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How to Develop Discipline When You're Self-Employed

Being self-employed can be a beautiful thing. You can set your schedule, take time off at your discretion, and even complete a full day’s work without ever leaving the house. However, without the structure of an office and a timesheet to fill out, it can be challenging to motivate yourself to get to work and stay focused. Here are a few tips for making the most out of every workday when you’re self-employed: 1. Set and Maintain a Schedule Maintaining a schedule is critical to getting work done consistently. Waking up, working out, and conducting business at a set time every day, helps you ensure that all your daily tasks get done and nothing slips through the cracks. When you have a daily routine, you don’t need to coax yourself out of bed because muscle memory will eventually take over and propel you through the day. 2. Establish a Workspace While it might be tempting to do all your work from the comfort of your warm bed, I’ve personally found this to be unsustainable. After a few...

Dec 10, 2019

=SPACE Is Adding Another Layer Of Inclusivity With Its Coworking Space

Since entrepreneurs of color come from so many different backgrounds and sexual orientations, we need spaces where we all feel comfortable and welcomed. With the development of inclusive coworking spaces — like New York’s Ethel’s Club — on the rise, =SPACE is doing just that plus more by adding another layer of inclusivity to its coworking space. “I decided to create an environment that subliminally and very intentionally affirmed marginalized voices, so I created =SPACE for Black, Brown, immigrant voices, and LGBT enterprises,” Citi Medina, the Founder of =SPACE, said. Tone Woolfe Going into its fourth year of operation, =SPACE — located in Newark, New Jersey — isn’t your average coworking space. It has all the ingredients of a grassroots movement backed with innovative business acuity. =SPACE is powered by Medina’s passion for empowering and equipping this generation of overlooked and underserved entrepreneurs, in addition to positive representation of entrepreneurship amongst...

Oct 7, 2019

This Boys & Girls Club Just Launched Its Own Co-Working Space

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America have provided safe spaces for children and teenagers to learn sports, study after school and attend summer camps for decades. The organization has traditionally provided care for students, but now one location in Michigan is opening its doors to parents. “We can give kids the tools to be successful in the future, but by doing a two-generational approach, we’re able to help their parents which increases their quality of life,” Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan (BGCSM) President and CEO Shawn H. Wilson said. The Boys & Girls Club at the Dick & Sandy Dauch Campus has launched Adult Membership, a Ponyride co-working space and innovation lab. Memberships are $40 per month, which includes access to the lab and space. The Ponyride co-working space officially opened in August and has since attracted nearly 50 local entrepreneurs and small businesses to the location. The Dick & Sandy Dauch Campus is the first Boys & Girls Club, to offer adult...

Sep 30, 2019

Coworking Spaces Aren't Inclusive. Ethel's Club Wants To Change That

Coworking spaces are popping up around the country to serve different niches of business owners, creatives and everything else in between. These alternative offices are helping entrepreneurs build their networks and grow their businesses, but founders of color are finding that some of these spaces lack inclusivity. Naj Austin saw a void in her Brooklyn neighborhood: There were no spaces that specifically targeted people of color and the businesses they were building. She made it her mission to fill that gap. Austin built Ethel’s Club, a social club for people of color that serves as a personal and professional haven for minority business owners. It joins a host of other social clubs opening in New York City, but it is one of the few completely dedicated to fostering an environment for founders across various racial and ethnic backgrounds. Photo: Ethel’s Club According to a report by AllWork , coworking spaces accounted for nearly ten percent of leasing volume in New York during the...

Apr 26, 2019

Serena Williams Reveals Her VC Firm Funding Women and Underrepresented Founders

There isn’t much that Serena Williams can’t do. Not only has she been making major moves on the tennis court, but she’s quietly built an impressive tech portfolio. Recently, Williams decided to finally reveal her venture capital firm, Serena Ventures. “I launched Serena Ventures with the mission of giving opportunities to founders across an array of industries,” Williams said in an Instagram post.  “Serena Ventures invests in companies that embrace diverse leadership, individual empowerment, creativity and opportunity.” Serena Ventures was originally founded in 2014 and has quietly funded over 30 companies led by women and underrepresented groups. The companies range across the beauty, food and retail industries. Mayvenn Hair , an online hair extension company, and women-focused co-working space, The Wing , are on the list of Serena Ventures-funded companies. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) In December, The Wing closed a $75 million...

Apr 19, 2019

WeWork Is Launching An Accelerator Focused on Food Tech Startups

WeWork Labs has its eyes set on food tech startups, according to TechCrunch . The innovation program was relaunched by WeWork, the coworking space giant, about a year ago. Now, it is hoping to grab the attention of early-stage startups from across the world. Currently, WeWork Labs has locations in Washington, D.C., New York City, Houston, and Seattle, along with various other international locations. The labs feature workshops, introductions to VCs, mentorship and pitch events to help founders grow their businesses and skills. WeWork Labs’ food tech initiative comes as more investors lean into food tech and other food-focused businesses. According to a report by Food Tech Connect , $1.08 billion in venture capital investments were made to 99 beverage and food industry agreements in 2017. “I do have to say, food carries a disproportionate amount of weight and attention,” Global Head of WeWork Labs Roee Adler said to TechCrunch. “We think it is one of the most exciting areas in the...

Mar 14, 2019

Women's Co-Working Space The Wing Has Changed Its Membership Policy To Include All Genders

The Wing, the popular co-working space dedicated to women, has changed it’s membership rules to include all genders, Business Insider Reported. In September, The Wing was sued for gender discrimination by 53-year old, James E. Pietrangelo, after he was allegedly told that his application into the co-working space would be denied “because he is a man.” Pietrangelo is suing The Wing for possibly up to $12 million. The lawsuit is still ongoing; however, the company’s lawyers have responded to Pietrangelo’s claims stating that he is not committed to The Wing’s mission. The company submitted Pietrangelo’s application responses in a subsequent filing where he stated, “I have always supported and advocated for the equality of all people” when asked how he has promoted and supported the advancement of women. In March 2018, the New York Human Rights Commission began an investigation into The Wing , citing possible discriminatory membership practices. The investigation is still ongoing. The...

Jan 9, 2019

The Wing, A Co-Working Space For Women, Completes $75M Funding Round

The Wing , the company that offers women-focused coworking and community spaces, has completed a $75 million Series C funding round. The company has raised $117.5 million in funding in the last two years. The funding round was led by Sequoia Capital. Other investors include Upfront Ventures, Airbnb and WeWork. Actress Kerry Washington and TIME’S UP leadership also assisted in the Wing’s latest funding round. “We could not be more excited to partner with such a powerful community of women who lead their fields in tech, Hollywood, policy, and sports,” The Wing’s co-founder and CEO Audrey Gelman said in a press release . “ This round is proof positive that women can be on both sides of the table.” The company plans on using some of its funding to open new locations in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Toronto, and Paris in 2019.

Dec 19, 2018