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Story Board: Coworking for freelance writers
Story Board: Coworking for freelance writers

Freelance writing can be lonely. Just you and your laptop adrift upon a sea of words all day long… It’s easy to lose focus. And it can get depressing, too. That lonesome freelance feeling is what led to the rise of coworking. A trend that started in San Francisco in 2005, coworking offers freelancers a community-minded place to work that’s outside of the house but free of the distractions...

Small Business Accelerator: Is a co-working space right for you?
Small Business Accelerator: Is a co-working space right for you?

Today workspace options are more flexible and varied than ever before. Of course, there is the traditional office and the virtual work environment, but now, for those of you who want a bit of both, there is the shared office or co-working space. Co-work or collaborative work spaces are on the rise. Let’s take a look at what exactly a co-working space means and what the draws are for entrepreneurs.

CNN: Coworking
CNN: Coworking

Para Seth Godin, un famoso pensador, escritor y conferencista sobre la innovación, cree que las corporaciones crearon durante el siglo pasado trabajadores TGIF – Thank God It’s Friday (Gracias a Dios es viernes). Empleados que siguen un manual para cumplir con lo esperado. Una guía para no equivocarse pero que al mismo tiempo adormece la ambición y convierte al trabajo en una prisión de la cual se

Small Business BC: Coworking: Alternative Workspace for Entrepreneurs
Small Business BC: Coworking: Alternative Workspace for Entrepreneurs

The coworking trend has exploded in recent years – according to deskmag.com, more than 110,000 people use coworking spaces worldwide now. BC is no exception to this trend, but many small business owners don’t realize what coworking is exactly, or what coworking options exist right in their own neighbourhood.

Mashable: Get the Most Out of a Coworking Space
Mashable: Get the Most Out of a Coworking Space

Green Spaces, a coworking space in Tribeca, specializes in environmentally focused businesses. Mountain View-based Cubes & Crayons combines childcare and coworking.WorkBar in Boston is hosted in a 2,500-square-foot space and has separate areas for cafe-like and quieter working styles. Coworking Brooklyn uses a small room that functions as an art gallery by night.

Officing Today: Coworking is Getting Bigger, Better and Bolder
Officing Today: Coworking is Getting Bigger, Better and Bolder

We already know that coworking is growing. But what is it growing into?

Coworking has successfully settled into a niche that’s commonly associated as a cool, cost-effective solution for young entrepreneurs and ambitious businesses, run by creative types who appreciate the value of good company and community spirit.

Royal City Record: A hub of activity for New Westminster
Royal City Record: A hub of activity for New Westminster

The Newtwork Hub has a Vancouver location as well.

The business offers a variety of options for workspace rental in an open concept office.

Since opening, the New West campus has grown to 28 part-time and full-time members.

The campus is seeing a great demand for private workspaces, with nine businesses and associations currently on the waiting list to use the space, according to an update from

Tech Startup Basics
Tech Startup Basics

If you are in Vancouver thinking about your first startup you are in the right city. There are already many technology, digital media and entertainment industry companies located in Vancouver. The benefits of having an established tech hub include a supply of highly qualified workers, networking and contracting opportunities and availability of local service and product suppliers...

Blonde on a Budget Wins Plutus Award!
Blonde on a Budget Wins Plutus Award!

Last night, the Plutus Awards were handed out at the Financial Blogger Conference in St Louis, Missouri. There were several blogger categories where they recognized excellence in each particular niche. For example, there was a category for “best personal finance blog for retirement” and another for “best tax-focused personal finance blog.”

Vancouver Courier: The Network Hub launched to meet demands and challenges of young entrepreneurs
Vancouver Courier: The Network Hub launched to meet demands and challenges of young entrepreneurs

A tall and lanky William Zhou climbs up the squeaky, carpeted staircase of an aging Richards Street building near Hastings until he reaches the third floor where it opens into a bright, contemporary office space.

An exposed brick wall provides a stylish backdrop for a small seating area to the right. A bookshelf, stocked with computer, marketing and finance texts, is positioned...

Pacific Rim: A Vancouver visionary opens a communal work space with a corner office for all
Pacific Rim: A Vancouver visionary opens a communal work space with a corner office for all

I’m sitting at a long, narrow desk, its glossy black surface empty except for my laptop. The word processing program is open to a blank page, cursor blinking expectantly. In front of me is a wall of glass, framing a view of the Fraser River, serene and majestic beside the hustle and bustle of the market, docks, and railroad tracks. Around me are a handful of other people, quietly busy at their own

Metro Vancouver Newspaper: Hub helps launch new firms
Metro Vancouver Newspaper: Hub helps launch new firms

Minna Van, at her downtown office space, the Network Hub. Eight first-time entrepreneurs work out of the Hub, where they pay a fraction of the cost of renting a downtown office.

Grasshopper: 8 Perks of Coworking Spaces for Savvy Entrepreneurs
Grasshopper: 8 Perks of Coworking Spaces for Savvy Entrepreneurs

Today, many freelancers, entrepreneurs, and start-up companies are building their businesses from their “home offices” — also known as their basement, kitchen table or garage. However, being a small company doesn’t mean you have to stay cooped up in your home (or even the local coffee shop) until you can afford to pay office rent.

Royal City Record: Changing economy means more people are working for themselves
Royal City Record: Changing economy means more people are working for themselves

The trouble with working from home isn’t just that there’s just so much laundry to do, the dog could use another walk or that The Price is Right is on.

When you’re working by yourself, you’re not just more prone to distraction, you’re also robbing yourself of the experience and benefits of working with other like-minded professionals.

Enter the Network Hub..

Mashable: 5 Signs That Coworking Might Be for You
Mashable: 5 Signs That Coworking Might Be for You

As more people work via a mobile phone and a laptop computer, the traditional office has become less important, and coworking is an increasingly popular alternative. Coworking members get many of the benefits of office life — a community, a work environment, and meeting spaces — without giving up the freedom of working on their own schedules.

Manny Bahia of Vancity Buzz
Manny Bahia of Vancity Buzz

Last week, we took a look at Paul Davidescu from Tangoo, who also works closely with Vancity Buzz. This week, we turn to one of the co-founders of Vancity Buzz, Manny Bahia, to learn what they’re all about.

4 Co-Work Spaces: Where to stay connected on the road
4 Co-Work Spaces: Where to stay connected on the road

Working while travelling can be challenging. Coffee shops are fine for checking and sending a couple of emails, but Internet connections can be unreliable and you can’t always secure a spot by a plug-in. Co-working spaces offer a practical alternative with hourly and daily drop-in fees or flexible membership options. Available resources will typically include fast Internet upload &download speed..

WebWorkTravel: 12 reasons to work online and travel the world
WebWorkTravel: 12 reasons to work online and travel the world

Working online while travelling is a great way to see the world while continuing to grow your business online.

It’s not all always easy but there are many reasons to consider taking your online business around the world as long as it fits with your current life situation.

Let’s take a look at some of them.

New West Newsleader: For startup entrepreneurs sick of working in noisy coffee shops
New West Newsleader: For startup entrepreneurs sick of working in noisy coffee shops

For startup entrepreneurs sick of working in noisy coffee shops and makeshift home offices, a solution could be coming to New Westminster. The Network Hub, a shared rental office that caters to the self-employed, hopes to move into a 2,400-square-foot space at River Market this summer. The Hub is more than just a rent-a-desk operation...

New West Newsleader: Going in business for yourself, and making it work
New West Newsleader: Going in business for yourself, and making it work

For years, Burnaby resident Emiko Abe did what her parents expected.

She went to university, and got a good “real job” as a project manager for a computer software company.

Then a few years ago, she decided the time was right to do what she wanted, to pursue her love of music.

But going it alone as a self-employed DJ and music consultant was a bit more difficult than she expected.

JohnChow.com: Coworking At The Network Hub Vancouver
JohnChow.com: Coworking At The Network Hub Vancouver

The Network Hub in downtown Vancouver is a place where entrepreneurs go to when they outgrow their home office but can’t afford a full blown downtown office.

Explore Vancouver: The 3 best new business resources in Vancouver
Explore Vancouver: The 3 best new business resources in Vancouver

There is a reason that the slogan for Tourism BC is “You Gotta Be Here.” If you are one of the many who has spent a few vacations in Vancouver and decided that this is the place you’d like to put down roots, you aren’t alone. Business in Vancouver is booming, and there has never been a better time to start up your new venture right in our growing city.

Techvibes: Coworking with coworkers
Techvibes: Coworking with coworkers

Techvibes: Coworking with coworkers

These past few weeks we have been talking to the owners of various work spaces throughout Canada that have embraced Coworking, the act of working in the same space alongside other independent professionals. However, the best way to explain what coworking is all about is to hear how members of coworking spaces feel about the concept from their own experiences...

#NEWWEST Technology & Business Meetup Speaker for January: Nick Romick
#NEWWEST Technology & Business Meetup Speaker for January: Nick Romick

Everyone, meet Nick Romick, the next keynote speaker for the New West Technology and Business Meetup. He is the President of VanCG Meetup and the Systems Administrator for Method Studios, a visual effects company based out of Vancouver.

Get Harvest: The Double Lives of High School Entrepreneurs
Get Harvest: The Double Lives of High School Entrepreneurs

Design Vetica is an interactive design agency based in Vancouver, British Columbia. The principal players in the company are 16- and 17-year-old high school students, who are juggling client meetings and final exams in order to grow their business. We talked with David Kim, a partner at Design Vetica, about running their own show, managing their money with Harvest, and what’s next for the fledglin

Georgia Straight: Electoral candidates pledges support for co-working spaces
Georgia Straight: Electoral candidates pledges support for co-working spaces

Based on a model like the Network Hub, a downtown co-working space shared by entrepreneurs and start-ups, Woodsworth and Aquino said they want to fast-track licensing for people wanting to set up similar spaces.

“The Network Hub is a space that really identifies and highlights how entrepreneurs need this kind of environment in order to thrive in the city,” said Aquino at the Network Hub.

CBS News: Where freelancers are working
CBS News: Where freelancers are working

(MoneyWatch) If you’re a freelancer, you may be spending your days competing for electrical outlets at the ‘Bucks or struggling to be efficient in a home office, with distractions ranging from kids to the kitchen. If you have a little extra money and this describes you, consider renting office space. Think of it as an investment in your business..

Mashable: 7 Tips for Starting a Coworking Space
Mashable: 7 Tips for Starting a Coworking Space

Jeff Park started out looking for space his company could share with a handful of other independent workers in order to reduce rent. Bill Jacobson and Dave Ulrich ended up with a lot of extra space after the main tenant that shared their sublease decided to move out.

Small Business BC: Key benefits of coworking
Small Business BC: Key benefits of coworking

Some of the biggest businesses started off in their parent’s garage or in the shared dorms of university. Just look at Apple and Facebook. Groups of friends huddled round a table or workbench because they had no other place to go. But when it comes to finding a place for your fledgling business there is now another option: coworking offices. These offices bring together micro businesses...

The Network Hub’s New Venture
The Network Hub’s New Venture

The co-working space adds to its arsenal by serving the digital media sector

This summer the same team behind The Network Hub will launch three new shared workspaces, this time targeting individual content creators and small creative firms. Dubbed The Digital Hub, the new spaces will be a part of the existing Network Hub offices in Vancouver, New Westminster and Whistler.

Vancouver View: Putting community back into the business community
Vancouver View: Putting community back into the business community

“The entrepreneur community is very lively and active in Vancouver,” proclaims John Van of The Network Hub, which is the downtown Vancouver workspace that he co-founded with his sister Minna Van and their longtime friend Jay Catalan in 2006.

Galactic Battles & CG Meetup
Galactic Battles & CG Meetup

The Network Hub is home to a great variety of creative people in a range of industries. One such individual is Nick Romick. Founder of the VanCG Meetup Group, Romick is collaborating on an exciting new film project called Galactic Battles. We recently had the opportunity to speak with Nick about it.

Business Vancouver: Vancouver company helps remote workers locate workspace
Business Vancouver: Vancouver company helps remote workers locate workspace

Vancouver’s Network Hub has created an interactive map that will allow freelancers and remote workers to locate physical workspaces around the world, even when on the road.

The Coworking Visa Map allows members of the Coworking Visa Program, an agreement between more than 450 locations around the world, to find space to work both locally and when travelling worldwide.

Co-working spaces buck the home office trend
Co-working spaces buck the home office trend

Maybe it’s a morning rush-hour drive or transit trip to downtown Vancouver. Perhaps it involves a walk through the parking lot of a suburban office development after you’ve parked your car or disembarked from the company shuttle bus at a nearby SkyTrain station.

Network Hub – New Westminster Gets New Owners and A New Look
Network Hub – New Westminster Gets New Owners and A New Look

Since 2011, the Network Hub has provided a variety of services at its co-working loft in New Westminster, including meeting room and office space rentals, co-working space and event space for seminars and workshops, as well as mailbox rentals. In addition to a physical space in which to work, the Network Hub aims to foster a sense of community and collaboration.

The Evolution of Work: Extinction of the 9-5
The Evolution of Work: Extinction of the 9-5

Contemporary technology has given society the ability to collaborate over long distances, stretch our working hours into the early mornings of a new day, and be liberated from menial every-day tasks. With this kind of flexibility why does the prescribed Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm work schedule persist?

The Province: Vancouver is interested in sharing
The Province: Vancouver is interested in sharing

For Chris Diplock, it started with a chicken coop.

He and his partner, Caitlin Dorward, wanted to raise chickens in their East Vancouver home but lacked the tools to build a coop. Luckily, their landlord had the requisite power drill and table-saw and graciously lent them to the couple.

“We realized our ability to be able to create something like a chicken coop was because we had access to tools

Explore Vancouver: Need Vancouver office space? Consider coworking
Explore Vancouver: Need Vancouver office space? Consider coworking

It used to be that when you had a business, all of your employees stayed under one roof. This was long before the Internet and email made connecting with the rest of the world as simple as opening up your computer. Progress has allowed business owners to think beyond their own four walls, and we live in a day and age where the concept of telecommuting is no longer considered going against the tren

The Province: This business helps other businesses get on feet
The Province: This business helps other businesses get on feet

What do you do? We have a start-up centre for entrepreneurs. We rent office and meeting-room time, provide receptionist and mailing room services and networking opportunities to help entrepreneurs look professional when they’re starting out. We also help with business plans. It’s the stuff you can’t afford at the beginning, especially the young professionals just out of university.

2014 Newcomer’s Guide to Vancouver Startup Community
2014 Newcomer’s Guide to Vancouver Startup Community

A comprehensive and important list of resources for a newcomer.

Alix Cote of New Westminster’s Technology and Business Meetup
Alix Cote of New Westminster’s Technology and Business Meetup

The Network Hub would like everyone to meet our community organizer of the month, Alix Cote, of the New Westminster Technology and Business Meetup Group. Alix has lived in New Westminster for over 12 years and holds a B.Sc. from Simon Fraser University in Computer Science. She also works for a local software company Uptown.

Rick Chung: Vancouver Coworking Spaces
Rick Chung: Vancouver Coworking Spaces

Coworking collaborative work spaces are becoming a more popular alternative to traditional office spaces, particularly among the entrepreneurial and startup community. I went to Vancouver’s The Network Hub and found out what coworking is all about.

CBC News: Vancouver Coworking at The Network Hub
CBC News: Vancouver Coworking at The Network Hub

Shared coworking spaces are becoming a more popular alternative to traditional offices as a growing trend in Vancouver’s entrepreneurial and start up community.

Coworking: The new way of doing business
Coworking: The new way of doing business

Times have changed. In the old days, renting office space for a young entrepreneur would be challenging, to say the least.

Now, you have the option of coworking.

What is coworking? For those who don’t know, it’s sharing office space where a person can rent desks and private meeting rooms at affordable prices.

Usually, coworking spaces are easily accessible to transit and you can even rent desks

Backbone Magazine: More than a home office, less than an office building
Backbone Magazine: More than a home office, less than an office building

Working from home is a double-edged sword. The super-short commute and the freedom to work in your PJs are both amazing pluses. But the absence of sustained human interaction, coupled with the perils of taking a conference call while your kids are in the other room, will take a toll on productivity, if not mental health.

The Tyee: Five reasons New West is cool for creatives
The Tyee: Five reasons New West is cool for creatives

Earlier this spring, reporter Luke Brocki wrote a series in The Tyee on whether he was crazy to think he could earn a freelance writer’s pay and still own a home in the Lower Mainland.

Brocki talked with real estate agents, developers and former classmates who lived out in the far expanses of the Fraser Valley. He even had a half-hour sit-down with Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson.

Changing Economy Means More People Are Working For Themselves
Changing Economy Means More People Are Working For Themselves

The trouble with working from home isn’t just that there’s just so much laundry to do, the dog could use another walk or that The Price is Right is on.

When you’re working by yourself, you’re not just more prone to distraction, you’re also robbing yourself of the experience and benefits of working with other like-minded professionals.

Enter the Network Hub, a Vancouver-based business...

Virtual-Strategy Magazine covers The Network Hub
Virtual-Strategy Magazine covers The Network Hub

The Network Hub, the recognized leader in coworking, virtual office and small business solutions in the Greater Vancouver area, proudly announces the opening of a brand new coworking space in picturesque Whistler Creekside. The new office offers coworking memberships and event space rentals, as well as The Network Hub’s mailbox rental, mail forwarding and virtual office options.

Unlimited: Four co-working spaces that reinvent the cubicle farm
Unlimited: Four co-working spaces that reinvent the cubicle farm

In spite of the freedom of setting your own hours, avoiding office politics and working in your slippers, a home office has its downsides. Where to meet customers for those appointments that you can’t schedule at the corner café? How to combat the isolation of being alone all day?

Freshbooks: Coworking spaces: Keep your freedom and stay connected
Freshbooks: Coworking spaces: Keep your freedom and stay connected

Working solo means you enjoy the benefits of having total autonomy over where and how you work. Yet for some, being restricted to a home or remote office can also be accompanied by a lingering feeling of loneliness or that you’re insulated from where the main conversations about your industry are happening.

Mashable: 37 Productivity Tips for Working From Anywhere
Mashable: 37 Productivity Tips for Working From Anywhere

The days of shackling your business to a brick and mortar office are over. Even people who work primarily in traditional offices occasionally find themselves working on the road or from their kitchen tables. This flexibility is great in a lot of ways, but each new work setting also brings with it a new set of productivity challenges.