Meetings can be unproductive and time-consuming. 

What if you could find a way to have such a productive meeting, that you could end it early? It’s seems like a radical idea, but it’s doable. 

Terra Bohlmann, a business strategist and creator of The Business Map Method, has a three-step, five-minute system to make your next meeting more productive.

Step One — Reflect and Close Your Mental Loop (2 minutes)

Use this time to write up meeting notes, decisions made, and the next steps that need to happen. You can reference these notes during your meeting. Bohlmann states:

“Avoid the impulse to make a quick phone call, check email, or solicit input from someone else. Don’t fall for these traps because there’s nothing worse than being late to your next meeting.”

Step Two — Prepare For Your Next Meeting By Defining Your Goal (2 minutes)

“Review any previous notes and decide on the top goal you want to accomplish during your next meeting. If you are leading the meeting, jot down a simple agenda that you’ll share with others when you kick-off the meeting and your top goal,” advises Bohlmann.

When you lead a meeting, try and be as specific as possible with what you want to complete by the end of the meeting. By being specific with your goals for the meeting, the attendees will remain focused and productive.  

Step Three — Give Your Brain a Well-Deserved Break (1 minute)

Before heading into the meeting and after you’ve prepared, take a mental break. Everyone is different, but Bohlmann suggests standing, stretching, and taking deep breathes. By taking this break, you’ll be able to go into you next meeting with a clear head. 

“Don’t feel pressure to get to your meeting early to make small talk. Be on time, be fully present for the group, and end the meeting early,” states Bohlmann.

Try this system the next time you’re leading a meeting, and see if it makes a difference!

Published in Coworking Blog

Are you starting a business? 

If so, you probably don't have the funds or time yet to get your own office space and the amenities that come with it. 

Many new business owners and startups need flexibility in the beginning stages. Coworking spaces offer an affordable place to grow your business. But if you are not ready to commit to a reserved desk or office space, but need the amenities a shared office offers—consider a virtual office membership.

What business support does a virtual office membership provide you?

1. Business Mailing Address

Here at Work Hive, this is the main benefit many of our virtual office members are looking for. Virtual office memberships offer a professional mailing address in a desirable, downtown zip code. Virtual office members gain a physical business location without committing to a lease. This can also ensure your business isn't connected with your home address as you register for a business license.

2. Weekly Mail Forwarding

Virtual office members can choose to have any mail received for their business forwarded weekly to them, wherever that may be. Scan to email is also an option if you prefer getting your mail more quickly.

3. Access to Conference Rooms

When you become a Work Hive virtual office member, you can access our conference rooms for client meetings any time you need. Virtual office members get discounted access to our conference rooms and discounted day passes as well. You can meet with your clients or employees in a professional setting, only paying for the office when you need it!

4. Quick and Easy Set Up

Whether you live near or far from Salt Lake City, Work Hive can easily set up a virtual office membership for you. If you live in a different state, it’s not a problem because everything can be completed online. It takes just a few minutes to sign up online. Once you've signed up, the Work Hive team will reach out with a short form for you to fill out. The form will need to be notarized, or signed in person at Work Hive. After that, you’re set up and ready to go!

5. Cost-Effective

Virtual office memberships save you from renting a commercial space, paying utilities, and buying furniture and equipment. With all the money you will save by choosing a virtual office membership, you can invest it back into your business and its future expansion.

 If a virtual office membership sounds like a good fit for your business, visit Work Hive’s membership page to sign up today!

Published in Coworking Blog

Are you starting a business? 

If so, you probably don't have the funds or time yet to get your own office space and the amenities that come with it. 

Many new business owners and startups need flexibility in the beginning stages. Coworking spaces offer an affordable place to grow your business. But if you are not ready to commit to a reserved desk or office space, but need the amenities a shared office offers—consider a virtual office membership.

What business support does a virtual office membership provide you?

1. Business Mailing Address

Here at Work Hive, this is the main benefit many of our virtual office members are looking for. Virtual office memberships offer a professional mailing address in a desirable, downtown zip code. Virtual office members gain a physical business location without committing to a lease. This can also ensure your business isn't connected with your home address as you register for a business license.

2. Weekly Mail Forwarding

Virtual office members can choose to have any mail received for their business forwarded weekly to them, wherever that may be. Scan to email is also an option if you prefer getting your mail more quickly.

3. Access to Conference Rooms

When you become a Work Hive virtual office member, you can access our conference rooms for client meetings any time you need. Virtual office members get discounted access to our conference rooms and discounted day passes as well. You can meet with your clients or employees in a professional setting, only paying for the office when you need it!

4. Quick and Easy Set Up

Whether you live near or far from Salt Lake City, Work Hive can easily set up a virtual office membership for you. If you live in a different state, it’s not a problem because everything can be completed online. It takes just a few minutes to sign up online. Once you've signed up, the Work Hive team will reach out with a short form for you to fill out. The form will need to be notarized, or signed in person at Work Hive. After that, you’re set up and ready to go!

5. Cost-Effective

Virtual office memberships save you from renting a commercial space, paying utilities, and buying furniture and equipment. With all the money you will save by choosing a virtual office membership, you can invest it back into your business and its future expansion.

 If a virtual office membership sounds like a good fit for your business, visit Work Hive’s membership page to sign up today!

Published in Coworking Blog

Cleaning your house, making a dreaded phone call, and responding to all those emails are just some dreaded things you may have to do during your work week. Unfortunately, we cannot avoid these items on our to-do list for ever, because these dreaded tasks are essential. Once you decide to finally tackle them, these tasks tend to ruin your day. 

The following some excerpts from Moreno Zugaro’s Medium article, on ways to find motivation in the things you hate doing.

1. Mindset First: It’s Part of the Job

“Whatever you have to do, however annoying, dull, or hard it is — if you have to do it, it matters in some way. Otherwise, you could just not do it and things wouldn’t change. Focus on the outcome of the task and figure out how it fits into the big, strategic picture. Once you recognize what it is useful for, you understand that it is part of your job and it has to be done so you can get where you want in life.”

2. Instant Rewards > Future Rewards

“If you have to do something that won’t pay off until a distant point in the future, look for instant rewards. This can be as easy as allowing yourself some off-time on social media after you’ve cold-called a number of clients or treating yourself to a nice meal once you’ve redesigned your website. It’s much easier to do something you despise when you know that you will be rewarded instantly once you’re done with it.”

3. Doing Something Is Better Than Nothing

“This is also one of the best tactics to fight procrastination. Getting yourself to put in only 15 minutes of work is way easier than forcing yourself to put in a whole day. And in most cases, you won’t stop after 15 minutes, but keep going. The difficult part is getting started, not keeping the momentum. One great way to apply this is the Pomodoro technique — it combines short bursts of highly focused work with small breaks in between. Perfect for anything you’ve been putting off. 

If you’re facing a behemoth task, do the following: Break it down into smaller subtasks and commit to putting in a little bit of work — make the initial resistance as small as possible. Step by step, hour by hour, you will dig through the mountain of work, until it isn’t anymore.”

4. Focus on What’s In It For You

Believe it or not, “…Whatever you have to do, there is always something in it for you. Sometimes you just have to look a little closer.

That annoying customer you have to deal with? An opportunity to build your patience, learn to handle special requests, and learn about what type of customer you want or don’t want. Day crammed with appointments? An opportunity to increase your stress tolerance, have short, productive meetings, and learn about scheduling your day better.”

5. Change Your Perspective

“The problem is that when you face an unpleasant task that you have to do, this feeling [of fulfillment] is taken from you. You feel like you have to do it if you like it or not, and as a consequence, your motivation plummets. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. … But here is the cool thing: You can use this mechanism to your advantage. How? By replacing the I have to with I choose to + a reason why. … Retake the power of decision and watch your motivation skyrocket.”

6. Get an Accountability Partner

“The principle of an accountability partner is easy. You have something that you need to do, and now you get yourself someone who holds you accountable. This person can be anyone, although I’d pick someone, you’re close with — you’re much more likely to hold up to your promise. … It doesn’t sound like much, but the added social pressure of promising something to someone close to you and telling them to hold your accountable works wonders. Breaking a promise, you’ve given yourself is one thing — most people are experts when it comes to that (New Year’s Resolutions, anyone?). But losing your face in front of someone else, especially when it’s someone close to you? That’s another story.”

Published in Coworking Blog

Recently, a City Lab article named Salt Lake City the third fastest growing population of the creative class. From 2005 to 2019, Salt Lake City has seen a 43.6% growth, just trailing behind San Jose and San Francisco (47.2% and 45.2%, respectively). 

Richard Florida, the author, discusses the concept of “the rise of the rest.” The concept is described as, “a result of both increasingly unaffordable housing in established hubs and the improvement of the economies in less-established hubs.” 

The dominate hubs, like San Francisco, are notorious for the presence of fast-growing tech companies and extremely unaffordable housing units. Less-established hubs, like Salt Lake City, offer more affordable housing units, cheaper labor, and the ability to attract college graduates. 

So – Florida wanted to visually analyze this ever-evolving growth onto maps. 

With the help of Todd Gabe, an economist at the University of Maine, they collected data from the U.S. Census American Community Survey (ACS).

“I decided to take a closer look at what is actually happening to the geography of talent. I zeroed on changes in the location of the creative class for a period immediately before, during, and post-recession. While most studies equate talent with the share of adults who hold college degrees, my creative class metric is based on occupation. About nine in 10 Americans with a college degree are members of the creative class, which is made up of up of knowledge workers in education, healthcare, law, arts, tech, science, and business. But, only six in 10 members of the creative class hold a college degree.”

Florida and Gabe compared the concentrations of creative class growth and shares at 2005 and 2017. 

In 2005, Salt Lake City had one of the smallest shares of the creative class (at 31.6%), compared to the largest share, Washington D.C. at 47.8%.

Although from 2005 to 2017, Salt Lake City is at the top of the list for the fastest growth in creative class shares, at 24.1%

Salt Lake City shows no signs of slowing down. If your business is looking for a new place to grow, come join an inspiring community of the creative class at Work Hive located in the heart of Salt Lake City!.

Published in Coworking Blog

Salt Lake City, a city, surrounded by grand mountains and endless recreational opportunities has been gaining attention as a hub for Millennials. Salt Lake City was recently named one of the best cities for Millennials to live and work!

Homes.com recently published a study that ranked the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the United States according to how they met the needs of three generations: Baby Boomers (ages 55 to 74), members of Generation X (ages 35 to 54), and Millennials (ages 20 to 34). 

Looking at data specific to each generation, Homes.com focused on criteria that met the needs of each particular generation. For Millennials, median home price, number of entry-level jobs, and the population share of this age group were the criterion for ranking the best and worst cities. Cities that had lower median house prices and more entry-level jobs available were named the best for this generation.

The Millennial population in Salt Lake City is one of the highest in the country, at 32%. For every 100,000 people, there are over 422 jobs for Millennials to obtain. The median home price is at $322,000, which is the third highest in the top ten best cities.

Interested in moving to Salt Lake City?

Another study completed by RentCafe has shown the migration of Millennials from suburbs to urban areas. The study looked at zip codes and population of Millennials. The Salt Lake City zip codes with the highest percentage of Millennials include Central City, Granary District, Central Ninth, Ballpark, and Liberty Park

These neighborhoods provide Millennials more access to everyday needs, restaurants, public transit, and events. The City’s Sustainability Communications Manager, Sophia Nicholas says, “Our millennials realize that living downtown is a fantastic choice if you’re seeking to reduce your impact on the planet: It’s easier to have a lower environmental footprint when you’re living in denser communities. It’s easier, cheaper, and cleaner to use public transportation and to live close to where you work. Multi-family dwellings have lower resource requirements; and there are many local food options—from downtown community gardens to the year-round local farmers’ market.

If Salt Lake City sounds like your next adventure, make sure to stop by Work Hive for a tour of our space. Our workspace straightforward and it’s simple to get started. It only takes one minute to schedule a tour, two minutes to sign up for a membership, and three minutes to see the space and pick your seat. Come see our new productive workspace and join us as you build something for yourself. 

Published in Coworking Blog

Co-working is a rapidly growing option around the world for entrepreneurs.  From building a brand, to growing a business in a professional work space, different companies choose co-working for different reasons. Work Hive provides an open studio environment for working, collaborating, creating and fostering new businesses.

Tim Houghten from G Code outlines many great benefits to coworking:

10 Benefits of Coworking for Entrepreneurs
1. Ability to leverage the press and visibility of space to improve brand awareness
2. Higher productivity free from the distractions of home
3. Enhanced credibility with a professional office, mailing address and meeting space
4. Built in networking opportunities and organized events
5. Natural meeting place for angel investors looking to fund early stage startups
6. Endless collaboration opportunities with fellow coworkers
7. Leveraging an intelligent knowledge base (for free)
8. Only pay for what you need, eliminating traditional office expenses
9. Cross-promotion opportunities for low cost-high impact marketing
10. Inspirational surroundings for creating your best work
Published in Coworking Blog