Coworking News @ Link and Beyond
Have you ever had a job that required you to literally take your timecard and clock in? At one of my first jobs, come starting time, we all raced to the back room to get that all-important time stamp...Read Full Article - On the Dot Woman
Liquidspace, the largest network for shared and short-term office space in the world, featured Link as one of the best coworking spaces in the United States. Check out these amazing coworking spaces! – Read Full Article on Liquidspace Blog
High-growth, share-based startups — like Airbnb and Uber — are transforming the hospitality and transportation industries. The sharing economy is also fundamentally changing how people work. From corporate professionals to entrepreneurs, coworking is rapidly becoming a viable alternative to offices and cubicles. – Read Full Article On Startland News
Wellness has become a big part of workspace design in recent years. The new workforce generation has inspired new workspace models; models that are user oriented, that contribute to worker wellness, and enhance productivity through inspirational design – Read Full Article – On the Dot Woman
After speaking to owners and employees of eight different coworking spots across the country, one thing is clear – we’re all forgetting our chargers. We also gathered plenty of tips on what to pack, how to make connections, and what’s considered poor form – we’re looking at you coworking nail clipper. – Read Full Article On Uncubed
The sharing movement is evolving quickly and in many directions. The growth of platform and worker co-ops, increased awareness of the commons, the evolution of coworking, an explosion of tech-enabled sharing services, and more are opening up promising if not challenging frontiers. What will 2016 bring? We asked 10 experts to offer their predictions in their sharing-related areas of expertise. – Read Full Article On Shareable
Although most would estimate corporate users to be less than 10% of users of Coworking spaces today, use by this group does seem to be growing. Liz Elam of Link Coworking in Austin says, “Corporate America has a problem. They have lots of corporate real estate and uninspired people. So, what do you do? Send them home. Now they are even less inspired.” – Read Full Article In The Huffington Post »
The rise of the freelance economy has gotten plenty of attention over the past several years. Headlines were made when Intuit predicted that 40-percent of the U.S. workforce would be contingent workers by 2020. And in 2015 it’s estimated that 53 million Americans, or 34 percent of the population, qualify as freelancers. – Read Full Article on Texas Standard »
Cassandra Santana says the monthly free hair blowouts she gets at Village Workspaces help break up the monotony of sitting behind a computer all day.The 29 year-old marketing agency founder works every day at the Los Angeles-based communal work hub. – Read Full Article on the Wall Street Journal »
Free breakfast, scooters, and yoga classes–perks at co-working spaces are keeping up with the most progressive offices in the country.
According to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal citing research by the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, there was only one co-working space in the U.S. in 2005. By 2013 there were 781–and they’ve become so much more than just a room with Wi-Fi and a printer. – Read Full Article on Inc.com »
Lightning struck at a Dell Company seminar, where Liz Elam had been enjoying a career as one of their top sales executives. As part of a series of “aha” moments, Liz realized she wanted to be somewhere else. Just two months after that seminar, she quit her job to become an entrepreneur. Liz is now the founder and owner of Link Coworking in Austin, Texas. She is also the leading U.S. coworking expert and executive producer of The Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC). – Full Article »
An interview with guess who, Liz Elam on SoundCloud! – Full Article »
WeWork’s recent $5 billion valuation has been fantastic for the coworking industry: because of it, the media spotlight is on a revolution that has been quietly taking shape for nearly a decade. Coworking spaces first appeared in about 2005 and have spread steadily—and stealthily—since then. Now, ten years later, and thanks largely to WeWork’s rapid growth, coworking is having its well-deserved moment in the sun…..Full Article »
Hotels and resorts have long catered to travelers who cannot disengage from their jobs. But increasingly there is a new option for those who need to work, but who also want the benefits of a vacation. These new centers are an offshoot of co-working spaces, which offer the benefits of an office environment on a temporary basis. But they also provide a place to sleep, have fun and mingle with colleagues — not in humdrum office parks, but in exotic….Full Article »
Link Coworking came about in a way that many businesses do–a need arose in the market and no one was meeting that need. Liz Elam spent 14 years working for Dell, Inc., and managed a highly successful and profitable multi-million dollar business from her home office. She often found herself jockeying for cord position at Starbucks, speaking in hushed tones and looking over her shoulder….Full Article »
Liz Elam debuts in FastCompany!—Space design has been consuming me for more than six years since I had the idea to create coworking spaces in Austin, Texas….Full Article »
Due in part to a rise in the freelancer workforce as well as a growing desire from small businesses for affordable, flexible, collaborative work environments, coworking spaces continue to pop up in cities all over the globe….Full Article »
Why do I persist in cajoling one of my long-suffering employees or a hapless friend into spending precious hours every weekend rearranging the furniture in my northwest Austin co-working space? By my count, since 2010 when I opened Link, the first of my co-working spaces, I’ve moved chairs, dragged desks and essentially redesigned the space at least 384 times. In Link’s first year I rearranged the furniture layout every single night. At least now it’s down to just once a week….Full Article »
We at Link Coworking love Dwell magazine. As a staple in the design community, Dwell has been knocking our socks off for years, presenting beautiful architecture and featuring inspiring spaces in their print and online outlets. Well what do you know? Dwell presents Link Coworking as one of 12 inspiring Coworking space. Thanks Dwell. You do not disappoint!….Full Article »
In Washington D.C.’s Chinatown neighborhood, a stately 133-year-old building that once housed a furniture store has been transformed into what may be the workspace of the future….Full Article »
If your business has outgrown the garage or the coffee shop, but you’re not quite ready to sign a lease for your own office space, coworking might be the solution you’ve been looking for….Full Article »
With flexible working hours, mobile productivity and virtual meetings becoming the new normal for professionals across the globe, start-ups and freelancers are looking to alternatives to traditional office environments to stay connected and get inspired….Full Article »
For Liz Elam, the big idea came in a crowded coffee shop. While working out of her Atlanta home as a global account manager for Dell Inc., Elam found herself and a Dell executive strategizing about a multimillion deal in a distraction-filled coffee shop….Full Article »
I came back home five years ago—in a down economy and on the heels of a failed relationship in Italy—to open a Coworking space. Austin, you have embraced me, supported me, and made it a true pleasure to do business in this town…Full Article »
According to recent estimates, by 2020, more than 40 percent of the American workforce will be freelancing in some form. We’re quickly moving toward an indie economy, which means that you and your local coworking buddies are trendsetting. You’re helping to develop a community – one that is going to impact the local economy. You’re adding to the bigger picture by looking at the smaller, local picture….Full Article »
If you’re a solo entrepreneur or freelancer working remotely from home but looking for more company and stimulation on a daily basis, hooking up with a local coworking space might be a perfect fit. In fact, there’s currently a boom in the number of spaces popping up around the country. Here are a few that really stand out for their creativity and sense of place….Full Article »
Liz Elam is an entrepreneur who specializes in bringing people together to foster their personal and professional goals.
After years of telecommuting during her career at Dell, Liz realized there had to be a better option than working isolated at home or jockeying for power outlets at coffee shops. There wasn’t. So she founded Link Coworking, a membership club that provides collaborative spaces for fellow entrepreneurs including small meeting room spaces, conference room rentals and event space…Full Article »
Liz Elam, Owner and Founder of Link Coworking in Austin, TX is a SCORE success story. This is Liz’s testimonial about how SCORE helped her build her business and continued to mentor, guide and support her in the growth of her thriving business. Link Coworking is a membership club that brings people together who share the need for a place to conduct their business in an interactive space.
SCORE has been mentoring new and existing businesses for over 40 years and has a network of over 13,000 volunteers who donate their time to help entrepreneurs. As highly successful and experienced business professionals and entrepreneurs, SCORE mentors deliver valuable, timely, and practical advice. Whether you are a start-up or an existing business, our mentors will help you and your business open new markets, reach new customers, and achieve new goals…Full Article »
Liz Elam gave up her corporate job to become an entrepreneur. She became a very successful one. Along the way she discovered another entrepreneurial calling in the emerging coworking sector. Liz founded Link Coworking – a coworking space in Austin, Texas. Now, she is a leading industry player within the United States and globally. In this edition of Business Success Strategies Q&A, Liz explains the key benefits of coworking. She offers tips for startups and small businesses to take full advantage of coworking spaces. Liz also reviews some of the trends, and what you need to know if you are interested in starting a coworking space.
After working from a home office for nine years, Liz Elam moved to Texas in 2008 and decided to open a coworking space. She wanted to help others overcome the disadvantages she felt she faced in her own home office environment and believed there was a need in the market for doing just this. She was right. Link Coworking, the space she founded in Austin, Texas, has doubled in size…Full Article »
I believe it’s a mistake to have your office in your home. I understand the economics but, as someone that worked out of their home for over nine years, I know what it feels like. It feels like work is never done. You can always just step into the office and–boom!–feel the weight of everything you still need to do. As our lives become increasingly mobile, social and digital, with conventional boundaries blurring daily, it can feel refreshing and empowering to establish a work-free zone–and where better to do that than at home.Your home should be your haven not your workplace. I would even go so far as to say it’s unfair to send people home to work. Very few people are that special kind of introvert that can stay motivated and productive day in and day out working from home. We’re human. We need other humans around to bounce ideas off, laugh with, and share our lives. There, I said it. Now I’ll step off my little soapbox and get down to it…Full Article »
Q: I have a business that I’d like to get off the ground. Where do I start if I have no experience?
-Arial Lopez, New York
A: First and foremost, congratulations on taking the leap! It’s scary, rewarding and fun to strike out on your own.
In terms of advice about how to get your business off the ground with little experience, I suggest these tips:
1. Write a business plan.
Some say you don’t need a business plan. I disagree. Instead, I highly recommend writing one. You don’t know the unknowns until you try to answer all the questions that will come up when you are filling one out. You don’t need to go out and buy expensive business plan software. There are plenty available to download for free. Just do a simple Google search to see what is available and choose a template that will suit your needs.
When I hit some roadblocks writing my business plan, I turned to SCORE, a national organization of retired executives. Because of their experience, they were able to answer questions and help with projections. Three years later, I still utilize SCORE and reach out to them when I have issues.
If the business plan intimidates you, at a bare minimum you should do a profit and loss statement. Once completed you will have a better understanding of the future of your business and if it makes sense. It’s pretty simple: If the numbers don’t work, don’t do it…Full Article »
When Liz Elam goes and looks at office spaces, one of the first things she comments on is how she can tell when a space was built – older buildings are built with all the windows taken up by offices and the “worker bees” have cubicles in the corners. And Elam points out that the notion of where you work in an office, “a corner office with a view,” has always been a sign of an employee’s status in their respected field.
But Elam believes this notion is changing, and changing drastically, with the growing trend of individuals and companies renting office space to work in, or “co-working.”
“Success isn’t measured anymore by the space you work in,” said Elam, the curator of Link CoWorking, an Austin, Texas-based co-working company. “People have been empowered to fundamentally change the way they work and part of that is choosing where they work.”
With more and more individuals branching off to start their own businesses or start-ups looking for a reasonably priced place to conduct business, “co-working” has evolved in the United States. And two women, Elam of Link CoWorking and New York-based Debra Larsen of WorkHouse NYC, are providing individuals and companies the affordable and safe space that they need to succeed in – and the “corner office with a view” at no extra cost…Full Article »
Whitney Tingle, a New York entrepreneur, once had the common fantasy of ditching the 9-to-5 world, starting her own business and working in the serenity of her home. It did not quite work out as planned. A year after cofounding Sakara Life, an organic-meal delivery company, she discovered that “there was no beginning or end to work,” said Ms. Tingle, 27. “I would get distracted by dust bunnies under the desk and end up vacuuming in the middle of the day, or look at myself in the mirror at 7 p.m. and realize I was still in pajamas.” And though health food was her business, she could not stay away from her boyfriend’s pretzel supply. “They would stare at me from the perch above the fridge,” Ms. Tingle said plaintively. Concerned about her sanity and waistline, she and her business partner, Danielle DuBoise, in August applied to NeueHouse, a new “co-working” space near Madison Square that has fashioned itself as a private club. The work space has a lavish industrial-chic interior, courtesy of the designer David Rockwell; charter members that include Chris Blackwell, the Island Records founder, and Jefferson Hack, of the British magazine Dazed & Confused; and yearly fees that can reach five figures…Full Article »
The 3rd Annual Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC) was held March 5th and 6th in Austin, Texas. Reflecting the strong growth of the coworking industry, there were well over 300 attendees this year – more than triple the number attending two years ago. My major takeaways were…
1. The Mix of Attendees: GCUC attracted a wide range of folks this year. In addition to owners of traditional coworking facilities there were attendees from large corporations, state and local governments, real estate developes (see 2 below) and a surprising number of vendors looking to sell goods and services to coworking spaces.
The office business center industry was also well represented this year. A number of OBC owners/managers were in attendance as well as Richard Myers, the Executive Director of the Global Workspace Association (GWA).
The GWA is a trade association focused on the workspace-as-a-service industry. GWA members used to be almost exclusively business center and executive suite owners/managers. But over the last couple of years they’ve expanded their mission and many coworking facilities have joined. We see this as very healthy for the coworking industry. Both groups have much to learn and share from/with each another…Full Article »
Austin is quickly becoming the southern hangout of small businesses and startups, and Link Coworking is the perfect place for entrepreneurs and freelancers to gather in this Lone Star city…Full Article »
In 2010, Link Coworking opened in Austin. Its founder Liz Elam, who previously spent 14 years working from home for Dell, wanted a nice place to work without the disruptions of coffee shops and with plenty of electrical outlets and speedy Internet access. When she couldn’t find a place like that, she created Link Coworking in the Village Shopping Center at 2700 West Anderson Lane. “Link Coworking provides members with a professional and interactive workspace where they don’t have to worry about spending too long at a coffee shop, trying to find an outlet, or being distracted by kids and chores at home,” according to Elam. “Members choose to work from Link not only because it provides them with a comfortable work environment and boosts their productivity, but also because they gain a new community of coworkers and the ability to network with people in many different industries.” Full Article »
Consider this statistic for a moment: In 2005, there really weren’t established coworking spaces (at least, according to the people now in that business). Today, those folks say there are more than 2,000 of those spaces around the country.
Four evangelists of this way of working—all of whom are actually in the business of setting up new work spaces—offered some intriguing thought trends in the fledgling coworking-space industry…Full Article »
Coworking space owners and community managers weigh in with some reasons to try coworking that you probably haven’t heard before.
As a mobile worker, you can set up shop just about anywhere, from your sofa to your local library or favourite coffees shop. Or, of course, at a coworking space. As the coworking movement grows, you’ve probably learned that these flexible spaces provide mobile workers with desks and office amenities at reasonable prices, as well as offering stellar networking opportunities. But are there any less often heralded benefits of joining a space? Full Article »