As More Retailers Close Their Doors, Coworking Offers Unique Solution

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[Published on Coworking Insights, Oct. 31, 2019

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The mass closure of under-performing retail stores is far from over. As the “retail apocalypse” picks up speed, more closings have already taken place in 2019 than in all of 2018, with almost 6,000 stores shutting their doors.

From Payless ShoeSource announcing the closure of all 2,500 stores in North America in February to Toys “R” Us’ more recent decision to close its entire U.S. fleet, the drumbeat of retail store struggles is loud—and showing no signs of quieting down.

It’s now sadly common to see large-scale retail vacancies in American cities and suburbs alike. Once-popular U.S. retailers like Gap, Macy’s, J.C. Penney, Forever 21, Charlotte Russe, Sears, J.Crew, David’s Bridal, and Guitar Center have all closed a significant number of stores, which has led to many malls looking more like ghost-towns than fashion hubs.

Though e-commerce has disrupted the role that brick-and-mortar stores play in customers’ lives, many retailers have started looking to the flexible office industry as a solution to their costly real estate contracts.

THE MERGING OF RETAIL AND COWORKING

Luckily, the retail sector can take comfort in the fact that its vacant spaces are greatly appealing to coworking space developers.

In a study about the future of retail, real estate firm JLL confirmed that coworking space in malls, street-front locations, and other retail properties will grow at an annual rate of 25% through 2023, reaching around 3.4 million square feet. (Note: This 3.4 million square feet is a small fraction of the 60 million square feet of coworking space currently available in conventional offices across the U.S.)

“The current retail market is pushing landlords to find new ways to invigorate their space with alternative tenants, including coworking spaces,” according to Holly Rome, Director of Retail Leasing, JLL. “Setting up a coworking space in a retail property provides workers a fun, yet functional space with great accessibility, ample parking, and value-add amenities like personal services, shopping, and food options. On the flip-side these tenants bring in daily traffic and have a stable master lease that’s typically five to 10 years.”

Already, a number of retail owners and coworking operators have partnered together to provide shared offices in storefront locations.

One example of this is mall owner Macerich’s partnership with coworking space operator Industrious, which was announced in August 2018. The partnership, which turns unused retail locations into coworking spaces, officially opening its first Industrious-managed coworking space inside of a Macerich mall in January 2019.

The space, which opened inside of Scottsdale’s Fashion Square in Arizona, has proven to be a viable — and lucrative — solution, offering members access to top-tier dining, shopping, and entertainment after a day of coworking. In this kind of retail-based space, members are able to pop into Shake Shack for lunch or fulfill an online order at an Amazon kiosk without taking too much time away from their desk.

“Our settings deliver top-tier, built-in amenities for today’s professionals, which is why a partnership with experience-focused Industrious makes so much sense,” said Arthur M. Coppola, CEO of Macerich.

These hybrid spaces in shopping malls are not just appearing in the U.S., however. Mindshare in Toronto’s suburb of Mississauga is housed within a shopping center; HUBBA-TO in Bangkok is located on the third floor of the Habito Mall; and Cre8 in Jakarta is in the popular PIK Avenue shopping mall in Indonesia—to name a few!

THE ADVENT OF RETAIL ‘INCUBATORS’

It is this same experience-driven philosophy that is leading retailers to search for ways to reinvigorate their properties in a manner that better engages today’s customers.

In some vacant locations, mall operators are opening up their real estate to retail and technology startups as incubation space.

At New Jersey’s Cherry Hill Mall, several e-commerce startups occupy 11,000 square feet of vacant space near anchor tenant Nordstrom. These startups are not only able to test their concepts before establishing pop-up shops, but it also gives customers a fun, new reason to visit the mall.

Chicago’s Water Tower Place plans to launch a similar 15,000-square-foot venture known as ‘Cowork at the Mall’ in what was once a Sports Authority store. Additionally, Simon Property Group—the largest mall operator in the U.S.—is working to develop a nationwide retail incubation program for a number of its properties.

These incubators offer fledgling companies the opportunity to work alongside experienced operators and network with already-established brands. Plus, they can help to restore much-needed foot traffic in malls, proving to be a mutually beneficial relationship for both retailers and coworking operators.

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Cowork With a View: Work & Co’s Mobile Office Pod

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[Published on Coworker Mag, Jan. 10, 2020

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With the intent to provide a platform that prioritizes business growth and member engagement, Julien Verspieren created Work & Co in March 2016, a versatile & innovative coworking space in Cape Town, South Africa.

Work & Co offers a wide variety of private and shared office spaces as well as meeting rooms, which all showcase beautiful, uninterrupted views of Cape Town. Robyn Macgregor, front of house at Work & Co, said the stylish, tech-advanced, and fully operational office space is mostly made up of small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs), freelancers, entrepreneurs, and like-minded thinkers, which makes for a progressive work environment.

“The facilities available at Work & Co (including high-speed Internet, bottomless tea and coffee, meeting rooms, our NOVA: Mobile Office Pod, onsite IT support, fingerprint access and CCTV, full-time reception assistance, couriers, networking socials and events, printing, and scanning) are offered to every Work & Co member regardless of the specific membership-package they choose,” said Macgregor.

In particular, the NOVA: Mobile Office Pod is one facility that coworkers just can’t get anywhere else. This solar-powered, co-office on wheels raises the bar for other coworking spaces, which typically operate from a fixed location.

Developing the idea for NOVA Pod

Designed and created in 2017 and officially launched in February 2018, the idea behind NOVA was to create a fully functional, receptive space equipped with all the essentials for a productive day of coworking.

NOVA was created after the founders saw a need for an alternative space for conducting meetings; now, it’s an example of the innovations being forged in “out-of-office” workspaces, much like coliving spaces that are located on the beach.

Developed from a flatbed trailer, NOVA measures to two-and-a-half meters wide and five meters long.

Design elements of NOVA Pod

NOVA can comfortably seat up to six people on its emerald green couch around a beautiful, marble-top table, providing the perfect setting for meeting with partners and potential investors.

This mobile coworking space is also fully-equipped with fast Wi-Fi, plug points, a smart Apple TV and printer, running water, bathroom facilities, a mini-fridge and Nespresso machine — all powered by eco-friendly solar panels.

The exterior of NOVA was created by graphic designer Chris Moore, including the pattern on the outside of the pod, the brand assets, and the customer station, which all match the interior’s design aesthetic.

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Top 10 Coworking Spaces for Startups

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[Published on Coworker Mag, Nov. 25, 2019

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While some startups originate in a founder’s living room or even in their garage, others prefer getting their start in an environment that can accelerate their growth straightaway with the right resources, tools, and community backing. Enter the startup coworking space: a perfect workspace for fledgling companies hoping to get off the ground—and fast.

Some of the biggest companies today first began as a coworking startup—like Uber, for example, which operated out of RocketSpace in San Francisco when the company was co-founded in 2011 with a team of eight entrepreneurs. (Fun fact: Spotify was also born out of the same RocketSpace!)

Not only do startups find coworking space to be a more affordable option than a traditional office lease, but many founders find it valuable to have a dedicated business startup office space to meet and network with other companies, talented freelancers, and clients.

Plus, a growing number of startup coworking spaces are actually geared toward budding startup teams, offering incubator services and funding opportunities, as well as legal and professional guidance.

So, what’s the best startup coworking space for your early-stage team? Here are Coworker’s top 10 coworking spaces for startups.

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1) 1871 Chicago

First on the list is 1871 Chicago, a startup coworking space named for the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Like the fire, 1871 serves as a catalytic and transformative part of our city’s history with a mission of enabling startups to access the space, resources, and education needed to grow.

Occupying 120,000 square feet of space in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, 1871 is a popular coworking space as well as a startup incubator that’s home to 400 startups. Whether just starting out or expanding rapidly, startups can readily find a network of like-minded entrepreneurs and tech companies at 1871 who are similarly looking to build extraordinary businesses.

Moreover, this coworking space hosts events geared specifically for digital entrepreneurs. Most recently, 1871 launched a new initiative called PYROS, which provides members with multi-stage, tailored resources, tools, mentors, workshops, curriculum, and peer groups based on their startups’ business development needs. If your startup is in need of some serious incubation, 1871 is the place to hatch.

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2) Avila Spaces, Lisbon

It’s no secret that Lisbon has become a hub for budding startups, with a significant number of major companies relocating to the Portuguese capital and one of the world’s largest tech conferences — Web Summit — taking place in Lisbon each year.

By offering affordable, cheap office space for startups, Lisbon is home to some true disruptors, many of which call Avila Spaces home. Located in the heart of Lisbon, Avila Spaces is a prime location for emerging startups, offering a unique partnership service for members that includes support in the following areas: accounting services, company registration, patent and trademarking, billing services, and information technology.

No matter their current stage of growth, startups can rest assured that Avila Spaces will offer the support they need to reach that next level and find success. Voted as the best coworking space in Lisbon in Coworker’s 2019 Members’ Choice Awards, Avila Spaces is the go-to startup coworking space for teams looking to create powerful, lasting synergies.

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3) Plexal, London

Located in what was formerly the media center for the 2012 London Olympics, Plexal is the beating heart of inventive enterprises and innovation. This east London workspace was designed to resemble a mini-city, including its very own indoor park, private phone booths, “high street,” town hall, and workshop space for rapid prototyping (which is fully stocked with 3D printers and scanners).

With such a wide range of entrepreneurial amenities and resources, Plexal is the the perfect shared office space for startups. Occupying a whopping 1.2 million square feet, this coworking space is really a full-fledged campus, giving startups plenty of room to (literally) grow in addition to offering a full range of services, such as accelerator programs, basic entrepreneurship courses, financing options, and a state-of-the-art technology lab. Plus, Plexal offers startups flexible memberships that include access to a private office, plus all of the support they need to scale. (What more could a startup need!?)

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How the Suburbinization of Coworking Spaces Stands to Benefit Local Economies

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[Published on Coworking Insights, Nov. 19, 2019

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It’s no secret that today’s employees are growing tired of the traditional ways of working. Spending too much time commuting and paying expensive metropolitan prices for rent are seen as major burdens, leading workers to seek employment with companies that offer remote flexibility.

As a result, working from an office that is close to home is increasingly appealing, and as doing so becomes more common, local economies stand to benefit from this ‘suburbinization’ of coworking.

In partnership with market research firm Development Economics, Regus’ recently-released study aimed to identify the socio-economic benefits for local economies of the development of flexible office space in secondary towns and cities and in suburban locations.

“Our hypothesis for this report is that we’re witnessing a wholesale transformation of the way we work,” said Mark Dixon, founder of Regus. “This transformation is characterized by decentralization, as workplaces move from the large global cities to what we’re calling ‘outer-city’ locations: smaller cities, towns, and suburban locations.”

What’s perhaps most interesting is that it is not just freelancers and entrepreneurs paving the way for this transformation.

Rather, the world’s largest companies are the main drivers behind the suburbinization of the flexible workspace market. In recent months, major enterprises have begun to implement new remote work policies, establishing flexible ‘helicopter’ locations in smaller towns outside of their major metropolitan headquarters in an effort to improve employee well-being and save on real estate costs.

Regus’ report found that this new trend will not only unlock unprecedented value for employees, but also for local economies, small businesses, and the environment.

“With people working locally, local amenities and retail outlets will receive a boost and new jobs will be created to service a national network of workspaces,” said Dixon. “People will save hours from their commutes, improving their work/life balance while making them more productive and healthier. And with travel reduced, carbon emissions will fall and cities will see far less congestion. Meanwhile, local communities will thrive as investment floods in for new infrastructure and facilities.”

TAKING A CLOSER LOOK AT THE DATA

By examining the impact of more ‘outer-city’ coworking spaces, Regus’ report provides special insight into the total benefits that will accrue by 2029 if this trend in suburbinization continues.

According to the report’s findings, there are four main benefits associated with the establishment of flexible workspaces in smaller towns or cities, including:

1. New job creation

On average, 218 new jobs are created with each new flexible workspace. Of this total, 121 jobs would be locally based.

2. Value creation

An astounding $16.47 million per annum of Gross Value Add is created by ‘outer-city’ workspaces, of which $9.62 million would be retained by local economies.

3. Time savings

Each year, employees based at flexible workspaces can save 7,416 hours that they would otherwise spend commuting.

4. Carbon savings

A new ‘outer-city’ workspace can save 118 metric tons of CO2 every year, reducing a significant amount of carbon emissions.

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How to Start Networking as a Freelance Writer

 

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[Published on Grammarly’s blog, Oct. 8, 2018

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Your freelance kingdom will come if only you have the connections, right?

Yes—and no.

A steady stream of people willing to connect you to projects is a key factor in launching a successful freelance career. But another factor that’s often overlooked is building that steady stream from the ground up.

While it might seem like we’re networking all the time—from sending emails by day to scrolling through social media at night—building the right network is an entirely different story. And for freelance writers, it is the most important story in your career.

Chances are, you probably stumbled upon a writing gig that an old college professor or a family friend asked you to do as a favor. You then realized that freelance writing is a viable career path and your entrepreneurial mindset kicked in. You thought, “I can do this myself!”

Great! But where do you begin?

No matter your level of experience, you can network the right way. By utilizing this two-step outreach strategy, you can network and pitch your freelance writing services in a way that solidifies a steady stream of clients (and cash).

Technique #1: Get Physical

Online outreach is important, and you definitely want to develop a web presence that shows off your skills. But what’s just as important to finding and securing a reliable network of clients is to meet people in person.

Take advantage of in-person networking opportunities where you can relate to people, share your story, and connect on a personal level. People place high value on face-to-face communication and will remember you—if you’re memorable.

Follow up with people you meet and be inventive in your approach. Not everyone will respond, but others could become long-term clients.

Good news: there are tons of networking events. If you live in a major metropolitan city or suburb, start with your Chamber of Commerce. You can also attend a visitor’s bureau meeting or a local convention and hand out your business card. Traditional, we know, but it works.

“Meeting other young professionals has fueled my creativity and propelled my freelancing on a number of projects,” said Haleigh Ehmsen, a writer based in South Bend, IN. “From technology to youth development, networking can supply jobs you never imagined you’d write about.”

If you’re feeling uninspired by the thought of a young-professional college fair, there are also sites like Alignable, Eventbrite, Meetup, and of course LinkedIn and Facebook, which all post regular events that are teeming with pitching opportunities. Never underestimate the power of a handshake, especially when it comes time for referrals.

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How to Speak Up and Find Your Voice in Meetings

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[Published on Grammarly’s blog, Aug. 3, 2018

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Meetings are like going to the dentist. Nobody really enjoys being there listening to the facilitator gibber-gabber like an adult in a Charlie Brown special.

The nightmare setup looks something like this . . .

You are the last one to walk into the companywide meeting on Monday morning. There are no donuts left. The only open seat is next to your boss. The atmosphere is, somehow, already tense—and you’ve forgotten to bring your report.

What’s worse: this meeting or having a cavity filled?

Okay, so maybe meetings aren’t always that bad. But they aren’t always the easiest place to express your opinions, either. If you’ve ever felt self-conscious speaking up in a meeting, you aren’t alone.

Meetings are the most common workplace setting where people are rendered speechless by nerves. But don’t write yourself off as an introvert just yet. Even people who regularly voice their concerns can struggle with being ignored or overpowered by bigger players in the meeting room.

Here’s a tip: Grammarly runs on powerful algorithms developed by the world’s leading linguists, and it can save you from misspellings, hundreds of types of grammatical and punctuation mistakes, and words that are spelled right but used in the wrong context. Learn More

With these tips, you can learn to articulate your thoughts and convey your ideas, no matter the meeting’s situation.

Master Your Meeting Prep

Once you have the meeting’s agenda, find something on it that you can speak confidently and passionately about. If you have a budding opinion about one of the agenda items, develop it into an insightful, practical statement. This way, you’ll feel more self-assured going into the meeting. Strive to put a new idea out there first.

If you’re absolutely stumped going into a meeting—well, first, maybe you shouldn’t be there. Second, you can offer one of these three typical meeting-style responses as you partake:

  • Ask a question
  • Repeat what’s been said in your own words
  • Comment on what you’ve heard

Armed with a prepared response, you should arrive five to ten minutes before the meeting kicks off. Make small talk, find a seat, and settle in. You’ll be more comfortable with your own voice if you are comfortable in your surroundings. Once you’ve already spoken with people in the room, you’ll be more likely to speak up again.

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5 Steps to Writing Better Content, Faster

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[Published on Grammarly’s blog, July 6, 2018

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Here you are, reading an article about writing better. Is it safe to assume that you’re procrastinating about writing right now?

That’s okay—we aren’t here to scold you like your English teacher might. We’ve all been there. Your essay, blog post, or your press release, or whatever it is that you’re currently writing will get done.

How?

By following this step-by-step guide, you can breathe new life into your writing and check off your task in no time.

Let’s begin!

Step 1: To Begin is to Succeed

There’s nothing worse than staring at a blank document on your screen.

But think how easy it is to conquer that blank page. All you have to do is type one simple sentence.

This maxim, “To begin is to succeed,” can be applied to every single writing project you take on. While the first sentence you create might not survive your editing process, it’s a start. Before you know it, that first sentence will grow into three, and then into whole paragraphs, and then to a full page.

Keep in mind that your understanding of the task may be crippling your motivation. You’ll be more likely to procrastinate if the project seems ambiguous, unstructured, lacking in personal meaning, or without any intrinsic value.

Determine if these or any other triggers might be inhibiting your creative process. Is the task disorganized? Work with your editor or client to gain a clearer understanding. With a revitalized set of expectations, you can begin on your path to success.

Step 2: Gather a Team of Helpers

If you’re dreading that paper you have to write, call on a support team. No, not your Facebook friends. Build up a stockpile of both online and interpersonal supports that can be conduits of inspiration or, at least, encouragement.

These resources will keep you on task and alleviate pressure to finish entirely on your own:

  • Hubspot’s Blog Ideas Generator – This will give you a range of catchy blog titles based on 3 nouns/subjects.
  • The Grammarly Editor – Our free editing software offers you a second set of eyes to help catch errors and improve the effectiveness of your writing.
  • Coach.me Digital Coaching – This useful tool has a dedicated track for writers, giving you a digital coach who will hold you accountable to write each day.

There’s nothing wrong with using a sentence generator to spark a creative piece or relying on a friend to give feedback on the final product. Use technology and your network to your advantage.

Step 3: Break Down the Greater Goal into Small Tasks

Writing a 4,000-word summary of a book can seem intimidating. But does writing four 1,000-word sections sound as bad?

Breaking down your greater goal into smaller, more manageable tasks will make it much easier to get the job done.

Take, for example, the freelancing platform, Upwork. When writers accept a large, daunting task—like copyediting a full-length manuscript—they can choose to complete the task all at once or in “milestones.”

Next time you’re slow to write, try splitting up your task into milestones. Write four hundred words per day. Or, write for one hour every morning from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 a.m. Trust us: you’ll feel proud of yourself for checking off a task each day.

Step 4: Get Rid of What’s Distracting You

At any given moment, you face a whole slew of distractions: a new email, a text message, or a Snapchat from a friend. It’s hard to ignore notifications—so hard, in fact, that researchers have found a connection between procrastination and internet use with an inability to ‘create flow’ or feel absorbed in tasks.

If you find yourself constantly distracted while you write, try using one of these tools to stay focused:

  • Procraster – Ever wondered why you’re putting something off? Procraster gets to the psychological root of your distraction.
  • Freedom – This app allows you to block any apps or websites that interfere with your writing.
  • SelfControl – A more intense version of Freedom, this app lets you block anything that distracts you for a set period of time. You won’t be able to access what you’ve blocked until that time’s up—even if you disable the app.
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Tips for Monetizing Your Travel Blog

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[Published on Coworker.com’s blog on March 26, 2018.

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f you’re reading this, you probably love to travel. With the ever-growing digital nomad population taking over the entrepreneurial sphere, people around the globe are increasingly able to work remotely which directly translates to more travel time. Since more employees are working remotely than ever before, it only makes sense that more people are becoming nomads and turning to travel to make the most of their careers.

With so many unique places to explore and coworking spaces to work from, traveling while still being a dedicated employee or entrepreneur is simple. All you have to do is pick a destination, and the rest comes easy. Oftentimes, traveling inspires a desire to share your experiences, photos, memories, and videos with your family and friends back home. This desire leads many digitals nomads to one thing: creating a travel blog.

Having a travel blog that showcases your favorite destinations and travel stories is a great way to reflect on the opportunities you’ve had. And, depending on your network, a travel blog can help you to connect with other like-minded individuals who are willing to go along on your journey with you. Blogging allows you to self-design a storehouse of your travel memories while sharing your insights and all that you’ve learned.

But what if I told you that you can also use your travel blog to make money?

That’s right. Once you have your blog set up and traffic coming your way, you can actually monetize your blog.

By now, you’ve probably heard of bloggers who make a good amount of money from their posts and use their following to assemble an impressive passive income. These bloggers have discovered the secrets of monetization, utilizing marketing skills to reach a target market and grow their audiences.

But even if you aren’t an expert in marketing and haven’t grown a blog following before, you can still begin monetizing your travel blog. Follow these simple tips and before long, you can use your blog to generate additional income.

Tip #1: Affiliate Marketing

One of the most popular ways to monetize blogs is to integrate techniques of affiliate marketing. This means offering or promoting links to another business’s product or service through their affiliate program. When someone from your blog clicks on the link and makes a purchase, you then receive a percentage of the cost (and thereby, income!)

When choosing an affiliate program to add to your travel blog, you will want to make sure that you are promoting products/services relevant to your target audience. Trying to sell travel-junkies something like a weekly food delivery service or dentistry package will not be appealing, and will reflect badly on you. Readers don’t want to feel like they are being scammed, especially when they are primarily visiting your blog to enjoy your travel insights.

There are many popular affiliate programs to test out—just be sure that you are upfront with your readers when promoting the program. Some of the most popular programs for small and medium-sized blogs include:

  • LinkShare
  • Commission Junction
  • ShareASale
  • Amazon Associates
  • Google Affiliate Network
  • ClickBank

You can also ask entrepreneurs in your network for affiliate opportunities to promote their product or service. Sometimes, smaller businesses will be more willing to draw up an affiliate program with smaller blogs. As long as you have a solid following, having affiliate links can lead to a surprising income for you.

However, while this is a successful method in most cases, it should not be the foundation of your monetization strategy. You should never depend on affiliate links to make readers interested in your brand. Rather, you are ultimately in charge of building your travel blog and your income—and you shouldn’t focus on sending your visitors off to some other website.

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Why Collaboration is Good for the Soul

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At Coworker.com, we value collaboration above almost every other characteristic of a working environment. In our dynamic, diverse world, there is a greater need for new attitudes towards the way employees work together.

As more people work remotely and turn to a digital nomad lifestyle, the ‘sharing economy’ is altering the way we do business. Now, social innovation is making more businesses consider the advantages of providing collaborative settings for the sake of productivity. By allowing professionals to collaborate all day long, business owners are realizing the value of constantly sharing ideas and of having a workplace that is both social and interactive.

But collaboration isn’t only good for business productivity—it’s also great for the soul.

There are many benefits of collaboration for the individual. It is undeniable that working in a collaborative setting boosts your ability to think-outside-the-box and to see projects from different perspectives. Just ask any of our digital nomads who spend time at coworking spaces around the world—collaboration is key to creativity, efficiency and, ultimately, fun.

Beyond what collaboration does for your work ethic, it is also extremely important to growing as an individual. On an emotional level, being in a collaborative setting allows you to ask constructive questions: how do the people around me feel about their work? What can I learn from these people? What can I gain from listening to their advice and experiences?

Once you consider these types of questions, you will undoubtedly learn more about your own work ethic, personality and goals. There is nothing quite as rewarding as hearing about another’s mishaps and mistakes, and learning from them so that you can focus on doing things right.
Sharing our stories with one another is one of the most powerful tools we have for growth, understanding and empathy. Use your stories, and see how collaboration can positively affect your personal journey.

By engaging in a collaborative setting like a coworking space, you can strengthen your soul in the following ways:

  • Self-awareness

Being self-aware can be challenging when you are working on remote projects or growing a business. In some cases, you can be overly self-aware and lead yourself down a barren rabbit hole. Collaboration will help you distill your best qualities and articulate what you need to accomplish more transparently. Being honest about your weaknesses (and your strengths!) will force you to seek help where you need it and to determine how you can also help others.

  • Taking the long view

When you are working project-to-project, it can be hard to plan long-term goals. If your current collaboration isn’t generating the results you had hoped for, try to see beyond the present moment. Sometimes, collaboration may not be conducive to a project’s success, but this doesn’t mean you should never attempt it again in the future. All partnerships and collaborations are salvageable, even if they don’t work out as first. Taking the long view of how leveraging differences can actually turn into meaningful work is a great way to strengthen the soul. Plus, you can always appreciate the opportunity as one that helps to grow your network.

  • Learn, learn, learn

Some of the most successful people in the world see every situation as a learning opportunity. Here’s a theory to consider: There’s no winning or losing; there is only winning and learning. If you keep this in mind, collaboration will always be valuable. Entrepreneurs are almost always seeking new information and knowledge, making coworking spaces a wonderful place for shared learning. By learning something new every day through collaboration, you will grow as an individual.

To collaborate most successfully, you should always strive to let your ego take the back seat. Listening—and truly hearing what other people say—will allow your soul to grow. Simply being present and sharing your thoughts and ideas will prove to be much more rewarding than working on your own.

Next time you are in a coworking space, take out your headphones, turn down your music and seek out the opinions of others. Always remember that a simple conversation can lead to a successful collaboration—and so much more.

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How to Write Effectively for Your Business

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[Published on Coworker.com’s blog on February 28, 2017

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We all want to sound brilliant when we write. When we think of good writing, many of us will usually consider “using big words” to be a key part of an impressive review or article. We may think that long, developed sentences teeming with thoughtful adjectives and adverbs actually makes for more appealing writing.

In reality, this isn’t the case.

A recent study in psychology sheds light on the truth about writing: to sound smart and be an effective writer, we must stop trying so hard. Using complicated words that might not be understood by people in every context will do nothing but prevent your work from being understood. A relevant idea that is delivered in a clear and direct way is 100 times more pertinent to readers—and more importantly, it will be remembered.

Why Grammar Matters

No matter what industry you’re in, chances are that you will have to use writing in your job. Whether you are writing something as small as a survey response or a well-developed analysis like a research article, it is crucial that your writing reflects an intelligent use of language. Otherwise, bad writing can have many negative effects on your career, from jumbling your business goals to ruining collaboration with your coworkers or customers.

According to Time Magazine, professionals who received one to four promotions in a 10-year period made 45% more grammatical errors then other professionals who were promoted six to nine times. For people looking to triumph at work, this statistic showcases just how critical it is to develop a concise, dependable voice. In combination with other factors, strong writing has a direct effect on your success.

After all, the power of words is an extremely useful tool in this day and age when so much of the information we receive is read online. If you are hoping to advance your writing skills fast, here are some tips for writing more effectively:

Be An Authority

Nothing exposes bad writing quite like a lack of authority. If you’re writing about something for the first time, you must do the research. Many people dread doing excessive amounts of research, as the payoff may not always be tangible at first. The key is to read widely and take plenty of notes, which will help your writing voice grow mature and become more influential. Otherwise, you’ll end up repeating yourself over and over again, and your statements will slowly start to lose conviction.

Becoming an authority on your subject will also make writing easier and faster. Before long, your words will thread seamlessly together. Try your best to commit to learning as much as you possibly can. The resources are right there at your fingertips and you should use them in order to cultivate your content in a way that makes sense.

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