Tips to Avoid the Nightmare Before Your Halloween Event at Work

Coworking spaces aren’t just meeting rooms for hire or desk rentals for you to plug your laptop into and work in isolation. It has been established that what makes shared workspaces special is the community it builds and the collaboration that develops within that community.

 

One of the ways to establish a coworking community is by providing areas where they can mingle or work together, such as relatively relaxed living room-style spaces or cafeterias with big tables where bigger groups of people can sit together.

 

Another is by hosting a variety of events such as those that help members develop new skills or improve on existing ones, meet-ups with potential partners, clients or investors, and even the occasional party that gives everyone an opportunity to relax and have informal engagements with each other.

 

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TEDx Talks: Co-Working Ideas Worth Spreading

You probably have watched at least one TED Talk video on YouTube or on the TED Talks website. If you have never heard about TED, it is a non-profit organization devoted to spreading ideas. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design (get it?) converged, and a whole spectrum of topics — from science to business to global issues.

 

 

Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. TEDx brings the spirit of TED’s mission of ideas worth spreading to local communities around the globe. Click here to learn more about TEDx.

 

We’ve collected some of the more recent (and not so old but still very relevant) TEDx Talks  featuring ideas about co-working, the independent worker, remote working, and the future of workspaces for your viewing pleasure.

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Essential Tools for Co-Working

 

No matter what line of work you are in, your skills, intelligence, talent, or even luck may not be always enough to help you succeed or reach your goal in a short amount of time.

 

There will always be a need for tools — whether hardware or software — that will help you manage the little things more efficiently and effectively, so you will have more time to deal with the big things and do what you do best.

 

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Co-work to Connect, Collaborate and be part of a Community

Still not convinced why you should pay to rent a desk to get work done when you can just go to the public library and access Wi-fi for free or to your favourite coffee shop in your neighborhood?

 

 

Well, you are never guaranteed that you’ll get good seats in a coffee shop that are right next to a power outlet. Yes, a library would be a great place that is quiet to let you focus on your work, but then that is all you get. Continue reading “Co-work to Connect, Collaborate and be part of a Community”

Co-Working: The (Near) Future of Work?

Co-working has come a long way since, well, depending on your point of view — it’s either 1995 if you are looking at the advent of the co-working movement with independent workers/professionals, more specifically hackers, or 1962 if you are taking the serviced offices angle.

 

 

If you are interested in looking at the co-working timeline, deskmag created a 1995-2013 timeline here as an article, and as a visual timeline here (unfortunately the images that used to be there are missing now, but it’s still useful). You will find the 1962-2017 flexible workspace timeline created by allwork here.

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No Freelancer Is An Island

As mobile technology becomes more advanced and Internet access increasingly ubiquitous, working remotely has become a more viable and oftentimes more practical option for a majority of the always-connected workforce. Additionally, it seems the freelance economy is on the rise, with a growing number of people preferring freelance work where they have the opportunity to earn more compared to traditional jobs. Hence, there are more professionals working from home or coffee shops than ever.

 

 

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Must-Haves for an Engaging Work Space (Part 2 of 2)

 

In our previous post, we focused on the physical or environmental attributes of workspaces that make them more conducive to productivity and collaboration.

 

In this installment of our two-part look into the must-haves for a more engaging work space, we take into consideration the community building and leisure amenities that will set your work space apart from the rest.

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Must-Haves for an Engaging Work Space (Part 1 of 2)

So, you thought that a few desks and chairs, a broadband Internet connection, and a coffee maker are all you needed to open a co-working hub. However, you have zero repeat customers despite your sought-after location and the few that visits your establishment looks miserable and uninspired.

 

 

Fortunately, you can still transform your space to attract more customers, inspire creativity and productivity, and have them spread the word that your co-working space is the place where they can get work done and enjoy doing it.

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Why Co-Working is Now Everyone’s Cup of Tea (or Coffee)

It is a well-known fact that space is a luxury in Hong Kong, whether it’s residential, commercial or office space. According to both CBRE’s semi-annual Global Prime Office Rents survey and JLL’s Premium Office Rent Tracker report, Hong Kong remains the world’s most expensive office market in 2017.

 

A few extra square feet here and there could easily eat up the finances of start-ups or freelancers who could invest that money into growing their brand rather than paying an exorbitant monthly rent for office space.

 

 

A “work-from-home” setup seems like an inviting solution but, let’s be honest, working on that business proposal while sitting on your bed or in your living room is hardly conducive to productivity. There’s always the temptation of putting off work due to the myriad of distractions in one’s home.

 

 

Your neighborhood coffee shop might be a tempting workspace, however, how many cups of coffee would you end up ordering to justify hogging that corner table with the lone charging dock? Imagine the dirty stares you get from other patrons waiting for you to vacate your seat. Not to mention the heavy foot traffic of customers coming in and out can derail your train of thought. Plus you will be the unwilling subject to whatever muzak the barista has chosen to play for hours on end.

 

So, where does that leave you, our intrepid entrepreneur?

 

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Finding the Right Workspace for You in Hong Kong

 

A freelance marketing professional developing a digital marketing strategy for an up and coming startup. A genius software developer and brilliant salesman with the next big idea but no garage to make it happen in. An author whose flat just proves to be uninspiring and claustrophobic. A solopreneur who flew in for a few days to meet with potential clients but the coffee shop is just too noisy to have a decent conversation, let alone win them over.

 

What do all these people have in common?

 

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