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To Increase Your Productivity - Understand the Way Your Brain is Wired First

If you happen to be a chronic procrastinator, even the top strategies for better time management will only help so much. Researchers have recently discovered a surprising, emotional component that goes far beyond simply preferring to put things off. Understanding how your brain works and then mitigating the factors that are working against you, could be key to getting more things done and to leading a more positive, proactive and fulfilling life.

Procrastination May Not Be A Sign Of Laziness Or Poor Self-Discipline

Surprisingly, most procrastination is largely driven by anxiety. People who tend to procrastinate are usually subjected to intense feelings of stress and anxiety as deadlines draw near and pressure starts to mount.

 

Although these negative emotions are commonly believed to be the result of having put things off for too long, they are usually the catalyst or trigger that has caused the procrastination in the first place. In short, procrastination is as much caused by extreme anxiety as it is likely to create it. The key to resolving the tendency to put things off therefore lies in mitigating the moods or emotions that present themselves when a major problem must be tackled.

Strategies For Mitigating Anxiety Induced Procrastination

No one enjoys feeling stressed out and anxious, but many people still feel unmotivated and unable to move without it. As result, while they don't enjoy feeling anxious, these individuals know that stress is generally what prompts them to get things done. If they don't have enough anxiety and stress at the outset of a project, they will unconsciously begin creating the very emotional conditions that are necessary for getting them into gear. People who live under anxiety, pressure and stress or who have a hard time functioning without these, are also more likely to adopt maladaptive behaviors that further prevent them from making positive and lasting corrections in their general life habits.

In certain instances, simply charging headfirst into a project that causes anxiety is an effective way to make this overwhelming emotion abate, without having to delay action until an actual deadline is looming.

The more that people push themselves to work towards their goals, the less anxious they will invariably feel. In other instances, however, moving beyond the need for anxiety and the unconscious tendency to create it could require behavioral therapy.

Connecting With Your Future Self


Well-organized, well-planned individuals who maintain good time management skills, may have something that chronic procrastinators do not. This is a clear sense of connection with their future selves. These individuals recognize that what they accomplish today will have a clear benefit on the lives further down the road. Procrastinators often lack this same sense of connection and this in turn makes it hard to work for the benefit of their futures until their future deadlines are actually upon them. In this case, the surest form of remedy is to consult with a licensed therapist who can assist in establishing this important connection and a greater sense of self-preservation.

Ultimately, there are very few instances in which chronic procrastination is the result of laziness, stupidity or any other negative attributes. This negative life habit is often founded entirely in anxiety or in an inability to connect what is happening today with how one's life will be in the future.

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What Are the Best Tools to Manage a Remote Team?

We live in a world where technology has evolved to the point where the walls that once defined our work spaces have been replaced by a simple laptop and an internet connection. 

And though ideal in many ways, remote work has several challenges, especially when it comes to managing a remote team. How to measure performance and ensure that all tasks are done can be a little bit overwhelming, luckily there are some great tools out there that can help:  

 

Project Management Tools

- Basecamp

This is the ultimate tool for organizing all of your task objectives in one convenient place. Basecamp provides the functionality to assign tasks, add projects, and engage in discussions with remote employees. This is an excellent project managment tool that will ensure that your remote team is always connected with you. Basecamp offers a completely free 45 day trial and then a minimum fee of $20 per month. Twenty bucks will be an investment well spent, since it will help you save many valuable hours otherwise spent in assigning tasks via email. 

- Yammer

This tool is almost like your own private social network. Imagine if Mark Zuckerberg built your team their own personal Facebook to increase productivity! Yammer allows you to collaborate, share files, and connect with customers. They have a free option as well as upgraded features for $5 a month per user. You have to see it to believe it.

- Trello

This is a unique pm tool because it allows you to break all of your projects down into boards. They also have options for allowing access to clients so they can track progress as well. Trello has a feature where you can turn your projects into fun and exciting internal competitions! They have free as well as business and enterprise pricing options.

Tools for File Sharing

- YouSendIt


With this program you are able to sync files and share them in the cloud. It makes sharing complete folders with others a breeze. There is no size limits for sending files and the program even supports online signatures for document signing. If you stay within the parameters YouSendIt outlines it is all free. If you need more than what is provided, they have paid options as well. What could be more convenient?

- Google Docs

Google Docs is a free resource for storing and sharing all of your team's files in one place. It eliminates the needs to email files or use any other tool. Team members can scroll through and find documents easily. All for a price that is difficult to beat: absolutely free! Two or more participants can work on a document from different locations, hence why it is better for remote teams compared to Microsoft Office.

Tools for Communication

Google Hangouts

If you have a Google+ account then Google Hangouts is a completely free way to easily connect with your remote workers throughout the day. They have a 10 person video chat feature that is very similar to Skype. It is a very good option when you are remotely managing a small team. Google really does think of everything.

- Hall

Hall has a private group chat function, file sharing options, and notification capabilities. They also provide a free "War Room" where you can chat with your workers and share notes and files. It provides one single location where you can always remain connected. Business may not be actual "war," but it is a fun way to motivate your team to "get ready for battle."

- Slack

Slack is the team communication resource for the 21st century. It allows you to create open channels for team communication, private channels for sensitive team projects, and direct messages for a private conversation with an individual team member. They also have file sharing and notification options. It is completely free to use with affordable monthly tiers if you need more than the basic options. Even though it is called slack, the exceptional features they offer will make sure that your team does not slack off!

With these tools you will be well on your way to managing your remote employees smoothly and efficiently, all at the click of a button.

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Investment for California Startups: $250 Million Ready to Invest by the University of California

Even in times of budget constraints, the University of California has never been shy about spending its money and helping out its students. The recent announcement of a $250 million investment fund – straight from their own portfolio and the pockets of key third party investors – is set to be invested in worthy start-ups in the state of California within the coming years. 

A number of different small businesses could benefit. The university is looking into a series of industry verticals for these investments: a strong focus will be in life sciences, technology, and energy startups.

The project is being led by the owner of the Sacramento Kings, Vivek Ranadive and the fund is being set up for students, professors and alumni.

So if you are a startup, and have been turned down by multiple angel investors and VC firms, there is a new option for financing out there. 

 

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Best Jobs for Freelancers in California

 

With some creativity and hard work, nearly almost any skill can be turned into a freelance job. The vibrancy and the entrepreneurial spirit of the California economy offers many opportunities for freelance work. 

If you are amongst those who want to explore their abilities, we have combined a list of the five best jobs for the upcoming and experienced Californian freelancers: 

1. SofTware Reselling

If you have the knack for selling products and services, then this job would suit you, it is one of the highest paid freelance job available.

How to get the job? Get into enterprise software reselling, with so many tech company's in California, the opportunities are vast, and software companies are always eager to get more clients. Partner with one and work on a commission basis, some of the contracts go beyond the millions, so a commission on an enterprise software sale can be highly lucrative. 

2. Website Design and Web Management

In order to survive in California, any given business needs a strong online presence and a visually pleasing website, for this reason website design and web management is a hot gig with ample opportunity. 

How to get the job? If you're technologically adept, learn how to use Wix or Squarespace, two content management systems that can help you build a site in not time without any coding skills. 

3. DIGITAL CONTENT WRITING

Having creative writing skills can pay off. Articles, blog posts, content for websites are necessary in order to improve a website's online visibility.

How to get the job? Start by developing a portfolio of published work, reach out to webmasters and ask if they are interested in free guestposts for their blogs, once you have a portfolio, you are more likely to be able to monetize your skills. 

4. Design

Graphic design, illustration, book cover design and such skills have good value for money.  If you're good with design software,  build a portfolio, showcase it online and voila! You have a business. 

How to get the job? There are a ton of opportunities out there? Don't look for the job on Craigslist, rather create the opportunity. If you think that you can improve a restaurant's Menu, a Business' logo, or a brochure. Contact the owners or managers and ask if they will accept a design proposal. 

5. Event Management

If you are a social person, have strong social media and PR skills, then this job might be the right for you. The gig involves promotion, planning and successful execution of a variety of events such as concerts, art exhibitions, cooking classes, wine tastings, educational seminars and much more!  

How to get the job? You can partner with businesses in your community and develop events for them, or you can create your own events and monetize off them. If you go for the latter, you might have to invest some money, but just remember that the good people people of California will pay good money for the right event!

Looking for a venue? We at the Crash Labs have an venue that's pretty much good for any type of event! For info. give us a call and we can get you set up in no time. 

 

Fun Times at The Crash Labs

Fun Times at The Crash Labs

 

 

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The Trend Continues to Grow: Half a Million Remote Workers and Freelancers Choose Coworking Hubs Over Coffee Shops

According to a recent study - conducted by Flexible Workspace Review - the culture of coworking and cosharing spaces has gained massive popularity in the mainstream US workforce over the past years.

The survey, which was carried out by Instant Group, further points towards the fact that this growing trend has been driven by the gradually changing demands of millennials who are currently entering the job market.

To add on that, the research also uncovered that coworking rose by an average of a margin of 10% across the U.S. in the past year alone (2015). And this is also tied to the fact that combined centers -which offer both coworking and executive suites- grew by more than 13% as key players sought to take maximum advantage of the rising demand for a revolutionary, agile and collaborative workspace.

That aside, the cumulative workspace market expanded by more that 4.3% and it is now made up of 3596 centers in the US alone. The UK comes second place by a narrow margin boasting some 3290 units of such similar spaces.

But let's retract a bit from the numbers. Where did this trend first start?

According to the CEO of Instant Group - the firm behind this research - the culture of coworking can be traced back to Silicon Valley, and its popularity in the mainstream corporate market has seen it expand to far-flung cities such as Sao Paulo, Rome, and Vietnam.

He also observes this from the fact that coworking got a head start from its early adoption by trailblazing media and tech firms that, in turn, did an excellent job in promoting this culture to both start-up and even other established competing firms.

While all this is no doubt impressive, what is even more surprising is the fact that the corporate demand for such agile workspace solutions is emanating from the workforce itself. For instance, the research unearthed that 67% of remote workers interviewed preferred coworking hubs over the usual coffee shops.

Social entrepreneurs have not hesitated to grab the opportunities that coworking hubs offer. This includes the likes of The Crash Labs, a coworking hub that has been leading the way in streamlining this newly-discovered culture.

Only time can tell how far this is going to go.

 

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As Remote Workers Boom, So do Office Space Rentals in California

Office space rentals continue to boom and coworking spaces are no exception. 3.7 million employees in the US now work from home at least half the time, according to the recent American Community Survey conducted by US Census Bureau. What's more, 80 - 90% of the US workforce said that they would like to work remotely at least part of the time. As the number of people working remotely rises so to does demand for office space to accommodate them. Demand for office space is now at it's highest since the pre-reccession levels of 2006.

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In the fourth quarter of 2015, 21.3 million square feet of commercial real estate were absorbed by the market, according to a report by Cushman & Wakefield. This matches peaks last achieved before the 2006 recession. The Bay Area has been a particular hotspot for office leasing. Office deals accounted in Bay Area accounted for 11% of the total deals in the United States as a whole.

The demand for office space is being driven primarily by one factor - job growth. 210,000 jobs were added in the last quarter of 2015 and all of those new employees need somewhere to work. Lacking office space to accommodate those employees many companies have been looking at more innovative solutions like remote working. And as the American Community Survey study above indicates this is popular solution not only with employers but with workers as well.

Moving workers outside of the confines of the main office may not necessarily alleviate demand for office space. While some of the growing number of remote workers choose to work from home, a significant number are instead choosing alternative working spaces like coworking hubs and "rent-a-desk" solutions working along side other companies.

Coworking hubs provide flexible work space for start-ups, freelancers and even traditional companies. One of the advantages of co-working hubs for larger corporates is that they allow employees to work from wherever a “hot-desk” may be available. They can also act as an “over-flow” solution if a particular office can not accommodate new team members.

The maturation of start-ups inside of co-working hubs is also impacting the demand for office space.

Many start-ups which a few years ago may have consisted of only one or two employees, are growing beyond the confines of co-working spaces and now require dedicated office space. Popular social impact co-working space Impact Hub notes that in 2012 only 43% of it's members were defined as mature companies. But by 2015 that number had risen to 74% of it's members. Redesigning existing co-working spaces can help alleviate this problem by accommodating more workers. But at some point at these start-ups grow into larger enterprises dedicated office space is needed. While this growth arc is nothing new, the number of start-ups growing into larger businesses is rising.

In the past it was believed rising number of remote workers would reduce demands on commercial office space. In fact the shift towards flexible working does not appear to limiting the need for office space, but in fact may be helping to contribute to it's demand. In particular, as start-ups incubated in co-working environments mature, there is even greater need for room to house their growing number of employees.

 

This article is brought to you by The Crash Labs, a coworking space based out of Orange County, California. We offer a professional working space without the need for long-term contracts or leases. For more information visit our website at www.thecrashlabs.com.

 

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In Search for A Better Work-Life Balance: Corporate Workers Find Refuge in Coworking Spaces

Corporate workers are struggling when it comes to finding a better work-life balance, nearly half (45%) of tech professionals say that their job isn't providing them with the desired work-life balance that they would like to have. That’s according to a recent study of 1,600 tech workers by employment agency Dice.

With fierce competition for top talent, tech giants like Facebook, Apple and Google are looking for new ways to attract and retain employees. And though high tech offers some of the most competitve salaries out there, job dissatisfaction continues to be a major issue for almost all tech companies. According to a PayScale survey tech companies had the highest turnover rate of all Fortune 500 companies, with the average worker staying in their job for only 3.68 years. The Dice study also showed that many tech workers are willing to make major changes in order to achieve greater job satisfaction, 50% of those surveyed stated that they would be willing to move to a new city and 52% said that they would move to a new state or region.

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The demand for tech talent is extremely high with intellectual capital being the primary asset of almost any tech company. This makes it relatively easy for highly skilled tech employees to move between companies. In fact, it is precisely those employees which are most talented, and thus valuable to their employers, who can easily and quickly switch to a competing company. Losing key employees at tech companies can be extremely damaging. In many cases the loss of a top employee can delay, or in some cases derail, the projects that they are involved with.

One way to keep this top flight talent workers happier is providing them with flexible solutions for where they can work. Coworking hubs are flexible work spaces which offer shareable work facilities including desk space, meeting rooms and of course, high speed internet access.

Coworking hubs are often thought of as a place predominantly for creatives, consultants and start-ups. But these same spaces also have plenty of potential value for more established tech companies as well. Co-working hubs are often more conveniently located to the areas in which tech employees actually live. This reduces the dreaded commute and may even allow for the enviable walk to work.

At the same time co-working hubs have the same conveniences and attractions of the workplace. Unlike working from home tech workers in a coworking space don't suffer the same sense of isolation.

By taking over multiple desk space small teams from the company can work within the same coworking space. Fast internet, kitchen facilities, comfy sofas and all of the other amenities of a modern tech company are also available in these co-working hubs. Tech employees also like the buzz of being around start-ups while still enjoying the benefits of working within a major tech company.

For highly skilled positions in tech, it costs companies on average estimated 400% of that employee's annual salary to replace them, according to a recent study published in Forbes.

So making sure that tech employees are kept happy and turnover minimized, companies are starting to send their employees to coworking hubs. Coworking spaces offer a cost-effective way to enable tech employees with more flexible ways to do their job and improve their work-life balance.

 

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The Crash Labs: An Orange County Coworking Space Servicing the Community

Just another day at The Crash Labs ...

Just another day at The Crash Labs ...

We are an Orange County Coworking Space. 

Do you need a flexible workspace? Do you crave a work space that is not only cool, but comes at an affordable rate?

If so, you've come to the right place. Conveniently located in Orange County, The Crash Labs is a coworking space that is open to freelancers, independent workers and remote workers who demand a comfortable and functional workspace. We are a coworking space that you can rely on, perfect for any business project, regardless of your industry or line of work.

Here's why The Crash Labs is the perfect place to work: 

COWORKING HAS ITS PERKS: Coworking is the latest trend in various industries and provides independent and remote workers with an office space where they can work. Coworking is a great opportunity for individuals to work alongside each other in a spacious, comfortable environment, instead of hanging out at a coffee shop or staying at home. Studies have shown that coworking spaces can boost an individual's productivity and happiness, and reduce the isolation that some people feel when they work from home. 

FLEXIBLE WORK: Coworking provides employees with lots of flexibility. They aren't tied into long-term leases or contracts and have the choice to work and travel at the same time.

COST EFFECTIVE: Coworking is an attractive option for many people who want to reduce the overheads they would pay if renting a regular office space, such as broadband, utilities, and printer costs. With pay-as-you-go options and flexible monthly plans, coworking spaces are great for people who are looking for a short term or long term office space.

CREATIVITY: With so many creatives sharing the same office space, including people from different companies, coworking spaces are great places to meet people, network and bounce ideas off each other. 

Why Us?

Low prices: Dropi-in prices start at only $5, providing you with great value for money. You can pay as you go, or select a membership plan that best suits you. No hassle, no fuss. Just an office space that you can count on.

Great location: We have two locations in Costa Mesa that provide coworkers with speedy access to the local neighborhood, including restaurants, bars, and shops. These spaces are centrally located, making them great for remote workers. Located in the heart of Orange County, Costa Mesa is home to many industries and is a great place to meet other like-minded workers.

Improve your social life: When you join our community, you get loads of benefits, including exclusive access to the company's networking events and workshops, providing you with a place to meet workers just like yourself. This is a great opportunity to meet other people in your niche and work on exciting new collaborative projects. 

FIND OUT MORE

Want to find out more about The Crash Labs' services? Don't hesitate to contact us today. Or even better, swing by and meet our community, our door is always open!

www.thecrashlabs.com

Phone: 949-777-6570

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Coworking Hubs Provide Employee Satisfaction and Increased Productivity


Increasingly, many remote workers, freelancers, and independent contractors are turning to coworking hubs to meet their professionals needs. And because studies show that coworkers see their work as more meaningful, coworking hubs can help deem a positive return on a worker's productivity. Here are some reasons why:

BETTER FLOW OF CREATIVITY

Today more than ever, creative personalities are demanding for a new and better working model, a place where they feel comfortable and can better collaborate with like-minded professionals. That’s the idea behind most coworking spaces, and the philosophy that drives their success. Coworking spaces tend to offer a strong culture of innovation, they offer an environment where people can share their ideas freely and without prejudice.

And aside from being socially flexible, coworking hubs are physically comfortable too. Ergonomic furniture, visually pleasing decor, and leisurely amenities such as foosball tables go a long way in increasing a person’s happiness. The best ideas of any given person come to life when she or he is not constrained by the discomforts of today’s modern society: these may include an exhausting commute, a rigorous dress code, and/or a lackluster cubicle. Discomforts, whether social or physical, are widespread in the traditional corporate model, and coworking spaces offer a more flexible alternative.

Not convinced? Think of the most creative personalities in the world, whether it be Steve Jobs, or Nikola Tesla: did these guys really come up with their best ideas while sitting in a cube on a 40 hour-a-week work schedule? Truth is, they probably worked more than 40 hours a week, but at their own pace, and in a space that fostered comfort and creativity. 

 FOCUSING IS EASY AND THE SPACE IS IDEAL

Let’s face it, though working from home offers many benefits, there are also many distractions: loud roommates, buzzing appliances, barking dogs, just to mention a few. There are also those not so productive temptations when working from home, whether it be a gaming console or that hedonistic midday siesta that your spouse so strongly disapproves of.

What about working from a coffee shop? Coffee shops are great places to work from, however they too have some drawbacks: aside from not being the best places to woo client-prospects, anyone who has worked from a coffee shop for prolonged hours knows how loud they can get. And also, how awkward is it to be sitting there every dayhours on end? After a few weeks the baristas will start to tone down on their friendliness as they realize that your new office camp is perhaps not so ideal for their business...unimpress them even more by decking out a portable printer from a duffle gym bag.

Coworking spaces on the other hand, offer private offices and private meeting rooms: definitely a more professional setting to meet clients. They offer communal spaces where people can collaborate, but also private spaces where people can get the peace and quiet they need to remain focused. Many coworkers mix it up and chose to move from the communal to private spaces during any given work day.

NETWORKING AND COLLABORATING

In a coworking space, independent freelancers can trade their services and skills, thus creating synergies that foster increased productivity. In coworking, remote workers can network with people that can help them steer their business into new directions, and digital nomads can make new friends in a city that they might not be too familiar with.

When one mixes people from different professional backgrounds, cultures, ages, and different skillsets, only good things happen, for example: the elder might acquire new technological skills from the younger,  and the younger may leverage business expertise from the elder; a techie might help a financial advisor fix a bug on his laptop in exchange for some investment advice; and a web developer might leverage some new clients all while a copywriter partners with a that same web developer. And so is life in the coworking ecosystem.

And trust us when we say that collaborating with others can surely boost productivity - because fixing a bug on a computer without a lot of technical expertise can certainly take up some time.

BETTER WORK-LIFE BALANCE

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics 40% of workers will be independent freelancers, remote workers,  contractors, and independent entrepreneurs by 2020. With the rise of this new trend, the future looks bright for coworking spaces, but how can these spaces help help workers achieve a better work-life balance? 

While working remotely, and developing a freelance business, a person should not have to worry about balancing his or her personal life with work.

Sure, while working in pajamas, curled up in bed from home can certainly be comofortable, unfortunately this flexible arrangement can sometimes blur the lines between work and personal life as the distractions may be too inviting.

Coworking spaces on the other hand will make you get up, get dressed, and get out of the house. They will also offer a designated workspace that allows you to put your work aside when you go home to your loved ones. Coworking spaces draw the line between life and work and this can have a massive impact on productivity. 

FLEXIBLE HOURS MAKE YOU MORE PRODUCTIVE

Not a morning person? Not a problem. The rise of the shared economy,  of new technologies, and the rapid growth of freelance workers has allowed for more flexibility in the hours that workers are able to complete their tasks. Whether you're a morning lark or a night owl, a stay-home-dad, part-time student, or whatever your work-life situation might be, coworking spaces tend to offer more flexible hours of operation so they can more easily accommodate non traditional schedules, hence leading to increased productivity.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Coworking hubs are making a strong statement on the way modern employees should be able to work, they emerged in response to a changing culture that demands a better quality of life. Coworkers and coworking spaces are here to stay as the labor force decentralizes from traditional work models. 

 

Based in Orange County, The Crash Labs provides professional coworking space for freelancers, remote teleworkers, and independent entrepreneurs without the contractual commitment and expense of leasing and furnishing an office. For more information, visit www.thecrashlabs.com.

 

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The Digital Nomad Community Defies the Traditional Office Space

The digital nomad community is growing and here to stay. As some workers are free to move from city to city, with wi-fi and a laptop being their only needed tools, the digital nomad community is redefining conventional working models. Here are some of the reasons why.

 

The digital nomad, defined:

As cloud-based computing, voice over IP apps like Skype, and online service marketplaces like Fiverr.com prolifirate, workers who are able to do their jobs remotley are in the increase and here to stay. Some “nomads” make the best of this situation and travel frequently while they continue to work remotely.

Digital nomads might work for an individual company, a collection of companies, or entirely for themselves; however, they are not confined by conventional working hours and traditional office politics. Being a nomad can work as temporary gig for some; while for others, it can be a long-term commitment that enables them to tailor their schedule based on their circumstances.

Still a new concept

While coworking spaces provide digital nomads with a plethora of benefits, relatively few employers are adopting this model.

According to the Harvard Business Review, today's technology allows for instant communication; however, most workers still commute to a traditional office. Telecommuting hasn't taken off as some experts had predicted. However, it is highly expected that this will change over the coming years as both workers and employers are becoming more aware of the benefits of this flexible working model. Research suggests that there will be 60 million independent workers in the United States by 2020, with corporate downsizing and employee dissatisfaction being the two driving factors for this adjustment in the labor force.

 

Digital nomads and coworking

Coworking spaces prove to be extraordinarily useful for mobile nomads, they provide them with all the amenities that a traditional office offer, all while being a little bit more flexible. Some of the perks that workers get to enjoy in a coworking space include ergonomic couches, spaces specifically designed for leisure and socialization, a kitchen, and many other amenities that aim to increase work satisfaction and productivity.

 

The downside of being a digital nomad

While being a digital nomad can be a positive experience for some, for others it brings feelings of alienation and social withdrawl. As nomads move from place to place, it can be difficult to establish business relationships, and even personal relationships.

Coworking spaces can offer a practical social solution for remote workers, the social dynamic can provide them with a platform where they can consult with other workers in their niche, and on shared or individual projects.

Coworking brings about a feeling of community where peers can brainstorm and work together on different projects. This, in turn, provides nomads with exciting business opportunities where they can establish new projects and absorb ideas from industry professionals and influencers in the same workspace.

Some of the people behind the biggest digital brands today like Airbnb, and Etsy started their business from a coworking space. And some of the larger conglomerates in multiple industries, like Google and Deloitte, are jumping in the bandwagon by letting some of their employees take advantage of these spaces when they travel.

 

Final word

While the digital nomad community is relatively new, and still a relatively alien concept to many, they redefine the traditional business model and get to leverage an array of multiple benefits.

Digital nomads do better in coworking spaces, as they get to leverage not just from multiple social benefits, but from practical one's too, being able to access a robust wi-fi connection, a private office, a meeting room, and an ample supply of gourmet coffee can help a nomad increase his or her productivity and work satisfaction.

 

 

 

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Coworking Spaces: A Social Solution for Freelancers

With the number freelancers on the rise, the need for interacting and socializing with others is becoming something that needs to be considered today, more than ever. 

Even though freelancers can enjoy huge degrees of flexibility, there are some drawbacks to the work structure: namely the lack of human interaction and career development that one might otherwise acquire from working in a traditional corporate environment.

Sometimes freelancers go days without seeing people, and this ... well, anyone can agree that it might not be the healthiest of situations. Social isolation is a woe common not only in freelancers, it's widespread to other worker-types, and the driving factor behind this is: technology. 

The more technology evolves, the further we distance ourselves from humanity. An example of how technology has put a dent into our social lives can be understood throuhgh the widespread growth of Social Media: the more some delve themselves into their social media channels, the further they distance themselves from the real world.

THE SOLUTION

If you are a freelancer, and social isolation is becoming a duanting reality in your everyday life, the solution is simple – you can make the most out of a coworking space.

Coworking spaces provide more than just socialization and a sense of community, they are also an ideal place to find new business opportunities, collaborators, events, and career development seminars. 

Another proven benefit of coworking spaces is that they can help you boost your creativity, innovation, and differentiation. Meeting with other like-minded workers and exchanging ideas can most certainly incite your creative side: we all have one, but sometimes it's dormant and unexploited.  

And coworking is not just about making new business connections and networking, it's also about making new friendships and developing meaningful relationships that endure. While most traditional corporate offices have also isolated people from a personal social life, coworking spaces have done the opposite. 

THE BOTTOM LINE

The future of freelancing is brighter by the day. Independent workers are increasingly growing by the day. Coworking spaces offer them a long-term social solution for some of the minor drawback related to the work structure. 

At The Crash Labs, we are a vibrant and creative community located in Orange County California. Swing by anytime, or visit our website to learn more about our culture and amenities.

 

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Coworking Defined: The Rise of a New Generation Brings a New Working Philosophy

As we transition into a new era, with new technologies and a promising new generation of creative workers, the definition of work has been re-defined by many through a new working philosophy.

 

Unlike a typical office environment, coworking spaces foster creativity and collaboration. Usually, members are not employed by the same organization and they are in many cases independent freelancers. Coworking is a style of flexible working, where socialization and idea sharing are core elements of a uniting philosophy.


 

Coworking offers a wealth of benefits for creatives. According to research, a whopping 70 percent of people who work in a coworking space feel healthier, 68 percent said they are more focused, and 71 percent feel more creative. Not bad going for a work set-up that was virtually unheard of only a few short years ago. The rise (and rise) of coworking is, in part, down to a younger crowd who favor a communal office environment over conventional office spaces.

 

Millennials prefer coworking

 

Millennials prefer coworking arrangements rather than a typical office environment. The reason? Young people crave flexibility and choice at work, something that coworking provides. Although coworking as a concept spans thousands of years, this relatively recent trend has skyrocketed in the last few years as millennials enter the job market. Coworking lets millennials share ideas, equipment and knowledge instead of being confined to a small, stuffy private office with little chance for communication.

Networking and brainstorming are two popular concepts in a plethora of contemporary industries — such as tech and marketing — and coworking spaces provide a base for creatives to converge and share collective experiences.

 

Millennials who use coworking spaces see their work as meaningful

 

According to the Harvard Business Review, people who use coworking spaces are more likely to view their work as "meaningful." What does this mean for brands who employ remote workers? Increased productivity and a surge in engagement. The research suggests that, unlike a traditional office space, coworking spaces blend workers from different brands, and there's unlikely to be any office politics or internal competition as a result. In short, a coworking space can redefine a worker's philosophy and help them carve a unique identity.

 

Coworkers are able to bounce ideas off those who share the same space but, and because they are not confined to the objectives and restraints of a conventional employer, they are able to thrive in an environment that recognizes individuality. As coworking is increasing in popularity, many offices that offer this working environment attract startups and creatives. As a result, coworking spaces are often decorated with ergonomic furniture and have modern amenities.

 

Millennials who use coworking spaces relish communal working environments

 

Research suggests that millennials are likely to flourish in a coworking space, especially when they don't have an attachment to a private space like older generations. While baby boomers and Generation X might favor privacy, some millennials have consumed social media for the majority of their lives, sharing experiences and photos on platforms like Twitter and Facebook. The younger crowd, it seems, has less of a problem with maintaining a private space, and relish working in a communal environment with groups of people in their niche. These spaces are perfect for freelancers and remote workers who are working on individual projects but still need the support of other people. Remote workers, for example, are still able to enjoy all the benefits of working in a large office — such as networking and engaging in social activities — but not have to answer to an employer, providing them with the best of both worlds.

 

Coworking is booming

 

It's not just millennials who are getting in on the action. The entire office landscape is changing as older generations recognize the need for an effective workplace. Cubicles and private offices are being phased out and replaced with contemporary coworking hubs where workers can utilize technology and collaborate as part of a bigger team. The future for coworking looks bright: according to research, the number of coworking spaces worldwide doubles every year. Workers view them in a positive light, too: the average coworker ranks their space 8.44 out of 10.

 

Here at The Crash Labs, a coworking space located in beautiful Orange County CA, we have refined the art of communal working. Our doors are open to all who want to join our vibrant community. To schedule a tour, give us a call at: 949-777-6570

 

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