And we’re back!

March 27, 2015 in Coworking, Events, new ways to work

work FOR yourself, not by yourselfWe had a little hiccup with the website over the last week, but now we seem to be working again. I’ll be back posting weekly about all things having to do with new ways to work in Plymouth.

We’ve had lots going on at THINQTANQ recently with M.E.S.H. events, new members and starting today, a small organisation joining us full-time in the main space.

THINQTANQ is delighted to welcome Buglife – Saving the small things that run the planet. Check out their website and all the cool things they are doing, including a new “B-line” initiative to help maintain and grow our bee populations right here in Devon. We look forward to sharing more news about them soon.

If you haven’t heard about M.E.S.H. (make.engineer.socialise.hack) events, check out our website, Facebook page, or join the Meetup group – links below. There are classes to learn new skills, weekend M.E.S.H. days to play around, and monthly afterwork networking events. And if you have any ideas for things you’d like to do with the group, share your ideas in our network and we’ll probably be the first to join in!

THINQTANQ also sponsors the monthly Fresh networking group the last Wednesday morning of the month from 10am-12 noon, and we host other organisation’s activities as well. We’ve got Plymouth Social Enterprise Network event this afternoon on Collaboration tools, for example.

Besides being a great place to work, we’re a hive of activity outside work hours, and are linked up with loads of interesting freelancers, businesses, agencies and organisations to help you find what you need to succeed, or at a minimum, have a better work life experience. What are you waiting for?? See you soon!!

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/exploremesh

http://www.meetup.com/The-THINQTANQ-Events-Meetups-and-More-in-Plymouth/

https://www.facebook.com/thethinqtanq

 

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    10 things you might not know about working at THINQTANQ #2

    February 23, 2015 in Coworking, new ways to work, workspace

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    I’ve been writing various top 10 lists, and it is fun to look back and see what I posted before and what strikes me as important now. So, new for 2015, our revised top 10 list of things you might NOT know about working at THINQTANQ:

    1. We move our desks around every couple of months to keep things fresh.

    2. We host two different monthly networking events: MESH and Plymouth Business Networking Group, which will be renamed at this week’s meeting.

    3. We have creatives and ‘regular’ people working here, not just digital web-based geeks.

    4. We include unlimited quantities of our tasty brewed coffee and tea in your membership.

    5. We have lego boards that you can creatively ‘decorate’ when you need a quick break for inspiration.

    6. We have white board competitions now and again, also for quick productivity breaks and brainstorming.

    7. We hosted the first Freelancers Christmas Luncheon this past year, the first ever lunch for freelancers/independents in Plymouth.

    8. You can suggest most any activity you would like to do here, and we are more than likely to say YES! (it does have to be safe and legal).

    9. Our members work hard on their businesses here, but we can get also get really silly too, when necessary!

    10. Finally, we LOWERED our monthly rates in 2015. For reals.

    Treat yourself to a day working alongside others: see what else you can learn that you didn’t know! We are open 9 – 5:30 Monday through Friday.

    For more information about rates, activities, and anything else, check out these links:

    http://thinqtanq.spaces.nexudus.com/en

    https://www.facebook.com/thethinqtanq

    https://www.facebook.com/exploremesh

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Plymouth-Business-Networking-Page/104130043042942?ref=hl

    https://www.facebook.com/PlymouthCowork

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      Starting fresh this year?

      February 12, 2015 in Coworking, new ways to work, workspace

      starting fresh-Even though it is mid-February (I have no idea where the time went either!), I am still getting a few of my plans in place for the rest of the year. Maybe you are too? Or maybe you have tried getting that new project going in addition to everything else, but it is hard to find blocks of concentrated time. You’ve got the school runs and meals to cook, or the same clients with the same time-consuming problems and no down time for creative thinking. Or maybe you need more space to spread out all your paperwork and look at the big picture without getting interrupted by phone calls, or from children/spouses/cats walking across your carefully constructed piles of attempted organisation.

      Whatever your reason, it is really cramping your sincere desire to grow your business, your dreams, and even preserve your sanity! You know the problem but don’t know how to solve it. Or the solutions you know are inconvenient, expensive, or maybe don’t even actually fix the problem.

      What if told you there is another option that would allow you to focus for 1/2 day, or a full day every week, or every few weeks, or once a month, or everyday – YOUR CHOICE! And that there are other people like you who are finding relief from distractions and are able to focus during these times. They find that it is nice to work around others who are also working hard on their own business, and who have different skills but are on similar journeys. These other people are friendly and interesting and know about things you don’t, and you find that, conversely, you know some tricks you can share with them. So besides getting your work done, you learn a few new interesting things each time you make this choice.

      Ok, well of course I’ll tell you what this amazing choice is! Work at THINQTANQ in the centre of Plymouth!

      Besides all those lovely people to help you focus and learn whilst spending your time working productively, you can help yourself to our wifi, colour printer, and free coffee, tea, & biscuits. The brilliant part is that you pay only for the time you are here, and not take on all the expense and commitment of a permanent, private office. There are no costs to set up your office with furniture, computers, wifi, phone, printers, etc etc etc. You just bring your own laptop (or stacks of paperwork) and get to work. You pay for 1/2 day, a day, or multiple days a month. Come and go as you please. (If you really love it you can work here full-time, you still can use all our stuff, and have some storage as well!).

      See how easy that is?

      We know you love the flexibility of working from home, but sometimes you need other options. We are the other option! Come see for yourself any weekday from 9 – 5:30 and we’ll show you around, have a cuppa, and figure out a plan to help you achieve those goals that are just out of reach. Oh, did I mention we just lowered our monthly membership rates? What are you waiting for!!! Can’t wait to see you here at THINQTANQ!

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        New Year New Prices!

        January 30, 2015 in Coworking, new ways to work, workspace

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          New Year New Prices!

          January 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

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          We’ve been listening to our members, and decided we needed to simplify our rates and pricing, so here it is: new rates for 2015!

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            Word of the day: MESH

            January 27, 2015 in Events, new ways to work

            IMG_2424Different kinds of people can mesh together, a screen can be made of mesh, or in this case M.E.S.H. means make.engineer.socialise.hack. We are reinvigorating our M.E.S.H. events this year at THINQTANQ with a series of events and activities.

            First off, this Wednesday evening 28 January from 6-8 pm, we are holding an evening meet up at THINQTANQ to start off the new year and find out a bit more about what our MESH members would like to do this year.

            To get things started, we have already scheduled our first Saturday hack day (whoop whoop!) as well as our first class:

            7th February
            ‘The Original’ MESH DAY
            Join us at THINQTANQ from 9am for a day full of tinkering, tea, biscuits and time to work on your project with no distractions!

            21st February
            Advanced Arduino course
            With the success of our beginners Arduino course last year, Marcus is coming back with a more advanced course for those of you willing to try.

            For further details, other events, and to sign up for all activities, please visit the MESH website, and the MESH Facebook page.

            Don’t forget, makers and non-makers are always welcome to join us during the day at THINQTANQ for productive coworking days.

            AND, later this week look out for more information about our updated and LOWER monthly membership rates. True story.

             

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              Warm, Dry and Productive!

              January 20, 2015 in Coworking, new ways to work, workspace

              IMG_0024There is nothing quite as satisfying as having a really nice conversation with another business person you have met before, or maybe are just meeting for the first time, and you click about something you are both interested in. Or to have a topic come  up in conversation that resonates with something someone else just said, or that you read. And because you are having a conversation, this insight is part of the story of that person, so you remember it, and it becomes part of you and your web of knowledge about the world.

              I spent a few hours recently with some new and longer-time colleagues and remembered again the benefits of meeting people in person: seeing old colleagues again to catch up with running stories; and meeting new interesting people and learning about their stories.

              That personal connection is what I also love about working in our coworking space at THINQTANQ – the opportunity to enjoy the camaraderie of other people working around me who love what they are doing too. We bring different perspectives, but we are all working away on our own businesses, with clients, and deadlines, and hurdles to jump. We all understand the self-employed journey, and offer suggestions if requested, commiserate over tough choices, and shout whoo-hooo when one of us wins new work.

              It is the social part, the community, and the connections that keep us and our businesses sustained over time, and that make the hard work enjoyable, allowing us to thrive.

              Did I mention you should come check out THINQTANQ? That is where all this magic happens every weekday here in Plymouth. We’d love to have you come for a visit and see if we can help you thrive too. Drop by anytime, we’ll offer you a cuppa and show you around. If you want a specific invitation, come to our Plymouth Business Networking group meeting here tomorrow, Wednesday morning 21 January, 10 am-12 noon. Free, friendly and low-stress. No presentations, just conversations. If that sounds good to you, just show up, and bring a friend if you’d like.

              Otherwise, stop by soon: it’s always warm and dry in here. And we are busy getting our 2015 goals off to a flyer! You don’t want to miss out…

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                Happy New Year!

                December 19, 2014 in Events

                Happy

                Happy Holidays to everyone!

                Hope you have a lovely holiday season, and

                a productive and very successful 2015!

                (and don’t forget success can be measured in MANY ways!)

                 

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                  Perfect last minute gift idea…

                  December 15, 2014 in Coworking, new ways to work, Planning, workspace

                  Gift Cert1Still looking for the perfect gift for your Entrepreneur who needs more TIME?

                  We’ve got your answer! A membership at THINQTANQ!!!

                  Your entrepreneur can get more work done, meet potential new clients, and come as and when they want.

                  We’ve got membership levels for every budget and are very flexible, so you can change levels any time. If you don’t know how often you’ll use the space, then try a pack of 10 passes which you can use anytime during the year. (But we’re sure you’ll get hooked on a regular schedule once you find how much more productive you can be!)

                  We’ve got a fabulous range of activities to enjoy in addition to the awesome work environment, and some really interesting people to meet and work alongside. If you want 2015 to be the year your business finally takes off, where you feel as if you OWN your business and are driving it forward, you really need to be at THINQTANQ!

                  Check out our website for membership details, or contact us at info@thinqtanq.co.uk for more information how you can make 2015 the best ever!!!

                  Meantime, have a fabulous Christmas and a most prosperous NEW YEAR!

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                    Reminder: Fantastic Festive Freelancers Lunch!

                    December 9, 2014 in Events, new ways to work

                    Just a quick reminder about our

                    Fantastic Festive Freelancers lunch

                    this coming Friday!

                    We’ve already got LOADS of PEOPLE signed up bringing

                    an AMAZING array of interesting and delicious foods and drink!

                    Have you signed up yet??

                    Don’t miss it – hardly any preparation is necessary and

                    you get to have

                    a brilliant Christmas Party!

                    Quick! Sign up here, right now! 

                     https://eventbrite.co.uk/event/14695613977/

                    Fantastic

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