The Top 5 Best Things About Co-Working

Before working at Sourced, I either felt chained to my home office (aka the tiny desk in my bedroom) or constantly scrambling to find the perfect coffee shop (comfortable chairs, outlets, always a space, decently quiet, not Starbucks, great wifi...it doesn’t exist). 

Since becoming a Sourced member I can’t believe I waited this long to start co-working. However, I think the reason it took me so long to jump on that bandwagon is I didn’t realize what I was missing out on. It’s hard to put your finger on what’s been lacking until you’ve found it.  

So I thought I’d break it down for you.

Here are my favorite things about CO-WORKING (and why you need to start co-working, too). 

  1. Reason To Get Dressed

If you go to a job, you might not get this one. But for the rest of you entrepreneurs and freelancers, you KNOW how easy it is to stay in your pajamas and how much you miss having a reason to put on an outfit (the grocery store is simply not motivating enough-- am I right? ). I love having a reason to get ready and show up as I the kind of person I’d like to be in my business. But beyond just feeling cute, this actually has an effect on how I see myself as a business owner. And a human. 

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Photo by Riley Starr

2. Laguna Beach Life


Obviously, this is only a benefit if you co-work at Sourced, but it’s been huge for me! Not only is Sourced itself the most adorable, love-filled beach cottage you’ll ever set foot in, but it simply cannot be separated from the fact that it’s one block from the beach. And a stone’s throw away from from my favorite coffee shop. And from my two favorite places to grab lunch (The Stand and Active Culture). Where you spend your time matters. It affects your productivity AND your joy.

3. Networking

While this isn’t my favorite word it IS important as a small business owner and it’s been one of the biggest benefits of co-working for me. Not to mention, this is NOT something you get from your local coffee shop (...or bedroom for that matter). 

New business often comes from people you already have some kind of connection with. When someone needs a logo designed, who are they going to turn to or refer out? The fun friend they sit next to all day or a random designer off Yelp? Without IRL connections, you’re likely going to have a hard time staying afloat. 

4.   Liking What You Do For Work WAY More

Did you know there was a study done that showed that those who have a best friend at work are seven times as likely to be engaged in their jobs, produce higher quality work, and are way happier? It showed that who you work with is a bigger factor in liking your job than what your job actually is.

If you’ve been a freelancer or business owner for awhile, you know it can be just as isolating as it is freeing. Co-working brings back into balance what you lack when you work for yourself: other people! Yes, as covered in #3 is this important for networking. But it’s also important for ENJOYING that independent lifestyle you probably dreamed about for so long. You need jokes and side convos and group coffee breaks-- not just 1-on-1 hours with a screen. It helps your productivity tons and allows you to work longer days, too.

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Photo by Mary Hurlbut

5.  Support

Similar (but different) to  #3 and #4, another thing co-working brings to the table are people who can offer you help, feedback, encouragement and support. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve asked Riley, our photographer,  for help with Photoshop, or Jaclyn, an illustrator and designer, for a second opinion on business cards. In a co-working space you have access to people with a whole variety of specializations and skills, allowing you to up-level in ways you couldn’t of on your own. It also gives YOU the chance to lend a helping hand with what you do best, too. Again, your business and your happiness will be better for it.

Photo by  Riley Starr

Photo by Riley Starr

So there you have it-- 5 reasons to get your booty in community and start working alongside to people that help you out and make you laugh on a regular basis.

Want to find the RIGHT space for you and what you do? Try it out first! Go to an event or get a day pass.  Different spaces draw in different crowds. Since most these benefits listed have to do with the people you work next to, it’s important to find a space and a vibe that resonates with you. That’s also to say that if you’ve tried out a co-working space before and you didn’t feel very at home, it very well could’ve just been that office space. 

And if you need a little nudge in the right direction, I can tell you right now that if warm, supportive, welcoming energy is your thing and you don’t mind being next to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, SOURCED. is probably your place.

Happy Co-Working!

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Written by Devon Walz. In addition to being a content creator for Sourced, Devon is mixed media fine artist and art educator. When she isn’t dreaming up new topics for the Sourced blog or chatting away with her co-workers, you can probably find her covered in paint and jamming out in her Santa Ana art studio. Find her on Instagram @devonwalzart and online at www.devonwalz.com

BEST Entrepreneur Podcasts for Motivation & Inspiration

Our Favorite Podcasts For Motivation and Inspiration 

 
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I don’t know about you, but I’m a SERIOUS podcast junkie. As someone who drives 30 minutes to her studio, 30 minutes to SOURCED., takes many road trips throughout the year AND spends hours on end stretching canvas, the hosts of my favorite shows are basically my friends.

But beyond just passing time, I’ve learned A TON since I started absorbing podcasts.  In fact, many of the strategies I use in my business have come straight from episodes of my favorite shows. Not to mention, often an inspiring episode is just what I need to pull me out the the “I’ll-never-make-a-sale-again” blues. 

If you’re in a biz rut yourself, or just need some fire under your booty this week, here are our favorite podcasts for getting MOTIVATED here at SOURCED.

How I Built This 

A favorite among many in the office, this show gives you a behind the scenes look at just how some of the world’s best-known companies got started from the ground up. 

Fav Episodes:


The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes 

This is another great one if you love inspiring stories and will definitely leave you fired up. A lifestyle entrepreneur himself, Lewis interviews guests with a wide variety of specialities-- everything from relationships to business and self-help to fitness. 

My favorite inspiring interviews are #572 with Rachel Platten on never giving up on your dreams and #697 with Rachel Hollis-- great if you need a nudge to keep moving forward and own your truth.

HBR Idea cast

Put on by the Harvard Business Review, this one is quite educational. Highly recommended for learning about niche topics and finding answers to your specific questions about running a successful business. 

Get your feet wet with - #676 “The Right Way to Get your First 1,000 Customers” with Thales Teixeira, associate professor at Harvard Business School, believes many startups fail precisely because they try to emulate successful disruptive businesses. He says by focusing too early on technology and scale, entrepreneurs lose out on the learning that comes from serving initial customers with an imperfect product. He shares how Airbnb, Uber, Etsy, and Netflix approached their first 1,000 customers very differently, helping to explain why they have millions of customers today.

Kwik Brain with Jim Kwik

Hosted by brain and memory trainer Jim Kwik, this podcast will teach you all about how to turn your noggin into a super machine. If habits, biohacking, health, and productivity are your thing, you’ll dig this one.


Each episode is short and sweet (we’re talking 8-15 mins) and leave you with something to consider and put into action in your own life. Our picks: #130: “A Fail-Safe Tip to Creating a Habit with Ryan Levesque” and #124: “How to Fight Mental Fatigue with Dr. Oz”

Creative Pep Talk 

A personal favorite contributed by yours truly, this show is both hilarious and super informative. If you’re a creative of any kind, you’ll dig Andy’s tips for getting your work out there, branding, keeping your work fresh, identifying your gifts and tons more. 

Start with episode 170 "4 Creative Career Lessons that Changed My Life" and work your way through the 5-part Creative Career Path series that goes until #176. You'll gain a WHOLE new approach to piecing together your creative career. Saying this series changed my life is NOT an understatement.

 
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The Pitch

Listen in to this one to hear real entrepreneurs pitch to real investors for real money. A bit like an intensified Shark Tank, following the processes presented in this show is a great way to learn about the whole pitching game. Bonus listening points if you’re into tech!


Goal Digger Podcast with Jenna Kutcher

Jenna offers actionable advice and valuable tips in diverse topics. From inspirational stories, to business hacks and social media strategy, this show will def leave you with a fresh buzz to make improvements in your biz. 

Something that really inspired us was Episode #271 “Why You Need A Blog”, Jenna shared how her entire business started simply by launching a free WordPress blog over eight years ago.

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Online Marketing Made Easy with Amy Porterfield

Another personal favorite of mine, I turn to Amy with ALL my online biz qualms. While she covers a wide variety of topics in online business, I love her content around building your email listening, running ads and up-leveling your social media. If you’re a coach or teach online courses, you’ll *extra* benefit from these episodes.


I love her step by step process on building a promotional calendar in episode 183 and her pillars of content creation in #196. I also recommend listening to her interview with Tyler J. McCall (# 219) all about Instagram stories and building your email list.

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She Did It Her Way

Hosted by Amanda Boleyn, this is another great show for covering all aspects of running a business. Amanda brings more of a life coach approach to her topics and will leave you super pumped to level-up. 


MUST LISTEN: Episode #337 “Do These 3 Things Before You Quit Your Job”

 
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So there you have it. Chip away one episode at a time and you’re guaranteed to leave your daily commute or gym sesh bursting with new ideas.

 Now throw on a show, grab a latte and get moving!

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Written by Devon Walz. In addition to being a content creator for Sourced, Devon is mixed media fine artist and art educator. When she isn’t dreaming up new topics for the Sourced blog or chatting away with her co-workers, you can probably find her covered in paint and jamming out in her Santa Ana art studio. Find her on Instagram @devonwalzart and online at www.devonwalz.com.

Productivity Hacks

Productivity Hacks brought to you by SOURCED

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Whether you’re working from home in your sweatpants or in a dedicated office space, we’ve all had those moments, days or even weeks when the struggle to focus is real!

No matter what type of industry or position you’re in, we all have calls to make, meetings to host, places to be, multiple project deadlines, and an email inbox that rarely (if ever) gets to that 0 unread point. So when time is money and it's time to focus, how can we stay focused to maximize our productivity & work efficiently?

I asked this question to the SOURCED community where #radpeoplework, and received a motherload of valuable tips and tools to set your work days up for success.

Here are some of our favorite Productivity Hacks from the SOURCED. crew:

Turn the Notifications Off!

Yeah, limiting distractions can be easier said than done- but did you know that every distraction can cost you 30 minutes!? (according to The Muse). So when you need to get in the zone, that means shutting off anything that can take you off track - even if just for a minute.

Here are some ways to help stop common distractions:

1. Turn on a daily social media limit via the “screen time” application on your phone

2. Delete social media apps off your phone completely until your work is done

3. Turn off all notifications or silence your phone so you won’t be distracted by texts from friends

4. Place your phone completely out of sight - if you can’t completely shut your phone off during the work day, placing it out of sight will help keep interruptions out of sight but allow you to still hear it if it starts ringing

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Embrace a Tidy Space

When you walk through SOURCED and notice the blank desk spaces, open shelving and organizing containers - know this set-up is not just for the cute decor, it’s to create a productive place to work!

Here’s what we recommend to create a productive work space:


1. Keep your desk space tidy & decluttered - with less objects in your surroundings you’re less likely to get distracted!

2. Add some inspiring energy to your workspace with some plants, a nice view or decor that represents your creativity and personality! Just make sure it doesn’t add clutter.

3. If you’re like me and have not been able to create this kind of space at your main desk, then move to your favorite coworking space or cafe, and don’t leave until you’ve finished all the work you need to get done!

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Work that Work Schedule

If you have the freedom to control your schedule, it’s easy to just not have a set schedule then. However, for the team at SOURCED, we’ve found that we are most productive when we actually do set a standard routine or set time batches - at least for the days when we need to stay productive.


Here’s how you can set a schedule:


1. Start work at the same time everyday

2. Schedule blocks by the hour or even by the day to focus on a specific project or set of tasks.

3. Put these time blocks on your calendar! Unless it’s on your calendar, it's basically imagery.

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Give it a break!
To keep your full focus and energy, you need to take dedicated (aka. planned) breaks throughout the day. Reaching burnout or fatigue is not going to help you stay productive.

This is how we break up our days at SOURCED:

  1. Take a walk

  2. Eat! Don’t work through your lunch or snack breaks, instead use this time to shut off for a bit

  3. Dance party!

  4. Journaling

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Truth: As you can see, we all work a little bit differently and it may take some trial and error to see what productivity hacks will work best for you - so the next time you’re unable to focus, give one of our SOURCED hacks a try and get back in your productivity groove!


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Written by Nicole Prybula.

Nicole is a Corporate Event Producer that loves turning a standard business meeting into an impactful brand experience that attendees fall in love with. If Nicole isn't soaking up inspiration working with her co-workers at Sourced, it's because she's traveling and working from a cafe on the other side of the world. Find her online at www.cultivatedexperiences.com and follow her adventures on Instagram at @cultivatedexperiences

3 FREE Tools Every Event Planner Needs by Cultivated Experiences

I’ve spent the last 6 years working in the corporate events world, and in that time have produced 100+ events worldwide. Over the years, I’ve tried out tons of different tools forced upon us by upper-management to try to improve team communications and “make our jobs easier.''


It wasn’t until I left the 9-5 corporate america world and launched my own online agency offering corporate event planning and design services, that I learned how important and valuable these tools can actually be to establish systems and processes that will enable you work more efficiently! Now I can’t live without my favorite tools!


After launching Cultivated Experiences one year ago, I started from scratch to find the best tools for planning events, in order to give me back the time to be more creative and focus on the overarching role of running the business.

So from the beginning planning stages to the execution, I’m excited to share 3 FREE and useful tools that any Event Planner can start using today to cultivate the most dreamy and flawless events.

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1. Peerspace Finding the right event venue can make or break your event.

The venue defines the entire ambiance, flow, aesthetic, and budget of your event. Not to mention it’ll also be the backdrop of literally every event photo.

That’s why one of my goals during every venue search is to find the most unique event spaces that will excite attendees and add a wow factor to the event. Peerspace has been the best tool for finding such spaces!

Peerspace is basically Airbnb, but instead of houses it is a marketplace of event spaces available for rent by the hour.

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With thousands of listings, Peerspace has venues to fit any type of event, whether corporate or social, with a search tool that makes it easy to filter by attendee size, price, location and more to help narrow down your search.

After you’ve narrowed down your search, each listing includes photos of the space, reviews, and listed amenities up front, so you can easily evaluate and know right away if the venue can work or not.

What I love most is the ability to message the host and communicate directly within the app! This is great to help cut down on emails (god knows we all get enough of those), and keeps all of your communications in one spot to easily go back and reference as needed.

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Between the concise listings, unique spaces and easy communications - Peerspace has saved me so much time during my venue hunts.

To see what I’m talking about, check out Sourced’s listing on Peerspace here.

Talk about a dreamy space!

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2. Asana

Most of the time, event planning feels just like project management.

Between each event are multiple tasks, vendors and teams to collaborate with, and deadlines that MUST be met in order to meet the ultimate deadline - the day of the event.

So for any event planner, an efficient project management tool is essential.

There are a ton of different project management tools out there, and I’ve dabbled with a few, but my favorite by far has been Asana.


Asana makes it easy to organize, sort and manage all of your project timelines by creating workflows and the ability to list each project task with a deadline. Best of all, you can set automatic reminder notifications for any deadline to make sure it is never missed.

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In addition, by adding other team members or a client to a project, you can assign out tasks, as well as comment on them within the project timeline to keep communications concise and in one place.

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So whether checking by the day, week or project, Asana makes it easy to view all of your current to-dos while making sure you stay caught up on your deadlines.

3. Canva
From crafting event invitations, sponsorship kits, social media graphics, and speaker biographies to entire conference booklets, Canva, an online graphic creating platform, has been a life saver for producing beautiful designs and graphics.

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The beauty of Canva is the thousands of templates and design ideas that you can easily use and customize for your event assets.

Whether you choose to use a template or want to start from scratch, Canva makes it easy to create or edit any graphic within the tool, and then easily download to various print ready formats.

So if you don’t have the budget to hire a real designer, hire Canva.

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In summary, what I’ve learned when planning any type of event is you need first, a great space that will inspire your audience and enable them to connect to the event’s key takeaways and messaging. You also have to stay organized to keep up on deadlines, move from project to project, and even re-create the success from a past event more seamlessly. Last, you have to understand marketing, messaging and design, and be able to create unique assets that represent the brand and attract people to attend the event.