital, especially startup capital. This frustrates some to the point of freezing them still. They feel they don’t have enough, so they either don’t start at all or start but then stop too soon.

Other entrepreneurs, however, view this differently. They see this as an opportunity. The solution is to become resourceful; these entrepreneurs come up with new ideas to raise funds, to get out and open doors in what appear to be closed hallways.

They sell things, learn to invest, rent out a room, something, anything.

This hidden joy of entrepreneurship is that they become stronger people. Added to their already developed set of skills is the newfound resourcefulness they’ve acquired along the way.

2. Too Much Competition (Or… The Joy of Innovation)

Another issue many entrepreneurs deal with is competition. As soon as they’ve developed their idea, the company across the street has done the same.

It’s almost like when you buy a new car. Before you had the black Toyota Avalon, nobody had one. Now that you’ve got yours, you see black Toyota Avalons everywhere!

Unfortunately, many entrepreneurs give up in this situation. They feel as though someone else beat them to the punch, so they back away.

But not all of them.

Some entrepreneurs recognize this as an opportunity – the chance for innovation. Backing away from your idea when competitors mimic it is not the only option. Innovating the idea to become better than what you originally made it and what the competitor made it is also possible.

That’s when the joy of innovation comes in. The entrepreneurs who figure out how to make their idea better grow both themselves and their business.

And this results in massive satisfaction.

3. Too Much Responsibility (Or… The Joy of Delegation)

In addition to the first two opportunities, entrepreneurship often comes with a third challenge – having to do too much. Especially in the beginning, entrepreneurs feel as though they are doing too many things to scale the business.

It’s different than feeling overworked and under appreciated as is typical for an employee. The entrepreneur is generally happy to work long hours. The adrenaline and excitement that accompany a startup are usually enough to keep the person going.

The challenge arises when the entrepreneur knows the company needs to expand, but they can’t scale it because they handle too many of the responsibilities alone. They may be the company manager, accountant, human resource department, and customer service specialist – all at the same time.

Some entrepreneurs flatline at this point. They typically don’t quit if they’ve made it this far, but they generally stop growing as well. Then, the adrenaline fades from the initial startup and burnout begins.

Other entrepreneurs see this differently, however. They’ve heard about delegation. Many of them want to do it. The problem is that delegation is a skill., not a natural talent. And it isn’t exactly easy to learn.

But instead of freezing, some entrepreneurs view this as a chance to learn the joy of delegation. They begin to practice the skill. It’s hard at first. But they don’t give up. Then, they do it again. And again. Eventually, they get a good handle on it. Now, they aren’t wearing 7 different hats. They’re only wearing the one they’re supposed to wear – the delegator’s hat.

And that’s when the entrepreneur begins to truly experience the joy and satisfaction of a fully scaled company as the results of having learned the skill of delegation.

Thrive by Finding the Hidden Joys of Entrepreneurship

All in all, entrepreneurship is a rewarding experience. And yes, it has its difficulties. But the solution is to view those difficulties not as setbacks, but as setups – setups for growth and the joys that follow as a result.

And what separates the winners from the losers is the decision to enact this solution – to perceive the obstacles as actual opportunities instead. Where some see a lack of resources, others see the chance to become resourceful. Where some see difficult competitors, others see room for innovation. And where some see too many hats to wear, others see the prospect of delegation.

It’s all a matter of mindset.

And that is what makes the difference.

We invite you to contact us about how we can help you on your journey.

Why Some Entrepreneurs Succeed (And Others Do Not)

 

Why Some Entrepreneurs Succeed (And Others Do Not)

Entrepreneurs: Face The Facts

Did you know that 9 out of every 10 businesses that start fail within the first year? That is a staggering statistic that indicates the odds are against every entrepreneur. We don’t read about that much on the internet. When’s the last time you opened a blog that said: “guess what, if you’re an entrepreneur, the chances are that you will not succeed”? We don’t like to hear about that.

Instead, we want to hear about the 1 in 10 that make it. We like to listen to podcasts about Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos. But denying reality doesn’t exempt us from it. The key is not to hide and pretend that the odds are against us. The key is to find out what makes some entrepreneurs succeed while the majority of all the others fail.

Finding that formula will help to put us in the 10% success rate.

Finding the Formula for Why Some Entrepreneurs Succeed

So what’s the secret? How do some entrepreneurs succeed against the odds?

There are in fact 2 key ingredients that determine why some entrepreneurs succeed. Without these 2 factors, one can easily fall into the 90% statistic of unsuccessful startups.

So what are the 2 things successful entrepreneurs have that the unsuccessful ones do not?

Let’s take a close look at each one together.

1. They’ve Burned the Bridges

Conventional wisdom says to always have a plan B. And for successfully established companies, that is good, sound advice. But plan B is risk management. And risk management is counterintuitive to the entire entrepreneurial process. We aren’t advocating to throw common sense to the wind, but the fact is that if plan B is an option, then plan A does not have to work.

For example, the employee who quits and says, “If it doesn’t work I’d like to come back,” and then goes on to start his own business has done two things. The first is that he has made a wise choice in minimizing his risk of the entrepreneurial endeavor not succeeding. The second thing he has done is minimized the chances of the entrepreneurial endeavor succeeding at all.

The reason is that psychologically he knows it does not have to work. If it doesn’t, he can always go back to his former job. Again, that is wise risk management, but it is bad entrepreneurial launching.

As is the case in every financial endeavor, risk and reward have a direct relationship. Diversity in an ETF with stocks and bonds and you will get more consistent, lower returns. Drop all your money into a promising stock and get really rich or lose it all.

The same is true for successful entrepreneurs. If you have a bridge to cross in the event the business tanks, you will not have to succeed. If you burn the bridge, however, your business has to work. And that makes all the difference.

We’re not saying you need to quit your job in an unprofessional manner. But we are saying that you’ve got to burn the fields behind you and not look back.

In 1519, Hernan Cortes landed in Veracruz Mexico and conquered the land. Do you know how he did it? When he landed, he burned the ships that sailed him and his crew to Mexico. At that point, he had to conquer it. There was no other choice.

The same is true for all successful entrepreneurs.

If your business has to work, then the chances of it working greatly increase. If you have fall-back options, then you just might fall back.

2. They Have Decided to Win

“Let’s see if this will work,” is a terrible strategy. It is too flimsy. Successful entrepreneurs don’t say “if” – we make sure. A lot of this is mindset. The hard part is maintaining the decision to win when the evidence says you will lose.

When you launch your idea, you do so with a desire to win – to be successful. But what happens when venture capital investors decline your invitation to invest? What about when traffic doesn’t flock to your blog? How do you handle negative reviews and customer critiques?

What happens to many entrepreneurs is that their mindset (and thus, their game plan) shifts with the facts. When they started, they desired to win, but when the evidence started saying they were going to lose, they believed the facts.

At that point, their desire to win became a decision to lose. And from that point on, the rest is usually history (in a bad way).

What successful entrepreneurs do is launch with a desire to win. Then, when facts to the contrary start rolling in, we decide to win. We make the decision that we are going to win regardless of what the numbers are saying at the moment.

  • We will get our traffic up even when nobody initially notices our blog.
  • We will get great product reviews even though the first customers had complaints.
  • We will get the capital we need even when the first bank we speak with turns us down.

We will win. Period. This is a decision based on a mental state, not on the facts.

And it is this mental state that carries us over the hurdles, around the mountains, and through the tunnels.

We simply decide to win and refuse to accept any other possibility.

You Know Why Some Entrepreneurs Succeed – Now Become One of The Successful Entrepreneurs!

All in all, successful entrepreneurs don’t have it easy. It requires risks and a willingness to (not deny but to) overcome the facts.

We burn the bridges behind us and abandon any plan B, other options, or alternative routes. Our idea has to work.

And once we start making it work, we refuse to believe the overwhelming evidence that stacks against us. We decide that we will win no matter what.

And when launch with these two secrets in place, we end up in the category of the 10% of successful entrepreneurs who make their dreams come true.

We invite you to contact us about how we can be a part of your journey as a successful entrepreneur.

Bringing The Mindset of Billionaires from World-Renowned Leadership Coaches

 

CoWorking Spaces and Sharing Collective Ideas in a Work Environment

Your company has perhaps had to face some challenging facts recently: You need some fresh ideas, but don’t know where to turn to bring new perspectives. It’s certainly easy to become complacent when you’re so used to doing things the same for years. This is a big problem for a lot of companies who end up going into automatic pilot.

Forbes reported on the alarming nature of this a few years ago with two startling phrases:

“Leadership is in danger; Complacency is becoming the new normal.”

You simply can’t let this come about, even if it sneaks in under the radar for your employees. A solution might mean looking into a popular new concept: co-working spaces!

If you’re new to such a network, we can help at WorkSocial.

Getting Away from the Crutch of Work From Home

One thing perhaps feeding the lack of fresh ideas above is you’re allowing yourself or employees to work from home. While this can work for many to think more originally, it’s still going to mean one train of thought rather than from outsiders.

Also, it’s often noted that work from home still has too many temptations and distractions. It’s hard for someone to get disciplined on critical thinking if they have too many distractions from social media, TV, or countless other media options.

So what are the real benefits of joining a co-working space? It’s going to help you or an employee change your own perspectives on work value.

Gaining Insight From a Co-Working Network and an Array of Experts

Think of a co-working network like the best intellectual drinking establishment. While you likely won’t sip cocktails together, you’ll at least be congregating in one collective place where you can gain insights from members making up numerous companies.

These members are going to have hundreds of years of collective experience! They’ll have just as many ventures or projects on their resumes! While you’ll have a mix of newer business experts and older, all of their opinions are going to matter when discussed as a group.

Much like a business conference, where you discuss the latest trends, a co-working network is your specialized group to turn to when you’re truly stuck on an original idea.

Collaborating Together on Projects

Once you meet, it’s not just a one-shot meeting and then breaking up. Co-working means an ongoing business relationship, as in working on one project together. Bringing these outsiders into your own project is going to mean superior networking like you can’t find anywhere else.

Now you can finally breathe new life into your company thanks to contributions from those who’ve seen it all. It could take just one idea from these co-workers to change your project into something beyond your initial expectations.

To make this collaboration work well, you’re going to need a lot of good digital tools to keep you continually communicated.

Entrepreneurs Benefit the Most From Co-Working Spaces

As The Balance notes, co-working spaces are best for entrepreneurs who need expertise from people already in the trenches on how to get a good idea going.

Since this may involve a freelance schedule, it opens a more flexible schedule to work in these co-working networks.

Millennials are a big part of this universe as more of them become entrepreneurs and take on self-employed careers.

How Fast Are Co-Working Spaces Growing?

According to Dropbox, the co-working market grew at a high rate up through 2017. Last year, there were 13,800 networks worldwide and 1,180,000 members globally.


At WorkSocial, we can help you join in and finally find a way for you to get away from complacency. With our co-working spaces, you can gain valuable insights from others your own employees couldn’t achieve to maintain your company mission.

Contact us to learn more about our business that also includes virtual offices, conference rooms, and training venues.

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The Ultimate Packing List for Remote Work from Your RV (Part 2)

Welcome back to the second half of our two-part article on how to pack for remote work from your RV! In case you missed Part One, please click here!

Whether you’re looking to take a working vacation or set out on a lifetime adventure, working with a virtual office can allow you to collaborate with your team back at headquarters, coordinate with other remote team members, or submit work on your own based on what your employer needs. Last time we started with the laptop and them rolled on to your internet hotspot, a headset for phone calls, and a wireless mouse because touch-pads aren’t great for long-term use.

Let’s continue where we left off!

The Ultimate Packing List for Remote Work From Your RV Continued!

5) Portable Recharge Battery

When you’re in the world – just you, your laptop, and maybe a companion – it’s important to have a plan along with a backup plan in case the first one falls through!

One of the best backup plans for mobile tech is a portable battery. If you’ve been RV adventuring for any length of time, you’re probably already at least passingly familiar with batteries. For this one, make sure to get something that can charge from the wall and has the right ports to recharge your laptop and phone. Ideally, this is a tool that can come with you if the RV goes in for repairs.

6) Mini Solar Panel

One of the greatest things that has happened in the last decade is consumer-sized and priced solar panels. Some portable battery models can more than happily connect to a mini solar panel and begin recharging off the endless power of the sun.

The great thing about the solar panel is that even if all your electronics died at once (laptop, hotspot, battery, etc) you can always refill the battery from sunlight then refill the others with the same method. The efficiency of this process will depend on the power generation capabilities of your panels and battery.

7) 10 Inch Tablet

You may be happy with your laptop, and you should be, but it’s not perfect for everything. Checking instructions when doing roadside repairs, reading in bed, and taking pictures of the stars are all better done with a tablet. If your remote job sometimes results in presentations and social events, the tablet is also a superior device for note taking and presentations depending on whether or not you’re leading a meeting.

8) Small Repair Kit

You never know when something might go just a little bit wrong. From a crack in your laptop case to swapping out the battery with something cooler, you can always be prepared with the right repair kit.

Laptops are made to be last while being hauled around, but they’re still machines and sometimes something comes loose. For the laptop, bring small screwdrivers, spare computer screws, a set of needle nose pliers, q-tips, Windex, and a razor blade. For the occasional sharp metal corner, bring clean gauze packets, rubbing alcohol, Neosporin, and band-aids.

9) Emergency Phone

Sometimes all your other technology and internet-based communication may fail and a perfectly normal cellphone will be the most useful tool. Minimal cell phone plans are quite affordable, so while you’re on the road, it’s always a good idea to have a real phone on you.

In fact, a phone with a real phone plan is currently the most reliable way to call 911 in an emergency, though VOIP and Skype can fill in almost everywhere else. Make sure to keep a cell phone with an active plan and it’s charger with you at all times, just in case.

10) Sturdy Laptop Bag

The final question for remote work from your RV becomes where to put all the stuff you need to be an excellent professional on-the-go lifestylist. You need an incredibly sturdy and reliable laptop bag capable of carrying everything from your actual laptop down to the tiny repair kit in its own pocket. Many people also keep a backup pen and pad of paper along with things like minty gum, extra power cables, and perhaps even a comb.

WorkSocial Has More Tips For Remote Work!

Armed to the teeth with amazing tech, you are now ready to embark on an amazing sequence of adventures made possible through your internet lifestyle choices. Remote work from your RV is a great experience, especially when you never have to ‘go home’ because your virtual office is on the cloud.

For more great tips and tricks for remote work or to find the right virtual office solution for you, contact us today!

Remote Work: Awesome Benefits of Businesses Having a Remote Office

 

The Ultimate Packing List for Remote Work from Your RV (Part 1)

A Whole New World of Remote Work

As the world adapts to the internet era, there are an increasing number of jobs that can be done completely remotely and sometimes with no physical office at all. This is because all the things that were once necessary about an office like inboxes and phone availability can now be accessed in a mobile workspace on almost any mobile device.

Whether you’ve started your own business or are working with an amazing company that allows remote work from anywhere, a high-quality virtual workspace that allows you to collaborate easily with co-workers can allow a savvy tech professional to do their job anywhere without affecting the quality of their work. With all this freedom, some people will happily stay at home in their pajamas and slippers while others will take their show on the road, able to go anywhere they please while still remaining a rock-star employee.

Of course, that work depends heavily on being well-equipped and finding the time to settle in and get some work done. If you’ve already got travel plans in place and you want to try remote work from your RV, here’s the ultimate packing list to make sure you’re on the ball and at work when needed no matter where you choose to take your internet lifestyle.

The Ultimate Packing List for Remote Work From Your RV:

1) Your Laptop

The star of your show and the center of your remote work – your laptop – is the number one most important thing that needs to come with you every time you travel. A fast, powerful laptop is the perfect center for any traveling office because you can take it with you and get work done even if the RV is in the shop.

Through the laptop, you’ll be staying in contact with your team and/or employers and contributing to the project remotely. It can only be assumed that your laptop will wind up with a lot of accessories from a convenient mouse to external hard drives.

2) A Powerhouse Hotspot

There are many different hotspot devices and plans, and some are significantly better than others. That said, the hotspot will be your connection to the rest of the world. While your laptop may have WiFi, there’s not always going to be a high-quality wifi network nearby.

It’s important that you find a device with a reliable battery, strong signal, and fast network connection along with a plan that suits it well. Make sure to go for the highest possible data plan you can manage and don’t forget to read the reviews before buying. If you plan to work as remotely as possibly, pairing your hotspot with a signal booster is a very good idea.

3) Wireless Bluetooth Headset

Whether you’re running your own business or working remotely for someone else, there’s a good chance you’ll  need to speak on the phone. Rather than diving for a device, try the convenience of a Bluetooth earpiece, now much smaller than the original fangs.

A hands-free and cordless headset is the perfect addition to a ‘remote work from your RV’ lifestyle because it allows you to stay connected with clients, friends, and relatives while you can still completely keep driving or working. Of course, if you prefer the smart home RV, you can hold your phone conversations through the hub instead.

4) Wireless Extra Mouse

Unless you’re one of the rare people overjoyed with the features, laptop touchpads are a nightmare. They’re very practical given how laptops are built, but you don’t have to lightly tap and drag your way around the screen if you don’t want to. Instead, get yourself a wireless mouse!

The signal-nubbin can be plugged into your laptop while the mouse itself gives you absolute control over your workflow and improve your own efficiency. Plus, they’re just plain more comfortable.

But Wait – There’s More On Our List!

This is only the first half of our packing list for remote work from your RV! If you’re ready to hit the road with all the powers of a laptop and a virtual office, join us next time for the second half of our two-part article where we’ll cover batteries, solar, emergencies, and more.

For more information about remote work and the freedom of a virtual office, contact us today!

Why The Remote Work Structure Is Here To Stay

New Venue Spotlight: Work Together at WorkSocial | Northeast

WorkSocial provides an empowering office space for rent.

 

The rise of shared and open-concept work spaces filled with unconventional furniture and healthy food has been well documented. WorkSocial, which opened in 2015 in Jersey City, takes shared office space to a new level. Founded by Natasha Mohan, WorkSocial strives to create a shared space for its clients that revolves around connecting, creating and growing within their shared building.

 

Members of WorkSocial rent space on the property for their company’s office space, and gain access to the productive environment that Mohan believes is essential to the human side of business. “Our clients connect daily to a new level [of] happiness, so they can create their own movements of growth,” says Mohan. Members of the WorkSocial building have access to daily healthy food (including vegan-friendly options), networking events and frequent lunch events.

 

The property, which is full of natural light, has several spaces that can be rented out on a monthly or daily basis. Both training rooms and meeting rooms are available for corporate events. With space for nearly 100 and the option for revenue sharing or certain discounts, the WorkSocial building is a client-centric and empowering place for meetings, trainings or networking.

 

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Post Author: Emma Franke
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Four Reasons How Learning Mutual Benefit Negotiation Strategies Can Change Your World

Are you feeling underpaidundervalued, or invisible to the powers that be who, behind closed doors, decide who gets promoted and who gets a raise?

Maybe you’re fed up with the daily cuts of bias and injustices.

Or, worse yet, bullied silent by the fear of being disliked or called out as aggressive, angry… difficult.

Ugh.

I’ve been there. I know how you feel.

When I worked as a tech startup manager, I felt under-appreciated and stuck in the double bind of being a woman in a male-dominated industry.

I resented the gender wage gap but was also afraid of gender blowback. My stress was through the roof.

But some years ago, once I found a connection with She Negotiates, everything changed.

I stopped playing the victim game.

I stopped keeping my ambitions small for the benefit of no one – except to serve the voices in my head telling me to stay small, safe and sad (my definition of madness).

I stopped waiting for the powers that be to award me with raise and promotion without my asking.

So I asked for and got 25% increase in salary, promotion in title and an assistant.

Learning to negotiate for myself changed my world. Obviously, it also changed my career since I now work as a She Negotiates trainer and coach. But beyond that, learning to speak up, to ask powerful questions, to say no, to set clear boundaries and to express my value in the world changed me from the inside out.

That’s because underneath the mutual benefit negotiation tactics and strategies that we at She Negotiates teach is a principle, a stand that we take, that challenges common misconceptions about what it means to be an
ambitious woman negotiator.

 

Which is: That you can be an ambitious, brave AND collaborative negotiator. There is nothing wrong with you. 
You have what it takes to be a communicator who leads through problem-solving, value-creating conversations.

 

Not a greedy or selfish haggler. Not manipulative or merely transactional. But a leader who is bold, generous and transformational.  This is possible because the strategies and tactics that She Negotiates teach enables you to

  1. Speak truth to power so you can stop bias in its tracks and get you heard,
  2. Solve sticky interpersonal problems so you can build bridges instead of burning them,
  3. Create value for both sides of the table so you can get buy-in and their follow-through, and
  4. Enhance your reputation so you can signal your leadership potential as well as capacity for bigger, better-paying roles.

You can and should negotiate for a bigger paycheck that earns you more respect.

 

But it’s about more than that. It’s never just about the money.

 

It’s about you taking a giant leap forward closer to realizing your dreams of entrepreneurship, having a family, or making an impact in the world in a way that only you can.

And often that step starts with one ask, one conversation. So, would you like to learn how to negotiate, influence and lead in a way that is both authentic and powerful? If yes, I’d love for you to join me live in January 2018, when I’ll be leading one of our signature events: Strategic Conversations, an experiential learning workshop for ambitious women.

 

The training is five hours of hands-on learning, and I’ll be taking participants through

  • Three key principles of negotiation that demystify the art and science of negotiating,
  • Five key leadership practices that are essential for rising above the the ranks and busting bias,
  • Seven elements of collaborative negotiation that help you get past no and get to yes while improving relationships, and so much more.

The investment to attend is a fraction of what it would take to work with us one-on- one. It’s also an investment that pays back HUGE dividends in your future negotiations.

 

Some attendees apply the skills we teach and increase their job offers by $10K or $20K and more. What would be possible for you?

 

Seats are limited to 20 participants. This will be a great opportunity for you to practice and hone your skills in self-advocacy and negotiation so you can close your wage and leadership gap in 2018.

 

Hope to see you there!

 

Bio: Jamie Lee is a She Negotiates consultant, coach and a pragmatic negotiation geek
dedicated to helping ambitious women negotiate and lead with authentic power. Jamie
was born in South Korea, where negotiating was considered a part of daily life. She first
learned self-advocacy from the example of her mother who raised three daughters while
running a business by herself as an immigrant in America. Earlier in her career, she
negotiated on behalf of multi-million dollar enterprises and gained experience in business
negotiations as a hedge fund analyst and later as a tech startup manager.

 

Interested in learning the strategies and tactics of mutual benefit negotiation? If yes, then
join Jamie at WorkSocial on January 31, 2018. She will be leading hands-on workshop
Strategic Conversations: How to Influence, Negotiate and Lead. This will be 5 hours of
experiential learning, group coaching with individual feedback.

 

Sign up today!

5 Key Considerations When Selecting Your Virtual Office Space

As the digital age rolls smoothly into the mobile age, the ability to let employees work from home or out in the field is an incredible freedom for modern businesses and professionals alike. In fact, it’s so freeing that many companies don’t bother to lease a central office at all because even the business coordination team and top management can telecommute with ease. However, no matter how much fun running an almost purely remote business can be, the legal and functional idea of a business still includes a physical location and an address with a mailbox from which your business can be officially reached.

The good news is that you don’t have to blow your finely tuned budget on office space you’ll barely use due to the convenient existence of virtual offices. A virtual office is a commercial office that shares space between several remote companies. Not only does it provide an address and mailbox, but a virtual office can also give you a place to hold special meetings with clients and host large-team training sessions in the conference rooms.

The question is, which virtual office space is right for you? We have the best tips to help you pick the perfect virtual office space.

5 Key Considerations When Picking a Virtual Office Space

1) Convenient Central Location

When you’re looking for a virtual office space, don’t assume that no one will visit the office just because your business is mostly remote. Clients may want to meet with you somewhere official and it’s not out of the question that you’ll want to call in current employees or new hires for onboarding and training. This means that you want your virtual office to be somewhere that’s easy for everyone to drive to in a relatively central and accessible location.

2) Cutting Edge Tech Infrastructure

In fact, your employees might wind up coming in more often than you realize if your virtual office has a full suite of office techs like high-speed internet or enormous office printers capable of scanning and printing complex packets of paperwork. To ensure that your employees will have access to any office infrastructure they need on the rare occasion when all their resources aren’t at home, choose a virtual office that provides additional value through available tech.

3) Great Conference Rooms

Considering that it’s likely that you will be spending some time in the offices and conference rooms of your virtual office, you’ll want to actually visit and take a look at the facilities before you commit to an office space. Not only do you want nice spacious areas for training, you may also be looking for at least one private, elegantly decorated conference room that will be perfect for impressing clients who want to meet ‘in your office’.

4) Appearance and Style

Speaking of decor, how your virtual offices are decorated and the style they embody matters more than you may realize. Each company has a style and you should be looking for a virtual office space decorated in a way that suits your business and brand. If you’re a very serious business, look for serious, somber, and traditional decor to enhance that for visiting clients. If you’re more light-hearted and personable as a brand, you may want space that is more trendy or laid back.

5) Perks and Opportunities

Finally, there’s more to a virtual office space than even the mailbox, printers, or conference rooms. There’s also the perks they offer you and your employees for being valuable members and clients. Some virtual offices offer catered conferences and training sessions, some will help you with accounting, and some will even make and maintain a website for you! Check out the perks available at each virtual office you’re considering and see what works best for your company.


Choosing a virtual office is about more than just an address and a place to pick up your business mail. It’s a central location, a meeting place, and somewhere you can connect with other mostly remote businesses in your area.

For more information about finding the right virtual office for your business, please contact us today!

 

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How to Bring Autonomy and Purpose to Your Organization

When people work for a company, they will give more effort when they feel a sense of autonomy and purpose within the organization. Leaders must give employees a degree of autonomy in their own jobs. Autonomy, or control over one’s work, enables employees to achieve their sense of purpose. Employees who determine their own tasks and visualize how those tasks will help their business unit or team reach its central goals exhibit higher levels of motivation and commitment, and thus they will work harder to achieve their performance objectives.

In this post, we describe 3 ways that leaders can bring more autonomy and purpose to an organization:

1. Encourage Autonomy in Employees

Give employees frequent opportunities to shape their own work environment. This means that you refrain from using micromanagement techniques and permit employees to work away from the central office.

It could be that you provide funds for them to work from a facility like WorkSocial, especially your employees with long commutes who want more time with their loved ones. Letting go some degree of control over your team’s work environment means that you must focus more on results. Give employees what they must achieve and a deadline for when their work must be completed. Let them enjoy autonomy as they organize each day and accomplish tasks in their preferred workspace.

2. Give Employees the Opportunity to Find Meaningful Purpose

This could be focusing your team on not only outperforming other teams, which is the feeling of winning, but it could also include encouraging each person to innovate.

For example, we like to believe that employees will best determine how to reorganize the steps in a shared work task while saving time and money. Tell your team members that you will give the winner a $100 gift card for reducing the number of signatures required to complete a sales transaction. Remind them that the new process may not include shortcuts that will lead to decreased accountability or undermine compliance with applicable governmental regulations.

3. Create Opportunities That Reward Autonomy and Purpose

This may be a stretch, but it’s like saying to yourself: “When I finish this report, I’m going to reward myself with a glass of wine in front of the fire.” In your body, not just your mind, you can imagine how the wine will produce that dopamine effect once you drink the tasty glass.

In a similar manner, you want employees to make a decision to work for expected rewards. Some team members have greater intrinsic motivation and others must work for an external stimulus-reward. Some workers crave the semblance of free-choice or the chance to select the activity they will work on each day. Other workers will spend as many hours as it takes to complete something because it interests them.

How WorkSocial Promotes Autonomy and Purpose

At WorkSocial, we’re passionate about creating a flexible environment where work teams, individuals, entrepreneurs, and freelancers can discover both autonomy and purpose. We do this by creating different common areas, shared workspaces, meeting rooms of assorted sizes, and individual workstations.

In this environment, you have all the tech conveniences you would find at the home office. In our location, you are free to be yourself and to tap into your creative brain. Our high-energy coworking dynamic also makes it easy to bounce ideas off friends and strangers as you work towards performance goals. This is also a great place to schedule your team to brainstorm and execute a new project. They just don’t get that same level of inspiration when they’re stuck in familiar surroundings!

For more details on coworking for greater individual autonomy and purpose, please contact us today.

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Knowing What Your Audience Thinks: Google Trends and Queryly for Real-Time Analytics

If you’ve used Google enough, you know how much they’ve helped businesses big and small find ways to get ahead. Using Google Trends and other tools can essentially bring a mutualistic relationship where you’ll help your business while helping Google at the same time.

While their tools are myriad, one of the best out there is Google Trends, which many businesses use with their websites.

Those of you still wondering what your customers really want can take advantage of using Google Trends to give you some useful analytics. With analytics being the only way to understand your customers, Google takes things even further. It works in a particular way that digs a little deeper than typical analytic platforms.

What is Your Audience Thinking?

A famous quote from Y-Combinator founder Paul Graham says “Make something people want.” This quote is well-known, though it’s often challenging to make it happen without having to almost read the mind of customers.

Maybe you can use some analytic programs on your website to see what kind of links visitors click on. It might also tell you other stats, even if it sometimes means sifting through hundreds of pages.

What you really need is something providing accurate insight into what your customers are searching for on your site. It’s here where Google Trends help immensely.

Using their platform, you’ll know exactly what your coveted demographic searches for every day.

How Google Trends Works

Google makes their Google Trends site easy to use based merely on searching people’s interests. They aggregate keywords from the internet every hour and detect specific patterns in where they’re trending.

What’s most important is to take all keywords you’ve used on your website and type them into the Google Trends search box to see how popular they are. You might be surprised to learn many aren’t as popular as you thought!

To help your SEO, you’ll want to research keywords on Google Trends first related to your business. They make it simple to search keywords and show you what part of the world where it’s trending. To break it down further, you can choose what category the keywords fall under.

Despite providing deeper analytical insight, Google Trends is not the only story in how you can get analytics for your website. Other platforms like Queryly help you build an analytics platform if you can’t built it yourself.

How Does Queryly Work?

Described as “a cloud platform that helps you understand your content”, Queryly makes user searching on your website a unique experience.

They’ll provide a self-service dashboard so users on your site can instantly search for content they want to see on your site. In many ways, it’s like having Google Trends embedded on your site since it instantly compiles your most popular keywords.

This works well when you have multiple categories in your particular industry. For instance, if you run a tax business, Queryly aggregates other keywords related to taxes like “property taxes” or “tax foreclosure.”

Knowing What Users Search for On Your Site

Using Queryly, you’ll know what your most loyal visitors search for on a regular basis. Obviously, this is invaluable information, though Queryly makes this known in real-time rather than making you wait to see the data.

Real-time analytics is the most important aspect of business today to stay competitive. Once you know what people prefer seeing on your site, you can adjust accordingly within hours to keep your website traffic at levels you’ve enjoyed.

Combining Real-Time Analytics and Remote Work

By letting your employees use this tool, they’ll work collectively to make the above happen. However, what if your employees prefer working from home? Don’t worry – tools like Google Trends and Queryly can easily be used by your employees anywhere, anytime.

Contact us at WorkSocial to ask about our virtual offices, co-working opportunities, conference rooms, and training venues.

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Why Business Owners Should Start Conducting Training at a Training Venue

Every successful business has implemented conducting training within their organization (training venue) to ensure that everyone aligns with the business’s vision for increased success. In fact, companies in the US spent more than 70 billion in learning and development in 2016!

Training has become more and more versatile over the years, essentially yielding to the needs of every business. E-learning courses, mobile apps, and instructional videos are just some of the popular platforms used to train employees in 2017. However, in-person, instructor-led training held in a training venue is perhaps the most valuable and effective for businesses who seek solid results.

Benefits of Having a Training Venue for Your Business

Training at a Training Venue is More Hands-On:

While e-learning, mobile apps, and videos are all excellent ways to receive training, some information is just too dense and complex for individuals to retain. Conducting training at a training venue offers a hands-on experience that helps to develop your employees’ strengths. Additionally, if your business has a lot of employees, it is much easier to monitor their progress with live training.

Employees Can Ask Questions:

The whole purpose of providing training for your employees is so that they can develop in their role. Conducting training at a training venue gives employees the opportunity to get clarification on aspects of the training they may be confused about as well as get a better understanding of their role. Ultimately, this strengthens the line of communication and creates employees that are confident in the job they are assigned, which results in a business ready for success.

Trainers Have The Opportunity to Modify:

One of the greatest benefits of holding training at a venue is that it is easily adaptable based on the audience, unlike online training. Conducting training at a venue gives the trainer the opportunity to modify the teaching based on the learning style of the employees. Essentially, this adds real value to the training experience. Training costs money and time, and you certainly don’t want to spend money and waste time on training that leaves no effect on your employees. In-person training ensures that your employees can get a full training experience.

Improved Interaction: 

In order for material to be retained, employees must be fully engaged. With that said, holding training at a venue offers the best chance for engagement. This is because individuals can collaborate on ideas, perform group exercises, and learn from each other. Naturally, being in a classroom setting is going to be interactive because employees have to physically get involved.

Set The Tone for Your Business:

Ultimately, a training venue sets the tone for your business. It shows your commitment to your organization and your desire to have a business that is exceptional. Additionally, having a training venue shows your employees that you care and are committed to their growth by providing them with training that adds value. Moreover, a training venue creates a new atmosphere in contrast to the regular work environment that can inspire employees, which can lead to employees that are committed to the business long-term.

Training Venues Are Flexible to Your Needs:

Another excellent aspect of training venues is that they come in a variety of sizes to fit the needs of your business. Whether your employees need to brush-up on their current skills or your employees are learning something completely new, there is a training venue that can adhere to your spatial needs.

Essentially, training venues are the perfect way to provide your employees with valuable training that will help them continue to align with your business’s brand. Conducting training at a venue offers an array of benefits that makes it worth the investment. Employees can ask questions, training can be modified to meet the needs of your team, and training is interactive and engaging to help employees retain material.

At WorkSocial, we are a leader in the shared office space industry. If your business needs a training venue for your employees, contact us and we’ll be happy to help you find a venue that meets your needs.

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Support Your Teams With a Remote Office at WorkSocial

 

As a business owner or manager, you have to balance many competing priorities. On the one hand, you want to support your team. On the other hand, you must consider what kind of branding experience you want to create for customers. If you’re going to have local, regional, and national teams of employees that travel for work, then you might need space for their meetings with their colleagues and with customers. Here are some benefits of using a remote office at WorkSocial:

1. Every individual or team needs a home base

People who spend most or all of their time on the road will work with a range of business contacts and customers, new and old. They will need a home location from which to work. Having a remote office in our facility provides your talent with a comfortable workplace for maximum productivity while helping them represent your organization. We deliver all the conveniences of a corporate office to employees without a home base. If you have teammates who telecommute, the accommodations provided by WorkSocial will actually be their office.

2. Make customers feel supported

Customers want to feel supported by people who are knowledgeable in their chosen field. This means that some customers are happy talking with a phone representative, having an online chat, conversing over email, or networking with a salesperson at a tradeshow. For those customers who need more support, your employees must sit down with them and answer all their questions face to face before any transaction will reach its conclusion.

3. Executives, managers, and support personnel can use a remote office to share ideas

When you have team meetings and strategy sessions with dispersed teams, you need a well-appointed setting and some degree of privacy. Flexible teams are common in every organization. While some regional or national events are big enough that you will reserve large conference facilities, there will be other times when you just need to meet with the team. There are conference rooms at local hotels, but a remote office at WorkSocial is more convenient and priced according to different needs.

4. WorkSocial can provide a consistent place for organizing team projects

A remote office can help employees feel that they have more options for their work model. Whether you schedule daily, weekly, biweekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annual meetings, people must share ideas and prioritize work. They must get the details on corporate strategy and learn new skills from internal or external training and development consultants. We have the space to make these meetings possible while helping you control costs.

5. WorkSocial will help you support employees in a changing market

The consumer-driven economy is forcing every kind of organization to move towards more flexible staffing models. As we expand to new social arrangements, we expect more private companies, non-profit organizations, and government agencies to scale down office facilities and rely more on temporary workspaces for flexible work models.

Some types of work may be easy for telecommuting employees to perform from home as well as headquarters-based employees, but others call for a reliable office from which to operate. Large headquarters, as well as bricks-and-mortar store locations, might become less important soon. Meanwhile, multi-use spaces that support dynamic market conditions and employee configurations should prove more cost-effective than existing facilities.

We recommend that your company does not operate permanent offices in different cities unless they are needed at multiple points during the year. By using our facilities, your organization can easily accommodate temporary meetings and workspace needs while not incurring the overhead associated with long-term facilities. We are here to help organizations maintain economies of scale.


For more details on booking space in a co-working environment without losing productivity, please contact us today.

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