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.

Retain Top Talent: How to Keep Your Remote Workforce Happy

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More and more, remote workforces are gaining in popularity. The benefits of remote working are numerous and clear, but getting your business to a place of maximum remote efficiency can take a bit of time, research, and work. There are many ways to ensure that both you and your workforce are feeling positive about the work they are doing.

  1. Set Communications Objectives

When collaborating with a remote workforce, you lose the aspect of daily face-to-face interactions. This can make communicating clearly more difficult, as an email often cannot convey tone and can lose timeliness. However, if clear communication objectives are set from day one, your virtual office staff will all be on the same page.

These communication objectives can include scheduling one-on-one phone calls with each employee. By having individual virtual meetings with employees, they feel as though their voice is being heard. This specialized, scheduled attention to each team member can keep fears of lacking productivity away, as well as giving each employee a time to share any concerns they may have directly with you.

Another way to keep the communication waves open between you and your employees is setting up office hours of sorts, or a designated time period each day or week that you will be completely available to speak with them about whatever needs they have. Again, this keeps communication open and avoids any future kinks in your business.

  1. Utilize Technology

By keeping your remote workforce organized, you will keep them happy and productive. A sure-fire way to keep your entire business organized is to fully utilize technology. There are numerous business-centric technology developments available to keep your workforce in touch and productive. Communication technology such as Go To Meeting, FaceTime, Google Hangout, and Skype make it possible to meet with your workforce, and clients, “face-to-face”. Using these programs will make it easier for everyone to attend meetings without an office space and can be scheduled in advance to ensure availability. Additionally, providing each employee with a laptop, cell phone, and software ensures that there will be no technological issues on either end and that your company can work from anywhere.

  1. Set Clear Expectations

Start off every employee relationship with clear expectations. Defining your expectations of availability and productivity from the beginning will save you and your workforce from headaches down the road.

Since productivity from a remote workforce is measured differently than in a traditional office space, it is imperative to define what your expectations are. Setting project completion goals and deadlines may be a more effective measurement of productivity than simply clocking in 40 hours a week. By clearly defining what you expect from your employees will keep them on track and their stress levels low.

Additionally, clearly define what you expect from their availability. Decide on a timeline of availability (cell and email availability from 9-5, a daily check-in email, etc.) and implement it across the board. Having these details laid out in advance will avoid confusion and allow your employees to work in the most effective way for their life.

  1. Trust

Finally, the most important aspect of keeping your remote workforce happy is trust. You must trust that the people that you hired to be a part of your business are working just as hard as you are. Even if you do no see them face-to-face on a regular basis, you must trust, and ensure, that they are completing their work quickly and well. When your employees do not feel micromanaged, they have the flexibility to work to their fullest potential, and still know that you are there for any assistance they may need to complete their job successfully.

Here at Endeavor Innovative Workspaces, we can provide your business with the resources needed to keep your remote workforce happy. From flexible office spaces to accommodate any group meeting to providing conference call technology, Endeavor is here to help your business thrive. All of these elements combined, along with experience and time, will ensure that your remote workforce is happily working from the their desired workspace, at Endeavor.

 

Is Your Business Ready for a Coworking Space?

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Avoiding a commute, working from home, and having flexible hours are all benefits of owning your own business. However, when it comes time for an important client meeting or you can’t seem to get work done with your kids running around, it may be time for you to look into a coworking office space.

What was once a far-fetched idea is now the reality for many businesses. A coworking space offers a quiet, professional, cost-effective solution to the hassles of exclusively working from home. There are many factors to consider when deciding if a coworking space is right for you and your business. We’ve collected five factors that will help you make the best decision for your growing business.

  1. What is the cost?

First and foremost, you must determine if a co-working office space is a financially viable option for your business. Luckily, Endeavor Innovative Workspaces offer multiple options at varying price points. Starting as low as $29.00, Endeavor can work with your specific needs and budget to find the best option for you.

  1. Where is the office located?

When deciding if a coworking space is right for you, consider the location of the office space. Is it a livable commute from your home? Is it in a central location of where you conduct business? Is it easily accessible by your clients? These are all questions to keep in mind when considering coworking space.

  1. What amenities does the office space offer?

The amenities available at your co-working space are an important factor when considering cost. Seek out a co-working space that offers more than your home or a local coffee shop could. At Endeavor Innovative Workspaces, we offer our clients many amenities to keep you and your clients comfortable. In addition to our office and conference spaces, we offer a kitchen, lounge, and game room to keep morale up and fend off mid-day hunger. Additionally, we have a full reception and guest check-in services. There is no better professional first impression than your client being cheerfully greeted at reception and kept comfortable while they wait for their appointment. Make sure that the amenities offered at your co-working space are both something that you will use and something that will be conductive to your business.

  1. How frequently are you using the office space?

Do you simply need a space for monthly meetings? Or does your business call for an office for more frequent client interactions? Do you need the space and technology for scheduled conference calls? At Endeavor we have a co-working solution for all of your business needs. We offer flexible packages and pricing that can be customized to fit exactly what you need. Spaces are available by the hour, day, and month with an option sure to fit your business needs.

  1. What services are available beyond office space?

In addition to offering various types of office space, Endeavor Workspaces also offers virtual office options. Our virtual office packages include a business mailing address, mail and package handling, call answering and routing, as well at the option to add on physical office space passes, all starting at $79.00 per month.

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.