It’s that time of year again, with holiday parties happening just about every other day. It seems like if you’re not attending one, you’re throwing one! After all, what better way to celebrate the approach of a new year and get excited about the holiday season? There are a lot of reasons to throw a party, and the truth is, you could throw one virtually anywhere you have space.
Collaboration. Creativity. Motivation. Flexibility. Growth.
These are the qualities any entrepreneur, start-up, or large company wants for their business. And these are the qualities a well-developed coworking space is known to inspire.
When people think of coworking, it’s sometimes only thought of as being for individuals and entrepreneurs. However, coworking spaces are prime spaces to develop team rooms in which your team can thrive no matter the size of your business.
If you’re a lawyer, it’s a sure bet you’ve heard the term “war room” before. It’s that special place where everyone on the litigation team gathers to hammer out details just before and during a courtroom trial, in a coordinated effort to present the best case possible. Though all war rooms are a little different, what doesn’t change is the fact that every war room is a high-pressure environment, with a lot going on.
It’s the central hub for the litigation team in the midst of trial and on any given day, you could walk in and see things like witness prep happening, trial rehearsals, graphic tweaks, and changes to judicial rulings in process. All geared for one goal—to win at court. A trial is high stakes, which means an effective war room has to be properly equipped so that everything can proceed smoothly.
Whether you’re looking to host a networking event or a conference, or you want to host something a little smaller, like a breakout session or an intimate meeting, proper planning is the key to making it a success. Depending on the type of event you are hosting, you may also need to consider how you will promote it.
The more people you estimate to be in attendance, the more you will have to work to get the word out and get it to run smoothly. With that said, here are some tips to help you along the way. You can use these tips as a checklist of sorts to make sure you’re covering all your bases. Feel free to skip the tasks that don’t really apply to the type of event you are hosting.
There’s no denying that finding work-life and home-life balance is a struggle for many parents. Moms and dads want to be home with their children, but also have to make space to earn a living. Thankfully, the labor market today is evolving, and there are more opportunities for accommodating work styles than ever before. Many young professionals are taking up the banner of entrepreneurship, starting their own businesses, and opting to work freelance rather than be tied to an employer.
Is there anything worse than wasting your time (and everyone else’s) at a meeting that ends up being colossally unproductive? The meeting started late; there was no clear objective or agenda; no one knew who was in charge, and ultimately… nothing was accomplished that couldn’t have been done in an email.
Meetings like this leave everyone with a slightly sour feeling and instill dread in your team around the next meeting that rolls around. Luckily, it is possible to run a meeting that accomplishes your goals, provided you go into it with a little forethought.Read More
Every successful business is backed by a strong team. A business can’t survive without one. However, strong teams don’t just happen. They are cultivated, using intentionality and purpose. One of the best ways to help a team bond and become stronger is to plan team-building activities that are outside the normative environment of “work.” While team-building events take some extra time away from work and require planning, the payoff in your business can be huge.
Not only do team building activities help break down barriers between the people that work for you, but they also help foster better communication, provide a boost of motivation, and help with employee retention.
If you have never heard of HUBZones and have no idea why you should even care, keep reading for a mini crash course. Although getting in bed with the government isn’t always a good thing, in this case, it could be beneficial for you and your business.
What is HUBZone Exactly?
HUBZone is an acronym that stands for Historically Underutilized Business Zone Initiative. It’s a program put into place by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a way to breathe life into rural and urban communities, including Indian reservations, that suffer from high unemployment rates and low incomes.
Coworking spaces have exploded in popularity over the past few years and are almost considered the new normal for most entrepreneurs. As a savvy broker, if you’re looking to make a play in the realm of startups and find the next business superstar, coworking spaces are where it’s at.
They are growing pools of entrepreneurial genius and potential, just waiting to be tapped. By creating solid relationships with up and coming clients in the early stages of their business, you position yourself as a trusted resource when that business grows. Fostering early relationships like this helps make way for more lucrative partnerships down the road.
For the savvy entrepreneur, every activity outside the four walls of their home is a networking opportunity. Coworking spaces are excellent places for connecting with others because there are so many like-minded individuals gathered in one location. It’s a great environment to chitchat, trade ideas, get feedback and recommendations, and cultivate meaningful, authentic relationships.
Think about it. You’re working. They’re working. Conversations start happening and before you know it… everyone is networking, without even realizing it. Although there’s nothing innately better or worse than traditional networking opportunities, you might find the connections you forge are just a little deeper when they happen organically. Forced relationships never go the distance.