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One is the Loneliest Number: How Coworking Can Save Your Mental Health

One is the Loneliest Number: How Coworking Can Save Your Mental Health

There are plenty of things in the quintessential office environment with the power to drive a person crazy. Annoying coworkers, bad bosses, that thief who won’t stop stealing your food from the office fridge (don’t they see your name on the label?!).

But for the mobile worker, freelancer or entrepreneur, these office annoyances are often taken for granted. When you’re working from home every day, you begin to miss the things that office workers consider the very bane of their existence.  

That’s not to say that some quality “alone time” with your cats is a bad thing. But if you’re relying on your pet to fill the void of actual coworkers, you may be doing a disservice to your career and your mental health.

According to research, socialization is vital for a well-rounded life. In fact, lonely people are 50 percent more likely to die prematurely than those with healthy social relationships.

But even if “all I need is me, myself and my dog” is your current mentality, that’s OK. It’s never too late to make the switch to a more social, livelier you. Coworking spaces are helping thousands of independent workers bridge the gap between freedom and the typical office environment.

Here are a few reasons why coworking spots are good for your mental health.

 

Getting up is hard to do.

The science is in and it’s clear: sitting is bad for your health. It can be all too easy to fall into a rut when you’re working from home, day in and day out. From spending your days in pajamas to wondering if that old container of leftovers can still be salvaged for one last meal, spending too much time at home away from civilization can lead to some pretty gross things when you’re left to your own devices.

Coworking spaces are the ideal spot to post up, walk around a little, and feed off of the creativity of others. So if you’d like to put yourself together, get dolled up in your most capable-looking outfit, grab your coffee and get ready to take on the day, or at the very least…shower daily, consider how coworking can light that fire.

 

No new friends? 

Finding friends during adulthood is hard, but you’re even more unlikely to find them if you’re shut in your house all day. While we don’t advocate cruising your nearest coworking space in a desperate search for a BFF, all we’re saying is: the friendships being built at coworking spaces are changing lives every day. 

If you’re hoping to find a new pal to play with, it’s not going to happen at home or at the nearest Starbucks. The only way to lock down your next great friend, teammate or business partner is to meet them first, and whether that’s through one of our networking events or just an ordinary day at the office, you’ll find that a little human interaction can go a long way in elevating your optimism and overall sense of well-being. 

 

All Hail Happy Hour!

If you currently have a job you love, consider yourself lucky. But even the happiest workers require some downtime to operate at full-force, and at coworking spaces, that means Happy Hour. While Happy Hour was once an opportunity to meet coworkers at the local watering hole for some brews, things get done a little differently at coworking spots. Instead of driving to a bar across town, maybe you just walk a few feet to the café and grab a beer. Happy Hours are a great opportunity to kick back, let loose, and really get to know your fellow coworkers on a level outside of the constraints of your 8-5 job.

 

Not a big drinker?

Not to worry.

Sometimes we carry Kombucha, too.

 

A melding of the minds.

If you’re a parent, there’s no doubt in your mind that your kid is brilliant. But will they be able to help you file your taxes, or give you advice about picking out a hard drive?

Probably not.

One of the biggest benefits of coworking — one that’s often overlooked — is the incredible melding of minds that occurs at these spaces. On any given day, you may come across an accountant, a software developer, a writer or a marketing guru. Each of these brings value in its own unique way.

 

When you’re working from home, it may seem like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. Joining a coworking space gives you access to all kinds of outside help from committed professionals who love what they do and, in all likelihood, want to pass it on. When you’re coworking, the long-awaited answers you’ve been seeking may finally stumble upon you. It’s then up to you to take them and run.

 

 

 

 

 

How Grindstone Coworking’s Private Offices Compare to Traditional Offices

How Grindstone Coworking’s Private Offices Compare to Traditional Offices

Debating between Grindstone or a traditional lease? Here’s what we offer above and beyond the commercial rental agreement.

The pace of business is faster than ever, and all companies, no matter how large, have to operate with speed and agility.

Perhaps you need to open an office in an emerging market, or scale the number of employees in a specific location. Maybe you’ve just acquired a company and require a space for those new teammates, or are launching an innovation hub and seeking an inspiring space where people can collaborate.

In any of those situations, you’ll need to source space—fast. Yet, the commercial real estate process has not evolved to match the speed of business. Leases are still long-term and inflexible. They don’t take into account that most companies need to scale up and down in markets around the world in order to stay competitive.

So What’s a Company Leader to Do?

Grindstone Coworking has a solution: Grindstone Private Offices are a private, personalized space for 1-2 employees within a thriving coworking space. With Grindstone Private Offices, you get your own dedicated and private workspace, access to conference rooms, amenities, and branding—plus full operational support and access to all Grindstone Coworking common areas. This way, you can easily source as much or as little space as you need between our locations—without committing to a long-term lease and paying for space that will, at some point, inevitably go unused.

Grindstone Private Offices offer you agility, without compromise.

Wondering what that means? Here’s how Grindstone Coworking compares to traditional commercial office space. 

Lease Terms

Commercial leases are long-term—three to ten years for prime real estate in the United States. These contracts are usually inflexible. Companies that experience growth or change rarely find that they have the right amount of space for their employees—they’re either overcrowded or underutilized.

Grindstone Coworking understands that businesses evolve. We expect your needs to change year to year—or even month to month. That’s why our service agreements start at six months for Grindstone’s Private Offices. If you need to expand, just let us know. We can work to meet your needs for additional (or less) space.

  • Commercial Lease: Roughly 3-10 years
  • Grindstone Private Offices: Starting at Six Months

Lease cost

Signing a commercial lease on office space requires an upfront payment to secure it, often first and last month.

With Grindstone Coworking, there are no major capital investments or hidden costs. We charge a one-time setup fee with your first month’s membership. There’s no costly deposit or hidden charges.

  • Commercial lease: First and last month as advance payment
  • Grindstone Private Offices: $350 one-time setup fee

Office buildout cost

After you’ve signed a lease for a commercial office space, you then have the task of customizing  it. This means sourcing and managing architects, designers, contractors, engineers, IT specialists, and other vendors. In the RGV, the average office buildout costs between $75 p.s.f. to $150 p.s.f., depending on the space finshout. On top of that, the search, customization, and buildout before move-in can take 12 to 18 months. This leaves a lot of room for unproductive work as employees remain stuck in inadequate environments while they wait for their new space.

With Grindstone Coworking’s Private Offices, you don’t need to undergo expensive and time-consuming build-outs. We’ll work with you to help make the space your own. First, you select the office. Then, we’ll help integrate your branding and personal touches.

  • Commercial lease: $75 to $150 per square foot in the RGV
  • Grindstone Private Offices: Move-in ready 

Office operation costs and logistics

Even the best-designed office can’t run itself. 

Grindstone allows you to offload office-management logistics. Our team handles Wi-Fi, utilities, conference room reservations and guest accommodations, security, cleaning, and mailroom services. We stock the cafe with water and gourmet MoonBeans Coffee. It’s all included in your Grindstone Coworking membership.

  • Commercial lease: Headaches & Hassle
  • Grindstone Coworking Private Office: Peace of Mind

The benefits of a Grindstone Coworking membership

With Grindstone Coworking’s Private Offices, you get your own private space, with a reception area, cafe area, and phone booths—and you enjoy all the benefits that come with being a Grindstone Coworking member. Your team can work, take meetings, and connect with other Grindstone members in your location’s common areas. We also provide access to continuing education workshops for entrepreneurs and small businesses, career-development and networking events, and perks like discounts at local eateries.

  • Commercial lease: N/A
  • Grindstone Coworking Private Office: $0

Focus on your business, not on real estate

As a business leader, the decisions you make don’t just affect your company’s performance. They also impact each employee’s overall experience.

That’s why Grindstone Coworking is here for you. With Grindstone Coworking Private Offices, your company gets a private, beautiful workspace designed for innovation and creativity that’s perfect for your company, and your employees get all the benefits and perks that come with being Grindstone Coworking members. But most importantly, we give you the ability to leverage our spaces to help you meet your business objectives—while giving your employees the best experience possible.

Grindstone Coworking offers companies of all sizes space solutions that help solve their biggest business challenges. 

Want to see for yourself? Give us a call at 956.900.2190 to schedule your tour today!

Top Moments of 2018: Grindstone Coworking

Top Moments of 2018: Grindstone Coworking

10. The Hyphen is Gone!

It might not seem like a big deal, but those of us in this industry will tell you in a heartbeat the difference between co-working and coworking. In October, the AP Stylebook announced it was dropping the hyphen and recognizing what had been known in our circles since 2005: coworking means you work with individuals in the same space but not for the same company.

9. A Flood Isn’t Gonna Stop Us From Our Hustle

If you were anywhere in the RGV back in June, you know we got inundated with lots of rain in a really short time frame. The inside of our offices were spared, but the parking lot and surrounding roads were flooded. So what do you do when it won’t stop raining, and you can’t go anywhere? You play with drones, you frolic a little in the water, but then you get to work. No sense in wasting a perfectly good day because of a little rain. Dreams don’t stop over here just because the sun isn’t out. Video Link Here

8. Continued BBVA Collaborations

We’re grateful that BBVA Compass Bank once again collaborated with us and Code RGV in 2018 to continue hosting Small Business and Personal Finance Workshops to benefit the local community. Through their partnership, we are able to help other small business owners navigate the world of credit scores, loans, and budgeting. We look forward to partnering with them in 2019 for this program once more.

7. Community Membership Launch

For those who already have a brick and mortar office for their business, work elsewhere, or want to meet totally different people than they would at your regular-type of mixer, we created a membership specifically for them! Grindstone Coworking introduced their Community Event Membership that’s best suited for those who want to socialize and network away from the confines of their office, while also surrounding themselves with like-minded individuals who work AND play hard. 

6. Mission Chamber Partnership

“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. – April 2018

5. Grill Masters

One of the perks of being a Grindstone Member is access to some really good food, including delicious BBQ. We have awesome members who are professionals in the office and on the grill. And we all get to reap the benefits of their craft. From random mid-week BBQs, fish fries during Lent, and the Famous Jinks Realty Hot Dogs.

4. Hey Ma! We’re Famous!

Through a partnership with the Mission EDC, Grindstone Coworking, along with other coworking spaces in the RGV, were highlighted in a coworking campaign. Not only did the space get a “starring role” in the short, but one of our members got to be part of the cast. A highlight video about Grindstone Coworking was debuted on our Facebook page last month with our Founder, Daniel Rivera, giving you a front row snippet of what Grindstone has to offer.

3. Waffle Wednesdays Went Mainstream

What started in 2017 as a Members Only event, 2018 saw the dawning of the fun-filled, carb-loading networking event known for its great topics, amazing speakers,  and socialization. We had the pleasure to host some phenomenal speakers like BRNDhub, Yajaira Flores representing HEB Park, Alex Garrido from UTRGV, Yirla Gonzalez Nolan with FARO Professional Services, our very own Bobby Villarreal from Triggers Media, and Dalinda Alcantar with the McAllen Boys and Girls Club. Each brought their unique expertise in the fields of business and marketing and shared some of their knowledge with our members and the community.

2. We Turned 3!

Technically, our birthday is November 2nd, but Halloween birthday parties are just more fun. We celebrated with a costume party and BBQ with our members, families, and friends. There was cake. There was a costume contest. And there was so much food. If this is what being 3 is, we’ll take it. 

 

 

1. McAllen Expansion

And the biggest thing to come out of 2018: we grew and expanded! In addition to our Edinburg space and Suites, we now have our 3rd location- Grindstone McAllen, located at the intersection of 10th street and Trenton Rd. at Trenton View Plaza. Being in McAllen allows our members the fluidity to work out of all our spaces and be available their clients and customers in areas more convenient for them.

Grindstone Coworking opening in McAllen Texas. Flexible Workspace for today’s modern worker.

 

As wonderful as 2018 was to Grindstone Coworking, we’re excited to see all the great things 2019 has in store for us!

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

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.

What is Waffle Wednesday?

What is Waffle Wednesday?

Let’s face it: Networking events can suck. And while it’s a necessary part of life for modern day entrepreneurs and marketing specialists, too many humdrum networking events can take a toll. So at Grindstone Coworking, we’ve created a solution:

What’s Waffle Wednesday?

Waffle Wednesday is a monthly networking event that offers businesses marketing tips and the opportunity to chat with likeminded entrepreneurs. Over time, Waffle Wednesday has become a local marketing meetup where guests enjoy waffles, coffee and good conversation about how to use marketing to meet their goals for their businesses and personal brands.

In short, Waffle Wednesdays are a good time to kick back, enjoy some delicious food, and get to know other business owners and marketing gurus.

Who’s Invited?

Everyone’s invited! For just $10 per ticket, you’ll receive hot waffles, hot coffee, cold juice and all the fixins’, plus awesome marketing tips from experts in the local industry.

Who Will Be Speaking?

Waffle Wednesday has already welcomed some of the Rio Grande Valley’s brightest marketing minds. The content creators behind BRNDHUB, Yajaira Flores of the RGV Vipers and H-E-B Park, and Dani Marrero of local publication NETA have all spoken to our group about the power of marketing and how to leverage it to build your brand.

 

Stay tuned for information about our next Waffle Wednesday, or contact us to find out how you can be a speaker or sponsor for our next event!

Member Spotlight: Renee Sanchez Leal

Member Spotlight: Renee Sanchez Leal

The hustle can be hectic, and sometimes it feels like there just isn’t enough time in the day to get it all done. This includes getting to know your fellow members! Our Grindstone Member Spotlight was built to help you connect with other coworking members, even when you’ve got a jam-packed day. Today, we’ll meet Renee Sanchez Leal.

Q: Tell us a little about what you do, Renee.

A: I own a consulting firm focused on business compliance and employee relations.

Q: How long have you been operating your business?

A: 5 months

Q: How did you form the concept for Iris Consulting?

A: Ten years in the medical industry doing compliance for my employer while simultaneously going to school majoring in communication studies and communication training & development. This is a combination of the two.

Q: What are you most looking forward to in 2018?

A: I’m looking forward to personal growth and change in 2018.

Q: Who would you consider your perfect customer?

A: An independent business that does not have the manpower within their own company to manage compliance practices and employee relations – soft skills training.

Q: Who/what inspires you?

A: The naysayers. People who tell others to do something more practical and safe with their lives. Those people motivate me to prove them wrong.

Q: What does a typical work day look like for you?

A: Coffee and planning out my day/week. Reading up on relevant literature pertaining to the latest requirements and regulations for compliance. Calling and scheduling appointments with potential clients. Scheduling consultation appointments with clients to go over current policies, as well as preparing training material & specialty assessments for employees.

Q: Which do you prefer after a long week of hustling? A quiet night in or a wild night out?

A: I’d love to say wild night out, but I’m secretly an 80-year-old woman so I stick with a quiet night in. I only have so much energy for wild nights out.

Q: What are you currently binging on Netflix?

A: I’m not Netflix binging anything right now, but I’m Hulu binging The Strain.

Q: What role does social media play in your business?

A: Social media is a good avenue and method of communication but there is something to be said about face-to-face communication. This is especially true in a business such as communication consulting. Social media is a good forum for marketing but should not be the only method.

Q: What’s your ideal vacation spot?

A: Anywhere near water. That’s where I find my peace & serenity. The beach & Lake Travis are at the top of my lists.

Q: What is your ultimate goal for your business?

A: Provide an affordable service to businesses in the Rio Grande Valley and assist them in managing their compliance and investing in their long-term employees. It’s not about money or getting rich. It’s about taking care of the people in this area to ensure they don’t find themselves on the wrong side of the compliance regulations for their business.

Q: In a movie about your life, who would play you?

A: Definitely Anna Kendrick. She’s my spirit animal and we’re both strange, quirky, short, can sing, & make weird faces, haha!

Q: What are you hoping to achieve during your time at Grindstone?

A: Learning the tools to grow Iris Consulting while simultaneously networking & coworking with other like-minded individuals who are looking to be successful entrepreneurs.

Want to learn more about Renee? Connect with her on Facebook!

Grindstone Coworking Celebrates Two-Year Anniversary!

Grindstone Coworking Celebrates Two-Year Anniversary!

Grindstone Coworking, the Rio Grande Valley’s first coworking spot, celebrates its two-year anniversary today. Located in downtown Edinburg, Grindstone Coworking offers entrepreneurs, mobile workers and freelancers a sense of community as they work independently, positively impacting both creativity and productivity. The office marked the occasion with a Halloween barbecue for members.

“I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished during these two years at the Grindstone. Our members are thriving in their respective businesses. Some of them have expanded during their time here. I’m glad our office space is able to play even a small role in their success,” said Daniel Rivera, founder of Grindstone Coworking.

Located in downtown Edinburg, Grindstone Coworking has attracted several businesses to the Edinburg area. The coworking spot has come a long way since its opening on November 2, 2015. With features in The Monitor, the Rio Grande Guardian, and other local publications, Grindstone Coworking has welcomed a variety of workers through its doors, with some coming from as far as Monterrey, Mexico and San Antonio.

In addition to offering office space for local businesses, Grindstone Coworking also sponsors entrepreneurial classes and seminars on topics like financial readiness and social media marketing, with the help of a program established in conjunction with the Edinburg EDC. This has helped create a vibrant learning environment for established entrepreneurs and those just starting their businesses.

For more information about Grindstone Coworking and membership packages, call 956-900-2190 or visit www.thegrindstone.co.

Grindstone Coworking FAQ

Grindstone Coworking FAQ

Considering a membership at Grindstone Coworking? Our bustling community happily welcomes new members from all over the globe. Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we hear about Grindstone Coworking.

 

Q: Who works there?

A: Our coworking space is filled with mobile workers across all industries. From accountants to digital media specialists, writers, techies, attorneys and more, our community is as diverse as the businesses we represent.

Q: What hours are you open?

A: We are open Monday – Friday from 8 am to 6 pm.

Q: How much does it cost?

A: Our mailbox memberships cost as little at $50 per month. We also offer part-time memberships for $139 per month, and full-time memberships for $189 per month.

Q: What does a membership include?

A: Our membership levels vary. Part-time and full-time memberships gain access to complete use of our facilities, including our high-speed Wi-fi services, complimentary Moonbeans coffee, printing services, café, conference room and training room.

Q: Do I get my own office?

A: If you wish! Consider the Grindstone as Starbucks on steroids. We are a communal office space able to accommodate up to 60 independent workers on any given day, but we do have private offices and suites for monthly lease. Our private office leases begin at $725 per month.

Q: How does the conference room work?

A: Our memberships are based on a credit system. The Grindstone Coworking conference room is available to reserve for your next meeting. Just log on to your account and use your allotted credits to reserve, or contact us directly for a reservation application.

Q: What happens if I run out of credits?

A: You can rent our conference room for $12.50 per hour once your allotted credits have been spent.

Q: How does the training room work?

A: Our training room can accommodate up to 30 people. Training room access is granted on a case-by-case basis, including nights and weekends. Contact us at 956-900-2190 for more information about holding a class or large meeting in our training room.

Q: Do I get 24-hour access?

A: We do offer 24-hour access memberships for $299 per month. Twenty-four hour access to our facilities is also available to members renting private offices and suites.

Q: Can I go in for a day?

A: Yes! One-day passes are available for $30. We also offer week-long passes for $49, which will roll over onto your first month’s membership fee if you decide a Grindstone membership is right for you.

 

Don’t just take our word for it. Stop by and see why Grindstone Coworking is the Rio Grande Valley’s most vibrant place to do business. You can also visit our website at www.thegrindstone.co to learn more about our membership plans.

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.

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!