Why I Love Working at Sandbox Suites

I got to work with a lot of people that were around my age and I made great money, but what I loved about that job the most were the people I got to work with and had the pleasure of meeting.

One person that comes to mind was a 63-year-old, sassy, tall drink of water from Beaumont, Texas named Deborah. She always had a great attitude, was in great physical shape and was hilarious. I remember her saying that she loved what she did career-wise and I respected her for that. Her words really resonated with me.

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We Lost Our Office Space, and That Was a Good Thing.

A CHANCE TO GET IT RIGHT

We struggled with self doubt. We reflected on past mistakes, and we wished we would have seen many things coming a lot sooner. Your average run of the mill pity party. Unfortunately that crap doesn’t help anybody do anything so we moved forward. We realized this was the perfect opportunity to finally get this location right.

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Is Standing Really Better for Your Health?

Health specialists have been quick to tell us time and again that sitting is the new smoking when it comes to what kills us. Between the 12 hours we spend sitting at a computer and watching TV, plus the 8 hours we’re sleeping, that’s approximately 20 hours we spend each day without motion.

In the last decade, standing desks have become the new craze to defy the downfalls of sitting. Dozens of styles exist, ranging everywhere in price from a few hundred to a cool thousand dollars.

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3 Reasons to Focus on Coworking

3 Reasons to Focus on Coworking

A million reasons exist to cowork. A million reasons exist to work at home. In the grand scheme of things, you are fully capable of starting your business from the cozy embrace of your favorite armchair. But to save yourself hours of gazing at the walls and wishing for inspiration, take moment to consider these 3 reasons to focus on coworking.

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Ultimate Networking Tips Entrepreneurs Can Use


Ultimate Networking Tips for Enterpreneurs

Helpful networking tips for startups, job seekers, entrepreneurs and small businesses from Sandbox Suites, the coworking space for everyone.

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1. Take it online

When you meet someone and receive a business card, unless you are building an impressive business card collection, take it online. Find the person on LinkedIn; if they don’t have LinkedIn, send them an invite! Find them on Twitter and respond to one of their tweets- even if it’s personal and not professional. Follow them on Instagram, or Pinterest. Personally, I’d draw the line at Facebook friend request until after you’ve logged a few real time hours. (However, if they have a company Facebook page, DO like that.)

Protip: if you are lurking a few years deep on their Instagram, try not to like their photos. There’s a thin line between ‘cool new connection from networking event!’ and ‘I think this person is online stalking me.’ Invite them to another similar meetup or event instead where you can take new pictures!

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2. Make Authentic Connections

Unless you are the host or an extreme extrovert with the attention span of a toddler (and if you are, you do you) DO NOT work the room. If you are having a great conversation with someone who matches or complements both your personality and your professional interests, stick with it. If you start chatting and realize that this person is your mortal enemy, or simply the most annoying person you’ve ever had the displeasure of making small talk with, then politely excuse yourself and move on. If you look around and realize you’ve only made one solid connection, that’s okay! With a really authentic connection, you’ll feel much more comfortable following up and connecting with them in the future.

 

3. Follow Up

When you tell a potential colleague, ‘let’s get coffee!’ follow up and actually invite them to coffee. Offer to make an intro email?  Do it! If you find a meetup, networking event or class similar to the one where you met, ping that person and ask if they’d like to meet you there. At minimum, refer to step 1 and connect online after your real life connection. The new contact will remain current and viable.

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4. Host Your Own Event

Are you an expert in a field? Strangely good at knitting? Always wanted to make your own zine? Interested in starting a podcast or teaching people the basics of digital photography? Search for meetups or events in that category and in your area through networking websites like meetup.com. If you find an existing event, offer to host, teach, volunteer or just go!

No upcoming events? Be proactive and message the event organizer and submit your idea, or ask to host the next event. If you are a member of a coworking space, many times meeting rooms and common areas are available on evenings and weekends at no cost to members. Coworking spaces are also a great way to learn about events and classes!

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5. Quality Over Quantity 

I cannot emphasize this point enough: one authentic connection can be infinitely more valuable than a stack of random business cards. If you click with someone right away, don’t feel guilty cultivating that conversation all night. It will be much more rewarding in the long run.

And keep in mind that you may not hit a networking home run at every event you attend. Sometimes you’ll get nothing more than a drink and a good meal. But meeting a new investor, a valuable business resource or your new boss only needs to happen once!

If you’re having a great chat, but don’t want to seem too exclusive, introduce yourself and your new found connection to someone nearby. Make sure to connect online and follow up with your new colleagues and friends.

 

Put your newfound networking skills to work at our Grand Opening Party for our brand new Palo Alto Sandbox!

Register HERE

Good luck out there! Networking can be rewarding and fun.

Top 5 Reasons for Coworking in San Francisco

Top 5 Reasons for Coworking in San Francisco (or anywhere really)

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Coworking in San Francisco offers flexibility.

1. Flexibility

As writer and theologian Adam Tosko said, “We ask 18-year-olds to make huge decisions about their career and financial future, when a month ago they had to ask to go to the bathroom.” Just like recent high school grads, those new to the startup world are suddenly faced with a LOT of freedom, a LOT of questions, and a LOT of possible options. Maybe you’re the kind of person who still likes to come in 9-5 M-F. Maybe you’re actually a night owl but never knew. Coworking spaces provide the ability to swing the full spectrum of productivity. Take the time to find what works best for YOU.

 

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2. Separation of space

Our brains pair particular settings with certain mental reactions. Sleep is to bed as hunger is to kitchen. The same is true of your work space. Offices were made for productivity and homes were made for relaxation.

 

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3. The effect of environment

Almost everything you like, you probably keep at home. That’s where your family is, that’s where your Netflix is, that’s where all your favorite foods are stored. No one wants to write a business proposal when the next episode of “The Walking Dead” is about to start, when your kid wants to play or when your roommate starts making the day’s third smoothie.

On the other hand, when you see everyone else around you quietly working, making progress on their goals, it stirs a sense of solidarity. Other cursors are moving rapidly toward the triumph of completion. No distractions, no excuses.

 

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Coworking offers an eclectic mix.

4. An eclectic mix

Sandbox is unique in that each of our locations is a collaboration of many diverse backgrounds. The hands that reach into the pizza box at networking events are those of tech companies, nonprofits, lawyers, freelancers, telecommuters, and countless more. And that’s not even what they do in their spare time. Who knows what mutual interests you might have?

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5. Dedicated meeting space

Don’t even bother struggling to find the quiet spot in a coffee shop to meet with a potential client. When you’re worried about making a good impression, you don’t need to be thinking about snatching up parking, waiting in long service lines, and paying too much for a latte. Your focus should be on the future of your business.  

 

Check out our membership options or book a free trial to see if coworking is right for you.

Why Try Coworking?

Why Try Coworking?

The couch is no place to build an empire.

It is said to be the working man’s ultimate goal- no cubicle, no dress code, no authority, no schedule. You are the boss and the employee combined. You can spend your day perched on a park bench with your laptop or tucked up in the corner of a cafe. You can wear nothing but your favorite pajamas and claim the couch as your new domain.

Yet the couch is no place to build an empire. Working for yourself can be liberating and satisfying- but without the right facility, it can also be unproductive and lonely.

With its three locations in San Francisco as well as Downtown Berkeley and Silicon Valley, Sandbox Suites provides full-service coworking, shared offices and meetings spaces for freelancers, software developers, nonprofits, consultants, small business owners, and more. Interact with like-minded individuals in a laid back and effective co working environment designed for all types of progress.

And in case you miss your couch, we have those too.

We offer free trial days if you are new to coworking, the Bay Area or want to test out what coworking and shared office space is really about. We also offer virtual office plans in SOMA, Union Square, Berkeley and Palo Alto.

Pitch Workshop – Why Investors Search for Alternatives to Your Product Solution

Pitch Workshop Tip #5: Why Investors Search for Alternatives to Your Product Solution

Two guys are out on a small sailing boat. The new boater asked the “captain” why he stays so far from the shore since there are so many fish near the shore.

“Because finding rocks with the bottom of my boat ruins my day and my investment!” said the captain.

That’s how investors feel about using their investment to find the alternatives to your new product.

Yesterday I attended another pitch workshop event in Silicon Valley. The founders came prepared. They had their validation, impressive user stats, and even a great sounding tag line.

Then the investors began questions about competition and alternatives. They had answers. But the investors weren’t buying it. Repeatedly they peppered the founders with questions. It was brutal.

The founders, both techies, and not experienced in B2B or B2C sales, missed ‘it.’  It is the “alternative” solution to solve the fundamental problem – not only the direct competition.

Smart investors will always look at the alternative ways to solve the problem. They want their “precious resource,” i.e. cash, to help grow the business. But, they don’t want the founders to use that cash to discover what they should already know. Can you blame them?

Here are “alternative” competitors:

A sports app with real crowd experience for when you are alone and want to hear the crowds – with NO COMPETITION.

The Alternative: turn on the TV, watch on the Internet or go to a pub and yell with the other guys.

Rechargable nanotube power charger at $75 plus with NO COMPETITION!

The Alternative: $1.99 battery at the drug store.

Deluxe menu app for high-end restaurants – easily change the prices, description and pictures of the food.

The Alternative:  paper menu – for high-end restaurants, talking with the sommelier and waiter is much more of the experience then reading the menu.

Just about all problems have alternative solutions. Founders need to find these alternatives before the investors put their money in. Investors don’t want you to use their money to find where the rocks are that sink your boat.

Come to the next pitch event and and learn more about navigating to engage investors in your startup!

Steve Austin
Startup Coach

Contact email [saustin7777@gmail.com]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Social Tools FM Offers Free Membership to Sandbox Suites

This month we are highlighting current SBS member’s Social Tools FM.

SocialTools.FM is a platform about giving websites, bloggers, and brands a set of marketing tools that will allow them to fully maximize their online presence as true, social hubs. Our first solution: Social Toolbar, has been employed by tens of thousands of websites around the world
A little bit about Social Toolbar
 
Integrate all of your social content and community into one cohesive experience, via a persistent and highly customizable website toolbar. The toolbar allows you to increase engagement, sharing, and relationship building for your website and brand. It includes integration with third party tools such as MailChimp, AddThis and with much more coming soon.
Below you can find a short video about the toolbar and how it works!

Social Tools have offered Sandbox’s community a generous promotion – so take some time to check them out and use the following code to get 3 months free!
3 months free of Social Toolbar Pro for all Sandbox Suites members. Just use the following code at checkout – sandboxisrad

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