Office Space vs. Coworking

June 17, 2019 in Announcements

First off – no, we are not talking about one of the best movies ever made that features a red Swingline stapler. No, this is about actual workspaces. Are you one of the lucky ones who has already decided to escape the monotonous “Yeeeaaaahhhh…” of the middle-management drone and are going out on your own? CONGRATS! Now, the BIG decision – where do you work?

If a home office is not in the cards*, then you are probably thinking about either a) renting your own private office or b) joining a coworking space. How do you decide? Aha! We have some suggestions:

*A side note here: most of the time working from home should NOT be in the cards. Turns out that for most people it is a super distracting and non-productive environment. Unless you decide to do laundry for a living, then maybe home is best.

Similarities

Working from a coworking space has a number of benefits: increased creativity, greater opportunity for focus, higher productivity, faster internet speed, a professional setting, etc. But that is where the similarities between renting a private office and a membership at a coworking location stop, and in some cases don’t even exist!

Differences

It’s true that in a private office you have more control over your work environment. In fact, you have all of the control because you are ALONE and are the only one paying the bills. And did we mention – you are alone? How creative are you really with no one to bounce ideas off?

Why Coworking?

Diversity. Coworking spaces are, by nature, diverse environments. They are places where talented individuals of all sorts of backgrounds, businesses, and expertise gather. Coworking allows you to quickly develop a broad network of not only potential collaborators but possible clients as well. And it’s not all extroverts and social events! We have a number of introverts, and even a few ambiverts sprinkled in.

Flexibility. Not only can you change up your actual workspace depending on your hourly mood in a coworking space (bright and airy deskspace versus quiet and secluded couch), but you can set your own hours! You’re a Night Owl? Most coworking spaces, including the Reno Collective, offer 24/7/365 access.

Lower Costs. It’s a shared space thus all the costs are shared. Power, internet, printing, coffee, janitorial, repairs and maintenance, and much more. One monthly membership payment and little responsibility! Which, let’s be honest, isn’t that the biggest bummer of “adulting”?!?

Space. Also included in a monthly coworking membership? More space! Instead of swooning over that price per sq. ft. to add a conference room onto a private office rental(!), you can book one of the multiple spaces within a coworking space. At the Reno Collective, we have 2 conference rooms and 2 event/educational spaces for online booking – and there is no monthly limit.

It All Adds Up To Growth. Whether growth for you is working as an independent contractor or building a new team, coworking lends itself to your success. Coworking gives you the chance to work alongside other motivated individuals or to hire them! The chance to start something new with minimal overhead. The chance to build your clientele outside of crowded coffee shop business pitches.

Convinced?

Get in touch! Sign up for a tour. See for yourself.

Not Convinced?

Let’s chat! Email me at rachel@renocollective.com

5 Tips for Working Outdoors and Staying Focused

April 25, 2019 in Coworking, Inspiration, Work/Life Balance

The sun is out in Northern Nevada and Reno Collective coworkers are shaking off their winter blues with some fresh air and sunshine on the porch.

Here are 5 tips for freelancers who want to get outside AND still be productive:

ACCESS TO POWER: No matter how much battery life your laptop or your phone say they have, you can plan on BOTH running out in the middle of your workday. Be sure you are near a power source or that tan you’ve been working on will be “half-baked.”

RELIABLE HIGH-SPEED INTERNET: Obviously. For all the facebook trolling research that you need to get done.

SHADE: That laptop you have been banging away at for the last 4 hours gets HOT in the sun. Make sure you park yourself somewhere you can avoid the suns direct rays, and…

DRINK WATER: Keep it on hand! Especially in Northern Nevada, our humidity is LOW so consume that H2O like your mama told you.

COWORKERS: Not the distracting kind like your four-legged friend or roommate who’s come outside for a break from binge-watching GoT, but other professionally-minded people like you that are there to work. Those people will help keep you on track and the beer at the end of the day will taste that much sweeter!


Where can you find a magical place that incorporates all these things? The Reno Collective – that’s where! Our wrap-around porch makes coworking outside ideal – lots of power and high-speed internet, cold fresh water on tap and motivated independent workers like yourself to keep you focused, productive and lovin’ every minute of the freelance life.

Looking for a place to get shit done with other like-minded professionals who are hacking the work/life balance? Request a tour today!

Wish You Were Here: The Loneliness Epidemic

February 13, 2019 in Announcements

National Make a Friend Day was February 11th.

Thursday, the 14th, is Valentine’s Day.

And somewhere in between is Galentine’s Day?!?

February has become a month of cheesy Hallmark cards and chalky conversation hearts. BUT – aside from the cynicism-inducing money-making business of “love” – companionships, friendships, and partnerships are actually quite significant when you consider your mental and emotional health. Personally AND professionally.

Just take a look at these “loneliness epidemic” facts:

In other words, isolation in moderation can be great but interaction with other humans beings is necessary. (And no – social media can NOT replace actual human relationships, but don’t take our word for it, ask these people).

So – whether you are extroverted or introverted – when you realize your succulent is the closest thing to a coworker that you have, it’s time to take a step back and get OUT.

For this auspicious week of anti-loneliness we have a few “work-place” suggestions:

1. Make a new friend – or simply meet a peer. Join us at the Collective for #FreelanceFriday. On the 3rd Friday of every month we bring together freelancers from various fields to connect, work, talk, share, and laugh while GETTING SHIT DONE. Seems fitting that it takes place this week Friday, February 15th, right?

2. Get out of your home office. Try coworking. The idea is simple: bring your work, meet other people, get your work done AND go home healthier! Memberships are always available at the Collective, starting at $200 / month with access to more than 100 other professionals that are motivated to succeed and dedicated to the work they do and create. Not ready to commit yet? (pun definitely intended) #FreelanceFriday is a great way to try out coworking for the day, or stop in for a day pass any weekday and see what all the fuss is about.

3. Get out of your bubble. “Community” is more than just a concept at the Collective. As Community Manager, I pride myself on being able to connect members both to each other AND to non-members. Whether it’s the free coffee in the kitchen, beer o’clock on a random Friday, summertime BBQs on the lawn, or the professional accountability group we offer – we try to create as many possibilities for members to connect and collaborate. Not a member? We host a number of public meetups, classes, and events that you can take part in and get to know us.

Get in touch – and break out of the isolation! Reach us anytime at hello@renocollective.com. We are here for you! 🙂

All the books – none of the time.

January 29, 2019 in Announcements

There are SO many books. There are books about habits – building them and breaking them. Books about listening to your intuition and books about the power of deep thought. Books that tell you to GO FASTER! and books that say slow down… So – we’ve decided to have some fun and tackle a few with our brand-new “Get Shit Done” booklist. Our posts are part review, part summary, part commentary. More books will be added over time – please make suggestions in the comments!

*Each “post” is the author’s own and does not reflect the view of the Reno Collective or its members.

The first book up is The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life, by blogger and author Mark Manson. (My sincerest apologies if you have been on the hold list at my local library.) Contrary to Mark’s promise (click the link…), my face is still firmly attached, but I liked it. I found it on one of those New-Year-New-You blog posts that espouse the greatest “get shit done” books ever written in the blah, blah, blah.

A few takeaways:

1. There are just way too many fucks to consider giving – so carefully choose the ones most important to you and stick with them. According to Manson: “The key to a good life is not giving a fuck about more; it’s giving a fuck about less, giving a fuck about only what is true and immediate and important.” We are trained to give a fuck about as much as possible…why? “Because giving a fuck about more is good for business.” (Think bigger TVs and longer selfie sticks…with fans.)

2. The fire hose of information that we consume each day is teaching us that “exceptionalism is the new normal.” If it won’t break the internet – don’t bother. Manson’s suggestion: not only do we need to learn not to WANT more, more, more, but we also need to stop trying to BE more, more, more.

3. Get your values in check. “If you want to change how you see your problems, you have to change what you value and/or how you measure failure/success.” SO – you can either decide to gauge your success by selling millions of records in your own band or by selling more records than your former bandmates. (See: Megadeth vs. Metallica) One leaves you fulfilled, the other miserable and weepy. Literally, apparently.

4. Life’s not all rainbows and unicorns (?!?) and it’s actually pretty healthy to admit it. Manson’s thought: “denying negativity is perpetuating problems rather than solving them.”

5. Shakespeare may have written Romeo and Juliet to satirize romance – not celebrate it?!? (Sorry, Leo.)

I would suggest this book if you a) hold grudges and b) are a people pleaser. It’s a quick read and there are some great “case studies.” However, if you are averse to four-letter words and constant reminders of just how much sex the author had in his life, it might not be for you.

Have you read it yourself? What did you think? Worth it – not worth it?

Why Students Need Coworking.

January 23, 2019 in Announcements

Because professionals work here.

Escaping the distractions of a busy home, active roommates and loud “study areas” are all great reasons for students to consider working out of a coworking space, BUT the bigger benefit? Actively meeting and working beside professionals in your field of study.

(mic drop.)

With a monthly membership at the Reno Collective, students can take advantage of the opportunity to level up their studies by connecting directly with local creatives, freelancers and entrepreneurs. Imagine working alongside potential mentors and employers.

The connections I’ve made are great! Through the Collective I’ve met people that do the same work that I do, which for me is hard to find at school, but also people that have similar hobbies outside the work environment.

– Alec R., student member

For $30 per month, full-time students get 24/7 access to the Collective, including open-plan cafe-style seating, conference rooms that are perfect for group meetings, the chance to participate in a professional accountability group with peers, and unlimited FREE COFFEE (should have led with that, right?).

Request a tour at renocollective.com/students and start leveling up today!

2019: Year of the Freelancer

January 14, 2019 in Announcements

We’ve started up a new thing over at Reno Collective. If you’re a freelancer, independent contractor or freelance-curious, third Fridays are going to be your new jam. Collective members AND non-members are invited!

Each month at the Collective we will open our doors to freelancers of all types and experience levels for freelance work sprints, facilitated discussions, Q&A and of course, coffee. It’s what we call our monthly “get shit done” day. Registration is required.

Freelancing is the dream, right?! You are your own boss, you set your own hours, you get to work in your pajamas… It’s also a TON of hard work and comes with its own set of challenges, including isolation.

So, join us for #freelancefridays and let’s all grow as freelancers together. Let’s get shit done and support each other at the same time. A monthly tuneup of your business? A check-in with your peers? The chance to finish that project you keep putting on the back burner? Whatever it is that you are looking for we’re here to help you make the most of your freelancing career in 2019.

More information at: renocollective.com/freelancers/