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Coworking Week 2015

August 3-9th, 2015 is International Coworking Week! Celebrate 1500 coworking spaces around the world and 10 years of collaboration and encouraging the sharing economy.

Coworking Week is an opportunity for everyone to learn the benefits of a shared work environment, collaboration and creating a professional community of like-minded adults. If you have been thinking about joining a local coworking or maker Space, this is an excellent time for you to give it a try for a day or two at one of the Coworking Week partners spaces.

Stop by Works Progress in Greenwood at 115 N 85th Street, upstairs in Suite 202, to get a tour and more information or come by on Thursday, August 6 for a free day.

For other Coworking Week events, visit the Seattle Collaborative Spaces Website. Follow events in Seattle all week on Twitter: #SeaCoWeek!

What’s a Community Cultivator?

Candice Magbag

She always knows your name, for real!

Meet Candice!

Have you met Office Receptionist and Community Cultivator Candice Magbag? Since March she has been a fixture at the Works Progress front desk as our Receptionist, providing administrative support, supporting current and prospective members, and most importantly, always making sure the coffee pot is full!

What’s a Community Cultivator?
Candice also has the role of Community Cultivator. You might be wondering, what the heck is that? She says, “My job is to get more members involved in the community and collaborative aspects of our coworking space. We want members to understand that Works Progress is more than just a place to rent a desk. Marnee does a great job of putting on networking opportunities and fun events for all ages. My job is to strategize how to draw in more members for special events.”

Lately, Candice has been busy touring coworking spaces throughout the city to meet other coworking staff, see how other spaces operate and engage their members and get a sense for the larger coworking movement. You can expect to hear more about what she learned and the very different feel of each of the coworking spaces soon.

What are you up to when you aren’t at Works Progress?
Candice is one busy gal. When she isn’t supporting members here, she is a manager at The Disney Store at The Seattle Premium Outlets. Plus, she coaches a select volleyball team, and enjoys playing too. She is also studying Environmental and Global Studies and has long term professional aspirations to engage youth in sustainability initiatives.

When you have a rare day off, how do you like to spend it?
In her free time, Candice loves hiking in North Bend, and stand up paddle boarding (but admits she hasn’t mastered it yet). She secretly wants to try out ariel yoga.

What are you favorite places to eat in the neighborhood?
Munch Café has the best fries, Mr. Gyros is delicious, and there is always a salad or sandwich at Fred Meyer.

Tell us something about yourself most people don’t know.
I can’t watch movies from the beginning. I hate beginnings. I have to start in the middle. I also love commercials because they give me a chance to multi-task without missing anything. Also, I was born in Philippines and moved to the U.S. when I was nine.

Stop by and say hello to Candice at the front desk!
Have you stopped by to look at Candice’s front desk flyers yet? Be sure to say hello to Candice and read the riddle and ‘go green’ tip of the week and find out about upcoming happenings at Works Progress.

Posted by Aviva Vikstrom.

5 Responses When Your Parents Freak Out About Your Freelance Job

jessie mom and dad for website

We all have those moments when we just can’t get our parents to understand our new career choice. You might find it’s especially true with one of your parents in particular. Your mom can’t help but be up in your business. All the time. Your dad is sure you’re not saving for retirement. You’re spending it on fast cars and beer. Are they both still trying to figure out why you quit your day job? When the subject inevitably comes up, don’t get frustrated! We’ve got some answers that can help ease their mind.

When your parents ask: 

1. “Is it too late to get your old job back?”

They’re worried about your job security.

Tell them: Traditional jobs aren’t all they were once cracked up to be. Many corporate jobs have not brought wages back up to pre-recession levels, full departments are constantly at risk of layoffs and benefits packages, especially retirement packages, are no longer as secure as they once were.

It doesn’t hurt that many companies are choosing to hire freelance workers, in fact, a 2014 survey by Tower Lane Consulting confirmed that over 60% of companies plan to hire more freelancers in the next year.

2. “How are you going to meet anybody?”

And by ‘’anybody’’ mom means ‘somebody to give me grandchildren.’ Your dad doesn’t want you end up sad, alone and on his couch.

Tell them: It is possible to leave the house. With a more flexible schedule, you can go to more social activities and networking events throughout the day. Not only that, but with the rise of coworking spaces, more than 160,000 people worldwide are now members of over 3,000 coworking spaces according to DeskMag’s Coworking Forecast 2014. You’ve got your social calendar covered.

3. “How can anyone take you seriously”?

They may have been there when you were awarded “most helpful classmate” in 5th grade, but they’re not sure you have credibility with others.

Show them: When it comes to credibility, sometimes it’s easier to show then tell. You should already have an excellent online presence to awe and inspire them, including your professional website, portfolio of jobs and clients, and online reviews. Give them a tour of your coworking space and show them that you can still work in a real office!

4. “What do you do all day?”

They are trying, they really are, but they still don’t get it. Are you watching TV dramas? Reading a book? After all, who’s really your boss?

Tell them: Change how you describe your work day by talking about the extra hours that you put in, meeting early with clients from around the world, and working late to meet a deadline. But who are you kidding? Eve is finally getting revenge on Marlena in Days of Our Lives!

If you’re up to date on daytime drama, it may be time to try a coworking space and get out of the traps and isolation that working from home can lead to. Having a professional office with “coworkers” may help assure them that you ‘have a real job’.

5. “How can you afford that?”

Because they are still unconvinced that you can make any money with this gig, your parents are overly interested in your budget. All. The. Time.

Tell them: As reported by upwork.com, there are 53 million Americans who are freelancing today who collectively are contributing more than $715 billion in earnings to the national economy. Just because you do not have a traditional job, does not mean that your career does not have a solid growth curve. Offer to buy them dinner.

Don’t forget, as part of our tribute to mom and — in celebration of Father’s Day this weekend — dad, we’re giving away one free membership each month during June, July and August. Do you have any great mom/dad texts showing their support, confusion or stress for your freelance career? Share them and we’ll enter you into a raffle for one free months’ membership every time you do.

Raffle rules:

  1. Share your example with hashtag #dadtexts or #momtexts and #trycoworking. Works Progress must be tagged for your post to count. Twitter: @WorksProgressCo; Facebook: @Works Progress; Instagram: @works.progress.
  2. You can submit as many different #dadtexts or #momtexts as you want. Each submission counts for an entry into the raffle for that month.
  3. One drawing will be held each month in June, July and August on the last Friday of the month at 3pm. Only posts up until 12pm on the day of the drawing count for that month.
  4. Winners receive one free month of coworking at the 20 day membership level. (link http://coworking.worksprogressseattle.com/membership-information/)

Please note: Inappropriate posts will be flagged or deleted and do not count.

Is Your Mom Your Best Cheerleader? Win a FREE Month of Coworking

Send us a #Momtext about your freelance career and we’ll enter you in a drawing for one FREE MONTH of Coworking Membership.

Quitting your job to work on your own, whether you aim to be a writer, freelancer or start your own business, is a big transition. Thirty-four percent of the entire US workforce is doing freelance work(1), but it’s still hard for many of our moms to really support this crazy choice.

I try to explain my vision of being free, untethered, on my own, gloriously independent and working from home. #livethedream


What my mother thinks I’m doing when I work from home. #sweatpantsmonday


I tell my mom about this great start-up idea I have and how rich I’ll be. #imrich

But my mom thinks this is an excuse for me to move back home. #nevergoingtomakeit

The reality isn’t as grand as we envisioned, or as bad as our mom’s think. If your dream is to break out on your own, we think that you can get your mom off your back AND grow your business by joining a coworking community.

There’s no time like the present, join our summer raffle and win a free coworking membership at Works Progress!

If you have a great example of a text showing your mom’s support, confusion or stress about that crazy dream of working for yourself, you can share it now to enter our summer raffle.

Raffle rules:

  1. Share your example with hashtag #momtexts and #trycoworking and tag Works Progress. Works Progress must be tagged for your post to count. Twitter: @WorksProgressCo; Facebook: @Works Progress; Instagram: @works.progress.
  2. You can submit as many #momtexts as you want. Each submission counts for one entry into the raffle for that month.
  3. One drawing will be held each month in June, July and August on the last Friday of the month at 3pm. Only posts up until 12pm on the day of the drawing count for that month.
  4. Winners receive one free month of coworking at the 20 day membership level
  5. Current members are welcome to submit entries. Raffle prizes are not transferable.

Please note: Inappropriate posts will be flagged or deleted and do not count.

Footnote: 1. Freelancer’s Union Survey, released in September, 2014. https://www.freelancersunion.org/blog/dispatches/2014/09/04/53million/.

Works Progress is in the Top 10!

Symmetry50, a bookkeeping service for startups and freelancers, just came out with their second annual top 100 coworking spaces in the U.S. For their 2015 list, they used a combination of online member reviews and voting. We were thrilled to be included in the list for the second year in a row, but what we are really excited about is that we are listed as #7 this year.

One year anniversary mugs!

One year anniversary mugs!

Having visited a lot of coworking spaces, I can say that there is some pretty steep competition out there for thriving, comfortable and affordable coworking spaces. At Works Progress, we are thrilled to have the growing community of individuals and organizations who make our space what it is today. Thanks to our members for your inspiration, support and feedback. Here’s to another great year of coworking!

Phinneywood Art Walk May 8 & 9

There are many reasons we love being located in this neighborhood and the May Art Walk is one of them! On Friday night from 6-9pm you can expect to find 70 businesses in Phinney and Greenwood from 87th to 65th Streets open with art hanging, music or other live events and over 100 participating artists.

Mountain Nitelife

Mountain Nitelife

Consider starting your evening with us! We are excited to be featuring paintings by artist Mary Anne Nagy. Mary Anne received her degree in art from the University of San Diego. Her Pause for Animals series of bright acrylic animal paintings was born shortly before she and her family (including husband Bill, and daughters Anna Beth and Mary Lee) uprooted from the Midwest and moved to Seattle in 1996.

In Pause for Animals a bright sense of whimsy is often married to an aura of mystery and wonder: “Funny. Scary. Like us, not like us—who are these furry, scaled and feathered ones who also inhabit this fragile planet?” This group of paintings is part of her ongoing dream to combine her delight in painting animals with a longstanding interest in issues of animal advocacy and compassion.

Fun for all ages, there will be appetizers, juice and wine available Friday night. Children’s art activities in the lobby. You can find a map of participating venues here.

5 Reasons Coworking is Good for the Planet

Celebrate Earth Day by trying out your local coworking space! Chances are, if you live in a big city anywhere in the world, you are within walking distance of a coworking space. What does coworking have to do with Earth Day? Coworking spaces are helping to ensure that mobile, independent workers have a place to get their work done comfortably and meet and network with others. In many cases, this translates directly to reducing your carbon foot print.

If there is a coworking place near you, today is an excellent day to practice sustainability. Here are five reasons that coworking is good for the planet:

  1. Reduce your commute and walk/bike to work: If you walk or take your bike to your local
    bike at wp

    Bike Parking Available!

    coworking space, you are not only reducing your personal stress, but you are helping to save the environment. According to the U.S. Department of General Services, bike riding or walking to work can cut down household emissions by at least 6% and reduce traffic. Most coworking spaces will have bike parking on site.

  2. Reduce waste: Your coworking space will most likely offer recycling and encourage you to reduce your paper consumption. Some will also compost. And almost every space you go to will actively reduce the number of paper coffee cups that are thrown out by offering endless coffee and the mugs to put them in. Per the Nature Conservancy, “Over 16 billion paper cups are used for coffee every year. This translates to over 6.5 million trees cut down, 4 billion gallons of water wasted, and enough energy used to power nearly 54,000 homes for a year”.
  3. Make Green decisions: The conscious effort by many coworking spaces to reduce harm to the
    What great scholarly thoughts occurred at these University of Washington mid-century wood and metal "tanker" desks?

    What great scholarly thoughts occurred at these University of Washington mid-century wood and metal “tanker” desks?

    environment in everything from cleaning products to construction materials makes for both interesting places to work and an environmentally friendly work surrounding. The construction of many coworking spaces, like Works Progress, is done with an eye towards re-used and green materials. The products used to clean, light, furnish, renovate, and build coworking spaces are a significant part of their green credentials. Critical components of the green efforts used by many coworking spaces include confirming the sustainability of the source building materials; checking on the amount of emissions used during manufacturing the products; confirming the durability and recyclability of the products; and utilizing reused materials wherever possible.

  4. Energy smart: Coworking spaces can reduce how much energy each individual person is using at home, especially for heating and cooling needs. In addition, through efficient building efforts and conscious use of energy efficient lighting, most coworking spaces are reducing the overall neighborhood energy consumption and are excellent models for other local businesses. To learn more about reducing energy and reduce your impact, take the 2015 EcoChallenge!
  5. Buying local: Not only do you affirm the choices of your neighborhood coworking space to purchase locally made materials, you will tend to purchase more locally as well. By staying in your neighborhood, you will be visiting local businesses and reducing how much time you travel to make your purchases.
Members Celebrate Coworking Week 2014 Outside

Members Celebrate Coworking Week 2014 Outside

Looking for a coworking space in your neighborhood? Find a space near you on the member page of the Seattle Collaborative Space Alliance. Most coworking spaces offer a free day trial. If you’re trying to find the coworking space that suits you most, check out the Space Traveler Program and get your free coffee mug!

Please Join us in Welcoming Our First Receptionist

Candice Joins the Works Progress Team

Candice Joins the Works Progress Team.

Works Progress is pleased to introduce you to Candice, our new Receptionist and Community Cultivator. Candice has junior standing at the University of Washington Bothell, where she is pursuing a double major in Environmental Science and Global Studies. Her career goal is to teach younger generations the importance of conservation and sustainability. When not at Works Progress, you can find Candice at the Seattle Premium Outlets Disney Store – where she is a cast member – or coaching volleyball for the U14 division of SVVC Fusion.

Also a dog lover, Candice has two dogs at home; a yellow lab named Oskar and black lab named Addison. She tells me that while they may not be coming in to cowork, they do like to watch movies and their favorite movies are The Lion King and Bambi. Candice, on the other hand, assures me that Titanic is her favorite.

I asked her what she thinks about joining our community after her first two days on the job, and she said, “I am beyond excited to join the Works Progress team! Coworking spaces are quite unique, allowing different types of people in different fields of work to share a space that provides community and collaboration. Meeting the members has been a pleasure, I can’t wait to interact and work with such great minds.”

Please stop by the reception desk to say hello!

Hourly Membership Rates

Choose from one of our hourly packages:

10 Hours

$52/mo.

20 Hours

$100/mo.

30 Hours

$125/mo.

Ready to get started? Download the membership packet here.

Spaceteam!

Friday is hands down the best day to try out Works Progress. Every Friday around 2:30pm Nicholas or Mike will walk around the office saying “Spaceteam? Spaceteam?” and seeing who can put their work aside for awhile to play. We gather in the green or orange conference rooms depending on the number of players.  For the next twenty minutes or so we yell things at each other like “Spark the flooknozzle! Asteroid! Everybody shake!” while flipping, shaking and tapping our phones.

Spaceteam is a cooperative shouting game for smart phones and tablets. We’ve been playing it weekly here since the spring of 2014 – but don’t worry, we’ve only gotten slightly better with the practice. You can learn in rules in the time it takes to download the free app to your iPhone, iPad or Android. In addition to our monthly potluck and monthly happy hour, Spaceteam is the best way to get to know the coworkers.

BONUS: On July 3, 2014, we hosted the local tournament of the worldwide Spaceteam Admiral’s Challenge in our classroom/event space.