So we have had some requests on articles and blog write ups, and we want to respond in a fulfilling manner. We hope this helps people in the Naples area, as well as all over the nation.
1) Keep an open mind. When working in a cowork space, such as Venture X, remember to keep an open mind and collaborate. Cowork spaces are built so local businesses and startups can utilize everything within them. Most spaces are built on an open floor plan and allow their members to sit wherever they like. Take advantage of that! Sit in a new seat every day, or heck, move around throughout the day and meet people. They’re built for collaboration and community…so collaborate!
2) Balance work and play. Cowork spaces are all about having a good time, but there is a time and place for it. Venture X in particular is built to help the local startups and businesses succeed. Our main focus is to build the community stronger so that companies can begin to grow along side the other members in our space. When working in a cowork space, remember to utilize it as an office space and remember other people are there to work as well. Now before you say, “but, but, but I thought that…” hear us out. Cowork spaces DO promote collaboration and networking. We encourage our members to mingle throughout the day with other members. We believe through collaboration…innovation occurs. What we are stating is you must balance the work and play. Every cowork spaces environment is very organic and is controlled by the members. Here comes the “play” aspect. Venture X, along with a few other places stay open 24/7. We personally will be hosting events after hours for our members to attend along with the occasional events for the public. These are events that you will want to be apart of. The best way to grow your business is by networking, getting feedback and hear about what other people are doing.
3) Be open minded. Entrepreneurs by nature are optimistic. Now when you put 20…40…100 entrepreneurs all in one area, the feeling of inspiration grows tremendously. When entrepreneurs see others succeed, it pushes them forward and makes them more motivated. When working in the cowork space, be open minded and hear what advice people give you. You WILL be around startups who may have more experience and some who need your advice. So make sure your head isn’t constantly buried in the laptop and mingle.