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Your First Stop – UTRGV SBDC

Your First Stop – UTRGV SBDC

While the internet is undoubtedly one of your most influential partners as you start and develop your business, local resources will be equally valuable. From local chambers and economic development corporations, to grant programs and loan organizations, these Rio Grande Valley resources will help you on your path to success by bridging the gap between you and the communities all around you.

Your First Stop – The University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley’s Small Business Development Center

Are you in the idea stage of starting a business? Maybe you’ve already started but want some help? This resource is first on the blog series for a reason. It should be a starting point and reference throughout your journey.

The University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley’s Small Business Development Center has helped countless students and entrepreneurs achieve their goals.

The UTRGV Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a collaboration with the U.S. Small Business Administration, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and public and private partners throughout deep South Texas.

SBDC provides a wide array of management and technical assistance to business owners and entrepreneurs to strengthen business performance and sustainability.

Business advisement is conducted by professional advisors, who evaluate an existing business’s operations, or a startup company’s business plan with fresh, yet experienced eyes. UTRGV SBDC works closely with clients to develop business plans and loan proposals. Advisors guide start-up and existing business owners through the business plan process and assist them in compiling the necessary information and documents.

Small Business Development Centers do not charge for consulting services and can meet with clients at the center or at the business site.

The UTRGV SBDC also provides business training to meet the community’s needs. It holds numerous seminars on business-related topics throughout the year on an incredible array of topics, ranging from pre-business planning to marketing, bookkeeping, accounting, and management. These seminars are designed for new and existing small business owners and managers to acquire the information that they need to make their business more successful.

Seminars are free or reasonably priced to enable all potential participants to attend.

I have leaned on the UTRGV SBDC during my journey as an entrepreneur and have partnered with them over the past three years to provide our community members access to great entrepreneurial classes. Their staff has always been courteous and helpful and can be great connectors to other resources.

For more information on UTRGV SBDC, please visit www.utrgv.edu/sbdc

 

Daniel Rivera

Launch RGV: Get Your Ideas Off the Ground

Launch RGV: Get Your Ideas Off the Ground

You have a great idea, but how can you make it come alive?

If you’re planning on doing business in the Rio Grande Valley, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the expansive amount of resources available to help people just like you. There’s a wide scope of assistance available, but in this booming metropolis — where do you even start?

We are excited to announce our new blog series, called “Launch RGV”

This blog series will guide you through the maze of resources you’ll find spread out throughout the Rio Grande Valley. From chambers to local business grants and some marketing tips in between, this is your one-stop shop for all things RGV Biz.

Grindstone Coworking has given us an opportunity to meet and work with a variety of people and organizations throughout the Rio Grande Valley whose passion is to help small business owners. We feel obligated to pass that information on to as many people as possible.

We look forward to sharing our curated list of resources and hearing about how else we can add value to our startup ecosystem in the valley.

 

Do you have an idea? Do you have a small business? Tell us what your favorite resource is so we can add it to our list.

 

Rise & Grind,

Daniel Rivera

5 Things We Love About Grindstone McAllen

5 Things We Love About Grindstone McAllen

5 Things We Love About Grindstone McAllen

Why do we love our new Grindstone location? Let us count the ways. Situated at the corner of Trenton Rd. and 10th St., Grindstone McAllen offers a perfect location to work on your hustle and have a damned good time doing it. Here are just a few reasons why we love our new office space:

Optimal Convenience

Our new McAllen office space is located in one of the busiest areas of the Rio Grande Valley, meaning there’s plenty of opportunity for success all around. There’s a UPS store within walking distance for your business needs, as well as a nail salon, clothing shops and grocery stores like HEB, Target and nearby Sprouts. There’s truly no good reason not to knock out your to-do list everyday with all of the necessary spots located just seconds away.

A Foodie’s Paradise

The possibilities for a delicious meal are endless at Grindstone McAllen. Our unique location means food choices galore. Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches is just a few steps away from our office, as are popular eateries like Russo’s New York Pizzeria, Yoko’s Sushi Bar and Starbucks in case the mood strikes you.

Get Fit While You Work

Your health is important, and Grindstone McAllen offers awesome opportunities to get fit during your work day. CycBar is located within our building, so you can take a break to work up a sweat. Gold’s Gym is located right down the road on 10th and Dove, and there are a number of healthy food eateries, such as Fork 2 Fit and Protein House all within walking distance or a short drive away.

Who’s Down For Happy Hour?

A happy life is all about balance. While Grindstone Coworking members are good at being productive, we’re just as good at letting loose. Our proximity to a number of McAllen pubs leaves endless potential for a little after-work fun. From Coast cocktails, to beers at Russo’s, to margaritas at nearby Costa Messa, Happy Hours are about to get a whole lot more fun at Grindstone McAllen.

Enjoy Multiple Spaces

Working at Grindstone McAllen is awesome, but there’s more. Grindstone Coworking members receive access to both of our Edinburg and McAllen offices, so whether you’re driving into the Valley or on your way out, there’s a friendly place to get work done. Our Edinburg office has a conference room and large training room available to reserve, so if you’ve got an important meeting with one person or 20, there’s a fun environment to get together in.

Grindstone Coworking Announces New McAllen Location

Grindstone Coworking Announces New McAllen Location

Grindstone Coworking Announces New McAllen Location

Grindstone Coworking is excited to announce the opening of its new McAllen office space this September. Located at the intersection of 10th street and Trenton Rd. at Trenton View Plaza, the new communal office space is now accepting membership applications and pre-leasing for private office suites.

As the Rio Grande Valley’s first coworking space, Grindstone Coworking and its dual locations are expected to bring new opportunities to remote workers, freelancers and small business owners in the Rio Grande Valley. To kick things off, the space is offering an Early Bird Special, now available exclusively to the first 20 members to sign up.

“The success we’ve seen with our first location in Edinburg is testament to the growth and acceptance of the coworking culture in the RGV. Gone are the days where you need huge desks, cords, and phone lines to work. Laptops, tablets, and cell phones are now powerful enough to run businesses from, and our location offers a go-to spot to get it all done productively, with a more social environment than the coffee shop or home office,” said Daniel Rivera, founder of Grindstone Coworking.

Grindstone Coworking is expanding to the McAllen area to offer additional flexibility for existing members, as well as new members located in the McAllen and Mission areas. The new office provides members a vibrant communal space to work from, while there are also several newly remodeled private office suites for lease.

“We’re excited for our new location for a number of reasons. Our proximity to some of McAllen’s most booming businesses offers more benefits and convenience for our members, and with two locations now, our members get to experience the flexibility and additional business opportunities that come with workspaces across two different cities.”

Monthly Grindstone coworking memberships, which start at $149, include access to networking mixers, small business education classes, marketing seminars and other events. With Grindstone McAllen’s office suites, you’ll receive all the benefits of coworking with the privacy you need for optimal productivity.

Grindstone Coworking was established in 2015. The coworking space’s first location, situated in Edinburg’s downtown area, is open to freelancers, remote workers and a variety of other professionals such as attorneys, accountants, tech professionals and real estate agents, among many others.

Monthly coworking memberships and private office leases provide access to a variety of amenities including a shared kitchen and café area, limitless Moonbeans coffee, a conference room, classroom and other features beneficial to small businesses and independent workers.

If you’re interested in joining a community of fellow remote workers, freelancers and entrepreneurs with a common goal of success, don’t hesitate. Contact Renee at 956.900.2190, send us a message on Facebook, or visit www.thegrindstone.co/mcallen to schedule a tour and learn more information about office leasing and coworking membership plans.

 

3 Productivity Tips to Help Your Hustle

3 Productivity Tips to Help Your Hustle

3 Simple Productivity Tips to Help Your Hustle

It can be easy to get caught up in the people watching when working out of a coffee shop. It’s even easier to get caught up in the everyday duties when working from home. Distractions can even take place within the Coworking space. Here are a few things that you can do to alleviate some of the distractions.

Invest in headphones.

Plug in your headphones or connect them via Bluetooth and away you go. Headphones are a visual representation to others that you’re “in the zone”. It also helps keep you focused. Many times, the conversation next to us sounds really interesting, and we lose sight of what we’re supposed to actually be doing. Do yourself a favor and tune out others so that you can get your stuff done.

Punch List/To-Do List

For some of us, it’s easier to stay focused when we have our daily tasks written down. If you have a deadline to meet at the end of the week/month, it’s nice to be able to break down your tasks on a day-to-day or week-to-week basis so you’re not cramming it all in at the last minute. A to-do list also helps you feel accomplished when you can strike or check something off of it. It’s like a little pat on the back for finishing something off that list. And we could always do with some positive reinforcement.

Schedule Breaks

It sounds ridiculous- how are you supposed to know when you need to go to the restroom? Or feel like having a cigarette? Or even when you’re going to get an email? You don’t. But you CAN schedule when you act upon them. By scheduling a 5-minute break every hour, you can work through until your scheduled break. You’ll have something to look forward to and can then be more productive with those other 55 minutes.

Turn off the notifications from your emails, too. You don’t have to read every email that comes in right away. Dedicate 15 minutes every two hours to read and respond to your emails. If it’s life and death, that person can always call you.

Keep in mind what also works for you and your business. Some things may not be beneficial to your hustle, either. If your gig is consistent email conversations, then scheduling a time to work on emails throughout the day is not conducive to being successful. If your gig is networking, then plugging in your headphones is not going to boost your business.

There’s a time and a place for everything. It’s all boils down to time management and discipline. The beauty of coworking is that it allows you to be social and continue your hustle at the same time. But your level of success still depends on how much time in your day you dedicate to your hustle.  

 

Grindstone Coworking and the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce Announce New Partnership

Grindstone Coworking and the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce Announce New Partnership

Grindstone Coworking and the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce have just announced a new partnership. The agreement, which was solidified April 18, 2018, will serve both organizations in their ongoing commitment to empowering local businesses.

“We’re excited to partner up with Grindstone Coworking in our efforts to expand our reach across the Rio Grande Valley. Grindstone Coworking has become a great resource for small business owners, and we hope this partnership will strengthen our community ties and allow us to work alongside a new group of ambitious entrepreneurs,” said Robert Rosell, CEO of the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce.

Daniel Rivera of Grindstone Coworking added, “The Grindstone has always had a good relationship with the GMCC, so we’re happy to welcome them as our newest sponsors. We look forward to working closely with Mr. Rosell and other businesses within the chamber to promote entrepreneurship and joint community initiatives.”

Grindstone Coworking was established in 2015, and is among the first of its kind in the Rio Grande Valley. The coworking space, located in Edinburg’s downtown area, is open to freelancers, remote workers and a range of other businesses. Monthly coworking memberships and private office leases provide access to a variety of amenities, including a shared kitchen and café area, conference room, classroom and other features beneficial to small businesses and independent workers.

For more information about Grindstone Coworking, visit www.thegrindstone.co or (956) 900-2190.

Member Spotlight: Bobby Villarreal

Member Spotlight: Bobby Villarreal

Member Spotlight: Bobby Villarreal

Bobby Villarreal talks a little about his experience here at Grindstone Coworking as a member in our community. Bobby, a digital marketer, has developed a team of creatives that fill the space with ideas and energy on a daily basis.

L&F Distributors presents Four Corners Happy Hour

L&F Distributors presents Four Corners Happy Hour

A Chingon Pizza Party

Grindstone Coworking had the pleasure of hosting a Four Corners Happy Hour sponsored by L&F Distributors in Edinburg, Texas. George Esquivel, Co-Founder of Four Corners Brewery in Dallas, TX, introduced their newest craft beer, Sol y Luna. Check out the highlight video of the event.

Netflix & Skills

Netflix & Skills

Mix Business with Pleasure with These Hot Netflix Picks

Building your empire can be exhausting. Come the weekend, there’s nothing like a little rest and relaxation to help you recharge and reboot. And we’re not just talking any kind of relaxation.

We’re talkin’ Netflix.

But just because you’re couch surfing all weekend doesn’t mean it has to be mindless. Plenty of today’s hottest shows portray life lessons that can help you elevate your life in different ways. From your business, to your work ethic, and your overall attitude toward life, here are a few binge-worthy shows and flicks to watch and learn from this weekend.

Narcos

The lesson: “Never surrender.”

You gotta give it to Pablo Escobar – he’s a man who let little stand in his way. This famed tale of the Columbian druglord has captivated a wide range of audiences. Watch as a local Robin Hood of sorts takes the global cocaine scene by storm. Whether it’s action, romance, or a tale of perseverance you crave, the life of Pablo Escobar has it all, and will leave you wanting more.

Breaking Bad

The lesson: “You gotta do what you gotta do.”

Breaking Bad follows Walter White on his quest toward both freedom and domination after being diagnosed with cancer, and a world of other problems. It’s the story of how one man crafts his own destiny, shunning conventionalism and throwing caution to the wayside in the process. And while we don’t quite condone establishing your own crystal meth ring, we’ll be damned if this isn’t an inspirational tale for the ages.

Chef’s Table

The lesson: “It’s all in the details.”

Ever wonder why fancy restaurants charge hundreds of dollars for a ten-course meal? You’ll find out why, plus more when you dig into Chef’s Table. A captivating combination of sight, sound and color, this docu-series is a foodie’s dream, and one that will make you salivate as you watch. It follows a handful of international chefs on their quest to Michelin-star status. Becoming an expert at just about anything requires a meticulous attention to details. These world-class chefs have turned chopping, flambéing and sautéing into an art. It’s a fascinating world to explore, whether you’re hungry or not.

The Pursuit of Happiness

“It’s all about perspective.”

Even the most successful entrepreneurs were likely chowing down on Ramen noodles at some point, and not the hip and trendy kind. The road to the top is long and winding, and just because you’re down and out one day doesn’t mean there aren’t brighter times ahead. Never lose hope in a better tomorrow. This applies to business, relationships, and pretty much life in general.

For more entrepreneurial tips and tricks, follow us on Instagram @thegrindstone.

Summer Time Hustle

Summer Time Hustle

We’ve reached the midpoint of 2017. How’s it going so far? With half of the year already spent, it’s great timing to evaluate where you are, and whether or not you’re where you want to be.

Sure, those New Year’s resolutions you made are all well and good, but if you’re like 99% of us, you forgot all about those by mid-February. If you find you’re falling behind in any of the following areas, it may be time to step up your game. You’ve still got the second half of 2017 to turn things around. What are you waiting for?

Health/Wellness

So that no bread/no dairy/no gluten diet you intended to stick to suddenly fell through. But just because you fell off the wagon doesn’t mean you have to give up entirely. The second half of the year is a great time to get fit. Commit to that healthy eating plan, and get yourself to the gym or park for a run at least three times per week. If you’re in need of some extra motivation, convince another unmotivated friend to join you and tackle your fitness journey together. Being your best, most creative and productive self is most possible when the other aspects of your life are running smoothly, including your health. 

Organization

The first step toward productivity is organization, and no one knows the ins and outs of multi-tasking quite like the entrepreneur.  If you’re like the rest of us, you’ve currently got about a thousand (give or take) things on your plate. Organizational apps are ideal for keeping your thoughts and tasks uncomplicated. Download an app like Trello or Asana on your phone and laptop to keep you on track when your work piles up. Set deadlines, communicate freely with coworkers, and keep files all in one place. Productivity takes a major nosedive when your universe is in disarray. Don’t fall into the trap this summer!

Goals

Are you following your passion? I mean, really following your passion? If not, there’s no better time than now. Whether you’re a painter, a photographer or a web designer, it’s never too late to begin your journey to entrepreneurship. With the laid-back vibe of summer comes renewed opportunity to truly explore your talents. Don’t waste your days being unproductive. With great hustle, comes great rewards!

Don’t put off until tomorrow what can be done today. Call us to schedule a tour of Grindstone Coworking!

Hive Effect: NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Hive Effect: NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 12, 2017
Hive Effect
956-900-2190
[email protected]

Hive Effect Entrepreneurship Initiative Now Accepting Applications for Second Cohort
Sponsored by Grindstone Coworking and the Edinburg EDC

Applications due by June 1

Edinburg,Texas: Grindstone Coworking, in collaboration with the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, has kicked off the second cohort of Hive Effect – an entrepreneur development initiative aiming to help local businesses thrive. The program, accepting applications through June 1, will offer 15 business owners the opportunity to grow their respective businesses through curriculum, coworking, and mentorship.

Daniel Rivera of Grindstone Coworking and director of Hive Effect said, “We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished with the Hive Effect since its launch last September. Our coursework, mentorship and implementation of the coworking concept has helped ten entrepreneurs achieve great things for their respective businesses, and we’re looking forward to introducing a new set of members to our growing community.”

Gus Garcia, Edinburg Economic Development Corporation added, “The EDC is excited to partner up with Grindstone Coworking to promote this initiative. The Hive Effect program has become a valuable resource for some of our city’s most exciting new businesses.”

About Grindstone Coworking: Grindstone Coworking is a membership-based office in Edinburg,Texas. Designed for mobile workers, freelancers, and startups, the office provides workspace, phone booths, private suites, conference rooms, training rooms, a copy center, mailboxes and other amenities for today’s modern businesses.

About Edinburg EDC: The Edinburg Economic Development Corporation serves local companies by providing assistance with expansion plans, programs to help retain business, and advocating for policies that enhance the region’s economic competitiveness.

Hive Effect will be accepting applications through the month of May. If you’re an entrepreneur hoping to take your business to the next level, visit www.hiveeffect.com to learn more.

APPLY HERE: https://hiveeffect.typeform.com/to/t5TXh6

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5 Easy Apps for DIY Content for Your Small Business

5 Easy Apps for DIY Content for Your Small Business

Create DIY Content for Your Small Business with Five Easy-To-Use Apps

In the small business world, content creation is both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, good content can powerfully impact your sales, your brand image, and your overall reputation. On the other hand, good content comes at a price, whether it be monetary, time consumption, or mental effort. Great content doesn’t always come easy, but as a business owner, you already know that great things rarely come easy. These easy-to-use apps, however, can help you on your path to kick-ass content creation in no time.

Trello

The MAOA (Mother of All Organizational Apps), Trello, is one of the single best tools you can use to get your thoughts, projects and assignments organized. Many people are visual learners by nature, and Trello’s easy-to-use, image-centered set-up makes organizing ideas easier than ever before. Create cards for different ideas and arrange them by column, color or project. Drag and drop to suit your needs, and tag team members on each card to communicate ideas freely and in real time. Notifications are sent straight to your phone, so if you’re on a deadline, you can be sure you’re not losing precious time. If you’ve got a big project coming up, and you don’t know where to start, Trello is a safe bet.

Canva

Not everyone is gifted in graphic design. Don’t beat yourself up about it. For the design-challenged among us, there’s Canva. This must-have app is a Godsend for small business owners who don’t have the funds to outsource graphic design projects, big or small. Don’t waste time searching job boards and paying big bucks for simple projects like newsletter design or social media design work. Instead, download Canva, create your own graphics using their easy lay-out and current selection of images and fonts, then carry on with your day as the adaptable boss that you are.

Pexels

Image selection often goes hand-in-hand with creating your own graphics. For this, there’s Pexels.com. A round-up of all the internet’s best free stock photos, there are thousands of high-quality images to choose from, so you’re bound to find the perfect picture to represent your brand and target audience. Whether for Facebook ads, social media memes or websites, Pexels.com is a stellar source for imagery.

Grammar.ly

While a good copywriter can be a great asset for your business, there are plenty of writing tasks you can tackle all on your own, with the right app, of course. Grammar.ly is a fantastic resource if easy-to-read, mistake-free content is what you’re going for – and you should be. Cut down on embarrassing typos and take your overall writing style to the next level with this easy-to-use program.

Wordswag

So you’ve got the right words, but how do you present them in the right way? Wordswag is the answer. With the popularity of social media at an all-time high, meme creation is basically a necessity. Spice up your brand’s images with Wordswag, then sit back as they spread like wildfire across your favorite channels. It’s really that simple.

Have any questions or other apps you want to share? Message us on Facebook or drop us a line at [email protected]

Grindstone Coworking and Hive Effect Celebrate Plains Capital Bank Partnership

Grindstone Coworking and Hive Effect Celebrate Plains Capital Bank Partnership

Grindstone Coworking and Hive Effect Celebrate Plains Capital Bank Partnership

Over 70 attendees gathered for a social start-up mixer at Grindstone Coworking on Wednesday evening. Heavy hor d’oeuvres and cocktails were served, as Grindstone members, local entrepreneurs, Edinburg City Council members and representatives from Plains Capital Bank and other organizations joined to celebrate Hive Effect’s newest sponsorship.

Organizations like Plains Capital Bank are instrumental in the success of the Hive Effect and the small business ecosystem in the Rio Grande Valley. Their donation of 35 iPads will be used to help young entrepreneurs and community members with educational courses, seminars, and workshops held at Grindstone Coworking. From financial preparation classes to presentations from local mentors, the Hive Effect offers a range of educational tools intended to jumpstart success for local businesses.

The president of Plains Capital Bank, councilmember J.R. Betancourt, and Grindstone Coworking owner Daniel Rivera spoke to attendees about the importance of local entrepreneurship and its impact on the Rio Grande Valley.

“This is the place to make dreams happen,” said J.R. Betancourt as he addressed the crowd.

Grindstone Coworking has become a vital resource for entrepreneurship in the Rio Grande Valley. Over 17 months, membership has grown to more than 55, many of whom work out of the Grindstone on a daily basis, making it the epicenter of creativity it is today. Small businesses, local freelancers and young professionals have helped launch Grindstone Coworking into an entrepreneurial hub, where members have access to a number of unique resources not found elsewhere in the Rio Grande Valley. Not only do members gain the opportunity to continually network, learn and collaborate amongst one another, but local partners, like Plains Capital Bank, L&F Distributors and Moonbeans Coffee, have proven invaluable in elevating the coworking experience for everyone at the Grindstone.

If you’ve yet to experience the magic of coworking, contact the office or visit the Grindstone website at www.thegrindstone.co to set up a tour or trial membership today.

GrindstoneRadio 003 – What is a Call-to-Action and why you need to implement them today.

GrindstoneRadio 003 – What is a Call-to-Action and why you need to implement them today.

What is a “Call-to-Action” and why do I need one?

Grindstone Radio: Small Business Tips for Freelancer and Mobile Workers in the Rio Grande Valley

In this episode of Grindstone Radio we explore the use of call-to-actions for marking your small business. We talk about the easy way to check your website or marketing efforts with the “and then..” game and talk about why CTA’s are a vital part of your marketing efforts.

Freelancing Your Way to Freedom in the RGV

Freelancing Your Way to Freedom in the RGV

Freelancing in the RGV

Owning a business can be intimidating. If the prospect of diving head first into owning a business fills you with a sense of dread, you may not be entirely ready for such a huge undertaking. And that’s OK. It may take months, even years, to find the confidence to start your business. In this case, the phrase, “don’t quit your day job” is well intentioned. Instead of quitting your 9-to-5 job on a whim, there are other ways to truly explore the concept of entrepreneurship before commitment.

Freelancing may be your best option for bringing in significant income without the pressure that comes with full-on entrepreneurship. Luckily, there is an ever-growing array of websites to help you on your path to freelance success, though not all are created equal. Upwork.com has proven inexplicably valuable in helping me establish my growing business. Here’s a breakdown of the internet’s most valuable website for freelancers.

Upwork Ecosystem

The largest of its kind on the web, Upwork.com is where a lot of freelancers go to jumpstart their careers. Born from a merger between freelance heavy-hitters Elance.com and Odesk.com, Upwork.com attracts millions of clients and freelancers, utilizing a comprehensive interview process to provide a perfect match.

With an almost-overwhelming amount of job prospects, the Upwork job board is easy to navigate. Whether you’re a graphic designer, a writer, photographer or accountant, Upwork may be just the avenue you need to gain the confidence to venture out on your own. There is absolutely no cost to set up and get started. Simply create your user profile, upload your resume, then begin bidding on projects based on your desired income and experience. A growing number of large companies are joining by the day, many recognizing the convenience that comes from employing remote workers on a contract basis.

The Upwork interview process showcases the very best of the internet’s potential. Skype calls with people from all over the world are not uncommon. I’ve encountered dozens of international clients throughout my time on Upwork.

While there is a fee to utilize Upwork’s services, they pale in comparison to the perks. Upwork guarantees payment on contract gigs, meaning if the client decides not to pay up, the website will have your back. As someone who has lost over $2,000 to unpaid invoices, the security that comes with Upwork is invaluable, and can save major headaches and heartaches along the way.

Like most things in life, true effort is your best bet for success. Whether it’s starting your own business, jumpstarting your freelance career, or even maintaining personal relationships, you’ll most likely get what you put in. Before you rule out launching your own business, experiment with Upwork.com to see if working on your own accord is right for you.

Sara Cantu is a freelance writer from Edinburg, Texas. Her work has appeared in Lifestyle for Men Magazine, Lady Couture Magazine, RGV Magazine and numerous lifestyle websites. Contact her at [email protected]