When was the last time you had your computer cleaned up?
Did you know that your computer gets full of debris from use?
Things like temp files and tracking cookies accumulate and eat up space causing it to slow down!
City Office Member CU Tech recommend quarterly maintenance, which includes ⚪ Physically cleaning out the DUST in both workstations and laptops 🔵 A good digital clean up includes: o Dump temp files o Clean up that registry and remove registry keys that are no longer valid o Delete those cookies! o Install patches and updates o Archive or delete old and/or unnecessary files o Defrag the hard drive
If you are unsure how to do these things yourself, hire a professional to give you a good clean up! It would be money well spent. Remember you never know what you prevented, you only know what went wrong because you didn’t.
1. You Finally Know What Actually Coworking Actually Is
Most people have no idea what coworking is. Or they think they do, but they’ve got it wrong. This is the year you will have it all figured out. Lest there be any confusion, coworking isn’t about ‘holding hands and singing hymns while getting things done (thank you Sean Kelly @Spark Commons for the clarification). But it’s also not only for high-tech start-ups, or just a place for shared office space–both common misunderstandings.
One of the most important part of coworking is the community it provides for people who are otherwise isolated–people who work from home, telecommute, freelance or are starting their own small business. Coworking spaces provides a location to share experiences, network, and be more productive by helping to separate work and home.
2. More Money, More Time, & More Flexibility
Why? Because, as Office Xpats cofounder Leslie Schneider explains, “coworking gives more people the chance to work, and therefore spend local, and be closer to their family’s needs. It gives one-person businesses the chance to grow within an informal incubator, and without any commitment to long-term leases. Coworking gives an entire community of professionals the chance to find each other, develop trust and eventually do some business with one another.”
And while coworking opens up a world of possibility for everyone, it can be an especially powerful option for women. The highest barriers for women in their careers and in operating small businesses come down to 3 things: access to capital; access to female coaches and mentors within their field; and access to flexible and affordable childcare coworking can help break down all of those barriers by building networks, connecting people and ideas and offering an effective infrastructure for more flexible work-life integration.
3. Your Home Office, Coffee Shop and Brick and Mortar Office Are All Great…Until You Try Coworking
To really understand what coworking has to offer, you first need to try working from home, a few coffee shops and a brick and mortar office. Once you do, you’ll know exactly what you’re missing when you try working from a coworking space instead.
City Office member, Neena Hogle says, “Coworking spaces have a different feel than ‘regular’ offices,” – “you’re there with coworkers, there’s coffee brewing and copiers running…but there’s a more productive and creative atmosphere than there is at a typical office. I do a combination of working from home, from coffee shops and from a coworking space on different days, depending on what my work requires that day. I like that my coworking space gives me a place to meet with clients and colleagues in a more professional setting than a coffee shop. On days that I cowork, I feel more productive, which I think is attributable to the productivity of the atmosphere and the people around me.”
You finally have options, right here in Bay City! Between Bay City’s affordability, beauty, breweries and stellar local communities, you don’t have to tell us why you choose to live here. What we’re not okay with is anyone feeling forced to make a hard call between leaving the land that they love just because of a job or professional ecosystem.
Working amidst people doing different kinds of work can also make one’s own work identity stronger.
There’s definitely something special about coworking spaces. Harvard Business Review (HBR) studied how employees thrive, and discovered that people who belong to coworking spaces report higher levels of thriving than employees who do their jobs in regular offices.
So according to HBR what makes coworking spaces – “workspaces where diverse groups of freelancers, remote workers, and other independent professionals work together in a shared, communal setting” – so effective?
Coworkers Find More Meaning in Their Work
The Harvard Business Review reported finding that because coworking spaces are so diverse, people are able to find meaning in the fact that they could bring their whole selves to work. They’re able to do this in a few ways.
First, there is little direct competition or internal politics, and they don’t feel they have to don a persona in order to fit in. Furthermore, working amidst people doing different kinds of work can also make one’s own work identity stronger.
Secondly, meaning also comes from working in a culture where it is the norm to help each other, and there are opportunities to do so; the variety of workers in the space means that coworkers have unique skill sets that they can provide to other community members.
Most coworking spaces, like City Office, are accessible 24/7. Workers can decide whether to put in a long day when they have a deadline, or take a long break in the middle of the day to go to the gym. They can choose to work in a quiet space, or in a more collaborative space with shared tables where interaction is encouraged.
The report also revealed that while coworkers value autonomy, they also value some form of structure in their professional lives. City Office members agree, too much autonomy can actually cripple productivity because of lack of routine and having a community to work in helps create structure and discipline that can be motivating.
Connections with others are a big reason why people choose coworking over working from home or renting office space. Coworking spaces have their own vibe, and go to great lengths to cultivate a unique experience that meets the needs of their respective members. For example, according to Marjo Morden, City Office’s Community Manager, “At City Office we care about community and connection – we know all of our members by name and profession, and we’re constantly facilitating introductions between them. Furthermore, we host a weekly Think-Tank to share ideas and resources.”
However, socializing isn’t compulsory – members can choose when and how to interact with others. Members may enjoy discussions over coffee in the kitchen because they went to the kitchen for that purpose – and they want to be left alone elsewhere in the building, they are. And, while some coworkers interact with fellow coworkers less than others, they still feel a strong sense of connection with the community that comes from knowing there is the potentialfor interactions and connection when they want it.
Author Neena Hogle is a Community Manager at City Office, a modern coworking space in Downtown Bay City. Among her many skills, Neena is a public speaker, professional networker, and amazing mentor to many small business owners!
Companies are incorporating coworking into their business strategies in two ways.
While the coworking movement has its origins among freelancers, entrepreneurs, and the tech industry, it’s increasingly relevant for a broader range of people and businesses. Coworking can actually become a part of your company’s strategy, and it can help your workers – and your organization – flourish.
First, they’re being used as an alternative place for people to work. City Office has seen an increase in the use of the space by larger organizations that want to remain innovative. City Office and other coworking spaces provide companies another space to meet the customers where they are – which is extremely important in gaining an edge over their competitors. Organizations are also utilizing coworking space to allow their distributed workers space to be more productive and focused than they are in public spaces like coffee shops. Some organizations are able to attract better talent who demand flexible workplaces and hours.
Over the last decade, workplace flexibility has become an important focus of many working people — especially millennials, who are now the nation’s largest generation in the workforce, according to Pew Research. Millennials are increasingly demanding flexible work schedules to achieve a better work-life balance. Spending time away from the office at a coworking space can also spark new ideas.
Second, the lessons of coworking spaces can be applied to corporate offices. It’s important for organizations to encourage flexibility and support for their mobile workforce, but it is equally important to create the right kind of work environment inside the walls – but this doesn’t just mean creating open plan layouts or adding a coffee bar. Many companies are increasingly adopting the practice of providing seats in shared settings, used for either collaborative or quiet work.
Many companies are also trying to enable connections, and help people to interact and build community outside of work meetings – and they are looking to coworking spaces for guidance. Many coworking spaces, like City Office regularly offer networking events, training programs, social events.
Some companies are even taking it to the next level – the founders of Menlo Innovations in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Rich Sheridan and James Goebel, recently expanded their office space by 7,000 square feet to allow start-ups and early stage entrepreneurs to work alongside Menlo programmers to spur community and innovation.
Written by Neena Hogle, City Office – Bay City, MI 48708
The idea of working from home is simply divine. Get all of your work done without the distraction of the office! Stay on track with housework! Squeeze in some “me” time!
But silence can be deafening. Blissful aloneness can begin to feel, well… lonely. We love the freedom that telecommuting gives people, but here are some of the reasons why entrepreneurs, remote workers, and digital nomads are choosing coworking communities as their preferred workspace.
1.The PJ Paradox
We hear “I can work in my PJs!” a lot. Absolutely. And you should…sometimes. But too much of a good thing can quickly become too much of a good thing. Soon just leaving the house can feel like a chore, and loads of laundry and other household chores distract the PJ-loving business professional away from their work.
2. The Business Relationship Divide
Like it or not, humans need to see each other. Face-to-tace meetings are critical in building a long-term business relationship, and fostering the connections that lead to professional growth.
3. Magic Happens in the Moment
Everybody can think back to a time that an amazing idea was sparked out of a conversation with a friend or coworker. Ideas evolve over coffee. Skipping out on the opportunity to think through ideas with like-minded individuals is priceless, and not an option in your bathrobe.
Several members of the City Office community consider themselves Digital Nomads.
From Wikipedia, “Digital nomads are a type of people who use telecommunications technologies to earn a living and, more generally, conduct their life in a nomadic manner. Such workers often work remotely from foreign countries, coffee shops, public libraries, coworking spaces, or recreational vehicles. This is often accomplished through the use of devices that have wireless Internet capabilities such as smartphones or mobile hotspots.”
The term Digital Nomad was coined by Dr. Tsugio Makimoto and David Manner in 1997 in their co-authored book, which predicted that in 10 years time, inevitable changes in attitudes, technology, and communication would lead to a change in the way people work. Dr. Makimoto said,
“The 21st century will be the millennium which resurrects for humans a dilemma which has been dormant for 10,000 years- humans will be able to ask themselves: “Am I a Nomand or a Settler?”
As Makimoto and Manners predicted, as technology has become more affordable, the human’s natural urge to move has led to more and more people working remotely and joining the digital nomad community.
The rise in coworking communities have also contributed to the lifestyle’s rise in popularity.
4.8 Million and Rising
Coming in from all ages and backgrounds, 4.8 million american workers describe themselves today as digital nomads. They include web developers, virtual assistants, writers, marketers, online teachers, web and graphic designers. Digital Nomad communities exist online to find jobs, connect with like-minded individuals, and lend support to each other.
Why? Freedom. The flexibility to shape their work/life schedules, the natural urge to travel, valuing experiences over things.
One member said, “I chose to become digital nomad because it allowed me to structure my own day and to gain experience and acquire the skills required to run your own business as opposed to plug-in for somebody else.”
Meet Marjo Morden. “A Thumb Kid” from Ubly, after graduating from Michigan Tech (Go Huskies!) she worked as recruiter and in the admissions department of Michigan Tech. After moving to the East Bay outside of San Francisco, Marjo started her first business, Oh for Pet Sakes where she grew her business as a behavioral dog trainer and dog walker. (The dream!) She returned back to her home state in 2017 to be closer to family and friends, and hit the ground running in the Bay County business community. She has helped paint murals, created a directory of LGBT-friendly organizations across Mid-Michigan, and has developed and maintained several small business websites and social media business accounts.
In addition to being a marketing guru and all around good kid, Marjo writes for an online publication called “Route Bay City”. One of her articles in January featured a brand new modern coworking community opening in Downtown Bay City called City Office….
As the heart of our community, Marjo will make sure our ship sails smoothly. She is here to assist our members, grow our coworking community, and develop and deliver impactful networking events.
Marjo is smart as a whip and delightfully easy to talk to, but we can’t get enough of her unbelievably positive attitude and contagious smile! If you haven’t met her yet, come in to say hello! We can’t wait for you to meet her!
1. Coworking memberships are like gym memberships for business professionals, except they are for your business rather than your body. Coworking memberships provide all of the tools a member needs to be successful. And, just like a gym membership, your business will get stronger the more you go!
2. Coworking offices are your office. You have “coworkers”. There is a person making sure your clients are greeted at the door, and there is coffee on demand.
3. Coworking offices offer a social atmosphere and sense of community. (with a printer!) Coworkers have all the freedoms of working from home plus a social atmosphere and sense of community. Like a coffee shop with no guilt about holding a table all day!
4. Coworking provides a space to connect with other business professionals. (Usually in other industries!) Coworkers work on their own thing, but around other trusted individuals. This works beautifully for sharing ideas and brainstorming.
5. Coworking spaces are a GREAT place to host meetings. Coworking spaces often have conference rooms available to rent to the public or members of the coworking community. (No more meet in loud/public coffee shops!)
6. Coworking spaces are an office space inside an office space! Many coworking communities offer private office spaces. Lockable/private office space! With all utilities included! With a built-in network of professionals! With free coffee and a person welcoming your guests! With people to talk to when you need a break!
You have to work, but you don’t have to work alone. City Office is workplace for business professionals. People here work independently, together. There are 6 unique areas to tackle your to-do list, private, fully furnished office space, and 4 unique conference rooms to fit your business needs!