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A Sanity-Saving Guide to Working From Home With Young Children

By | Tips

As a mother with young children, working from home is both a blessing and a curse. You can spend more time with your little ones, avoid the daily commute to and from work, and save money on childcare, but you’re also faced with constant interruptions and distractions that make working seem close to impossible. And due to COVID-19 concerns, you may not feel comfortable hiring a babysitter or sending your little ones to child care — even when you’re desperate for a break.

To help you juggle it all, the team at Business E Suites is here to share some sanity-saving tips and strategies to make working from home with young kids much more feasible. Read on to get started!

Work While the Little Ones Sleep

If you’re a sleep-deprived mother of a newborn, you may be tempted to catch up on some sleep whenever your baby goes down for a morning or afternoon nap. However, nap times are the perfect opportunities to power through your important work tasks — even if you only have 20- to- 40 minutes to yourself. The same goes for napping toddlers and young children!

In addition to working while your little ones nap, you’ll accomplish more if you aim to work when your children are at their calmest. For most children, this usually means immediately after waking from a nap or eating a meal.

Share Responsibilities

If you and your partner are both working remotely during the pandemic, try splitting your parenting duties between the two of you, and scheduling childcare shifts throughout the workday. If your partner has deadlines, phone calls, and meetings in the morning, you could care for your little ones in the morning and your partner could take the afternoon shift. If each workday looks a bit different, however, you’ll want to sit down with your partner every evening to plan out the following day’s activities.

Try Virtual Babysitting Services

To keep young children entertained so you can focus on your work, you could turn to online games and activities — or you could enlist the help of a virtual babysitter. To find a virtual babysitter to engage with your little ones via Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime, Kelsey Hurwitz of Woman’s Day recommends:

  • Obtaining referrals from friends and family.
  • Visiting websites such as SitterCity and Care.com.
  • Asking for recommendations on Facebook.
  • Looking for virtual sitters on NextDoor and other neighborhood platforms.

As another option, you could check with your friends and relatives to see if they might be interested in a virtual visit with your little ones. Grandma and grandpa, for instance, can read stories to your young children, draw and color with them, and play fun virtual games like I-Spy and Mad Libs.

Preserve Your Sanity

When you’re at home with your young kids all week long, some days may test your sanity — and you may start to feel as if you’re on the verge of losing your mind. However, this is where self-care comes in. Even as a busy work-from-home mom, self-care is a must!

Here are some simple self-care strategies to keep you happy, healthy, and sane:

  • Try a coworking space. One day a week away from home could be a boon for your productivity. If you can work it out with your partner, plan to use a coworking space for a whole workday. You may be able to work ahead to lighten up the rest of your week.
  • Dress comfortably. Skip the tight jeans and business clothes and opt for comfortable yet stylish leggings, tanks and joggers. When you’re chasing toddlers and young children around all day, comfortable clothing is a must.
  • Remember to breathe. Try a meditation app like Insight Timer, Calm, or Omvana — even if you only have a few minutes to spare.
  • Drink plenty of water. Nourish your body and mind by sipping on water throughout the day, and aim to drink at least eight glasses of water daily. If you’re breastfeeding, however, you’ll need to increase your water intake by about four glasses.
  • Do something for yourself. Extra time at home may have sealed the deal for you on future plans. For example, if you aspire to become an entrepreneur or finally want to get your MBA, you can join a program that fits your busy schedule but allows you to advance your career. You owe it to yourself.

The Bottom Line

Whether you’ve been working from home for years or you’re still adjusting to remote work amidst COVID-19, the challenges of being a work-from-home mom are vast — especially when you’ve got young children to feed and care for. However, focusing on the many advantages of working from home with your children will help to keep your sanity and remind you of how fortunate you really are to be given this opportunity.

Some days will certainly be tougher than others, but in time, you’ll fall into a routine that works for you and your little ones. Before you know it, working from home with a baby or toddler (or both!) won’t seem so impossible after all.

Are you looking for an affordable office space away from home? Look to Business E Suites for a monthly membership that allows you the opportunity to work in a professional environment so you can be more productive.

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Article by: Janice Russell

4 Things to Look For When Booking A Meeting Room

By | Business, Industry, Tips

It is all about The Room Where It Happens, just ask Alexander Hamilton. Meeting rooms are where things get done. decisions, deals, hiring, firings and more- they all happen in a meeting room. When you make these potential business-altering decisions, you need to be in an environment that amplifies your confidence and your brand rather than diminishes it.

Sugar Land is one of the fastest growing areas in the country, and it is buzzing with small business and entrepreneurial activity. Working from home is a popular and cost-efficient way to start out your company, but not always a great place to meet clients or host meetings. That is why many locations in the Sugar Land area have started offering meeting rooms for rent by the hour or the day. It gives your small business a more professional appearance at an affordable price.

I identified the 4 main qualities that you need to look for when booking a room for your next meeting:

  • Accessibility – How easy is it to book the room? Sometimes you need to book a room in a hurry on short notice. Many meeting rooms will require you to book a day or two in advance and charge cancellation fees. The best meeting rooms are ones that let you book on a first-come-first-served basis and on the same day. This will give you maximum flexibility, because we all know things rarely go according to plan when it comes to small business.
  • Appearance – Nobody wants to be in a stuffy, plain-looking room; it saps your energy and affects the image you are putting forward to your clients. Always look to find meeting rooms with windows and natural light when possible. Look for bright colors and stylish furniture that will make people feel creative and motivated.
  • Functionality – A meeting room is of no use if it cannot do what you need it to. This means having the right furniture, technology, layout, and amenities. Be sure to look for photos of the space to make sure it has the chairs, TVs, and tables to meet your needs. Giving a big presentation? Look for rooms with a large and high-quality screen. Hosting a round table discussion? Try to find spaces with customizable layouts to arrange accordingly.
  • Location – When meeting with clients, you always need to put their needs first. Do not make them have to drive across town, and don’t make them have to pay or spend time trying to find parking. Having a good variety of restaurants nearby is always a plus in case you want to transition your meeting into a lunch. Also consider the surrounding environment of the meeting space, choose something that fits the personality of who you are meeting with. Some people like busy areas with lots of activity, while others prefer something more private and quieter.

Business E Suites a beautiful and easy to use website, simply go to ‘Meeting Rooms’ under the ‘Workspaces’ tab and click Book Now. All their rooms are first come first serve and can be booked same day right up until the time of your meetings. This is great for impromptu or last-minute meetings you need to plan in a hurry. Once you have chosen and booked your room, you pay through their online portal via card or ACH and then just show up for your meeting- it is that easy!

All of Business E Suites is designed around an Aviation theme which ties in with the Sugar Land Airport located right down the street. Each of their rooms is named after a different private aircraft and with various Aviation pictures and bright colors on each of the walls. They have some lovely custom-made conference tables that give it a very classy look. Lots of large windows and natural light give each of their rooms a bright and energetic atmosphere.

Each of the meeting rooms at Business E Suites comes equipped with a Large LCD TV and a full-size whiteboard. They also offer very secure high-speed Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections in each room. So, whether you are hammering out a new business plan, giving a detailed sales presentation, or crafting new digital media- you will have everything you need. An Added perk is that they offer complementary coffee, tea, and water to all their guests. Perfect for an early morning or late afternoon burst of caffeine!

Business E Suites is located a bit further down Highway 6 from the downtown Sugar Land area. Just past the Skeeters’ Stadium and Sugar Land Regional Airport, it offers an alternative location when meeting clients coming from the West side of Houston. The surrounding area is much more quiet than downtown area, but still offers a variety of quality dining locations and has plenty of parking for larger parties.

Visit BusinessESuites.com or Call 281-862-3150

How we want our business to thrive

By | Business, Tips

When we look at how we want our business to thrive, we tend to forget about the basics in our workflow; that’s where we come in. Some businesses overlook the importance of having a co-working space and how it affects productivity. Having a professional co-working space will increase productivity and allow you to have those meaningful business
connections that help you stand out; if you work from home, you will lack these critical factors for your growing business. Let’s not forget how having a co-working space can also be extremely valuable because you can network with other hard-working professionals to help give you the extra push you need.

Why Business Professionals Want to Go Back to the Office?

By | Business, Industry

Being in the local business community you get to hear a lot of the current experiences other business owners are going through, what it’s like to work from home and run their business from what once was a comfortable, relaxing, end of your day spot.  I got to speak to a handful of business owners in the local Sugar Land community, one of them particularly is an accountant and I ask her, what it was to work from home and how did she feel about taking her professional life back to the office?  She came up with 2 challenges that I myself and some other business owners, all agreed were the same kind of struggles they were facing.

  1. Working from home is really a nightmare – the main reason to this statement was the amount of anxiety individuals face when working from home, we tend to play two or more roles in our lives and some of these roles can’t mix at all, sure we can be wives and husbands alongside being mothers and fathers but we cannot be a loving mother or father and at the same time a ruthless businessman or woman – although ruthless might be a little out of hand, you get my point.  This feeling of not being able to mix both roles in the same environment creates enormous anxiety among our family and colleagues – if you add as well the beautiful fact that our little angels are actually not little angels and we realize how assertive were the teachers – we were in denial the entire time!!!  Now we get to struggle with the not so little angels and the day-to-day professional challenges all in one place.  Sure we get to perhaps walk around in our pajamas for a little bit longer but is it worth all the other nightmares we are facing while playing mom or dad PLUS director of operations?
  2. The business’ capabilities are forcibly and significantly reduced – the second reason to why professionals can’t wait to get back to the office is to bring their business back to normal, having to take your business to a still-mode and taking your entire operations remotely not only creates a new way to adapt you and your employees but also your customer intake.  Many businesses get their business from actual customers visiting their office, socializing, and networking with these potential customers are the key to growing their business.  Plus, the collaboration between the team is crucial to growing the business as well, and let’s face it so little can be done behind a webcam.

I highly recommend checking out the workspaces at Business E Suites – they aren’t only affordable but accommodating to any business platform and the best part, you take it as you go, so if things go south again with the pandemic, you can always reduce your space intake and go month to month without long term agreements.

 

Manage Your Time Better

By | Business, Tips

Time management is harder than we think and understanding how to manage it is even more complicated.  But when done right, you learn that you accomplish a lot more in very little time.  Working 8-12 hours a day is not the ideal scenario for you and your brain, so what can you do to manage time better and spend more time doing what you love.  Here are a few tips, we hope it helps.

  1. Keep an eye on how you allocate time – make a list of your entire to-do list for this day and really dig into that list and find out how much time you actually need to allocate for each one of your to-do list items.  Keep a record on a piece of paper to see how much time goes on each one of your projects, if you’re not old school like me, then download a time tracking app to help manage this better.  The ideal scenario out of this approach is to really understand where most of your time gets invested and that way you can break it down in different tasks to make sure your work gets completed in time.  You can also find out what project is dragging you the most throughout the day and perhaps find a way to do it better or get help from your team to make it happen in less time than if you did it by yourself.  No matter what it is, there is always a better way to automate and do it better.
  2. Identify what’s more important – we all have so much to do but you have to make a first list which is your priority list and a secondary list which is the next thing to do once you finish with your first list, aka… prioritize your to-do list.  It is proven that if you create a list of priorities, “the must-dos” you have automatically set some time to get things done on your priority list first than anything else and if you worry about the list of items rather than the deadlines, it is proven that you become more productive and goal-oriented.  In addition to identifying your priority list, understand if the items on that list are actually of greater value to your business and what you can’t do or does not need your presence or time, well, pass it on to someone else in your team so you worry about what you consider important for the business.
  3. Go off the grid – as humans, we are programmed to do many things at once, some of them are done without even thinking, it’s part of our habits – we have a cue the moment we come into the office, we automatically implement a routine which we do on daily basis (i.e. check emails, get on a call, conferences, get on Quickbooks, you name it). and we wait for the reward which is getting things done on your list.  But this amazing loop only gets done successfully if we get off the grid, we have constant distractions such as text messages for weekend plans, social media updates from your friends and cute little pictures from your kids, but these distractions only drag you to taking longer to get things done.  Going offline, you can actually get a lot more done and enjoy these distractions towards the end of your day or even during a well-deserved break.

Focusing on what matters at that very moment, is the key to productivity and the key to a successful business.  Looking to find the ideal place to stay focused and productive, visit Business E Suites for workspace options – they’re affordable, professional and with 100s of amazing features.

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The Evolution of CoWorking

By | Industry

Co-Working has revolutionized the way professionals work, it is not only a trend but a practical way to get the job done.

As we know, the term was first used back in 99′ by Bernie Dekoven but it was really put to use in 05′ by Brad Neuberg when he first stated the Hat Factory in California as a work and live loft setting.  Others picked up on the trend and by 07′ there was more than 70 co-working spaces around the country.  It became a phenomenon particularly in cities like San Francisco, New York, Austin, Toronto, Seattle.  2008 was really when co-working environments were revolutionized into something we know big corporation have but entrepreneurs like you and me could not take advantage of; and so Cubes & Crayons was born, this co-working setting offered the first ever co-working space that included child care, so the on-the-go-parent, entrepreneur, freelancer, startup, small business type of person could not have their kids right next door without all the fuzz and distractions.  By 2011, the co-working concept had reached its maximum momentum and over 1,000 communities were part of this movement by the end of that year; causing this phenomenon to simply spike up from there to a worldwide level.

Today, the biggest co-working spaces certainly dominate the global market but the small businesses like yours and ours are quickly scaling to cater the small-local business segment with a local-community sense in mind.  Co-working is simply practical, it’s affordable, it’s professional, it’s versatile and flexible.  It is giving every aspiring professional the opportunity to scale their business to a whole other level, to an unimaginable level that would normally take years to situate and get it started because traditional working space is so unconventional, unaffordable and complicated.

The co-working story has been written and it continues to go on, it’s a movement that will not stop.  What’s your story? What’s your movement?

A successful start-up in a co-working environment

By | Industry
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Affordable + Flexible

Startups love the affordability and flexibility a co-working space offers. Renting a co-working space is much cheaper than renting traditional office space and often includes amazing perks and extras such as internet services, conference room access, coffee, and much more..
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Professional Space

Small businesses usually begin at home, we have heard many great companies started in a garage but that is clearly not the case for everyone, not everyone can become an Apple or an Amazon but we can certainly become a professional business where clients can feel welcome, and ensure that now, in today's modern world, first impressions always count.
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No Politics

A shared office space means different companies in one place, with a variety of tasks and projects. With such setting, there is less competition and interpersonal rivalry.
Without the traditional office setting, the office politics are simply not there, the need to impress a boss or fight for a position is not needed. It's a fast environment where everyone is really there to work.
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Motivating

The perks of a co-working environment come at a low price, and part of that price is having the benefit of motivation. Working with others and see them preserve themselves and survive in this difficult economy is a reason of motivation and a co-working place does just that.

How does co-working benefit the local economy?

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How does co-working benefit the local economy?

Co-Working is the new trend in business settings. That might be hard to believe to those that prefer a traditional working setting, but vital to know as we try to grow our communities.

Co-Working is certainly not for everyone but it serves as a model to boost our economy by enhancing the productivity and growth of many small business and startups.   It is important to keep in mind that if you’re on the verge of joining the big co-working industry, here a few pointers to create a positive outlook.

Co-Working Brings the Best of the Local Talent

Co-working spaces are an affordable option for the small business owners, the individuals that want to start their own thing in a competitive economy.   Think about it, without a co-working environment, it is impossible for the local accountant to afford an office setting, and therefore these people are pushed to go work in the big city for the big companies.   Co-working helps these talented individuals stay in town, maintain and save their money, talent, and enthusiasm for use in the local economy.

Co-working Brings the Best of Small Businesses

Small Businesses are an important part of job creations, although you hear in the news that ABC Corp or XYZ Inc. create many jobs, that’s not entirely true.  Big companies create jobs to create more services or products, but not because they want to boost the local economy.  Small businesses on the other hand are the light of a local economy.  A small businss owner lives, work and shops in the local town and do care about the personal lives of their employees.

We’ve learned through this co-working journey that 92% of the co-working spaces are usually occupied by small businesses.  Anyone from a simple freelancer, to a tiny DBA or a mid-size LLC are the responsible parties for this co-working growing trend.

Co-working Boosts Collaboration and Networking

Since it’s a shared space, a co-working environment does allow you to interact with other tenants and share professional expertise and really get personal because each person sharing a space is not just a neighbor, he or she becomes part of your day to day.  Versus a neighbor you may see every now and then.  We’ve learned that when a co-working community exists, it stays connected and pushes to preserve and help each other’s businesses by learning new skills, saving money and reducing the need for unnecessary “things”.  It is a true workforce.

  • New Business Setting Trend
  • Local Talent Exposed
  • Fishes Out the Small Businesses
  • Creates Network Opportunies