7 Types of Events You Can Host in a CoWorking Space

7 Types of Events You Can Host in a CoWorking Space

Roxana Oliver

Oh, that co-working space. We seem to dislike it so much in the morning when we wake up, yet when we arrive there, everything just feels like home. Your working space, however, has so much potential and you should definitely try to research it a bit more. In order to be more motivated to work with the people you work with and actually enjoy your job, you need to get out of your comfort zone and organize something in your working space. Not only is it a great teambuilding activity, but organizing something fun and different can be a great motivation and a way not to end up in a rut. According to a survey conducted by Eventbrite, 69% of workers feel more motivated and connected to other people after various events hosted in their office. So, what are the things that you could organize in your office?

 

Pecha Kucha

Pecha Kucha is a great new thing that was devised in Tokyo in 2003 and it serves as a great way to learn something new about your colleagues or pitch a new idea. The only thing that Pecha Kucha requires is 20 photos per person and 20 seconds to present each picture or slide. It’s a super fun and fast way to learn new things about the people you work with, but it could also be a great brainstorming activity.

 

Fundraiser

Your co-working space doesn’t have to be a space only for you, as you can extend it and invite even more people in. The best possible way to do this would be to join a certain cause and organize a fundraiser. You can advertise both internally or externally and see how many people can join. Fundraisers are always much fun, first of all, because of their charitable nature and secondly, because they can bring so many different people together.

Weekly breakfasts

Many companies organize Martini Mondays or Casual Fridays, but there are not many of them who organize weekly morning breakfasts. This means that you will have to decide together what breakfast you would like to eat this week and organize a caterer or a restaurant that you like the most to bring the food to your working place. Make sure to have an easy-to-use espresso machine, though, as what is breakfast without the strongest cup of coffee you can make? This will definitely boost the morale in your own company as people like to mingle next to the breakfast buffet.

Craft show

Are you crafty or is there a craft you would like to teach your colleagues? You can learn something from every single person in your team, so organizing a day or two a week where you will all indulge in a craft show and learn something new really sounds fun. Moreover, your co-working space is a great venue for this because of its size – it would be so much easier to move around the conference room than your apartment, for example.

 

Fuckup Nights

We always celebrate our successes, but what about our failures? Isn’t it equally important to embrace them and learn something from our mistakes? The concept of Fuckup Nights was devised by Carlos Zimbron, and the general idea is that we should all share our failure stories and see what the things we could learn from them are. Not only is it extremely fun, but it can be quite healthy as well.

 

Startup Weekends

One of the most popular events at the moment is startup weekends. Having a topic for these is crucial, it’s what will set you apart from the rest of the competitors. What you can do is invite everyone from the industry, advertise the event through different platforms (such as Instagram or LinkedIn), and let everyone who’s interested in the topic come. It’s a great idea to advertise your company while doing something that’s very helpful to other people.

Game nights

Another extremely fun idea would be to blow off some steam once a month and organize a game night. There is a plethora of options and categories to choose from – general knowledge, geography, Game of Thrones quizzes (which could be a great idea now before the final season comes out). People love game nights so the turnout will definitely be good.

 

Don’t let 2019 pass without you organizing something interesting and fun in your co-working space. After all, there are so many options to choose from, it would be such a shame not to make the best out of it.

About the Author

Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Being a typical Aussie, she often hits the waves and loves beaches and sunshine! You can find out more about her writing following her on twitter and facebook. She is also one of the editors at Highstylife Magazine.

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5 Tricks to Ensure You Always Have Internet Access on Your Travels

5 Tricks to Ensure You Always Have Internet Access on Your Travels

Roxana Oliver

If you’re a passionate globetrotter or a digital nomad who can’t live without a decent internet connection while on the go – welcome to the club, we completely understand your concerns! However, a fast and reliable Wi-Fi connection can sometimes be an impossible mission that can bring a lot of stress and anxiety. If that’s exactly what you want to avoid, just keep on reading and learn about five useful tricks on how to ensure you always have internet access on your travels. Check them out and enjoy!

 

 

Look for accommodation with free internet connection

 

Finding a hotel, AirBnB, or a rental apartment that provides a free internet connection for their guests should be your top priority, as this is one of the best ways to always have internet access while on the road. It’s highly likely to cover both your private and your business need for data volume, but there’s often a small catch – the Wi-Fi sometimes isn’t as fast as you hoped for. In order to prevent such problems, you should either check its speed in advance or go directly to that place and run a speed test. Of course, checking out other people’s reviews is highly recommended, so don’t skip that step and avoid that place if former guests ranked it poorly.

 

 

 

Use Wi-Fi in cafés, restaurants, and public spaces

 

Another way to have internet access while traveling around the world is to use free Wi-Fi in cafés and restaurants, which is a great way to post a couple of photos and scroll through your Instagram feed while having a cup of coffee or a delicious meal. However, you should bear in mind that Wi-Fi connections sometimes tend to be slow in such places, so be patient and give them some time. Besides that, you should also know that some cities offer free or cheap internet connections in particular public areas, especially in the city center, so be sure to take advantage of these and give them a try as well.

 

Buy an inexpensive local SIM card

On the other hand, if you need a 24/7 internet connection while on the go, you should definitely buy a cheap local SIM card. These usually include text and talk time, as well as a highly required data volume you’ll be able to use outside your accommodation. For example, if you’re traveling to the US, getting a local SIM card full of data is the easiest and the cheapest solution. All you have to do is to find the nearest AT&T store and ask for the deal that will meet your needs. Just bear in mind that your phone needs to be unlocked in order to use a local SIM card, and you’ll be more than fine.

 

Avoid using apps with ads and turn off updates

A large number of apps you can download for free are actually designed to bombard you with ads, and this kind of additional content actually equals additional download. This basically means that using apps with ads will eat through your data, so try to stay away from them as much as possible while traveling. You should definitely do a little research of your apps before you hit the road, so that you learn which apps to stay away from while far from home. Besides that, you should turn off updates as well, as these can also use your data without you even noticing it. Just download them when you have access to Wi-Fi and everything will be okay.

 

 

Use an external wireless card

Last but not least, using an external wireless card is a great way to always have internet access while traveling. It will combat weak connections and slow internet speeds, and it’s particularly beneficial for people who love to travel with their laptop. A good external wireless card has a powerful transmitter and a good antenna which can reach much further than the one in your laptop, providing you with a stronger Wi-Fi connection. If that’s exactly what you need, invest your money in an external wireless card, plug it into your laptop via USB, and enjoy a fabulous Wi-Fi connection without any distractions.

 

 

As you can see, there are a lot of tricks that can help you have internet access wherever you go. All you have to do is to stick to our tips and guidelines, and once that’s done, you won’t have to worry about your internet connection anywhere in the world!

 

 

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Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Being a typical Aussie, she often hits the waves and loves beaches and sunshine! You can find out more about her writing following her on twitter and facebook. She is also one of the editors at Highstylife Magazine.

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6 Amazing Ways Teaching Overseas Will Change Your Life

6 Amazing Ways Teaching Overseas Will Change Your Life

Roxana Oliver

GUEST POST ABOUT WAYS TEACHING OVERSEAS WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

Being a nomad, and a digital one at that, comes with an impressive set of perks, ranging from flexible working hours and working environment and countries of your choice, to lower costs of living. Of course, there is the travelling the world and getting a taste of everything this wonderful planet of ours has to offer. Well, teaching abroad isn’t all that much different. You still get to see all the countries you’ve ever desired, but unlike working with a laptop, you’ll be working with people from different cultures, and that has its own life-transformative charms, so why don’t we just jump right in and see how this line of work can bring more richness to your life.

A newfound sense of independence

You may already feel independent enough – paying your own rent, making a living, but going abroad gives the word ‘independence’ a whole new meaning. In a foreign country, you have to do everything on your own. Find a place to live, navigate the public transportation maze, order food – all in a foreign language. It will be challenging at first, but once you get through that hurdle, master all the ins and outs, you’ll get a stronger sense of self, and begin to feel like there is nothing you can’t do.

You’ll be a teacher and a student at the same time

Let’s say you want to give teaching English in China a chance. China, after all, is one of the countries which covets native English speakers or those with a TESOL or other valid teaching certificate the most. There are tons of amazing schools, Monkey Tree TESL in Hong Kong being just one of your great options. You might be on the other side of the bench, but the when you’re working with kids who speak little to no English, you will become the master of patience, resourcefulness, improvisation, as well as people and communication skills. It’s a challenge alright, but when you’re both teaching and learning at the same time, you gain the skills that will make you not only a better and more compassionate human, but also a professional force to be reckoned with.

You’ll have a sparkling resume

Having ‘teaching abroad’ on your resume will open a number of doors for you in the future. If you don’t want to be abroad your entire life, or at least not as a teacher, your career options double when you have this point in your resume. Your prospective new employers will be able to infer so much from these two words – all the skills that you’ve acquired are jam-packed into them. Your willingness to take risks, your drive, innovativeness, leadership and negotiation skills and ability to work independently will all be implied. As a result, you’ll be a golden candidate, and there’s no putting a price on that.

Living and working

When you’re a tourist, you get to see the sights, spend a great deal on accommodation and essentially just spend your money. As amazing as touristy globe-trotting is, nothing will enrich your life like actually living in a different country. Not only will you get to mingle with the locals, perhaps even pick up a little (or a lot) of their language, but if you stick around long enough, you’ll virtually become a local yourself. You’ll get acquainted with customs and beliefs, know all the best local places to eat and form friendships that will last a lifetime.

Live in one place, explore all others

You may not know this, but a qualified or a native English teacher is paid very well in a foreign country. Now, if you choose to teach in a country that has a relatively low cost of living, that opens numerous adventure doors for you. When the pay is good and the working hours too, you get to you’ll also get a chance to spend a lot of your free time exploring the city, even hop on a train or plane and visit another one. Teaching gives you almost as much flexibility as living as a digital nomad, and you’ll get to see everything you’ve always wanted to. It’s a total win-win situation. And worry not, if you budget well, you’ll also be coming home with an impressive sum on your bank account and start fresh.

The humbling and eye-opening experience

Even though you’re working as a teacher and not volunteering, the sense of giving back is unfathomable. Every committed teacher will tell you they do this job because it gives them a sense of accomplishment, personal and professional satisfaction, and those feelings are even stronger when you’ll instilling knowledge in people of cultures vastly different from yours. Wherever you go next, you will go there a changed, better person, one that is ready to give back, and even change the world.

There might be many jobs that provide you with a level of satisfaction, but few are as transformative as teaching, and shaping the minds of foreign youth.

 

About the Author

Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Being a typical Aussie, she often hits the waves and loves beaches and sunshine! You can find out more about her writing following her on twitter and facebook. She is also one of the editors at Highstylife Magazine.

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The Latest Trends in the Digital Nomad Job Market

The Latest Trends in the Digital Nomad Job Market

GUEST POST ABOUT THE LATEST TRENDS IN DIGITAL NOMAD JOB MARKET

If you’re considering becoming a digital nomad, there are certain jobs that are perfect for the remote line of work. However, while being a digital nomad has it perks, it’s not always as glamorous and perfect as it may look from the outside. It requires willingness to change your surroundings frequently, adapt to new conditions, and above all, it requires flexibility to embrace unexpected circumstances. That being said, here’s quick overview of the latest employment opportunities for people who people who enjoy this kind of challenge.

Remote as business strategy

Rather than presenting itself as a perk for employees, remote work is becoming a full-fledged business strategy focused on accomplishing company goals. Using data from American Community Survey, Global Workplace Analytics has produced a 2017 report that shows that telecommuting by employees has grown 115% in the last 10 years. Remote work helps businesses reduce operating costs, retain talent, expand into new markets or exploit environmental incentives.  Whether you’re looking for a remote position yourself or trying to convince your current employer to let you telecommute, it’s important that you understand the business case for remote work and present it as a business strategy, rather than a perk.

Not because it’s easy

Still a prime employment opportunity today, computer programming is paid royally because it requires certain skills that need time and effort to acquire. Those who are determined to make their way in this field should focus on developing one of the skills in high demand, such as information security, C++, cloud computing or Perl. Each of these can land you a salary not less than $100K, so prepare for some hard work until you reach that figure. Although not paid as programmers, app and game developers are still in high demand, with salaries reaching even $80K for an iOS specialist. Their working hours can be as long as those of programmers, but the working conditions needn’t be as intense.

A growing alternative

The year 2018 is expected to show an expansion of remote jobs and gig economy. Whether they are already working traditional part-time or full-time jobs, people are interested in finding a professional-level side job they can do from home. One of simplest way to earn an additional income, but also to influence decision makers is by completing paid surveys online on various products and services you are familiar with.  A remote side job is a great alternative for anyone who, due to requirements of their current job, parenting responsibilities or traveling, cannot fit another commute in they daily schedule.  

Turning normal into remote

One of challenges that still persists today is finding more jobs that allow you to work remotely. Even though remote jobs are growing rapidly, remote workers are growing at the same pace or even ahead. Another challenge is for people to mentally transform ‘normal’ jobs into ‘remote’ jobs. Nomads who have taken a habit of spending time in different countries are often faced with a choice between a tourist and a working visa. Fernando Mendes, who runs four coworking spaces in Maputo, Mozambique, says that Thailand was the first country that recently started issuing remote workers visas, allowing digital nomads to legally stay in Thailand, pay taxes and work with clients from abroad.

Ubiquitous virtual assistants

The number of various administrative tasks which need to be completed on time, as well as those more creative and technical, is growing as more and more entrepreneurs recognize that their business is lagging simply because they are wearing too many hats. Among the tasks that can be outsourced to a virtual assistant there is email management, operating auto-responders, booking appointments and following up with clients, database building, blogpost research, personal errands, participating in discussion forums or message boards and recruiting other team members.  

Blockchain social media

Not far from being the Holy Grail for digital nomads, a new social platform that pays back for posting is a reality. Especially for bloggers and content creators, Steemit is potentially the biggest monetary influence there is. Operating on a blockchain principle, similar to Bitcoin, it rewards its users for creating and curating content for the community. Basically, you get paid for writing and posting, based on the number of votes your content receives. Steemit pays up in various currencies, which can be traded for Bitcoin and then cashed out in USD. While it may prove challenging at first, especially to those inexperienced in cryptocurrencies, it’s possibly the biggest trend of 2018.

While working remotely has its ups and downs, just like working from an office, some people choose freedom and adventure over security. However, make sure you are informed how much each job role pays before you jump onto the remote job bandwagon.  

About the Author

Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Being a typical Aussie, she often hits the waves and loves beaches and sunshine! You can find out more about her writing following her on twitter and facebook. She is also one of the editors at Highstylife Magazine.

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5 Ultimate Tips For a Great Road Trip

5 Ultimate Tips For a Great Road Trip

GUEST POST ABOUT 5 ULTIMATE TIPS FOR A GREAT ROAD TRIP

Going on a road trip is an exciting experience, but it requires a lot of preparation. In order to have a safe and thrilling adventure, you need to prepare your car, get all the supplies, make sure your phone and other gadgets are ready for the trip and arrange a few other things. In case you don’t know how to organize an amazing and safe road trip, we’re here to help you.

Plan the route

While thinking about all the places you’d like to see is great for organization, it’s more important that you don’t pick too many destinations you want to visit in a short period of time. If you already know how many miles you’re going to drive, make enough room for you to drive to a certain place, stay there long enough to actually enjoy it and experience it the right way, and to have some time to recharge for the next destination. You should decide where you’ll spend the night, but when it comes to daily activities, you should leave some room for spontaneity.

Stock up on food and drinks

Thinking about food and drinks you need to bring on a trip is essential, because if you’re travelling to an unfamiliar place, you may not run into supermarkets as often as you do at home, so pack well. Pack more water than you think you need, because you can never have too much liquid. Snacks are great for cutting the time between destinations short, and it’ll keep you full longer between the meals. If you’re passing by farmers’ markets it would be a great idea to stop and stock up on fresh fruit and veggies, so that you don’t have to bring that from home. A cooler box is simply a must on a road trip, because you can stock meat inside if you plan on having a barbeque along the way, plus it’ll keep your drinks and dairy products cool and fruit fresh if you brought it from home.

All about the car

Whether you’re planning a short or a long road trip, your vehicle must be in top condition. Safety is your number one priority, so do all the check-ups and make sure you’re going to drive a functional car. Oil change, tires, indicators, interior lights and headlights check-ups are some of the items that should be on your checklist. If you’re taking the entire family on the trip, it’s important to have a car that can sustain all the weight of the people and the luggage. Therefore, if you plan to rent or buy a new car before your trip, the towing capacity of SUVs is remarkable, so you should definitely think about investing in that type of car. Not only is an SUV perfect for various types of roads, but it’s also spacious, comfortable and will keep you safe. Also, don’t forget to look at the brakes, transmission fluid, antifreeze, windscreen wipers and the AC. Furthermore, bring along your car’s manual, a copy of the insurance policy, licence and registration, as well as a roadside emergency kit.

Get all the gadgets ready

From tablets, to phones and the GPS, you need to have all the gadgets fully charged and ready for the road trip. Get all the apps that will make your trip easier. Add all your favourite songs to your phone or iPod to make the ride more exciting and enjoyable for all the passengers. Travel games are also a good idea. One option is to install a few games on your kids’ phones and let them play so they don’t distract you while you’re driving, and the other one is to play the licence plates game for example and include all the passengers in it.

Other essentials you need

A personal care kit along with a first aid kit is one of the necessities you need within arm’s reach. Pack everything including sunscreen, body wipes, lip balms, mini hairbrush, hair ties, toiletries, tissues, toothbrush and toothpaste. Furthermore, you’ll need pillows to make an evening and morning drive more comfortable, a blanket to keep you cosy, painkillers, hand sanitizers, mints and towels. Don’t forget bug spray, a flashlight and paper maps in case your gadgets don’t work.

Final thoughts

Road trips are a great way to spend some time with your friends or family and have an exciting adventure together. However, it requires a lot of preparation, so make sure you have all the previously mentioned tips in mind, and your road trip will be amazing.

About the Author

Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. She is all about the healthy lifestyle, loves to run with her husband and dogs and has fun cooking exotic meals for her family. Being a typical Aussie, she often hits the waves and loves beaches and sunshine! You can find out more about her writing following her on twitter and facebook. She is also one of the editors at Highstylife Magazine.

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