With two locations, The Network Hub is the prime location to host meetings, connect with coworkers and create new and inspiring business opportunities. Both locations are conveniently placed in central downtown locations in Vancouver and in New Westminster, British Columbia.
Our goal at The Network Hub is to provide you with all of the essential tools needed to successfully start and run a small business. Our facilities can meet every business style from coworking to private office, hotdesking to meeting rooms and virtual offices. We offer mailbox rental services, phone answering services, and faxing services.
But unlike other office set ups, we are here to help you grow and prosper. Our staff will alert you should you receive mail and other parcels and to let you know when it arrived and from whom. Little perks like that can mean all the difference to a small company. Responding to mail in a timely manner can be the extra piece that drives your company to success.
We offer a quiet and secluded place for your business or hobby group to host a meeting. Perfect for productivity, our meeting rooms can be reserved with a simple phone call. The rooms are set up with a projector and screen, meeting table and chairs and other accommodations.
The Network Hub has been featured in many newspapers for being an innovative option for startup business looking for office space. Rentals range from virtual office needs to real office space, complete with furniture. Our hours of operation are 9am to 5pm, but tenants have access to their office space any time, any day.
Desk spaces feature all the necessities of any office- internet connection, printing services and more!
Come see why more business owners are choosing The Network Hub for all of its business needs. With two locations in British Columbia, The Network Hub is your best choice for office space.
People who use co-working spaces will often say that they started doing so because working from home left them open for lots of distractions. At the same time, the silence of a corporate office is often deafening, which makes it difficult to stay motivated. Additionally, people who use co-working often appreciate the sense of community that comes with shared workspaces.
The virtual office is initially what triggered the trend of co-working to what it is today. With wi-fi internet, portable technology, and cell phones, it’s become increasingly easy for people to work remotely rather than fighting through rush hour traffic. Co-working spaces have thrived off providing the ability to communicate, while building a community that can enhance an individual’s creativity and productivity.
Freeelancers, entrepreneurs, and small businesses are all finding that the traditional business hours are no longer suitable for their professional lives. Furthermore, for those that telecommute, they often find that co-working is a little more their style versus attempting to get anything done while working from home.
Finally, the economy has contributed to the success of co-working spaces, as companies look for ways to stay afloat. Corporations are offering more and more for individuals to use space outside of the office, or go their own route when it comes to telecommuting, which has contributed significantly to the growth of the co-working concept.
Read more: http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/home/coworking-solo-notalone.htm
For those who lack the willingness to try co-working, you aren’t alone. However, those who have never tried it truly don’t understand the benefits of it in the first place. Here are just a few great reasons to try out a shared space.
The People You Meet
No matter your work ethic, you’re bound to find someone similar to you that shares the interests you do, which allows you to learn new things while collaborating with new friends.
Recreate the Work/Personal Balance
It’s easy to lose sight of the fine line that comes into play when trying to separate your professional and personal life, especially when you work from home. Co-working helps to re-create that line and keep your personal life out of the professional picture.
Let’s face it, no one like to make or pay for coffee, neither of which you have to do with co-working.
The Presence of Others
Even if you choose to keep to yourself during co-working, you’ll have plenty of people around you, which helps to ease the pains of working alone.
Professional Address for Your Business
One of the best perks to co-working spaces is the opportunity to rent a mailbox, which allows you to have a professional address in a business industry within your town.
Read more: http://idealady.com/11-reasons-coworking-might-be-for-you/
While the trend of creating co-working space has been taking off for quite some time, one such trend that’s only just beginning is the idea of established offices sharing their office space for the same purpose. In the town of Hauppage, attorney Ed Scheine has taken the initiative to convert more than 5,000 square feet of his legal office into a co-working center called “The Business Corners”. He’s done so with the help of his son Jonathan, and the co-working space officially opened over the summer.
Ed understands the downfalls to working from home, and realizes that it can often hinder creativity. At the same time, he realizes that the idea of co-working is for working professionals to network and brainstorm with each other, which helps to create new ideas. Ed himself tried to work from home outside of business hours, but often found that concentrating was nearly impossible.
There are several options for those that use Ed’s co-working space, which costs $25 per person to rent out. Rooms have been designed for open conversation in a lounge area, as well as a group of smaller offices for private working space. Each rental includes the use of desks, free coffee and internet stations.
Read more: http://hauppauge.patch.com/articles/the-business-corners-brings-co-working-to-hauppauge
Every person has their own reason in particular for enjoying co-working versus working from home or working from an office, but there are several generic reasons that are provide a beneficial purpose to using a shared workspace over options such as telecommuting. Here are some of the major perks to co-working spaces that seem to be a general consensus among those who take advantage of it.
Whether you’re currently in an office or working from home, chances are there’s far too much to distract you from the goals of the day. In a co-working space, everyone has work to do, which inspires you to be more productivity.
Personal and Professional Life Separation
When you work from home, the line between your personal and work lives essentially disappears. With co-working space, you help to maintain the balance that’s needed for a proper balance between the two lives.
When you work with other professionals in a social, yet professional environment, you give yourself the opportunity to learn from others what can’t be learned by yourself. This hands one experience is far more beneficial than being self taught at any given trade.
Collaborating for Better Services
When you network within a co-working spaces, you get the opportunity to team up with other people just like you, which gives you the chance to collaborate and provide new and exciting services and opportunities to your clients.
Read more: http://grasshopper.com/blog/2012/07/8-perks-co-working-spaces/
While the name co-working space has only been around for a few years, there have been some similar alternatives circulating around major metropolitans, called incubators and accelerators. The big questions that several people often pose is, “Is there a difference?”
The incubator was initially developed back before the dot-com bubble burst. The idea was to create a shared services area that would be used by small startups in exchange for a piece of the success pie. However, the idea often turned out to be far too expensive for incubator owners, and the trend never picked up.
The accelerator was more of an education and coaching institution, meant to help businesses prevent expensive mistakes during their time of growth.
Unfortunately, several startups are a new concept or idea, that neither of these services can actually help, which is where the co-working space comes in. With only simple provisions like a desk, a chair, and internet access, plus some coffee, startups and freelancers alike are simply given the resources they need, while it’s up to them to network with other co-workers if they want to learn and collaborate. Additionally, co-working spaces connect with more than just entrepreneurs, allowing the trend to grow faster than either an accelerator or incubator.
Read more: http://venturebeat.com/2011/03/18/co-working-guide-founders-den/
Workspaces didn’t always have the popularity that they do today. For example, Brad Neuberg gave his crack at a coworking space back in 2005, but with literally no one interested in the using the space, he was forced to close his doors inside of a year. However, less than a year or two later, others followed in his idea to create what is a growing trend. By 2010 there were co-working spaces in nearly every major city around the world. Today, the co-working trend has expanded to people of all walks of life and financial statuses.
A majority of people who use co-working spaces aren’t really entrepreneurs, just people who have the desire to work independently, while getting out of the house at the same time. These people are generally known to be quite extroverted, and look forward to sharing ideas, meeting new people, and putting new business ideas together.
Both small and large businesses are getting into the co-working space idea, including individuals who have the space to offer to others. This often facilitates small businesses looking to get off the ground, as well as friends and other subcontractors that are simply looking for affordable space to share with others.
Read more: http://www.inc.com/articles/2010/01/co-working-spaces.html
Working from home has begun to become commonplace for the working professional, whether they work for a company or independently. However, in light of this, a social environment where these professionals can interact with each other is still mandatory for remaining both creative and productive. Tony Bacigalupo is the founder of the New Work City, and gave his insights into the coworking trend that has recently been taking the world by storm. At one time Tony was a coworker himself, and was an active participant within co-working spaces. He notes that the last two years have truly brought shared workspaces to the forefront of the working force.
His passion for co-working actually stems from his own needs and desires. As a telecommuter at one time, he didn’t always appreciate the employer to employee relationship that normally exists within the professional environment. Additionally, he believed that placing himself within his own workspace ran him the risk of losing his creative skills that he worked so hard to pick up. Tony realizes that co-working space can bring people from different professions and walks of life together, which gives people the power to create new ideas and offer better services to their own clients, all while creating a network of personal and professional friends.
Read more: http://99u.com/articles/5747/Tony-Bacigalupo-New-Workspace
While Sam Rosen has been a busy professional, running his web design company, One Design, managing a shared workspace and being an active member of a local artist group, he’s still decided to take on a project that he believes will change the co-working industry for the better. Of all the trouble that owners of shared spaces have had, none is so tedious as the plain and simple management of the space itself. With Rosen’s latest project, Desktime, he looks to create software that helps manage co-working space.
At one point, Desktime was merely a directory that helped individuals find co-working spaces in their area. Funded by Ken Pelletier, former CTO for Groupon, Desktime is going to grow to point where it can be used for booking and payment processing for those that want to reserve and pay for space ahead of time.
Additionally, the future of Desktime further enhances communication between co-workers themselves. Rosen states that development down the line will include tools that allow members to invite people out for happy hour, or make anonymous complaints in regards to either the venue or individuals who frequent co-working resources.
The software has already been purchased by a co-working company called 1871, who owns a 50,000 square-foot co-working space.
Read more: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-02-14/business/ct-biz-0214-technotebook-20120214_1_chicago-startup-spaces-desks
While co-working space was initially created to allow individualism for people, there are still a lot of politics and logistics involved in running one of these spaces. From picking out the right space to designing work areas and marketing materials, the co-working space is, in the end, a business, and all businesses deal with some form of politics or another.
One such issue that has recently come to light is how to deem the co-working space. Since paperwork is required by federal and local governments for the purposes of taxation. Most co-working space owners don’t understand the relationship between the owner and those who are ‘renting’ out space. Whether the space should be considered a sublease or merely a service offered to those who need the space for work can make a difference on the taxes that you’ll inevitably pay.
There are a lot more laws involved when it comes to looking at a co-working space as a piece of real estate for others. In most cases, it’s best to consider the space a service by offering coffee, internet resources, and print and fax machines. Additionally, offering memberships to co-working spaces makes them come off more as something like a gym membership, and gyms do not fall under any real estate tax laws.
It’s important to look at other co-working service agreements before writing your own to help you understand the politics of it all.
Read more: http://blog.cobot.me/post/26492827171/coworking-agreements-service-or-lease