As a coworking space, we minimize the costs and perceived barriers to starting a small business. We are in the business of helping other small businesses grow, and provide shared services to maximize affordability for startups and people who, for whatever reason, aren’t able to take a part time business to scale.
While we have laws defining responsibilities of hourly vs. salaried employees, many people feel like they are tied to their employer far more than 8 hours a day, and many people report that the increased expectations drain them, leading to burnout. Ironically, that is often what pushes people to become entrepreneurs. Millennials in particular have made an intentional shift to entrepreneurship, freelancing as 9-to-5 jobs lose appeal. Many say they are distrusting of the level of loyalty of employers, and would rather depend on themselves for a stable income, coupled with the flexibility of working on a schedule that is conducive to multiple interests.
National Small Business Week 2018 (NSBW) is right around the corner—April 29 to May 5, making this an ideal time to discuss a changing workforce leaving the 9-to-5 grind. For many, the transition to entrepreneurship starts with a side hustle, a hobby job, or moonlighting in a field. This is exactly what makes coworking ideal for new entrepreneurs, startups, freelancers in a gig economy
The paint is dry and most of the construction and build-outs are finally done! Pop in for our casual Open House from 3-5 PM (coffee/cookies), and stay for our Launch Party (apps/beer/wine) from 5-7 PM,
Without providing opportunities and resources to the area, our coworking space is basically just that - space. That is why on Friday, September 15th we are thrilled to announce that Evolve will be hosting the Twin Cities’ 48-in-48.
We are going to kick start Evolve's ongoing adventures in a big way--by hosting nearly 200 tech industry volunteers who have committed to building 49 websites for 48 different nonprofits, in just 48 hours from Sept. 15-17. This is a huge endeavor for us. As a coworking space, we have exactly what the nonprofit organization, 48 in 48 needs.
To frame my advice for new entrepreneurs, I will give you a brief background. My parents were self-employed, owning movie theatres, and later restaurants and bars. Entrepreneurship was all I’d ever known. By the time I was 8, I was expected to do basic janitorial duties between shows—emptying garbage, cleaning out the auditorium, stocking the concession stand and (ewww) cleaning out the ashtrays between the theatre seats—in days long before Indoor Clean Air Acts!