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Business is a gamble.
Placing your faith in the implementation of an idea – that you most likely formed through a drunken conversation with your friends – and hoping that it’ll put food in your stomach and a roof over your head, is a gamble.
But there’s just something exhilarating and noble in starting something from scratch.
There’s the excitement of creating a to-do list; building revenue models, marketing languages and the technologies needed for it to work. Endless hours would be spent on how this idea would be implemented, how it would work and how it would be advantageous to everyone. But as discussions move to more concrete details and as challenges start to show up, the excitement grows weaker.
Things get harder and harder as you and your team make sure that the idea doesn’t die.
More and more concerns would arise and you would find yourself wondering why you ever thought this was going to work, yet you’d remind yourself of the potential benefits it could give and hold on to that enthusiasm you first had.
With so much frustration, you toil through the least exciting parts of the project. This phase is a necessary evil to break away from half-baked plans – it’s the final chance of getting something done and ensuring that there’s a tangible result to all of our efforts.
And now that you’ve covered the basics, it’s time to get the ball rolling.
Though establishing a business isn’t easy, a significant growth among startups have been observed in the last couple of years. Teams of all kinds, sizes and specializations manage to become fully operational despite having low resources and even manpower.
Operating a startup is now made easier with the advancements in technology and the flexible office solutions offered today. In addition to this, outsourcing firms have dominated the industry. Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) firms offer back office outsourcing, internal business functions as well as office space solutions – all of which provide a helping hand to those who want to start a brand new site or bootstrap their first enterprise.
The most known service offered by outsourcing firms is its office space solutions widely known as Seat Leasing.
Mixing the functionality of traditional office with the versatility of flexible workspaces, Seat Leasing equip startups with capacious workspaces inclusive of quality computers, reliable internet connection and other necessary facilities for operations to run smoothly. It allows its clients to lease the number of seats they need, exactly when they need it with their ‘plug-and-play’ facilities.
Seat Leasing give startups numerous advantages other else than competitive offices at an affordable rate.
One advantage that attracts most young entrepreneurs to opt for seat leasing services is the time it saves them from dealing with legal papers and permits needed to establish a startups’ first office. In addition to this, it also lessens waste on expenses from unused office space. A client can lease one seat for the first 6 months and expand to leasing a whole floor.
Most seat leasing providers can also be found in major cities of the country like Mandaluyong, Ortigas, Makati and Quezon City – making businesses more accessible to clients and employees as well.
In the recent years, the industry have seen numerous changes in the work culture. Labor force slowly getting dominated by the Millennials, traditional 9-to-5 shift slowly diminishing and even office spaces themselves are changing. Economic developments and other social change caused businesses to adapt to new demands and challenges arising. This, then of course, opened new opportunities and market
Since the rise of flexible working we’ve seen the numbers of freelancers increase. Communities of Digital Nomads – freelancers who literally bring their work with them as they travel the world – have formed and continues to have steady growth. Some experts even say that they are no longer just a passing trend.
Though it first started sporadically, there’s a concrete justification why more and more members of the workforce are turning away from the traditional work culture.
Location Independence is the term often used to define the freedom and mobility the lifestyle gives. Selcouth as it sounds, “Location Independence” allows you to have the freedom to live life on your own terms and the ability to work wherever you want to.
It implies not being tied to a single geographic location for certain reasons, meaning that a person’s job would not require them to be physically present in the office and allows individuals to travel whenever, wherever they want and for how long they want. Location Independence empowers them to control their life with their own hands. It allows them to take full responsibility of their own future and ultimate happiness. Though the path it leads can differ from one person or another, it offers everyone the same thing; freedom. The freedom to pursue what your heart desires and the freedom to create the life you’ve been dreaming of.
Remote working have been existing for a while now but only in the recent years did the industry consider this arrangement. With a rising demand on a better work-life balance, employers and employees took a few step backs and studied how mobility can improve today’s work culture.
Last year, 53% of India’s workforce have said that they prefer working from home. In the same year, 38% of workers from the United States say that they work from home at least once a week. Surveys say that remote work increases worker productivity and employee efficiency. Other studies have also mentioned several advantages of remote working; lowers stress and boosts morale, reduces employee turnover and often leads to greater employee engagement. In a recent report by World Economic Forum, work flexibility is tagged as one of the biggest drivers of transformation in the workplace which caused several companies to report significant decrease in real estate costs.
The decrease of operation costs can be traced to the emergence of numerous flexible workspaces, one of them being; coworking spaces. This emerging trend involves a shared working environment. Unlike typical offices, members of coworking spaces come from different organizations and industries.
Coworking Spaces provides its members with reliable internet, work environment, coworkers to interact with and other local benefits. Numerous workspaces can now be found around the world making it easier for location independent workers to travel without worrying about strong internet connections, desks and other office services.
Being location independent sounds like a dream come true but it takes more than just packing your bags and your laptop with you. People might sugarcoat it with aesthetically pleasing photos in Instagram but the truth is, location independence is hard work. Living in a foreign country sure is fun but it can be hard, just imagine simultaneously working and travelling from one country to another. Yet it allows you to access more life lessons than your office desk can ever offer.
Sounds like the life you’ve always wanted? Let us know if you want to give location independence a try and we might just save you a seat in the office.
Albert Einstein once said that “creativity is contagious”, pass it on.
Contrary to popular belief, creativity doesn’t really come from one sole place. It usually comes from a piece of artwork or simply, anything – that inspires one person to create another masterpiece.
Though not everyone has innate artistic abilities, anyone can be inspired by anything. If not, creativity itself, can be found in the most unusual nooks and crannies around us. It’s a contagious virus that can be passed from one person to another. The idea that creativity comes from quite literally tens of thousands of ideas is something that most offices want to tap into. Executives aim to create an environment for their employees and themselves as well that cultivates creativity and productivity.
According to a survey conducted among 500 members of the public, nearly half of the respondents have said that having different spaces for both work and de-stressing would be a great step toward improving their creativity and productivity. Office design and interior have been said to have a significant effect in an employee’s productivity, creativity and overall performance. Moreover, a large number of today’s workforce are demanding for more agile workspaces and expect more variety in their respective workplaces instead of being cramped to a desk and chair.
But how can you inspire people with a room full of plain desks and computers?
Investing in an office environment that would maximize the talent of a workforce would give great results in the long run. Though it would seem costly, it’s definitely something to think about. And though redecorating a whole office space can be tedious, change can start small.
Start by having a designated space wherein your employees can get some rest and relax. These said spaces can come in different spaces or sizes. According to the same survey by the Dale Office Interiors Survey, one out of five office workers agree that having a space solely for relaxation at work increases productivity. These rooms can also help relieve neck or back tension and weariness of the eyes from staring at a computer screen.
In addition to this, you can also add a quiet space for private work. Though some employees’ can handle distractions better than others, some need a secluded place to focus. Over 17 of the respondents of the said survey reported that quiet spaces would improve their productivity that is often disrupted. Should a worker need to focus, they have a place to go.
With the demand of workplaces offering more variety in terms of office designs and atmosphere, a new kind of flexible workspaces sprung and became the latest trend in the industry.
Giving the employees diversification in workplace and office set-up, Coworking Spaces give home to creativity and productivity with open plan spaces, shared desks, private offices and creative meeting rooms. Moreover, these communal spaces foster collaborative communities among its members.
Recent studies and surveys have revealed that more and more freelancers and even teams from companies are moving into coworking spaces due to the positive impact it has on creativity, productivity and overall happiness of its members.
No matter what the context maybe, the overall environment a person is in contributes highly to its physical, mental and even emotional state. Hence, it’s not much of a surprise that businesses are doing everything they can to create a workspace that allows room for creativity and innovation.
Work, for most of us, is simply black or white – no in-betweens. You either work hard or not at all. We either hustle hard, overdo things and end up burning out ourselves or do so little, we start to be bored and feel underutilized. Either way, both are just as toxic to an individual’s productivity.
The same goes for success – stay diligent and prosper or slack off and fail. The industry, including the rest of the world, requires you to pick between the two – in the same way that they make professionals choose between career and personal life.
And though what is too much and too little is subjective, reaching a middle ground is detrimental in maximizing an individual’s productivity and happiness in work. For a person to be truly happy with what they are doing, they need to find the gray area that allows them to have a career and a life.
Originating from Astronomy and Astrobiology, the term “Goldilocks Zone” is used to define the zone around a star that has a temperature that is just right for liquid water to exist. It is neither too hot nor too cold.
The Goldilocks Zone, of course, varies from one person to another yet at the same time, it is identical with one another in a sense that it allows an individual to make enough progress that their efforts are paying off and at the same time, they stay satisfied with the work they are making. Reaching this zone is not only critical to the well-being of an individual as a professional, but is also important to the companies they work for. And though admittedly, finding this zone is not simple, there are certain ideas you can take note of to make things a little easier.
The key in unlocking the “Goldilocks Zone” is the satisfying feeling of doing profitable and meaningful work while still having enough time and energy for other aspects of your life.
A good stepping stone in finding it is by creating a clear plan on what should be done. Afterwards, draft a schedule that would maximize your productivity for the day and making sure that you get through it. Creating a plan and making sure to execute it aptly wins you a sense of accomplishment and extra free time you can spend in anything and anyway you want.
Another factor that can help in finding this zone is having a hobby. There’s joy found in doing something that exists by itself and doesn’t entail any sort of stake with it.
Having a hobby that gives no reward other else than the activity itself, gives you something to look forward to during your time out. Avoiding overwork is hard when you’ve got nothing else to do, but when you know you can play Frisbee after work, it makes it easier to stop.
The demand for a better balance between career and personal life materialized the Goldilocks Zone into life.
Coworking Spaces is the latest trend taking over the industry. According to the DeskMag, these workspaces are the result of the search for strategies on dealing with the new types of flexible working. They are workplaces with flexible structures made for and by those who work where, when and how they want it.
It allows its members the freedom to choose from various work stations from open plan lounges to private offices and gives them plenty of extra time they can spend with family and friends. Coworking spaces is the Goldilocks Zone in physical form. And though it may not be the same with other people, it gives you the freedom to go and find your own personalized Goldilocks Zone.
Work is never black and white. There’s always a chance of finding that gray area between your career and personal life. And if you’re having trouble finding it, let us know.
The term nomads was first heard in the early years of civilization as groups of people or communities who move from place to place instead of setting down in one. Unlike migration, major and permanent move from one location to another, nomadic people annually and occasionally return to their original locations. Nomads would usually be hunter-gatherers, pastoral or those who raise herds and peripatetic or those who offer trade wherever they go.
Since then, they have evolved.
Societal developments caused a change in their lifestyle and nomadism have then become a minority lifestyle. But for this young generation, a new kind of nomads have developed, instilled in them is the same culture of moving from one location to another in order to make a living.
Defined by Wikipedia as individuals who use telecommunication technologies to earn a living and, more generally, conduct their life in a nomadic manner, “Digital Nomads” are those who work remotely from home, coffee shop and public libraries to accomplish tasks and goals that takes place in a single, stationary workplace, traditionally.
More and more people want to break away from the 9-to-5 working hours and be able to go on an adventure. This generation’s workforce see freedom as the ability to travel the world while being able to live and work from anywhere – the ultimate goal.
Digital nomads are distinct in a sense that they are not solely about changing location constantly but rather wants to rid of the restrictions, time and place give when it comes to their working environment.
With the objectives of developing professionally in their chosen industry and having the freedom to travel aimlessly, digital nomads practice versatility and mobility. It is necessary for them to have the ability to work anywhere in the world and to be able to transfer from one place or another. Nomads could be sipping coffee at a nearby Starbucks as they work, be in France the next day and still earn.
Finding a temporary office equipped with all the facilities an office can offer – stable internet connection to be more specific – in a foreign country is so much easier than one could imagine. As the numbers of remote workers grow, coworking spaces rose. Coworking spaces are workplaces that you can rent for temporary use. First seen in the US, the sudden boom of the market resulted to several communal areas located globally.
Reaching a middle ground between cozy coffee shop and functional office, coworking spaces offer not just coffee and internet, it comes with desks and even meeting rooms. They are membership based workplaces and some providers even allow members access to their other sites in different locations. Depending on the nature of your business, you can choose from staying in coffee shops or renting a desk in a coworking facility for a couple of days. Today’s technology allows young professional to have everything they need to work and operate right at their palms.
Digital nomads’ housing needs also differ from those of normal traveler. They often need something longer than what hotel terms offer but also need something shorter than what apartments offer. Air travels have been made easier and much cheaper as well. Their flexibility dictate cheaper costs. Though it seems like this is just a phase, experts says that they are here to stay. With such diverse community, this growing industry seems to be for everybody and yearly, more and more members of the workforce are becoming nomads.
Are you a digital nomad? Planning to be one? If you’re looking for a place to work, we can introduce you to one!
Well known for its great white sand beaches, clear blue oceans and warm hospitality – Philippines have become one of the greatest tourist destinations in Asia. But in the recent years, the country has proven itself to be so much more than the perfect vacation getaway.
In the year 2015, Philippines took over Mumbai’s position as the 2nd top ranking BPO destination in the world.
With a workforce composed of highly literate young individuals and competitive labor rates, numerous countries around the world favor the Philippines as a good destination for offshoring – one of them being, Australia.
Most Australian firms prefer the geographical time zone the country has. Cities of Perth and Western Australia have the same time zone while there is only a two hour difference to the Australian Eastern Standard Time.
The country has a large number of well-educated workforce with over 600,000 tertiary graduates. Universities and schools encourage development by providing skills that companies need, like speaking the English language fluently which caters specifically to the requirements of the BPO Industry.
And with over 100 million citizens, majority of which are young professionals, the country produces over 450,000 college graduates every year. This continuously contributes to the country’s growing talent pool. Recent studies have said that over a million of Filipinos have worked in the BPO industry and the numbers are increasing exponentially.
Another factor that led the Philippines to become one of the top BPO destinations is its lower cost. From labor rates down to office space leasing, companies save a lot due to low cost of living. The affordable pricing of course is inclusive of great services and facilities.
The economic growth brought by the BPO industry also attracts firms to the country. Experts reported a prominent increase in the revenue of BPOs in the year 2016. Strategic advisory firm Tholons have recognized the consistent growth rate of contact support, finance and accounting in the country. In addition to this, significant improvement have also been observed in crucial areas that impacts the success of businesses in a foreign setting.
In another report, the Philippines sit between Indonesia and Vietnam it terms of how easy it is to start and operate a business in an Asian country. The country’s archipelagic landscape also contributes to how diverse the local economy is – offering different benefits and various capacities to host small to large enterprises.
With numerous tourist attractions near prime locations such as beaches, hot springs, resorts and spas that are only 2 or 3 hours away – you can relax when the city bustle gets a little too much for you without having to file for an extensive leave.
So why not try having the best of both worlds? Numerous seat leasing providers and coworking spaces in the Philippines’ prime business spots like Mandaluyong City, Makati City and Ortigas Center – await you.
Though relevantly new, Coworking continues to prove that it’s not just a passing trend but an innovation about to completely change the game.
According to the first Global Coworking Survey of the year 2017, the number of spaces have increased from 1,130 to 23,800 over the last 6 six years. Consequently, the numbers of members grew from 43,000 to 1,118,000. Several experts have also predicted a steady growth for the market by the year 2020.
One factor to note is how the current workforce have changed over the years. With Millenials dominantly taking over majority of the world’s labor force, a revolution has been introduced – flexible working. This change have opened its doors to an opportunity of choosing when, where and how a person works.
The evolving workforce of freelancers and startup entrepreneurs led to the rapid success of coworking spaces. But why do startups choose this type of workspace over traditional offices? How come they’ve chosen the former over the latter when for decades, success was seen in the form of your very own office space?
Coworking Spaces offer so much more than just aesthetically pleasing desks and chairs with high-speed internet connection at an affordable rate. These vast areas are made not only to improve one’s productivity but were also meant to make work much more exciting than before.
With network being one of its benefits, it’s a no-brainer that it continuously attracts startups. Access to a wide variety of individuals than can help you gather resources as fast as possible and as affordable as you can is a huge plus. Starting up a business from a scratch is hard, just imagine doing it on your own without anyone to give you a hand.
In the year 2015, the Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC) and Emergent Research have found out that 82% of co-workers have expanded their professional networks since joining. Another 80% have also added that they turn to other members for help or guidance.
Moreover, the relationships you make with like-minded, passionate people can make meaningful connections – other else than collaborating with one another, you get to share similar experiences and dilemmas as entrepreneurs.
Another benefit to note is that several co-workers have reported an increase in their focus and productivity whilst working in these communal areas. Statistics say that 64% of the global co-workers have been able to complete tasks on time than when they were working in regular offices.
Being surrounded by like-minded individuals motivate members to reach goals and with each and every one coming from different backgrounds and industry, there’s no rivalry – no office politics.
Lastly, yet one of the most important benefit that coworking can impart to an individual is positive energy.
Several studies from the past decades have emphasized that office environment can have a heavy influence to a person’s overall happiness and with new findings presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association reporting loneliness as an even greater threat than obesity to public health, experts have raised concerns on what we can do with what they perceive as a loneliness epidemic.
A report from Deskmag.com have said that 70% of co-workers felt healthier than from when they were working in a traditional office setting. GCUC’s survey from the same year have also reported that respondents are happier, less lonely and have said that co-working even helps keep them sane.
Coworking bridges the gap between happiness and productivity by combining them into one package – a combination that is often perceived to be unachievable.
The reasons why numerous startups are making the big move from leasing traditional offices to coworking spaces go deeper than most people think. It’s not just the affordable rates or the free coffee – it’s the connections, the lessons you learn from talented individuals and the happiness in doing what you love and loving what you do.
Ready to make the same big move? Join us now!
“Survival of the fittest”
For years, we’ve lived by Charles Darwin’s words – those who adapt with the opportunities and risks presented by nature will have better chances of surviving – and we’ve applied this in various aspects in our lives.
This, of course, resulted to a culture bred by constant competition. In school, we competed against our classmates for awards. In the University, we competed with friends and in certain circumstances, we compete with a few family members. That’s why it doesn’t come as much of a surprise when we compete with our colleagues in the office.
For decades, numerous companies have created an environment wherein employees compete against one another for bonuses, promotions and even recognition. This Darwinian approach to corporate culture have always received a mixed amount of commendation and criticism.
Studies have suggested that competition can motivate a person to improve the quality of their work and help boost their creativity. In addition to that, skills like willingness to push past boundaries, trusting one’s instinct and problem solving are being developed. These are the same skills needed for innovation.
It increases productivity – igniting a fire in a workforce and motivates employees to work harder in order to keep their position – and at the same time, it helps increase overall efficiency of the firm.
Competition also helps employees identify their strengths and weaknesses. It allows them to narrow their focus on what they’re good at and concentrate on improving the areas that they are lacking. In addition to this, it pushes individuals out of their comfort zones, makes them strive harder in order to become better and allows them to break boundaries.
Despite of the numerous statistics and studies showcasing the positive effects of competition, it is also important to note that every individual’s motivation and creativity can be accessed in various ways.
Authors of the book “Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing” quoted a research that says 25% of people have a hard time under too much competition and become disengaged but 50% of employees benefit from it. All the while the remaining 25 percent are not affected by it. They also mentioned that there’s even a gender gap as well.
When the environment gets too competitive, it kills morale, causes stress and fosters petty politics and backstabbing. It narrows an individual’s cooperation among his or her coworkers. The fear and anxiety too much competition elicits can affect how a person behaves – how the competition makes a person feel dictates how they would try to win.
Though it seems like finding out a way to get the right amount of competition that could be beneficial to everyone in the enterprise is hard, it’s best to strive for the middle ground.
University of Toronto psychologist Jordan B. Peterson said that competitive games are also cooperative games. Take for example basketball; each team are competing against one another and every member of the respective teams are cooperating to win the game. At the same time, each player from both teams are competing against one another to become the best player by the end of the game.
“Cooperative Competition” suggests that by working together, each member pushes the other to be more productive and produce better output. According to the author of the book The Leadership Brain for Dummies, cooperation among one another releases brain chemicals that enhance bonding, motivation and pleasure.
And as more and more members of the workforce demand for a little less competition and a little more cooperation, a new kind of workspace have been discovered.
Made to foster a community that values collaboration and lessens internal competition, “Coworking Spaces” is a new kind of flexible workspace made to house freelancers and young professionals from all kinds of industry. With an office space setup, it opens an individual up to the chance of meeting talented people from different places without the need to compete with them.
At the end of his discussion, Dr. Peter says “And the victory that you attain across the set of all games isn’t winning all the games: it’s being invited to play.” Winning confuses us and blinds us from the truth that playing among talented members makes the game more meaningful.
Are you ready to play along and win – or lose – with everyone? Join us then!
For years, homes and garages sheltered daily operation of small businesses and freelancers. And with the surge of remote working, the trend of working from home continues to increase. Figures report that 38% of employees from different industries like management, business, and other related professions worked from the comfort of their homes – showcasing a huge leap from the recorded 19% from the year 2003.
And though numerous studies have said that having the ability to work from home every now and then helps increase productivity – not to mention lessens the stress of an individual – it comes with downsides that could easily affect the overall work performance of a person.
The idea of going to work without the long commute and having greater control on your workflow sounds like a good deal but there are certain drawbacks that one should definitely consider first.
Working at home requires a lot of self-discipline. Getting up at the right time and making sure that you make the most out of the day without giving in to the temptation of procrastination and sleeping in takes a great deal of control. Moreover, it lessens the distinction between work and personal life, making it harder for an individual to shut down focus.
And overtime, the isolation will get to you. It gets lonelier without your officemates. In addition to this, less interactions make it harder for trust to be established and for relationships to develop. Face-to-face interactions allows for learning among peers, not to mention the networking opportunities you can have in a normal workplace.
Soon enough, you’ll have an appetite for a new atmosphere and better social interaction. But where do you go when you’ve outgrown the comfort of your home? When you’re finally in dire need of social interaction aside from talking to your cat or conversing over Skype?
Unless you’ve been at home with the curtains shut closed, you probably heard about a new kind of workplace that combines the flexibility and control a home offers with the networking opportunities and social interaction a traditional office gives; Coworking Spaces.
The rookie have made itself known not only among freelancers and independent professionals but even among large scale companies. Well received for its open office setup, coworking spaces gives you the freedom to choose the office setup you think suits you best. In addition to this, it fosters collaboration among its community members.
Since the year 2012, more and more coworking spaces have been established all over the globe. According to the Global Coworking Conference Survey of the year, an estimated 12,800 coworking spaces will be available globally this year in contrast to last year’s 11,300. Experts have predicted a steady future for its market in the next three years.
Numerous studies have also discussed the several advantages co-workers get, from increased happiness and productivity to greater network and collaboration among professionals coming from different industries.
“To each his own” as they say. Each and every one of us have our own way of getting productive and with the trend of flexible working, we can now have the liberty of choosing the best environment that will be best for the interest of your business and your personal growth as a professional.
Interested? There’s a new space in Mandaluyong about to open soon!