6 Ways to Stay on Track Over the Holidays

6 Ways to Stay on Track Over the Holidays

During the holidays, routines often get out of whack. The derailment might be due to family commitments, a vacation, a work deadline before year-end, or unexpected events that pop up. What can you do to stay healthy and on track this time of year?

Here our coaches from The FlipSide Plan share simple yet powerful practices that will set you up for success in 6 different parts of your life.

1 – For Time Management: The “Big 3”

If you struggle to set boundaries and manage your agenda in December, we invite you to identify your “Daily Big 3.” What are the 3 most important things you must do each day? Write them down (on paper) and plan for them to happen. But here’s the deal: make sure these are tasks that rely 100% on you to complete. You don’t want to be chasing people these days!

Write your Big 3 at night: the next morning you’ll be a step ahead knowing your priorities as soon as you wake up. These can be small things (15-min HIIT training) or a work-related activity (finishing the Q4 report). Evidence shows that working on your Big 3 before lunchtime increases the probability of being successful, so plan for early morning productivity.

2 – For Stress Management: Gratitude Practice

Did you know that a gratitude practice has the same health benefits as a 1-hour HIIT training session? Gratitude causes the same “feel good” sensation in the brain as a hard workout.

There’s a caveat though. This practice is not about listing things you’re thankful for; it’s about telling people face-to-face (or by phone) why you are grateful to them. Find one opportunity every day, and act on it. Tell someone (your partner, kid, co-worker, parent, friend) why you’re thankful for something they specifically did to make your life better. Don’t look for heroic moments – stick with simple things.

The bonus? This practice equally benefits the giver and receiver. Do it daily as your gift to others (and yourself) during these holidays.

3 – For Nutrition: One Perfect Meal

Eating out and enjoying food is a huge thing this time of year. Here’s the plan: control just one meal per day, and control everything about it. Make it the healthiest meal possible. If it’s breakfast, opt for a balanced smoothie, with maybe some berries and leafy greens, avocado or nut butter, hemp seeds, flax or chia. If it’s lunch, make a big warm salad with a green base, roasted veggies, topped with an amazing dressing. No processed or packaged foods! No sugary drinks! Even at this time of year, you can do it. It’s not complete deprivation… it’s just one meal a day to make perfect.

4 – For Movement: Two Quick Sets

Your body is designed for activity: walking, pulling, pushing, and hoisting things like dumbbells at the gym (or Christmas shopping bags at the mall!) Your body is better off moving than immobilized: more movement throughout the day is what your body wants and needs. Stay on track by practicing two quick 15-minute sets of movement a day.

How to fit it in when you’re so busy? Park your car further away when shopping. At work, ditch the chair, and use an imaginary seat against the wall, challenging yourself to hold it for 1 or more minutes. Walk during calls. (Bonus: walking stimulates the exchange of information between the brain’s hemispheres, boosting your problem-solving skills and creativity.) Take a stroll before meals. (Bonus: you’ll decompress your digestive system, de-stress your nervous system, and be more wakeful after eating.)

Fifteen minutes is just three songs, after all, or the length of a call to someone to express your gratitude!

5 – For Gut Health: Mindful Eating

The gut is not only affected by what we eat but also how we eat. “Mindful Eating” means eating without external distractions, chewing slowly, and enjoying the moment, even when eating alone.

By paying attention to what we eat, without distractions, our gut and brain recognize when we’re full, and we avoid overeating. Also, by chewing slowly you allow the gut to absorb broken-down nutrients better instead of having to do the heavy work of decomposing food. (Fast eating causes gas, by the way.)

For one meal each day – at home, at the office, or at a party – make an extra effort to sit down to eat. If alone, put your phone away and avoid your computer to focus on your food. Invite a co-worker to join you. If at a dinner party, before going for seconds, pause for 5 minutes. You’ll likely realize you are already satisfied.  

6 – For Sleep: Natural Light Exposure

Sleep is the single most effective thing we can do to reset the brain and body each day. Sleep allows our body to reboot and our cells to detox. But how can we get good sleep with so much on the mind and on the calendar this time of year?

A scientifically-proven tool is exposure to natural light. Being exposed to morning sunlight within one hour of waking helps regulate your biological clock and circadian rhythm. It promotes a healthy wake-sleep cycle, regardless of your social life.

Aim for a 15-minute walk in the morning to get that natural light (even if it’s cloudy it works). Or sit close to a window at breakfast, letting the sunlight activate your hormones (cortisol and melatonin) which in turn regulate your sleep that night.

Last Word

To fit all these in, try to stack your habits. For example, take a brisk walk during early morning to get your sun exposure; or express gratitude to someone while you’re mindfully eating.

These habits are super simple, yet so powerful. Give them a try and be consistent. Good luck and Happy Holidays!

ACE Coworking members, Rosana Fernandez and MV Anzola, are the co-founders of The FlipSide Plan. They are credentialed professional coaches known for designing, managing and delivering top-notch corporate wellness workshops and programs on health and productivity. Follow ACE Coworking & The FlipSide Plan on social media to stay up-to-date on our regular co-hosted Lunch & Learn Workshops, which you are welcome to attend!

 

Gift Books for Entrepreneurs and Creatives

Gift Books for Entrepreneurs and Creatives

It’s that gift-giving time of year. Are you scratching your head as you stare at your list? Out of ideas? A great book is always a good option, whether for a coworker, friend or family member – and if you buy from a local bookseller, so much the better!

We’ve decided to help you out by interviewing some of the most avid readers in our ACE Coworking community. We asked for their recommendations for the best books for creatives and entrepreneurs. Here you go…

Essentialism, by Greg McKeown

“Do you have friends who always answer ‘super busy’ when you ask ‘how are you?’ This gift is for them. In this amazing book, McKeown explores the conflicts of identifying what is actually essential in a world full of things to-do. It provides effective solutions for anyone who feels that 24 hours are not enough!” 

– María Virginia Anzola: Co-founder, The FlipSide Plan

The Surrender Experiment, by Michael Singer 

“This is not your typical business/entrepreneurship book. Of course, there is the requisite story of how Singer built a billion-dollar public software company from scratch. But the real impact comes from the author’s spiritual awakening and willingness to let life’s flow help determine his business decision-making. Throughout, he demonstrates how a very successful external life is perfectly consistent with achieving profoundly deep states of inner peace and freedom.”

– Mark Fornasiero, Meditation & Business Coach 

Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert

“This is the book I read and re-read regularly, talk about too much, and think about often. It’s about creativity, but it’s also about a philosophy of living. It inspires me to move beyond fear and see my life as a creative adventure guided by my curiosity. Anyone I’ve ever gifted it to feels the same way.”

– Diliana Popova: Copywriter/Founder,  Spell Book 

The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle

“We are either living in the memories of the past, or worries of the future. In both cases we attract the emotions of these thoughts, which eventually affect the present moment. The Power of Now tackles the idea of how to live in the moment and stop worrying about the future or regretting the past. This transformative book has actionable strategies to start living in the present – everyone should read it!”

– Moatassem Moatez: CEO, MYCourier Inc.

Play Bigger, by Lockhard, Ramadan, Maney & Peterson

“If you have a true entrepreneur or innovator in your life, then I’d recommend Play Bigger. Written for those who want to build legendary and enduring companies. (Yes, we’re talking about companies like Apple, Salesforce, Blackberry…) The authors teach about the new discipline of “category design” for companies that are creating new market demand for products or services where none existed before, and show how to keep those customers wanting more. The Kindle version is great so you can easily highlight and download the numerous insights scattered throughout this book.”

– Rina Carlini: CEO, Optimal Innovation Group

Who Moved My Cheese?, by Spencer Johnson, M.D. 

“This book has been around forever, but is still a classic. I’ve given it many times, and there’s even a version called Who Moved My Cheese? for Teens, which I’ve gifted to my own kids. It applies not only to career situations, but also to the ups and downs of life itself. How will you react to the inevitable changes you’ll face on your journey? In this enlightening parable, Spencer describes 4 types of “mice” who are challenged in various ways – any reader is sure to identify with one (or more) of them. Bonus: it’s a quick read!” 

– Kevin Palmer: CFO, Greywolf Animal Health 

If you’d like to get more inspiration and education from the staff and partners of ACE Coworking, sign up for our monthly newsletter. You’ll also stay up to date on the events we run and the amazing promotions we often offer!

Time Management Tips for Busy Professionals

Time Management Tips for Busy Professionals

Coworking is great because so many diverse professionals and experts gather under one roof! We often invite our member-experts to share their knowledge during our informative Lunch & Learn series so we can all learn from one another. Most recently The FlipSide Plan presented to us on the topic of Time Management. They offered us all sorts of great tips at that session, but perhaps the most useful was their advice on establishing “Opening and Closing Routines.”

contributed by Maria Virginia Anzola

Time, time… we all need more time!

In households with small children, getting ready for school takes a lot of time. (Teenagers might take even longer sometimes!) In afternoons, parents are often like glorified chauffeurs with so many extracurriculars in the mix. Then comes homework support, pet care, cook – eat – clean-up, plus preparation for the next day still needs to happen. Phew.

Even without the responsibilities of family life, the demands of a workday can add up. Whether it’s due to long commutes, endless meetings, or unexpected snafus, rushing about becomes our norm and “I’m swamped” becomes the regular answer to “How are you?”

Planning is Everything

When we wake up without a set morning routine and rush to get to work or scramble to get kids to school, we are very likely to arrive at our desk, open our computer and dive headlong into emails without a plan. This is how our days become chaotic. Similarly, at the end of the workday, when computers are abruptly shut down and today’s problems are left for tomorrow, we have a hard time relaxing in the evening and winding down. Winding down is so very important for our mental health and optimal performance. We want to avoid bringing our work home as much as possible!

Is there a solution? Absolutely.

Magic of an Opening Routine

The first thing we recommend to our clients is to create an “opening routine.” This is not the same as a “morning routine” –– rather it’s a plan created specifically for the start of your workday. Each of us will have specific activities for that routine depending on our jobs and workstyles, but here are some ideas:

  • Start by opening your planner (if you have one) or your computer calendar. Review your to-do list, which should have been written the night before. (More on that later.)
  • Check your emails but don’t reply to any of them.
  • Read emails and identify which need immediate attention and which can wait.
  • Mark those that you won’t address as “unread.” (We love to use this technique to make sure we don’t lose them in our busy inbox.)
  • Check your scheduled meetings, appointments, calls so you can fully visualize your day.

Once all this is done you can get started! It’s a short and sweet routine: 5, 10, or 20 minutes. There’s no magic number. The important part is to block this time in your calendar, so that you’re not required to go into a meeting or a call. This is a morning routine for work purposes – respect the boundary!

Let’s remember that life happens. Having an “opening routine” doesn’t guarantee your day will always go as planned. But having a routine to follow at the beginning of your workday will provide you with clarity on what you can expect from your day. This way, even if things derail at some point, you’ll have a solid plan to return to once the chaos is over.

Closing Routine: Must-Do

The next tool we absolutely depend on for calm and sanity is the “closing routine.” Why is it so important to wellness? Because the unfinished tasks of our workday claim the mind’s attention during the evening, affecting how we rest or sleep. It’s called the “Zeigarnik effect,” named for the early 20th-century psychologist who studied this phenomenon.  

Avoiding the Zeigarnik effect is simple: at some point well before bedtime, take 10 to 20 minutes to set up for the next day. Most importantly, plan (in writing) how and when you will finish your unfinished tasks. 

The closing routine is the perfect time to create a to-do list for the next day(s). It’s also the time to look at what you already have on the schedule and ensure that your list can realistically fit into your agenda. Review your inbox and catch up on any unanswered emails or identify those that will need your attention tomorrow. Get organized so that you can fully leave your office, WFH desk, or coworking space, confident that things will be taken care of in the morning.

Remember, time management is a skill that can be developed and personalized one day at a time.  Being firm but flexible is key. If you are truly interested in making it work, and can commit to consistency, you will start seeing results very soon that will last a lifetime.

ACE Coworking members, Rosana Fernandez and MV Anzola, are the co-founders of The FlipSide Plan. They are credentialed professional coaches known for designing, managing and delivering top-notch corporate wellness workshops and programs on health and productivity. Follow ACE Coworking & The FlipSide Plan on social media to stay up-to-date on our regular co-hosted Lunch & Learn Workshops, which you are welcome to attend!

 

ACE Trafalgar Grand Opening

ACE Trafalgar Grand Opening

Launch Party and Open House at ACE Coworking this summer – successfully making more and more connections among entrepreneurs and professionals around Halton!

Oakville Office Launch Celebration!

Oakville’s newest shared offices are at ACE Coworking’s second location, 132 Trafalgar Rd, in the heart of downtown. Although ACE Trafalgar has been partially open since Spring 2022, the official grand opening celebration took place in the facility’s stylish lounge on August 9th.

The date was chosen to coincide with International Coworking Day, a holiday in which coworking space operators around the world pause to celebrate and showcase this flexible, collaborative and ever-more relevant style of working.

The event featured delicious food by Parlato’s Catering, an open bar, new and old friends connecting, and “good vibes” all around. ACE founder, Nancy Fornasiero, said “It’s just our small way of saying thanks to the wonderful people who make the ACE community awesome,” adding: “It’s also a nice way to celebrate our continued growth here in Halton.” It was also a chance to publicly acknowledge the creative work done on the office renovation by Deb Richmond Designs.

In addition, an Open House was held on August 8 through 10 at the original ACE location (295 Robinson St). It was an opportunity for locals who had always wondered about coworking to try hot desking at no cost for a few days.

Several local businesses supported ACE Coworking during their Launch Party and Open House, including:

– Flourish & Bask: a charming neighbourhood shop that sells everything needed for home bartending and entertaining.⁠ Owner, Chantal Ingram, treated guests to a specialty mocktail featuring Flourish & Bask ingredients.

– Crank Lite Lager: created by a couple of young local entrepreneurs, this beer is perfect for those in search of a lighter style brew.

– Zirkova Vodka⁠: Ukrainian-Canadian premium vodka makers whose administrative headquarters are at ACE Coworking. (Zirkova send a portion of all profits directly to Ukraine’s humanitarian aid programs.)

– Mary’s Muffins⁠: Local baker making all-natural, super tasty, wholesome treats. (Try them with this 10% discount code – MUFFINS10)

– Oakville authors: Catherine Harrison, Three Colours, Twelve Notes; Siobhan Kukolic, The Treasure You Seek

– Downtown Oakville Business Improvement Association

        If you’d like to get more inspiration and education from the staff and partners of ACE Coworking, sign up for our monthly newsletter. You’ll also stay up to date on the events we run and the amazing promotions we often offer!

        Coworking Day 2022 at ACE

        Coworking Day 2022 at ACE

        by Nancy Fornasiero

        Every year on August 9th, coworking space operators everywhere celebrate International Coworking Day. It’s a chance to educate the public about coworking and the benefits of flexible work options. We also get to say thank you to the awesome people who make up our communities.

        At ACE Coworking, we’re excited to be celebrating our industry’s 17th birthday along with our coworking friends around the world. We are all grateful to have survived the recent tough pandemic years, and feeling very optimistic about a future that is embracing hybrid and flex-style workplaces.

        What exactly is International Coworking Day about? It marks the anniversary of the day Brad Neuberg first brought modern-day coworking into the world. You can still see Brad’s original blog post announcing the first North American coworking space here. Coworking has come a long way since then – with ups and downs – but the spirit of collaboration and connection is as strong as ever. 

        This year at ACE we will be marking the occasion in a couple of ways:⁠


        1️⃣ OPEN HOUSE! ⁠

        If you have always wondered about coworking, or what it’s like to work with us at ACE, then please come try us out for FREE on Monday August 8th, Tuesday 9th, and/or Wednesday 10th. Day passes are normally $25/ea, but for these three days we are holding a no-cost Open House just for YOU.⁠

        Claim a hot desk spot by emailing us at info@acecoworking.ca. Please indicate which day(s) you are coming. (Multiple days are okay too! Just let us know when to expect you.)⁠

        While at ACE, drop your business card in our raffle box for a chance to win one of our door prizes – including a gift basket for coffee-lovers, gift basket for book lovers, Zirkova Vodka gift box, or even a one-month ACE membership!⁠ (You might even score a free donut or two.)

        2️⃣ PARTY! 🎉⁠

        Current ACE Coworking members are in for a treat. We’ll be hosting a member appreciation event at our newest ACE location: 132 Trafalgar Rd. There will be food, cocktails, friends and good vibes from 5 to 7pm. It’s our way of saying thanks to the wonderful people who make our community awesome. 

         

        WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT COWORKING FACILITIES NEAR YOU?

        WONDERING IF / WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN A COWORKING SPACE?

        CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO FEATURING OUR MEMBERS AND OUR COWORKING COLLEAGUES AROUND ONTARIO. YOU’LL GET IT!

        Office Space, WFH, Hybrid: What’s the best “place”?

        Office Space, WFH, Hybrid: What’s the best “place”?

        by Catherine Harrison

        Place /plās/ : a portion of space available or designated for or being used by someone.

        The modern workplace has shifted and shaped over the past 20 years – with the pandemic accelerating change even more. Until recently, we had office-goers or gig-economy freelancers, home-office entrepreneurs or corporate rush-hour types. COVID-19 threw all that into a blender and tilted how, when, and where we work, creating new confabulations and opportunities. The “place” where we work has evolved immensely.

        Even pre-COVID, work had been shifting. Offices had been morphing from cubicles to open shared spaces, creating nomadic work pods and enabling ‘working from home,’ and for traveling professionals, they could ‘work from anywhere. 

        Now, as we begin 2022, all this is up for grabs, inviting new iterations to truly reimagine what it means to work and where we can do it best. 

        Right now, leaders are determining what the new work world will look like for our teams: those administrative and professional workers who go (or used to go) to the office to get work done. Our choices seem to be: all-office, all-remote, or a hybrid of the two. But coworking spaces are emerging as an important option too. Let’s explore this new way to work. 

         

        MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS 

        Humans flourish with a balance of connection, quietude, positive energy, new ideas, development opportunities; a sense of both autonomy and inclusion; and a measure of predictability combined with flexibility. Where does this happen best? Although employees exist at either end of the spectrum – I need my office! I love working from home! – many do best with some time working from home combined with time around others at a work ‘place.’ 

        The claustrophobic WFH “Groundhog Day feeling” has caused its share of mental health issues during the pandemic. Countless workers have reported feelings of loneliness, and increased stress that comes with blurred lines between work and home. 

        Coworking spaces can help mitigate these issues. We know there are psychological benefits when work life is separated from home life. When solo work is balanced with teamwork. When in-person is balanced with virtual.  When we provide options and opportunities for an employee, their overall health and wellness improves, and we both reap sustainable benefits.

         

        MORE CONVENIENCE; LESS COMMUTING

        According to research carried out by Pauline Roussel, companies understand that “… coworking spaces can be a part of an office management strategy and a work strategy for their employees. It’s already started: certain companies, such as Spotify, give their employees a monthly coworking budget.” 

        Successful coworking spaces offer beautiful surroundings, ergonomically friendly chairs, healthy food and drink options, printers, reliable free WIFI, mail service and concierge options, and enough space to blend solo work with open concept.

        Imagine walking to work! Driving less than 15 minutes! Hopping on a local bus or riding your bike! Shorter commutes to a local coworking space can translate to valuable time and energy spent on high-quality work or improved work-life balance. Stress is reduced. Consider the employee who shares living space with others: they may lack privacy or a professional-looking environment for their video meetings. A coworking space offers these benefits, increasing both their efficiency and creativity now that they’ve been relieved of distractions like doorbells, dogs, and kiddies. 

        Employers can now create teams in multiple locations at lower costs, with no long-term commitment. When Dialpad Inc. scaled, for example, they decided to use coworking spaces in lieu of satellite offices, allowing for greater versatility. Also, as travel restrictions lift, coworking spaces will appeal to out-of-town businesspeople needing temporary workplaces. 

         

        INDIVIDUALS & COMMUNITIES WIN 

         Coworking also boosts local economies. Employees buy lunch, coffee, and even do their retail shopping closer to home. Imagine all the spending happening in your own neighbourhood, instead of the corporate office’s neighborhood, far from home?

        Shared office space is also a great way of building up local relationships; people are more likely to network with people from other companies and swap ideas. It reminds me of the Village Square: different proprietors working separately but together. It also requires leaders to think creatively about manifesting and cultivating a corporate culture where employees feel connected and aligned with their company of employment while they mingle with others in a coworking space. 

        Whether you be a sole proprietor, run a small business or multinational corporation, consider how a coworking spacemight be a meaningful part of your ‘workplace’ strategy. It will likely help your bottom line, and more importantly, support the psychological and physiological wellbeing of your employees. A true win–win.

        If you’d like to learn more about coworking, whether a flexible hot desk or a private office, we would love to show you around ACE Coworking.

        Book a tour here.

        ALSO…

        You’re invited you to join us at our next ACE Book Talk on Wednesday, February 23 from 8:45–9:30am. We will be discussing Three Colors, Twelve Notes, by our guest blogger, Catherine Harrison. This insightful read is a memoir and a guidebook for the curious and those who want to learn how to cultivate a reflective mindset. Email us at info@acecoworking.ca if you’d like to reserve a spot.

        If you’d like to get more inspiration and education from the staff and partners of ACE Coworking, sign up for our monthly newsletter. You’ll also stay up to date on the events we run and the amazing promotions we often offer!

        Tech Entrepreneurs Compete at Hi5

        Tech Entrepreneurs Compete at Hi5

        ACE Coworking is excited to partner with HALTECH to support local tech innovators through the 5th Annual Hi5 pitch competition. Learn more here… 

        ABOUT HALTECH

        Halton’s Regional Innovation Centre, HALTECH, formed a close alliance with us at ACE Coworking ever since we first opened our doors in 2018. We’ve partnered with them to present several educational workshops and seminars at our own space. In addition, our members – especially those who work in tech – have benefitted from the many resources and events provided by Haltech at their Burlington-based HQ. It has been a great symbiotic friendship!

        Never heard of HALTECH? If you live in Halton and work in technology, you must check them out!

        Haltech’s staff and team of experienced advisors work hard to help advance local tech-based innovators in businesses of every size – from start-ups to global corporations. They offer free business advisory services, learning workshops on entrepreneurship and commercialization, assistance in forging strategic connections, and supports for corporate innovation programs.

        Hi5’s PITCH COMPETITION

        For the past five years, Haltech has hosted the Hi5 Pitch Competition – this year ACE is proud to partner with them to bring this exciting event to life! Hi5 features five of Haltech’s most promising clients: each is given five minutes to pitch for a winning prize of $5,000. In addition the winner will receive $1200-worth of access to ACE Coworking’s meeting space.

        The competition is a valuable opportunity for local tech start-ups to generate awareness about their projects, while building the vital skills needed to present in front of an audience and investors.

        HOW TO REGISTER

        The pitch event takes place on Thursday, November 25 from 3–5pm, and will be held in a virtual format. More information and registration here. Plan to arrive early for open networking and a chance to meet the Hi5 contestants.

        ICYMI: 10TH ANNIVERSARY

        In July, Haltech celebrated their tenth anniversary! We were delighted to be part of the event which commemorated a decade of the organization’s commitment to local innovators. If you’d like to learn more about Haltech, this anniversary video gives an overview of how they’ve influenced and supported industry leaders across the local ecosystem. 

         

         

        If you’d like to get more inspiration and education from the staff and partners of ACE Coworking, sign up for our monthly newsletter. You’ll also stay up to date on the events we run and the amazing promotions we often offer!

        Why We’re Excited About the Future, and the Future of Work

        Why We’re Excited About the Future, and the Future of Work

        by Mark Fornasiero

        Welcome to post #1 of our ACE Coworking blog! We’re excited to be sharing insights for your business and personal growth here. We are going to discuss a wide array of topics. Although we’re not sure exactly where this will take us, we look forward to giving a platform to our community so that they can share their knowledge, skills and insights. Let’s go!

        Image by Sam Fornasiero

        Why We’re Excited About the Future, and the Future of Work

        We know there’s been a lot of hardship experienced out there since the onset of the pandemic. That pain is real. We acknowledge it, and we were not immune to it either. BUT, there is so much to be excited about for the future of business growth, especially in our industry. We are all in the midst of embracing new ways to work, figuring out how to fit it into our unique lives and situations. The future will almost certainly involve more coworking, collaboration, and community. The trends were heading this way before COVID showed up anyway; the virus just hit the accelerator pedal. And in a big way!

        Coworking is on pace to grow another 15% in 2020 (lower than the 25% of the previous few years) and will continue to make its way into the suburbs and cities outside major metropolitan centres. Today there are two million people working in coworking spaces globally. That’s a tiny fraction of the working population. With the trend pointing to that number growing to more than 5 million by 2024, you can see why we’re so excited about the future.

        More than three quarters of coworking operators are looking to add space and expand this year. That is pretty amazing. The average coworking space is very similar to ACE: about 7,000 square feet and 85 members. That means lots of room for independent owner-operated coworking spaces that focus on building a community and sense of belonging.

        In the post-COVID world, coworking consumers will be looking for more private offices and flexibility in membership terms. We anticipate more investment and innovation in this sector from space owners and operators.

        This is great news if you are a coworking space owner/operator. But, what if you’re not? No matter what field you’re in, remember this: huge shifts like the one we are experiencing always create as much opportunity as they do mayhem. The trick is to slow down, turn off the noise machine, and make balanced assessment of your situation. You may have to tweak your business or do a major overhaul. Doing nothing is probably not an option. But there are definitely opportunities out there for you to grow and change your business or career.

        You know, COVID might be the perfect excuse you need to make that big change you’ve always thought about. Now there’s something to get excited about!

        Mark Fornasiero is the co-founder of ACE Coworking and an independent consultant specializing in growth-and-exit strategies for privately-held enterprises. Mark also provides professional consulting to entrepreneurs looking to launch and operate their own independent coworking spaces.