Top Ways to Grow Your Network at Endeavor

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By now you know that conducting your business in a coworking office like Endeavor Innovative Workspaces has many clear benefits. However, one valuable resource of a coworking office is often overlooked. The networking potential in a coworking space is tremendous, and these are five ways to effectively grow your network in a coworking office.

Initiate Authentic Conversations

The coworking space is often full of non-traditional, innovative, passionate people. Make the most of these creative minds by initiating authentic conversations with them. Let your conversations go beyond business; be genuine in your interactions and really get to know the people in your coworking office. By getting to know the people in the office beyond their job title, you can make a lasting impression that will cross over into the professional world.

Swap Services and Share Knowledge

Odds are, not everyone in your coworking office has the same skill set. Take advantage of this diversity and offer to share your expertise with people in other fields of your coworking office. By establishing openness to sharing your knowledge, others within your coworking space are likely to do the same. Another approach to the idea of sharing knowledge extends to swapping services. If you work in graphic design and someone in your coworking office is in marketing, you can set up a swap of services to not only support your local business, but also get your work and name out there.

Office-Sponsored Networking Events

Often overlooked, ask your office space if they host any kind of office-wide networking events. Many modern coworking office spaces will host networking events such as monthly catered lunches, office-wide opportunities for collaboration, or think tank sessions with local leaders. Inquire about these opportunities when choosing a coworking office and, if available, take advantage of these opportunities whenever they arise.

Ask and Offer Help

One of the amazing perks of a coworking office is the mixture of people and businesses within the space. Someone with a completely different skill set from you can be next door to your office, and it would be in your best interest to get to know them. Offer any help, business related or not, and they will likely reciprocate.  A first impression when new business come to the space can last for the remainder of your professional relationship, and a positive one can result in a valuable new contact in your networking circle.

By utilizing any of these tips, you are sure to add valuable people and businesses your network within Endeavor Workspaces, as well as get your name out there in a simple and effective way. A coworking office may be in your future.

Start-ups Leading the Coworking Space Revolution

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Coworking spaces are popping up in every major metropolitan area, and it is no wonder why. They are a breeding ground for innovation and collaboration – a melting pot of sorts – that allows creatives, entrepreneurs and everyone in between to share their ideas and services. In short, coworking is changing the face of business.

 

Are you familiar with that old adage, “History always repeats itself”? Well, in the case of coworking spaces, it is true. Think back to the 16th century, when wealthy aristocrats would gather the brightest artistic and scientific minds in one room, and call it a salon. The salon was an Italian invention of the 16th century, which flourished in France throughout the 17th and 18th centuries.

 

Is this starting to sound familiar yet? A coworking space is the 21st century’s version of a salon. Apart from the stellar add-ons these spaces offer now, like game rooms, fully functioning kitchens, conference rooms and more, co-working spaces speak to the social butterflies in all of us. There is a certain alchemical reaction that takes place when you throw different people from all walks of life and careers into the same room. These meetings lead to to brilliant ideas, fruitful brainstorming sessions, and ultimately the evolution of businesses.

 

Let’s not forget the other motivator that drives all business-minded people – money.

 

According to Mark Corbett, co-founder of Pace Ventures, “The problem of increasing rental prices does not appear to be going away any time soon. The result is that enterprising individuals will continue to search for more effective, cost-saving, and creative ways to work and live.”

 

A coworking space is the answer to the question that plagues every entrepreneur’s mind: How can I reduce my overhead?

 

The beauty of a shared working space is that there is little to no commitment on the part of the member. If you want to pay for a day, then that is what you do. If you want to pay a monthly fee, you also have that option. What you don’t need to do is sign a lease that puts you and your budget between a rock and a hard place for a year or more.

 

Here at Endeavor, our daily pricing starts at just $29. We also offer private offices for just $34 per hour or $97 for the entire day. We also have differing levels of monthly pricing, which include options like a Premium Dedicate Desk for $379 per month, and a Cube Office for $439. For a full list of pricing and what each membership offers, visit our pricing page here.

 

It is the belief of some industry experts that established corporations will move their operations to co-working spaces for the culture and the cost. While this sentiment’s validity is yet to be determined, the following holds true. Start-ups will continue to make a co-working space their hub of operation. The benefits are many while the negatives are nearly non-existent. To recap, a start up can dramatically decrease their overhead and save on rent, office equipment like printers, call answering and routing, Wi-Fi and more.

 

Have we convinced you yet? If you want to be a part of the business revolution, give us a call.

Where Should I Meet a Client if I Don’t Have an Office?

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You’re living the dream. You have a successful business, and love the fact that you can run it from home, as that gives you the flexibility of coming and going as you please. But what happens when the persistent clients come knocking at your door, and you’re in the middle of baking cookies with the kiddos? Not so good for professionalism is it? While working remotely has its perks, meeting with clients at home is NOT one of them. So, where SHOULD you meet?

While coffee shops are popular locations for business meetings, the hustle and bustle tends to be very distracting, and can affect your meeting, and the decisions both you and your client make immensely. Not to mention, if your business forte requires you to present documents to clients in a manner requires a lot of table space, those little round tables wont do your business any justice – no matter how experienced you are.

Restaurants not only require you to potentially invite your client to lunch or dinner, but you also run into the same old tiny table problem. Not to mention that your sticky food fingers might ruin any important documents you might need to show your client.

The fresh air is always nice when you work inside all day, but you might want to keep the park as a weekend activity location. The lack of Wi-Fi tends to be a big deal when you need to show your client something online, and not to mention the Ft. Myers, Florida sun is unbearable and will have you AND your client sweating like a dog 12 minutes into your meeting.

So, now that we’ve covered the taboo meeting locations, let’s go back to our original question… where SHOULD you meet?

Co-working office spaces are the ideal location to create a powerful impression with your clients. Rentable executive suites are available to rent at Endeavor Innovative Workspaces, and not only do you have the space to meet, but you also have the space to work. Endeavor provides you with all the necessary tools for running a successful remote business, and it’s easy as pie.

Endeavor gives you the option to rent offices for a special occasion meeting, or opting for a monthly membership that provides you with 24/7 access to the space – giving you the sense of an office on its own, AND it’ll make your wallet feel a lot heavier than the rent overhead you would be paying for an entire office location. Enjoy amenities including a copy room, kitchen, lounge room, showers, and game room, all fully equipped with high speed fiber optic Wi-Fi and secure access to the facilities. For more information on pricing click here.

Kick start (or improve) your business by opting for the professionalism it deserves. Spruce up your meetings, and get work done efficiently and who knows, the biggest perk of having a remote location is the fact that getting you out of the house gives you the potential to meet prospective clients! How’s that for a cherry on top?

 

What Do The Best Co-Working Spaces Offer?

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It is estimated that 40 percent of the workforce will be made up of freelancers, solo-entrepreneurs and independent contractors by the year 2020. That is where co-working spaces come into play. They offer the most bang for your buck, especially for start-ups and freelancers. But what do the very best co-working spaces offer?

 

One major problem the modern freelancer faces is social isolation. Sitting in front of a computer screen all day can be exhausting, even if you’ve only physically moved away from your desk to grab a snack in the kitchen. By definition, co-working spaces remove the element of isolation with shared offices, work tables and coffee lounges. However, the best co-working spaces offer more than a lounge. Look out for game rooms, gyms, on-site bicycles and unique locations to make your work experience not only more productive, but more engaging as well. If done right, a co-working space can be collaborative, not just convenient.

 

Another common problem solo workers face is inflated rent rates for traditional offices. Co-working spaces can eliminate the possibility of getting locked into a lease, but the best spaces offer multiple pay plans with the opportunity to add services and perks, à la carte. For example, Endeavor Innovative Workspaces offers its members daily and monthly passes with the capability to add extra services, such as call answering and routing, or printing and lamination. If you want a private office, we’ve got it. If you want a dedicated desk, we’ve got that too. Don’t settle for a co-working space that puts you in a box and limits your options.

 

The beauty of a “pay as you go” model is that you don’t have to pay all year for an amenity you will only use twice. Picture this: a small start-up company signs a year-long lease for a space that doesn’t have a conference room. This is not a problem for months, until one day it is. The right co-working space will make these perks available but not mandatory. At Endeavor Innovative Workspaces, you don’t have to bundle. Our members can pay monthly for an Associate Membership, and upgrade to a Prime Membership for a month if they need to use a conference room.

 

Another common problem the solo-entrepreneur on-the-move faces is a lack of accessibility. The nicest co-working spaces may only offer traditional hours. However, the most sought-after spaces have options or plans available that allow 24/7 access. This flexibility means you work when it is most convenient for you, not most convenient for your landlord. If you are a morning person, you can arrive at 6 a.m., and if you are a night owl, you can leave at 8 p.m. It also means you have office resources at your fingertips at all times, from the printers to the conference rooms. Endeavor Innovative Workspaces offers 24/7 access to members who pay for private offices.

 

When shopping around for the best co-working space for you, make sure you do your research. We suggest making a wish list detailing everything, from price-point to perks. Chances are you will find something that meets your needs and provides those little extras that will be the icing on top of the cake.