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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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!

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We have all heard of burnout.

Many of us have unfortunately experienced it first hand.

In the fast paced, sleepless world in which we currently live, more and more pressure is being put on employees to dissolve their ideas of "workday hours" and work until a project gets finished.

The absence of physical boundaries leads to the absence of mental boundaries, which can still lead to working overtime and burning out from high self-expectations.

The positive side of the modern work culture shift is that it promotes more flexibility for employees to enjoy exercise and other healthy activities before, during, and after work, allowing them to explore or maintain a sense of what uniquely fulfills them and helps them sustain productivity when they choose to be in the office.

Because the structure and culture of work has changed, so has the cause of burnout, and so has the ways that are best to respond to that burnout.

An article in Forbes mentions the idea of "digital burnout" and how our devices make it difficult for us to stop working due to such easy access to email at all times.

The common suggestion to deal with the technological overwhelm and work burnout is to disconnect.

The one problem? People do not know how to recharge.

We spend so much time staring at a screen or responding to a text that if we actually turn off the devices and sit down in the deathly quiet, our brains are not conditioned to know what to do next.

The author suggests a new solution of connecting in a different, healthier way instead of completely disconnecting and dropping into solitude for a while.

The author describes this new kind of connection in a few ways:

  1. Connecting with yourself - Know what actually feels healthy for you. If you recently tried yoga, do some yoga. Even for ten minutes in your living room. The key is to keep it simple so that the activity you choose is still ultimately relaxing.
  2. Connect with others - Again, keep it simple. Set up a coffee date in advance with a friend to just sit and chat. Or invite a friend to walk with you at the dog park. Hand-write a note and send it to a family member, the old-fashioned way.
  3. Connect with the world - Think about something that scares you or represents a total break of your status quo. Take a road trip, try a random restaurant, read a hardcover book.

 Pro tip: Take these three categories and make lists of ideas uniquely for the things that feel healthy for you. That way, when the time comes that you feel the burn coming on, you have a pre-set menu of things that will help you recharge in a healthier, thoughtful way.

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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!

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