Benefits of co-working

Co-working is becoming more and more common in today’s working environment. Fewer people are employed a large companies and the way people work and the way businesses are organized and run is changing quickly. Joining a co-working space can be a huge benefit to small businesses and entrepreneurs alike, and here are a few reasons why.

Networking

Making connections is a key factor in the success of small businesses and entrepreneurs, driving referrals and gaining new clients and customers. Co-working spaces offer networking opportunities not just in the form of planned events, but by physically surrounding you with neighbours who have a wide range of knowledge and diverse backgrounds and perspectives. You gain access to a whole network of driven individuals, as well as investors and professionals that could help you in your career.

Drives creativity

Delivering quality solutions to your clients and customers can be a strenuous process, even more so if you work alone. Being part of a collaborative work space encourages conversation and drives creativity. Having other entrepreneurs and small business owners working in the same space gives you access to a sounding board to bounce ideas off of and brainstorm with. They may even have encountered a similar issue!

Flexible and cost effective

Co-working spaces are designed to be flexible, providing work desks, offices and meeting spaces to accommodate a variety of individuals and teams. Having the option to select when and how often you want to work in the space means you don’t have to pay for time you don’t use, and you can customize your schedule to fit your needs. Co-working spaces are affordable and don’t require long-term rental agreements, providing freedom and flexibility to members.

Accelerate learning

Being part of a co-working space gives you access to opportunities to improve existing skills and gain new skills, such as workshops, training, networking opportunities and keynote speakers. Not only are these learning opportunities offered more affordably to members, they are extremely convenient, taking place right in your workspace!

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Useful Google Chrome extensions for entrepreneurs and small businesses

Modern browsers can be great tools to help in all sorts of day-to-day tasks and can even boost productivity – if used correctly. One of the better browsers, Google Chrome, has extensions that are free to download that can transform your simple browser into a powerful tool to accelerate your business success. A few powerful extensions for Google Chrome that can help small businesses are listed below:

Todoist

A to-do list manager extension for Chrome that can also be used across devices to manage your tasks on the go. This extension allows for team collaboration in tracking projects and reminders.

Toggl Button

A productivity timer that will track your usage of any web tool. It tracks the time spent on the tools and displays the data to see where time is being wasted so you can adjust accordingly to increase work productivity. Great for any new business looking to streamline their internal processes.

DocuSign

This extension allows you to electronically sign PDF documents to reduce the need to print out documents and sign them by hand (not to mention scanning the signed documents!). This can be used directly in Gmail, Google Drive, or the Chrome Browser.

CrankWheel

Want to show co-workers, customers, and clients exactly what is on your screen to make meetings easier? CrankWheel allows for an instant
screen-sharing experience from a new tab in the Chrome browser. It doesnt need to be downloaded by the other user, so displaying your screen can be done quickly and seamlessly.

Website Blocker

This tool can be used to block distracting sites on your browser so that you can focus throughout the work day. This can be set to only be on during work hours so you can still kick back and enjoy your favourite sites…after work.

These are just a few of the many helpful Google Chrome extensions you can use to help boost productivity and efficiency while starting your small business. Exploring the Chrome extension library is a great way to discover new, helpful tools!