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