The Reality Of Chasing After Your Dreams

The Reality Of Chasing After Your Dreams

Dearest 18-year-old me,

I know that no matter where we are right now in terms of our academic career, it’s at this age that we made the conscious decision of fully committing ourselves to our love for writing.

That though we remain to be unsure where will be in the next year or two, one thing is for sure; we will chase after the one thing we truly believe we are good at. Doesn’t matter if it meant crawling our way to it or going back to school to become truly well-versed in the field – we’ve already made a vow to ourselves that this what we want to pursue.

Not just because of the simple fact that the activity puts so much joy and contentment in our little creative hearts, but also because of the concept of earning a living without sacrificing our sanity is a romantic idea that we’d love to experience in due time.

We’ve already fallen in love with the scene of our screenplays making it to the cinemas or TV sets, the scenarios of having the book we’ve worked hard on for years, boxes of copies being distributed around nationwide and going to several book signings.

These are the highlights of the life that we hope – and pray – to achieve in time.

This is the sugar-coated, romanticized version of chasing after your heart’s desire.

The nitty-gritty and much real scene of following your dreams is this: the moment we make something out of these long lists of plans and daydreams, its picturesque landscape loses its appeal and we’re left with no choice but to see things how they actually are.

Realistically speaking, the journey to our professional dreams – dream life – is much more slow and unromantic than our minds make it to be. It is monotonous and at the worse, painful. It is undeniably exhausting, frustrating and most of all, heart breaking.

The roads we need to travel are rough. With dark corners and alleyways in every turn. Its streets are full of people whose main role either falls between helping you move forward or blocking every maneuver you make.

But admittedly, it also has its lovely moments. In-between them though are uneventful and even, painstaking ones when everything we create doesn’t seem to be enough and we convince ourselves that what we made is mediocre that we start to fight those people who are coercing you to get out of your defense mechanism. Every now and then, we receive feedback, comments and opinions that makes us question whether or not should we still continue because we may never actually make it. Nights when we force to keep ourselves awake until 3 in the morning, only to have nothing to show for the hard work we have done and days when we’re awaken by our alarm clocks to the thought that we’d rather be anywhere else than here. Mundane ones of us doing the same task over and over again – thinking to ourselves that there has got to be something more than what we have right now.

These soul-crushing flashes of seconds and all the rejection and pain that we perceive vanishes in one sliver of uplifting occasions. We feel a surge calm and contentment flood in whenever we see ourselves working on a write up inside our favorite coworking space. When we receive a phone call bearing some good news – these are the moments that help us get back up again.

They let us find the spark – that feeling that makes our hearts race and gets our blood flowing – to move forward and become better at what we do.

This is what it feels like to follow your dreams. It’s heartbreak, its pain but more than that, it’s made up of ordinary days. A lot of flatness and tedium.

Following your dreams meant finding the power in yourself to overcome the thoughts of giving up because whenever we add up the small tasks and the boring moments, we are slowly but surely going down the right road.

So keep on living in these moments. Let’s keep writing and writing until we find ourselves doing bigger things. Keep on carrying out your day job and do so with pride. Keep the people you’ve met in your coworking community close and keep on learning from them – if possible, ask for their help.

Do this every day. Do this every hour, every minute, every second. Though it may seem humdrum, exhausting, and ordinary, keep on doing it. Be dedicated to our craft no matter how uncertain things get.

Be all of this for the following days and we’ll make it through.

People First Philosophy, Designing Built Environments for People

People First Philosophy, Designing Built Environments for People

There’s a prominent trend that can be observed within the offices of companies across several industries. The same aforementioned inclination has been seen in office space providers – from your traditional private offices to the neophytes of the coworking movement.

Gone are the days when costing and high-end specifications were the main focus of both developers and designers in built environments – today, each and every one’s frame of mind is leaning into the imposition of humanistic environments.

It doesn’t really sound as surprising, frankly – with each one of us spending 90 percent of our time indoors, it’s only fitting that we spend ample time in studying the wellness of our developments. Several research and studies have shown that ‘healthier’ offices boost human productivity. From improved views, well-designed artificial lighting, increase use of daylight down to good air quality – each of the said factor contributes to the betterment of tenants.

And thought we only spend the remaining 10 percent of our time outdoors, it still carries a significant influence to what we think feel about our daily lives. The structures surrounding a built environment is as equally important as its indoor counterpart.

In lieu of discussing the kinds of materials to be used in constructing and the finishes that makes buildings aesthetically pleasing to the eyes, experts suggest that both employers and workspace providers take enough time to understand the aspects of urban spaces that has a direct effect in the physical and mental well-being of its occupants.

Human Centric Built Environments

In order to achieve progressive and productive offices, one should consciously curate them for people. Arising from the fundamental ideology that future urban living starts by creating environment-friendly, active and engaged spaces, our real estate industry has the capacity to address today’s modern challenges such as sustainability and the fortification of a sense of community and identity.

Organizations, experts and leaders of today’s industry has come to the realization that the one-size fits all approach we have grown accustom of, no longer works.

Susan Szenasy, editor of the architectural design journal, Metropoli Magazine, said in a panel last year that they have observed a grassroots movement leaning towards the comprisal of human skill and talent in creating strategies for the workplace. There is no black and white distinction on which one between fully open layouts and traditional private offices works well. Nor is there a definite ratio in combining both of them – making it more detrimental for us to go with a human centric approach.

Global design company IDEO came up with a framework known as “Design Thinking” and has been praised to be a good starting point for built environments and in creating people first headquarters. Though there are other structures present, its simplicity accentuated the concept among others. It gives both businesses and designers a look at designs from the point of view of its end user.

Thinking Process

IDEO’s concept requires you to go through a thinking process that undergoes three stages – each one containing a set of questions that serves as guidelines in designing a human-centered office.

Its first stage, inspiration, suggests observing the current landscape of the workplace. It is important to play close attention to what the end users would embrace – what works for them and what doesn’t. Draw inspiration from other organizations or even try checking out the current trends.

Visit serviced offices such as the widely popular coworking spaces and physically observe the work and cultural aspects of the phenomena that employee surveys simply can’t measure.

Ideation – the second stage – asks you to keep an open mind in generating as many ideas as possible. What layouts or designs can help aid employee productivity and happiness based on what we have observed earlier. Look at each of their distinctive pros and cons for your employees or members. Will open layouts be beneficial? Should you designate a recreational area? Keeping your occupants in mind will help you rule out ideas until you are left with one that you can implement and test.

Lastly, Implementation is its third stage. Test layouts on smaller scales ort teams and create prototype models to get feedback from your employees. By the time that you reach full implementation stage, you will now have a better idea of what they want and what works well for your business.

One example of this would be signing up a specific team to a coworking space and giving them ample time to try out its open layout and wide array of work areas. Observe this for a week and continually get feedback from them until you find the appropriate built environments for your employees.

Helping Hands: New Digital Technology Driving Start Ups to the Future

Helping Hands: New Digital Technology Driving Startups to the Future

Long before the advent of the digital age, buying something meant getting into your car and driving to the nearest store – with word of mouth as its key tool for promotions and are staffed by people who knows a handful of things about you. And the moment you move or visit to another town with a different set of shops, all the knowledge on how you consume products are gone.

But today, businesses now have the ability to keep valuable customer insights right at the tip of their fingers.

Unlike when only the big players can have access to this pool of knowledge, savvy small businesses is able to do the same things and more – now, they can actively gather the same amount of information with the aid of a wide array of digital techniques.

Defining Digital

The term digital carries several definitions, but for small and medium enterprises, the word meant coworking, cloud computing, social media, online sales, search engine optimization, social graphs, mobile technology and the power to reach out to several talents from all around the world.

Small businesses found aid in the wide array of accessible digital technology of today. Offering startups the same opportunities that used to be only available to large enterprises, companies can now garner customer data, create market offers to customers, can help transient customers feel local, and gives them the ability to encourage customers to be part of a large community within hours – instead of years.

Managing director accounting software developer Intuit, Pernille Bruun-Jensen said in an article from The Guardian that the changes in today’s industry is surely exciting him. A large majority of today’s businesses are now online – either purely (12%) or partially (58%).

Digital Technology

Amongst the large variety of modern techniques being used by several businesses across different industries, there are 3 distinct technologies that are used by many.

A big part of how SMEs are able to conduct operations online is through the onset of cloud computing – the capacity of one user to store documents and access services online instead of utilizing a software from their own computers. Surveys from last 2011 say that a third of small enterprises around the world are in the cloud, using one or more internet-based apps excluding email.

Startups are also taking advantage of social media. Bruun-Jensen says that its concept is exceptionally exciting to him and is being taken seriously by today’s industry as it is a simple and inexpensive way of meeting brand new potential customers.

45% of today’s SMEs gain success using social media and allocate twice as much of their budget as large companies do to it. Should there be the unfortunate event of falling short among your local community, you can expand your reach further, globally even, with the help of internet.

Digital technology isn’t just changing how businesses curate customer-centric products and strategies, it’s also slowly destroying the ideology of one single permanent office.  Today’s generation of young professionals can now take their work anywhere they want. Mobile phones and the internet have allowed them to work during normal hours, on weekends or even at night.

Skype, cloud-based customer management tools such as SalesForce and Nutshell has allowed companies to hire employees from almost everywhere in the world. Some businesses even run without a physical office.

Coworking has allowed startups to lease desks, private offices and even virtual offices for a cost-efficient rate. Operations can run with ease through a shared workplace that allows you to not only strengthen collaboration within your team but with several other teams or individuals as well.

SMEs flock these flexible workspaces not just for its rates and great amenities but for its immeasurable community of passionate people. Not only does it help them widen their network, it also introduces them to a large pool of creativity that can inspire innovation.

Food in the Workplace: How The Right Meals Get People Together

Food in the Workplace: How The Right Meal Get People Together

Coworking spaces nowadays put much needed emphasis on the distinctive amenities that they have — what makes them different from the hundreds of other providers. But other than aesthetically pleasing furniture and other recreational features such as pool tables and karaoke rooms, there’s another amenity that could help strengthen the sense of community of your space and could help increase productivity of your members.

Online news source AllWork.Space conducted a survey among several providers, operators, and community managers last year regarding the top favorite workplace features. And among the sea of vision boards, wellness rooms and other personal care services, food was found on top of its list.

Contributor Robert Kropp notes that serving good food is one excellent and very efficient way of bringing individuals together. It plays a significant role in our everyday lives and can contribute to our sense of well-being. Recent studies found out that 75% of workers with access to free food in the office are much happier compared to those who are not. Moreover, 90% of employees that sharing meals with coworkers helps them build stronger relationships with one another.

Enterprise leaders as well as office space providers are now considering impact of having accessible food in the workplace. Not only will it help them nurture connections and develop stronger sense of community, it aids member in improving how they manage their time. When members have access to meals, they save ample amount of time by not having the need to go out of their offices for lunch.

Making Good Food and Great Memories

Pioneers of the movement have already incorporated food into their respective spaces in the form of snack bars and inclusive cafes that serve daily supply of caffeine but experts suggest offering full meals instead of just treats.

Well-known food service company, ZeroCater, recommend preparing healthy options for members. According to a survey that they conducted among 100 employees and office managers, 65% of the aforementioned participants have said that having access to healthy meals is very or extremely important factor for them. Today’s professionals have become more health conscious more than ever with 41% of them requesting to know the ingredients of their meals and where they came from.

Shared workspaces such as coworking spaces can benefit in offering food to their members as it helps strengthen their community. Moreover, it aids members’ productivity levels by keeping them energized and involved.

Extending a Helping Hand

There’s a door of opportunity that can be opened by having accessible full meals and treats in the workplace. Operators of coworking spaces can partner up with local restaurants and food providers in their area, giving business more visibility. Providers can now help more small businesses by striking up deals with them.

Adding this extra flair of uniqueness to your coworking space could be what sets you apart from all of your competition. Moreover, it makes your community and culture all the better.

6 Trends Driving Coworking Spaces in Asian Countries Forward

6 Trends Driving Coworking Spaces in Asian Countries Forward

Commercial real estate services company Cushman & Wakefield published a report early last February discussing the current trends that are powering coworking’s growth in Asia Pacific.

In Asian countries, the shared workspaces market has undergone tremendous changes over the past couple of years and even back during the year 2015, the pace that the region was going was astounding.

Executive Producer of the coworking conference series Global Coworking Unconference Conference, Liz Alam, said in the first GCUC in China that at the rate that the movement is going in Asia, China specifically, has made coworking in the US look as if it’s in a stand still.

According to the aforementioned research, memberships are growing at a high rate than its deemed global average of 40%. Operators have become significant demand stimulus across the region as the industry leases more than 8 million square feet within the span of the last two years.

The latest study entitled “Asia Pacific Coworking Trends: Space is Now a Business Solution” cited 6 major key drivers in the APAC market.

1.) Going Corporate

Much similar to the trends in the US and Europe, large corporations in Asia are now taking over coworking spaces in the aim of attracting and retaining top talent as well as furthering their business growth.

The growing demand from these big players plays a significant role in the expansion of the movement in several Asian cities over the last two years. The memberships acquired by enterprise clients have doubled over the last 12 months. In addition to this, SMEs are also utilizing the model in developing their business.

2.) Becoming A Staple Among Developers

Developers are also starting to see the value of offering versatile spaces. Landlords and other real estate providers are embracing the movement by partnering with existing developers and giving them access to outdoor event spaces.

Though traditionally, developers would simply invest in spaces and would let coworking operators provide the design as well as technology, there are certain ones who are going down the path on their own by creating their very own brands.

3.) Innovation Hubs

Around the world, lifespan of known companies has been deteriorating over the years. The aforementioned report said that only 12% of companies have survived between the years of 1955 and 2016. Creative destruction and several market disruptions have driven them out of business due to the scarcity of dynamism and innovation that are needed to survive today’s hypercompetitive global.

And because of this, tech leaders and other conglomerates are either partnering with providers or creating their own in-house shared offices, recognizing its ability to foster innovation.

Coworking spaces allows them to work with talented developers, budding entrepreneurs, startups and other creative professionals that can aid them in building and improving business solutions.

4.) Cowork in Japan

Despite Japan’s traditional culture of running after corporate employment, things seem to be undergoing significant changes. The report predicts that the year 2018 would transform the coworking landscape in Tokyo. Japanese companies are reportedly recognizing the latent demand for shared offices.

Well-known provider WeWork has also started to enter the aforementioned market, sparking additional competition to developing operators in Asian countries.

5.) Mergers and Acquisitions

One significant factor that’s paving the road to expansion is the merging and acquisitions of several coworking operators around the world. Cushman & Wakefield says that the pioneers of the movement are uniting as well as scouting for new investors in the aim of strengthening their foothold in growing markets. The said strategy allows them to learn from well-developed models and curate brand new services.

At the same time, it’s also useful in fending off competition. Local providers are struggling to stay relevant as established operators push for aggressive expansions and is in need of backing from bigger brands. Bigger brands, on the other hand, can greatly benefit from smaller players as they can aid in guaranteeing a successful entry into a new market.

Cushman & Wakefield adds that we can expect mergers and acquisition deals to take off this year as the competition within the region heats up.

6.) Asian Countries, A New Battleground

SEA is home to a few of the world’s most versatile and fastest growing economies. The respective government support and funding that’s powering the development of startups and incubators in the regions has accordingly accelerated the evolution of coworking spaces.

A private equity firm in Vietnam has invested in creating a new share workspace; Indonesia’s Rework has received funding from ATM Capital and Jakarta’s EV Hive has joined forces with Clapham Collective. In addition to this, corporates with much influence in Bengaluru, Mumbai, Gurgaon, Hyderabad and Manila have started occupying coworking spaces.

No longer just an alternative, the movement in Asian countries has proven itself to be a business solution for companies of all sizes from across all industries. It has successfully revolutionized the real estate market with its benefits and wide array of services.

Experience what’s it like to work in Asia and join our very first coworking space.

Disrupting the Workplace Design, The Emergence of Generation Z


Today’s demographic of office workers and professionals in general is about to change.

And though the rest of the industry are still coming into terms with the changes brought upon the emerging Generation Y, the newest group, Generation Z is already looming in the distance. Its first batch of college graduates are predicted to enter the labor force by the end of this decade. Simultaneously, its predecessor will hit its peak as a major contributor to today’s working population – creating a new challenge for workplaces and employers around the world.

In order for both groups to get along with one another and in exist in the same environment, administrators – and workplace providers – need to come up with strategies that will serve the emerging needs of Generation Y and at the same time, can anticipate the demands of the coming young Generation Z

Generation Z

Undeniably, both groups share similar characteristics such as smaller family sizes, hefty dependence on online social media and portable technologies to name a few, one would assume that Generation Z would be similar to their seniors but each group have traits that differ them from one another.

Generation Z had broad traits of immediacy, confidence and tolerance. The aforementioned lot values social connection and carries with them a strong desire to rebuild institutions. These young professionals enjoy a seamless balance of both work and personal life. Moreover, they believe that their respective jobs should contribute to the greater good of society. Considered to be the ones responsible behind the trend of open layouts and shared offices, they enjoy the ambiguity and flexibility of unstructured workspaces.

They are true digital natives that have become well-versed in the art of multi-tasking than the older generations. Their entrepreneurial mindset resulted to high expectations on how employers would treat them. In addition to this, health and wellness amenities should be a must for them though it was considered as a luxury by earlier groups.

And as the group start to dominate the workplace, companies – and office space providers – will have to come up with fresh office strategies that will keep the next generation of talent, happy.

Campus Inspired

JLL’s Senior Vice President of Workplace Strategy Amanda Kross says that modern college campuses are emphasizing the importance of good connectivity and flexible space in their designs.

She adds that two big drivers behind the campus design trends today are the movement towards active learning teaching methods and the industry’s growing demand for individuals who can offer multiple disciplines to their role.

Majority of US campuses now have collaborative multi-purpose facilities complete with wifi and outlets for plugging laptops. Residence halls are also incorporating study rooms that gives students a better experience.

Senior Vice President of JLL, Dean Monnin says that both employers and office space providers should keep in mind that these budding professionals come from environments that allows them to move anytime they like. He suggests taking a good look and observation of these campus changes that can be translated into corporate offices. By doing so, leaders are future proofing their enterprises for generational change.

The Generation Z demands an effusive environment that can cater to their needs and could help maintain their overall well-being – physically, mentally and emotionally. If their employer can’t provide them with dynamic workspaces, they’ll continue their job search.

Kross adds that it’s crucial that corporates continue on observing trends and other studies that could help them build workspaces that builds community and collaboration. She further adds that the great offices of the future are ones that are similar to college campuses in terms of cultivating community.

Still, there’s no need to panic. The oldest members of the aforementioned generation are the ones who are currently entering the industry. For the meantime, companies can continue to learn and experiment with workplace strategies to attract the best recruits.

Coworking Spaces: A Playground for the Big Players

Coworking Spaces: A Playground for The Big Players

Though originally targeted towards today’s young generation of remote workers, tech start-ups and solo-preneurs, coworking spaces are expanding its reach further as they tap into the market of well-established corporations.

Experts from Deskmag Magazine says that large enterprises are expected to become members of the movement over the next following years. Highly-acclaimed providers such as Mindspace now host Microsoft and Samsung as its first corporate subscribers while Serendipity Labs provide workspaces to Amazon and multinational conglomerate General Electric.

Big players are intentionally integrating coworking into their respective business strategies. JLL’s Director of EMEA Research Karen Williamson, said in an article that corporations are running after the competitive edge that these shared offices provide them with, allowing them to gain access into new possible products and ideas that they could have never found in the premises of their own offices.

Corpoworking and Its Drivers

Defined as the combination of corporate business and coworking, Corporate Working remains true to the original concept of its predecessor. Adding certain specifications and modifications in the endeavor of meeting the prerequisites of traditional companies, it carries with it the versatility found in flexible workspaces and the community it prides itself in – making sure that the needs of both employers and employees are met.

Behind the growing trend are certain factors that are driving it into popularity. The highest on being innovation and collaboration – both of which are commonly found in strategies in establishing a ‘forward-thinking’ culture within big players and companies.

Susan Harrison of Serendipity Labs’ Sales and Enterprise Solutions noted in an article that businesses with the aforementioned factors automatically gain an advantageous position in capturing innovative opportunities. Simultaneously, start-ups also benefit from collaborating alongside them. These budding organizations appreciation the validation they get from the big players as they become a reputable provider of products and services.

Accenture’s research on harnessing the power of entrepreneurs further supports Harrison’s statement by reporting that 78% of the participating corporate executives believe that collaboration is needed in order to tap innovation.

Another obvious driving force is its corporate economic efficiency. In hindsight, the potential of decreasing overhead costs and the chance of redirecting the savings somewhere else is the main rationale of large companies. Mindspaces’ Marketing Vice President, Oded Israeli, explains that early adapters aren’t the only ones who understand the movements’ benefits. The market’s big players are now locating teams into these shared offices and are growing an appetite for its environment.

Breaking New Ground for Big Players

As the break new ground within these shared offices, they have also come up with a new use for them.

Leveraging the modern office layout that community providers take pride in, big players have made coworking spaces their new playground in terms of expanding network and testing out foreign markets.

JLL’s Williamson explains that with the movement’s short-term lease, entrepreneurs can now easily experiment with the present market overseas. They can easily travel to another country and gain access to its local trading as majority of today’s large scale providers allow members to switch locations from one city to another.

By joining a coworking organization, companies can easily become global companies.

The Makings of a Successful Home-Based Employee

The Makings of a Home-Based Employee

Once upon a certain time, almost all of us, dreamed of getting rid of that 9-to-5 office job in exchange for the opportunity to work from the comfort of our own homes. Though we enjoyed going to work, the daily commute has been admittedly taxing for most of us and if given the chance, we’d all jump the opportunity of avoiding the early wake up calls, traffic jams and occasional work politics.

It’s true that being a home-based employee – or at the very least, having the flexibility to switch from your office to your couch once a week – could easily be one of the greatest decisions one could make in their career life but it’s not just the clear majority of today’s workforce who thinks so.

Flexing Time

According to an extensive study conducted by Flexjobs and Global Workplace Analytics, the amount of professionals telecommuting has significantly increased between 2005 and 2015. All the while the number of Americans who work from their respective homes at least half of the time, grew from 1.5 million during the year 2005 to over nine million employees or 2.9% of their overall workforce in 2015

FlexJobs CEO Sara Sutton Fell says that though more companies are now allowing its teams to opt for the said work arrangement, larger enterprises are the mo st likely to offer it that SMBs. She also adds that it’s high time employers pay attention to the trend.

Further strengthening the argument that working from home can be beneficial for both parties, the report also mentions advantages businesses can get from opening themselves to it.

Survey respondents say that other than that of the real estate savings they have from full-time remote workers, another ten percent can be cut from those who would be willing to accept the opportunity to have flexible hours or home-based working schedules. Some would even go as far as forgoing health benefits or putting in more time, lessening their overheard costs.

A significant increase in productivity has also been observed in telecommuters and several other studies have supported these claims. In addition, 82 percent of the participants said that they would be more loyal to their employers if they are given the said option.

It’s not much of a surprise anymore that telecommuting is becoming more and more popular despite of it remaining to be a crucial decision that needs to be negotiated between employee and employer. Yet of course, its rise to fame came with critics revealing the harsh reality covered by its promising nature.

Veterans of the working arrangement have said it countless of times, it’s not a piece of cake. It has proven itself to countless professionals as something much more challenging than imagined.

So before jumping to the bandwagon, here are certain qualities one must possess to successfully work from their home.

Qualities of a Home-Based Employees

Both the environment present in a traditional office and someone’s home are different from one another – each one carrying a unique sort of distraction absent to the other. And if you are not used to dealing with the interruptions working from home brings, you are sure to have quite the hard time being productive.

For example, the times you would visit the pantry in your workplace would be limited between two and three – once in the morning, once during lunch and one in the afternoon – but at home, the temptation of going to your fridge every hour is strong. Another is that it becomes much harder for us to stay away from our social media accounts unlike when we’re sitting in front of our stations.

Laser focus is needed to ensure that you stay on top of things when you are working home-based. Viewing your home office as the center of an actual one could help transitioning your mindset to professional mode.

Another quality worth nothing is the ability to embrace solitude.

Telecommuting isolates you and occupies you long enough that you go through one whole day without seeing or talking to anyone. And even if you live with a friend or your family, chances are, you shut yourself away for long stretches of hours.

It is one of the most disadvantageous reality of working in your own home. It lessens your opportunity to interact with fellow colleagues – resulting to overwhelming feelings of loneliness in the long term.

Try reaching out to your coworkers via Skype or emails and when allowed, talk on the phone and discuss important matters regarding ongoing projects. The beauty of this is that you have the chance to create a balance between sequestration and companionship.

Lastly, one should be able to keep themselves motivated throughout the day. Each skill requires the willingness to success. How can you stay focused when you’re barely in the mood to get out of bed? And how can you feel less lonely when you’re not making the effort of keeping yourself occupied with the tasks you need to accomplish.

Surely, telecommuting is not as easy as it seems, but if you’re still aiming for a much more versatile way of working then maybe you could give coworking a try. The well-known movement prides itself in curating shared offices for those who want to work in an environment that is unique from the one they have in their original workplace. Mainly targeting home-based teams and freelancers, it gives them the freedom to work whenever and wherever they want – minus the isolation and the laxed ambiance that results to a less motivated professional.

It takes a lot to exercise control when handed a large amount of freedom. Hence, before making the move towards working independently, make sure that you have what it takes to success in being a home-based employee.

Three Steps to Help Accelerate Your Personal Growth

Three Steps to Help Accelerate Your Personal Growth

Each of us have once experienced a rough transition towards a new chapter of our life. When we reached our teenage years, we ventured out of our comfort zones in attempt of finding our true selves amidst the peer influence and societal pressures. As we entered college, this journey continued on. We slowly figured out what we wanted to be in the future and pursued it with great passion.

Now that we’re out in the real world, it felt like we were back to square one – each lesson we learned in school contradicting the laws of this modern jungle. Standing amidst the storm that is creating a career for ourselves and making it on our own as an independent young adult, we can’t help but feel out of control.

When we feel stuck, how do we keep moving forward on our travels?

Owning Up Your Personal Growth

The most crucial first step that we should make is to own up to everything in our life.

It’s time for us to accept that we are now in full control and that blaming anyone or anything else for the troubles we are experiencing will not get us anywhere. Making peace with this now known fact about your life accelerates your personal growth journey.

If there’s anything in your current situation that bothers or upsets you, you have full authority of taking action. Nothing – or no one else – can make you feel happier and content with what you have other than yourself.

Once you have embraced this, start identifying the certain parts or aspects of your life that you want to improve. The term personal growth is very broad and could mean improving different qualities of ourselves or skills. Write down the areas you want to ameliorate on a piece of paper or maybe at the very first page of your brand new planner.

For example, you may want to polish your communication skills and public speaking capabilities or you could master a new technical ability. The more specific you become the better.

After doing so, follow these three steps:

• Read On

A fool-proof way of both learning and enhancing an expertise is by reading about it.

Don’t just read one or two books about your chosen subject or field. Instead, collect five to ten materials and this will dramatically increase your overall knowledge of that specific discipline. Experts suggest using audiobooks such as Audible so that the time you spend commuting can be used to learn something new.

• Network and Mingle – In the Right Way

People often mistake networking as the act of finding as many experts and professionals as you can for the sole reason of “cherry picking their brain”. Majority of the entrepreneurial community have called this off, saying that one should always consider the value that they can give to the other party as well.

With that said, keep in mind that you should build meaningful relationships and friendships that are for long term. These strong connections that you make are far more valuable that the information you can pick from someone else’s mind for 10 minutes.

It’s best to join platforms such as Eventbrite or Meetup to converge with like-minded individuals as you learn about your chosen field. You can even share offices with them by joining coworking spaces. The well-known flexible workspace takes pride in curating an environment for professionals of different fields and cultivating them into community-woven offices that promotes creative collaboration.

A large number of today’s workforce is jumping into the movement in the endeavor of expanding their network as they grow their business and studies have backed this up by publishing reports stating just how happy its members have become since joining.

• Attend Events and Conferences

Participate in seminars and other live events not only for that one discipline you are focusing on but other skills as well. Use these gatherings to expand your reach further. Check if any conference is being held in your city or nearby town. You can also give boot-camps a try to get a full immersion experience.

Providers of coworking spaces also hold in-house symposium and conventions with well-known experts and sometimes its hosts are even their own members. This specific feature of the movement is another contributing factor as to why more and more solo-preneurs and freelancers are making the move.

Make the effort of attending them each year. Taking the time to truly learn is one of the best investments you can make for yourself and will surely yield high results.

Do these steps for each skill that you want to build and continuously escalate your personal growth.

The Start of Something New: 3 Tips for The Aspiring Entrepreneur

The Start of Something New: 3 Tips for The Aspiring Entrepreneur

So you’ve finally decided to follow your heart!

Congratulations! You’ve now overcome your fears and have gathered enough courage to build a career for yourself. And as you lay out everything that you need for your journey toward entrepreneurship, the first item that should be on your list is to work up an appetite to learn and do more.

Hunger is the primary ingredient of success and once you have it, the other critical qualities such as persistence and disciple will follow suit. And while having the apt know how in doing business remain to be a requirement in leading a startup, today’s competitive industry meant becoming more efficient with your research – more creative, if possible – in developing strategies.

Admittedly, though the market continuously expands, the bleak truth remains; nine out of ten startups will surely fail. These numbers were not reported with the keen intent of discouraging a budding entrepreneur but rather, was meant to push them to work smarter and harder.

With that being said, here are 3 strategies that will boost every aspiring entrepreneur needs:

Know Your Enemies

Go into battle prepared instead of blindly attacking your enemies.

Learn everything that you can about your competition and don’t just rely on the belief that constant demand will keep you in business. Newbies will have to fight for the attention of their customers as medium-sized companies have already caught the attention of their target audience and have gained their loyalty – not to mention the leading players in the field.

Though opting for a market with high demand but very little providers is a smart move, the fact still remains that in order to gather a following and make loyal consumers out of them, your brand needs to be there for them.

Frugality is Key

Several startups and businesses fail due to the lack of well-developed financial management skills. Saving money and wise spending should be your priority as an entrepreneur, not only during your first few months but throughout the rest of the year.

Upon deciding whether or not you should open up your very first office, evaluate all the available options that you have and ensure that your future workplace will be of smart investment to your business in the long run.

The industry have grown over the years, giving entrepreneurs a wider selection of versatile alternatives from the traditional headquarters. Experts highly suggest that budding businessmen take advantage of the well-known coworking space movement.

These shared offices provide startups, freelancers and other solo-preneurs work areas that are fit for their needs. Its cost-effective rates and flexible lease terms allows them lessen overhead expenses. Members can choose between private offices, desks of their own and even shared open areas. Some providers also offer the option of virtual offices for those who want to work remotely. More and more are moving into these seemingly unconventional workplaces not only for its affordable pricing but for the opportunities it offers to them

And if prudent financing isn’t your field of expertise, educate yourself to handle money with confidence or hire someone who will help you do so. Though penny-pinching is usually seen as a negative quality, it will pay off quite soon.

Communicate as a Strong Entrepreneur

Building an enterprise doesn’t happen overnight. And for it to have a strong foundation, there should be a fair amount of effort from your core employees.

Inaugurate trust between one another and treat each other the way you want to be treated. As a leader, one should be a proper example to your team by cultivating moral and ethical values within the office from day one.

After doing so, work on your communication. It helps build teamwork and creates positive work environment. Moreover, fluent correspondence between members perfuse throughout all business operations

Admittedly, being a young businessman – or businesswoman – there’s much more to learn and coming to terms with the reality that not everything will go according to our plans. Develop your existing skill set yet at the same time, adopt new ones and don’t be afraid of change. Enable each member to have professional growth as you direct your joint efforts to expanding your company.