A few weeks ago, the company I work for, Red Thread of Maine, was privileged to host Maine Startup and Create Week. A gathering of startups, entrepreneurs, Makers and innovators, the conference brought together some of the ecosystem's brightest minds for a week of keynotes, breakouts and workshops designed to bring ideas and businesses to the next level of awesome. As I
One of the most interesting aspects of creating a coworking space is understanding what exactly draws people to a location. During my first few months interacting with coworking spaces, I was under the impression that what sold a space came down to price and location. I assumed people flocked to coworking spaces to escape the high city rent and constant congestion.
When you’re a thought-leader, journalists, analysts and conference producers come knocking on your door to put you in the spotlight. Your voice and time becomes coveted as people clamor to meet with you and gain industry insights. And as a thought leader, you'll understand that these supporters and followers can open doors, which will ultimately grow your businesses. Are you ready
If you think about the number of hours you spend sitting at your desk and in your office area, it's extremely important to make sure your workplace is a healthy, welcoming environment. Here are some of the more common unhealthy factors in workplaces across the country—and several tips to help you improve the health of your workplace! Germs and Bacteria: I'll
Thanks to Wi-Fi, laptop computers, smart phones and tablets, it's often possible to get just as much work done "on-the-go" as it is when you're sitting at your desk. However, in order to make the most of your on-the-go office time, there are a few essentials I'd recommend having on-hand: 1. Laptop and/or Tablet In today's internet-saturated work place, it's
Ahhh... summer is here. And with summer comes a slower, more relaxing schedule—or not! If you're a small business owner with only a few employees or the owner and ONLY employee, you know that it's basically impossible to ever completely take time off. Yes, you can work ahead or hire temporary help, but usually only for a day or so,
As women entrepreneurs, we wear many, MANY hats each day. Not only are we business owners, employers, employees, and co-workers; we're also designers, creative thinkers, collaborators, social media updaters, bug fixers and paycheck writers. And then, on top of that all, many of us are moms, wives, aunts, grandmas, friends, volunteers, committee chairs, home renovators, budget makers, menu planners, "taxi"
When I first started my business back in 2006, I honestly had NO idea what I was doing. I knew I liked the idea of setting my own schedule, being my own boss, and making money... but I wasn't sure I was actually able to do any of those things successfully. Over the next few years I learned A LOT, a made
Brown-bagging is the new power lunch! It’s healthier, cheaper, and more accommodating than eating out. If you do it right, it’s even more convenient. If you find yourself wincing over memories of the cream-cheese-and-jelly sandwiches of your youth, take heart: It’s a whole new age of lunchbox packing, and you’re on the vanguard. Here are 10 super BYO lunch ideas
These days, it's not uncommon for mobile workers to have a variety of "office" options from which to choose when working remotely. Whether reporting to a formal workplace or plugging in at the coffee shop, mobile workers are asked to be flexible when it comes to finding places to be productive. With updated technology, WiFi, and all kinds of "smart
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been a list-making person. I absolutely love everything about lists — making them, crossing things off them, finishing them, organizing them, etc. etc. When I went off to college I was armed with my trusty planner and plenty of notepads for making the many lists I would no-doubt make
Productivity begins when you have the tools you need to do the task set before you. Rather than wasting time and energy looking for notes or tracking down an ink pen, keeping your space tidy sets you up to get right to work. In honor of the timeless "spring cleaning" tradition, today we're sharing this awesome infographic to help you
Have you ever sat down to work and been so distracted by everything around you that you just couldn't clear your brain and focus on the one task at hand? Have you ever tried to start a specific project but couldn't find the tools or resources you needed, and ended up wasting time and energy looking for the necessary supplies
With all the new products and technology upgrades available on a daily basis, our current devices often become outdated quickly -- however, that doesn't necessarily mean they are trash. And if being green is an important part of your office culture, finding solutions outside of the landfill will be particularly important. If you're looking for ways to keep your outdated
If you've never looked into using any of Gmails Lab features -- you're totally missing out! There are tons of cool new features Gmail is testing out on a regular basis -- and until they make them permanent, you can find them all in the Labs section of your Gmail account. First things first -- how do you actually find