Coworking is great for combating loneliness, looking more professional, and social innovation. A lot of small business owners, freelancers, social enterprises, startups, and nonprofits turn to coworking as an office need not only to spark new ideas, but also to reduce cost. Also, coworking benefits range from reducing carbon footprint on your transportation to shared kitchen appliance to reduce electronic waste.
Here are a few reasons why coworking could save the environment.
No wonder coworking is the most trendy way to work. Not only does it come with professional benefits, it also helps the environment to reduce the speed of global warming. Come by Treehouse Society for a tour to help with the environment!
Sharing coworking spaces is one of the biggest trends right now and they have even taken from regular office spaces. The general idea of coworking is for different sets of individuals to share a workspace. This idea stops a lot of individuals like the freelancers, entrepreneurs, web creators from going to that coffee shop or diner just to get work done. With the different sets of people sharing the workspace, there are ground rules set to avoid any form of disagreement. There are also certain dispositions that should be avoided when sharing a coworking space.
Use Your Inside Voice
You should ensure to make use of your inside voice when in the coworking space. Some coworking spaces have phone booths or designated places for phone calls, so phone calls should almost always be made at this places. Although the use of phones is not prohibited in the workspace, you should be mindful of others when answering calls.
Leave Immediately After Using Appliances
Most people are of the habit of catching up with people when they are using the machines or simply just hogging the machines, this habit slows down productivity marginally. Once you are done using the coffee machine or the photocopier or any other appliances , leave immediately. Take the conversation to lounging areas.
Respect Others' Privacy in the Space
Respecting the privacy of others is a very essential part of sharing a workspace. Most people do not like when people snoop around them and so to avoid any form of disagreement, one should always be mindful of the privacy of others.
Be Polite to Your Work Buddies
You do not have to be best friends with the people you share a coworking space with but civility is a must in the workplace. Rudeness always leads to disagreement which is bad as it interferes with the productivity in the workplace.
Keep Tidy of the Common Areas and Work Areas
Don't mess up your area of the workspace and expect someone else to clean up after you. Although there will be cleaning crew to clean up the place, you should always make sure you throw all your garbage in the waste baskets.
Ask Others Before Borrowing Their Property
Taking the property of others is not an ideal coworking etiquette, you should learn to stick to your property to avoid misunderstandings. Although sharing is encouraged in the workspace, sticking to what is yours is most ideal.
Eating at the Designated Area or Lounging Space
There are places designated for eating in the coworking space and you should always endeavour to eat meals there rather than the shared workspace areas as it disrupts work flow. Eating at your own work station is acceptable as well.
Keep Good Hygiene
You should always take note that you are not at home, so certain things you do at home just do not fly at the workspace. Acts like nose picking , nail biting, and other habits that gross people out should be avoided in the work space.
At Treehouse Society, we respect others in our coworking space to keep our productivity high.
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Dumplings is an international food. There are different cultures around the world who eat different types of dumplings. Here at Treehouse Society, we love trying different types of dumplings around our coworking space. This is a list of our favorite dumpling places.
1. Pushkin - This is located at 380 Bush Street inside International Food Court. By the way, International Food Court has had a grand opening sign for the last 10 years and is and underground place next to L&L Hawaiian BBQ. This is an amazing place for pelmeni, which are dumplings from Russia. Our favorite things on the menu are chicken pelmeni, beef pirojki, and squash vareniki. If it is cold outside, borsh is great here! If you are going to this place for lunch, you better get here early as the line gets long at noon.
2. Hon's Wun Tun House - This is located at 648 Kearny Street, which is less than 500 feet away from our space. This is really convenient for us to have lunch there. The chef cooking near the door always get our lunch cooked and to our table within 5 minutes. Our favorite on the menu is of course wun-tun & noodle in soup. Oh, if you want your bowl of noodle soup to be healthier, add some veggies for 50 cents. If you are a big eater, get a side of wun-tun to fill you up!
3. Bund Shanghai - This is located at 640 Jackson Street. Their Xiao Long Bao (soup dumplings) are awesome! Well, be prepared to bite into a dumpling of soup, which means the soup will spill as soon as you bite into it. We normally put it into a spoon to play it safe. For optimal experience, dip your dumpling into the vinegar and ginger they give you.
4. House of Xian Dumpling - This is located on 925 Kearny Street. Our favorite items on the menu here are boiled cabbage and pork dumpling, boiled chives and shrimp dumpling, and boiled radish and beef dumpling. Save yourself some money and don't get Xiao Long Bao here.
5. City View Restaurant - This is a block away from us at 662 Commercial Street. This is a great place if you have a lot of time to kill. Not only is the line long, it takes a long time for the dim sum and dumplings to circulate the entire restaurant. Their char siu bao (bbq pork bun) is amazing. We also really love their shrimp dumpling. We normally get 2 cages of them during lunch time.
Come cowork with us and have lunch breaks at our favorite dumpling places. It will be fun, we promise!
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Work environment is used to describe the surrounding conditions in which an employee operates. The work environment can be composed of physical conditions such as office temperature, or equipment, such as personal computers. It can also be related to factors such as work processes or procedures.
People are happiest and most productive when they work in an environment that suits them. Companies have different cultures, so it is essential for them to hire people who fit.
The work environment can involve the social interactions at the workplace, including interactions with peers, subordinates, and managers. They should be comfortable at work to be super productive.
Everyone has a preferred way of working. Some people like the formality of processes. They like it when processes are in place, so they know what steps to take. Others may prefer a more informal work environment in which there is less structure in in the way the company operates. They like extemporaneous meetings in lobbies and hallways, and business decisions are made over a casual lunch.
1. The individual-focused environment
In an individual-focused environment, the office offers individuals the flexibility to customize their working styles. Some individuals may be allowed to work from home if that doesn't interfere with their productivity. Others may have flexible hours, and still, others may customize their desks and furniture however they like. Everyone works differently, and this environment recognizes and celebrates that fact.
2. The 'open skeptic' environment
In a skeptical environment, everything is questioned because questions are encouraged. When someone suggests a new marketing strategy, someone else asks why it would work better than the alternative. Questions feed discussion, and because everyone is asking questions, everyone is moving the company forward. Nobody is judged or reprimanded for his or her ideas. and all ideas are considered equally.
3. The no-walls environment
The no-walls environment is all about keeping the team together. There are no offices or enclosed cubicles (or if there are, the doors are open), so employees can speak freely with one another. These environments usually have a common break room, and team-building events to inspire cooperation and mutual appreciation.
4. The mutual-feedback environment
This environment favors honest feedback above all other forms of communication. When a worker needs to improve, he or she is told about it. When a boss' approach is unproductive or inefficient, that communication is made, too. People trust one another to give, listen to, and act on mutual feedback, and everyone can improve as a result.
5. The unified environment
The unified environment allows people to operate as individuals but still, focus on succeeding as a team. This type of environment usually setws "team" goals and will enable people to work together in smaller groups to accomplish team tasks. Employees are focused on working together, and individually hold themselves accountable for the quality of their work.
A startup environment is very important. As startup is driven by early people, it is important to set up an environment where everyone can be productive and have an efficient way to give feedbacks to make sure everything is working correctly. No matter what set up you need for your startup, Treehouse Society has you covered. Schedule a tour today!
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There is a lot of confusion between small business owners and entrepreneurs. They are both risk takers pursuing their own vision and need a lot grid to make things happen. The main difference is that entrepreneurs usually take outside funding to build something way bigger while small business owners start and run a business with limited resources and planning.
Entrepreneurs are always thinking way ahead about the next thing in the world. They dream of how the world can improve. They do not settle for status quo. Entrepreneurs usually dream up of new ideas that could work or not work and try to scale it. They grow startups into big companies. They usually go for outside funding as this is a new scalable, high risk, high reward, venture. Entrepreneurs usually dream up of improving the world in a vast way and normally do not sell an already available merchandise or franchise or dealership. Entrepreneurs usually operate years before revenue comes into the door.
Small business owners start their business to mostly feed themselves. Small businesses normally do not scale up like a startup. They make small decisions and usually operate the business themselves. Small business owners walk on right ropes with a safety net underneath. They are usually the bedrocks of local economies. People normally think that small businesses are only retail and some franchise owners, but with the internet, there are other options such as e-commerce, drop shipping, consulting, and freelancing.
Whatever the differences, it is undeniable that both entrepreneurs and small business owners began with vision, energy, and enthusiasm to implement their businesses. The difference might be that entrepreneurs know when to sell and move on to another innovative project. Small business owners are happy running his or her business and are satisfied with their autonomy. They might not even dream of selling. Our neighbor, Wok Shop, never dreamed of selling her business no matter how many offers she received because running her business is her pride. Entrepreneurs and small business owners create their own jobs and many others if they are successful. With technological advancement, technology startups which turned corporations have helped small businesses in many ways. For example, the Wok Shop has been on Amazon since 1999 and have been growing her business with Amazon.
No matter if you are a small business owner or an entrepreneur, we have a perfect space for you to be productive at Treehouse Society. You will be surrounded by other motivated entrepreneurs, small business owners, and freelancers to keep your grit going.
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Today, fashion has left the comfortable era of simple dresses and clean shoes. Your sense of fashion is a primary informant of the basic and most important things in your life, a description of your essence, amongst other things. If you are a software engineer, you might just be in a t-shirt and jeans still, but freelancers, consultants, and other creatives might feel differently about fashion.
The suit and tie corproate look is no longer the norm as more people are gravitating towards the coworking space, which translates to "no dress codes." There is no need to have a wardrobe of professional business-like outfits it you have transitioned to the coworking environment, which revolves around dressing for yourself.
Coworking and fashion are not the most common words put together in a sentence. In fact, this blog post is a little bit weird, but we are exhausted on a Thursday and just decided to write whatever might be fun for us. A coworking spaces are the trickiest place to keep up a fashion style, seeing as there are no rules.
So who says you can't wear joggers to work? If that is how you feel, then, own it.
Coworking space, unlike a home office, gives you an excuse to wear pants during your work day. Working from a home office can sometimes be difficult to be motivated to try to look good or wear pants as even when you are on a video conference call, they do not see your lower body.
Here are a few more reasons we think the coworking space is a perfect fit for your fashion sense;
IT ALLOWS FOR EXPRESSION
The coworking facility allows you to express yourself and not have to wear a tie when you feel like wearing denim. In a traditional office, there are rules and dress codes that have to be strictly followed, but with a coworking space, no one makes the rules, so there is less to worry about.
Coworking spaces, alongside the freedom of creative ingenuity, also affords everyone the luxury of looking elegant, relaxed, or world class, as often as you please. It embraces the mystery of the new age's view of professionalism, as each person as a unique means of embracing and representing his or her style, which is one that trumps every form of routine or stereotype.
If you are into arts or culture, working from a coworking space affords you the luxury of putting on your handmade clothes to work everyday if you so desire.
YOU CAN DRESS WITH YOUR BUSINESS IN MIND
In the 21st century, where everyone is trying to make a statement with their brand and personal identity, every opportunity to present your business is like a goldmine.
The success of a business meeting or a happy hour networking session depends strongly on the first impression, the majority of which involved a sense of fashin that is quickly noticed. It makes passing the message of your brand across easier because whoever meets you can already begin to form an impression about you. Ideas are not the only things shared in a coworking space, and because there is freedom to be yourself, you might as well pass off a strong first impression with your outfit. For example, if Hugh Hefner wears pajamas for his brand and could get away with it most of the time because it is his branding!
YOU CALL THE SHOTS
Unlike traditional offices where someone else decides what to wear Monday through Friday, at a coworking facility, you call the shots. You make the rules; you decide what you wear, The possibilities are so limitless when you are working from a coworking space, seeing as you are completely in charge.
At Treehouse Society, our members are in style. Lately, the heat in San Francisco is out of control, but our members are still dressed casually elegant with strong branding in this weather. Ditch your suit and tie and cowork with us today!
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In a 2016 interview with Fortune, John Capioppo, author of Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection, argued that loneliness has a physical and psychological effect on people's health: "[Loneliness] is bad for your mental health: well-being goes down, depressive symptoms go up, your likelihood of developing mental and affective disorders increases," he said. While this is a known fact, a lot of people are even lonelier in their place of work more than ever. A coworking space can help in stemming the tide of loneliness.
Humans are inherently social creatures who thrive when placed in groups or communities where they feel a sense of belonging. Working within an organization has traditionally been a primary way for people to feel engaged. But with the growing numbers of entrepreneurs and freelancers, that structure has changed. A lot of people are now freelancing, and are enjoying the opportunity and autonomy that independence can bring. This freedom comes at a price, however, as freelancing in isolation can lead to depression, a decrease in productivity, and loneliness.
This is where the power of coworking comes into play. Coworking, is also a form of work which involves a shared working environment, often in an office. Unlike your usual office, the people who are coworking are usually not under the employment of the same corporation. Coworking is typically attractive to independent contractors, freelancers, small business owner, digital nomads, or startups who don't want to work in isolation.
Coworking seeks to cure this problem of isolation because it is made up of a group of like-minded people coming to work together not because they are bound by employment by an organization, but because they want to share ideas and just coexist. Coworking solves the social interaction problem that face freelancers, consultants, small business owners, and solopreneurs.
Ways in which coworking has helped to cure loneliness include social events, client referrals, belonging to a community, and creating a work/life balance. Many coworking spaces host events such as happy hour and lunch and learn, which are great ways to make connections with new members of the coworking space. These events are also ways to build networking connections and meet potential clients. Belonging to a community of similarly minded individuals reminds freelancers that their struggles are shared and together, a group of coworking individuals is like a support system. Also, when people work from home, they have a hard time separating work from life. But when they work in a coworking space, they are able to remove themselves from the work life at the end of the day, creating a health balance. At Treehouse Society, we host happy hours, mixers, and workshops for freelancers and young professionals to learn from each other. A typical work day here doesn't go without work buddies discussing ideas at lounging areas and our kitchen over coffee. Sometimes, the conversation is about the best practices for marketing and others, it's about the best spots near San Francisco.
DeskMag asked individuals what had changed for them since they transitioned to coworking. 86% attested to the fact that they felt less lonely, and 92% said it had increased their social circle.
A lot of positive physical and mental health benefits are associated with coworking. As a movement, coworking is built to serve the direct need of human interaction, and in doing so, it is eliminating the component of loneliness which used to be a problem for freelancers. This accounts for why it has grown in popularity right alongside the freelancing and entrepreneurial movement. This is why freelancers and entrepreneurs love coworking.
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Where do you work? Is it from home or a coffee shop? Are you among the community of the mobile workforce in consulting, contracting, freelancing, or have your own business? You are not alone, currently, there are about 53 million Americans freelancers today and by the year 2020, 50% of the US workforce will be freelancers. This leads to the rise of coworking space, which are growing rapidly around the world to serve as a convenient place to have adequate focus and concentration for freelancers.
YOU TEND TO LOOK MORE PROFESSIONAL
You look more professional meeting clients in a coworking space that looks professional. It looks a lot more professional than meeting them in a coffee shop, and you can also use it as a mailing address to make your business look more professional. Coworking is way more affordable for this than a traditional commercial lease. At Treehouse Society, we have professional conference rooms, comfortable lounging areas, and phone booths for you to make meetings happen professionally according to your needs.
IT IS AN EASIER WAY TO FOCUS
There is no room for distraction from others if you need to get work done. If you are at the desk with your company in a coworking space, you are actually there to get work done. At Treehouse Society, other coworking members will respect you trying to get work done if you are at your desk with a good pair of earphones. You can also borrow our monitors to maximize your concentration. Also, since the space already came furnished, you can just focus on what you are good at. Come in, pick a seat, and start churning away at your work.
It is constantly said that it is not what you know that matters but who will amicably help you to get there that matters the most. Majority of the successful individuals are usually hanging out around the community of coworking spaces. Here in our Treehouse Society, we have members from different types of industries so you can learn about how other industries can help you.
You tend to be associated with the like-minded individuals at a coworking space in which you share different perspectives in getting a quick solution to your challenges. If your major desire is to accelerate your success, then a coworking space is the perfect avenue which you can easily discover more knowledge and mentorship.
A coworking member sitting next to you at Treehouse Society might be your next client. Or maybe you will find your next client at the next weekly happy hour.
Skill sharing is that much easier at a coworking space. Since at Treehouse Society, all of our members are from different backgrounds, you can actually trade skills which you may need in your business.
Hopefully, you find that a coworking space is beneficial to your business. Coworking is not just a mere trending platform, it is also a viable method for the mobile workforce in getting their respective project to be done in a professional setting making it looks more appealing. Join Treehouse Society today to make sure you gain more skills and experience from different individuals in the community!
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The idea behind coworking is to establish a new kind of work environment for freelancers, entrepreneurs, small businesses, consultants, writers, self-employed, and other change makers. This is why most coworking spaces are open 24/7 to adjust to this new kind of work environment. Most people get praised for being a morning person, but no one gets complimented on being a night owl. Here is a list of 7 Reasons to be Proud of Being A Night Owl.
Below are the benefits of why coworking is beneficial to night owls.
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The startup world is exciting. Due to technology of the 21st century, many companies today could be built by a single founder. Growth of a company could be rapid by capable founders, technology, and the right time. As a company experience its growth, it might need a larger and more professional office space. Unfortunately, not every startup, especially if it is founded by a solopreneur could do that. As a single founder, you already have to spend your energy meeting legal requirements, growing a company, doing necessary accounting work, seeking potential customers, and seeking potential investors. There is absolutely no time for a solopreneur to be looking at commercial leases and be tied into a contract for a couple years. A startup needs to be as agile as possible. Here is how coworking can be vital for a solopreneur startup.
A coworking space offers memberships that cater to every startup's needs. At Treehouse Society, you could decide to choose from drop in day passes to open desks to private offices. Treehouse Society is flexible so you could grow or downsize your startup as you need. Treehouse Society provides some incredible and exciting benefits compare to the coffee shop. The amenities include stable Wi-Fi, community events, printing, and conference rooms, which are all given to the members of the coworking space. The amenities are available at all days, with this benefits you tend to be the boss of yourself, schedule your work timing at any time you wish. With the advance of technology, the coworking space tends to be also established on the mobile platform.
There are many opportunities for networking in Treehouse Society. From our kitchen area to our events. Our members are an ecosystem of different age, experience, knowledge, and skills. You might end up meeting a potential customer, investor, or cofounder in here. Networking is important to the growth and future of a startup.
Improvement of Happiness and Effectiveness
Starting a business is not an easy task. Being surrounded by other passionate people and doers could improve your happiness. Even if you and your work buddy at a coworking space are not working on the same project, it is more encouraging to be in an environment where others are working on their passion as well. It might just aspire you and motivate you in your entrepreneurship journey.
Coworking is vital with these benefits for your business. Before signing for your next commercial lease, consider a coworking space where you could be collaborating with others. Let your startup blossom into an awesome business with the support from Treehouse Society.
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