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We all like to work in a place which provides to all of our requirements; don’t we? So, as a startup owner or an individual, how to choose a coworking space? You need to be smart while choosing your coworking space as it is going to be your workplace for certain time period and if the workplace is good; your work will turn out to be very productive.
• Location: If the office is far away, you will spend a lot of time and energy on travelling; and if it’s nearer, you can spend the saved time on working or analyzing your own work.
• The Environment: A decent light with nice coloured walls and few attractions to look at can be a peaceful and ultimately fruitful brain. So look around in the place before you pay.
• Internet connection: A fast and stable internet connection is what we all look for; check the internet connection and its stability. One wouldn’t like if mailbox requires a couple of minutes to load.
• Facilities: It’ll be perfect while you print your documents in the workplace itself while having a cup of coffee. Many coworking spaces lack documentation centres, cafeterias and even conference rooms. If one has got it all, you are good to go.
• Access: The coworking space is not truly yours if it closes in the evening. Check the time and plan your days accordingly or find a place which is open 24/7.
• Security: Security measures of a coworking space are important as you will be leaving all of your work there itself. Check the security and then select the place.
• Hidden costs: No one likes to be fooled under the name of hidden costs or T&C*. Be direct and ask about the hidden costs for the facilities like a pantry, meeting room, etc.
These are just physical aspects, if you are going to work at some place, you need to connect to yourself and that connection is very important. Few things I believe should be checked on before choosing a coworking space are here; you might have some others on the list. Share with us in the comments.
You are all living lives full of screens, conferences, emails, amusements and parties; the stress from your corporate life and personal relations is gradually ravaging the peace of mind and happiness. Stress if limited is good for productivity but controlling the stress level is very important for a healthy life and worthwhile work. Is there any way to de-stress the body and the brain and control the stress level with ease as if you are rebooting a machine? You surely can do that; the stress that stepped up can be conquered pretty comfortably if you decide and give it little time persistently.
Here is a list of solutions to de-stress yourself and take control of the stress level.
• Right Focus: You should emphasize only the things that are really important. You will notice a fall in the stress level if you look after only what really matters. Out of 10 things to do, begin with the most important one.
• Breaks: Regular breaks are a requirement of the human brain. And so, you should take regular small breaks whenever needed and think about other interesting stuff.
• Plan: If you want an output from a task, you must plan it with a strategy in mind. One doesn’t reach the destination without knowing the right directions. So always plan the day in the morning itself; it will generate less stress and you will be relaxed while working.
• Meet the Boss: Sometimes, you might get some workload and then instead of just working with all the burden, you should stop it; if you feel you’ve got extra work, see your boss and sort it out with a candid conversation.
• Rest: Brain and body both require rest and you have to take enough sleep for that. Taking enough sleep decreases stress level considerably.
• Breathing: Deep breathing is an instant solution to any stress, it relieves the stress and fills you up with energy. Meditating is another method which includes focused breathing.
• Getaway: In the hectic life, a casual and random vacation is not only helpful for stress problems but also many other problems. Just keep everything behind and enjoy yourself in nature.
Never stress yourself for things you cannot control and the best thing would be enjoying life to the fullest. Laugh as much as you can and do stuff that gives you immense happiness. Take control and do what is what you need to for a stress-free life! After all, stress is just a word!
A startup is any company in the initial stage of operations and such companies are mostly funded by their founders only. India has a great history of business, let it be trading spices, coffee or even precious diamonds. And India comes third in the world when we talk about the number of startups in a country; our nation approximately has 4200-4400 startups. The government of India supports the startups through various campaigns and programs. And the youth of the country is challenging self by diving right into the market instead of serving someone else’s business. “Start your own business and build it or someone will hire you to build theirs!”
India has a concentrated yet growing nature of startups. 66 percent of Indian startups are in three cities which are Bangalore, Delhi NCR and Mumbai on the other hand, cities like Pune, Chennai and Hyderabad are emerging rapidly. Around 75 percent of the founders are under the age of 35 which could help us say that the founders here are one of the youngest in the world. India has a good scope for startups as the nation is witnessing a firm economic growth and a stabilizing population. Some of the notable Indian startups are Flipkart, Ola, Quikr, Zomato and Paytm.
There are evenly some risks in Indian startups as a study says there are chances for 90 percent of Indian to fail because they lack innovation. This could be serious since what stated is not incorrect; if you check these startups, you will find out that many of them are repeating the ideas of others and somewhere the newness or the uniqueness is no longer there. This might be the reason behind the breakdown of startups in recent past such as Taskbob, Splitkart, Roomstonite, Shopo, Cube26 and the list goes long. Before starting a startup, you need to be self-assured with it and you have to scrutinize many other things; you can read our other blog ‘THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE STARTING A STARTUP’ for more.
One way or another, the country is at progress and the youth is pursuing own dreams instead of working for others’. The country with high population will be dominating many other zones in addition to the population
The most darling child of the internet is ‘Social Media’ which comes with numerous definitions. Social media are Internet-based services which let you share digital information in several formats and with all or selective users. Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn are some of the leading social media websites. It is more about psychology and sociology than about technology!
We may classify ourselves as introverts and extroverts but sharing is a human tendency. How one feels or one’s opinion on particular happening, they feel good sharing it and social media is all about sharing. We can share our photographs, videos, blogs, music, reviews, check-ins and the list doesn’t end. Social media brings the world together and gives us the ultimate ability to communicate with others and this makes it a success as we all at a point love to communicate with others. There rarely would be a youngster or a teenager who isn’t using any of the social media apps/websites. This media base is highly beneficial for business if one uses it wisely. Marketing at this moment is all about the stories we tell and not what we make. All the huge brands are using social media to connect with masses, give the information easily to more people and receive the feedbacks instantly. And for this reason, 91 percent of retail brands use 2 or more social media channels.
2.8 billion of total population (7.4 billion) uses social media and that’s about 38%! We are in an era where doing social media is not a choice so we are required to think on how good we can use it. Here are some more interesting facts:
• Internet users at an average have 5.5 social media accounts.
• Every second 12 new active mobile social users are added, it’d be 1 million each day.
• WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger operate 60 billion messages daily.
• Facebook has around 81 million fake profiles.
• 65.8% of USA companies use Twitter for marketing.
• YouTube comes in 76 languages.
• 90% of Instagram users are younger than 35.
• Around 3 million businesses use LinkedIn.
Social media has two faces like any other phenomenon; white and grey. It depends on the user whether to use it smartly or the other way. And in this world crowded of social media, offline is a new luxury.
It is the age where there is an entrepreneur or a leader hidden in many people among us that are seeking an opportunity for their own startup. Youngsters are loaded with ideas and they lack the energy nowhere. The smart generation is qualified and ready for all the risks but the only problem here is the lack of experience! And it is very harmful to the business and the business man’s morale as well. The business start-ups need financial investment, dedicated hard work and too much of patience. There are many things that we need consider before starting a startup.
The business always depends on an idea; the idea which is the source of your business. A unique idea will attract the attention. And so before starting the business, you have to have a clear vision of the positive and negative effects of your idea. Focusing on the forte and being careful of your own flaws will certainly help you.
Happy and satisfied customers are a sign of successful business. Every business has a set of targeted customers. Gone are the days when we had very few ways to promote the brand or business and now you can get the help of website, social media, maps and a lot more. Attracting the right customers is as important as serving them.
A startup or an established, every company needs a firm and superior core team. Be careful whom do you want to decide the future of your company. Hiring friends is a bad option as you both will get stuck between professionalism and friendship.
In the modern age competitive market, there are a lot of businesses of every type. Study and analysis of the competitors are very important as it will help you to realize your own strengths and flaws. Learn from them and work to win the race by studying others.
A sharing economy is a phenomenon where people share their assets for money. It is like a person will provide goods or services for a short or long period and will get money in return from another person. It comes in use when the person providing assets is not using them very often and those are not coming for reasonable charges.
As we humans evolved, we surrounded ourselves with the non-static business traits and then came the era of the infinite internet! The Internet changed almost everything in and around human life. Internet was so innovative that it changed communications, entertainment, news and even the trading ways! E-commerce was shaped. Web services like Amazon came letting people buy things directly from the manufacturers without the dealers resulting in a cost-effective pattern.
Humans are social animals! Sharing had been there in the history of trades. After sharing basic and complicated files internet now allows us to share materialistic things like automobile, homes, offices, appliances, etc.
• Uber and OLA came and people who do not use vehicles much prefer to hire or share the vehicle whenever needed instead of owning one.
• Airbnb came and now we stay in homes owned by people instead of the hotel or motel rooms.
• Freelancers, start-ups and travelling people are using coworking spaces instead of buying or renting an entire office.
These terms (examples) are used very casually nowadays and it tells us that this sharing economy term is not only accepted but loved by the masses. People have begun to rely on sharing economy. The reason is it comes with several benefits.
• Cost-Effective: Who does not want to save money? We all want to save money for one or another reason. Little or more the sharing economy helps you save money.
• Eco-friendly: Sharing economy allows us to share things which ultimately results in less usage of energy, resources and materials. And hence it is eco-friendly.
“What is coworking?” a frequent question nowadays. The characteristics of coworking could be found in the history of hundreds of years where people (writers, artists, etc.) used to share the place and work together which helped them as they could get instant feedbacks from other artists, learn new things and share ideas with the experts. The credits for starting this style of working are given to ‘Brad Neuberg’ who invented the word ‘coworking’ (without a hyphen) and in 2005 in San Francisco placed an idea of working in the same place like an office does but working on individual tasks (freelancers and working from home). This actually was a beginning of an era of a brave new world of working!
Coworking is a work pattern where people from various fields get together for work and work on individual tasks but in the same workplace. Now the people coming here could be individuals, freelancers, employees of some organization or even complete offices (mostly start-ups). Here the people working are paying to the coworking space which in return is offering them a desk or a cubicle, the internet, post box and other things that are expected in an office; in addition to the good, you only have to pay once for the basic things such as rent, power bill, broadband bill, taxes, etc., where on the other hand if you get a commercial place, you will have to pay for all those things differently.
Benefits of coworking spaces:
Coworking spaces provide you with a post box i.e. an official postal address which you cannot have while working from home.
Meetings rooms are available in coworking spaces which help you set client meetings and even video conferences.
Many of the coworking spaces have a cafeteria built inside; it saves the time one might waste rushing to the restaurants or having coffee breaks.
Coworking spaces sometimes have additional facilities like documentation centre and video conferences along with projection screens.
Coworking makes you invest your time on what is important i.e. your work and it saves the time one might waste while paying rents and different bills.
One gets chances to meet people in different industries and therefore can make new contacts and spend time sharing some great ideas with people.
Coworking has helped several startups to rise and serves many of the freelancers also. It surely is a great idea where we can grow in all the aspects.
When at work, one has to go through the employees or colleagues, emails, phone calls, clients, calendar and many other things while working. In this process, it is pretty natural if one loses the focus and is not able to use the brain with full productivity unless one understands the strengths and the weaknesses of own brain and work in accordance with them. Spelling things wrong, missing subtle cues are not much of the good signals. The brain is alarmed by the distractions and it reacts to them providing a lot of focus on useless things. Constant focus cannot be expected but even some time with deep focus can produce a great output.
Tips for focus:
Normally, people take the mindless task first and mostly it is the one which requires the least creativity and this results in a tired brain. Whatever we do, it needs energy and while on such tasks, the brain is completely drained out and it loses the very important focus.
For a better focus, schedule the day the other way round i.e. begin your day with the tasks that need some creativity and then go ahead for the easy tasks later on.
Without allocating appropriate time, one cannot easily achieve all the desired output and so it becomes important to allocate the best time for the most important task.
Studies have proved that nine out of every ten people do their best outside the office and the best time for focus is in the morning and late in the night. One person has that best focus for only an hour a day. We need to find that hour and then allocate the task which requires the focus in it.
Multitasking is something all people want to do and we actually do it knowingly or unknowingly. Unfortunately, multitasking makes distraction a habit to your brain by decreasing the capabilities to focus. And unwittingly we all are training our brains to be unfocused.
Keeping away all other tasks, switching off the distractions and attending one task is a way to practice concentration and this surely helps to increase the focus.
We all deserve a focused brain but we just do not try enough to it. There is a lot we can achieve with a good focused brain and so we should invest some time training the brain for a better focus.
Coworking is a pattern of working where people from different organizations and fields get in a single workplace or an office and work together and perform various activities. The startups who don’t want the troubles of making a lease contract or people travelling to the town for few days enjoy the services of this concept. Freelancers and people working from home are targeted clients of coworking spaces. Basically, it is a concept of renting desks, cubicles, etc. to people and providing them facilities like any office i.e. an internet connection, cafeteria, meeting rooms, projection screen, et al.
Coworking is not a very recent concept; C-base from Berlin which attracted hackers and is called a hacker space is said to be the first coworking space which began operating in 1995. After which many coworking spaces opened in San Francisco, Marseilles, etc. Coworking seemed something weird in the beginning and the reasoning thought of owning an entire office instead of a desk was pretty obvious. But time is the only change and the same thing happened with coworking spaces; they were accepted and preferred after which it became a recommendation.
Entrepreneurs should utilize a good coworking space until they get successful enough to have their own space. Here are some reasons for opting a coworking space:
Being a startup, you need to be consistent and also require a constant working place so that you can conquer the problems and fluctuations.
It is a place where you meet people from numerous industries. And so you get a chance to share the ideas and rid off all the misconceptions regarding the respective field.
Many coworking spaces offer a variety of interactive events where we get to interact with the experts, entrepreneurs and leaders.
A good coworking space will offer you many things for free like internet connection, post box, library, printers, etc.
Coworking spaces are usually located near business centres. This will help you attend the seminars, meetings without spending much time.
The best thing is coworking spaces give an exposure to your business and you can even have fun making new friends and worrying less about a workplace. If these points are relatable and you find it good, you should book a desk in a good coworking space because coworking has already become the big thing.
We all think of having a life where we are achieving the career goals without losing the inner peace and maintaining the balance of success and pleasure. This, the notion of perfectly emphasizing work or academic activities and the personal life which may include an individual’s passion, hobbies, health, relationships, etc. The term ‘Work-Life Balance’ was first used in The Great Britain in late 1970s to describe the balance between one’s work and personal life. It was widely accepted and got popular later on.
Mental stability or mental health can be disturbed by various reasons and one of these reasons happens to be the work stress. Work stress occurs when one loses the ‘Work-Life Balance’. The hard working people get appreciated and hence many of the employees end up putting their personal life away to achieve success. On the other hand, the ones who forget the work in order to enjoy personal life do not focus on career and fail to achieve success. In both the faces, individuals lose the ‘Work-Life Balance’ and fail to achieve the career goals or lose one’s personal life i.e. inner peace, relationships or the content of life. This is why we all should try and maintain the ‘Work-Life Balance’. Here are some tips:
• Physical health: In the busy routine of office hours, it is not possible for everyone to steal some time every day for exercise but one can try to manage working out three times a week. There are some good alternatives for the workout such as practising Yoga, cardio, bicycle riding, swimming, running etc.
• Mental health: Just like the entire body, our mind needs exercise and rest too. One can try a getaway and experience some peace as well as the chaos of the mind. While reading books, working on strengths and weaknesses and experimenting new things in life would do great. Expressing gratitude and love is a great way too.
• Avoid: One should avoid time wasting activities and time wasting people; it will save a lot of time which can be utilized for something worthy and productive.
• Lifestyle: We all have some habits; good and bad. Trying to change some things as per the need is a good option. And it is always good to maintain a time table so that you can achieve the ‘balance’.
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