Monday, 23 April 2012
Thursday, 5 January 2012
Space on Tap's focus this year is on finding spaces that will stimulate your creativity (check out our first two arts venues in Newcastle and Stockton), as well as giving you the opportunity to connect with other homeworkers, share business knowledge and skills with co-workers and of course get a well earned change of scene away from the home office! As usual food will feature highly in our planned events! We've been trying out some new recipes over the Winter months so we're looking forward to sharing those with you in due course!
Go to our co-working calendar to check out forthcoming events, or to register your interest in attending future Colleagues on Tap days if there's nothing featured that's close to you as yet - the calendar will be filling up over the next few months so there's bound to be something coming to a place near you soon :)
Monday, 17 October 2011
CLICK HERE to read my blog post Co-working: Nothing venture, nothing gained!
Saturday, 15 October 2011
Come along to join us on TUESDAY 22ND NOVEMBER.
This will be a really great day. We'll be hosted by Durham Office Services, a new business centre with a range of space for hire and rent, located on Belmont Business Park just off the A690 in Durham.
Find out more about co-working here, and if you'd like to book a place now CLICK HERE
Sunday, 2 October 2011
The beautiful sunny day defied the late September date for the event, temperatures reaching 28C during the day!
The windows of our 'pop-up office' for the day were opened, allowing us to take in the full impact of the breathtaking views while we worked, and to savour the crisp, clean air of the Tyne Valley.
Lunch was tasty, homemade fayre served in the dining room, enjoyed while getting acquainted with fellow co-workers. As usual an eclectic and interesting mix of people. A web designer, 2 accountants, a writer, an IT consultant, a well-being through movement coach, a marketing consultant, a virtual PA ('the admin doctor'!), a strategic adviser and the day's hosts from Space on Tap.
Making Money from Social Media.
Co-workers exchanged views and experiences of the range of social media they've used, and the indirect and direct benefits they'd achieved from it. Here's a quick synopsis:
Social media used by the group - ultimately it really is down to personal choice and preference, but it was generally agreed that the broader your range of tools, the broader your audience will become and the greater the impact will be.
- The usual suspects (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn)
- Video/image media (YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr)
- Alternative chat facilities (Ping and Myspace)
Impacts of using social media: expected and experienced
- Improved search engine rankings
- Profile - business and personal
- New customers (usually through indirect conversation, not hard selling)
- New suppliers and associates (through effective use of keywords to find people with specialist skills)
- New employee/job through a 'friend of a friend'
- Expanded networks without attending events (although it was generally agreed that meeting people face to face can reinforce online relationships
Every member of the group is using social media in some form or another, and to varying degrees. It was acknowledged that to have a real impact it needs a time investment, and it's difficult to commit that without being certain of the rewards.
© Copyright Space on Tap Oct 2011
Saturday, 24 September 2011
Co-workers running a wide variety of home-based businesses from virtual PAs to IT and accountancy services shared their experiences of refining their target markets and marketing messages to maximise the impact of their sales activity. The group benefited from Jane's insight into how to really hone your offer to make sure it stimulates interest; the key message was, in brief, that it's better to be really specific and appeal to a few selected prospects than be broad and general and appeal to no one!
Through Jane's Value Innovations activity, twentyeight is becoming recognised as the source of a whole host of 'little business tools' that can help you to think again about your business to make sure what you're offering is really of value to your customers (or how to train customers better to want what you have to offer!).
Here are two tools Jane shared during the SpoT chat:
A matrix that enables you to map out where in the buying cycle your product or service fits (or could fit), and what added value it can bring in that context.
1. Customer Productivity
6. Social Responsibility
START WITH A BLANK PIECE OF PAPER
Well Jane explained that all is not lost! If you imagine you're starting with a blank piece of paper and starting the business again, you can think about what you would do differently. Having someone else do this for you can also be really valuable (it may be a member of staff or simply a close associate - just be prepared for them to tell you the truth!
You may just be able to put into place some of the ideas that emerge - change has to start somewhere!
Saturday, 13 August 2011
|Jayne's home-made cupcakes are a popular feature !|
Thursday, 4 August 2011
In total a programme of 13 Colleagues on Tap co-working days for homeworkers have taken place between June 2010 and July 2011, with a further 5 events planned for Autumn 2011.
We have now produced a report to evaluate the rationale behind Colleagues on Tap, and to set out the results of a survey of over 50 homeworkers who attended the events during the initial 12 month period, with a survey response rate of over 85%.
Key highlights from the survey results are:
- Over half of the participants in Colleagues on Tap co-working days attended more than once (85% of males and 41% of females)
- All but one of the homeworkers who attended ran their own business
- Nearly 80% of co-workers reported that they'd managed to get as much work done as they usually do at home, and almost half said they'd actually improved on their usual productivity
- 93% of attendees at events said they had made new contacts while they worked
- 100% of those attending the 'SpoT chat' found it useful
Saturday, 16 July 2011
We've set up the Co-working UK blog because we believe that co-working is fundamental to the growth of home-based business.
Through Co-working UK we will be sharing knowledge and best practice in co-working to stimulate and support the development of co-working and co-working spaces across the UK.
Check out the blog and find out more about what we're up to here http://coworkinguk.blogspot.com/
Sunday, 3 July 2011
What type of presentations do you have to do?
• Educational slots
Where do you or could you do them?
• Launch events
How do you get your presentations right?
Effective preparation is key - focus on both the preparation stage and the delivery.
Points to consider and self assess may be:
• What is my mindset towards presentations?
• What can I do to ensure effective preparation - we discussed tips such as checking out venue in advance, preparing for questions may receive, your preferred method for your notes to ensure keep focused, methods to engage the audience, pilot the presentation to establish timings and so on
• Delivery of the presentation - think about opportunities to practice to receive feedback
such as training events with supportive facilitator, family or friends, you could record it
and watch it back, go through it on your own to actually hear yourself saying it etc
The group contributed to a fairly extensive list of effective and ineffective aspects of delivery derived from their own experiences. If you'd like to see the full list get in touch with Space on Tap firstname.lastname@example.org or Anna Dorward www.annadorward.co.uk
If you'd like to join us at future co-working days for homeworkers get in touch or request our current co-working calendar - we'd love to see you there!
Sunday, 12 June 2011
|Co-working area at NeST Barnard Castle|
Although several of our co-workers had already experienced NeST as an event space or a cafe (and 2 are already members of this co-working space) some hadn't visited before the event. All enjoyed their inspiring workspace for the day, stimulated by the works of local artists that adourned the walls and of course their new-found colleagues on tap!
|Workspace adourned by the work of local artists|
So, to add to the list of free Cloud-based services ...
Prezi.com is a tool that allows you to create dynamic, customised presentations, and
Through GIST.com you can manage all of your contacts in one place (from Outlook to Twitter)
A key feature of Colleagues on Tap is the opportunity for co-workers to share knowledge. We hope our Blog readers benefit from this too!
Saturday, 11 June 2011
CLICK HERE to find out what Co-working's all about, why it's good for business, and how/where you can do it.
If you'd like to find out more about co-working get in touch at email@example.com
Sunday, 5 June 2011
|Jeremy Scally, Big Little Fish|
CLICK HERE for Jeremy's Video Blog.
To book your place at one of our Colleagues on Tap Co-working days across the North East go to www.colleaguesontap.com
Check out free Cloud Computing services used by some of our Colleagues on Tap co-workers HERE
Wednesday, 25 May 2011
The Mussel Club is kindly hosting Space on Tap's first 'Net Meeting' for 15/20 minutes at 10 am on Friday 10th June.
CLICK HERE to find out more or to book your free place
Thursday, 12 May 2011
|Co-workers getting down to business|
in our Tyneside Cinema pop up office
|Jeremy Scally, LittleBigFish|
FREE CLOUD APPLICATIONS
Co-workers shared their tips on free Cloud applications that they were already using and that they were happy to recommend - here's a quick list - we obviously can't endorse any of them formally, but we're looking forward to trying some of them out!
DROPBOX - Free File Sharing/Storing - great for sharing photos and large documents, but also if you need somewhere to store documents/emails etc for you to access remotely
FLICKR - Photo storage and sharing
JING - Allows you to take a picture or make a short video of what you see on your computer monitor (both free and paid for versions available)
If you'd like to join Space on Tap at a future Colleagues on Tap co-working day CLICK HERE to check out future events.
If you're interested in hosting your own co-working day, get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, 19 April 2011
Monday, 11 April 2011
We promised to share the group's recommendations, as follows:
NETWORKING ANGELS: email@example.com Another women-only event that meets weekly at 9.30 am every Friday on a rotational basis around the region, including Morpeth, Newcastle, Durham and Darlington. Speed networking format provides a great opportunity to meet several new contacts during the session.
OTHERS OF NOTE:
Friday, 25 March 2011
|Colleagues on Tap 'SpoT chat' on networking|
Here's a run-down ... Joining the SpoT team for the day were:
- an electrical and energy consultant keen to help businesses to save and make money from energy;
- a leadership and behavioural coach who works internationally;
- a practitioner who uses the arts to promote health & wellbeing and develop professional skills such as creativity, innovation and enterprise;
- an IT Consultant who creates IT strategies for forward thinking companies; an economic development consultant who's currently working on a project for the United Arab Emirates;
- a recruitment specialist who works with a global distance learning organisation;
- an established consultant who 'researches and realises' a whole range of projects in culture, economic development and higher education across the North East;
- an IT solutions provider who specialises in working with small and home based businesses; and
- a recruitment consultant who focuses on whatever really matters to her customers across the recruitment process, from support with planning recruitment through to helping people think about how they present themselves through their CVs.
|Pop up office in The Morritt's Garden Room|
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
The event's a sell-out, and we now have a waiting list, so we're excited about the prospect of doing more events at the Moritt and other great venues around the area in the future.
Radio Teesdale have also expressed an interest in what we're up to, and will be interviewing Jayne Graham who founded Colleagues on Tap co-working days, together with some of our co-workers on the day, for their
Business Programme being aired on 31st March. Through the interview we'll hopefully be able to connect with a few more homeworkers across Teesdale, and talk about our next co-working event in the area which will take place at NeST in Barnard Castle on 8th June.
For details of other co-working events across the North East region, including in South Tyneside on 5th April, CLICK HERE
Saturday, 19 March 2011
Short article by Entrepreneur Corner that demonstrates the extent to which co-working has become embedded in the US, and that sets out the various types of co-working spaces that already exist - we've found examples of most in the UK too, although little in the North East it has to be said ... for now ...
CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE
Friday, 11 March 2011
|At Roam Atlanta: services, support, and social interaction. Photograph courtesy of Roam Atlanta|
"Freelancers are turning to “co-working” environments for better workplace interaction. Companies could use them to boost productivity".
Saturday, 26 February 2011
|Co-working space at Newcastle Business Village|
|Newcastle Business Village's |
home made chocolate brownies
After lunch our SpoT chat took a slightly different format to usual, with a useful discussion around the table about current projects, as well as sharing challenges and queries relating to homeworking. The range of business activities around the table was diverse to say the last, ranging from a study into solid waste management in Europe through to the sale of Cloud-based accounting solutions. The collaboration amongst the group, however, reaffirmed the fact that businesses don't need to be operating in the same sector to be able to connect. The commonality was in the home base from which the companies operate and I suppose the sharing of cupcakes after lunch - other than one co-worker who chose to photograph her cupcake to illustrate to co-weight watchers what she hadn't eaten that day :).
|'Those' Space on Tap cupcakes :)|
When asked whether they managed to get as much work done as they would have done at home, the responses were mixed, mainly falling between 'the same' and 'more' which is great. One co-worker said he'd achieved slightly less work than he would have done at home, but qualified that with "It depends on whether you consider networking (which was certainly useful) to be work". Well we do!
For a calendar of co-working days planned for March, April and May 2011 CLICK HERE
Tuesday, 22 February 2011
According to a recent report from Deskmag, the 2010 Global Co-working Survey attracted a surprising number of responses from people interested in the concept, but who have not yet given it a try.
Of these non-coworkers, 65% said they were seriously interested, 29% were slightly interested, and the remainder were non-committal. Read more ...
Is there a co-working space near you? If there was, would you use it?
Sunday, 13 February 2011
Thursday, 10 February 2011
"Co-working has become a big trend in the tech and startups space - an office full of people working on different things, who have no official ties to one another. Because of this, it can be hard to get the behavioural balance right ..." READ MORE
Saturday, 22 January 2011
|Pop-up office at Newcastle City Library|
Our pop up office was located on the 6th (top) floor of the library, with fabulous views across the city on what turned out to be a bright, sunny day. The library staff were highly accommodating with our arrangements, and lunch in the Stewart & Co cafe was tasty.
|Co-worker Angela Dawson|
As well as helping us to understand the mysteries of the VA and how to manage a virtual assistant effectively, the SpoT chat also allowed the group to think more generally about which aspects of their business could be effectively outsourced. As small business owners we tend to do everything ourselves, struggling on regardless, but Angela helped us to realise that in reality this could actually be working against us (false economy?). By passing on the management of IT, marketing, finance, admin, whatever, to someone who's dedicated to that activity day in day out, you can then more readily focus on the areas you're great at, and do more of it, rather than getting bogged down in things that not only absorb time but also make you feel pretty rubbish too!
Thought provoking stuff and an interesting discussion from which a whole range of perspectives emerged. Some of the group currently outsource quite readily, others were the beneficiaries of outsourcing decisions (marketing, IT, admin), and one co-worker's thoughts on when to outsource was directly related to their pain threshold, rather than business logic - we've all been there!
The real benefit in co-working occasionally with other small business owners is the opportunity to share thoughts on a whole range of business issues in a way that's pretty difficult to do when you work alone. Business discussions tend to relate to your customer's business, rather than your own, and it's much more natural for these exchanges to occur during the course of a working 'day at the office' than on a planned basis. Co-working works for businesses who just need to consider options, share ideas and gain knowledge in an informal way, as they would with colleagues in a larger business, and of course a change of scene is great for everybody!
Wednesday, 19 January 2011
Download a co-working calendar here or click on each venue below for more info
Thursday 17th February 2011
Friday, 7 January 2011
Space on Tap's Colleagues on Tap co-working days have proven to be a popular addition to traditional networking activity, providing the opportunity for people who usually work from home, or in a small team, to work alongside new colleagues for the day in 'pop-up' offices set up in a whole host of locations across the region. It has to be said that the Northern part of the region has seen greater take-up so far, although we have now started to receive some interest from business people in the Tees Valley and Durham areas too, and our Spring 2011 programme spans the region from Ridings Mill in Northumberland to Stokesley in Tees Valley/North Yorks. More details here.
So, let's talk about co-working. If you want to know more about co-working just ask in the comments section below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We'd also love to gather your COMMENTS / IDEAS / THOUGHTS about co-working. Here are a few questions to start you off:
- What's most important in co-working - the space or the people?
- What are the 3 features a co-working space would need to have to make you want to go there?
- What would you prefer, a 'co-working event' or a 'co-working space'?
- Would you be interested in joining a co-working network?
- What's better for personal and/or business development - co-working or networking?
- Is co-working for people who work alone, or could larger organisations benefit from it too?
Thanks for contributing :)
Wednesday, 5 January 2011
Through Space on Tap's co-working days (Colleagues on Tap) which are held regularly across the North East of England, we help people who work from home, or that usually work alone, to connect with other home-based businesses. Even during the course of one day it's amazing how quickly a mutually supportive co-working community starts to exist.
|Co-workers at a Colleagues on Tap coworking day|
Working alone is great, most of the time, but we all need people around us sometimes to stimulate fresh thinking and help us to remember how capable we are!
|Those cupcakes ...|
CLICK HERE for more details, or for the 'insider view' get in touch with Jayne or Joanne at email@example.com
For more views on how co-working's good for business check out this post from the Global Co-working Blog
Friday, 31 December 2010
But now the Festive season's just about over and the snow's just about melted we're really looking forward to getting back to 'business as usual'. We're planning new developments for 2011, and are looking forward to bouncing around ideas within the team over the next few weeks.
When you work for yourself, or from home, you can really miss those casual off-the-cuff chats with colleagues that can spark new ideas or help you to think through the way forward. This is exactly why we introduced Colleagues on Tap. In a 'pop-up office' that we create for a day we bring together a bunch of people to co-work for the day. With an option to 'do your own thing' while you benefit from a change of scene, or take advantage of chats with new colleagues in a friendly and informal atmosphere, everyone gains something from Colleagues on Tap.
Why not kick-start 2011 by experiencing co-working at a Colleagues on Tap day? On 12th January we'll be at the wonderful Morritt Hotel just South of Durham (log fires and wonderful food are likely to be on the menu!) and on 19th January you can join us in Newcastle City Centre at the City Library.
CLICK HERE to find out more about Colleagues on Tap or to book your place or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Happy New Year!
Wednesday, 15 December 2010
Tuesday, 14 December 2010
Thursday, 25 November 2010
|Space on Tap's 'Pop up office' in Cobalt BX auditorium|
The morning raced away, helped along by plenty of coffee, and after a quick photo call with the North Tyneside Guardian we collected in The Cobalt's on-site Cafe Meo for a snack and the opportunity to meet some new faces. What a great group of people, all amazing business people either running their businesses from home or, in one case, a homeworker who works for a global IT solutions company. The mix was eclectic to say the least! For those who like lists, our colleagues for the day included: an accountant, a marketing expert, a wellbeing coach, a business development manager, a web retailer of local experiences, a personal development coach, a management consultant, a virtual PA, an IT adviser ... plus Joanne (Space on Tap ops manager and Colleagues on Tap organiser extraordinaire) and me (space promoter and, in another life, strategic adviser).
Amid the diversity of our companies we had a lot in common. First, and most obviously, we normally work from home, and all welcomed the opportunity to step into an office environment for a change (we don't want to work in an office every day, you understand, but just now and again's great for a change of scene). But it goes beyond that. We all have something to give, in the form of information, knowledge or advice, and everyone involved willingly offered something to their temporary colleagues during the course of the day. Advice on WordPress, Cloud Computing (what is it, and how can we take advantage?), contacts for training grants, suggestions on guest blogging, exchange of website links to improve SEO, suggestions for future Colleagues on Tap co-working days, customer leads, diary dates to meet again, and loads of positive input and encouragement.
The day exuded true camaraderie: giving, without any expectation of something in return.
The SpoT chat 'on the sofas' after lunch (helped along by homemade cupcakes a la Space on Tap) has become a regular feature of our co-working days, and this time provided a great opportunity for an informal exchange of knowledge about how to store and access files, data and software without being tied to your PC or laptop. The conversation started on ways to collaborate online and share files and data through using tools like DropBox and Microsoft Groove, and evolved to a discussion about Cloud Computing which switched on a few lightbulbs and got us all thinking about new opportunities enabled by powerful software that's now available 'in the cloud' for only £5 or £6 a month. The conclusion after an hour was that there was a lot more to learn but the fog had started to lift - and the lists of 'must do' had become that little bit longer!
Co-workers started to drift off to do school-runs and the like from mid-afternoon, and the pop-up office closed just before 5. A great day of camaraderie and clouds, confirmed through great feedback from co-workers via Twitter:
@BigLittleFish Would like to say thanks to @SpaceonTap for arranging yesterday and hello to @dawsonVAservs@ExpNorthCountry @VickiStonebiz@wbs_accountants
@tmsuddick @SpaceonTap Thank you ladies for such another awesome co-workers day! Lovely to catch-up with colleagues, meet new ones and share ideas :-)
@DawsonVAServs @SpaceonTap @ExpNorthCountry@BigLittleFish @VickiStonebiz@tmsuddick @wbs_accountants@mike_bell @dazglanville@AbsolutelyGrn thx 4 fab day
@AbsolutelyGrn @wbs_accountants @dazglanville@VickiStonebiz @dawsonVAservs@SpaceonTap lovely to meet you all there - great idea, fab day
@VickiStonebiz Newcastle Business Mums @SpaceonTapGood day today @ Cobalt, despite problems with car this morning!
@ExpNorthCountry @SpaceOnTap co-workers day going GREAT! Lovely to have lunch with a nice group of fellow biz people & share ideas around cloud computing!
@YourITA @SpaceonTap Sorry for missed your co-working day yesterday! Must be another good chance meeting new people and work at the same time! :)
@ExpNorthCountry @SpaceonTap thanks again - LOVED it! @dawsonVAservs @BigLittleFish@VickiStonebiz @tmsuddick@wbs_accountants @mike_bell@dazglanville