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Switch Cowork at World Entrepreneur of the Year 2017

Contributing to the World Entrepreneur of the Year event session “Future-Proofing Your Workforce”, Co-Founder and CEO, Christa Freeland, had the opportunity to share her experience starting Switch Cowork as a restaurant workspace concept in Austin, Texas.

World Entrepreneur of the Year Signage

World Entrepreneur of the Year Signage

 

During the break out session she discussed her idea of creating a business model designed specifically to address the workspace and community needs of freelancers, young companies, and remote workers.

The session kicked off with Nancy Altobello (EY’s Global Vice Chair and Head of Talent) interviewing award-winning author Tammy Erickson on collaboration, innovation and nature of work.

Based on research from the EY Contingent Workforce Study, almost one in five US workers will have alternative work arrangements by the year 2020, or the equivalent of 31 million people.

Leading the session: Tammy Erickson and Nancy Antobello

Leading the session: Tammy Erickson and Nancy Antobello

 

If part-time workers are added to that number, they predict as much as 40-50% of the workforce will be non-permanently employed in less than five years.

One of the biggest takeaways of the session was Tammy’s suggestion that leaders of today and tomorrow need to give their employees more flexibility. Also she predicted that new job titles will become more focused around projects versus areas of business or departments of companies.

Also, after polling the audience of business leaders and entrepreneurs from all around the world, it became evident that "culture" was the number one way their businesses would attract the next generation of top talent.

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For further trends and information around the future of the workforce and workplaces, check out Tammy's Twitter stream here: https://twitter.com/tammyerickson.

How Freelancers Can Get Organized in 2017

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‘Be more organized’ is one of the top New Year’s Resolutions every single year. It’s right up there with lose weight and make more money. For freelancers, getting and staying organized can be the hardest thing about running your own business. When there’s only you to handle every aspect of your business, things can (literally) get messy quickly. Luckily, there’s an easy way to stay on top of things without too much hassle.

Now, everyone is prone to different systems of organization. Some of us are color-coordinated filing cabinet people, some of us are piles of papers on the floor kind of people. You’ll have to tweek my steps to fit your own system. Here I tackle three of the biggest organizational issues that freelancers face: financial organization, time organization, and email organization.

1- Separate Things. If you make more than $400 freelancing you’ll be taxed by the government. In order to keep track of your business income and thus your business taxes, you should have a separate bank account for all your freelancing income.

By keeping your personal and business finances separate, you’ll make tax season much easier for yourself. Freelancers live and die by their taxable deductions. Having a bank account dedicated to your business income and expenses will make it easier to track your eligible deductions. It will also keep you on track for how much you should be paying each quarter in quarterly taxes.

2- Automation Is Your Friend. When you’re running a one-person show you’ll find that your to-do list never ends. There’s always something that needs your attention, but you won’t always have the time to devote to it. That’s what makes automation your friend.

You can schedule your social media posts through tools like Edgar or Hootsuite. You can set up invoices and automatic reminders through software like Freshbooks or Zoho. You can set reminders for meetings on your Google calendar. Anything you can do to take some responsibility off your shoulders and give it to the robots, you should do. Worry less and do more with automation.

3- Control Your Email. Email is a necessary evil for the freelancer. You’re tied to it and you have to check it frequently to stay on top of pitches, edits, and client responses. Without an email system though, you can easily spend valuable hours stuck in your inbox.

Set four times to check your email a day. If you work eight hour days, that means that no email will go unresponded to for more than two hours maximum. If you’re working longer days, you can add in email checks to make sure you’re within that two hour response window.

While lightning fast response times are becoming more and more normal, constantly checking your email is a huge distraction. In order to be more organized and productive, you need to limit your email time. If you and your clients know that you’re on email at 10am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm, they’ll know when to reach you and when to expect a response.

You’ll gain the ability to work more productively in the time away from the inbox, and then, be more focused when you do pop into it. No more sending emails with have thought out responses and typos. When you give yourself dedicated email space you’ll focus on it more concretely than when you try and multi-task it throughout the entire day.

Have some tips of your own? Let us know in the comments section below some of your best suggestions for getting organized in a new year.

Kara Perez is a freelance writer and founder of bravely, a company that connects women and money. She lives in Austin, Texas and is passionate about financial literacy and peanut butter. Find her on twitter @bravelygo or Instagram @webravelygo.

Press: Community Impact

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Co-working and Live-Work Spaces Are Turning Austin's Office Environment On It's Head, Industry Experts Say

The following excerpt is taken from the Community Impact:

Dozens of co-working spaces have opened throughout Central Austin since David Walker said he and his partners first brought the concept to the city in 2008.

After increases in rent forced him to close his East Austin co-working space, Conjunctured, Walker—who has since helped launch a global co-working consulting company—said he saw what Austinites were missing: alternative workspaces, or places where communities of like-minded people could gather to work and exchange ideas in productive environments.

“[The growth of alternative workspaces] is a trend,” he said. “It’s not a fad; it’s not going to go away.”

To read more click here.