There 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…
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!
Meantime, have a fabulous Christmas and a most prosperous NEW YEAR!
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!
Feel as if you work hard, but don’t get the afternoon off to play with your colleagues?
Well, wallow in self-pity no more! We’ve got the answer!
Next Friday, 12 December 2014, we are hosting a
Fantastic Festive Lunch for Freelancers!!
(and others who work from home.)
Best of all, the lunch is FREE!
Well, except for your contribution…We are asking everyone who comes to
bring a dish or drinks to share, creating a lovely smorgasbord for all to enjoy.
Lunch is from 1 pm to 4 pm (or longer)
Please sign up here: https://eventbrite.co.uk/
Look forward to seeing you at our Fantastic Festive Lunch for Freelancers !
When I get stuck, I like to go back to basics, and for me that often means remembering why I am in this place to begin with. Literally why THIS PLACE. I go outside for a walk to soak in the air and leaves and vistas in my place, or if I can’t go outside right then, I look at a few photos and bingo! There is why. (see photo)
Of course the place itself isn’t always the full answer, but it does help me get focused on why I am here in this place and what I am doing. And then I can move forward again to what I should be doing and why it is important, today.
So in my case, why I am in Plymouth? That is a story for perhaps another day, but once I landed here I realised I wanted to be part of a community, and one of the ways to do that was to find other people who are working on their own business, and who also enjoy the company and support of others whilst working. There are proper networking groups, but being a bit of an introvert, the traditional networking events and groups didn’t really work for me. After various turns and twists, I teamed up with Rob and Kirsty Wick to start THINQTANQ. Now we have a space where people who work from home can come along and work here on a regular basis – set by their own timetable – and enjoy the company and ‘networking’ that happens naturally when you work around others. Plus we organise other events that our members ask for or which we think they might enjoy, and then other people get to enjoy our lovely airy space smack in the middle of Plymouth.
And everyday I get to take a boat then walk through the Barbican to get to work around really interesting people doing all kinds of inspiring work. How amazingly wonderful is that!
So when I think about all that: the lovely Plymouth setting, that I get to enjoy the changing light on water every day as part of my commute, and that I get to work around people who choose to be here, I get slightly goose-bumpy and a little smile inside, and think how very lucky I am. It is pretty easy to move forward when I think about it like that!
So how about you? What do you do when you get stuck? If you think you might need a change of place to do your work, I know a really lovely place you can stop by any weekday :). Hope to hear from you soon! You can find me here, or at http:thinqtanq.co.uk.
Whilst I confess to being a holiday junkie, and there will likely be the first set of fairy lights put up before the end of the week, here at THINQTANQ the focus is on getting our work done. So if you are struggling to maintain focus at home, and would like to crack on for a few more days, why not try coming along and getting your work done here? For only a fiver, you can work 4 full hours, have free tea or coffee, and enjoy our warm and comfortable working space. Just bring your laptop, and you’ll be ready to go!
If you need to get your end of year goals finished, but like me, when you are working at home, you might instead peruse a few catalogues, finish the dirty dishes, start a load of laundry, then finish it, all before sitting down at the computer, you need some discipline! Nothing like working around a bunch of other business owners – just like you – who are focusing on getting their work done. The enthusiasm and passion for getting work done rubs off, and soon you are well on your way.
And after a day of focus, you can go home and relax. Remember that word? It takes on a special meaning when you can happily say you got your work done for the day so you can now RELAX. And when you’ve really focused for a few hours with no distractions, it is amazing what you can get done.
Once again this week I heard one of our new members say towards the end of his third hour working here: “um, I finished my list of tasks for the day, now I’m not sure what to do!” Imagine that!
And, please, don’t just imagine, try it for yourself. We can’t wait to see you! For directions and more details about working at THINQTANQ, click here!