As a small business owner, you are likely no stranger to stress. Running a business can be incredibly rewarding, but it can also be challenging, and it's important to manage your stress levels in order to stay healthy and focused. Here are a few tips for managing stress as a small business owner.

R SAMILL160221 00043 01 SmallFirst and foremost, prioritize self-care. As a business owner, it's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day demands of running your business and neglect your own wellbeing. But taking care of yourself is essential for managing stress and staying healthy. Make sure to get enough sleep, eat well, and exercise regularly. It's also important to take regular breaks and find activities that help you relax and unwind, such as meditation, yoga, or spending time outdoors.

Another key strategy for managing stress as a small business owner is to stay organized. When your business is running smoothly and efficiently, it can be much less stressful. Keep track of tasks, deadlines, and appointments using a planner or project management tool, and make sure to delegate tasks when appropriate. This can help you stay on top of things and avoid feeling overwhelmed.

It's also important to set boundaries and learn to say "no" when necessary. As a small business owner, you may feel pressure to take on every opportunity that comes your way. But taking on too much can be overwhelming and lead to burnout. Be selective about the projects you take on and make sure to communicate your availability and limits to clients and partners.

Additionally, try to cultivate a positive attitude. As a small business owner, you are bound to face setbacks and challenges. But how you choose to respond to these challenges can have a big impact on your stress levels. Instead of getting frustrated or overwhelmed, try to stay positive and focus on solutions. This can help you stay calm and focused, even in the face of adversity.

If you're a member at Work Hive, be sure that in your networking with other members, you ask about their strategies for reducing stress. Remember, we are a community of entrepreneurs and problem-solvers. 

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As technology continues to advance, businesses are increasingly faced with the need to upgrade their systems and tools in order to stay competitive. While this process can be daunting, there are many benefits to upgrading your technology.

R SAMILL160221 00038 01 SmallFirst and foremost, upgrading your technology can improve the efficiency and productivity of your business. Newer tools and systems are often designed to automate and streamline processes, freeing up time and resources for your team to focus on more important tasks. This can help your business run more smoothly and effectively, ultimately leading to increased profitability.

In addition, upgrading your technology can help you better serve your customers. With new tools and systems, you can improve the accuracy and speed of your service, leading to a better customer experience. This can help you retain customers and attract new ones, ultimately helping your business grow.

Upgrading your technology can also help you stay ahead of the competition. In today's fast-paced business environment, staying on the cutting edge is crucial. By investing in new technology, you can gain a competitive advantage and position your business for success.

Of course, upgrading your technology can also come with some challenges. One of the biggest challenges is the cost. Investing in new technology can be expensive, and it's important to carefully consider the potential return on investment before making a decision. Additionally, there may be a learning curve as your team adapts to new tools and systems.

Despite these challenges, the benefits of upgrading your technology far outweigh the drawbacks. By staying on top of the latest technology, you can improve the efficiency and productivity of your business, better serve your customers, and stay ahead of the competition. So, if your business is still using outdated technology, now is the time to upgrade.

At Work Hive in Salt Lake City -- both locations actually -- Downtown SLC and Sugar House -- we have several members who are software developers, and could be great connections for you if you're looking for a software solution. (It's just another benefit of our flexible coworking space!)

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Team meetings are an essential aspect of any successful organization. They provide an opportunity for team members to come together, discuss important issues, share updates, and collaborate on projects. By holding regular meetings, teams can stay aligned, informed, and motivated, ultimately leading to increased productivity and achievement of goals.

However, not all team meetings are created equal. Ineffective meetings can be a waste of time and can even hinder progress. To ensure that your team meetings are productive, there are several key factors to consider.

First and foremost, it's important to have a clear agenda for each meeting. This will help ensure that the meeting stays on track and that all relevant topics are covered. It's also a good idea to distribute the agenda ahead of time, so that team members can come prepared with any updates or questions.

R SAMILL160221 00017 01 SmallAnother key factor is to limit the length of meetings. Research has shown that the human brain has a limited capacity for concentration, so long meetings can actually decrease productivity. Instead, aim for meetings that are no longer than an hour, with shorter meetings being even more effective.

It's also essential to have a designated facilitator for each meeting. This person can help keep the meeting focused and on track, facilitate discussions, and ensure that everyone has a chance to contribute.

Additionally, it's important to create an inclusive and collaborative environment in meetings. Encourage team members to share their ideas and listen to each other with respect and open-mindedness. This will foster a sense of teamwork and help everyone feel invested in the success of the group.

Finally, follow up on any action items or decisions made in the meeting. This will ensure that progress is made and will keep the team accountable.

If you need a space to collaborate with your team, or just a place to focus, consider spending a day at Work Hive, whether in Downtown Salt Lake City or Sugar House. We have the amenities you need -- from conference rooms to coffee to high speed internet. Give us a call or stop in!

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IMG 6380 1 2As the new year approaches, it’s a good time for businesses to reflect on the past year and plan for the year ahead. Business strategy planning is an important part of this process, providing a framework for setting goals and priorities, and identifying the actions and resources needed to achieve them.

Here are some tips for business strategy planning for the new year:

  • Start by reviewing the past year. Take a look at your business’s performance over the past year, analyzing key metrics and data to identify areas of success and areas for improvement. This can provide valuable insights and help inform your planning for the year ahead.
  • Set clear goals and priorities. Identify the key initiatives and projects that you want to focus on in the new year, and set specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) goals to help guide your efforts. This can help ensure that your business is focused on the right priorities and moving in the right direction.
  • Develop a plan of action. Once you’ve set your goals and priorities, it’s important to develop a plan of action to achieve them. This should include identifying the specific actions and resources needed, as well as a timeline for completing them. A well-defined plan can help ensure that your business stays on track and makes progress towards its goals.
  • Get input from your team. Business strategy planning should be a collaborative process, involving input and ideas from leaders and teams across the organization. By engaging your team in the planning process, you can tap into their expertise and insights, and build buy-in and support for your plan.
  • Monitor and adjust your plan. As the year progresses, it’s important to regularly monitor your progress and adjust your plan as needed. This can include revisiting your goals and priorities, and making changes to your plan to ensure that you’re on track to achieve them.

Set your business up for success in the new year. By following these tips, you can develop a clear and actionable plan to help guide your efforts and drive progress towards your goals.

If you need a space to collaborate with your team, or just a place to focus, consider spending a day at Work Hive, whether in Downtown Salt Lake City or Sugar House. We have the amenities you need -- from conference rooms to coffee to high speed internet. Give us a call or stop in!

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120516 WorkHive025 SmallAs the year comes to a close, it’s a good time for businesses to reflect on the past year and plan for the year ahead. End-of-year strategy meetings are an important part of this process, providing a space for leaders and teams to come together and discuss the successes, challenges, and opportunities of the past year.

One of the key goals of end-of-year strategy meetings is to review the progress of the business over the past year. This can include looking at financial performance, analyzing key metrics and data, and identifying areas of success and areas for improvement. These discussions can help leaders and teams gain a better understanding of the current state of the business and how it has evolved over the past year.

Another important aspect of end-of-year strategy meetings is to set goals and priorities for the year ahead. This can include identifying key initiatives and projects to focus on, setting targets and benchmarks to measure progress, and developing a plan to achieve these goals. By establishing a clear direction and plan for the year ahead, businesses can position themselves for success and growth.

End-of-year strategy meetings can also provide an opportunity for team building and collaboration. By bringing together leaders and teams from different departments and levels of the organization, end-of-year strategy meetings can help foster communication and collaboration, which can be crucial for driving innovation and success.

By providing a space for leaders and teams to reflect on the past year and plan for the year ahead, end-of-year strategy meetings can help businesses position themselves for success and growth.

Work Hive in Sugar House and in Downtown Salt Lake City has conference rooms and all the other amenities you may need for a successful end-of year strategy meeting. Give us a call to check conference room availability!

 

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Are you looking to change things up in the new year? Are you working from home, and do you miss the energy and collaboration of a traditional office setting? Coworking at Work Hive may be the solution you’re looking for.

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Coworking spaces offer a shared workspace for individuals and businesses, providing a collaborative environment for professionals to work and grow. With flexible workspace options, conference rooms, and private offices, coworking spaces offer a range of amenities to enhance productivity and drive innovation.

One of the key benefits of coworking spaces is their focus on fostering a collaborative environment. In a traditional office setting, it can be difficult to network and connect with others in the same industry. But in a coworking space, professionals and businesses can come together and share ideas, expertise, and resources to drive growth and success.

In addition to the collaborative atmosphere, coworking spaces also offer a range of amenities to enhance productivity. High-speed internet, comfortable seating areas, and access to conference rooms are just a few of the amenities that can help professionals focus on their work and achieve their goals.

Another advantage of coworking spaces is their flexibility. Whether you need a dedicated workspace for your business, or just a quiet place to work for a few hours, coworking spaces offer a range of options to meet your needs. And with affordable pricing and flexible terms, it’s easy to find the right workspace solution for your business.

Work Hive has locations in Downtown Salt Lake City and in Sugar House. We have flexible solutions, providing a collaborative environment and a range of amenities to enhance productivity. If you’re looking for a dynamic and flexible workspace solution, consider taking a tour of Work Hive!

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Coworking spaces are a type of flexible workspace that have become increasingly popular among freelancers, remote workers, and startups. These collaborative office environments provide individuals with a shared space to work, while also fostering a sense of community and collaboration. Work Hive is a coworking space in downtown Salt Lake City with just this type of space.

One of the main benefits of coworking spaces is their flexibility. Unlike traditional office spaces, coworking spaces allow individuals to choose their own workspace, whether it's a dedicated desk or a shared workspace. This is especially beneficial for remote workers and freelancers who may not have a dedicated office space.

Another advantage of coworking spaces is the sense of community they provide. These spaces bring together individuals from different industries and backgrounds, which can lead to the exchange of ideas and networking opportunities. Many coworking spaces also host events and workshops, providing members with opportunities to learn new skills and connect with others in their field.

Work Hive is a coworking space in Downtown Salt Lake City, Utah

For startups and entrepreneurs, coworking spaces can provide a cost-effective alternative to traditional office spaces. Because individuals share the space and resources, the cost of renting a desk or office in a coworking space is often significantly lower than leasing an office space on your own. Additionally, coworking spaces often come equipped with all the necessary office amenities, such as high-speed internet, printing services, and conference rooms, which can be costly to set up and maintain on your own.

Overall, coworking spaces provide a flexible and collaborative workspace that can be beneficial for a wide range of individuals and organizations. From remote workers and freelancers to startups and entrepreneurs, coworking spaces offer a sense of community and a range of resources that can help individuals and organizations thrive. If this type of space appeals to you, please come by Work Hive for a tour!

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Staying productive can be a challenge, especially when there are so many distractions and tasks vying for our attention. But by implementing some simple strategies and techniques, you can boost your productivity and get more done in less time.

First, start by setting specific and achievable goals for yourself. This will give you a clear idea of what you need to accomplish and will help you stay focused on the tasks at hand. Be sure to break your goals down into smaller, more manageable tasks, and prioritize them based on importance and urgency. This will help you avoid getting overwhelmed and will ensure that you are making progress on the most important tasks first.

Next, create a schedule and stick to it. This will help you stay on track and avoid getting sidetracked by less important tasks. Be sure to schedule regular breaks into your day, as taking breaks can actually improve your productivity. This will give your mind and body a chance to rest and recharge, allowing you to come back to your tasks with renewed focus and energy.

Another important aspect of staying productive is minimizing distractions. This can be challenging in today's world, where we are constantly bombarded with notifications and alerts from our phones, laptops, and other devices. To combat this, try setting aside specific times during the day to check your email and social media, and turn off notifications for the rest of the day. You can also use apps and tools like Freedom and Cold Turkey to block distracting websites and apps during specific times of the day.

In addition to minimizing distractions, it's also important to optimize your environment for productivity. This means creating a workspace that is free of clutter and distractions, and that is conducive to focus and concentration. Consider investing in a good quality chair and desk, as well as other ergonomic accessories like a mouse and keyboard. You may also want to consider using noise-cancelling headphones to block out background noise, and using a white noise machine to create a soothing work environment. A coworking space can also help you be productive and focused by giving you a space for concentration during your day, separate from your home.

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Finally, don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it. This could mean delegating tasks to others, or simply reaching out to a colleague or friend for support and guidance. By asking for help, you can free up your time and energy to focus on the tasks that are most important to you, ultimately boosting your productivity and allowing you to achieve your goals.

In conclusion, staying productive requires a combination of setting specific and achievable goals, creating a schedule and sticking to it, minimizing distractions, optimizing your environment, and asking for help when you need it. By implementing these strategies and techniques, you can boost your productivity and get more done in less time.

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As coworking spaces have become all the rage in recent years almost regardless of the improving job market and overall economy, the most common commentary about being a member at one is the possibility of community, connection, and collaboration.

It makes sense that being around strangers all day long and sharing a kitchen and bottomless coffee before some kind of networking event begins will encourage socializing, but something still needs to actually inspire that drive to connect.

In 2012 an article was posted on Geekpreneur about the first introduction of coworking spaces and why they were becoming successful.

The article mentions the power of the studio's noise level. There is a certain kind and volume of noise that is optimum for people to be productive and subsequently motivated to engage with others around them.

The author writes: "A good co-working office will have the buzz of a workspace rather than the relaxed atmosphere of a home or the multiple distractions of a corner table in a café. When you’re surrounded by other freelancers who have their heads down and are focused on a project, peer pressure forces you to do the same." 

Much like a college library, a certain level of buzzing noise that indicates people talking, rustling papers, or tapping on computer keyboards creates the office environment full of productivity and focus without forcing you to be in a cubicle jungle watching the clock.

The article goes on to argue that working with your headphones in may not always be the most productive method because it cuts you off from the aforementioned noise, relies heavily on your choice of music, and cuts you off from socializing and connecting with your peers around you.

Of course, we are not suggesting that you socialize all day long and open yourself to be interrupted and distracted every day, but letting the noise of the people around and then making sure to get up, walk around, and say hello to someone, however briefly, will have a tremendous impact on your productivity and potentially the future of your career.

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When entrepreneurs start a company or remote employees become officially remote, there is exhilaration in the idea of total flexibility and the option to work from home.

Commute? Rolling from the bed to the couch.

Coffee run? More like coffee walk to the kitchen.

Interruptions from coworkers? Not even possible.

It sounds pretty ideal. Total silence. All day long. In your pajamas.

But what happens when it's too quiet and your pajamas are too comfy? You don't get anything done. And no one is around to motivate you.

The problem is that your projects and deadlines do not change while your productivity decreases.

Cue Cabin Fever.

Coworking spaces around the world offer so many variations of amenities, but the most important features remain the most simple:

  1. Flexible access
  2. Proximity to other people
  3. Productivity

When people come to Work Hive for a tour, the need to get out of the house is the number one reason they are seeking coworking space.

Jamie Syke, a graphic designer based in Germany, echos this need upon his move to Berlin: "I used to absolutely and unequivocally swear by the concept of working from home. But since I moved to Berlin 3 months ago, the idea quickly stagnated. Selling all my belongings and living in AirBNBs meant I was effectively working from someone else’s “home”. And it just didn’t work. I found myself feeling uncomfortable."

Even though a designer's work is as remote as they come, Jamie still did not feel as productive as he could have. His situation was uniquely extreme in that he started his tenure in Germany staying in numerous Airbnbs, but the point remains that his productivity was affected.

24/7 access to the space, which is inherently full of other people who want to be productive, provides the flexibility for a lot of solopreneurs and remote workers to take advantage of reliable productivity based on when during the day they are uniquely the most focused.

In addition, other than the endless coffee that is available, Syke mentions the power of simply being around other people: "I’ve found working around a bunch of other people who are also working, and not pissing around watching YouTube or the latest episode of Mr Robot has been incredible for me and my productivity."

 

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