Connect Ventura Coworking http://connectventura.com Coworking Ventura County: Come for the space, stay for the community. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 02:41:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.5 How to Take Charge of Your Mobile Workspace http://connectventura.com/2015/01/15/1125/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=1125 http://connectventura.com/2015/01/15/1125/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 01:10:25 +0000 http://connectventura.com/?p=1125 You may be a freelance writer, designer, developer, entrepreneur, small business owner, marketer, videographer, or some other kind of “er” we’ve never heard of.  No matter where you fit in the freelance, or contract work sphere, there is one thing

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Whatever you are, don’t become this guy…

You may be a freelance writer, designer, developer, entrepreneur, small business owner, marketer, videographer, or some other kind of “er” we’ve never heard of.  No matter where you fit in the freelance, or contract work sphere, there is one thing you all have in common; you work for yourself, no one else.

It’s a great feeling. But, I’m sure you’re all too familiar with the major challenges that come with going down the independent business road–especially when forced to work from home, coffee shops, or public libraries.

Infinite distractions at home, suckered for a spot by an outlet at the coffee house, spotty WiFi, or the creepy guy sitting across from you in the library–all these problems can come at a severe cost. You lose both time and money from the work your not doing.

Put these obstacles in your mobile office past by becoming a member of a shared co-working space.

The best way to take charge of your independent business needs, is to get yourself looped into a co-working office space like we have at Connect Ventura in Downtown Ventura.

If the above scenarios are not enough reason for you to ditch your  distracting, lonely home office, or the onslaught of espresso noise and chatter at your neighborhood Starbucks–then here’s just a few more shared office perks to change your mind:

  • Free coffee to fuel your inspiration or get the last minute project done
  • Secure, high-speed WiFi to collaborate, research, or have virtual meetings
  • Print copies of that important business proposal
  • Scan and send important faxes, minus the wait at Fed-ex
  • Conduct video or phone conferences sans the dirty looks from librarians
  • Great eco-friendly environment that helps you reduce your carbon footprint
  • Awesome new friends and connections you never knew you had

You might be thinking, “Gee, that all sounds great…but, I’m sure it costs an arm and a leg, and maybe even my other arm and leg.” Wrong.

Your membership with Connect Ventura, like your business, is on your terms.

So take charge, meet that deadline, close that deal, or seal that partnership distraction free in a positive, professional work space.

We care about your success, and we want to hear your story about working on your own. Leave a comment telling us about the joys, challenges and all the experiences in between you’ve had while trying to be a CEO of one.

If you know someone who could benefit from an awesome co-working environment, be a good friend, and share this post with them. They’ll thank you.

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Assisted Serendipity: The Top Advantage of Coworking http://connectventura.com/2014/11/14/assisted-serendipity-top-advantage-coworking-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=assisted-serendipity-top-advantage-coworking-2 http://connectventura.com/2014/11/14/assisted-serendipity-top-advantage-coworking-2/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 22:06:08 +0000 http://connectventura.com/?p=1092 In an online article published by Entrepreneur, Rameet Chawala, Founder of an award-winning development company and co-working space in Manhattan called the Fueled Collective, describes something called “assisted serendipity” as the top benefit of a co-working space.       Sounds intriguing right? At Connect Ventura,

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In an online article published by Entrepreneur, Rameet Chawala, Founder of an award-winning development company and co-working space in Manhattan called the Fueled Collective, describes something called “assisted serendipity” as the top benefit of a co-working space.

 

 

 

Sounds intriguing right? At Connect Ventura, we love this idea! Assisted serendipity is one of the many magical things that happen in co-working spaces. They are the organic chance meetings with other freelancers and remote workers who have the expertise and skills that can take your small business or start-up to the next level. Chawala describes this kind of invaluable, network connection as a “real amenity” along with fast Wi-fi and bottomless pots of coffee.

 

A café is not an office, and working home alone can just plain suck. But the suckiest thing about it, is not having fresh outside perspectives, problem solving insight, or motivating energy that comes from others which helps keep you focused.

 

A co-woking office houses a membership of individuals that can “benefit from the [co-working] brand that creates the space, the ethos it aspires to, and the people it attracts,” according to Chawala. Our ethos at Connect Ventura is to provide start-up company owners, consultants, and mobile workers an opportunity to balance their work/life scales by providing abundant operating hours in a professional space, while fostering a community of people who share it.

 

This means that at Connect Ventura, you’ll find that edgy graphic designer, business blogger, or brilliant webmaster you’re seeking, potentially partner with them, and offer your own stellar set of skills to become the professional puzzle piece they’re missing. Everybody wins.

 

Sure, flexibility, open workspaces, and room to expand are key perks in a co-working office, but as Chawala states, “the real value is in their assisted serendipity: the informal conversations and often free expert advice members are happy to offer one another.”

 

By now you realize we’re more than just a co-working office, we’re a community, and we want to know what you have to say. So leave a comment telling us about your challenges, or triumphs (we like good news!),  in traditional networking for your business.

 

At Connect Ventura at the WAV in Downtown Ventura, our goal is to provide a dynamic work environment where beneficial networks not only grow, but thrive.

 

Don’t hesitate to contact us to visit where assisted serendipity magic happens. Or, to discover more about the many benefits of Connect Ventura.

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WordPress Twitter Bootstrap Demo Post http://connectventura.com/2013/01/15/wordpress-twitter-bootstrap-demo-post/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=wordpress-twitter-bootstrap-demo-post http://connectventura.com/2013/01/15/wordpress-twitter-bootstrap-demo-post/#comments Tue, 15 Jan 2013 05:38:10 +0000 http://connectventura.com/?p=642 This is a demo post after adding the plugin WordPress Twitter Bootstrap CSS [TBS_BUTTON color="warning" style="text-decoration:none" link="http://worpit.com/wordpress-twitter-bootstrap-css-plugin-home/wordpress-shortcodes-demo/?src=wtb_wporg" title="A nice link title"]Short Code Examples[/TBS_BUTTON] [TBS_TOOLTIP placement="top" title="Watch me appear when you hover" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 3px;"]This Could Say Anything[/TBS_TOOLTIP]

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This is a demo post after adding the plugin WordPress Twitter Bootstrap CSS

[TBS_BUTTON color="warning" style="text-decoration:none" link="http://worpit.com/wordpress-twitter-bootstrap-css-plugin-home/wordpress-shortcodes-demo/?src=wtb_wporg" title="A nice link title"]Short Code Examples[/TBS_BUTTON]

[TBS_TOOLTIP placement="top" title="Watch me appear when you hover" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 3px;"]This Could Say Anything[/TBS_TOOLTIP]

[TBS_POPOVER placement="top" title="Super Popover Title" content="The message within the Popover" style="border: 1px solid #ddd; padding: 3px;"]Twitter Bootstrap Popover[/TBS_POPOVER]

[TBS_COLLAPSE accordion='y'] [TBS_COLLAPSE_GROUP title="Click Me Title #1" open='n']The hidden content for title #1[/TBS_COLLAPSE_GROUP] [TBS_COLLAPSE_GROUP title="Click Me Title #2" open='n']The content for title #2. Because open=’y’ when the page loads, I show automatically.[/TBS_COLLAPSE_GROUP] [/TBS_COLLAPSE]

[TBS_PROGRESS_BAR width="80%" striped="y" active="y" color="danger" ]This is progress![/TBS_PROGRESS_BAR]

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Picture Connect Ventura 1 http://connectventura.com/2013/01/04/cvimages1/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cvimages1 http://connectventura.com/2013/01/04/cvimages1/#comments Fri, 04 Jan 2013 00:42:06 +0000 http://connectventura.com/?p=571 The post Picture Connect Ventura 1 appeared first on Connect Ventura Coworking.

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Glenn does WordPress http://connectventura.com/2013/01/04/glenn-does-wordpress/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=glenn-does-wordpress http://connectventura.com/2013/01/04/glenn-does-wordpress/#comments Fri, 04 Jan 2013 00:34:32 +0000 http://connectventura.com/?p=568 The post Glenn does WordPress appeared first on Connect Ventura Coworking.

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Proofreading CV Style http://connectventura.com/2013/01/04/proofreading-cv-style/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=proofreading-cv-style http://connectventura.com/2013/01/04/proofreading-cv-style/#comments Fri, 04 Jan 2013 00:16:34 +0000 http://connectventura.com/?p=562 Frank enjoying the lobby lounge experience.

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Frank enjoying the lobby lounge experience.

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Fix Your Stuff: Repair a MacBook Power Cord http://connectventura.com/2013/01/01/fix-your-stuff-repair-a-macbook-power-cord/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fix-your-stuff-repair-a-macbook-power-cord http://connectventura.com/2013/01/01/fix-your-stuff-repair-a-macbook-power-cord/#comments Tue, 01 Jan 2013 19:32:41 +0000 http://connectventura.com/?p=366 This is a simple repair project.  The only tools are a pair of scissors.  The repair materials are rescue tape and a small zip tie.  The zip tie helps anchor the rescue tape, so the tape does not slip up the cord.

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Power Cord and Supplies Damaged Power Cord Zip Tie Installed to Anchor Tape Self Stick Emergency Tape Piece Cut to Size Split Pieces on Backing First Tape Piece Installed Second Tape Piece Installed

This is a simple repair project.  The only tools are a pair of scissors.  The repair materials are rescue tape and a small zip tie.  The zip tie helps anchor the rescue tape, so the tape does not slip up the cord.  Cutting the rescue tape in two strips is an important step.  The first strip creates an anchor point, the second strip completes the seal and repair.  The power cord is stronger after this repair than when new – we like that!  Rescue tape and zip ties are part of the Basics Kit – complete list coming soon.

Rescue tape is great stuff.  We first came across it at the Fred Hall Show in Long Beach.  It is self sticking silicone tape.  Careful using it – once it sticks to itself it’s done.  Great for repairs that need to be waterproof.  It does not have any adhesive, that’s why we use the zip tie – to give it an anchor.  You can find it locally in Ventura at Avenue Hardware.  Have fun fixing your stuff!

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How Coworking is Changing How and Where we Work. http://connectventura.com/2013/01/01/how-coworking-is-changing-how-and-where-we-work/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-coworking-is-changing-how-and-where-we-work http://connectventura.com/2013/01/01/how-coworking-is-changing-how-and-where-we-work/#comments Tue, 01 Jan 2013 04:10:20 +0000 http://connectventura.com/?p=191 Watch this video on Turnstone TV about how coworking is changing how and where we work.  

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Watch this video on Turnstone TV about how coworking is changing how and where we work.

 

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3D Printing Explained http://connectventura.com/2012/12/19/3d-printing-explained/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=3d-printing-explained http://connectventura.com/2012/12/19/3d-printing-explained/#comments Wed, 19 Dec 2012 04:29:42 +0000 http://connectventura.com/?p=349 The post 3D Printing Explained appeared first on Connect Ventura Coworking.

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TinkerMaker at ConnectVentura http://connectventura.com/2012/12/19/tinkermaker-at-connect-ventura/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tinkermaker-at-connect-ventura http://connectventura.com/2012/12/19/tinkermaker-at-connect-ventura/#comments Wed, 19 Dec 2012 03:00:59 +0000 http://connectventura.com/?p=341 We’ve added a maker space at ConnectVentura – TinkerMaker. Come in to work on projects, hack hardware, and break and fix stuff. We’ve got pliers, bring batteries.  We do Arduino, etc.

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We’ve added a maker space at ConnectVentura – TinkerMaker. Come in to work on projects, hack hardware, and break and fix stuff. We’ve got pliers, bring batteries.  We do Arduino, etc.

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