What To Look For When Considering Office Space

So, you need a place to work from. Home won’t do, the local coffee shop also won’t do, and you’re not ready to sign a 10-year lease. What now?

Luckily for you, flexible workplace options have grown in popularity in the last few years, so there is no shortage of options. Quite the contrary, you might be overwhelmed by the amount of options that you have, so how do you chose the right office space for you and your business?

At Office Suite Strategies, we always tell our clients to initially look at these 4 factors: location, price, amenities, and design.

Location

Location, location, location. When you look at office space, you need to consider how accessible it is; via public transportation, by car, by foot, or any other means that you might use to get around. Also think about what other businesses are nearby; do you have commercial or retail stores close by? Are there restaurants? You want a location that is convenient for you but also for your clients and fellow team members.

Price

As a business owner, you probably understand the importance of having a budget and adhering to it. With the plethora of workspace options available today, you should be able to find an option that fits your budget as well as your physical space needs. When looking at the price, consider the square footage, the services and perks that are included, and how long it will take you to commute (this plays into public transportation or gas prices). However, don’t focus only on the price–you need to also consider whether you like the space and the people in it, otherwise you might risk hindering your productivity and your overall wellness.

Amenities

This is closely tied in with the previous factor. What amenities does the space offer? Kitchen storage, physical storage, gym facilities, parking spots, wifi, printing services, meeting room time, free coffee or tea. These are important factors to consider when selecting the right office space; while some providers might offer these amenities for free, others might charge for them so you would need to include them in your budget.

Design

Workplace design today is more important than ever. From temperature, to colors, to lighting, to furniture, make sure that the office space you choose will positively impact your productivity and your wellness. Look at the space’s layout and different types of workstations. Is the design inclusive, does it allow for people to move from area to area and work effectively? Is there enough natural light coming in? Is the furniture comfortable? These questions can help you define whether the physical space will be able to satisfy your needs.

If you’d like to learn more about how to select the right workspace for you and your business, reach out to us here.

What Do Millennials Want in Their Workspace?

Millennials are the largest generation making up today’s workforce, and they have significantly disrupted the way we work and also the places we work from.

Coworking, remote working, and flexible schedules are only a few of the boundaries millennials have pushed in the last few years. And why are companies letting their boundaries be pushed? It’s simple–the war for talent. If companies want to attract the best talent and the best clients, they need to make sure that they are catering to their needs and desires, and millennials have made it a point that they place value in more than just monetary remuneration. Companies and businesses need to think about their workplace environment, their benefits, and their value proposition in order to retain their top talent.

As regards the physical workplace, what exactly are millennials looking for? What does their ideal workspace look like?

Cutting-Edge Technology

Slow monitors, slow wifi, bad audiovisuals, complicated printing systems–these will not do for a millennial. Technology should be a given, and not just any technology; it has to be state-of-the-art, revolutionary technology, or else they’ll be out the door sooner than you can shut off your computer.

For millennials, technology and productivity go hand in hand. If the tech and softwares you have available don’t meet their expectations, then they will not be able to work as efficiently and productively as they like.

Hybrid Workplace Design

There’s no one size fits all approach to workplace design–so don’t try to make it all open plan, and don’t try to make them all private offices.

Millennials value choice. So provide them with a workspace where they can choose to work from a shared area, from a private office, from a meeting room, from a break-out area, from beanbags; the important thing here is for them to have the freedom to choose where they get their work done from–and this choice will vary by task, by mood, and by time of the day.

Amenities

Amenities are the cherry on top of a Sunday, if you will. These can range from offering gourmet coffee and tea, all the way to having catered food delivered, on-site laundry pickup and drop-off, or having a gym on-site or providing them with discounted gym membership.

It’s about showing them that you care about their lives–both professional and personal.

In any case, the only way to truly find out what millennials want from your space is by asking them; so include them in your decision-making process. Ask them what they want, and ask regularly; needs and demands vary greatly from time to time, and in order to retain the best, you need to be constantly anticipating what they’ll need next.

In any case, make your workplace a place where people want to be in, as opposed to have to be in.

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Coworking, Now Mainstream

Last June, at the Social Workplace Conference, Karen Williamson – senior researcher, JLL -and Maciej Markowski – workplace strategist – delivered a presentation that explored the unprecedented growth of coworking and the impact it’s having on corporate real estate.

Coworking itself isn’t a new concept; it’s been around for ages, but it is just now being embraced by — freelancers, startups, entrepreneurs, and (yes) big corporate businesses. And though only a few short months ago coworking was still considered a trend, the movement has–thanks to large companies embracing these types of spaces–reached a tipping point.

According to a report by JLL, “the coworking industry makes up just 0.7 percent of the total U.S. office market, but demand is unprecedented and fueling the growth of large providers in major markets.”

Coworking is no longer a trend, it’s no longer a movement. It is now mainstream and it is dictating the way people work.

A growing industry means a more competitive market and although coworking is expected to continue to grow at a fast rate, chances are many brands and operators will either downsize or exit the marketplace.

Size and location matter. Nearly 80% of the total leased space comes from the industry’s 2 largest providers: Regus and WeWork. “A well-known brand cultivates a stronger customer base and makes it easier to capture a higher share of demand,” the report reads.

As for location, JLL emphasises how corporates look to set up as much in urban markets as they do in CBDs for recruitment and retention purposes. Which brings us to another key reason why coworking is now the norm. Coworking offers flexibility–something that the new generation of workers is demanding from employees. Where an office is located, what type of workstations they have, and the times at which these spaces can be accessed have all become a critical component of the war for talent.

Choosing the right location is essential to the success of any coworking provider. “Over the past two years, 90 percent of leasing activity in this sector has taken place in Class B and C buildings, and two-thirds of leasing activity is within urban and mixed-use submarkets that cater to today’s millennial workforce.”

What does this all mean?

It means that workspace operators that want to stay relevant need to make sure that they are building a brand that can be easily scaled, that they are setting-up their workspace solutions in prime locations, and that they have a long-term business strategy that allows them to remain resilient in an ever-changing, ever-growing market.

The State of Coworking in 2017

Deskmag released the final results of its global coworking survey in late January, 2017.

Not surprisingly, coworking continues to grow, evolve, and revolutionize. By the end of 2017, about 1,180,000 individuals will work from coworking spaces globally. A significant percentage of them will be employees of larger companies that have finally embraced the appeal and attractiveness of coworking spaces.

1,180,000 people is no small number; and neither is the number of operating coworking spaces. According to Deskmag’s survey, there will be around 13,800 coworking spaces globally by the end of the year.

Lots of spaces, lots of people, lots of time spent together.

Community is one of the most important value propositions of these spaces, so it comes as no surprise that both operators and coworking users expect to see an increase in their sense of community. Specifically, 73% of coworking members expect to expand their network and contacts through their membership.

A clear indicator of a maturing industry is that less than 29% of coworking spaces have been in existence for fewer than 12 months. For this reason, most operators are planning on expanding their footprint this year:

27% of coworking operators plan to add more desks to their space
11% plan to move to a larger location that would be able to welcome more members
39% expect to add an additional coworking location to their portfolio

A maturing industry, however, also means more and stronger competition. As coworking continues to grow and become popular in untapped markets, most coworking operators report struggling the most with attracting new members.

Additionally, though 62% of members still work from their first coworking space and 54% of them plan on staying in the same coworking space they are currently in, the latter number did drop from 65% in the previous year. This means that coworking operators will need to find a way to highlight their ‘uniqueness factor’ and make sure that their offerings are aligned with market needs and demands.

On the front end of memberships and space utilization, coworking operators are doing pretty well. 38% of coworking members use the space 5 or more times a week. However, long-term memberships aren’t as popular, with 56% of members signing up for memberships of 12 months or less.

To learn more about how OSS can help you align your coworking goals with current market needs, click here.

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Best Apps for Business Owners and Their Teams

Being a part of a small business means taking on a lot of different roles. This is true for both the business owner and their team members. When you’re trying to increase productivity and organization, turning to an app might be your best solution. There are a lot of apps out there, so that’s why we’ve compiled a list of some the best ones for you and your team to try. From communication to organization to finances, we have the apps you need to help your business run smoother.

Bump

This app is great for getting your name, the name of your business, and your key team members’ names out there. This networking app allows entrepreneurs to use virtual business cards. You can trade contact information with other users by simply “bumping” your smartphones together. Never again will you have to worry about whether you brought your business cards along with you to that important conference. With this app, you and your team will always have this information on-hand and at the ready to pass along to whoever you meet.

Slack

Communication is key when it comes to running any business. Running a small business, you and your team are likely on-the-go quite often to meet with clients or business partners. This is where Slack can really help you out. It’s an instant messaging app that allows you to easily organize conversations between you and your team into public or private messages. You can also easily share files of any kind by dragging and dropping. The best part is that there’s no limit to how many users you can add to the business.

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TripIt

If your business requires a lot of traveling, you know how difficult it can be to keep track of all your connecting flights, getting a rental car, etc. TripIt gathers all the information in an easy to read itinerary. Simply forward all your travel emails to the app will take care of the rest. The app will also gather maps, weather updates, and directions for you to use during your travels. TripIt for Teams allows up to 10 members on a business and costs $29 a month.

Evernote

It’s easy to end up with notes scattered all over the place. You jot things down quickly as you go through your work day, and later you have to dig through all your files to find it. Evernote is the best solution to this problem. It allows you sync your notes from across all mobile and desktop devices. Evernote has a team feature, which costs $12 a month to use. This is especially helpful if you and your team members are gathering notes for different aspects of a shared project. The team feature not only allows you to sync notes but comes with added team and administrative features.

Quickbooks

Quickbooks is perfect for giving you a complete picture of your company’s financial state. It’s useful for tracking everything from your business’s sales and expenses to employee payment to unpaid invoices. It can connect to numerous accounts, including bank accounts and PayPal so all your data can be collected seamlessly. Quickbooks can also make tax season much easier on you!

There are many apps out there that are designed to help with workflow. These are only a few of them, but we find them to be the most effective for a small business team. Use any one of these apps listed above and watch your productivity, organization, and time management soar. Make life easier for you and your team and try one out.

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New Year, New Ways for Businesses to Stand Out in 2017

It’s the start of the new year which means you’re likely ready to implement a new business plan. You have goals that you want to achieve this year and we want to help you reach them. That’s why we have put together these tips for the best ways to make your business stand out in 2017.

Video Marketing

Video marketing takes marketing to the next level. It humanizes your business and lets you send a message to your target audience while showing off your personality. According to this article from Digital Trends, online videos make up 60 percent of all internet traffic. This number is projected to rise to 80 percent by 2019. This means there are huge opportunities waiting for you with video marketing. So, what can you do to take advantage of this?

  • Feature staff introduction videos on your website and social media
  • Offer valuable tips and information related to your industry
  • Demo any new products, procedures, or services you offer
  • Feature customer testimonials on your website and social media

Video marketing offers a new way to connect with people and reach a broader audience. Make sure you’re using it to its fullest potential.

Social Media

Social media for your business is crucial, and most businesses have at least one social media account. It’s a great tool for reaching customers and spreading brand awareness. Social media can get noisy, though, and there are a lot of other businesses trying to gain audience attention too. So, here are some ways to make sure you’re doing everything you can to stand out!

  • Get Social! Don’t think of your social media platform as just another place to advertise. Talk to people! Send them direct messages, comment on posts, let them know you’re engaged in their customer experience.
  • Share testimonials! If someone has a great experience and leaves a comment or message telling you about it, ask if you can quote them. If you get the okay, share it! This boosts your likability. Make sure to thank the person for their kind words.
  • Keep it consistent! You want to be recognizable across all platforms. When you keep your branding consistent on all your accounts, it makes you feel more familiar and trustworthy to your potential customers.

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Website Strategy

How do you drive traffic to your website? Everyone is doing content marketing these days, so it can be difficult to make yours stand out. Consider changing up what you usually do. Offer a web-seminar and make it interactive. Answer questions live and prompt your viewers to answer questions. Make sure there’s a link available before, during and after. Engaging with your customers on such a personal level is sure to drive traffic to your site. Another idea is to create infographics with current and relevant information on your industry. There are several free, easy-to-use programs available, such as Canva or GIMP, to help you create them. And don’t forget about the video marketing we mentioned earlier! With online videos receiving so much traffic, it’s a great way to bring people to your website.

Networking

Meeting people and creating relationships is a huge part in determining the success of your business. However, this doesn’t always come easily to everyone. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are some ideas for making the most of your networking.

  • Ask the right questions. Get the story on your new contact – how their business started, etc. Ask them what kind of tools they use. These kinds of things help develop the relationship and help you figure out how you can be of value to them.
  • Create a reason for a follow-up. If you asked the right questions, then you’ll know how you can be of help to them. Let them know you’ll contact them again, and give a specific reason.
  • Share something memorable. When they ask about you, don’t just give a boring spiel about what you do. Open up a little more and let them really get to know you. Sharing an interesting hobby or talking about a cause you’re passionate about lets them know who you really are.

Blogs

Most businesses are blogging. It’s a great form of content marketing. When you’re working to make your blogs stand out, here are a couple things to think about. Make your blogs posting consistent. It doesn’t need to be every day or even every week, but posting on a regular basis will make your blog more noticeable. So, even that once-a-month blog post is beneficial. In fact, you’re likely to be able to create better quality posts on that schedule.

When you sit down to write, think about how you can bring your personality to the page. Consider writing in a conversational manner, or write a satirical article about your area of expertise. Write something new about a popular subject. If you have theories about where you think your industry will go next, write them down! Share it with your audience. The more interesting and personable your blogs, the more your readers will remember them.

Standing out, particularly online these days can be a challenge, but when you create an online presence that cannot be ignored, you will see the difference. Don’t just utilize one of these options, but put multiple tips to work for you for the biggest impact.

Top 5 Reasons Why Coworking Is Ideal For All Companies

Coworking has become the go-to workspace solution for businesses, freelancers, entrepreneurs, and the corporate world–and there’s a good reason for that.

When you think about it, what’s not to love about coworking spaces? They offer flexible and affordable workplace options, with the added value of a strong and involved community where opportunities to network are vast.

Below, you will find five reasons why coworking is a smart solution to your workspace needs, regardless of your company size or your line of work.

They’re Inspiring

Entrepreneurs, freelancers, and employees of 500 Fortune companies are all bound to feel inspired when in a coworking space. Coworking spaces are a place that people choose to work from, which means that they are usually looking forward to getting their work done and to being productive.

The environment we work greatly influences our work and our productivity levels; if people around you are typing away and working hard, then chances are you will feel encouraged to follow that behavior. Also, having someone around with whom you can share ideas often leads to creativity, innovation, and collaboration.

Networking

Community is a very important (if not the most important) aspect of a coworking space. And just as you are likely to form a strong friendship with fellow coworkers, you are also likely to find your next business partner or client.

Networking in a coworking space translates to opportunity.

Also, because of their nature, coworking spaces often host different types of events, which give workers the opportunity to network with other workspace members, as well as members of the local community.

We at Office Suite Strategies have helped various workspace and coworking providers host unique events, from happy hours, to brown-bag lunches, to business workshops. In these events, we have observed how members of these workspaces are able to ‘click’ with one another and find ways to work together.

Flexible and Affordable

Most businesses and freelancers are looking for affordable workspace solutions that will help their business grow. Coworking is ideal in this sense as it allows companies and workers to have access to workspace without having to incur large costs.

Larger companies benefit from this flexibility and affordability as they are able to reduce overhead costs by only paying for the amount of space that they actually need.

The Perks and Amenities

Here at OSS, we have helped various coworking spaces find the right amenities for their local market and community.

Most coworking spaces offer the same core amenities with additional ones tailored to their particular markets. But just to name a few, how does less hassle and stress sound? When you use a coworking space, you don’t have to deal with administrative or real estate management costs. You also have access to meeting and conference rooms equipped with the latest technology, plus the great advantage of having a prestigious professional address.

Also, not having to worry about WiFi, or running out of ink for the printer is pretty neat. And let’s not forget the community and the people you will share time and space with.

Opportunities To Expand Knowledge

As you get to know other coworkers, you will find that you become more knowledgeable or learn a new thing everyday.

The reason why coworking communities are so strong and appealing is because people like to share insights and tips with one another. Because coworking members are so diverse in nature and lines of work, there is an incredible amount of knowledge there just waiting to be shared.

Coworking has completely transformed the concept of ‘office’ or ‘workplace’. At Office Suite Strategies, we are committed to helping coworking spaces be their best version so that people continue to love the way these spaces feel, look, and grow.

If you’re a coworking space provider seeking to improve your offerings or events, or if you’re looking into setting up a new space, here is how we can help you.

How to Make Your Business Memorable During the Holidays

The holiday season is a fantastic time of year to let your clients know how much you value and appreciate their business! With their attention split between work, family, and festivities, how can you ensure that your business stands out among all the excitement?  Work smarter and take a personal approach to capture their attention this year!  There are some key efforts you can employ to make sure you are forefront on the minds of your clients during the holidays and as we head into the new year. Some are even simpler than you might think. Doing just a little extra now will set you on the right path with your clients and build momentum for your business in 2017!

Customer Service

Customer service is always important and is especially so during the holidays. Your team is likely juggling typical daily tasks for customers and clients along with end-of-year tasks. There is no better time to ensure your clients the best experience. Take a positive approach and make sure you clients know that you are working harder than ever for them.  Stay proactive and keep your clients well-informed. They will appreciate your communication and enthusiasm, which will likely help them focus on other matters that are more in need their attention.

If you are planning to be out of the office for a while, delegate wisely. Ensure an easy transition by appointing colleagues who can confidently take on tasks in your absence so your clients know they are in good hands.  Let them know you will be away so they aren’t taken by surprise and make sure your out-of-office message clearly directs your clients to the appropriate person or persons. Brief your colleagues on any particulars they need to know about your projects before you leave. Your attention to detail will not go unnoticed.

Act Fast

Most people are probably going to start taking off a few days to a week before Christmas. Be cognizant of this and work to adjust deadlines accordingly. Talk to you clients and find out if they would rather move deadlines up or wait until after the holiday season is over to complete projects. Avoid working overtime to complete tasks that the client may not be interested in reviewing until after the new year and focus your energy on priority projects. This will take unnecessary stress off you, your employees, and your clients during the holiday. Showing consideration of your clients’ own holiday schedule will remind them that you care and is a great way to strengthen the client bond as you close out the year.

 

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Show Appreciation

December marks the time that your clients are evaluating who they will do business with in the upcoming year. This makes it the perfect time to show them some extra appreciation. Send out a thank you with a gift card or offer a special incentive for them (and let them know it’s special). If you want to stand out, your gift or offer should be noteworthy and have a personal touch. Try to tailor them specifically. This continues building strong relationships, and it may help your business grow through word of mouth.

Don’t focus on clients alone. Include vendors and other service partners as well like your cleaning crew, water delivery person and mail carrier. These people work hard for you all year long and receive little thanks. A gesture of thanks is a wonderful thing to share this time of year. Remember, the more genuine and personal the thank you, the more memorable it is for them.

Let Your Clients Go Behind-the-Scenes

Show your employees getting into the holiday spirit. Take some pictures of any holiday events, or parties that you and your employees attend, as well as fun moments around the office. Share the fun on social media and in an email where you wish your clients and customers a happy holiday. Make sure your message is inclusive and that content is appropriate to send out to clients. Avoid including alcohol or other such items in your “official” holiday photos. Your clients will appreciate seeing the comradery among your team and feel confident in your ability to work together in their best interests. It is great to give them a peek behind the curtain to see the whole team, even those they may not work with directly come together.

Give Back to the Community

This time of year, there are a lot of people in need. Create a community of giving in your office and partner with a charity or organization to raise money, do a food drive, or gather gifts for the less fortunate. Get your clients involved in the giving by featuring your efforts on your website, social media, and in your emails. Set up a donation page or hold a fund-raiser to show your support and give others an avenue to help. Giving back is about helping others. Philanthropy is an admirable quality in any business owner, taking the time to help others in your community will remind your clients why they choose to business with you and happy to continue supporting your company.

These little touches take minimal effort but make a large impact. Implementing just a few of these ideas will go a long way toward making your business memorable during this holiday season. Engaging with your clients and customers in personal, meaningful ways will help your business and your relationships grow as we move into the new year.

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The Best Ways for Businesses to Show Employee and Client Appreciation

Employee and client appreciation is a key part of any successful business. Feeling appreciated goes a long way toward better productivity and overall happiness at work. In fact, a Glassdoor study revealed that 80% of employees say they’re motivated to work harder when shown appreciation by a superior for their work. This month, let your clients and employees know how much they mean to you with a few gestures that will keep your company in the foreground rather than the background. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Better “Thank You” Gestures

Sending a thank you card is nice, but it isn’t necessarily a “stand out” gesture. Try tailoring your gift to the individual. Is it for a client who is always drinking coffee or tea? Find a nice travel mug and include a gift card for a local coffee shop near their location. Is it for an employee who has been working harder than usual? Reward them with a dinner-for-two at a high-end restaurant.

The holidays can be a hectic time for employees and their families. Travel delays can strike without warning and preparing for family to visit can cause extra stress. Make things a little easier on everyone by giving employees days off before and after the holiday breaks. They will appreciate the extra vacation time to spend with their families.

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Company Field Trips

Getting out of the office with your team for the day can be a great opportunity to connect with employees and boost their happiness quotient. Let them give you some ideas of what they would enjoy and make the most of it. Look around your area for events, tours, or fun day-trip locations like a winery, beach, state park picnic, go-karts/arcade, art classes, and more, or even stay in the office with a “board game day” and a fancy catered lunch. Don’t forget to take lots of pictures for social media!

When you give your employees the chance to form bonds outside of work, everyone wins. Incentives like this are also attractive to potential employees who want to work for a fun company and become part of your brand identity. Clients will be impressed and you will inspire confidence in your team when they see your employees engaged in team-building activities.

Client Loyalty Rewards

Just as retail or food establishments reward customers for their continued patronage, so should you with your best clients. Think outside the box and avoid standard dinner and drinks fare as a reward, save that for a more genuine gesture of thanks.

Why not bring lunch of their choice to their location? You can take advantage of the time and share insights or tips in your area of expertise. Offer a free workshop lesson on a helpful topic that could help their business.  For referrals, send a card with a fun coupon that they can redeem for services with you or for pampering with a massage or facial. Memorable and useful rewards mean your clients will be motivated to continue to send business your way.

Unexpected Appreciation

Do something memorable for birthdays, promotions, or new additions to their family. A gift card that aligns with the event or a unique experience to celebrate. If they’ve been doing business with you for a long time, a nice discount on their next invoice with a personalized message on the bill will mean the world to them.

Another great idea would be to hold an after-hours client appreciation party and invite all of your clients to your location for a few hours with food, drinks, activities, door prizes, and swag bags. Along with showing your appreciation, this provides an excellent networking opportunity that can be beneficial for clients, as well as for your business.

Showing appreciation for employees and clients can come in many forms that go beyond what is listed here. Even simple, unexpected gestures can work wonders for morale and productivity. Now is a great time to start, but keep it going to show how much you value their business and commitment on a consistent basis and you will see the difference throughout the year.

Tips Entrepreneurs Can Use to Cultivate Their Personal Growth

For many entrepreneurs, it can be easy to determine where they excel and hone those skills to their respective product or service. However, this can become a burden rather than a benefit if it becomes difficult for them to see the forest for the trees. Not all entrepreneurs have an innate business sense, and those that do are part of a lucky few. Many know how to do what they are best at and let the other pieces fall into play. Entrepreneurs are very aware of the common pitfalls of running a business. Challenges from within can take any entrepreneur by surprise and divert them from the path they set off on when starting their business.

As important as it is for an entrepreneur to invest in their business when starting out, it is equally, if indeed not more important, for an entrepreneur to also invest in themselves along the way. Following are a few of our suggestions for entrepreneurs looking to increase this worthwhile self-investment.

 Continuing Education is the Ultimate Investment:

“A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there.”
– Unknown

You no longer have to physically put yourself in a classroom environment to continue the learning experience. Thanks to the Internet, there is a plethora of resources that allow you to devote time to learning a new skill or enhance an existing one. Whether it is something that directly relates to your business, or something broader, it will open new avenues that can positively impact your business.

Subscribe to /r/Entrepreneur

Reddit is a vast resource for business owners. Here, you’ll find thousands of other like-minded individuals where you can discuss ideas, get feedback, and help other entrepreneurs with their own issues. If you look at the top posts tab, you’ll find the most helpful or interesting discussions and resources that resonate with other entrepreneurs.

Sign up for Khan Academy

This free resource covers all math levels, physics, chemistry, entrepreneurship, history, coding, and so much more. There are lesson plans geared toward making it easier follow at your own pace. Best of all, it’s completely free.

Free resources at MIT OpenCourseWare

Now you can have complete access to thousands of MIT courses from every department and degree program including entrepreneurship courses. These include video lectures, free online textbooks, assignments, and exams and are completely free for everyone.

Free online courses at HarvardX

Ever wanted to study the masterpieces of world literature? Contract laws? Computer science? Well, it’s all available at your fingertips now. Open your mind with these online courses. Upon completion of the free course, you can receive a certificate of completion (for an additional fee) to add to your qualifications and accolades.

Think about taking up an artistic class at a local community college or workshop near you. Art allows your brain to activate different areas which can lead to new insights. It also nurtures your creativity which can simultaneously be relaxing and rewarding.

Coworking is Community Building

The most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.”
–Kurt Vonnegut

Taking part in coworking is an excellent way to nurture your creative side as well. Having the opportunity to change venues and charge your mind with an engaging, bustling office space can really get your brain firing on all cylinders. Just being around other professionals is beneficial when you find yourself removed from others or on the go most of your day otherwise.

Coworking offers time to reconnect to the world, network with fellow coworkers, and brainstorm issues that you are trying to tackle in your business. Having a change of scenery or discussion with someone outside of your organization can give you new insight and help pull you out of a rut. The benefits of coworking are good for your overall wellbeing. You will find other entrepreneurs and professionals who will inspire you to keep moving forward and may even serve as valuable contacts for yourself and/or your clients.

Networking Beyond the Norm

“If your business comes from relationships, relationships should be your business.”
– Doug Ales

This is a given, BUT, instead of your usual unproductive business networking mixer take part in something that gets you excited, or maybe even scares you a little. Sites like meetup.com help you find and connect with other people in a variety of activities like cooking, marathon training, practicing a foreign language, dancing, writing, and more. This is similar to continuing your education but the great thing is that you are also meeting tons of new people who have similar interests and passions. Those connections can prove to be valuable personally and professionally!

Take Care of Yourself Inside and Out

“Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, and you are worth the effort.”
– Deborah Day

When you’re the heart and soul of your company, your physical, mental and emotional health should become your number one priority. It’s easy to say: “I’ll start next month.” But then that becomes 2 months, then a year, and then five years. Owning a business is not for the faint of heart and if you aren’t taking proper care of yourself, your health will start affecting your business and vice-versa. Start out slow by taking walks after a healthy lunch, take a break every few hours and do something that doesn’t involve looking into a computer screen. Select activities that will help round-out your physical, and in turn, your mental well-being so you can be sharp as a tack and prepared for anything that comes your way.

Get Involved in a Productive Way

“Nothing liberates your greatness like the desire to help, the desire to serve.”
– Marianne Williamson

Not all entrepreneurs are in it for the money. Many get started by solving a problem or providing a needed service. These business owners quickly realize how much they enjoy the freedom of creativity or helping others. Getting bogged down in the day-to-day issues of running a business can be a barrier for some to remember the feeling that got them started in the first place.  A great way to combat those feelings is to get involved charitable work. Helping others creates a positive, lasting effect on one’s well-being.

If you’re an entrepreneur, your personal growth and business growth go hand-in-hand.  In our managed office suites and coworking spaces, we have watched many entrepreneurs grow their business with several of these tips. We love to watch these relationships grow and are proud of the opportunities we can offer our clients!

For a handy reference guide, check out our infographic!

An infographic with advice for entrepreneurs and small business owners to continue their personal growth for the success of their business